NFL Insider: Charean Williams’ five cents

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1The Cleveland Browns used a first-round pick on Brandon Weeden last year, and already, his future appears elsewhere. Brian Hoyer will make his second career start, and Weeden might not regain the job even if he regains his health this season. The Browns will draft a quarterback with the top-five pick they almost certainly will have. Weeden, 30 next month, is 5-12 as a starter.

2The New England Patriots had to know after Wes Welker left and Aaron Hernandez was arrested that Tom Brady’s statistics would suffer. But they couldn’t have counted on injuries to Danny Amendola and Shane Vereen to go with Rob Gronkowski’s continued absence. New England’s rookie receivers — Kenbrell Thompkins (six), Aaron Dobson (three) and Josh Boyce (none) — have a combined nine catches. It’s no wonder Brady’s 52.7 completion percentage ranks ahead of only Blaine Gabbert and Josh Freeman.

3Mario Williams finally is showing why the Buffalo Bills liked him enough to give him a six-year, $100 million deal. Williams, criticized a year ago when he had 10.5 sacks, set a team-record with 4.5 sacks against Carolina last week. Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine is taking advantage of Williams’ pass-rush abilities, lining up Williams on both sides.

4Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill still ranks 19th in third-down passing, though his other numbers have improved greatly in his second season. His footwork, decision-making and accuracy all are better.

5The Jacksonville Jaguars and Browns likely will draft quarterbacks — again — with first-round picks. Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater, UCLA’s Brett Hundley and Clemson’s Tajh Boyd are the highest-rated signal-callers at present.

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