July 7, 2015

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McCown tops on depth chart

Scott Petrak The Gazette BEREA — Josh McCown is No. 1 on the quarterback depth chart, expected to stay there and the favorite to be the starter Week 1 when the Browns travel to play the New York Jets. Johnny Manziel isn’t competing for the starting job, is in a rotation at No. 2 and Read More…

A QB would have made draft great

The Browns had a good draft. Solid is another appropriate adjective. They filled needs with quality players, addressed both sides of the ball and increased depth on a roster that’s markedly improved over a few years ago. They added a productive pass rusher in Nate Orchard, an electric running back in Duke Johnson and took Read More…

Browns pick Orchard to beef up pass rush

Scott Petrak The Gazette BEREA — Fixing the pass rush came next on the Browns’ to-do list for draft weekend. They selected Utah’s Nate Orchard (6-foot-3¼, 250 pounds) in the second round Friday with the No. 51 pick. He was second in big-time college football in the fall with 18.5 sacks. He will convert from Read More…

Shelton already makes a sack

Scott Petrak The Gazette BEREA — The Browns drafted Washington nose tackle Danny Shelton to stop the run. He showed Thursday night he can also sack the commissioner. Shelton, who added a Browns hat to the traditional Samoan lava-lava he was wearing at the NFL Draft in Chicago, gave Commissioner Roger Goodell a giant bear Read More…

Browns are on the clock

Scott Petrak The Gazette Trade up to take a quarterback in the first round for the third time in four years. Sit tight at Nos. 12 and 19, take the best defensive lineman and pass rusher available and try to win with defense. Surround whoever plays quarterback with as many playmakers as possible by adding Read More…

Grayson could enter QB picture

Scott Petrak The Gazette A lot of time, energy and words have been used to explore every angle of Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota possibly coming to the Browns. But what if he doesn’t wind up in Cleveland? The offseason discussion and at least one trade attempt for Sam Bradford suggest coach Mike Pettine, general manager Read More…

Parker is known for big plays, TDs

Scott Petrak The Gazette Over his right shoulder. High above his head. Off the back of a defender. On the way out of bounds. Receiver DeVante Parker caught 33 touchdowns in 43 games at Louisville — he reached the end zone every 4.7 receptions — and they came in all shapes, sizes and contortions. “He Read More…

Browns’ Joe Haden: Johnny Manziel is changed man

BEREA — Joe Haden considers Johnny Manziel one of his closest friends on the Browns. Haden is convinced Manziel has changed following a 10-week stay in rehab. “I had a heart to heart with Johnny yesterday,” Haden, a Pro Bowl cornerback, said Tuesday. “He’s one of my good friends. I could tell he’s motivated. I Read More…

Browns offseason program: Some show, some don’t

Johnny Manziel

Quarterback Johnny Manziel was there. Pro Bowl free safety Tashaun Gipson wasn’t. The Browns’ offseason program began Monday, the first day players were permitted to work out with the team’s strength coaches. Players weren’t available to reporters and the team didn’t release an attendance report, but a source confirmed Manziel participated. It was expected after Read More…

Manziel apologizes to fans, team in statement

Scott Petrak The Gazette Johnny Manziel took “full responsibility” for his actions, apologized to the Browns organization and fans and vowed to work hard to regain trust and respect in a statement released Friday through the Browns. The nine-sentence statement was Manziel’s first public comment since leaving a treatment facility last week after spending 10 Read More…