September 24, 2014

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Browns notes: Jim Tressel visits Browns practice

Former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel talks with Browns coach Pat Shurmur during practice in Berea on Tuesday. Wide receiver Juan Nunez is on the right. (AP photo.)

BEREA — Jim Tressel was back on the sideline Tuesday morning, just blocks from where he grew up. But he didn’t blow a whistle, call a play or shout an instruction. On a gorgeous day to watch football practice, that’s all the former Ohio State coach did. Tressel, who was forced to resign in May Read More…

Browns: Peyton Hillis, Eric Steinbach, T.J. Ward suffer minor injuries

BEREA — The Browns had three notable players stop practicing Wednesday, but coach Pat Shurmur downplayed the severity of the injuries. Left guard Eric Steinbach walked into the fieldhouse with a trainer and didn’t return. Shurmur said his back tightened and the move was precautionary. Running back Peyton Hillis felt his hamstring “just a little Read More…

Colt McCoy learned from Brett Favre this summer

Favre

BEREA — Colt McCoy grew up idolizing Brett Favre. He even wore his No. 4 in high school. So when he found himself with the legendary quarterback’s phone number, some free time this summer and a thirst for knowledge of the West Coast Offense, it just made sense for McCoy to contact Favre. Even though Read More…

Ex-OSU coach Jim Tressel visits Browns camp

BEREA – Former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel returned to the sideline Tuesday in his hometown. Tressel, forced to resign by OSU in May, watched Browns training camp Tuesday morning between the practice fields. He talked with quarterback Colt McCoy, Browns coach Pat Shurmur and president Mike Holmgren. After practice, he shook hands and talked Read More…

Good sign: Browns’ Montario Hardesty takes a hit

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BEREA — “Stay up!” is the unofficial slogan of NFL training camps. Coaches want hard hitting but they can’t afford injuries, so they preach to the players to stay on their feet. Then they scream “Stay up!” every time someone goes to the ground during practice. Browns running back Montario Hardesty failed to stay up Read More…

Browns notes: Favre helped out Colt McCoy

BEREA — Browns quarterback Colt McCoy spent two days over the summer with Brett Favre, in hopes of better learning the West Coast Offense. The Browns confirmed the NFL Network’s report on the subject Monday, and said McCoy initiated the sessions. The duo met near Favre’s home in Hattiesburg, Miss., where the Hall of Fame-bound Read More…

Browns: RB Montario Hardesty returns to practice

BEREA – Browns running back Montario Hardesty returned to practice Monday after missing two weeks. He participated in the team drills, including a physical inside running drill in which he was tackled to the ground. He took several repetitions and appeared to come through the full-pad practice OK. Hardesty said he was glad to be Read More…

Browns’ Colt McCoy off to a fast start

Colt McCoy surveys the situation as he drops back to pass  against the Green Bay Packers in Saturday’s preseason opener. McCoy looked comfortable in the Browns’ new West Coast Offense and had the stats to prove it. (AP photo.)

With most of the 90 players on the Browns roster seeing action Saturday night, the coaches had tons to process Sunday as they watched the film from the 27-17 victory over the Green Bay Packers. Before they moved onto the tooth-and-nail position battles for the final roster spots, coach Pat Shurmur and his staff likely Read More…

Browns 27, Packers 17: Browns open preseason, Pat Shurmur Era with solid showing against Super Bowl champs

CLEVELAND – Browns coach Pat Shurmur couldn’t have asked for much more Saturday night at Cleveland Browns Stadium. Quarterback Colt McCoy looked like an old pro in Shurmur’s new West Coast Offense, and the first-team offense scored two touchdowns in three possessions, exiting with a lead. Rookie defensive linemen Phil Taylor and Jabaal Sheard made Read More…

Brian Dulik: Colt McCoy shows plenty of promise in preseason opener

Unlike many of his peers, Browns quarterback Colt McCoy didn’t waste any time during the 132-day NFL lockout. The second-year pro organized four unofficial team camps and made countless public appearances. But more than anything else, he studied Cleveland’s brand new playbook from cover to cover. McCoy’s hard work paid off Saturday night, when he Read More…