April 19, 2015

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Browns players say ownership change won’t be a distraction

BEREA — The Browns held their first full-team practice of the season Friday afternoon, just hours after owner Randy Lerner announced the franchise’s possible sale. To a man, though, Cleveland’s players insisted that an ownership change to Pilot Flying J Travel Centers president Jimmy Haslam III would not be a distraction. “With all due respect Read More…

Appeal denied: Bounty suspensions stand; Browns’ Scott Fujita expected decision, but plans to keep fighting

Browns linebacker Scott Fujita saw this coming. That doesn’t mean he accepts it, or will quit fighting. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell rejected Tuesday the appeals of Fujita and three of his former New Orleans Saints teammates, Jonathan Vilma, Anthony Hargrove and Will Smith. The four have been suspended by Goodell for their alleged roles in Read More…

Robert Griffin III thought he’d end up a Brown

BEREA — Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III looked right at home running around the football field at the Browns’ training facility Tuesday. Unfortunately for Browns fans, the ultracharismatic “RG3” was wearing the colors of the Washington Redskins, not Cleveland’s familiar orange and brown. “Once I declared for the draft, Cleveland is the place I Read More…

Browns hosting rookie symposium

CLEVELAND — There were 253 players selected in the 2012 NFL Draft. Every one of them will be in Northeast Ohio this week. The NFL Rookie Symposium is being held at the Bertram Inn in Aurora, where each draftee will receive a crash course in preparing for their new lives as professional athletes. NFC rookies Read More…

So far, the arm is the star: Brandon Weeden showing Browns he has all the throws

BEREA — Brandon Weeden rolled to his left, squared his shoulders and let it rip. He was still on the move when he released the ball, and it looked as if both feet were off the ground. The result was a 20-yard rope along the sideline to tight end Joseph Halahuni, a tryout from Oregon Read More…

Browns notes: Brad Smelley, that other ‘Bama guy, making a good impression, too

BEREA — The kid from Alabama has looked good through two days of rookie minicamp. Make that the other kid from Alabama. Running back Trent Richardson, the No. 3 pick in the draft, came as advertised and has received the lion’s share of the publicity. But it’s Crimson Tide teammate Brad Smelley who has been Read More…

Optimism of rookie camp dampened by news Phil Taylor could miss season with torn pectoral muscle

BEREA — Friday should’ve been all high-fives on cloud 9 for the Browns. The weather was perfect for the first day of a three-day rookie minicamp. Quarterback Brandon Weeden threw with velocity, touch and accuracy. Running back Trent Richardson ran with quickness, power and elusiveness. The future was on the field for the first time, Read More…

NFL Draft 2012: Browns go on the offensive, expect to be better thanks to new weapons

BEREA — The Browns began the NFL Draft with heightened aggression. They ended it with loftier aspirations. “We’d all like to see a big jump this year, that’s our hope. That’s reasonable,” president Mike Holmgren said Saturday night. “Our team foundation is better. Now, we have to be able to score points. That was a Read More…

No big news, just big players: Browns add bulk to both sides of the line on Day 2 of the NFL Draft

BEREA — The second day of the three-day NFL Draft didn’t have nearly the buzz of the first for the Browns. One minor trade — not involving Colt McCoy. No college football superstars. No receivers. But Friday wasn’t without highlights for the Browns. They continued to remake the offense with California right tackle Mitchell Schwartz Read More…

Browns believe Cal tackle Mitchell Schwartz has right (tackle) stuff

BEREA — California tackle Mitchell Schwartz admittedly doesn’t know much about Cleveland, but he is well aware what his role will be with the Browns. “Joe Thomas is probably the best left tackle in the game, so I understand I’ll be at right tackle,” the 6-foot-53⁄8, 318-pounder said. “Honestly, I’m pretty comfortable with both sides Read More…