August 20, 2014

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UPDATED Browns: Brian Hoyer named Week 1 starting quarterback

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BEREA — Brian Hoyer overcame surgery 10 months ago to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament. If that weren’t enough, he had to beat out the most popular rookie in the league in Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel. So Hoyer allowed himself a smile and a few seconds to appreciate the moment after coach Mike Read More…

Browns coach Mike Pettine holding off on naming Brian Hoyer or Johnny Manziel starting QB

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The beat goes on. Until today. Or next week. Browns coach Mike Pettine hadn’t decided yet. Pettine had a meeting scheduled Tuesday night with his coaching staff to discuss the quarterback competition between Brian Hoyer and rookie Johnny Manziel. They could’ve decided to name a starter today for the regular-season opener Sept. 7 versus Pittsburgh, Read More…

Browns Notes: Boomer Esiason rips Johnny Manziel, says he’s not close to being ready for Week 1

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Cast one vote for Brian Hoyer in the Browns’ quarterback derby. Former NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason thinks it would be a disaster if coach Mike Pettine picked rookie Johnny Manziel as his Week 1 starter. “I’m telling you right now, he is not even remotely close to being ready,” Esiason said Tuesday on his radio Read More…

Browns analysis: Pettine needs QB battle to wrap up tonight

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The end is near. At least Browns coach Mike Pettine hopes. Pettine wants desperately to name the starting quarterback for the season opener this week, and put a stop to the competition that has overwhelmed all other storylines in camp. It’s been his plan since before training camp and hasn’t changed despite a near-even battle Read More…

Browns notes: Challenge hits Berea

BEREA — The Browns raised money for ALS and coach Mike Pettine got in a friendly shot at former boss Rex Ryan. Everyone was a winner. “Rex, I know you want to punch me in the face,” Pettine said Friday before participating in The Ice Bucket Challenge. “Anytime you want to go toe-to-toe, you know Read More…

Pettine to name starting QB Tuesday

BEREA — Just because Johnny Manziel won’t take the first snap Monday night doesn’t mean he won’t be the starting quarterback when the season opens Sept. 7 in Pittsburgh. Coach Mike Pettine hasn’t closed the book on the competition that has captivated Cleveland and the NFL, despite naming incumbent Brian Hoyer the starter for the Read More…

Browns Notes: No-huddle offense makes rare appearance in Berea

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BEREA — The future of the NFL arrived Wednesday at Browns headquarters. Near the end of practice, the offense went no-huddle. Brian Hoyer led a 65-yard touchdown drive, capped by a 19-yard catch-and-run from running back Ben Tate after linebacker Barkevious Mingo slipped in coverage. Johnny Manziel went three-and-out in his two chances in the Read More…

Browns rookie RB Terrance West thrilled to spend time with Hall of Famer Jim Brown

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BEREA — Terrance West’s eyes had doubled in size. “Wow. THE Jim Brown,” he said, with the smile of a kid walking into Disney World. West, a rookie running back, met Brown, a Hall of Famer, for the first time Monday. They chatted again Wednesday after training camp practice, and the thrill hadn’t diminished. “It’s Read More…

Browns QBs Johnny Manziel, Brian Hoyer to split time with starting offense vs. Washington

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BEREA — ESPN and Johnny Football fans can stop worrying. Rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel will get plenty of quality time with the Browns’ starting offense against Washington on “Monday Night Football.” He just might not start. Coach Mike Pettine said Tuesday incumbent Brian Hoyer and Manziel will share time with the first team Monday night Read More…

Browns sign veteran QB Rex Grossman, waive Tyler Thigpen

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BEREA — The Rex Grossman-to-Cleveland rumors started shortly after Kyle Shanahan was hired as offensive coordinator in February. The rumors became reality Tuesday morning when Grossman signed. He became the No. 3 quarterback, and journeyman Tyler Thigpen was waived. “I don’t know why it took so long,” said Grossman, an unrestricted free agent. “Better late Read More…