September 16, 2014

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Phil Taylor, Browns’ top pick, ends holdout

BEREA – The Browns have agreed to terms with top pick Phil Taylor, the 21st overall selection in the NFL Draft. The defensive tackle from Baylor reported to the team headquarters late Tuesday afternoon, meeting with Cleveland president Mike Holmgren shortly after arriving in Berea. Taylor will officially sign a four-year contract this evening. He was Read More…

Browns: Punter Reggie Hodges out for year with torn Achilles’ tendon

BEREA — Browns punter Reggie Hodges suffered a season-ending, torn left Achilles’ tendon Tuesday at training camp. Hodges took a snap in the end zone during a special teams drill, but fell to the ground as soon as he planted his left, non-kicking foot. The fifth-year pro was unable to put any weight on his Read More…

Pursuing top free agents isn’t the plan, Browns GM Heckert says

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BEREA — Browns general manager Tom Heckert is quick to acknowledge he hasn’t been keeping up with counterparts Howie Roseman and Mike Tannenbaum. While the Eagles and Jets made headlines the last week with multiple big-name free-agent signings and hundreds of millions of dollars spent, Heckert stuck to his plan of fiscal responsibility — take Read More…

Browns: Brodrick Bunkley headed to Denver, not Cleveland

BEREA — Defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley isn’t coming to Cleveland, after all. But it’s not because he didn’t want to be a Brown. He was dealt to the Browns on Saturday by the Eagles, reported to Cleveland but didn’t meet all of the conditions of the deal, according to a league source. The trade was Read More…

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…