August 27, 2015

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Quick hits from Browns OTAs

BEREA — The Browns began organized team activities Monday and were scheduled for their third straight day of practice Wednesday. Coach Eric Mangini met with the media before practice. Here are some of the highlights: ** He would like the five restricted free agents, who’ve been absent from OTAs, to attend but said the positive Read More…

Browns top draft pick Joe Haden out to show he can excel

Browns top draft pick Joe Haden has always been a physical player as he showed in breaking up this pass intended for Oklahoma’s Jermaine Gresham while playing for Florida during the 2009 BCS Championship game. (AP photo.)

Before Joe Haden could move forward with a position switch that would lead to an NFL career and multimillion-dollar contract, he had to learn to go backward. With his hips low to the ground and feet mov­ing as fast as possible. Haden, the first pick by the Browns in last month’s draft, entered Florida as Read More…

Browns ink kicker as Dawson skips OTAs

BEREA — Covering their bases or sending a message? The Browns may have accomplished both Tuesday when they signed free-agent kicker Shaun Suisham. Veteran Phil Dawson, the only Brown remaining from the expansion season of 1999, did­n’t attend the first day of organ­ized team activities Monday. He has one year and $1 million left on Read More…

Some Browns players skip OTAs over contract issues

AKRON — Kicker Phil Daw­son has been with the Browns since their expansion season of 1999, but he chose not to be there when the organized team activities began Monday in Berea. Also staying away from the year’s first full-squad practice were the team’s five restricted free agents who haven’t signed their one-year tenders: running Read More…

Several unhappy Browns expected to miss OTAs

A few familiar faces will likely be missing when the Browns hold their first full-squad practices of the offseason Monday through Wednesday. The organized team activities are one of a number of signs that the season is approaching. They’re also a chance for players unhappy with their contract situations to make a visible protest by Read More…

Guard brings power Shawn Lauvao brings power to Browns

Lauvao

Shawn Lauvao has never pulled a van, lifted a giant tire, flipped a log or done any of the other bizarre and entertain­ing events that make up the world’s strongest man competitions. But the newest Browns offensive line­man, and 2005 Hawaii Strongest Teen, is open to the possibility. “Maybe in the future,” he said over Read More…

Smith to give Browns depth at TE

BEREA — The Browns added depth at tight end Tuesday, signing free agent Alex Smith. He will compete with Ben Watson, Robert Royal and Evan Moore for playing time. Smith was drafted by Tampa Bay in the third round (71st overall) in 2005 and has 48 starts in 74 games. He has 132 catches for Read More…

Browns notes: Ratliff could stick around as fourth quarterback

BEREA – Brett Ratliff spent 2009 as the third-string quarterback, then watched the Browns overhaul the position in the offseason with little mention as to how he fits. Brady Quinn and Derek Anderson were sent packing and replaced by Jake Delhomme, Seneca Wallace and rookie Colt McCoy – all of whom are nearly guaranteed to Read More…

Elyria Sports Hall of Fame: Elyria Catholic’s Keith Rybarczyk was more than just a quarterback

Keith Rybarczyk had just watched Al McKinney rush 24 yards to the Ohio Stadium 15-yard line, which followed two other nice runs. “I felt we would pound the ball on the ground,” Rybarczyk said. Instead, the call was a slant to Ron Traut. “It felt great that Coach (Jim) Rattay had confidence in me to Read More…

McCoy center of attention at Browns rookie minicamp

BEREA – Colt McCoy wore a bright orange No. 12 jersey Friday for his first practices as a Brown. The sun was brilliant, the temperature in the 80s and he was taking the first-team snaps at quarterback. It was enough to remind the Texan of home. Even if it was only rookie minicamp. “It’s still Read More…