August 21, 2014


Browns QBs Johnny Manziel, Brian Hoyer have different mindsets heading into pivotal preseason game

Cleveland Browns quarterbacks Johnny Manziel and Brian Hoyer pass during practice Tuesday. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

BEREA — The starting quarterback job for the season opener in Pittsburgh will be on the line Monday night in Washington. The combatants are approaching the nationally televised game in opposite ways that seem fitting for their personalities. Manziel, the carefree rookie, said Saturday he isn’t ready “right now” to face Pittsburgh on Sept. 7. Read More…

Browns QB Johnny Manziel still has chance to win starting job for Week 1


BEREA — Just because Johnny Manziel won’t take the first snap Monday night doesn’t mean he won’t be the starting quarterback when the season opens Sept. 7 in Pittsburgh. Coach Mike Pettine hasn’t closed the book on the competition that has captivated Cleveland and the NFL, despite naming incumbent Brian Hoyer the starter for Monday Read More…

Browns accept Ice Bucket Challenge; coach Mike Pettine takes jab at Jets coach Rex Ryan

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BEREA — The Browns raised money for ALS, and coach Mike Pettine got in a friendly shot at former boss Rex Ryan. Everyone was a winner. “Rex, I know you want to punch me in the face,” Pettine said Friday before participating in The Ice Bucket Challenge. “Anytime you want to go toe-to-toe, you know Read More…

Browns QB Brian Hoyer to start Monday night in Washington

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Brian Hoyer will be the starting quarterback Monday night against Washington, Browns coach Mike Pettine announced this afternoon. Rookie Johnny Manziel will come off the bench for the second straight preseason game, but this time he’ll receive repetitions with the first-team offense. “It’s just something right now where we are comfortable with Brian going out Read More…

Browns defensive end Armonty Bryant making the most of his third chance

Cleveland Browns defensive end Armonty Bryant walks off the field after practice Monday. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

BEREA — Browns defensive end Armonty Bryant understands the demons Josh Gordon is fighting off the field. Demons of his own nearly ended his NFL career before it started, but also taught him what not to do. “Things could have gone really bad for me,” Bryant said. “Luckily, things did fall in my favor and Read More…

Browns rookie RB Terrance West thrilled to spend time with Hall of Famer Jim Brown

Cleveland Browns Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown walks off the field after practice at NFL football training camp in Berea Monday. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

BEREA — Terrance West’s eyes had doubled in size. “Wow. THE Jim Brown,” he said, with the smile of a kid walking into Disney World. West, a rookie running back, met Brown, a Hall of Famer, for the first time Monday. They chatted again Wednesday after training camp practice, and the thrill hadn’t diminished. “It’s Read More…

Browns Notes: No-huddle offense makes rare appearance in Berea

Cleveland Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer hands off to running back Terrrance West during practice Tuesday. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

BEREA — The future of the NFL arrived Wednesday at Browns headquarters. Near the end of practice, the offense went no-huddle. Brian Hoyer led a 65-yard touchdown drive, capped by a 19-yard catch-and-run from running back Ben Tate after linebacker Barkevious Mingo slipped in coverage. Johnny Manziel went three-and-out in his two chances in the Read More…

Browns QBs Johnny Manziel, Brian Hoyer to split time with starting offense vs. Washington

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BEREA — ESPN and Johnny Football fans can stop worrying. Rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel will get plenty of quality time with the Browns’ starting offense against Washington on “Monday Night Football.” He just might not start. Coach Mike Pettine said Tuesday incumbent Brian Hoyer and Manziel will share time with the first team Monday night Read More…

Browns Notes: QB Rex Grossman finally signs; Tyler Thigpen waived

Rex Grossman, left, talks with Cleveland Browns quarterbacks Connor Shaw, Johnny Manziel and Brian Hoyer during practice Tuesday. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

BEREA — The Rex Grossman-to-Cleveland rumors started shortly after Kyle Shanahan was hired as offensive coordinator in February. The rumors became reality Tuesday morning when Grossman signed. He became the No. 3 quarterback, and journeyman Tyler Thigpen was waived. “I don’t know why it took so long,” said Grossman, an unrestricted free agent. “Better late Read More…

Browns Notes: Jordan Cameron says shoulder is fine, remains in contract discussions

Cleveland Browns tight end Jordan Cameron jogs off the field after practice Monday. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

BEREA — Browns tight end Jordan Cameron delivered a double-dose of good news Monday at training camp. The Pro Bowl selection returned to practice on a limited basis — declaring his sprained shoulder to be “fine” — and revealed that he remains in contract negotiations with the franchise. Cameron will make $1.43 million in the final Read More…