September 21, 2014

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Offense no longer plays it close to the vest

  Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan kept things close to the vest during the Browns’ first three preseason games. He had no choice but to open up the offense in their exhibition finale Thursday — with satisfying results. Starting quarterback Brian Hoyer and backup Johnny Manziel each directed first-half touchdown drives during Cleveland’s 33-13 victory over Read More…

Browns vs. Bears: Final talent show, bubble players get last chance

CLEVELAND — The moment of truth has arrived for the two-dozen Browns players on the bubble to make the team. Cleveland’s preseason finale tonight against the Chicago Bears will mark the final time some of those athletes will ever put on a football uniform. It’s a cruel reality about life in the NFL — and Read More…

Browns: Josh Gordon appeal denied; WR suspended for the season

Josh Gordon

BEREA — Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon steadfastly refused to take responsibility for his actions, even after being suspended indefinitely by the NFL. The Pro Bowl pass catcher was formally banned from the league for the entire 2014 season on Wednesday, paying the price after violating the league’s substance abuse policy for the third time. Read More…

Browns: Brian Hoyer sees silver lining in offensive struggles

Brian Hoyer

BEREA — The Browns’ offensive woes have generated frustration and agitation throughout the preseason. Cleveland has scored exactly one first-half touchdown and 16 points in its first three exhibition games, illustrating just how poorly its starters have performed. Quarterback Brian Hoyer, however, believes those numbers are misleading. He also expects much better results Thursday when Read More…

Browns Notes: Johnny Manziel at ease as backup quarterback, but eager to help team

Johnny Manziel

BEREA — Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel is comfortable in his role as the backup to Brian Hoyer. But with that said, the rookie from Texas A&M would love to see some action when Cleveland opens its regular season in Pittsburgh on Sept. 7. “I would be extremely excited to get on the field and help Read More…

Browns secondary an issue without Joe Haden, Buster Skrine

Chris Givens, Justin Gilbert

BEREA — While the eyes of the football world were on Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel, something more significant occurred in the Browns’ third preseason game Saturday. Aging journeyman Shaun Hill and unproven youngster Austin Davis shredded Cleveland’s defense for 243 passing yards and two touchdowns in the St. Louis Rams’ 33-14 rout at FirstEnergy Read More…

Browns Notes: Tight end Jordan Cameron excused from practice to deal with ‘an issue’

Will Allen, Edwin Baker

BEREA — Browns tight end Jordan Cameron did not attend practice Monday, but wide receiver Nate Burleson returned from a hamstring injury to take part in individual drills. Pro Bowl honoree Cameron — one of the team’s most important offensive players — is expected to be on the field today, according to coach Mike Pettine. Read More…

Cleveland’s offense is a work in progress

CLEVELAND — Renovations at FirstEnergy Stadium are ongoing, which is why fans will see construction zones around its perimeter. Fittingly, the Browns’ offense is also a work in progress, setting up a potentially messy matchup against the St. Louis Rams tonight at 8. Cleveland (0-2) has not scored a first-half touchdown in its first two Read More…

Browns notes: Players back Brian Hoyer as starting quarterback

Joe Thomas

BEREA — Browns left tackle Joe Thomas has blocked for 13 quarterbacks during his seven seasons with the team. One of them is Brian Hoyer, who won all three of his starts in 2013 — and will be under center when Cleveland opens its regular season in Pittsburgh on Sept. 7. “Brian was obviously a Read More…

Aviles blasts walk-off

CLEVELAND — Corey Kluber put the Indians in position for a victory, but needed Mike Aviles and Scott Atchison to finish the job. Aviles led off the bottom of the 11th inning with a homer onto the left-field porch, giving the Tribe a 2-1 win over the Baltimore Orioles on Friday night. The walk-off home Read More…