July 22, 2014


Browns hire Morocco Brown as VP of player personnel

General manager Ray Farmer has his right-hand man. Morocco Brown was hired as vice president of player personnel, the team announced Thursday. His arrival was reported last week. “The Browns are better today because we’ve added an exceptional evaluator of talent,” Farmer said in a statement. “In Morocco, we’re getting a tireless worker who is Read More…

Browns Notes: Veteran leader Donte Whitner adds toughness to defense

Safety Donte Whitner participates in a voluntary 
mini-camp this month in Berea. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

BEREA — Defensive coordinator Jim O’Neil loves strong safety Donte Whitner’s intimidation factor. With teammates as well as opponents. “There aren’t a lot of them left, but Donte is a follow-me-or-else leader, and he made our team tougher the day he walked into the building,” O’Neil said Wednesday following practice. Whitner, a Cleveland native, was Read More…

Browns QB Johnny Manziel: I’m going to live my life to the fullest, continue to be committed to this game

Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel is escorted to an interview after organized team activities at the NFL football team's facility in Berea Wednesday. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

BEREA — Johnny Manziel won’t apologize for the trip to Las Vegas over the weekend. Or his fondness for fun. Or his A-list celebrity status that has shaken up things in Northeast Ohio. “I don’t live my life according to you guys or according to what other people think of me,” Manziel said Wednesday after Read More…

Browns Commentary: Johnny Manziel’s Vegas vacation isn’t a crime, but it shows questionable judgment at the wrong time

Johnny Manziel talks to the media on Friday.

The conversation reached suburban Dayton at a family party where plenty of adult beverages were consumed and no work was done. Did it matter that Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel was in Las Vegas partying for Memorial Day weekend? The buzzing backyard was divided, as are most things when Manziel is the subject of the Read More…

Browns notes: Wide receivers looking good, but there’s definitely a catch

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon pracices on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

BEREA — For one afternoon, at least, the Browns boasted one of the top wide receiving corps in the NFL. Josh Gordon was the best player on the practice field Wednesday, Miles Austin flashed in solo exercises and Earl Bennett and Andrew Hawkins showed why they have been productive receivers with their previous squads. Unfortunately Read More…

Browns QB Brian Hoyer says he wants to make a difference

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BEREA — As the rest of Northeast Ohio exploded when Johnny Manziel was picked by the Browns, Brian Hoyer had a more muted response. “It was almost a sense of relief when he was drafted, because I knew exactly right then and there what it was going to be,” Hoyer said Wednesday after an organized Read More…

Browns coach Mike Pettine says QB competition between Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel won’t be “warm and fuzzy”

Brian Hoyer, left, and Johnny Manziel will vie for the Browns starting quarterback job.

AKRON — The highly anticipated quarterback competition between incumbent Brian Hoyer and rookie first-round draft choice Johnny Manziel promises to be hotly contested. Just like Browns coach Mike Pettine wants it. “They’re ultra-competitors,” he said Monday. “We don’t want guys who are going to be warm and fuzzy. They’re fighting for a job. It’s somebody Read More…

(UPDATED) Browns: Johnny Manziel practices at minicamp, says “I need to earn my keep”

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BEREA — Johnny Manziel even looks cool stretching. Manziel practiced in front of reporters Saturday morning for the first time as a member of the Cleveland Browns. During the 15 minutes of rookie minicamp open to the media — a large local pool of 40 — Manziel warmed up, handed off to running backs and Read More…

Browns Notes: QB Johnny Manziel downplays ‘wreck this league’ text message

Johnny Manziel talks to the media on Friday.

BEREA — The message in his draft-night text – wreck this league — was trending on Twitter on Friday. Quarterback Johnny Manziel said he didn’t notice. “I’ve been busy,” he said Saturday after a rookie minicamp practice. Cleveland quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains started a firestorm across the Internet and among Browns fans late Thursday and Read More…

Cleveland QB coach Dowell Loggains says Johnny Manziel sent text to Browns during draft: I want to wreck this league together

Johnny Manziel waits backstage during the first round of the NFL football draft on May 8. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

Johnny Manziel grew anxious as he waited backstage at Radio City Music Hall during the first round of the NFL Draft. When he would be selected was out of his hands, but he tried to speed up the process with a text message to Browns quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains. “We’re sitting there and they keep Read More…