September 23, 2014

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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…

Commentary: Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer received little support in loss

Brian Hoyer

Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer played a near-perfect game Sunday afternoon, completing 14 straight passes on his way to 290 yards and a touchdown against the Ravens. Unfortunately for the Browns, the same couldn’t be said about many of his teammates, who allowed Baltimore to steal a 23-21 win at FirstEnergy Stadium. “That’s a very good 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…

Browns special teams stumble badly against Ravens

Asa Jackson, Billy Cundiff

CLEVELAND — With the game hanging in the balance Sunday, the Browns’ special teams couldn’t tip the scale. Not only did the kicking game not help the Browns, it cost them dearly in a 23-21 loss to the Ravens at FirstEnergy Stadium that was decided when Justin Tucker nailed a 32-yard field goal as time Read More…

Browns notes: Penalty negates trick play, spoils Johnny Manziel’s big moment

Johnny Manziel

CLEVELAND — The legend of “Johnny Football” could have grown exponentially Sunday afternoon, if not for an ill-timed penalty in the Browns’ 23-21 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel caught a 39-yard pass from Brian Hoyer in the second quarter, but it was erased because of an illegal shift committed by rookie Read More…

‘Juice’ gets loose: Cloverleaf grad scores 1st career touchdown in NFL

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Ravens fullback Kyle Juszczyk couldn’t have written a better script for his homecoming Sunday afternoon. The former Cloverleaf High standout scored his first NFL touchdown on a 9-yard reception from Joe Flacco — and recorded his first three catches in the league — as Baltimore edged the Browns 23-21 in Cleveland. Juszczyk celebrated his score 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…

It’s full speed ahead for Browns rookies Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell

baby backs

BEREA — Ben Tate signed a two-year, $6.2 million contract March 15 to become the Browns’ featured running back. Just six months later, his status in Cleveland isn’t nearly as sunny because of “The Baby Backs.” Rookies Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell have shined during Tate’s absence with a sprained right knee, creating major competition 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…