July 30, 2014

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Browns training camp preview: Top 5 position battles

Brian Hoyer, left, and Johnny Manziel will vie for the Browns starting quarterback job.

5 POSITION BATTLES TO WATCH QUARTERBACK The competition between Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel has already received a ton of ink, and that will continue into camp. There’s no arguing it’s the most important position on the team, with two of its most popular players going head-to-head. Hoyer enters camp as the starter, and coach Read More…

Plenty to watch as training camp approaches, especially these top 5 issues

The time has arrived. On Saturday morning at 9:30, breathless Browns fans will finally get a chance to watch Johnny Manziel practice up close and personal. The rookie quarterback that energized the fan base when he was drafted in May will join 89 teammates, rookie coach Mike Pettine and his new coaching staff as they Read More…

Browns Notes: WR Josh Gordon spent 2 weeks in rehab after DWI arrest

Josh Gordon

Receiver Josh Gordon and the Browns will soon have resolution on his likely suspension. But not until after training camp gets rolling. Gordon’s appeal hearing with NFL officials will be Aug. 1, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Thursday, citing a league source. The appeal will be filed in New York. Gordon checked into a rehab center Read More…

Mike Pettine says Johnny Manziel winning Browns starting QB job will be ‘tall task’

Cleveland Browns Quarterback Johnny Manziel flips the ball to a receiver at practice on Wednesday. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

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 Wednesday in an interview with The Chronicle-Telegram. “One, Read More…

Browns rookie cornerback Justin Gilbert signs, enters camp second 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


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

Josh Gordon

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

Johnny Manziel

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…