Jabrill Peppers got the Browns off to a fast start on Monday with an impressive 31-yard punt return following the Giants’ first drive of the game.

After the Browns defense forced a rare three-and-out, Giants punter Brad Wing got off an impressive 52-yard punt that looked like it was going to pin the Browns deep in their own territory. Only that didn’t happen, because after Peppers caught the punt, the Giants couldn’t catch him.

Just think how terrible the Green Bay offense would be with Brett Hundley at QB if Coach Mike McCarthy had not invested all that time in Hundley’s development, as he testily reminded everyone he’d done while bristling at questions about the lack of consideration given by the Packers to signing Colin Kaepernick.

Which was the worst of Coach Sean McDermott’s moves: benching Tyrod Taylor in favor of Nathan Peterman; allowing Peterman to stay in the game long enough to throw five interceptions; or saying that he didn’t regret the switch? They’re all terrible. McDermott let down a team that had — and has — a chance to reach the playoffs with an ill-advised decision that wasn’t fair to either quarterback.

Blaine Gabbert is not the answer at QB, as if there was any doubt about that. Gabbert actually played reasonably well in the loss to the Texans. But when a team eagerly awaits the return of Drew Stanton, that tells you all that you need to know.

Centralizing replay and bringing the surface tablets to the sidelines so the official can see it, all that has sped up what we consider down time — time that’s not, we don’t believe, attractive to our fans. We’re happy with it. It’s only six weeks. We’ve got a long way to go. But we’re continuing to see what we can do to keep pushing that because we believe that’s good for the [fan] experience.”

Beckham’s contract … New York Giants co-owner John Mara said Wednesday, as owners left the meeting, that Beckham’s injury should not affect negotiations on a potential long-term contract. The Giants have Beckham under contract through next season after exercising the fifth-year option in his original rookie deal.

I saw him in the hospital last week. He’s in a good place, I think, and I think he’ll come back stronger than ever. … I don’t think it will have any effect because I think he’s going to make a full recovery.”chargers_078

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