November 22, 2014

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Veteran safety Donte Whitner making an impact on his hometown Browns … and vice versa

Cleveland Browns strong safety Donte Whitner hits Oakland Raiders running back Darren McFadden to force a fumble.(AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

BEREA — Strong safety Donte Whitner was getting ready to practice Wednesday when he decided to share his feelings with the world. Or at least his 141,000 followers on Twitter. “It’s crazy how much I enjoy being home playing for the Cleveland Browns… #doYOUHaveaDream?” he tweeted before taking the field. His explanation of the tweet Read More…

Browns notes: Rookie running back Isaiah Crowell wants, expects to play more

Donte Whitner, Darren McFadden

BEREA — Standing on the sideline didn’t sit well with running back Isaiah Crowell. “It was real disappointing, but you have to do what is best for the team,” Crowell said Thursday. “We won the game, so I was proud about that.” Crowell, an undrafted rookie, played three of 56 offensive snaps Sunday in the Read More…

Browns Notes: Jordan Cameron’s replacements bring own styles to TE

Cleveland Browns tight end Jim Drayis chased by Oakland Raiders linebacker Khalil Mack after a catch in the fourth quarter Sunday. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

BEREA — Browns tight end Jim Dray has played five solid seasons in the NFL, while Gary Barnidge is in his seventh year in the league. Though they are filling in for Pro Bowler Jordan Cameron (concussion), neither has any illusion of playing at his level. “Jordan is literally an athletic freak, so you really Read More…

Browns coach Mike Pettine, teammates sense QB Johnny Manziel’s frustration from not playing

Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel watches from the bench in the first quarter against the Oakland Raiders Sunday. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

BEREA — Johnny Manziel has said all the right things about life as the backup quarterback. He’s staying in his “own lane,” playing his “role” and supporting starter Brian Hoyer. His best friend and coach know standing on the sideline is killing him. “He’s the ultimate competitor,” Buccaneers receiver Mike Evans said Wednesday on a Read More…

Tampa Bay WR Mike Evans: When Johnny Manziel gets a shot, he’s never going to come off field

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans runs his route against the Minnesota Vikings. (AP Photo/Reinhold Matay)

BEREA — Buccaneers rookie receiver Mike Evans caught 151 passes for 2,499 yards and 17 touchdowns in two years at Texas A&M. His quarterback was Johnny Manziel. The close friends will hook up again Sunday when Tampa Bay (1-6) plays the Browns (4-3) at FirstEnergy Stadium. Manziel has played only four snaps as he’s been Read More…

Scott Petrak: Twitter was must-see social media Monday night

Washington Redskins' Colt McCoy (talks to Dallas Cowboys' Brandon Weeden after their game, Monday in Arlington, Texas. Washington won in overtime 20-17. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)

Twitter can be trouble. People have lost jobs because of an ill-advised 140 characters, including PGA of America president Ted Bishop last week. Guys are so worried about what they’re missing in their timelines, they bury their heads in their phones and ignore their friends at the bar. It’s added hours to the beat writers’ Read More…

Browns happy with ‘ugly’ win over Raiders, know they have to play better on offense

Cleveland Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer is sacked by Oakland Raiders defensive end Justin Tuck Sunday. (AP Photo/David Richard)

BEREA — The Browns took a page out of late Raiders owner Al Davis’ playbook Sunday. Just win, baby. “I’ll take ugly wins all day,” coach Mike Pettine said Monday. The Browns didn’t score a touchdown until the fourth quarter. They converted only two of 12 third downs. They rushed for 39 yards with an Read More…

Browns Notes: DL John Hughes placed on IR-designated for return

Cleveland Browns defensive end John Hughes is taken off the field after an injury in the fourth quarter against the Oakland Raiders Sunday. (AP Photo/David Richard)

BEREA — The injury-riddled defensive line was dealt another blow Sunday as John Hughes sustained a knee injury late in the fourth quarter of the 23-13 win over the Raiders. He will miss at least eight games after being placed on injured reserve-designated for return Monday. Hughes’ medial collateral ligament was injured but won’t require Read More…

Dulik: Browns continuing to show progress

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Andrew Hawkins celebrates running back Ben Tate's touchdown run in the fourth quarter against the Oakland Raiders Sunday. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

It wasn’t pretty, certainly wasn’t easy and was far from the most entertaining NFL game of the season. Yet, the Browns’ 23-13 win Sunday over the Oakland Raiders represented genuine progress, which is nothing to scoff at given their recent history. “A win is a win — that’s all it comes down to — and Read More…

Browns 23, Raiders 13: Cleveland gets back to winning ways, pulls away from winless Oakland

Cleveland Browns strong safety Donte Whitner hits Oakland Raiders running back Darren McFadden to force a fumble in the third quarter Sunday. Browns cornerback Joe Haden recovered and ran the ball back to midfield.(AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — When the Browns broke their seven-quarter touchdown drought Sunday with a 4-yard pass to Andrew Hawkins, quarterback Brian Hoyer immediately went to celebrate with – and thank — the parties responsible. He made a beeline to the bench with 14:17 left in the fourth quarter to find strong safety Donte Whitner and cornerback Read More…