July 30, 2014

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Browns: RB Ben Tate starts fight to stand up for offense, which has been handled by defense

BEREA — Running back Ben Tate’s fastball at the helmet of defensive lineman Ahtyba Rubin was intended to send a message. Despite Tate’s 105-pound disadvantage, he wanted to make it clear the offense wouldn’t accept being picked on by the defense. “It was about just setting the tempo that, ‘Hey, you are not going to Read More…

Browns Notes: WR Josh Gordon will dispute test result, blame second-hand smoke in suspension appeal, per reports

BEREA — Browns receiver Josh Gordon has a high-profile lawyer and an interesting argument. He hopes they result in a successful appeal of an indefinite suspension for failing a marijuana test. Otherwise, he wouldn’t be allowed to play in 2014. Reports Tuesday on ESPN and Profootballtalk.com laid out the argument Gordon’s attorneys will use Friday Read More…

(UPDATED) Browns Notes: Read option makes early appearance in Kyle Shanahan’s offense

Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, left, talks with head coach Mike Pettine at training camp. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

BEREA — Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan couldn’t wait to begin installing the read option. All the quarterbacks took turns running the option Monday on the third day of training camp, the first in pads. In the competition for the starting job, Shanahan called more options for rookie Johnny Manziel than Brian Hoyer, because Manziel ran Read More…

Browns GM Ray Farmer defends rookie QB Johnny Manziel

Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel fires a pass as head coach Mike Pettine, left, and offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, right, watch Sunday. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

BEREA — Johnny Manziel, a master at evading would-be tacklers, absorbed quite a few hits in the last several days. Coach Mike Pettine said it would be a “tall task” for him to wrestle the starting quarterback job from Brian Hoyer. Owner Jimmy Haslam expressed disappointment with his off-the-field behavior. Manziel struggled to move the Read More…

Browns Notes: Cornerback Buster Skrine off to fast start

BEREA — If cornerback Buster Skrine keeps up this pace, rookie first-round pick Justin Gilbert will have a difficult time breaking into the starting lineup. Skrine, one of the fastest players on the team, is off to a scorching start in training camp. After dominating the conditioning test with ease Friday, he made a series Read More…

Browns Training Camp, Day 2: Farmer says Manziel is ‘focused, committed to football’

Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel passes as Brian Hoyer watches at the NFL football team's training camp in Berea Sunday. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

BEREA — A day after owner Jimmy Haslam expressed disappointment in rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel’s offseason of partying, general manager Ray Farmer complimented Manziel’s commitment to football. “I’ve seen a young man that came back, that appears to be prepared for competition and I think that’s what we want — guys that took the time Read More…

Buzz greets opening of Browns training camp, much of it created by Johnny Manziel

Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel signs autographs after practice at the NFL football team's training camp Saturday. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

BEREA — An hour before the players stretched to begin the first practice of training camp, fans filled the bleachers. The stragglers that eventually stood seven-deep Saturday morning to get a glimpse of their favorite team and players congregated on tiny, tree-lined Beech Street. Six lines of about 30 each filtered into the Browns facility Read More…

Browns owner Jimmy Haslam disappointed in Johnny Manziel’s off-field behavior

Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam watches the opening practice  at training camp Saturday. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

BEREA — Browns owner Jimmy Haslam was a big fan of Johnny Manziel long before his team drafted the quarterback with the No. 22 pick in May. The admiration was replaced by disappointed multiple times during Manziel’s offseason of partying. “Johnny said it himself, he made some mistakes,” Haslam said Saturday after the first practice Read More…

Browns QB Johnny Manziel admits to ‘some rookie mistakes’ off the field

Johnny Manziel

BEREA — On the eve of his first NFL training camp, which will feature him trying to come from behind to pass Brian Hoyer in a highly anticipated quarterback competition, Johnny Manziel admitted to taking missteps off the field. But he downplayed the mistakes, again defended his right to party and tried to quickly shift Read More…

Browns Notes: Joe Haden calls Josh Gordon’s trip to rehab a ‘big step’

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon runs during a conditioning test at the NFL football team's training camp in Berea. (AP Photo)

BEREA — Josh Gordon’s recent stint in a rehab facility was welcome news to cornerback and friend Joe Haden. “I’m happy for him. I’m here for J.G. I love him like a brother,” Haden said Friday. “We’re here for support, and for him to do that, that’s a big step. That means he knows something’s Read More…