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NFL Scouting Combine Notes: Jameis Winston, Marcus Mariota impress during QB workout

Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, left, shakes the hand of Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota after they participated at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

The top quarterbacks often opt to skip the throwing session at the scouting combine. Not this year. Florida State’s Jameis Winston and Oregon’s Marcus Mariota dominated the day inside Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Stadium. The consensus top two quarterbacks acquitted themselves well, earning widespread praise. “I think I did all right,” Mariota said Saturday on NFL Read More…

Despite recent problems, coach Mike Pettine says Browns can’t be scared off by character risks

INDIANAPOLIS — A little dirt under the fingernails is one thing. Submerged in a swamp is something completely different. The importance of character in the draft process is an annual point of discussion at the scouting combine. It’s a hot-button issue this year for the Browns. Quarterback Johnny Manziel is in rehab. Cornerback Justin Gilbert Read More…

Browns Notes: Florida State QB Jameis Winston says shoulder feels great, plans on winning Super Bowl next year

INDIANAPOLIS — One by one, Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston attempted to answer the serious questions about him and his quest to be the No. 1 overall pick of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. A midday report he had weakness in his throwing shoulder that required extra examination at the scouting combine? “Great,” he said Friday Read More…

Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota excited about possibility of playing for Browns

Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota makes his way to the interview room at the NFL combine Thursday. (AP PHOTO)

INDIANAPOLIS — Marcus Mariota would love to be reunited with the man who taught him to calls plays, lead a huddle, take a five-step drop and read NFL defenses. That man, Kevin O’Connell, was hired Tuesday by the Browns as quarterbacks coach. He spent the last month preparing Mariota, the Heisman Trophy winner from Oregon, Read More…

Browns Notes: GM Ray Farmer believes Justin Gilbert can still be big-time player

The Browns believe cornerback Justin Gilbert, shown returing an interception last year, can still be the player they drafted with the No. 8 overall pick last season. (AP File Photo)

INDIANAPOLIS — Browns general manager Ray Farmer believes the “very personal” issue that contributed to cornerback Justin Gilbert’s terrible rookie season can be resolved, and be resolved by next season. Farmer also feels Gilbert can still become the player the Browns expected when they took him with the No. 8 pick. “I think the player Read More…

NFL Scouting Combine, Day 2: Marcus Mariota would “love” to play for the Browns, reunite with new QB coach Kevin O’Connell

The NFL scouting combine continued today. Here are the latest news, notes and rumblings from the center of the NFL world. Check back often for updates. INDIANAPOLIS — Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota mentioned Kevin O’Connell seven times during a 12-minute interview this afternoon. O’Connell just so happens to be the new quarterbacks coach for the Read More…

(UPDATED) Browns GM Ray Farmer takes full responsibility for text mess, apologizes to fans

Cleveland Browns general manager Ray Farmer apologizes for sending improper texts during games during a news conference at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Thursday. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

INDIANAPOLIS — General manager Ray Farmer opened with an apology to Browns fans, then accepted full responsibility for the embarrassment brought upon the organization because he texted the sideline during games. “First and foremost, I would like to extend an apology to the Cleveland Brown fans,” he said Thursday at the scouting combine. “So that Read More…

Browns coach Mike Pettine says team needs to find starting QB in offseason

Browns coach Mike Pettine said he’d be “scared if we had a game this week” with the QB situation the way it is. AP FILE PHOTO

INDIANAPOLIS — Coach Mike Pettine visited Johnny Manziel in rehab last week and reported he’s in “a much better place” than when he checked in last month. But Manziel’s admission of a problem with addiction with no timetable for a return — on top of his disappointing rookie season – has the Browns in the Read More…

Browns Notes: Coach Mike Pettine was upset with texts, but says relationship with GM Ray Farmer still solid

Cleveland Browns general manager Ray Farmer answers questions about the Browns' season Tuesday in Berea. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

INDIANAPOLIS — Coach Mike Pettine said his relationship with general manager Ray Farmer remains strong despite Farmer sending text messages to the sideline during games. That doesn’t mean Pettine thought it was OK. “I’ll be honest, I wasn’t thrilled about it,” Pettine said Wednesday as the NFL scouting combine opened. “Ray and I have had Read More…

NFL Scouting Combine, Day 1: Another good draft for WRs; Vikings glad Browns passed on Teddy Bridgewater

The NFL scouting combine began this morning. Here are the latest news, notes and rumblings from the center of the NFL world. Check back often for updates. INDIANAPOLIS — The Browns needed a receiver last year, but didn’t draft one in what was called one of the best and deepest drafts for the position in Read More…