November 26, 2014

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Browns’ Massaquoi moves into the spotlight

BEREA — Mohamed Massaquoi assumed the No. 1 receiver role when Braylon Edwards was traded to the Jets on Wednesday. He didn’t inherit the need for attention, love of cameras or tendency to say something inflammatory. Edwards took those with him to Broadway, mecca for prima donnas. That’s OK, they don’t fit with Massaquoi’s personality. Read More…

Browns analysis: Bottom line, the time was right for Edwards trade

If timing is everything, the trade of Braylon Edwards to the bright lights of the big city is a touchdown. If the deal is judged solely on getting equal value in return, it’s more like a 4-yard run up the middle. Not bad, but nothing to celebrate. Coach Eric Mangini sent his top playmaker to Read More…

Braylon Edwards gone in a New York minute

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BEREA —Two dozen empty wire hangers, a piece of shoulder pads, a penny, a blade of grass and a few orange boxes of Nike cleats were all that was left in the large wooden locker that once housed Braylon Edwards. The most recognizable name and biggest personality on the Browns is no longer on the Read More…

Braylon Edwards traded to Jets

BEREA — Braylon Edwards is no longer the Browns’ headache. Or their most talented offensive player. The Browns traded the former Pro Bowl receiver to the New York Jets this morning for receiver Chansi Stuckey, who started three games this season, special teamer Jason Trusnik and two undisclosed draft choices. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported the Read More…

Browns analysis: D.A. at QB makes offense better

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Frank Caliendo does a mean John Madden impersonation, and when he says “terrible” as Charles Barkley it always makes me laugh. But the comedian was completely wrong when discussing the Browns’ quarterback switch on “Fox NFL Sunday.” “That’s like changing the in-flight snack on the Hindenburg,” Caliendo, as Andy Rooney, said Sunday. “It won’t help.” Read More…

Browns respond to Mangini ‘Light,’ but did Braylon blow it?

BEREA — Coach Eric Mangini went against his taskmaster nature last week and tried a softer touch with his players. He moved practice inside to get out of the rain Wednesday and went without pads Thursday. The players appreciated the gesture and responded with an improved performance Sunday in a 23-20 overtime loss to the Read More…

Browns’ Edwards accused of punching LeBron pal

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Braylon Edwards (17) jousts with cornerback Brandon McDonald (22) during warmups Sunday. (AP photo.)

BEREA — Cavaliers forward LeBron James took a verbal shot at one of the city’s other sports stars Monday afternoon after Browns receiver Braylon Edwards allegedly punched a friend of James’ early Monday morning outside a nightclub. James said Edwards punched Edward Givens, a friend of James’ and a promoter with a Cleveland marketing firm, Read More…

Positively frustrating: Browns lose in final seconds of overtime

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CLEVELAND — Reeling from three blowout losses to open the season and desperate for a glimmer of hope, Pro Bowl nose tackle Shaun Rogers said last week he “just wanted to see us compete.” Rogers got his wish. The Browns battled for 74 minutes and 56 seconds Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals. They still don’t Read More…

Browns rookie Massaquoi makes impact with eight-catch game

Browns wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi hauls in a 30-yard pass over Bengals cornerback Johnathan Joseph in the second quarter Sunday. Massaquoi had eight catches for 148 yards. (AP photo.)

CLEVELAND — The only things missing from Mohamed Massaquoi’s day were a touchdown and a win. He was oh-so-close to both. The rookie second-round pick hosted his NFL coming-out party Sunday on the lakefront in the Browns’ 23-20 overtime loss to the Bengals that dropped them to 0-4. He started at receiver, played extensively and Read More…

Photo gallery: Browns almost get first win but Bengals squeak by

The Browns played their best game of the year today — by far — but it still wasn’t enough to earn their first victory. The Browns dropped to 0-4 after a 23-20 loss that took the entire 15-minute overtime period. When Shayne Graham’s 31-yard field goal barely fit inside the uprights, there was no time Read More…