September 2, 2014

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Ben Tate finally a No. 1 running back, and the Browns are counting on him

Ben Tate

BEREA — Ben Tate has been waiting for this opportunity since he entered the league as a second-round pick of Houston in 2010. Not only did he pull away from rookie third-rounder Terrance West in the preseason to keep the starting running back job, Tate will open the year as the primary third-down back after Read More…

Browns Notes: New arrival LaRon Byrd has height, sees opportunity in undersized receiving corps

LaRon Byrd

BEREA — LaRon Byrd arrived at Browns headquarters and joined his new teammates partway through practice Monday afternoon. He immediately became the biggest receiver (6-foot-4, 220 pounds) on the field. “I’m definitely excited,” he said. “The opportunity is there. You have to come in and listen to the coaches, work hard in practice and hopefully Read More…

Boring offense OK if it scores

Scott Petrak The Gazette The excitement level in the stands rises significantly when rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel takes the field. Coach Mike Pettine doesn’t believe that translates to an increase in energy in the huddle compared to when starter Brian Hoyer is running the show. “Yeah, I don’t agree with that,” he said Friday on Read More…

Today is decision day for Browns

Scott Petrak The Gazette Decisions, decisions. Make that decisions, decisions, decisions, decisions. Browns general manager Ray Farmer and the coaching staff met Friday as they prepared to trim the roster to the regular-season limit of 53 by 4 p.m. today. Coach Mike Pettine said no moves had been made when he talked to reporters Friday Read More…

Browns offense finally clicks, does some good things in 33-13 win over Bears

Johnny Manziel

CLEVELAND — Brian Hoyer and the starting offense got the touchdown drive they needed heading into the season. Johnny Manziel was a mixed bag of magic and misses — exactly what the sparse crowd came to see. Mike Pettine got his first win as a head coach since 2001, when he was stalking the sidelines Read More…

Browns Notes: Josh Gordon’s flirtation with CFL ends quickly

Josh Gordon

CLEVELAND — Oh, Canada. Josh Gordon hardly knew ye. Gordon, Cleveland’s All-Pro receiver, was weighing his options Thursday, a day after the NFL upheld the indefinite suspension that will sideline him for the 2014 season. He considered playing in the Canadian Football League, according to a league source, but quickly found out that wasn’t possible. Read More…

Preseason ends on successful note

  Scott Petrak The Gazette CLEVELAND — Brian Hoyer and the starting offense got the touchdown drive they needed heading into the season. Johnny Manziel was a mixed bag of misses and magic — exactly what the sparse crowd came to see. The Browns ended a frustrating and disappointing preseason with a 33-13 victory Thursday Read More…

Offense no longer plays it close to the vest

  Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan kept things close to the vest during the Browns’ first three preseason games. He had no choice but to open up the offense in their exhibition finale Thursday — with satisfying results. Starting quarterback Brian Hoyer and backup Johnny Manziel each directed first-half touchdown drives during Cleveland’s 33-13 victory over Read More…

Browns vs. Bears: Final talent show, bubble players get last chance

CLEVELAND — The moment of truth has arrived for the two-dozen Browns players on the bubble to make the team. Cleveland’s preseason finale tonight against the Chicago Bears will mark the final time some of those athletes will ever put on a football uniform. It’s a cruel reality about life in the NFL — and Read More…

Browns: Josh Gordon appeal denied; WR suspended for the season

Josh Gordon

BEREA — Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon steadfastly refused to take responsibility for his actions, even after being suspended indefinitely by the NFL. The Pro Bowl pass catcher was formally banned from the league for the entire 2014 season on Wednesday, paying the price after violating the league’s substance abuse policy for the third time. Read More…