August 29, 2014

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Browns: Notes and observations from training camp

BEREA – The Browns completed their first practice in pads Monday morning. There were a couple of minor shoving matches, some intense run drills and no serious injuries. In other words, a good first day in pads. “It’s always a little bit sloppier,” coach Pat Shurmur said. “But we seemed to pull through it physically Read More…

Fans get first glimpse of this year’s Browns

Browns cornerback Joe Haden signs autographs Sunday on the second day of training camp in Berea and the first day that was open to the fans. (AP photo.)

Maybe it was the 8:45 a.m. starting time. Perhaps it was the day of the week. Or it could have been fallout from the NFL lockout. Whatever the reason, there was a palpable lack of excitement Sunday when the Browns formally opened training camp in Berea. Though 2,932 people attended the 2½-hour session, they failed Read More…

Browns’ Greg Little takes it slow, but thinks he can be a No. 1 receiver

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BEREA — Receiver Greg Little, a second-round draft pick in April, was the Browns’ biggest offseason acquisition at what many consider the team’s weakest position. He hasn’t played a game since 2009 and was kicked off the North Carolina team in one of the many scandals that eventually got coach Butch Davis fired. The eyes Read More…

Browns: Joshua Cribbs hurts leg in practice, and other observations

BEREA – The fans welcomed the Browns back Sunday morning with the first open practice of coach Pat Shurmur’s 2-day-old training camp. Here are some highlights of the 2½-hour session and the interviews that followed. ** Receiver/special teamer Joshua Cribbs stopped practicing about halfway through and had his knee wrapped in ice for a while. Read More…

Browns Notes: Pat Shurmur deals with injuries on first day of practice

BEREA – It wasn’t perfect, but Pat Shurmur was pleased with his first practice as Browns coach. The four-month NFL lockout deprived Shurmur of the entire offseason. The full squad didn’t report until Friday, then the players were on the field Saturday morning for a two-hour session to start training camp. “For our first day Read More…

A quiet confidence: New Browns coach Pat Shurmur isn’t shy when it comes to taking charge

Pat Shurmur hasn’t lost a game as Browns head coach. He hasn’t had a player disrespect him in front of the team. He hasn’t been grilled by reporters for a third-down play call that backfires against the Steelers. So maybe any discussion about his calm and composed demeanor should wait. Pressure does strange things to Read More…

Browns: Day One of training camp arrives with injuries, trades

BEREA – Phil Dawson was never mistaken for a hippie – or Justin Bieber – in his first 12 years with the Browns, but he looked more clean-cut than ever Saturday. His head was shaved bald under his Browns cap. Other than that, it was the same old No. 4. Only with a range of Read More…

Browns: WR Mohamed Massaquoi, OL Eric Steinbach sit out first practice under coach Pat Shurmur

BEREA – The first practice of the Pat Shurmur era is in the books. The new Browns coach, who’s a head coach for the first time, began training camp Saturday morning with a two-hour session closed to the public. The players were in helmets, small shoulder pads (shells) and shorts. “It’s fun because we’re back Read More…

Browns: 5 players to watch during training camp

Reporters haven’t seen the Browns assembled on the field for a practice since before last season’s finale, a 41-9 loss to the Steelers. For the die-hard fans, they haven’t seen a practice since training camp closed last August. Eric Mangini was the coach, new coach Pat Shurmur was an assistant in St. Louis and no Read More…

Browns: Defensive line gets a boost with Mitchell deal

Defensive end Jayme Mitchell agreed to a two-year contract to return to the Browns. He is in line to become a starter. Five more draft picks reached deals, according to multiple reports. All but first-rounder Phil Taylor were in the fold on the day the players were required to report to training camp. Cornerback Eric Read More…