November 23, 2014

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Brian Dulik: Times could be changing in Browns Town

Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden (23) recovers the ball after a blocked field goal against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the first quarter of an NFL football game Sunday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard)

Pro Bowl cornerback Joe Haden has experienced a handful of highs and a whole lot of lows during his five seasons with the Browns. That’s why he can’t help but smile about the current state of the franchise. “Things have changed quite a bit, to be 5-3 is just amazing,” Haden said. “Five games is Read More…

Browns linebacker Paul Kruger back in groove, having fun

BEREA — Paul Kruger’s first season with the Browns was steady, but unspectacular. It also wasn’t in line with the five-year, $40.5 million contract he signed. This fall, however, the outside linebacker is making up for lost time and earning every penny he’s being paid. Kruger has a team-high five sacks, including a career-best three Read More…

Brian Dulik: Spectacle of opener was grand, but Cavs’ play was anything but

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James tosses chalk in the air before the start of an NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks Thursday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

The Cavaliers’ season opener — and LeBron James’ formal homecoming — was a spectacular sight Thursday night. Downtown Cleveland was transformed into a basketball carnival with fans lined up for blocks around Quicken Loans Arena, all in celebration of this magic moment. Surface lots were packed three hours before tipoff, while tens of thousands of Read More…

Browns Notes: Jordan Cameron’s replacements bring own styles to TE

Cleveland Browns tight end Jim Drayis chased by Oakland Raiders linebacker Khalil Mack after a catch in the fourth quarter Sunday. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

BEREA — Browns tight end Jim Dray has played five solid seasons in the NFL, while Gary Barnidge is in his seventh year in the league. Though they are filling in for Pro Bowler Jordan Cameron (concussion), neither has any illusion of playing at his level. “Jordan is literally an athletic freak, so you really Read More…

Dulik: Browns continuing to show progress

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Andrew Hawkins celebrates running back Ben Tate's touchdown run in the fourth quarter against the Oakland Raiders Sunday. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

It wasn’t pretty, certainly wasn’t easy and was far from the most entertaining NFL game of the season. Yet, the Browns’ 23-13 win Sunday over the Oakland Raiders represented genuine progress, which is nothing to scoff at given their recent history. “A win is a win — that’s all it comes down to — and Read More…

Browns notes: Jordan Cameron has concussion, is under watch

Cleveland Browns tight end Jordan Cameron is helped off the field after an injury in the second quarter. Cameron left the game with concussion symptoms. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — Browns tight end Jordan Cameron’s difficult season got even tougher on Sunday afternoon. The fourth-year pro suffered a concussion in the second quarter of Cleveland’s 23-13 win over the Raiders, absorbing a blow to the head from Oakland strong safety Brandian Ross after making a 21-yard reception. Cameron, who has a history of Read More…

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

Cleveland Browns tight end Jordan Cameron walks off the field on Sept. 21. (Jeff Haynes/AP Images for Panini)

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

Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel watches from the sideline during the second half against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Jacksonville, Fla., Sunday.(AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

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…