February 13, 2016

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QB Johnny Manziel didn’t like demotion, believes he still has future with Browns, defends growth as person

BEREA — Johnny Manziel had been through this exercise many times: standing in front of a mob of media and answering a series of pointed questions about his latest off-the-field misstep. His tone was different Wednesday as he spoke to reporters for the first time since he was demoted Nov. 24 after partying over the Read More…

Coach Mike Pettine says Browns want to see Johnny Manziel play final 4 games, repercussions would be ‘harsh’ for another off-field incident

BEREA — The decision to go back to Johnny Manziel as the starting quarterback was about one thing: The Browns organization wants to see him play. “It was a step backward, but that didn’t have anything to do with football,” coach Mike Pettine said this afternoon regarding Manziel’s recent demotion. “We have a guy that Read More…

Despite lopsided loss to Bengals, third-string quarterback Austin Davis gets a passing grade in his first Browns start

Cleveland Browns quarterback Austin Davis (7) scrambles in the first half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday in Cleveland. (AP)

CLEVELAND — Austin Davis received a positive performance review from Browns coach Mike Pettine. Whether that’s good enough to keep him in the lineup remains to be seen. Davis completed 25 of 38 passes for 230 yards and an interception in his first start with the team, but the Cincinnati Bengals crushed Cleveland 37-3 on Read More…

Davis prepared for first start with Browns

Austin Davis didn’t get much sleep in September. After going 3-5 as the starter for the St. Louis Rams last year, he wasn’t given the opportunity to win a roster spot in the preseason and was cut Sept. 5. Losing a job can lead to plenty of tossing and turning. The Browns signed him two Read More…

Browns QB Josh McCown will start vs. Steelers if healthy enough, sending Johnny Manziel back to bench, coach Mike Pettine says

BEREA — Another loss and a long weekend didn’t change coach Mike Pettine’s approach to his quarterback situation. If Josh McCown’s ribs are recovered enough, he will start Sunday in Pittsburgh. Johnny Manziel would return to the bench despite the Browns being all but eliminated from the playoffs at 2-7. “I want to wait to Read More…

Battle of QBs: Ohio State’s J.T. Barrett was able to win his starting job back, now he has to defeat Rutgers’ Chris Laviano

No. 1 Ohio State turns to J.T. Barrett to lead its offense against Rutgers tonight after seven games of ups and downs with Cardale Jones as the starter. The Scarlet Knights have had no such issues with their quarterback. Chris Laviano has seized the job for Rutgers after a preseason competition that did not get Read More…

Red-hot Browns QB Josh McCown says ankle “feels good,” and he’s making coach Mike Pettine look smart for picking him over Johnny Manziel

A sprained ankle could limit quarterback Josh McCown in practice this week, but he doesn’t believe it will interrupt his hot streak. “We’ll just keep getting treatment and see how it goes, but the ankle feels good and I’m hopeful and plan on being able to play,” he said Monday on a conference call. McCown Read More…

Ohio State football: Urban Meyer sticks with Cardale Jones as starting quarterback, says J.T. Barrett has not won the job

COLUMBUS — Cardale Jones will remain top-ranked Ohio State’s quarterback Saturday against Western Michigan. Coach Urban Meyer announced the decision following practice Wednesday, two days after hinting he was considering starting J.T. Barret. Jones was pulled in the second quarter of a 20-13 victory over Northern Illinois on Saturday after throwing two interceptions. “Someone has Read More…

Pressed into duty, Johnny Manziel throws first NFL touchdown pass, but ugly second half spoils performance

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Johnny Manziel dropped back and lofted a pretty pass down the left sideline for receiver Travis Benjamin, who blew past Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie and ran under the throw for a 54-yard score. The first touchdown pass of Manziel’s two-year NFL career gave the Browns a lead Sunday in the second Read More…

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Viccarone heir to the air at Columbia

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Columbia has joined the premier high school football programs in the area, currently riding a 23-game Patriot Athletic Conference winning streak and looking to make the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season. The first two came with Golden Helmet-winning quarterback Jay Banyasz at the helm. Last year the Raiders were led by a pair of Read More…