September 2, 2014

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Browns Notes: LB Karlos Dansby calls himself ‘best,’ says it’s ‘a joke’ he didn’t make Pro Bowl

Karlos Dansby

BEREA — Inside linebacker Karlos Dansby has never been voted to a Pro Bowl, and he didn’t make the NFL Network’s countdown of the top 100 players of 2013. He has his own ranking system. “I’m the best. I’m the best. I’m the best. I’m the best right now, by far,” he said Tuesday. “Until Read More…

Browns Training Camp: Johnny Manziel takes all the first-team reps

Johnny Manziel

BEREA — Johnny Manziel broke the huddle with Joe Thomas to his left, Alex Mack front and center and Mitchell Schwartz to his right. On the first snap of team drills, he dropped back and completed a 40-yard pass to receiver Travis Benjamin with Pro Bowl cornerback Joe Haden in coverage. The crowd went wild. Read More…

Browns WR Miles Austin focuses on fixing mistakes, as coaches, teammates praise his ability

Miles Austin

When veteran receiver Miles Austin runs a route incorrectly – or the slight bit imperfectly – he’s the first to admit it. Especially to his quarterback. “We’re always talking and he almost gets down on himself too much,” quarterback Brian Hoyer said Saturday after the Family Day scrimmage. “I’m like, ‘Dude, I know you’re a Read More…

Browns awaiting word on Gordon’s suspension appeal

BEREA — While All-Pro receiver Josh Gordon sat in a New York office as lawyers tried to save his season — and possibly career — rookie Willie Snead and journeyman Marlon Moore took snaps at wideout with the starting offense. Gordon and the Browns continued to wait Friday for resolution to the saga that could Read More…

Gilkey fighting for starting spot

BEREA — Garrett Gilkey lined up exclusively at right guard with the first-team offense in the absence of John Greco. Greco returned to practice Thursday, but Gilkey doesn’t plan on moving out of the starting lineup. “It’s something I’m relentless towards, and for me it’s not just about making the team. My mind’s past that,” Read More…

Rookie QB Johnny Manziel struggles to adjust from college system to Browns’ scheme

Johnny Manziel

BEREA — Johnny Manziel has one thing figured out after his first week of NFL training camp: He isn’t in College Station anymore. Manziel met with reporters Thursday after the fifth full-squad practice and acknowledged his practice struggles, admitted his issues picking up the intricate offense and surprised some by saying he isn’t in a Read More…

Browns Notes: New safety Jim Leonhard reunites with Mike Pettine

Haden Poyer browns

BEREA — Safety Jim Leonhard played for Mike Pettine in Baltimore, New York and Buffalo. He’s never seen him quite like this. “I’m excited to see him as a head coach,” Leonhard said Thursday. “I think he’s got the right mentality for it. The little bit that I’ve seen, he’s doing the right things. “Personality-wise Read More…

Browns Notes: Josh Gordon to blame second-hand smoke in suspension appeal, per reports

Josh Gordon

BEREA — Browns receiver Josh Gordon has a high-profile lawyer and an interesting argument. He hopes they result in a successful appeal of an indefinite suspension for failing a marijuana test. Otherwise, he wouldn’t be allowed to play in 2014. Reports Tuesday on ESPN and Profootballtalk.com laid out the argument Gordon’s attorneys will use Friday Read More…

Browns Training Camp: Running back Ben Tate starts fight to stand up for offense

Joe Haden

BEREA — Running back Ben Tate’s fastball at the helmet of defensive lineman Ahtyba Rubin was intended to send a message. Despite Tate’s 105-pound disadvantage, he wanted to make it clear the offense wouldn’t accept being picked on by the defense. “It was about just setting the tempo that, ‘Hey, you are not going to Read More…

Browns Training Camp: Read option makes early appearance in Kyle Shanahan’s offense

Kyle Shanahan, Mike Pettine

BEREA — Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan didn’t wait long to begin installing the read option. All the quarterbacks took turns running the option this morning on the third day of training camp, the first in pads. In the competition for the starting job, Shanahan called more options for rookie Johnny Manziel than for Brian Hoyer, Read More…