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Hue Jackson providing ‘safe place’ for human trafficking victims – Cleveland Browns Blog


CLEVELAND — Beau Hill strode through the hallway of the Cleveland Salvation Army’s Harbor Light Complex near downtown.

Hill, executive director of the Cleveland Salvation Army, was preparing to show a visitor a new facility built to take care of the victims of human trafficking. Asked what this 12-bed center meant to him, Hill was quick to respond: “It’s huuuuge.”

When Hill entered the facility, signs of recent work were evident. He stepped around scaffolding and through rooms that had recently had wallboards and spackling compounds added. He pointed to a living room, walked down the hall past a mini-kitchen and around a corner to three bedrooms where up to 12 women survivors of human trafficking could sleep.

The Hue Jackson Respite Services for Recovered Survivors of Human Trafficking will have its ribbon-cutting ceremony/grand opening July 17. Housed in the Cleveland Salvation Army’s Harbor Light Complex, it is largely funded by the Hue Jackson Foundation, which the Browns coach established with his wife Michelle a year ago.

“Michelle and I are very excited about the opportunity to assist survivors of human trafficking by helping to provide a place of respite,” Jackson said in a statement released through his foundation. “This ribbon cutting ceremony is more than a formality. It is a signal to the community we hope to help that there is a safe place to go and there are people who care.”

Kimberly Diemert, the foundation’s executive director, said the space will allow the women a chance to “go through their rebirth.”

“The goal is to give the women the control they need to regain their life and their sense of independence and self-worth,” Diemert said.

“This is the first step in a journey, a journey in making a difference in the life of the survivors of human trafficking,” said Major Thomas Applin, divisional secretary of the Cleveland Salvation Army.

The remodeled space will include a refreshment area, an activity area and a living room — all designed to give a sense of home. Services within the Harbor Light Complex include counseling and 24-hour nursing care as well as medically supervised drug and alcohol detoxification and outpatient therapy.

Planning for the space stressed safety and security for residents while giving women the freedom that was taken from them, in a place they can call home for as long as they need to.

Jackson said he and Michelle chose human trafficking as the foundation’s focus because they have seen the problem and its effects “first-hand.”

The foundation provided $250,000 toward the renovations — which included money Jackson raised when he jumped into Lake Erie in June with about 150 other members of the Browns organization.

No requirements will be placed on residents, in part to allow them to gain a control of a life that was missing when they were being trafficked. Hill said most victims are referred through law enforcement or rape crisis centers.

In 2016, Ohio ranked fourth in the nation in human trafficking, Hill said. However, that number barely touches the scope of the issue because many women fear coming forward and many victims have not been identified. Diemert said in Ohio’s Cuyahoga County, 89 victims have come forward to law enforcement this year, but that figure barely accounts for the total number of survivors and victims.

Hill said the respite center is “absolutely critical” for the women’s ability to continue their recovery.

Operational costs are provided by local donations, and Diemert said Jackson’s foundation has pledged its continued support. Future foundation efforts could involve community outreach or education about trafficking as well as raising funds to help the Salvation Army and other agencies working in human trafficking.

Because the respite center is staffed 24 hours day, those costs could be as much $400,000 to $500,000 annually, Hill said. In 2017 the Harbor Light Complex provided 147,472 nights of service to the needy (homeless, those dealing with substance abuse), and served 421,638 meals.

“Numbers are important to the community,” Applin said. “They want to know how many people you’re serving. But the reality is it’s one by one. One person is important.

“One person is worth doing the program if you’re going to save their life.”



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Baltimore Ravens’ John Harbaugh thinks most NFL coaches already teach safe tackling


OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh fully supports the the NFL’s new rule against using the helmet to tackle, but he believes it will only be an adjustment for a small number of teams.

“We already coach that way to get it out of the game,” Harbaugh said. “I think 95 percent of the coaches in this league coach that way, and the other 5 percent have to get on board.”

Under the new rule, a player will be penalized 15 yards and potentially ejected any time he lowers his head to initiate and make contact with his helmet against an opponent.

Harbaugh said the Ravens have always coached the correct technique and plan to coach it even better. He did acknowledge there will be instances when teams question penalties involving the new helmet rule.

“I told the guys today, I said, ‘You know what? There’s going to be a call or two this year that’s going to go against us, and we’re going to look at it and go, ‘Huh? Really?'” Harbaugh said. “But that’s OK, because the payback is the fact that it’s better for the players and player safety. That’s the way you have to look at it.”

The new rule also allows the league to eject a player if he initiates contact with his helmet. If a player is ejected, NFL senior vice president of officiating Al Riveron and his staff in New York will use network camera angles to review the play and either uphold the ejection or overrule it.

“If they eject somebody out of there, it’s going to go on one of those hits that is going to deserve it,” Harbaugh said. “The thing I like about that is they’re going to go back to New York. It’s not going to be like real time, ‘Did I see it or not?’ They’re going to go back and look at what you see as fans. When you see it on TV … If you see it as fans and are like, ‘That shouldn’t be in the game,’ to me, that’s the one the players should get ejected for.”

Harbaugh was also part of the committee that helped formulate the new kickoff rule, which eliminates running starts for kickoff coverage teams, removes two-man wedge blocks and requires eight of the 11 men on the return team to be aligned within 15 yards of the ball.

“We want to keep the exciting play in the game, but we want to make it safer — especially for concussions,” Harbaugh said. “I think we did that. I actually think there could be more returns, because there’s more incentive to return the ball, because it’s going to slow the kickoff play down a bit — but that’s the idea.”

Asked how he keeps up with the numerous rules changes made by the NFL this offseason, Harbaugh said with a smile, “I’ve been accused of not keeping track of the rules changes, right?”

He was playfully alluding to the time Patriots quarterback Tom Brady told the Ravens to “study the playbook” after Harbaugh objected to what he called a “substitution trick” by New England in a 2014 AFC divisional playoff game.



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Josh Rosen could be choice if Jets play it safe with quarterback pick – New York Jets Blog


With the third pick in the NFL draft, the New York Jets are expected to select a quarterback. We’ll preview the top four prospects — Josh Allen, Sam Darnold, Baker Mayfield and Josh Rosen.

Previously, we profiled Allen, Darnold and Mayfield. We conclude with Rosen:

Josh Rosen, UCLA

6-foot-4, 226 pounds

In a nutshell: If the Jets are looking for a gifted pocket passer with a brain to match his arm, Rosen is their guy. Scouts say he’s the most technically sound thrower in the draft. He’s not as accurate as Mayfield and he doesn’t have an Allen-like cannon, but Rosen has an impressive combination of both traits. Evaluators love his silky smooth throwing motion.

The concerns with him are twofold: durability and football character. He missed six games at the end of the 2016 season due to a soft-tissue injury in his throwing shoulder, requiring surgery. In 2017, he suffered a concussion on Oct. 28 and another on Nov. 24, causing him to miss two games. Since his freshman year, Rosen has been battling the perception he’s an entitled jerk. He readily admits he helped fuel the narrative with his words and actions — the hot-tub picture in his dorm room, the anti-Trump hat on a Trump-owned golf course, his controversial remarks about student-athletes, etc. That stuff got overblown because that’s what happens with the draft. The real question is, can he be a leader of men? Can a rich kid from tony Manhattan Beach, California, be committed to football 24/7? Former UCLA coach Jim Mora Jr. didn’t do him any favors in recent interviews, raising questions about Rosen’s passion for the game.

How he fits the Jets: During the pregame warm-ups at the UCLA-USC game last November, general manager Mike Maccagnan spent most of his time on the UCLA side of the field, watching Rosen. He studied body language and interaction with teammates, looking for personality and leadership traits that can’t be seen on tape. The quarterback he selects will be the face of the franchise and must be a strong leader.

From a football standpoint, Rosen would fit nicely in the Jets’ West Coast offense. He’s a cerebral player who prides himself on being able to read defenses and work through his progressions. His smarts, coupled with flawless mechanics, make him the most pro-ready quarterback in the draft. Negatives? His lack of mobility could be a concern. He completed only 42 percent of his passes when forced to move and he took too many sacks last season (26). In case you didn’t notice, the Jets’ offensive line struggled in pass protection. Rosen’s know-it-all personality can rub some people the wrong way, but offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates has had experience with his type. (See: Jay Cutler.) Rosen would join a quarterback room that includes a couple of pro’s pros, Josh McCown and Teddy Bridgewater, which would help his maturation.

My sense is the Jets’ pick will come down to Rosen or Mayfield, the pure passer versus the brash playmaker (assuming Darnold is gone).

By the numbers: Rosen started from day one as a true freshman and finished 17-13. UCLA was 1-7 in games he didn’t play. … Darnold catches a lot of heat because of his turnovers, but Rosen wasn’t exactly a paragon of ball security. He finished with 20 interceptions over his final 20 games. His career numbers: 59 touchdown passes, 26 interceptions. … His completion percentage was only 62.6, which ranked 40th in the FBS. It should be noted he was victimized by an unusually high number of drops (31). … Rosen played in a pro-style offense. In fact, he took 107 snaps from under center, fifth-most among Power 5 quarterbacks. … He excelled against the blitz, leading Power 5 quarterbacks with 26 completions of 20 yards or more. … His signature win came last season against Texas A&M. He passed for 491 yards and four touchdowns, rallying UCLA from a 34-point deficit in the third quarter. … As a kid, Rosen was a tennis prodigy and his serve was clocked at 105 mph. … He scored a 29 on the Wonderlic intelligence test, second only to Allen (37) among the top four quarterbacks. His 40 time (4.92) was the slowest.

What evaluators are saying: ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr.: “We know he’s got great intelligence. We know he’s a great pure passer. We know all that, but does he have that extra intangible to be the great quarterback he’s capable of being?” … NFL Network’s Mike Mayock: “He’s the best pure passer I’ve seen in several years. The problem I have with him is there’s a durability issue. When you combine that with an inability to escape from the pocket, I’m concerned. I’m concerned whether or not he can play enough games to make a significant dent in the NFL. I love his talent, but I’m very worried about his ability to survive.” … AFC scout: “You know the movie ‘Draft Day’? and the quarterback, Bo Callahan? Same guy [as Rosen].”

In his own words: “I make very quick decisions, very quick and decisive decisions. I always say that I think if you can get three or four reads into your progression, you give yourself more opportunities down the field. … That’s what I think my best attribute is. I can sit in the pocket and really pick defenses apart.” — Rosen



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Missing ex-Dallas Cowboys player Lincoln Coleman found safe


Former Cowboys fullback Lincoln Coleman, 48, has been located and is safe after being reported missing since Friday, the Dallas Police Department said Tuesday.

Coleman was described as having diminished mental capacity and could be in need of medical assistance, a bulletin from the Dallas Police Department said.

Coleman played only 18 games over a four-year NFL career but earned a Super Bowl ring with Dallas in 1994, when the Cowboys beat the Bills 30-13 in Super Bowl XXVIII.

Coleman developed a substance abuse problem, however, and was not re-signed after the 1994 season. He signed as a free agent with the Atlanta Falcons but never played. When his NFL career ended, Coleman spent four years in the Arena Football League. He went on to coach high school football in Michigan and Texas.

Six years ago, Coleman entered a Florida treatment center to try to kick the cocaine and alcohol addictions that shortened his career. He returned to Dallas and began a non-profit to help addicts.

Coleman went missing back in May 2017 as well. He had been living with his mother in Dallas, and she called police to assist in finding him. Coleman returned after seeing his photo on local TV. He told reporters he had been having some struggles and was staying at a homeless shelter.



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