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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…

Browns WR Josh Gordon’s suspension appeal will continue Monday; no timetable for ruling

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BEREA — As All-Pro receiver Josh Gordon sat in a New York office as lawyers tried to save his season — and possibly career — undrafted rookie Willie Snead and journeyman Marlon Moore took snaps at wideout with the starting offense. Gordon and the Browns continued to wait Friday for resolution to the saga that Read More…

(UPDATED) Browns Notes: Read option makes early appearance in Kyle Shanahan’s offense

Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, left, talks with head coach Mike Pettine at training camp. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

BEREA — Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan couldn’t wait to begin installing the read option. All the quarterbacks took turns running the option Monday on the third day of training camp, the first in pads. In the competition for the starting job, Shanahan called more options for rookie Johnny Manziel than Brian Hoyer, because Manziel ran Read More…

Browns GM Ray Farmer defends rookie QB Johnny Manziel

Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel fires a pass as head coach Mike Pettine, left, and offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, right, watch Sunday. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

BEREA — Johnny Manziel, a master at evading would-be tacklers, absorbed quite a few hits in the last several days. Coach Mike Pettine said it would be a “tall task” for him to wrestle the starting quarterback job from Brian Hoyer. Owner Jimmy Haslam expressed disappointment with his off-the-field behavior. Manziel struggled to move the Read More…

Buzz greets opening of Browns training camp, much of it created by Johnny Manziel

Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel signs autographs after practice at the NFL football team's training camp Saturday. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

BEREA — An hour before the players stretched to begin the first practice of training camp, fans filled the bleachers. The stragglers that eventually stood seven-deep Saturday morning to get a glimpse of their favorite team and players congregated on tiny, tree-lined Beech Street. Six lines of about 30 each filtered into the Browns facility Read More…

Browns owner Jimmy Haslam disappointed in Johnny Manziel’s off-field behavior

Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam watches the opening practice at training camp Saturday. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

BEREA — Browns owner Jimmy Haslam was a big fan of Johnny Manziel long before his team drafted the quarterback with the No. 22 pick in May. The admiration was replaced by disappointed multiple times during Manziel’s offseason of partying. “Johnny said it himself, he made some mistakes,” Haslam said Saturday after the first practice Read More…

Pilot Flying J reaches agreement with feds: Must pay $92M penalty, won’t be prosecuted

Motorists stop for fuel at a Pilot Travel Center near North Little Rock, Ark. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The truck-stop company owned by Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam may have put the worst behind it after federal attorneys agreed not to prosecute Pilot Flying J for cheating customers. In an agreement with prosecutors, the nation’s largest diesel retailer acknowledges that employees cheated trucking companies out of promised Read More…

(UPDATED) Browns cornerback Joe Haden signs extension through 2019 season

Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden warms up before the game against the New England Patriots in December. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Mr. Cleveland can get even more comfortable. Pro Bowl cornerback Joe Haden signed a five-year extension with the Browns on Tuesday that will keep him under contract through 2019. The extension is worth $68 million, with a $14 million signing bonus, $22 million fully guaranteed and another $23 million guaranteed for injury. Haden, who endeared Read More…

(UPDATED) 2014 NFL Draft: Clearview graduate Anthony Hitchens picked in fourth round by Dallas Cowboys

Iowa linebacker and Clearview graduate Anthony Hitchens catches a ball during a drill at the scouting combine in February. (AP photo)

BEREA — When Jerry Jones gives you a personal call on draft day, it’s a safe bet you’ve made it to the NFL. That’s what happened to Clearview graduate Anthony Hitches on Saturday. The Iowa linebacker was selected in the fourth round with the 119th pick of the NFL Draft. “I really didn’t pay attention Read More…