July 29, 2014

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NFL scouting combine update: WR A.J. Green in mix for Browns, was mentored by Mohamed Massaquoi

INDIANAPOLIS — Georgia receiver A.J. Green is a popular choice for the Browns to draft with the sixth pick in April. They have an obvious need for a game-changing wideout, and Green fits the bill at 6-foot-3½, 211 pounds with great athleticism. General manager Tom Heckert and coach Pat Shurmur said Friday that Green will Read More…

Browns GM Tom Heckert, coach Pat Shurmur express confidence in QB Colt McCoy

INDIANAPOLIS – Browns general manager Tom Heckert and coach Pat Shurmur reiterated their confidence in quarterback Colt McCoy on Friday at an hour-long interview session with Cleveland media at the NFL scouting combine. Heckert said he wouldn’t hesitate to draft a quarterback with the sixth pick in the draft – “two great quarterbacks are not Read More…

Combine notes: Rams coach speaks highly of Browns coach Pat Shurmur

  INDIANAPOLIS – St. Louis Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo worked with new Browns coach Pat Shurmur for eight years. He gave a scouting report for Cleveland fans Thursday at the first day of the NFL scouting combine. “A teacher and high-character guy,” Spagnuolo said. They were assistants together in Philadelphia for six seasons, then Spagnuolo Read More…

NFL combine: Offensive line not Browns’ top concern

INDIANAPOLIS — Big-play receiver who scares the defense. Sack machine coming off the edge. Run-stuffing defensive tackle who collapses the pocket. Shutdown cornerback to pair with Joe Haden. The Browns had their usual long list of offseason needs as the NFL scouting combine began Thursday. That’s what happens when a team goes 4-12, 5-11 and Read More…

NFL Network’s Mike Lombardi: Browns QB Colt McCoy needs to get bigger

INDIANAPOLIS — NFL Network analyst Mike Lombardi has a message for Browns quarterback Colt McCoy: Get stronger. Lombardi, a Browns executive in the 1980s and ’90s, liked McCoy’s rookie performance, but said he must improve physically to take the next step in his progression. “I think his body’s got to get bigger, his body’s got Read More…

Rams coach gives insight on new Browns coach Pat Shurmur

INDIANAPOLIS — Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo worked with new Browns coach Pat Shurmur for eight years. He gave a scouting report for Cleveland fans Thursday at the NFL scouting combine. “A teacher and high-character guy,” Spagnuolo said. They were assistants together in Philadelphia for six seasons, then Spagnuolo hired Shurmur as his offensive coordinator with Read More…

Browns: Dolphins GM explains decision to hire former Browns offensive coordinator Brian Daboll

Chronicle Browns beat writer Scott Petrak arrived in Indianapolis on Thursday and will be covering the NFL scouting combine the next four days. Check back throughout the day for more updates. INDIANAPOLIS — The Miami Dolphins’ decision to hire former Browns offensive coordinator Brian Daboll for the same position left many Browns fans scratching their Read More…

Browns designate kicker Phil Dawson franchise player

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BEREA — Kicker Phil Dawson has been the one constant in a mercurial Browns organization since the team’s return in 1999. That won’t change in 2011. The Browns designated the dependable Dawson on Tuesday as their franchise player for next season. Dawson, the organization’s all-time leader in field goals and the only player left from Read More…

Ray Rhodes leads list of new assistants for Browns

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CLEVELAND — New Browns coach Pat Shurmur will be a rookie in his new role, but a strong veteran presence will be there to help him learn the ropes. Ray Rhodes, a respected football mind who has spent 30 years in the NFL, was one of 12 assistants named to Shurmur’s staff Monday. The former Read More…

Browns: DE Robaire Smith expects to return from back injury

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Robaire Smith never believed the rumors. He didn’t think the worse, or get ahead of himself. While others assumed Smith’s career was over when he suffered a back injury in October, Smith figured he’d rehab and be back on the field in 2011. It looks like Smith was right. Smith, a Browns defensive end for Read More…