August 28, 2014

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Browns Notes: New safety Jim Leonhard reunites with Mike Pettine

Joe Haden goes up against his teammate Jordan Poyer during drills at the Browns training camp Thursday in Berea. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

BEREA — Safety Jim Leonhard played for Mike Pettine in Baltimore, New York and Buffalo. He’s never seen him quite like this. “I’m excited to see him as a head coach,” Leonhard said Thursday. “I think he’s got the right mentality for it. The little bit that I’ve seen, he’s doing the right things. “Personality-wise Read More…

Rookie QB Johnny Manziel struggles to adjust from college system to Browns’ scheme

Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel throws a pass during a training camp practice in Berea on Thursday. (AP Photo/Aaron Josefczyk)

BEREA — Johnny Manziel has one thing figured out after his first week of NFL training camp: He isn’t in College Station anymore. Manziel met with reporters Thursday after the fifth full-squad practice and acknowledged his practice struggles, admitted his issues picking up the intricate offense and surprised some by saying he isn’t in a Read More…

Browns Training Camp: Running back Ben Tate starts fight to stand up for offense

Veteran running back Ben Tate runs the ball against cornerback Joe Haden at training camp. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

BEREA — Running back Ben Tate’s fastball at the helmet of defensive lineman Ahtyba Rubin was intended to send a message. Despite Tate’s 105-pound disadvantage, he wanted to make it clear the offense wouldn’t accept being picked on by the defense. “It was about just setting the tempo that, ‘Hey, you are not going to Read More…

Browns Notes: Josh Gordon to blame second-hand smoke in suspension appeal, per reports

Josh Gordon

BEREA — Browns receiver Josh Gordon has a high-profile lawyer and an interesting argument. He hopes they result in a successful appeal of an indefinite suspension for failing a marijuana test. Otherwise, he wouldn’t be allowed to play in 2014. Reports Tuesday on ESPN and Profootballtalk.com laid out the argument Gordon’s attorneys will use Friday Read More…

(UPDATED) Browns Notes: Read option makes early appearance in Kyle Shanahan’s offense

Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, left, talks with head coach Mike Pettine at training camp. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

BEREA — Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan couldn’t wait to begin installing the read option. All the quarterbacks took turns running the option Monday on the third day of training camp, the first in pads. In the competition for the starting job, Shanahan called more options for rookie Johnny Manziel than Brian Hoyer, because Manziel ran Read More…

Browns GM Ray Farmer defends rookie QB Johnny Manziel

Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel fires a pass as head coach Mike Pettine, left, and offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, right, watch Sunday. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

BEREA — Johnny Manziel, a master at evading would-be tacklers, absorbed quite a few hits in the last several days. Coach Mike Pettine said it would be a “tall task” for him to wrestle the starting quarterback job from Brian Hoyer. Owner Jimmy Haslam expressed disappointment with his off-the-field behavior. Manziel struggled to move the Read More…

Browns Notes: Cornerback Buster Skrine off to fast start

BEREA — If cornerback Buster Skrine keeps up this pace, rookie first-round pick Justin Gilbert will have a difficult time breaking into the starting lineup. Skrine, one of the fastest players on the team, is off to a scorching start in training camp. After dominating the conditioning test with ease Friday, he made a series Read More…

Browns Training Camp, Day 2: Farmer says Manziel is ‘focused, committed to football’

Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel passes as Brian Hoyer watches at the NFL football team's training camp in Berea Sunday. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

BEREA — A day after owner Jimmy Haslam expressed disappointment in rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel’s offseason of partying, general manager Ray Farmer complimented Manziel’s commitment to football. “I’ve seen a young man that came back, that appears to be prepared for competition and I think that’s what we want — guys that took the time Read More…

Buzz greets opening of Browns training camp, much of it created by Johnny Manziel

Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel signs autographs after practice at the NFL football team's training camp Saturday. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

BEREA — An hour before the players stretched to begin the first practice of training camp, fans filled the bleachers. The stragglers that eventually stood seven-deep Saturday morning to get a glimpse of their favorite team and players congregated on tiny, tree-lined Beech Street. Six lines of about 30 each filtered into the Browns facility Read More…

Browns owner Jimmy Haslam disappointed in Johnny Manziel’s off-field behavior

Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam watches the opening practice  at training camp Saturday. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

BEREA — Browns owner Jimmy Haslam was a big fan of Johnny Manziel long before his team drafted the quarterback with the No. 22 pick in May. The admiration was replaced by disappointed multiple times during Manziel’s offseason of partying. “Johnny said it himself, he made some mistakes,” Haslam said Saturday after the first practice Read More…