September 19, 2014

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Browns Notes: Rookie cornerback Justin Gilbert could see playing time cut

Cleveland Browns cornerback Justin Gilbert tackles Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Markus Wheaton Sunday in Pittsburgh.(AP Photo/Don Wright)

BEREA — Rookie cornerback Justin Gilbert might be spending more time on the sideline after a poor debut Sunday against the Steelers. “Looking back on it, maybe he did play too many reps,” coach Mike Pettine said Monday. “We’re not looking to bench him, but maybe scale back his reps this week.” Joe Haden and Read More…

Browns like hurry-up option, but QB Brian Hoyer says they must improve ‘normal’ offense

The Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cleveland Browns line up Sunday in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Don Wright)

BEREA — Mike Pettine’s Browns aren’t turning into Chip Kelly’s Eagles, but they proved Sunday they have the ability to step on the accelerator. Kelly brought the fast-paced Oregon offense to the NFL last year, and it translated as Philadelphia ranked second in total offense, first in rushing and fourth in points. He wants his Read More…

Browns coach Mike Pettine calls Ray Rice video ‘deeply disturbing’

BEREA — Browns coach Mike Pettine had a strong reaction to the video of running back Ray Rice punching his then-fiancee in an elevator. “I saw the video this morning,” Pettine said Monday. “Deeply disturbing, especially as a father that has two daughters. There’s just no place for that behavior in our society.” The video Read More…

(UPDATED) Cleveland battles back in second half, but loses to Steelers on field goal on final play

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Travis Benjamin (11) makes a touchdown catch in front of Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor (24) in the fourth quarter of the NFL football game on Sunday in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene Puskar)

PITTSBURGH — The team leaders stood up at halftime and reassured the locker room they weren’t the “same old Browns,” there was plenty of time left and “crazy things happen.” They were right. Unfortunately for rookie coach Mike Pettine and the rest of the Browns, they boarded the buses back to Berea late Sunday afternoon Read More…

Browns QB Brian Hoyer rallies team in 2nd half of loss, praises teammates’ fight

Cleveland Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer passes against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. (AP Photo/Don Wright)

PITTSBURGH — Cries for rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel were surely bellowing throughout Northeast Ohio. A CBS camera remained focused on him on the sideline. Veteran Brian Hoyer wasn’t done. He fought too hard to become the opening-day starter to watch his dream come crashing down so quickly. After an awful first half that included poor Read More…

Browns notes: Rookies give run game a lift

Cleveland Browns running back Isaiah Crowell dives past Pittsburgh Steelers free safety Mike Mitchell for a touchdown in the third quarter of the NFL football game on Sunday in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Don Wright)

PITTSBURGH — When Ben Tate left the game in the second quarter with a knee injury, it could’ve meant the end of the Browns’ running game. But a pair of rookies stepped in and provided a reason to smile Sunday in the 30-27 loss to the Steelers. Third-round pick Terrance West replaced Tate as the Read More…

Scott Petrak’s Browns Predictions: No Gordon, no playoffs, but expect a better year

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The Browns won four games last year, in case you had forgotten the latest nightmare. I’ll use that as the baseline to determine my prediction for this season. Talent was added in running back Ben Tate, left guard Joel Bitonio, cornerback Justin Gilbert, safety Donte Whitner and linebackers Karlos Dansby and Chris Kirksey. That should Read More…

The recipe for an intriguing Browns opener? A new coach, a hometown quarterback … and the Steelers on the road

The last Browns coach to win his first game was Bud Carson, a 51-0 romp in Pittsburgh in 1989. He was fired during the next season. The last Browns quarterback to win an opener was Jeff Garcia in 2004, Cleveland’s only opening win since the return in 1999. He didn’t make it through the season Read More…

Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer living dream of leading hometown team

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Brian Hoyer is busy. He’s still learning his receivers. He’s digesting Kyle Shanahan’s game plan. He’s studying endless film of the always-tough Steelers defense. Hoyer, just days away from his first opening-day start in the NFL, allowed himself 10 seconds to think about what it would mean to have success with the team he grew Read More…

Browns Jordan Cameron hopes to build after big year

Cleveland Browns tight end Jordan Cameron is brought down by St. Louis Rams outside linebacker Alec Ogletree during a preseason game Aug. 23.  (Jeff Haynes/AP Images for Panini)

BEREA — Wassily Kandinsky, Jackson Pollock and … Jordan Cameron. Cameron, Cleveland’s tight end, isn’t a famous artist, but he worked in the abstract for the first two-plus years of his career. Could he make the conversion from basketball court to football field? Would his immense athleticism translate? Was he tough enough to make the Read More…