September 17, 2014

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Browns notes: ESPN analyst Merril Hoge rips Johnny Manziel

Johnny Manziel

BEREA — ESPN analyst Merril Hoge hasn’t changed his predraft opinion of Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel. In fact, it’s gotten stronger. And nastier. “If you’re the Steelers defense you want No. 2 to walk out on that field,” Hoge told WDVE-FM in Pittsburgh on Wednesday morning. “You want him on that field. “He has Read More…

Steelers expect to face 2 Browns quarterbacks … Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel

Cleveland Browns quarterbacks Johnny Manziel and Brian Hoyer stretch before a preseason game against the Chicago Bears Thursday. The Steelers are preparing to face both quarterbacks in the season opener on Sunday. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Browns coach Mike Pettine wants to keep the Steelers guessing regarding a possible package of plays for rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel for the opener Sunday in Pittsburgh. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin is guessing he’ll see Manziel. “We have a great deal of respect for Johnny Manziel and his talents and what he did to get Read More…

Browns Notes: New arrival LaRon Byrd has height, sees opportunity in undersized receiving corps

Wide receiver LaRon Byrd grabs a 27-yard  pass for a touchdown during the Dallas Cowboys'  preseason game Saturday. Byrd was cut by the Cowyboys and picked up by the Browns. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

BEREA — LaRon Byrd arrived at Browns headquarters and joined his new teammates partway through practice Monday afternoon. He immediately became the biggest receiver (6-foot-4, 220 pounds) on the field. “I’m definitely excited,” he said. “The opportunity is there. You have to come in and listen to the coaches, work hard in practice and hopefully Read More…

Ben Tate finally a No. 1 running back, and the Browns are counting on him

Cleveland Browns running back Ben Tate runs the ball during a preseason game against the Chicago Bears Thursday. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

BEREA — Ben Tate has been waiting for this opportunity since he entered the league as a second-round pick of Houston in 2010. Not only did he pull away from rookie third-rounder Terrance West in the preseason to keep the starting running back job, Tate will open the year as the primary third-down back after Read More…

Browns cut QB Rex Grossman, add 4 players, including WR LaRon Byrd, RB Glenn Winston

BEREA — Rex Grossman’s time as the Browns’ third quarterback was short-lived. He was signed after training camp started, didn’t play until Thursday’s preseason finale, made the 53-man roster Saturday and was cut Sunday. Coach Mike Pettine left open the door for a return, calling the roster “very fluid.” The Browns added four players off Read More…

Browns trim roster to 53 — Burleson doesn’t make cut

The committee has been chosen. The Browns will use a receiver-by-committee approach following the suspension of All-Pro Josh Gordon for the season, but veteran Nate Burleson won’t be on it. He was cut Saturday as the NFL required teams to get down to the regular-season roster limit of 53. Undrafted and undersized rookie Taylor Gabriel Read More…

Wide receiver Nate Burleson among cuts as Browns trim roster to 53

Nate Burleson

The committee has been chosen. The Browns will use a receiver-by-committee approach following the suspension of All-Pro Josh Gordon for the season, but veteran Nate Burleson won’t be on it. He was cut Saturday as the NFL required teams to get down to the regular-season roster limit of 53. Undrafted and undersized rookie Taylor Gabriel Read More…

Browns notes: Fans’ excitement for Manziel doesn’t translate to offense

Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel shakes hands with fans after a 33-13 win over the Chicago Bears Thursday. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

The excitement level in the stands rises significantly when rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel takes the field. Coach Mike Pettine doesn’t believe that translates to an increase in energy in the huddle compared to when starter Brian Hoyer is running the show. “Yeah, I don’t agree with that,” he said Friday on a conference call. “They Read More…

Next step for Browns: Reducing the roster

Decisions, decisions. Make that decisions, decisions, decisions, decisions. Browns general manager Ray Farmer and the coaching staff met Friday as they prepared to trim the roster to the regular-season limit of 53 by 4 p.m. today. Coach Mike Pettine said no moves had been made when he talked to reporters Friday afternoon on a conference Read More…

Browns offense finally clicks, does some good things in 33-13 win over Bears

Johnny Manziel

CLEVELAND — Brian Hoyer and the starting offense got the touchdown drive they needed heading into the season. Johnny Manziel was a mixed bag of magic and misses — exactly what the sparse crowd came to see. Mike Pettine got his first win as a head coach since 2001, when he was stalking the sidelines Read More…