August 29, 2014

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(UPDATED) Browns: Brian Hoyer named Week 1 starting quarterback

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BEREA — Brian Hoyer overcame surgery 10 months ago to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament. If that weren’t enough, he had to beat out the most popular rookie in the league in Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel. So Hoyer allowed himself a smile and a few seconds to appreciate the moment after coach Mike Read More…

Browns Notes: Boomer Esiason rips Johnny Manziel, says he’s not close to being ready for Week 1

Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel is sacked by Washington Redskins outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan Monday. (AP Photo/Richard Lipski)

Cast one vote for Brian Hoyer in the Browns’ quarterback derby. Former NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason thinks it would be a disaster if coach Mike Pettine picked rookie Johnny Manziel as his Week 1 starter. “I’m telling you right now, he is not even remotely close to being ready,” Esiason said Tuesday on his radio Read More…

Browns coach Mike Pettine holding off on naming Brian Hoyer or Johnny Manziel starting QB

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The beat goes on. Until today. Or next week. Browns coach Mike Pettine hadn’t decided yet. Pettine had a meeting scheduled Tuesday night with his coaching staff to discuss the quarterback competition between Brian Hoyer and rookie Johnny Manziel. They could’ve decided to name a starter today for the regular-season opener Sept. 7 versus Pittsburgh, Read More…

Johnny Manziel, Brian Hoyer fail to impress in Browns’ 24-23 preseason loss to Redskins

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LANDOVER, Md. — Talk about not living up to the hype. The duel between Browns quarterbacks Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel against Washington on Monday night at FedExField disappointed in almost unimaginable fashion because neither player made strides nor a strong case he should become the starter heading into the upcoming season. The veteran and Read More…

Browns analysis: Pettine needs QB battle to wrap up tonight

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The end is near. At least Browns coach Mike Pettine hopes. Pettine wants desperately to name the starting quarterback for the season opener this week, and put a stop to the competition that has overwhelmed all other storylines in camp. It’s been his plan since before training camp and hasn’t changed despite a near-even battle Read More…

Browns Notes: Cornerback Buster Skrine may need surgery on thumb

Cleveland Browns cornerback Buster Skrine chases wide receiver Miles Austin during practice. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

BEREA — Cornerback Buster Skrine could need surgery on his thumb, but the team is hopeful he’ll be ready by the start of the regular season Sept. 7 in Pittsburgh. Skrine left practice Friday and wasn’t on the field Saturday. “I’m not sure how long he’ll be, but we think he should be available for Read More…

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…