Cubs manager Joe Maddon hopes slugger Kris Bryant will return to Chicago’s lineup for Saturday’s game against Milwaukee.
Bryant was beaned during a victory at Colorado last weekend and missed his fourth straight game on Friday.
“I’m not going to jump the gun, but talking to everybody, I want to give him a chance to come back,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said after a 3-2 win.
Bryant wasn’t available to reporters.
The Raiders had major drops in scoring (26 to 18.8), yards per game (373.3 to 324.1) and committed twice as many turnovers (14 to 28) this past season as Carr took a major step back in his development while dealing with a back injury for part of the season.
But Gruden sees great potential for Carr to get back to the level he reached in 2016, when his play helped earn him a $125 million, five-year extension in the offseason.
“I got really excited out there today,” Gruden said. “You can have a really creative imagination with that guy at the quarterback position. He can make every throw. It comes out of his hand fast and accurate. He’s mobile and sharp. He’s a great leader.”
Toughest tests: The road schedule features a brutal outdoor game at Denver and indoor game at New Orleans. Those are tough places to play for any team. The home schedule features playoff teams from last season in Kansas City, Carolina and Atlanta. The Chargers, the last team the Browns beat in the regular season, also visit FirstEnergy Stadium.
Biggest breaks: The Jets present one clear chance for the Browns to score a victory. Cleveland played three games against AFC North teams in the first four weeks last season and hung with the Steelers in a 21-18 loss in Week 1. Look for Cleveland to get a division opponent early in the same situation.
Bottom line: This is Cleveland, so there are no easy games on the schedule. If you look at the first six weeks of the last two seasons, Cleveland had six one-score losses. If the Browns can flip one or two of those into close victories regardless of competition, it could build some momentum in the right direction. Here is a not-so-fun fact for Browns fans: Cleveland is 1-18 in openers since returning to the NFL in 1999, and that includes 13 straight Week 1 losses and an 0-14 record at home. A Week 1 victory would be a giant step in the right direction. Record prediction: 4-12