September 1, 2014


Browns QBs Johnny Manziel, Brian Hoyer to split time with starting offense vs. Washington

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BEREA — ESPN and Johnny Football fans can stop worrying. Rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel will get plenty of quality time with the Browns’ starting offense against Washington on “Monday Night Football.” He just might not start. Coach Mike Pettine said Tuesday incumbent Brian Hoyer and Manziel will share time with the first team Monday night Read More…

Browns Notes: QB Rex Grossman finally signs; Tyler Thigpen waived

Rex Grossman, left, talks with Cleveland Browns quarterbacks Connor Shaw, Johnny Manziel and Brian Hoyer during practice Tuesday. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

BEREA — The Rex Grossman-to-Cleveland rumors started shortly after Kyle Shanahan was hired as offensive coordinator in February. The rumors became reality Tuesday morning when Grossman signed. He became the No. 3 quarterback, and journeyman Tyler Thigpen was waived. “I don’t know why it took so long,” said Grossman, an unrestricted free agent. “Better late Read More…

Browns Notes: Jordan Cameron says shoulder is fine, remains in contract discussions

Cleveland Browns tight end Jordan Cameron jogs off the field after practice Monday. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

BEREA — Browns tight end Jordan Cameron delivered a double-dose of good news Monday at training camp. The Pro Bowl selection returned to practice on a limited basis — declaring his sprained shoulder to be “fine” — and revealed that he remains in contract negotiations with the franchise. Cameron will make $1.43 million in the final Read More…

Browns Brian Hoyer still slightly ahead of Johnny Manziel in quarterback race

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BEREA — In the Great Quarterback Competition of 2014, every throw is evaluated, every sentence parsed and every action analyzed. Incumbent Brian Hoyer took all of the first-team repetitions on a rainy Monday after starting the preseason opener Saturday. Rookie coach Mike Pettine answered affirmatively that means Hoyer’s still in front in the battle with rookie Read More…

Coach Mike Pettine: Nothing settled in Browns quarterback race

Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel passes against the Detroit Lions during a preseason game at Ford Field in Detroit. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)

Nothing is settled in the Browns quarterback derby. But the clock’s ticking on a decision, and rookie Johnny Manziel is making up ground in chunks on incumbent Brian Hoyer. First-year coach Mike Pettine reset the state of the competition Sunday afternoon in a conference call after watching film of the 13-12 loss to the Lions Read More…

Browns quarterback battle between Johnny Manziel, Brian Hoyer looks too close to call after preseason opener

Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel runs the ball against the Detroit Lions  Saturday. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)

DETROIT — Johnny Manziel entered an NFL game — albeit preseason — for the first time with 7:32 remaining in the second quarter. He was greeted with a loud chorus of boos by the Ford Field crowd that had been quiet until then. He exited with 40 seconds left in the third quarter when undrafted Read More…

Browns Notes: Rookie CB Justin Gilbert inactive for preseason opener with groin injury

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DETROIT — Rookie cornerback Justin Gilbert will have to wait at least another week for his first NFL action. Veteran receiver Nate Burleson saved a lot of cash and his vocal cords. Gilbert — drafted No. 8, 14 spots ahead of quarterback Johnny Manziel — didn’t dress Saturday night for the preseason opener because of Read More…

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…