October 24, 2014

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Browns’ Phil Taylor shows he’s not an average rookie defensive tackle

Browns defensive tackle Phil Taylor clashes with guard Shawn Lauvao, left, during drills at training camp in Berea. Taylor — Cleveland’s first-round draft pick — is expected to anchor the line this year. (AP photo.)

Phil Taylor had Eagles guard Danny Watkins leaning slightly, which is exactly what he wanted. Before Watkins could recover, Taylor thrust his right forearm into Watkins’ left shoulder, knocking him sideways and clearing a path to quarterback Michael Vick. The talent behind the powerful move is why the Browns drafted Taylor, a defensive tackle from Read More…

Colt McCoy carries veteran status against Bengals’ Dalton

BEREA — Colt McCoy has exactly eight NFL games under his belt, but he’ll be the most experienced quarterback on the field Sunday when the Browns host the Cincinnati Bengals. Cincinnati will start rookie Andy Dalton, putting McCoy in the role of elder statesman for the first time since being drafted by Cleveland in 2010. Read More…

Browns’ Owen Marecic is focusing on getting better

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Smooth isn’t how you’d describe the start to Owen Marecic’s NFL career. The first play of his first preseason game was an impromptu lateral from quarterback Colt McCoy, who couldn’t find anyone else open. Marecic didn’t expect the dump-off, didn’t catch it and didn’t jump on the live ball. Luckily for the Browns, no one Read More…

Who will start at guard for Browns?

Recently acquired guard Artis Hicks has 68 starts in the last nine years and gives the Browns another option for replacing injured Eric Steinbach. (AP photo.)

BEREA — For all but two games from 2007-10, the Browns knew who’d start at left guard. With less than a week to go before the start of the 2011 season, there’s a giant question mark where Eric Steinbach used to stand. Rookie fifth-round pick Jason Pinkston officially holds down the spot with the first-team Read More…

Browns update: Right tackle Tony Pashos in walking boot

BEREA – Browns right tackle Tony Pashos’ left foot was in a walking boot Monday at practice with what coach Pat Shurmur termed a “sore foot.” “We want to let it settle down,” Shurmur said. “Those boots have magical powers sometimes. I wouldn’t read much into it yet.” Pashos missed the last 10 games of Read More…

Not finished yet: Day after roster cuts, Browns GM Tom Heckert still tinkering with roster

General manager Tom Heckert entered the offseason with a plan to make the Browns younger. He accomplished it by cutting former coach Eric Mangini’s beloved veterans, signing free agents in their mid-20s and keeping all eight rookies he drafted. Heckert began the weekend with the plan to play the 2011 season with just two quarterbacks Read More…

Browns make cuts, place Brandon Jackson on season-ending IR

BEREA – Brandon Jackson was signed by the Browns as an insurance policy, just in case one of their top two running backs was injured. Ironically, Peyton Hillis and Montario Hardesty both made it through the preseason healthy, while the former Green Bay starter did not. Jackson was placed on season-ending injured reserve Saturday with Read More…

Browns cut 17 players, have 10 more to go tonight

BEREA – The Browns began to trim their roster Saturday morning, as NFL teams must get down to the regular-season limit of 53 by 6 o’clock tonight. The Browns waived 16 players and terminated the contract of receiver Demetrius Williams to get down to 63. Ten more moves are needed by tonight. Cornerback Coye Francies, Read More…

Scott Petrak: Depth looks like Browns’ biggest problem as opener approaches

The preseason finale is forgotten faster than the story your spouse tells you while you’re watching the preseason finale. The Browns and Bears rested nearly all of their starters Thursday night to prevent injuries, and the night belonged to a bunch of men who won’t be professional football players come Sunday. But the game wasn’t Read More…

Browns sign Evan Moore to two-year extension

The Browns are counting on big things from tight end Evan Moore in their new West Coast Offense. And now they’re paying him like it. The Browns continued Friday with the plan of keeping their talented youngsters, signing Moore to a two-year extension through 2013 reportedly worth just under $3 million a year. Moore, 26, Read More…