September 16, 2014

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Browns Notes: Coach Rob Chudzinski keeping kickoff returner a secret, but has plenty of willing candidates

BEREA – Coach Rob Chudzinski wants to keep the Dolphins in the dark when it comes to who will return kickoffs Sunday in the opener. “I’m going to keep that to myself for the time being,” Chudzinski said Friday. “But we have a pool of guys that I’m comfortable with and that we’ve been getting Read More…

Browns rule out Barkevious Mingo, could be scrambling in secondary if CB Buster Skrine can’t play

BEREA – Barkevious Mingo’s NFL regular-season debut has been delayed at least a week. He may be joined on the sideline Sunday by starting defensive end Ahtyba Rubin and starting cornerback Buster Skrine. Mingo, the No. 6 pick in April, was ruled out for the opener against the Dolphins as he continues to recover from Read More…

Brandon Weeden is a quarterback under pressure in 2nd year as Browns starter

Brandon Weeden has this year to prove whether he can be the franchise quarterback the Browns need. (AP photo)

The interview was over and the man in the crucible headed home. He wore his backpack like a 10-year-old on the first day of school, his flip-flops like a beach bum on a sunny summer afternoon. The 29-year-old who changes into shoulder pads and cleats for work isn’t oblivious. He’s just determined to be himself. Read More…

Criticism of Browns cornerbacks doesn’t shake their confidence

Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden, left, tackles Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey Aug. 24. (AP photo)

BEREA — Cornerback Joe Haden expects to follow speedy Dolphins receiver Mike Wallace all over the field Sunday in the season opener. That takes care of one worry for the Browns. The bigger concern is what happens when Miami quarterback Ryan Tannehill throws away from Haden. Buster Skrine will get the start on the other Read More…

Scott Petrak: Browns have plenty of concerns as the season opener approaches

The dreadful preseason finale has finally come and gone, so the focus can shift completely to the regular season. The Browns had four preseason games and more than a month of practices to get ready, yet many questions remain unanswered. Injuries and a lack of expected development from some players have the front office scrambling Read More…

Browns coach Rob Chudzinski decides to sit starters in preseason finale vs. Bears

Cleveland Browns quarterback Jason Campbell will start during Thursday's preseason game against the Bears. Starting quarterback Brandon Weeden will sit out for the final preseason game. (AP photo)

BEREA — Browns coach Rob Chudzinski has decided to err on the side of caution heading into tonight’s preseason finale in Chicago. All but two of Cleveland’s starters will sit out against the Bears, removing any risk of injury for running back Trent Richardson, quarterback Brandon Weeden, tackle Joe Thomas and the other first-teamers on Read More…

Browns Preseason: Cleveland starters thoroughly outplayed in 27-6 loss, but team not discouraged

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INDIANAPOLIS – After two weeks of dominance by their starters, the Browns were dominated. The first-team offense needed an unexpected eighth possession – against mostly Colts backups – a dropped interception and a 50-yard field goal by Shayne Graham to score Saturday night. The defense got caught in mismatches and blew coverages to leave receivers Read More…

Browns Notes: Oberlin High graduate Hugh Thornton makes debut for Colts, sees time with starters

INDIANAPOLIS – Hugh Thornton’s NFL preseason debut was delayed two games by an ankle sprain. The time on the sideline only heightened his anticipation for Saturday night. “I can’t emphasize enough how excited I am to get out there and play,” he said Thursday in a phone interview. Thornton, an offensive lineman, graduated from Oberlin Read More…

Making strides: Browns defensive coordinator Ray Horton likes what he sees so far, but is far from satisfied

Even defensive coordinator Ray Horton has gotten caught up in the hot start by the first-team offense. “I give us an incomplete, but I give them an A,” he said. Horton was being modest. The starting defense has been just as efficient as the starting offense through preseason victories over the Rams and Lions. Norv Read More…

Browns pick up offensive lineman John Moffitt in trade with Seahawks

The Browns traded for insurance at right guard Monday, acquiring center/guard John Moffitt from Seattle for defensive end Brian Sanford. Moffitt (6-foot-4, 319 pounds) has 15 starts in two seasons after the Seahawks drafted him in the third round out of Wisconsin in 2011. He started nine games as a rookie before suffering a knee Read More…