November 25, 2014

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Primed for the spotlight: Browns embracing chance to play meaningful game this late in season

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The Bengals’ 5-2-1 start and spot atop the AFC North is no surprise. They’ve been to the playoffs three straight years and were a preseason pick to win the division. The Browns’ 5-3 mark at the midpoint of the season qualifies as a shocker. They haven’t made the playoffs since 2002 and haven’t been 5-3 Read More…

Browns GM Ray Farmer wants rookie QB Johnny Manziel to play when time is right

BEREA — General manager Ray Farmer wants the time to be right for rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel to enter the lineup. Farmer understands people are eager to see “what’s under the hood” with the popular Manziel and believes he can be a successful starter, but isn’t in a rush to get an evaluation. “I would Read More…

Browns Notes: Rookie RB Terrance West has rebounded from rough stretch by practicing hard, running straight ahead

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Terrance West learned his lesson. Make that, lessons. The rookie running back is practicing hard and going straight ahead in short yardage after a rough stretch last month. “He’s done a nice job,” left tackle Joe Thomas said Sunday after West played a big role in the 22-17 win over Tampa Bay. “I think a Read More…

Browns get back to work quickly with huge Thursday night game against Bengals approaching fast

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Joe Thomas’ week will include extra massages and stretching. The Pro Bowl left tackle doesn’t have a midseason spa vacation planned, rather a Thursday night game in Cincinnati with first place in the AFC North on the line. “They’re pretty tough,” Thomas said Monday of short weeks. “Especially as you get older, you don’t start Read More…

Browns coach Mike Pettine, teammates sense QB Johnny Manziel’s frustration from not playing

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BEREA — Johnny Manziel has said all the right things about life as the backup quarterback. He’s staying in his “own lane,” playing his “role” and supporting starter Brian Hoyer. His best friend and coach know standing on the sideline is killing him. “He’s the ultimate competitor,” Buccaneers receiver Mike Evans said Wednesday on a Read More…

Scott Petrak: Twitter was must-see social media Monday night

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Twitter can be trouble. People have lost jobs because of an ill-advised 140 characters, including PGA of America president Ted Bishop last week. Guys are so worried about what they’re missing in their timelines, they bury their heads in their phones and ignore their friends at the bar. It’s added hours to the beat writers’ Read More…

Browns Notes: DL John Hughes placed on IR-designated for return

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BEREA — The injury-riddled defensive line was dealt another blow Sunday as John Hughes sustained a knee injury late in the fourth quarter of the 23-13 win over the Raiders. He will miss at least eight games after being placed on injured reserve-designated for return Monday. Hughes’ medial collateral ligament was injured but won’t require Read More…

Browns happy with ‘ugly’ win over Raiders, know they have to play better on offense

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BEREA — The Browns took a page out of late Raiders owner Al Davis’ playbook Sunday. Just win, baby. “I’ll take ugly wins all day,” coach Mike Pettine said Monday. The Browns didn’t score a touchdown until the fourth quarter. They converted only two of 12 third downs. They rushed for 39 yards with an Read More…

Browns 23, Raiders 13: Cleveland gets back to winning ways, pulls away from winless Oakland

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CLEVELAND — When the Browns broke their seven-quarter touchdown drought Sunday with a 4-yard pass to Andrew Hawkins, quarterback Brian Hoyer immediately went to celebrate with – and thank — the parties responsible. He made a beeline to the bench with 14:17 left in the fourth quarter to find strong safety Donte Whitner and cornerback Read More…

Browns run defense continues to struggle, as coaches, players continue to look for solutions

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BEREA — The Browns have had a lot of awful run defenses since 1999. The current edition fits right in. Through six games, the Browns rank last in the NFL with 155.5 rushing yards allowed per game. If the season ended at that number, it would be the most allowed by the Browns since 2000 Read More…