August 1, 2014

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Manziel is toast of the town

Scott Petrak The Gazette BEREA — Johnny Manziel sat at the podium and looked like any other draft pick. He wore a big Browns hat that didn’t match his suit and tie and politely answered questions. But Manziel, aka Johnny Football, is unlike any previous Browns player. He’s part-celebrity, part-playmaker and he’s all Cleveland’s after Read More…

Browns draft Gilbert, Manziel

Scott Petrak The Gazette BEREA — Johnny Football is headed to BrownsTown. The Browns had a hectic and productive first round of the NFL Draft on Thursday, and that was before they traded up to take Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel with the No. 22 pick. They quickly became the story of the draft, the Read More…

Browns: Crucial night arrives, Browns need to strike it rich

The NFL Draft is always highly anticipated by Browns fans. Never quite like this. Two extra weeks due to a scheduling conflict at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall drew out the drama. The movie “Draft Day” increased the buzz. Then there’s the seven-round marathon itself. The Browns have 10 picks, including two in Read More…

Browns reporter Scott Petrak’s 2014 mock NFL Draft

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1. Houston — Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina Texans prefer to trade down but might not get offer they like. 2. St. Louis (from Washington) — Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn Texas A&M’s Jake Matthews also a possibility. 3. Jacksonville — Khalil Mack, LB, Buffalo Wouldn’t be surprised to see Johnny Manziel here. Jags need someone who will sell tickets. Read More…

Report: Browns won’t pick Johnny Manziel in NFL Draft

Sorry, Johnny Manziel fans. It looks like the Browns won’t be taking him with the No. 4 pick in the NFL Draft on Thursday night. FoxSports’ Jay Glazer reported Tuesday night that, despite increased buzz the Browns would draft Manziel if available, the Browns would pass on the electrifying but polarizing Texas A&M quarterback. “Browns Read More…

NFL Draft: Johnny Lightning, QB Manziel has plenty of confidence

The Browns have been linked to Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel. (AP STORIES)

The guy you can’t take your eyes off, and can’t stop talking about, is set to do it again. It’s second-and-7 from the Duke 19-yard line in the second half of the Chick-fil-A Bowl on New Year’s Eve, and the impulsive quarterback thinks he has no one open. He moves up in the pocket, leaps Read More…

Taylor will be staying with Browns

  Scott Petrak The Gazette The new Browns regime let Phil Taylor know he’s wanted. The Browns exercised the fifth-year option on the contract for the defensive lineman Friday. Taylor is now under contract through 2015, when his salary would be $5.5 million. “It’s very evident to us watching on tape and seeing him in Read More…

Browns: Bryant talks about heart surgery

Cleveland defensive end Desmond Bryant, right, chases Minnesota quarterback Christian Ponder last September. (AP FILE PHOTO)

BEREA — Desmond Bryant was tired of the trips to the hospital — three in 13 months. He was sick of the scared feeling he’d get when his heart would race. So he elected to have a cardiac ablation Dec. 6 at the Cleveland Clinic to correct the irregular heartbeat. “I felt like after I Read More…

Browns: Wide receiver Sammy Watkins is hot commodity, lack of height no problem

Clemson’s Sammy Watkins, top, pulls in a pass against Ohio State’s Doran Grant in the Discover Orange Bowl in January. (MCT PHOTO)

If Sammy Watkins were 3 inches taller, he’d be an automatic top-five pick. At 6-foot-0½, he’s still almost a lock. He’s widely considered the best receiver in the draft and is expected to go somewhere between St. Louis at No. 2 and Oakland at No. 5 when the selections start May 8. At a position Read More…

Browns: Hoyer looks good, first day of minicamp belongs to quarterback

Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer throws during a voluntary minicamp workout at the team’s NFL training facility in Berea. (AP PHOTO)

BEREA — Quarterback Brian Hoyer dropped back quickly and smoothly and fired a strike. He rolled right with little restriction and delivered a perfectly placed completion. The highlight of the first day of the first minicamp under first-year coach Mike Pettine was Hoyer’s fluid movement on his surgically repaired right knee during individual and seven-on-seven Read More…