October 25, 2014

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Browns WR Andrew Hawkins shows ability, versatility and toughness in hot start

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Andrew Hawkins runs the ball after making a catch against the Baltimore Ravens. (Jeff Haynes/AP Images for Panini)

BEREA — Andrew Hawkins will never be mistaken for Josh Gordon, but he’s looked and played the part of the Browns’ No. 1 wideout in the All-Pro’s absence. Hawkins — all 5-foot-7, 180 pounds of him — has a team-high 21 catches for 244 yards (11.6 average) through three games. He ranks eighth in the Read More…

Browns CB Joe Haden disappointed in his start, says he hasn’t played up to his ability

Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith is defended by Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden Sept. 21. (Jeff Haynes/AP Images for Panini)

BEREA — Cornerback Joe Haden wasn’t offended when coach Mike Pettine said he needs to play better in the big moments. He was thinking the same thing. “I’m one of my biggest critics and I know that I haven’t been playing up to my ability and it’s been some plays where definitely I need to Read More…

Browns Notes: QB coach Dowell Loggains trusts Johnny Manziel over long weekend

Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel reacts after being selected by the Cleveland Browns as the 22nd pick in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

BEREA — When practice concludes today, Browns players won’t be required at team headquarters until Tuesday. That’s more than four days for rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel to find an inflatable swan, a money phone and himself back on TMZ. “I don’t know what Johnny’s plans are,” quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains said Wednesday. “I’m sure Coach Read More…

Scott Petrak: Browns have plenty to fix on their bye week

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco tries to escape from Cleveland Browns inside linebacker Craig Robertson in the second quarter Sunday. (AP Photo/David Richard)

An early bye week is far from ideal. The season isn’t yet at a full lather, and the brutality hasn’t taken its toll on the roster. The break makes much more sense after six or eight games, rather than three. “It’s good to get away, but do you really need to get away?” quarterback Brian Read More…

Browns Mike Pettine: Last place is last place, but there are positives

Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine walks off the field after a 23-21 loss to the Baltimore Ravens Sunday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

BEREA — Football coaches and players like to say that the game film doesn’t lie. It can deceive. “I told the team today that there are times when you could make a cut-up of us and just say this team is unbeatable,” coach Mike Pettine said Monday. “Then you could make a cut-up and say Read More…

Browns Notes: Coach Mike Pettine says CB Joe Haden not making big plays when needed

Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith catches a pass against Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden  Sunday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

BEREA — When the Browns gave Pro Bowl cornerback Joe Haden a five-year, $68 million extension through 2019 in May, it came with great expectations. He hasn’t lived up to the contract through three games. “He’s played well at times, but as you can see, at some inopportune times he’s not played well,” coach Mike Read More…

Ravens 23, Browns 21: Cleveland wastes several chances, loses on field goal as time expires

Baltimore Ravens kicker Justin Tucker and holder Sam Koch watch Tucker's 32-yard field goal to beat the Cleveland Browns, 23-21, Sunday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard)

CLEVELAND — The Browns had the chance to go into the bye week 2-1. They had the chance to have a mountain of momentum following last week’s win over the Saints. They had the chance to move a game ahead of the Ravens in the AFC North. They had the chance to prove they aren’t Read More…

Browns Pregame Update: TE Jordan Cameron and LB Barkevious Mingo active; 3 points of interest; numbers game; the pick

CLEVELAND – The Browns (1-1) will have tight end Jordan Cameron, their No. 1 receiving threat, back today vs. the Baltimore Ravens (1-1). Kickoff is at 1 p.m. at FirstEnergy Stadium. Cameron didn’t play last week in the win over the Saints after injuring his shoulder in the opening loss to Pittsburgh. He returned to Read More…

Browns QB Brian Hoyer knows team history, relishes chance to start against Ravens

Brian Hoyer

Brian Hoyer was a frightened 10-year-old as the hammering, sawing and drilling grew louder around him. He was an eyewitness to the Browns’ departure to Baltimore as he sat in old Cleveland Stadium for its final game Dec. 17, 1995. “I just remember being scared at the game because of the people ripping out the Read More…

Browns Notes: Players see no backlash from NFL’s PR problems

BEREA — The ugly headlines keep coming for the NFL, but several Browns players said they haven’t felt the sting of guilt by association. “I think the vast majority of people realize that because one or two people got in trouble it doesn’t mean that everybody in the NFL is the same,” left tackle Joe Read More…