July 3, 2015

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Browns CB Justin Gilbert ‘humbled’ by struggles of last year, admits had to mature, confident he’ll live up to draft status

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BEREA — Cornerback Justin Gilbert’s rookie season ended in embarrassment. He was suspended for the finale after being late for a team meeting the night before the game in Baltimore. Then he got earfuls of criticism. “Just talking to the coaches, some of the players, some of my teammates, (general manager) Ray Farmer after the Read More…

Browns Notes: QB coach Kevin O’Connell still believes in Johnny Manziel, thinks he can push Josh McCown

BEREA — Kevin O’Connell tutored Johnny Manziel in preparation for the 2014 draft and they reunited when O’Connell was hired as Browns quarterbacks coach in the winter. He still believes his pupil has a bright future. “My thoughts on Johnny have not changed,” O’Connell said Thursday following an organized team activities practice. “I thought very Read More…

Browns: New punter Andy Lee changes to No. 8 to honor daughter who died shortly after birth

BEREA — Andy Lee wants people to know about his little girl. Madelyn was born Jan. 27, but there were complications, she developed an infection and died. Lee, who wore jersey No. 4 during his 11 years in San Francisco, changed to No. 8 when he arrived in Cleveland this week following a trade from Read More…

(UPDATED) Browns make change at punter: Trade for Andy Lee, cut Spencer Lanning

CLEVELAND — The Browns traded for an All-Pro on Saturday. Cleveland acquired punter Andy Lee from the San Francisco 49ers. Lee, 32, was voted a first-team All-Pro three times and has been to three Pro Bowls. The Browns announced they traded an undisclosed draft pick, but ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported they gave up a seventh-round Read More…

Browns Notes: Joe Haden draws A-list roster for celebrity softball game, receives praise from Hall of Famer Deion Sanders

EASTLAKE — Everybody likes Joe Haden. That was obvious by the turnout for his charity softball game Saturday night at Classic Park. The participants were a who’s who of NFL rosters. Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald, Bengals receiver A.J. Green, 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman, Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson and Hall of Famer Read More…

Browns Notes: Cleveland and Buffalo to practice together Aug. 17 and 18 at St. John Fisher College

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The Browns and Bills will spend the week together in mid-August. The Browns announced Thursday they will practice against the Bills on Aug. 17 and 18 at St. John Fisher College in Pittsford, N.Y. The teams will then play a nationally televised preseason game Thursday Aug. 20 at Cleveland’s FirstEnergy Stadium. Cleveland coach Mike Pettine Read More…

Browns coach Mike Pettine comes to Johnny Manziel’s defense on and off the field

BEREA — Coach Mike Pettine defended Johnny Manziel following a run-in with a fan Saturday in Texas, then got defensive when discussing the quarterback’s play and future with the team. “I have no thoughts,” Pettine said Tuesday when asked about Manziel throwing a bottle of water toward a fan harassing him at a PGA Tour Read More…

Browns Notes: Coach Mike Pettine thinks visitors will be at disadvantage with new extra-point rule

BEREA — Coach Mike Pettine isn’t overly concerned about the rule change that will push extra-point kicks back to 33 yards. With the bad weather and unpredictable winds common at FirstEnergy Stadium, a 33-yard kick can be far from a sure thing. “First of all, I think we’ve all seen it coming,” Pettine said Tuesday Read More…

Browns make 9-year-old’s wish come true with 1-day contract, grand experience in Berea

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BEREA — When Derek Sutcliffe told his son Dylan about the Make-A-Wish program, he asked the one thing Dylan wished he could do. “He said, ‘I want to be friends with the Cleveland Browns,’” Derek recalled. Dylan, a 9-year-old Lyndhurst resident, got his wish Tuesday — and then some. He started the day by experiencing Read More…

Police: Browns QB Johnny Manziel threw bottle of water at fan harassing him for autograph; no arrests made or charges filed

Johnny Manziel threw a bottle of water at an 18-year-old harassing him for an autograph Saturday at the AT&T Byron Nelson golf tournament in Irving, Texas. Manziel missed, police arrived and the situation was defused, Irving public information officer James McLellan told The Chronicle-Telegram on Sunday. No arrests were made, charges filed or tickets written, Read More…