August 20, 2014

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NFL Draft notes: Players talk to coaches, then get locked out again

BEREA – Defensive lineman Brian Schaefering said Friday morning at Browns headquarters “felt like the first day of school.” Well, the kids are back on vacation. An appeals court granted the NFL a temporary stay of the injunction that ended the lockout Monday. A decision on whether to extend the stay throughout the appeals process Read More…

NFL Draft: Browns take WR Greg Little with 2nd 2nd-round pick

BEREA — The Browns switched sides of the ball with their third pick, but stuck with the theme of toughness. North Carolina wide receiver Greg Little was the 59th overall pick, the selection acquired Thursday in the trade with Atlanta. Little is 6-foot-2, 230 pounds and follows defensive tackle Phil Taylor and defensive end Jabaal Read More…

NFL Draft: Browns take DE Jabaal Sheard at No. 37

BEREA — The Browns stayed with defense in the second round, picking Pittsburgh defensive end Jabaal Sheard with the No. 37 overall pick. They drafted defensive tackle Phil Taylor in the first round at No. 21. Sheard had nine sacks and was the Big East Defensive Player of the Year as a senior. Like Taylor, Read More…

NFL Draft: Phil Taylor arrives in Cleveland, calls it ‘dream come true’

BEREA – After a day of flight delays in New York, Phil Taylor finally arrived at Browns headquarters Friday afternoon. Taylor, the team’s first-round draft pick Thursday night, received a personalized No. 1 jersey from general manager Tom Heckert and coach Pat Shurmur, posed for pictures and declared his love for the Browns. Not a Read More…

NFL draft analysis: Trading down is no downer

Alabama junior Julio Jones is a terrific prospect and might develop into a Pro Bowl wide receiver with the Atlanta Falcons. But if he does, it isn’t likely to happen until 2013 — at the earliest — because star college wideouts are notoriously slow in adjusting to the next level. For that reason, among many Read More…

NFL Draft: Browns trade twice, take DT Phil Taylor on busy night

BEREA — The Browns made two trades, adding three draft picks. They passed up receivers twice and some of the biggest names in college football. When the dust settled after a busy Thursday night, the Browns had begun to build the defensive line necessary to play the 4-3 scheme being installed for the 2011 season. Read More…

NFL Draft notes: Browns players can get back to work today

BEREA – The doors at Browns headquarters are open. All of them. With the NFL lockout officially stopped – pending an appeal — after Judge Susan Richard Nelson denied the league’s request for a stay of her injunction, all 32 teams were told by the league Thursday to resume normal offseason activities. Players are allowed Read More…

NFL Draft: Browns subject of trade talk leading into first round

BEREA – As the start of the NFL Draft approached tonight, the Browns were the subject of a number of trade rumors. Atlanta, which holds the No. 27 pick, was the latest possible partner. The Browns have declared their willingness to move down to acquire extra picks. But the deal must be right. “We’ve got Read More…

NFL draft 2011: With lots of spots to fill, GM talking confidently

General manager Tom Heckert had been on the job less than four months when he ran his first draft for the Browns. He inherited a lame-duck coach set in his ways, loyal to his favorite veteran players and specific about the type of draft pick he wanted. He was overshadowed by a president with a Read More…

Cover boy: Hillis wins Madden gig

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Cleveland finally has a championship to celebrate. Browns running back Peyton Hillis will grace the cover of “Madden NFL 12,” the latest edition of the popular video game series. He beat Eagles quarterback Michael Vick in the final, collecting 66 percent of the more than 1 million votes cast online. The winner was announced Wednesday Read More…