August 1, 2014

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Rookie QB Manziel struggling to adjust from college system to Browns’ scheme

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 Notes: New safety Jim Leonhard reunites with Mike Pettine, says he has what it takes to be great head coach

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…

Browns OC Kyle Shanahan says no one in front in QB competition; Johnny Manziel discusses struggles adjusting to system

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…

Reciever Charles Johnson has real chance to make Browns team this year

Charles Johnson

BEREA — Browns coach Mike Pettine didn’t pull any punches during his first meeting with wide receiver Charles Johnson. “I told him I didn’t know much about him, but I went on You Tube and watched his Grand Valley State highlights,” Pettine said. “They were impressive. You could see he was worth taking a peek 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…

Browns veteran Ben Tate, rookie Terrance West spice up battle for starting running back job

running back battle

BEREA — The quarterback competition between Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel is the primary storyline at Browns training camp. The most explosive position battle? That might just be the duel between running backs Ben Tate and Terrance West. Fifth-year pro Tate and rookie West have exchanged pointed comments through the media — refusing to acknowledge 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…