November 21, 2014

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Browns GM Ray Farmer wants rookie QB Johnny Manziel to play when time is right

Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel warms up before an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday in Cleveland. Cleveland won 22-17. (AP Photo/David Richard)

BEREA — General manager Ray Farmer wants the time to be right for rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel to enter the lineup. Farmer understands people are eager to see “what’s under the hood” with the popular Manziel and believes he can be a successful starter, but isn’t in a rush to get an evaluation. “I would Read More…

Browns get back to work quickly with huge Thursday night game against Bengals approaching fast

Cleveland Browns tackle Joe Thomas blocks during an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday in Cleveland. The Browns won 22-17. (AP Photo/David Richard)

Joe Thomas’ week will include extra massages and stretching. The Pro Bowl left tackle doesn’t have a midseason spa vacation planned, rather a Thursday night game in Cincinnati with first place in the AFC North on the line. “They’re pretty tough,” Thomas said Monday of short weeks. “Especially as you get older, you don’t start Read More…

Browns Notes: Rookie RB Terrance West has rebounded from rough stretch by practicing hard, running straight ahead

Cleveland Browns running back Terrance West (28) runs untouched into the end zone on a two-yard touchdown catch against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the third quarter of an NFL football game in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard)

Terrance West learned his lesson. Make that, lessons. The rookie running back is practicing hard and going straight ahead in short yardage after a rough stretch last month. “He’s done a nice job,” left tackle Joe Thomas said Sunday after West played a big role in the 22-17 win over Tampa Bay. “I think a Read More…

Browns beat Buccaneers, improve to 5-3, set up showdown in Cincinnati

Browns running back Terrance West scores on a two-yard reception in the third quarter of Cleveland’s win over the Buccaneers on Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium. (AP photo)

CLEVELAND — Pro Bowl left tackle Joe Thomas has been on a lot of bad Browns teams in his eight years. He sees a significant difference in the current edition. “We’re doing a good job of finding a way to win at the end,” he said. Quarterback Brian Hoyer is in only his second year Read More…

(Updated) Browns pregame update: Points of interest; key numbers; prediction

CLEVELAND — Browns tight end Jim Dray will start in place of Jordan Cameron, who’s out with a concussion, this afternoon against Tampa Bay. Kickoff is at 1 p.m. at FirstEnergy Stadium. Cameron was injured last week in the 23-13 win over Oakland when he took a shot to the head from safety Brandian Ross, Read More…

Browns in a rush to get stalled running game rolling again

The Browns were dominant running the ball the first five games. Creases and cutback lanes were readily available, all three running backs hit them on time and the yards came in chunks as the Browns ranked third in the league with 146.4 yards per game. The run game has run into a brick wall the Read More…

Veteran safety Donte Whitner making an impact on his hometown Browns … and vice versa

Cleveland Browns strong safety Donte Whitner hits Oakland Raiders running back Darren McFadden to force a fumble.(AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

BEREA — Strong safety Donte Whitner was getting ready to practice Wednesday when he decided to share his feelings with the world. Or at least his 141,000 followers on Twitter. “It’s crazy how much I enjoy being home playing for the Cleveland Browns… #doYOUHaveaDream?” he tweeted before taking the field. His explanation of the tweet Read More…

Browns notes: Rookie running back Isaiah Crowell wants, expects to play more

Donte Whitner, Darren McFadden

BEREA — Standing on the sideline didn’t sit well with running back Isaiah Crowell. “It was real disappointing, but you have to do what is best for the team,” Crowell said Thursday. “We won the game, so I was proud about that.” Crowell, an undrafted rookie, played three of 56 offensive snaps Sunday in the Read More…

Browns coach Mike Pettine, teammates sense QB Johnny Manziel’s frustration from not playing

Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel watches from the bench in the first quarter against the Oakland Raiders Sunday. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

BEREA — Johnny Manziel has said all the right things about life as the backup quarterback. He’s staying in his “own lane,” playing his “role” and supporting starter Brian Hoyer. His best friend and coach know standing on the sideline is killing him. “He’s the ultimate competitor,” Buccaneers receiver Mike Evans said Wednesday on a Read More…

Tampa Bay WR Mike Evans: When Johnny Manziel gets a shot, he’s never going to come off field

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans runs his route against the Minnesota Vikings. (AP Photo/Reinhold Matay)

BEREA — Buccaneers rookie receiver Mike Evans caught 151 passes for 2,499 yards and 17 touchdowns in two years at Texas A&M. His quarterback was Johnny Manziel. The close friends will hook up again Sunday when Tampa Bay (1-6) plays the Browns (4-3) at FirstEnergy Stadium. Manziel has played only four snaps as he’s been Read More…