October 24, 2014

Medina
Partly sunny
46°F

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…

Gordon back in NFL

  Scott Petrak The Gazette BEREA — Browns receiver Josh Gordon is back in the NFL and he’s welcome back inside Browns headquarters. He’ll be eligible to return to the field Nov. 23 against the Atlanta Falcons. Gordon was officially reinstated Friday after the NFL and NFL Players Association finalized a new substance abuse policy. Read More…

Browns linebacker Paul Kruger off to strong start this season

Paul Kruger, Drew Brees

BEREA — Paul Kruger’s devotion to explosion has meant the demolition of opposing offensive linemen and several plays blown up in the backfield. Through two games, he’s been dynamite. “His start, it’s electric when you watch the way he’s playing,” inside linebacker Karlos Dansby said Wednesday. Kruger has two sacks, two quarterback hits, eight tackles, Read More…