December 20, 2014


Browns QB Johnny Manziel fully embraces role as starter, calls it ‘dream come true’

Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel fires a pass during practice at the NFL football team's facility in Berea, Ohio Wednesday. After spending 13 games as a backup, Manziel will start Sunday when the Browns, with their playoff chances on the line, host the Cincinnati Bengals. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

BEREA — Johnny Manziel skipped the Cavaliers game Tuesday night to hole up inside Browns headquarters with the newly constructed game plan. He arrived for the walkthrough and practice Wednesday with sharpened focus and heightened determination. Manziel has embraced his new job as starting quarterback with every millimeter of his 5-foot-11¾ frame. “It’s a dream Read More…

Browns QB Brian Hoyer: I got to live a childhood dream

Cleveland Browns quarterbacks Johnny Manziel and Brian Hoyer listen to offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan during practice Wednesday. After spending 13 games as a backup to Hoyer, Manziel will start Sunday when the Browns host the Cincinnati Bengals. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

BEREA — Brian Hoyer walked into the semicircle of cameras and microphones that had gathered minutes earlier to listen to Johnny Manziel’s first interview as the starting quarterback. After 13 games as No. 1, Hoyer had been reduced to second on the depth chart, in practice drills and in the media lineup. “I don’t want Read More…

Browns notes: Jordan Cameron happy to be back in lineup

Cleveland Browns tight end Jordan Cameron runs the ball against the Indianapolis Colts Sunday, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

BEREA — Browns tight end Jordan Cameron had a very eventful weekend, becoming a social media star and returning from a five-game absence. The former saw him post a Christmas-themed photo — with his 5-year-old son, Tristan, in matching Elf on the Shelf pajamas — and the latter featured him suiting up against the Colts. Read More…

Browns notes: Special team standout wrote ‘I Can’t Breathe’ on shirt to raise awareness

Cleveland Browns cornerback Johnson Bademosi warms up before an NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts Sunday in Cleveland. "I Can't Breathe" on Badamosi's shirt refers to the chokehold death of Eric Garner during an arrest by New York police. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Browns ace special teamer and backup safety Johnson Bademosi wrote “I Can’t Breath” on his T-shirt for pregame warmups Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium. He wanted to promote awareness and accountability, and express himself. “I’m just a human being, at the end of the day,” Bademosi said Monday. “Apart from my race, apart from my job, Read More…

Browns rookie QB Johnny Manziel to start Sunday


Buckle up, Browns fans. Johnny Manziel is your new starting quarterback. It took seven months, three quarterback decisions and the fall of a hometown hero. Coach Mike Pettine made the change Tuesday. Manziel will start Sunday at home against the Bengals. The move was expected after Brian Hoyer struggled for the fourth straight week Sunday Read More…

Browns coach Mike Pettine leaning toward making switch to rookie QB Johnny Manziel

Johnny Manziel

BEREA — Coach Mike Pettine sounds like he’s seen enough of quarterback Brian Hoyer, whose rapidly declining play has been a primary factor in the team’s recent slide. So cue the band and contact ESPN: Rookie Johnny Manziel is in line to make his first NFL start Sunday against Cincinnati. Pettine said Monday he hadn’t Read More…

Browns Notes: Bengals coach Marvin Lewis calls Browns QB Johnny Manziel a ‘midget’ during radio show

Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel runs with the ball during the second half against the Buffalo Bills, Sunday. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert)

BEREA — Bengals coach Marvin Lewis might want the Browns to stick with quarterback Brian Hoyer for another week — and not just because he’s struggling. Lewis called Cleveland rookie Johnny Manziel a “midget” Monday night in an interview with Cincinnati radio station WLW 700-AM. That should give Manziel, who’s 5-foot-11¾, added motivation if he’s Read More…

Browns QB Brian Hoyer doesn’t know if he’ll keep job, but preparing as if he will

Brian Hoyer

BEREA — Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer hasn’t talked to coach Mike Pettine or been told if he’ll keep his starting job, but he’s carrying on as if he will. “I haven’t been told any different and I’ll prepare the same way,” he said this afternoon. “Coach, that’s his decision and I respect his decision. “For Read More…

Browns defense dominates only to stumble late

Browns linebacker Paul Kruger forces Colts QB Andrew Luck to fumble as he and Desmond Bryant combine on a sack in the first quarter. The Browns recovered for a TD. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — The Browns defense kept the team afloat for 59-plus minutes, forcing Indianapolis’ top-ranked offense into four turnovers and scoring two touchdowns. But it couldn’t stop Andrew Luck when it mattered most. The quarterback led the Colts 90 yards for the winning touchdown, a 1-yard pass to T.Y. Hilton with 32 seconds left Sunday Read More…

Browns Notes: Billy Cundiff continues slump, misses FG in 5th straight game

Cleveland Browns kicker Billy Cundiff boots a 39-yard field goal against the Indianapolis Colts. (AP Photo/David Richard)

CLEVELAND — Five missed field goals in five weeks have placed Browns kicker Billy Cundiff squarely on the hot seat. Cundiff failed on a 40-yard attempt and made a 39-yarder Sunday as the Indianapolis Colts edged Cleveland 25-24 at FirstEnergy Stadium. The ninth-year pro is 7-for-12 on field goal attempts over the last five games Read More…