October 24, 2014

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Browns notes: Travis Benjamin shakes off dropped punt, hauls in two big TD passes

Travis Benjamin

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Travis Benjamin didn’t hang his head. Instead, he raised his arms, leaped in the air and caught two fourth-quarter touchdowns in the Browns’ 29-28 comeback win Sunday. Benjamin was about to be the goat after dropping a punt that Tennessee’s Marqueston Huff recovered late in the third quarter. Benjamin is averaging 0.7 Read More…

QB Brian Hoyer doesn’t panic, brings Browns back from 25 down

Brian Hoyer

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Brian Hoyer was poised in the huddle, methodically leading the Browns on drive after drive to the biggest comeback in franchise history. He was calm in his postgame news conference, stoically answering questions as if he hadn’t just been the star in the greatest road comeback in NFL regular-season history. He saved Read More…

Manziel returns to college sideline

Scott Petrak The Gazette BEREA — Johnny Manziel got a reminder last Saturday of what he gave up when he decided to enter the NFL Draft. He used the bye to watch Texas A&M beat Arkansas 35-28 in overtime. The game was in Arlington, Texas, but he spent the weekend reminiscing about his three years Read More…

Browns: Mingo accepts larger role in coverage, but still wants to rush the passer, get sacks

Barkevious Mingo

BEREA — Outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo doesn’t have a sack, a quarterback hit or a batted pass in two games. His coaches have said it’s unfair to judge Mingo by the numbers, because he’s been asked to drop a lot in coverage. But Mingo was the No. 6 pick in 2013, and that comes with Read More…

Browns Notes: Special teams coordinator Chris Tabor ‘confident’ multitude of problems can be fixed

Christian Yount

BEREA — Special teams coordinator Chris Tabor might’ve needed the bye week more than anyone else in the Browns organization. Then again, the weekend off gave him more time to think about the rough start for his units. “We need to play better on special teams,” he said Thursday. “We’re all aware of that, and Read More…

Browns looking to solve road woes by sticking together, staying poised behind QB Brian Hoyer

Brian Hoyer

BEREA — Coach Mike Pettine believes one of the keys to winning on the road is staying united in a hostile environment. The Browns have become divided too many times in the last 15 years … and fallen hard. The Browns are a disastrous 33-89 on the road since returning in 1999, compared to an Read More…

Browns Notes: Long snappers Christian Yount, Charley Hughlett competing for job

Christian Yount

BEREA — It doesn’t have the sizzle of a quarterback controversy, but the Browns are waging a full-fledged, midseason long snapper competition. Christian Yount, who’s held the job since late in 2011, is on the active roster. He’s trying to hold off Charley Hughlett, who was signed Tuesday to the practice squad. “We’ll rotate those Read More…

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…