August 31, 2015

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Browns: Not bad, by Josh McCown

Quarterback Josh McCown and many of the Browns starters played their final preseason snaps Saturday night at Tampa Bay. They finished on a high note with a third-quarter touchdown drive, a 31-7 victory — Cleveland’s first of the preseason — and plenty of good vibes heading into the regular-season opener Sept. 13 at the New Read More…

McCown has moved on from Tampa days

Scott Petrak The Gazette Josh McCown is friendly, accommodating and thoughtful with reporters. But he was curt this week when asked to reflect on his time with Tampa Bay. “I’d rather not,” he said. McCown has good reason for not wanting to spend too much time thinking about his year with the Buccaneers, whom the Read More…

McCown puts Tampa Bay days in the past

Scott Petrak The Gazette Josh McCown is friendly, accommodating and thoughtful with reporters. But he was curt this week when asked to reflect on his time with Tampa Bay. “I’d rather not,” he said. McCown has good reason for not wanting to spend too much time thinking about his year with the Buccaneers, whom the Read More…

Browns being cautious with Johnny Manziel, who will sit out two games

Johnny Manziel

BEREA — Johnny Manziel’s preseason is over at the halfway point. Manziel didn’t throw for the fourth straight day Thursday with a sore right elbow. Coach Mike Pettine ruled him out for the game at Tampa Bay on Saturday and the finale Thursday in Chicago. “Just given the short week and not wanting to put Read More…

Browns: Johnny Manziel still isn’t throwing, sore elbow is the culprit

Johnny Manziel

BEREA — Johnny Manziel’s right elbow is still barking. So he still isn’t throwing, which is troubling for a quarterback. Manziel made a couple of soft tosses with his left hand during warm-ups and handed off with the right. But that was the extent of his action Wednesday afternoon during the half-hour of practice open Read More…

McCown is still No. 1 quarterback

Scott Petrak The Gazette Josh McCown’s right ring finger is fine. So is his grip on the Browns’ starting quarterback job. “We feel good about where Johnny (Manziel) is as the No. 2 and we feel good about where Josh is as the No. 1 and also understand that a large part of it is Read More…

Browns let one slip away as Bills’ gamble pays off at end

Cleveland’s Josh McCown is sacked by Buffalo’s Jerry Hughes in the first quarter. (AP PHOTO)

CLEVELAND — Quarterback Josh McCown was perfect in the preseason opener last week. That wasn’t the adjective to describe his performance Thursday night against the Buffalo Bills at FirstEnergy Stadium. McCown threw interceptions to end the first two drives and managed only three points while playing the entire first half with the first-team offense. He Read More…

Browns: Cleveland’s offensive line to be tested in battle in the trenches

Cleveland guard Joel Bitonio blocks during the preseason game against Washington. Bitonio and the Browns’ offensive line will be facing a top defensive line tonight when the Bills come to town. (AP PHOTO)

The offensive line has the chance to make a statement tonight at FirstEnergy Stadium. Granted, it’s only the second preseason game and Cleveland’s starters are expected to play only 15-25 snaps, but a strong performance against Buffalo’s highly talented defensive front would show the line is ready to be the strength of the offense. And Read More…

Browns: Travis Benjamin makes bid to stay

Cleveland wide receiver Travis Benjamin is making a strong bid to make the team. (AP FILE PHOTO)

PITTSFORD, N.Y. — Travis Benjamin has started training camp like his job is on the line. It is. Maybe that should be in the past tense. With three preseason games left on the schedule, the spots at the bottom of the roster are guaranteed to no one. But Benjamin seems to have gone from the Read More…

Several trends surface for Browns

Scott Petrak The Gazette Drawing any conclusions following one preseason game is an exercise in stupidity. The Browns’ starting offense played one drive, the defense two. The second half was dominated by players who won’t make an NFL roster. But after an offseason of practices, two weeks of training camp, an intrasquad scrimmage and the Read More…