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Browns coach Mike Pettine says taking starting job from Brian Hoyer will be “tall task” for rookie QB Johnny Manziel

BEREA — Johnny Manziel might want to put lifts in his cleats if he hopes to beat out Brian Hoyer and win the starting quarterback job for Week 1 in Pittsburgh. “I would say it’s a tall task, for a couple reasons,” first-year coach Mike Pettine said today in an interview with The Chronicle-Telegram. “One, Read More…

Browns rookie cornerback Justin Gilbert signs, avoids holdout, enters camp behind Buster Skrine on depth chart

Justin Gilbert talks to the media on Friday.

Rookie cornerback Justin Gilbert’s quest to overtake Buster Skrine and win a starting job will begin on time. Gilbert, Cleveland’s first pick in the draft, signed a four-year contract Wednesday. Spotrac.com reported the deal’s worth $12.83 million, including a $7.65 million signing bonus. Browns rookies reported to training camp Wednesday, and full-squad practice opens Saturday. Read More…

Clearview’s Anthony Hitchens has chance to be big part of Cowboys

Clearview High graduate and Dallas Cowboys linebacker Anthony Hitchens, right, listens to defensive back Sterling Moore during minicamp. The rookie fourth-round pick Hitchens will be filling in for the injured Sean Lee. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

Anthony Hitchens had never played middle linebacker when the Dallas Cowboys drafted him in the fourth round as insurance if starter Sean Lee got hurt again. Owner and general manager Jerry Jones loved how Hitchens hit at Iowa and thought the skill would translate perfectly to his defense. The policy was quickly cashed in when Read More…

Browns backup QB Johnny Manziel No. 1 in jersey sales

Johnny Manziel's jersey was the top selling NFL jersey on NFL.com.

Rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel is second on the Browns’ depth chart, but No. 1 in the NFL in one statistic. Manziel’s No. 2 was the most popular jersey sold on NFL.com from April 1-Thursday. Manziel has yet to take a professional snap and enters training camp this week trailing veteran Brian Hoyer in the competition Read More…

Troubled Browns WR Josh Gordon charged with DWI in North Carolina

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Josh Gordon can’t stay out of trouble, and it may cost him his NFL career. Cleveland’s All-Pro receiver was arrested early Saturday morning in Raleigh, N.C., and charged with driving while impaired. It’s the latest off-field incident for the ultra-talented player who faced a possible indefinite suspension from the NFL even before the arrest. Gordon Read More…

Report: Hearing set in late July for Browns WR Josh Gordon

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The Browns have been waiting two months for resolution regarding a possible suspension for All-Pro receiver Josh Gordon. The wait should be over relatively soon. Profootballtalk.com reported Thursday, citing a league source, that Gordon’s appeal hearing regarding a reported failed drug test is scheduled for late-July. The Browns open training camp July 26. The report Read More…

Browns QB Johnny Manziel hits new heights with partying — a night at Justin Bieber’s

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The inflatable swan and money phone have been replaced. And surpassed. Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel had a new partying companion Monday — Justin Bieber, the bad boy of pop music. Manziel retweeted photos of him alongside Bieber and boxing champion Floyd Mayweather, and TMZ Sports reported the party at Bieber’s Beverly Hills, Calif., condominium Read More…

Brian Hoyer’s agent says uncertain starting status could make long-term deal a long shot for Browns

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The Browns want to lock up homegrown quarterback Brian Hoyer for the long term before he enters the final season of his contract. It won’t be easy. The Browns are trying to sign Hoyer to a contract extension, ESPN’s Adam Schefter first reported Monday, citing sources. Hoyer, a North Olmsted native and St. Ignatius graduate, Read More…

Browns Notes: RB Ben Tate ‘not worried’ about competition from rookie Terrance West for starting job

Running back Terrance West takes a handoff during minicamp in Berea. West is considered the top competition for running back Ben Tate for the starting job. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

BEREA — A popular theory outside Browns headquarters is that rookie third-round pick Terrance West will push free agent pickup Ben Tate for the starting running back job. Tate scoffed at the notion. “Honestly, I’m not worried about that because I know when I’m on my game — I respect every running back here — Read More…

(UPDATED) Browns coach Mike Pettine says QB Brian Hoyer will enter training camp “securely ahead” of Johnny Manziel, but lead isn’t “insurmountable”

Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel practices on Wednesday. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

BEREA — Brian Hoyer can’t relax, but he can exhale. Hoyer kept his lead over rookie Johnny Manziel throughout the OTAs and mandatory minicamp and will enter training camp as the favorite to win the starting quarterback job. Don’t freak out, Johnny Football fans. Rookie coach Mike Pettine said Manziel will get his chance to Read More…