July 31, 2014

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Brian Hoyer’s agent says uncertain starting status could make long-term deal a long shot for Browns

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The Browns want to lock up homegrown quarterback Brian Hoyer for the long term before he enters the final season of his contract. It won’t be easy. The Browns are trying to sign Hoyer to a contract extension, ESPN’s Adam Schefter first reported Monday, citing sources. Hoyer, a North Olmsted native and St. Ignatius graduate, Read More…

Browns Notes: RB Ben Tate ‘not worried’ about competition from rookie Terrance West for starting job

Running back Terrance West takes a handoff during minicamp in Berea. West is considered the top competition for running back Ben Tate for the starting job. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

BEREA — A popular theory outside Browns headquarters is that rookie third-round pick Terrance West will push free agent pickup Ben Tate for the starting running back job. Tate scoffed at the notion. “Honestly, I’m not worried about that because I know when I’m on my game — I respect every running back here — Read More…

(UPDATED) Browns coach Mike Pettine says QB Brian Hoyer will enter training camp “securely ahead” of Johnny Manziel, but lead isn’t “insurmountable”

Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel practices on Wednesday. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

BEREA — Brian Hoyer can’t relax, but he can exhale. Hoyer kept his lead over rookie Johnny Manziel throughout the OTAs and mandatory minicamp and will enter training camp as the favorite to win the starting quarterback job. Don’t freak out, Johnny Football fans. Rookie coach Mike Pettine said Manziel will get his chance to Read More…

Browns WR Andrew Hawkins winning over coaches, teammates with playmaking, work ethic

Browns wide receiver Andrew Hawkins hauls in a pass during practice Wednesday in Berea. The offseason pickup believes his speed and strong work ethic make up for a lack of size. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

BEREA — Andrew Hawkins was born with a strike against him. And it’s a sizable one. In a game of giants, a microscope is helpful to find the slot receiver listed at 5-foot-7 and a generous 180 pounds. The lack of size almost cost Hawkins a career in the NFL, so he’s made it his Read More…

Browns Notes: Undrafted rookie RB Isaiah Crowell confident in his abilities, knows he must prove he can stay out of trouble

Cleveland Browns running back Isaiah Crowell runs during a mandatory minicamp practice Tuesday. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

BEREA — The Browns upgraded the running back position in the offseason with the additions of free agent Ben Tate and third-round pick Terrance West. Undrafted rookie Isaiah Crowell believes he should be part of the discussion. “I feel like it’s going to be a challenge, but I feel like I’m just as good, just Read More…

Browns coach Mike Pettine says he won’t ‘micromanage’ QB Johnny Manziel off the field

Rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel throws a pass during the first day of mandatory minicamp Tuesday in Berea. Manziel was the focus again after more reports of partying in recent weeks. Manziel did not talk to the media. Projected starting quarterback Brian Hoyer is in the background. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

BEREA — Johnny Manziel returned from his latest whirlwind weekend, took snaps with the starters and threw a great deep ball Tuesday as Cleveland’s three-day mandatory minicamp opened. There were no inflatable swans or bottles of champagne in sight. Manziel, who’s battling incumbent Brian Hoyer for the starting quarterback job, has had three free weekends Read More…

Browns sign two, release one

The Browns tweaked the roster Monday before the three-day mandatory minicamp begins today. Offensive lineman Alex Parsons and kicker/punter Jake Rogers were signed, the team announced. Safety Jamoris Slaughter, a sixth-round pick last year, was waived. Parsons (6-foot-4, 301 pounds) was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by Oakland in 2010 but is officially Read More…

Browns release veteran LBs Quentin Groves, Larry Grant

The Browns released veterans Quentin Groves and Larry Grant this morning, shuffling the linebacker position. The move with Groves came as a bit of a surprise. He signed a two-year, $2.8 million contract as a free agent in 2013 and was voted special teams captain but finished the season on injured reserve with an ankle Read More…

Browns QB Johnny Manziel gets warm welcome at elementary school, but rain washes out his first pitch at Indians game

BEREA — The cheers were so loud they forced one fan to cover his ears and walk outside. The barks were unusual for the setting but seemed appropriate on this day inside the muggy gymnasium. Quarterback Johnny Manziel joined the other Browns rookies Wednesday afternoon for an assembly at Grindstone Elementary School, just minutes from Read More…

Browns Notes: QB Brian Hoyer wants restrictions removed, says ‘You never want to see someone else doing your job’

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BEREA — Quarterback Brian Hoyer saw an increase in repetitions Tuesday during 11-on-11 drills, feels completely healthy and remains on schedule to enter training camp without restrictions. It still pains him that rookie Johnny Manziel and journeyman Tyler Thigpen are taking his snaps as the coaching and medical staffs continue to proceed with caution to Read More…