July 29, 2014

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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…

Browns issues to watch: No. 1 is to keep an eye on Pettine

Cleveland head coach Mike Pettine will be watched closely. Pettine is the team’s third coach in three years. (FILE PHOTO)

The time has arrived. On Saturday morning at 9:30, breathless Browns fans will finally get a chance to watch Johnny Manziel practice up close and personal. The rookie quarterback that energized the fan base when he was drafted in May will join 89 teammates, rookie coach Mike Pettine and his new coaching staff as they Read More…

AP source: Josh Gordon to meet with NFL Aug. 1

Josh Gordon

NEW YORK (AP) — A person with knowledge of the meeting tells The Associated Press that Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon will have a hearing with NFL officials in New York on Aug. 1. Gordon was arrested this month on charges of driving while intoxicated after speeding down a street in Raleigh, North Carolina. Read More…

Mike Pettine says Johnny Manziel winning Browns starting QB job will be ‘tall task’

The weekend partying of quarterback Johnny Manziel, pictured, does not concern Browns coach Mike Pettine. (AP FILE PHOTO)

BEREA — Johnny Manziel might want to put lifts in his cleats if he hopes to beat out Brian Hoyer and win the starting quarterback job for Week 1 in Pittsburgh. “I would say it’s a tall task, for a couple reasons,” first-year coach Mike Pettine said Wednesday in an interview with The Chronicle-Telegram. “One, Read More…

Browns rookie cornerback Justin Gilbert signs contract

Rookie cornerback Justin Gilbert’s quest to overtake Buster Skrine and win a starting job will begin on time. Gilbert, Cleveland’s first pick in the draft, signed a four-year contract Wednesday. Spotrac.com reported the deal’s worth $12.83 million, including a $7.65 million signing bonus. Browns rookies reported to training camp Wednesday, and full-squad practice opens Saturday. Read More…

Browns backup QB Johnny Manziel No. 1 in jersey sales

Johnny Manziel

Rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel is second on the Browns’ depth chart, but No. 1 in the NFL in one statistic. Manziel’s No. 2 was the most popular jersey sold on NFL.com from April 1-Thursday. Manziel has yet to take a professional snap and enters training camp this week trailing veteran Brian Hoyer in the competition Read More…

Manziel favorite with advertisers

  Brian Dulik The Gazette BEREA — The Browns’ backup quarterback continues to be their most sought-after player by advertisers. Rookie Johnny Manziel has been hired by Mars Chocolate to promote Snickers candy bars, giving him four major marketing endorsements before the start of his first pro training camp. The No. 22 overall pick in Read More…

Agent confirms Browns’ Josh Gordon gets appeal date

Josh Gordon

EASTLAKE — A date has been set for Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon to appeal his pending one-year suspension for violating the NFL’s illegal substance policy. Gordon’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, said he wasn’t permitted to reveal when the hearing will take place with league officials, but admitted it would occur “in the near future.” “Right Read More…