August 1, 2014

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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…

Reciever Charles Johnson has real chance to make Browns team this year

Charles Johnson

BEREA — Browns coach Mike Pettine didn’t pull any punches during his first meeting with wide receiver Charles Johnson. “I told him I didn’t know much about him, but I went on You Tube and watched his Grand Valley State highlights,” Pettine said. “They were impressive. You could see he was worth taking a peek 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 veteran Ben Tate, rookie Terrance West spice up battle for starting running back job

Joe Haden

BEREA — The quarterback competition between Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel is the primary storyline at Browns training camp. The most explosive position battle? That might just be the duel between running backs Ben Tate and Terrance West. Fifth-year pro Tate and rookie West have exchanged pointed comments through the media — refusing to acknowledge 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…

Browns GM Ray Farmer defends rookie QB Johnny Manziel

Johnny Manziel, Mike Pettine, Kyle Shanahan

BEREA — Johnny Manziel, a master at evading would-be tacklers, absorbed quite a few hits in the last several days. Coach Mike Pettine said it would be a “tall task” for him to wrestle the starting quarterback job from Brian Hoyer. Owner Jimmy Haslam expressed disappointment with his off-the-field behavior. Manziel struggled to move the Read More…

Browns Training Camp, Day 2: Farmer says Manziel is ‘focused, committed to football’

Johnny Manziel, Brian Hoyer

BEREA — A day after owner Jimmy Haslam expressed disappointment in rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel’s offseason of partying, general manager Ray Farmer complimented Manziel’s commitment to football. “I’ve seen a young man that came back, that appears to be prepared for competition and I think that’s what we want — guys that took the time Read More…

Manziel admits to some “rookie” mistakes

  Scott Petrak The Gazette BEREA — On the eve of his first NFL training camp, which will feature him trying to come from behind to pass Brian Hoyer in a highly anticipated quarterback competition, Johnny Manziel admitted to taking missteps off the field. But he downplayed the mistakes, again defended his right to party Read More…