July 6, 2015

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Doing their homework: Avon Lake’s Brian Mihalik and Westlake’s Jake Ryan enjoy NFL Rookie Symposium in Berea

BEREA — Two hundred and fifty-four players are participating in the weeklong NFL Rookie Symposium. But only two of them grew up within biking distance of the Browns’ training facility, which hosted the NFC Play 60 youth football clinic Friday. Eagles defensive end Brian Mihalik played high school football at Avon Lake, while Packers linebacker Read More…

Appeal hearing done, so what’s next for Tom Brady?

NEW YORK — After a 10-hour hearing, Tom Brady now must wait to find out if his appeal of a four-game suspension carried any weight with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. The league suspended Brady for his role in the use of deflated footballs in the AFC championship game win over Indianapolis. He arrived at the Read More…

Despite expectations, Mariota’s goal is simple: ‘I’m going to continue to be myself’

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BEREA — The NFL is counting on Marcus Mariota to be a star. The Tennessee Titans need him to be their franchise quarterback. Mariota, though, is focused on a much simpler goal for his first pro season. “I’m going to continue to be myself,” the No. 2 overall draft pick said. “I understand the expectations Read More…

Tickets go quickly for Browns scrimmage in Columbus

CLEVELAND — The Browns’ first training camp foray into Columbus is already an overwhelming success. All 60,000 free tickets for the annual “Orange and Brown” intrasquad scrimmage were distributed Monday, making the Aug. 7 event at Ohio Stadium an advance “sellout”. Browns officials and the Ohio State athletic department could make 40,000 more seats available, Read More…

Browns claim Pryor off waivers, plan to use him as receiver

CLEVELAND — Terrelle Pryor couldn’t make it in the NFL as a quarterback, but the Browns hope he can succeed at wide receiver. Cleveland was awarded the former Ohio State standout off waivers Monday, four days after he was released by the Cincinnati Bengals. General manager Ray Farmer announced that Pryor will attempt to make Read More…

Josh McCown remains atop depth chart, has stabilized QB position for Browns

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BEREA — For too many years of their reincarnation, the Browns have had controversy and doubt at quarterback. The signing of veteran Josh McCown and his almost immediate installation as the starter by coach Mike Pettine removed the controversy and competition, despite the presence of Johnny Manziel. The doubt will linger. That’s only natural regarding Read More…

Browns Notes: OLB Scott Solomon nicknamed “Bloodbath” for his all-out play in practice

BEREA – Outside linebacker Scott Solomon has gotten the attention of the coaching staff while earning the respect, and fear, of the offense. “Scott is very quickly becoming one of my favorite players on the defense,” coordinator Jim O’Neil said Thursday as minicamp closed. “He embodies everything we talk about when we say ‘Play Like Read More…

Browns Notes: Position coach sees Pro Bowl potential in 2nd-year LB Chris Kirksey

BEREA — Inside linebackers coach Chuck Driesbach has a blueprint for what he wants in a player. It sits in his meeting room and wears No. 58. “We had a big session where I sat down with the scouting department and they were getting my insights into what are we looking for in an inside Read More…

Browns QB Johnny Manziel breaks silence, says “Johnny Football” persona became too much for him

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BEREA — Johnny Manziel is done with his “Johnny Football” persona. He just wants to be a Johnny that plays football. Manziel spoke to the media Wednesday for the first time since Dec. 29, the day after last season ended and a month before he checked into a treatment facility that specializes in addiction for Read More…

Browns safety Tashaun Gipson happy to be back and wants to stay in Cleveland, but prepared to move on after this season if long-term deal isn’t reached

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BEREA — For Tashaun Gipson, the light at the end of the tunnel is a long-term contract with millions of dollars guaranteed. He hopes he reaches the light as soon as possible, and that it’s in Cleveland. But he’s prepared if that doesn’t happen. “I feel like the Browns want me to be here,” Gipson, Read More…