October 25, 2014

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Focus on QBs: Battle for starting job gets serious as Browns take on Packers in preseason opener

BEREA – Let the games – and the real quarterback competition – begin. After two grueling weeks of practice and a competitive intrasquad scrimmage, the Browns open the preseason tonight at Green Bay. It’s the start of a three-week sprint to determine who will quarterback the team Sept. 13 when the Vikings visit to kick Read More…

Stallworth out season without pay, will be reinstated after Super Bowl

Stallworth

BEREA — The assumption became official Thursday. Receiver Donte Stallworth won’t play in the NFL this year. Commissioner Roger Goodell notified Stallworth that he’s suspended without pay for the 2009 season for violating the league’s policies on substance abuse and personal conduct. He had been indefinitely suspended, and will be reinstated after the Super Bowl Read More…

Healthy Derek Anderson back to fun-loving, carefree ways

Derek Anderson might be in a battle for the starting quarterback job, but he’s decided to try  to have fun this season just the same. (AP photo.)

BEREA — The goofy grin has returned. So have the hearty laugh and playful spirit. In other words, the old D.A. is back. “You have to run around and be a dummy sometimes,” Browns quarterback Derek Anderson said Wednesday. Anderson wasn’t himself during spring minicamps. He had been mentioned in offseason trade rumors, was deemed Read More…

Browns camp update: The real deal on latest quarterback ‘controversy’

The latest Browns quarterback “controversy” is much ado about nothing. After the intrasquad scrimmage Sunday, Derek Anderson said Brady Quinn — his competition for the starting quarterback job — told the defense the offense’s hand signals so it would know which play Anderson was running. Anderson was having fun with Quinn, but ESPN.com mentioned his Read More…

Browns camp update: QB Ratliff trying to be more than an afterthought

Brett Ratliff isn’t a contender to win the starting quarterback job, but he won’t let the coaching staff forget about him. He followed a solid scrimmage Sunday by leading the first-team offense to a touchdown in a two-minute drill Tuesday morning at practice. Coach Eric Mangini said he wanted to see Ratliff and fourth-stringer Richard Read More…

Browns have a handful of possibilities at receiver

The Browns have question marks across the roster, but no position has less certainty than wide receiver. There’s Braylon Edwards and … a handful of possibilities. Rookie second-round picks Brian Robiskie and Mohamed Massaquoi are locks to make the team, but their roles are far from defined. The coaching staff would love one to win Read More…

Browns Family Day scrimmage: QBs have highs, lows

CLEVELAND — The first landmark in the quarterback competition arrived Sunday in the form of the Brown and White Scrimmage at Cleveland Browns Stadium. When the 14,314 fans left on a sunny, sticky afternoon, no clear-cut leader had emerged. The preseason starts Saturday night in Green Bay. The regular-season opener is Sept. 13 on the Read More…

Browns notes: Wide receiver duo excelling

CLEVELAND — Joshua Cribbs and Lance Leggett are no longer afterthoughts in the competition at wide receiver. Both continued their strong starts to training camp with good performances Sunday in the scrimmage at Cleveland Browns Stadium, and are in the mix to get serious playing time come September. Leggett caught two passes for 62 yards, Read More…

Browns rookie running back James Davis attracting big-time attention with his big-play skills

BEREA – Jamal Lewis may be biased, but that doesn’t mean he’s wrong. “I see something real special in him,” Lewis said. “I see a burst out of him and an aggressiveness out of him. We’re from the same neighborhood back home, so he’s got some fight to him.” Him is rookie running back James Read More…

Browns camp update: Mangini hopes for big turnout at free scrimmage Sunday

Coach Eric Mangini wants Browns fans to turn out in big numbers Sunday at Cleveland Browns Stadium for the “Family Day” Brown and White scrimmage. He wants to simulate a real game-day experience and hopes that includes tens of thousands of fans. “I hope we get a lot of Browns fans there, so that the Read More…