October 20, 2014

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Browns free safety Tashaun Gipson can pick off passes with the best of them, but league slow to catch on

Tashaun Gipson

Richard Sherman and … Tashaun Gipson? Anyone who knows anything about the NFL knows Sherman is the Seahawks’ All-Pro cornerback. He earned respect for his play on the league’s best defense, then became rock-star famous with his postgame rant after making the play that won the NFC championship. Anyone who isn’t from Cleveland, Wyoming or Read More…

Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer emerges confident and in charge

Brian Hoyer

After three starts last year, Brian Hoyer was headed to surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament. After three starts this year, he headed to the bye week healthy and playing perhaps the best football of his career. With the preseason battle with rookie Johnny Manziel deep in the rearview mirror, the Browns are Read More…

Browns WR Andrew Hawkins shows ability, versatility and toughness in hot start

Andrew Hawkins

BEREA — Andrew Hawkins will never be mistaken for Josh Gordon, but he’s looked and played the part of the Browns’ No. 1 wideout in the All-Pro’s absence. Hawkins — all 5-foot-7, 180 pounds of him — has a team-high 21 catches for 244 yards (11.6 average) through three games. He ranks eighth in the Read More…

Browns Notes: Offensive line coach praises rookie left guard Joel Bitonio

Joel Bitonio, William Gay

BEREA — Offensive line coach Andy Moeller has been impressed with rookie left guard Joel Bitonio since before the draft. The first three games validated his opinion. “It’s not too big for him, not a lot of mistakes, not going the wrong way, not jumping offsides, being able to block one-on-one against Haloti Ngata,” Moeller Read More…

Browns CB Joe Haden disappointed in his start, says he hasn’t played up to his ability

Torrey Smith, Joe Haden

BEREA — Cornerback Joe Haden wasn’t offended when coach Mike Pettine said he needs to play better in the big moments. He was thinking the same thing. “I’m one of my biggest critics and I know that I haven’t been playing up to my ability and it’s been some plays where definitely I need to Read More…

Browns Notes: QB coach Dowell Loggains trusts Johnny Manziel over long weekend

BEREA — When practice concludes today, Browns players won’t be required at team headquarters until Tuesday. That’s more than four days for rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel to find an inflatable swan, a money phone and himself back on TMZ. “I don’t know what Johnny’s plans are,” quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains said Wednesday. “I’m sure Coach Read More…

Scott Petrak: Browns have plenty to fix on their bye week

Joe Flacco, Craig Robertson

An early bye week is far from ideal. The season isn’t yet at a full lather, and the brutality hasn’t taken its toll on the roster. The break makes much more sense after six or eight games, rather than three. “It’s good to get away, but do you really need to get away?” quarterback Brian Read More…

Browns Mike Pettine: Last place is last place, but there are positives

Mike Pettine

BEREA — Football coaches and players like to say that the game film doesn’t lie. It can deceive. “I told the team today that there are times when you could make a cut-up of us and just say this team is unbeatable,” coach Mike Pettine said Monday. “Then you could make a cut-up and say Read More…

Browns Notes: Coach Mike Pettine says CB Joe Haden not making big plays when needed

Steve Smith, Joe Haden

BEREA — When the Browns gave Pro Bowl cornerback Joe Haden a five-year, $68 million extension through 2019 in May, it came with great expectations. He hasn’t lived up to the contract through three games. “He’s played well at times, but as you can see, at some inopportune times he’s not played well,” coach Mike Read More…

Ravens 23, Browns 21: Special teams, missed chances lead to loss

Justin Tucker, Sam Koch

CLEVELAND — The Browns had the chance to go into the bye week 2-1. They had the chance to have a mountain of momentum following last week’s win over the Saints. They had the chance to move a game ahead of the Ravens in the AFC North. They had the chance to prove they aren’t Read More…