September 21, 2014

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Browns rookie QB Johnny Manziel says he’ll be ready if and when he’s needed

BEREA — Johnny Manziel has heard the message loud and clear from coach Mike Pettine. Whenever and wherever the rookie quarterback makes his NFL debut, he had better be prepared. “Throughout this week, I’ve been really dialed in with everything that’s going on because I need to be ready,” Manziel said Friday following practice. “That’s Read More…

Browns Jordan Cameron hopes to build after big year

Cleveland Browns tight end Jordan Cameron is brought down by St. Louis Rams outside linebacker Alec Ogletree during a preseason game Aug. 23.  (Jeff Haynes/AP Images for Panini)

BEREA — Wassily Kandinsky, Jackson Pollock and … Jordan Cameron. Cameron, Cleveland’s tight end, isn’t a famous artist, but he worked in the abstract for the first two-plus years of his career. Could he make the conversion from basketball court to football field? Would his immense athleticism translate? Was he tough enough to make the Read More…

Browns coach Mike Pettine long road from preps to pros

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Mike Pettine stands yards behind the practice drill, arms crossed in front of his chest, dark shades hiding all expression in his brown eyes, sunlight bouncing off his shaved head. Decked out in Browns gear, he looks the part of NFL head coach. The scene was drastically different a little more than a decade ago. Read More…

Browns Notes: Despite recent criticism, Kyle Shanahan happy with Johnny Manziel

Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, center, talks with quarterbacks Johnny Manziel and Brian Hoyer on the sidelines against the St. Louis Rams in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard, File)

BEREA – Kyle Shanahan never designed a package of plays for his backup quarterback to run in a game in his previous six years as an offensive coordinator. He’s willing to consider it with rookie Johnny Manziel. “Yeah, I think it can work,” Shanahan said Thursday after practice. “Other people have done it. It’s had Read More…

Mike Pettine not sure Steelers consider Browns series a rivalry

Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine will make his regular season head coaching debut against the Steelers on Sunday. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

BEREA — Mike Pettine’s question mark made a statement. The rookie coach talked to his players about the history of Browns vs. Steelers, who will renew acquaintances Sunday in Pittsburgh in the season opener. His presentation included a slide: Rivalry? “I researched the history and I talked to the players about it. It’s not pretty,” Read More…

Browns notes: ESPN analyst Merril Hoge rips Johnny Manziel

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BEREA — ESPN analyst Merril Hoge hasn’t changed his predraft opinion of Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel. In fact, it’s gotten stronger. And nastier. “If you’re the Steelers defense you want No. 2 to walk out on that field,” Hoge told WDVE-FM in Pittsburgh on Wednesday morning. “You want him on that field. “He has Read More…

Steelers expect to face 2 Browns quarterbacks … Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel

Cleveland Browns quarterbacks Johnny Manziel and Brian Hoyer stretch before a preseason game against the Chicago Bears Thursday. The Steelers are preparing to face both quarterbacks in the season opener on Sunday. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Browns coach Mike Pettine wants to keep the Steelers guessing regarding a possible package of plays for rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel for the opener Sunday in Pittsburgh. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin is guessing he’ll see Manziel. “We have a great deal of respect for Johnny Manziel and his talents and what he did to get Read More…

Browns Notes: New arrival LaRon Byrd has height, sees opportunity in undersized receiving corps

Wide receiver LaRon Byrd grabs a 27-yard  pass for a touchdown during the Dallas Cowboys'  preseason game Saturday. Byrd was cut by the Cowyboys and picked up by the Browns. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

BEREA — LaRon Byrd arrived at Browns headquarters and joined his new teammates partway through practice Monday afternoon. He immediately became the biggest receiver (6-foot-4, 220 pounds) on the field. “I’m definitely excited,” he said. “The opportunity is there. You have to come in and listen to the coaches, work hard in practice and hopefully Read More…

Ben Tate finally a No. 1 running back, and the Browns are counting on him

Cleveland Browns running back Ben Tate runs the ball during a preseason game against the Chicago Bears Thursday. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

BEREA — Ben Tate has been waiting for this opportunity since he entered the league as a second-round pick of Houston in 2010. Not only did he pull away from rookie third-rounder Terrance West in the preseason to keep the starting running back job, Tate will open the year as the primary third-down back after Read More…

Browns notes: Buster Skrine back on field

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BEREA — When the Browns returned to practice late Sunday afternoon, cornerback Buster Skrine was the happiest man on the field. The fourth-year pro had been sidelined with a broken right thumb that required surgery Aug. 18, but was cleared to resume football activities. “I’ve been watching a lot of film, eating right and conditioning Read More…