February 1, 2015

Elyria
Snow
28°F
test

Browns notes: Veterans see Gilbert’s ability, need to see consistency

Cleveland Browns cornerback Justin Gilbert returns an interception for a touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)

BEREA — Rookie cornerback Justin Gilbert not only was inactive for the season finale against the Ravens, he was essentially suspended for it. Coach Mike Pettine said the first-round pick from Oklahoma State was late for a team meeting Saturday in Baltimore, prompting him to be a healthy scratch for the 20-10 loss the next Read More…

Browns: Johnny Manziel says he has to be ‘accountable,’ live up to promises

Browns-Manziel-Slide

BEREA — Johnny Manziel has talked a good game since before the draft. He hasn’t played one yet — on or off the field. Manziel met with the media Monday as the Browns cleaned out their lockers following a 7-9 season, and said it’s time his actions matched his promises. “I can’t sit here and Read More…

Browns coach Mike Pettine calls QB situation ‘muddy, at best’

Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine answers questions at a news conference Monday. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

BEREA — Brian Hoyer, set to become a free agent, removed the nameplate above his locker “just in case” he isn’t back next year. Johnny Manziel was a huge disappointment in his six quarters as starter and apologized again Monday for his behavior off the field. The quarterback situation that held so much promise after Read More…

Browns Notes: Jordan Cameron turns focus to free agency

Cleveland Browns tight end Jordan Cameron, center, rushes for a first down in the first half against the Baltimore Ravens Sunday. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

BALTIMORE — The frustrating year is over for tight end Jordan Cameron. Now comes the uncertainty of free agency. Cameron finished the season with 24 catches for 424 yards and two touchdowns. The numbers dropped drastically from his Pro Bowl year in 2013, when he had 80 catches for 917 yards and seven touchdowns. Cameron Read More…

Browns to address penalized players later

browns-problem-players

BALTIMORE — Receiver Josh Gordon wasn’t allowed on the team plane Saturday. Cornerback Justin Gilbert and quarterback Johnny Manziel — the team’s top two picks in May — weren’t permitted on the sideline Sunday during the Browns’ 20-10 loss to the Ravens in the season finale. “In regards to the guys that did not play, Read More…

Browns owner Jimmy Haslam commits to coach Mike Pettine, GM Ray Farmer for 2015

Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine watches from the sideline in the first half of an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens, Sunday. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)

BALTIMORE — Browns owner Jimmy Haslam chose stability — for a change. In the minutes following a 20-10 season-ending loss to the Ravens on Sunday, Haslam said he’ll “absolutely” keep coach Mike Pettine and general manager Ray Farmer for next season. “I think they’ve done a good job,” Haslam said. “Listen, we’re all disappointed. We’re Read More…

Ravens 20, Browns 10: Cleveland ends season with 5th straight loss

Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith, left, pulls in a catch for a first down in front of Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden in the second half Sunday. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

BALTIMORE — The Browns hung tough into the fourth quarter this afternoon, but another season ended with a long losing streak. Connor Shaw couldn’t keep up with Joe Flacco, and the Ravens rallied for the 20-10 win at M&T Bank Stadium. The Ravens (10-6) qualified for the playoffs with the win and San Diego’s loss Read More…

Browns QB Brian Hoyer inactive for finale; Tyler Thigpen will back up Connor Shaw

BALTIMORE — Quarterback Brian Hoyer (shoulder/biceps) is inactive for the season finale today in Baltimore. Tyler Thigpen, who signed Tuesday, will back up undrafted rookie Connor Shaw. Rookie cornerback Justin Gilbert, the No. 8 pick, is inactive after being late for a team meeting Saturday night. He’s had trouble making his commitments throughout the year. Read More…

Browns Johnny Manziel threw party Friday; Justin Gilbert late for another meeting Saturday

Gilbert-Manziel

BALTIMORE — Rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel’s pledge to take his job more seriously didn’t make it through the weekend. Neither did rookie cornerback Justin Gilbert’s. Manziel threw a party Friday night that was attended by receiver Josh Gordon and other teammates, according to multiple reports. Gordon was suspended by the team when he missed the Read More…

Browns Pregame Update: QB Connor Shaw set for start in NFL debut; other points of interest; important numbers; the pick

THREE-POINT STANCE (Three points of interest in today’s game) 22 AND COUNTING Connor Shaw tweeted “#22” Friday after coach Mike Pettine announced he’d be the starter. Shaw knows his history — he’ll be the 22nd quarterback to start for the Browns since 1999 — but he may not fully appreciate what he’s getting himself into. Read More…