October 26, 2014

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Browns: Tight end Jordan Cameron’s production down after breakout season last year

BEREA — Browns tight end Jordan Cameron’s statistics are eye-popping, just as they were last season. The reason his numbers are notable, however, is very different. Cameron has played a minuscule role in Cleveland’s new-look offense, managing just 10 receptions for 210 yards through six games. One year ago, the Southern California product was one Read More…

Browns Notes: QB Johnny Manziel says he’s staying in his lane as the backup

BEREA — Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel refused to take the bait Friday when several reporters pressed him on his lack of playing time. The rookie from Texas A&M has not appeared in a game since Sept. 21 against Baltimore, but would not publicly lobby for more action or criticize the play of starter Brian Hoyer. Read More…

Browns: Kyle Shanahan expects offense to improve vs. Oakland

Browns running back Ben Tate is tackled by Jacksonville’s Andre Branch, left, and Paul Posluszny during Sunday’s loss in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

BEREA — Browns offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan believes there is nowhere to go but up following a dismal performance Sunday in Jacksonville. Cleveland only managed two field goals and 266 total yards — both season lows — in a 24-6 loss to the Jaguars at EverBank Field. “I don’t think there was one position that Read More…

Browns Notes: Running game lacks rhythm

Cleveland Browns running back Ben Tate is tripped up by Jacksonville Jaguars strong safety Johnathan Cyprien Sunday. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

BEREA — The Browns are the only NFL team to have three players with 200-plus rushing yards on the season. None of them, however, were effective Sunday in a 24-6 loss to previously winless Jacksonville. Starter Ben Tate gained a team-high 36 yards on 16 carries, undrafted rookie Isaiah Crowell had 18 on seven attempts, and Read More…

Browns’ John Greco enjoys new position, not being center of attention

Cleveland Browns center John Greco prepares to snap the ball to quarterback Brian Hoyer against the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday. (AP Photo/David Richard)

BEREA — Browns offensive lineman John Greco and quarterback Brian Hoyer are like two peas in a pod. Both are Northeast Ohio natives who starred on the high school level, but had little success in the NFL until coming to Cleveland. Greco, however, has one significant edge over his friend from St. Ignatius. “We played Read More…

Browns Notes: Joe Haden looking forward to second chance against Cecil Shorts

Browns cornerback Joe Haden celebrates during Sunday’s win over Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/David Richard)

BEREA — Browns cornerback Joe Haden has experienced many lows in his career, but rock bottom occurred last Dec. 1 at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Pro Bowl honoree was beaten for the game-winning touchdown by Cecil Shorts III with 40 seconds left, allowing lowly Jacksonville to beat Cleveland 32-28. Following the game, Haden broke down in Read More…

Brian Dulik: Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer keeps proving he’s a leader and a winner

Brian Hoyer

Joe Haden was headed out of the Browns locker room, but he abruptly changed course when he saw Brian Hoyer striding toward the interview podium. “My man,” the Pro Bowl cornerback said, smiling broadly. “You can say whatever you want up there.” Though it was a simple gesture, it reflected the feelings of the entire Read More…

Browns notes: Big win has downside as Pro Bowl center Alex Mack suffers broken leg

Cleveland Browns center Alex Mack, left, is surrounded by teammates before he is taken off the field with an injury in the second quarter against the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday. (AP Photo/David Richard)

CLEVELAND — Browns center Alex Mack will miss the rest of the season after suffering a broken left lower leg Sunday, a league source confirmed. The two-time Pro Bowl selection was injured on a running play in the second quarter of Cleveland’s 31-10 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Mack was immediately placed in an air Read More…

Johnny Manziel: NCAA needs to change, start paying players

Johnny Manziel

BEREA — Johnny Manziel will never have to worry about money again, having signed his first NFL contract and several multimillion dollar endorsement deals. The Browns rookie quarterback, however, believes he should have been paid while playing football at Texas A&M over the past three seasons. “I think college football is at a big crossroads Read More…

Browns Notes: CB Joe Haden misses practice again; Justin Gilbert, Robert Nelson preparing in case

Cleveland Browns cornerback Justin Gilbert makes a catch during practice at the NFL football team's facility Wednesday. The rookie cornerback was benched last week at Tennessee and the No. 8 overall pick has had a rough NFL introduction. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

BEREA — Pro Bowl cornerback Joe Haden sat out practice for the second straight day with a hip injury, putting his availability in doubt for the Browns’ game Sunday against Pittsburgh. Undrafted rookie Robert Nelson and first-round pick Justin Gilbert continued to take reps with the starting defense, but coach Mike Pettine declined to speculate Read More…