August 29, 2014

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Browns: Cribbs drops ‘holdout,’ gets back to game he missed

BEREA – Joshua Cribbs went to the movies. He pictured his teammates relaxing at home. He listened to his agents and thought of the millions he deserved to be making. No matter what he did, Cribbs couldn`t forget he was missing minicamp. So he dropped his “holdout” and returned to practice Tuesday – without a Read More…

Browns notes: Hood had other offers, but likes Mangini’s vision

BEREA – The Bengals, Lions and Bears were reportedly interested in him, and the Rams made an offer. But cornerback Rod Hood chose the Browns, signed Tuesday and was at practice Wednesday as the team continued minicamp. “All the teams were good, but when I sat down with Coach (Eric) Mangini, just talking to him, Read More…

Browns: Veteran Hood adds competition at cornerback

BEREA – Brandon McDonald has some competition. The Browns signed free-agent cornerback Rod Hood on Tuesday, and he`s expected to battle for the starting spot held by McDonald. McDonald and Eric Wright are the incumbents, but neither had to fight for a starting job last season in just their second year in the league. Hood, Read More…

Browns ‘trade’ trio attend camp and ready to play

BEREA – In an offseason of change, their names spent the most time on the rumor mill. Braylon Edwards was headed to the Giants. Brady Quinn destined for Denver. Derek Anderson gone to whichever team needed a quarterback. Yet there they were Thursday, practicing in orange helmets under the bright Northeast Ohio sunshine as the Read More…

Agent says Cribbs not Josh-in’: Versatile Brown wants to talk new deal or he might skip minicamp

AKRON – The Browns open their first full-squad minicamp under coach Eric Mangini today, but they`ll likely do it without one of their best players. One whose role was expected to expand under Mangini. Special teams ace Joshua Cribbs will skip the “voluntary” three-day minicamp, and another next week, unless the Browns step up negotiations Read More…

Browns: Rookie Francies took long and winding road to pros

Jason Sehorn and Daylon McCutcheon played cornerback in the NFL for nearly a decade each. Dwight Lowery started 10 games at corner for the Jets as a rookie last season. They have nothing on Coye Francies, according to Keith Burns, who coached them all in college. “Coye may be the best of that group,” Burns Read More…

Browns: Mangini tries a ‘smart’ start by drafting a bunch of scholar-athletes

BEREA – Smarter better be better. General manager George Kokinis and coach Eric Mangini are trying to rebuild the Browns through discipline, effort, concentration and intelligence. The thirst for knowledge was obvious in their first draft last month. First-round pick Alex Mack, a center, was the Draddy Award winner at California as the nation`s top Read More…

Tough guy: Kaluka Maiava impresses Browns with his talent, smarts and tales of hunting wild boar … with his bare hands

BEREA — Eric Mangini isn’t easily impressed, but Kaluka Maiava nailed his predraft interview. All it took were stories of hunting wild boar — without a gun. “He is a tough, tough guy,” Mangini said Saturday at rookie minicamp. Mangini was impressed enough with Maiava’s entire resume to draft him in the fourth round last Read More…

Browns notes: Mangini looking for versatility out of Veikune

BEREA — Second-round pick David Veikune had 18 sacks in three years as a defensive end at Hawaii and was the lone pass rusher drafted by the Browns. But he lined up as an inside linebacker the first two days of rookie minicamp. “I’m happy with the way he’s moved from defensive end to inside Read More…

It’s proving time: Texas Tech’s Graham Harrell trying to show he’s not just a system QB and that he belongs in the NFL

BEREA — Graham Harrell is starting over. The NCAA-record 134 career touchdown passes are in the past. The fourth-place finish in last season’s Heisman Trophy voting is forgotten. Texas Tech’s top-five ranking and stirring comeback over Texas are distant memories. Harrell went undrafted last weekend and was invited to the Browns rookie minicamp on a Read More…