August 23, 2014

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Coach Mike Pettine: Nothing settled in Browns quarterback race

Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel passes against the Detroit Lions during a preseason game at Ford Field in Detroit. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)

Nothing is settled in the Browns quarterback derby. But the clock’s ticking on a decision, and rookie Johnny Manziel is making up ground in chunks on incumbent Brian Hoyer. First-year coach Mike Pettine reset the state of the competition Sunday afternoon in a conference call after watching film of the 13-12 loss to the Lions Read More…

Browns quarterback battle between Johnny Manziel, Brian Hoyer looks too close to call after preseason opener

Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel runs the ball against the Detroit Lions  Saturday. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)

DETROIT — Johnny Manziel entered an NFL game — albeit preseason — for the first time with 7:32 remaining in the second quarter. He was greeted with a loud chorus of boos by the Ford Field crowd that had been quiet until then. He exited with 40 seconds left in the third quarter when undrafted Read More…

Browns Notes: Rookie CB Justin Gilbert inactive for preseason opener with groin injury

Justin Gilbert

DETROIT — Rookie cornerback Justin Gilbert will have to wait at least another week for his first NFL action. Veteran receiver Nate Burleson saved a lot of cash and his vocal cords. Gilbert — drafted No. 8, 14 spots ahead of quarterback Johnny Manziel — didn’t dress Saturday night for the preseason opener because of Read More…

Browns: Preseason opens with all eyes on QB competition

Johnny Manziel, Brian Hoyer, Connor Shaw, Tyler Thigpen

Coach Mike Pettine felt the need to double-check when asked which position battles he was eager to watch tonight in the preseason opener at Detroit. “You mean other than quarterback?” he asked. Obviously. Pettine’s first focus – like that of the Browns fan base — is on the quarterback competition between rookie Johnny Manziel and Read More…

Browns QB Brian Hoyer gets nod to start preseason opener; rookie Johnny Manziel continues to apply pressure

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BEREA — Quarterback Brian Hoyer will start Saturday in Detroit in the preseason opener. “That was his job. He was the one coming into it,” first-year coach Mike Pettine said Wednesday. “He’s done nothing to have that taken away from him, so he’ll be out there with the starters.” Rookie Johnny Manziel, who’s made significant Read More…

Browns Notes: Safety Tashaun Gipson excited to play Saturday after avoiding serious knee injury

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Taylor Gabriel, left, catches a pass against free safety Tashaun Gipson during training camp. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

BEREA — Free safety Tashaun Gipson roamed the deep part of the field and closed in on the line of scrimmage Wednesday during team drills. It was a welcome sight after he left practice Friday with a left knee injury. “Anytime something like that happens, you are a little worried,” Gipson said. “You’re praying for Read More…

Browns rookie CB Justin Gilbert gets time with starters, hopes to win job by Week 1

Cleveland Browns cornerback Justin Gilbert, left, defends against wide receiver Miles Austin during practice Tuesday.(AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

BEREA — Cornerback Justin Gilbert didn’t need long to find a comfort zone in his first NFL training camp. The No. 8 pick out of Oklahoma State started getting his hands on passes early in camp. He’s continued to make plays every day – on Tuesday he broke up a deep Johnny Manziel pass in Read More…

Browns Notes: LB Karlos Dansby calls himself ‘best,’ says it’s ‘a joke’ he didn’t make Pro Bowl

Cleveland Browns Karlos Dansby (AP Photo/Aaron Josefczyk)

BEREA — Inside linebacker Karlos Dansby has never been voted to a Pro Bowl, and he didn’t make the NFL Network’s countdown of the top 100 players of 2013. He has his own ranking system. “I’m the best. I’m the best. I’m the best. I’m the best right now, by far,” he said Tuesday. “Until Read More…

Browns rookie QB Johnny Manziel gets all the 1st-team repetitions, but coach Mike Pettine downplays switch

Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel throws a pass during practice at the NFL football team's training camp Monday. Manziel has taken his first snaps in training camp with Cleveland's starters. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

BEREA — Johnny Manziel broke the huddle with Joe Thomas to his left, Alex Mack front and center and Mitchell Schwartz to his right. On the first snap of team drills, he dropped back and completed a 40-yard pass to receiver Travis Benjamin with Pro Bowl cornerback Joe Haden in coverage. The crowd went wild. Read More…

Browns Training Camp: Johnny Manziel takes all the first-team reps; coach Mike Pettine calls it “part of plan”

Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel throws a pass during practice at the NFL football team's training camp Monday. Manziel has taken his first snaps in training camp with Cleveland's starters. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

BEREA – Rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel took all the repetitions with the first-team offense. Receiver Josh Gordon returned to practice for the first time in nearly a week, then left early to participate by phone in his appeal of an indefinite drug suspension. It was an eventful morning at Browns training camp practice. Manziel had Read More…