September 2, 2014

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Browns Notes: No-huddle offense makes rare appearance in Berea

Cleveland Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer hands off to running back Terrrance West during practice Tuesday. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

BEREA — The future of the NFL arrived Wednesday at Browns headquarters. Near the end of practice, the offense went no-huddle. Brian Hoyer led a 65-yard touchdown drive, capped by a 19-yard catch-and-run from running back Ben Tate after linebacker Barkevious Mingo slipped in coverage. Johnny Manziel went three-and-out in his two chances in the Read More…

Browns QBs Johnny Manziel, Brian Hoyer to split time with starting offense vs. Washington

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BEREA — ESPN and Johnny Football fans can stop worrying. Rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel will get plenty of quality time with the Browns’ starting offense against Washington on “Monday Night Football.” He just might not start. Coach Mike Pettine said Tuesday incumbent Brian Hoyer and Manziel will share time with the first team Monday night Read More…

Browns Notes: QB Rex Grossman finally signs; Tyler Thigpen waived

Rex Grossman, left, talks with Cleveland Browns quarterbacks Connor Shaw, Johnny Manziel and Brian Hoyer during practice Tuesday. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

BEREA — The Rex Grossman-to-Cleveland rumors started shortly after Kyle Shanahan was hired as offensive coordinator in February. The rumors became reality Tuesday morning when Grossman signed. He became the No. 3 quarterback, and journeyman Tyler Thigpen was waived. “I don’t know why it took so long,” said Grossman, an unrestricted free agent. “Better late Read More…

Browns Brian Hoyer still slightly ahead of Johnny Manziel in quarterback race

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BEREA — In the Great Quarterback Competition of 2014, every throw is evaluated, every sentence parsed and every action analyzed. Incumbent Brian Hoyer took all of the first-team repetitions on a rainy Monday after starting the preseason opener Saturday. Rookie coach Mike Pettine answered affirmatively that means Hoyer’s still in front in the battle with rookie Read More…

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

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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…