September 20, 2014

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Browns QB Johnny Manziel enjoyed first three snaps, says he’s proud of starter Brian Hoyer for winning drive vs. Saints

BEREA — Johnny Manziel didn’t want to overreact to his first three plays in the NFL, but they brought a smile to his face nearly a week later. “It was good,” he said Friday. “It was good to get the nerves off, shake a little rust off and just get out and run around for Read More…

(UPDATED) Browns WR Josh Gordon’s suspension reduced to 10 games

BEREA — Browns receiver Josh Gordon is back in the NFL and he’s welcome back inside Browns headquarters. He’ll be eligible to return to the field Nov. 23 against the Atlanta Falcons. Gordon was officially reinstated Friday after the NFL and NFL Players Association finalized a new substance abuse policy. His suspension was reduced to Read More…

Browns linebacker Paul Kruger off to strong start this season

Cleveland Browns linebacker Paul Kruger rushes in for a sack of New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees Sunday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard)

BEREA — Paul Kruger’s devotion to explosion has meant the demolition of opposing offensive linemen and several plays blown up in the backfield. Through two games, he’s been dynamite. “His start, it’s electric when you watch the way he’s playing,” inside linebacker Karlos Dansby said Wednesday. Kruger has two sacks, two quarterback hits, eight tackles, Read More…

Browns TE Jordan Cameron, LB Barkevious Mingo return to practice

Cleveland Browns tight end Jordan Cameron runs after catching a pass against the Pittsburgh Steelers Sept. 7. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

BEREA — Tight end Jordan Cameron and outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo returned to practice this afternoon after not practicing last week and missing Sunday’s win against the Saints. Coach Mike Pettine said before practice he expected the pair to be limited today. Running back Ben Tate (knee) was the only player to miss practice, as Read More…

Petrak analysis: Browns offensive coordinator Shanahan deserves some credit

Browns offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan talks with quarterbacks Johnny Manziel and Brian Hoyer during a preseason game. (AP Photo/David Richard, File)

The Browns have scored 53 points through two games. It’s the highest two-game total to open a year since 2007, when they scored 51 in Week 2. Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan deserves more credit than he’s getting. And, yes, I know six of the points came on Tashaun Gipson’s interception return for a touchdown. The Read More…

Josh Gordon pleads guilty to DWI

Josh Gordon

Josh Gordon keeps making news, even though he’s not anywhere near a football field. The Browns’ All-Pro receiver pleaded guilty Tuesday to a DWI charge in North Carolina through his attorney, the Wake County Clerk of Court confirmed to CBSSports.com. He received 12 months unsupervised probation and owes $290 in court costs and a $100 Read More…

Browns coach Mike Pettine gets emotional with family after 1st win

Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine celebrates after a 26-24 win over the New Orleans Saints in an NFL football game Sunday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard)

BEREA — The reality of his first win as an NFL head coach hit Mike Pettine a few steps into the tunnel from the field to the locker room. His teenage son, Ryan, and college daughter, Megan, ran up to him like he had spent the last two years overseas and gave him giant hugs, Read More…

Browns notes: QB Brian Hoyer understands why some doubt him, but doesn’t let it bother him

Cleveland Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer changes the play at the line of scrimmage in the first quarter Sunday. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

BEREA — Brian Hoyer threw only four incompletions after Johnny Manziel returned to the sideline for good Sunday. Hoyer completed 15 of his last 19 passes for 137 yards and led two touchdown drives, including the winner. The success gave coach Mike Pettine an idea. “The way he responded, we should play Johnny the first Read More…

Browns 26, Saints 24: Brian Hoyer leads winning drive, gets coach Mike Pettine his 1st win

Mike Pettine

CLEVELAND — The last time the Browns won a home opener, Brian Hoyer had a fresh diploma from St. Ignatius and was just starting his career at Michigan State. Johnny Manziel was in grade school in Texas. Mike Pettine was a lowly assistant with the Ravens, less than three years removed from his time as Read More…

Browns 26, Saints 24: Billy Cundiff wins home opener with FG with 3 seconds left

Cleveland Browns place kicker Billy Cundiff kicks a 29-yard field goal against the New Orleans Saints with three seconds left on the clock to win, 26-24. (AP Photo/David Richard)

CLEVELAND – Billy Cundiff kicked a 29-yard field goal with three seconds left to give the Browns a 26-24 win at FirstEnergy Stadium. It’s their first home-opening win since 2004. Receiver Andrew Hawkins caught a 28-yard pass from Brian Hoyer to set up the kick. Hawkins was uncovered down the right side. The winning drive Read More…