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Browns notes: Wide receiver Travis Benjamin caps successful comeback with new title

Cleveland Browns  wide receiver Travis Benjamin runs the ball during practice. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

BEREA — Browns wide receiver Travis Benjamin underwent reconstructive right knee surgery last Nov. 15, but his recovery is well ahead of schedule. Special teams coach Chris Tabor has been so impressed with Benjamin’s comeback that he named him the team’s primary kickoff and punt returner Thursday. “We’re in the business of winning games, and Read More…

LeBron James attends Browns practice, sends jolt of excitement through coaches, players

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James, right, watches Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel at the Browns training camp in Thursday. (AP Photo/The Cleveland Plaindealer, Chuck Crow)

BEREA — The best basketball player on the planet was the marquee attraction at Browns training camp. Cavaliers superstar LeBron James and his sons LeBron Jr. and Bryce attended practice Thursday morning, much to the delight of Cleveland’s players and coaches. The four-time NBA MVP spent an hour standing on the field — chatting with Read More…

Browns QB Brian Hoyer gets nod to start preseason opener; rookie Johnny Manziel continues to apply pressure

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BEREA — Quarterback Brian Hoyer will start Saturday in Detroit in the preseason opener. “That was his job. He was the one coming into it,” first-year coach Mike Pettine said Wednesday. “He’s done nothing to have that taken away from him, so he’ll be out there with the starters.” Rookie Johnny Manziel, who’s made significant Read More…

Browns Notes: Safety Tashaun Gipson excited to play Saturday after avoiding serious knee injury

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Taylor Gabriel, left, catches a pass against free safety Tashaun Gipson during training camp. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

BEREA — Free safety Tashaun Gipson roamed the deep part of the field and closed in on the line of scrimmage Wednesday during team drills. It was a welcome sight after he left practice Friday with a left knee injury. “Anytime something like that happens, you are a little worried,” Gipson said. “You’re praying for Read More…

Browns rookie CB Justin Gilbert gets time with starters, hopes to win job by Week 1

Cleveland Browns cornerback Justin Gilbert, left, defends against wide receiver Miles Austin during practice Tuesday.(AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

BEREA — Cornerback Justin Gilbert didn’t need long to find a comfort zone in his first NFL training camp. The No. 8 pick out of Oklahoma State started getting his hands on passes early in camp. He’s continued to make plays every day – on Tuesday he broke up a deep Johnny Manziel pass in Read More…

Browns Notes: LB Karlos Dansby calls himself ‘best,’ says it’s ‘a joke’ he didn’t make Pro Bowl

Cleveland Browns Karlos Dansby (AP Photo/Aaron Josefczyk)

BEREA — Inside linebacker Karlos Dansby has never been voted to a Pro Bowl, and he didn’t make the NFL Network’s countdown of the top 100 players of 2013. He has his own ranking system. “I’m the best. I’m the best. I’m the best. I’m the best right now, by far,” he said Tuesday. “Until Read More…

Browns Notes: Josh Gordon plays, waits for ruling

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon catches a pass during practice at the NFL football team's training camp Monday. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

BEREA — While the NFL continues to debate his fate, Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon returned to training camp Monday. The Pro Bowl pass catcher took part in the first two hours of practice, then headed inside the building to continue the appeals process for his one-year suspension. An NFL spokesman said no decision on Read More…

Browns rookie QB Johnny Manziel gets all the 1st-team repetitions, but coach Mike Pettine downplays switch

Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel throws a pass during practice at the NFL football team's training camp Monday. Manziel has taken his first snaps in training camp with Cleveland's starters. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

BEREA — Johnny Manziel broke the huddle with Joe Thomas to his left, Alex Mack front and center and Mitchell Schwartz to his right. On the first snap of team drills, he dropped back and completed a 40-yard pass to receiver Travis Benjamin with Pro Bowl cornerback Joe Haden in coverage. The crowd went wild. Read More…

Browns Training Camp: Johnny Manziel takes all the first-team reps; coach Mike Pettine calls it “part of plan”

Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel throws a pass during practice at the NFL football team's training camp Monday. Manziel has taken his first snaps in training camp with Cleveland's starters. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

BEREA – Rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel took all the repetitions with the first-team offense. Receiver Josh Gordon returned to practice for the first time in nearly a week, then left early to participate by phone in his appeal of an indefinite drug suspension. It was an eventful morning at Browns training camp practice. Manziel had Read More…

Browns WR Miles Austin focuses on fixing mistakes, as coaches, teammates praise his ability

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When veteran receiver Miles Austin runs a route incorrectly – or the slight bit imperfectly – he’s the first to admit it. Especially to his quarterback. “We’re always talking and he almost gets down on himself too much,” quarterback Brian Hoyer said Saturday after the Family Day scrimmage. “I’m like, ‘Dude, I know you’re a Read More…