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Brian Hoyer throws TD pass, but Browns dominated by Rams in 33-14 loss

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CLEVELAND — The Browns finally did it. Win? No. Look good? Nope. Give the home crowd reason for optimism in the third preseason game that’s supposed to serve as a dress rehearsal for the regular season? Absolutely not. But for the first time in three preseason games, the starting offense scored a touchdown. It came Read More…

Browns rookie QB Johnny Manziel fined $12,000 for giving middle finger to Washington bench

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Talk about an expensive bird. Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel was fined $12,000 by the NFL on Friday for giving the middle finger to the Washington bench Monday night. He has the option to appeal. Washington players yelled at Manziel throughout the game and mocked him by flashing his “money sign” after he was sacked. Read More…

Browns coach Mike Pettine holding off on naming Brian Hoyer or Johnny Manziel starting QB

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The beat goes on. Until today. Or next week. Browns coach Mike Pettine hadn’t decided yet. Pettine had a meeting scheduled Tuesday night with his coaching staff to discuss the quarterback competition between Brian Hoyer and rookie Johnny Manziel. They could’ve decided to name a starter today for the regular-season opener Sept. 7 versus Pittsburgh, Read More…

Browns QB Brian Hoyer to start Monday night in Washington

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Brian Hoyer will be the starting quarterback Monday night against Washington, Browns coach Mike Pettine announced this afternoon. Rookie Johnny Manziel will come off the bench for the second straight preseason game, but this time he’ll receive repetitions with the first-team offense. “It’s just something right now where we are comfortable with Brian going out Read More…

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 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…

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 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…

Rookie QB Johnny Manziel flashes old form at Browns Family Day scrimmage

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AKRON — “Johnny Football” made a much anticipated appearance Saturday at the Family Day scrimmage. Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel, who was off his game during the first week of training camp, flashed some of his Heisman Trophy-winning playmaking ability in front of 20,673 at the University of Akron’s InfoCision Stadium. Manziel went 3-for-7 for Read More…