July 23, 2014

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Browns WR Josh Gordon defends his effort in practice, so does WR coach Scott Turner

BEREA – Josh Gordon can be frustrating to watch practice. He doesn’t always run at top speed. He will give up on a route. He often stops as soon as the play’s over, then takes his time getting back to the huddle. But the second-year receiver disagrees with the notion he loafs. “I mean certain Read More…

Updated: Browns 27, Rams 19: QB Brandon Weeden has strong start in preseason opener; Rob Chudzinski wins debut

CLEVELAND – Early Thursday night, the magnitude of the situation hit Rob Chudzinski. He was on the sideline for his first game as a head coach. The feeling passed, he settled into the job at hand and felt comfortable. “No panic moments,” he said. In his unofficial debut, Chudzinski saw quarterback Brandon Weeden quiet his Read More…

Focus is on QB Brandon Weeden with preseason set to open

BEREA – At this time last year, Brandon Weeden was only three months removed from being taken No. 22 in the draft. He had the full support of the coaching staff and front office. He hadn’t thrown an incompletion or interception that mattered. He was the latest answer to the Browns’ long-running unsolved question at Read More…

Browns notes: Coach Rob Chudzinski says starters will play quarter Thursday vs. Rams

BEREA – Coach Rob Chudzinski has just about finished his plan for playing time for the preseason opener Thursday night against the St. Louis Rams at FirstEnergy Stadium. “We are going to play our starters, for the most part, for about a quarter,” he said Tuesday. “That may vary from individual to individual. We will Read More…

Browns RB Dion Lewis has impressed coaches, gets chance with starters in Trent Richardson’s absence

BEREA – Dion Lewis is trying to gain the trust of his new coaching staff. Trust that he will pick up the blitz on third down. Trust that he’ll catch the ball. Trust that if No. 1 running back Trent Richardson gets dinged or needs a breather, the backfield will still have a runner capable Read More…

Undrafted free agent Josh Aubrey continues to impress, has real shot at roster spot

BEREA — Undrafted free agents are easy to dismiss in training camp. For most the NFL dream will die this summer when they are told to turn in their playbooks, so there’s no point in investing in them. Josh Aubrey has been impossible to ignore through almost two weeks of camp. And is worth getting Read More…

Browns: Right tackle Mitchell Schwartz not content with good rookie season, wants to keep getting better

BEREA — Browns right tackle Mitchell Schwartz recognizes his first NFL season was solid, but not spectacular. After breaking through the rookie wall, the 6-foot-5, 320-pounder plans on making his sophomore year much more successful. “There were times last year where I was so absorbed in everything, being a rookie, it was kind of hard Read More…

Browns notes: Kickers dueling, but preseason games will likely decide winner

CLEVELAND — The kicker competition has been under way for a while, but won’t really get started until later in the week — the preseason begins Thursday when the Rams visit FirstEnergy Stadium. Veteran Shayne Graham and rookie Brandon Bogotay are battling for the spot vacated when Phil Dawson left in free agency after 14 Read More…

Browns: Touching touchdown by 5-year-old cancer survivor highlight of fun Family Night

CLEVELAND – As Ryan Encinas neared the end zone, the loud cheers turned into bellowing barks. He was officially a Cleveland Brown. The 5-year-old from Cuyahoga Falls has been in remission for two years after being diagnosed with a tumor on his lung as a 2-year-old. The Browns gave him a uniform – No. 1 Read More…

Browns Notes: WR David Nelson stops practicing when surgically repaired knee doesn’t feel right

BEREA – Receiver David Nelson suffered a setback Thursday as he tries to return from a torn anterior cruciate ligament. Nelson, who only started practicing last week and was slowly working into team drills, was bothered by his surgically repaired right knee while running routes and stopped practicing. He iced the knee and had it Read More…