October 31, 2014

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Browns No. 1-ranked offensive line draws label of ‘football nerds’ from coaches

Ben Tate

BEREA — Joe Thomas, the seven-time Pro Bowl left tackle likely on his way to the Hall of Fame, has a master’s degree in hand and foot placement. John Greco, the journeyman right guard who’s found a home 75 miles northwest of where he grew up in Youngstown, stood in the middle of the locker Read More…

Suspect Browns secondary starts prepartions for Steelers with CB Joe Haden sidelined by sore hip

Joe Haden

BEREA — Joe Haden, with his hip hurting, rode the stationary bike and did crunches under the watchful eye of the training staff. Justin Gilbert worked on his technique with an assistant coach. Buster Skrine explained to reporters what happened on the 75-yard touchdown on which he was burned Sunday against the Titans. Steelers quarterback Read More…

Browns DL Phil Taylor has arthroscopic knee surgery, will miss at least a few weeks

Jake Locker, Phil Taylor

BEREA — The Browns have a giant hole on their defensive line. Six-foot-3, 335-pound Phil Taylor is out following arthroscopic surgery Wednesday morning on his right knee. The team said he’ll be re-evaluated in a few weeks. “Surgery was a success! Thanks for all the prayers! #RoadToRecocery (sic),” Taylor tweeted along with a picture of Read More…

Browns analysis: Team on track to finish better than .500

I despise jumping to conclusions and I’m fully aware the Browns season is only four games old. But I’m ready to change my preseason prediction. The Browns will finish better than the 6-10 I predicted a little more than a month ago. At the time, I thought six wins might be too generous given the Read More…

Browns debate the dance moves of Joe Thomas, Brian Hoyer as they continue to celebrate comeback win

Browns Titans Football

BEREA — Safety Jim Leonhard gave Brian Hoyer’s “Dancing With the Stars” audition tape a thumbs-up, but stopped short of giving it four stars. “Looking back on the film, he’d change some things,” Leonhard said Monday. “But he did a good job.” Phil Taylor’s short video of the Browns’ locker room celebration was an instant Read More…

Browns pull off historic comeback, beat Titans 29-28 to go to 2-2 on season

Browns Titans Football

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tight end Jordan Cameron has only been in Cleveland for three-plus years, which explains his naivety. “I don’t think there was any doubt with anyone no matter what the score was that we were going to come back and win,” he said late Sunday afternoon. Cameron’s sanity can be questioned by tortured Read More…

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…