December 21, 2014

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Browns notes: Running back Ben Tate a forgotten man against old team

CLEVELAND — Running back Isaiah Crowell made his first NFL start Sunday in the Browns’ 23-7 loss to the Houston Texans, while Ben Tate was virtually invisible against his former team. Crowell — an undrafted rookie from Alabama State — rushed for a team-high 61 yards on 14 carries, including a 35-yarder that was Cleveland’s Read More…

Browns notes: Skrine praised for bounce-back game vs. Bengals

Cleveland Browns cornerback Buster Skrine runs back an interception against the Cincinnati Bengals Nov. 6 in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

BEREA — Cornerback Buster Skrine has been one of the most dogged competitors on the Browns during his four NFL seasons. Just like his predecessors, Cleveland defensive coordinator Jim O’Neil has quickly become a fan of the 5-foot-9, 185-pounder from Chattanooga. “The thing I love about Bust is if there’s one guy on the defensive Read More…

Browns Notes: Mike Pettine says Terrance West earned last start, but won’t say he’ll be No. 1 on Sunday

Browns running back Terrance West gets away from Bengals defensive tackle Brandon Thompson last Thursday. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

BEREA — Terrance West rushed for 94 yards on a season-high 26 carries in the Browns’ 24-3 win over Cincinnati last week. To NFL Network viewers, however, his most notable contribution was an over-the-top touchdown celebration in the third quarter. As soon as quarterback Brian Hoyer saw West playing to a camera near the Cleveland bench, Read More…

Brian Dulik: Browns make believers of television audience

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) is tackled by Cleveland Browns defensive end Billy Winn (90) Thursday. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

NBC didn’t believe the Browns were ready to play in primetime. Neither did ESPN or CBS. That’s why Cleveland’s one guaranteed national television appearance of the season took place on NFL Network. Suffice to say, the Browns made the most of their lone opportunity, dominating the Cincinnati Bengals in a 24-3 victory on Thursday Night Read More…

Browns notes: WR Hawkins misses Cincinnati homecoming

Cleveland Browns tight end Gary Barnidge (82) makes a catch against Cincinnati Bengals free safety Reggie Nelson (20) Thursday. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

CINCINNATI — Andrew Hawkins missed his homecoming. Hawkins, Cleveland’s leading receiver, was inactive Thursday night for the matchup with the Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. He spent the previous three years with the Bengals before being signed by the Browns as a restricted free agent. Hawkins took a big hit to his thigh and knee Read More…

Browns vs. Bengals: Marquee matchup features wide receiver A.J. Green vs. cornerback Joe Haden

Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden breaks up a pass intended for Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans Sunday. (AP Photo/David Richard)

A.J. (left) Green’s first three seasons were as good as any wide receiver in NFL history, featuring three Pro Bowl selections and a league-record 260 receptions. The Georgia product broke Anquan Boldin’s mark for catches in a player’s first three years, while gaining 3,833 yards and scoring 29 touchdowns. Only Randy Moss had more receiving Read More…

Browns: Former WR Greg Little criticizes Pettine, says game is personal

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Greg Little warms up before a game in Cincinnati on Sunday. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)

BEREA — Wide receiver Greg Little always talked a good game during his three seasons with the Browns. He continues to do so as a member of the Cincinnati Bengals. Little criticized Cleveland coach Mike Pettine and vowed to exact revenge on his former team Tuesday during a group interview in Cincinnati. The Browns play Read More…

Browns notes: Special teams special in victory

Cleveland Browns defensive back Jim Leonhard (30) and inside linebacker Craig Robertson celebrate after Robertson blocked a Cleveland Browns punt in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game Sunday in Cleveland. The Browns recovered and scored a touchdown later on a pass to wide receiver Taylor Gabriel. (AP Photo/David Richard)

CLEVELAND — The Browns’ special teams came up big Sunday in their 22-17 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Defensive end Billy Winn blocked a 31-yard field goal attempt by Patrick Murray in the first quarter, while linebacker Craig Robertson deflected a punt by Michael Koenen in the fourth. The two plays led to Cleveland Read More…

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…