September 2, 2015

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Browns: Cleveland’s offensive line to be tested in battle in the trenches

Cleveland guard Joel Bitonio blocks during the preseason game against Washington. Bitonio and the Browns’ offensive line will be facing a top defensive line tonight when the Bills come to town. (AP PHOTO)

The offensive line has the chance to make a statement tonight at FirstEnergy Stadium. Granted, it’s only the second preseason game and Cleveland’s starters are expected to play only 15-25 snaps, but a strong performance against Buffalo’s highly talented defensive front would show the line is ready to be the strength of the offense. And Read More…

Browns: Travis Benjamin makes bid to stay

Cleveland wide receiver Travis Benjamin is making a strong bid to make the team. (AP FILE PHOTO)

PITTSFORD, N.Y. — Travis Benjamin has started training camp like his job is on the line. It is. Maybe that should be in the past tense. With three preseason games left on the schedule, the spots at the bottom of the roster are guaranteed to no one. But Benjamin seems to have gone from the Read More…

Several trends surface for Browns

Scott Petrak The Gazette Drawing any conclusions following one preseason game is an exercise in stupidity. The Browns’ starting offense played one drive, the defense two. The second half was dominated by players who won’t make an NFL roster. But after an offseason of practices, two weeks of training camp, an intrasquad scrimmage and the Read More…

McCown already paying off

Browns quarterback Josh McCown has played for seven NFL teams in 13 seasons. He is 17-32 as a starter, only finishing with a winning record once, which makes him the definition of the word “journeyman.” Despite those unimpressive numbers, Cleveland general manager Ray Farmer signed him to a three-year, $14 million contract in February. Though Read More…

Browns: Danny Shelton is turning heads in the NFL

CLEVELAND — Danny Shelton has made quite an impression at Browns training camp, both with fans and his teammates. The rookie defensive tackle delivered the biggest hit at the “Orange and Brown Scrimmage” — blasting wide receiver Marlon Moore on the sideline — and has displayed a strong motor during practices in Berea. And Shelton Read More…

Browns: Injury to Joe Thomas doesn’t appear to be serious

Cleveland’s All-Pro left tackle Joe Thomas was injured in practice Monday, but it doesn’t appear to be serious. (AP PHOTO)

BEREA — The scream pierced the sticky summer air and overwhelmed the grunts, popping pads and cheers from the crowd. All-Pro left tackle Joe Thomas let out the involuntary shriek when 339-pound rookie nose tackle Danny Shelton fell into the back of his right leg Monday morning in the final session of the training camp Read More…

Pryor returns to ‘The Shoe’

COLUMBUS — Terrelle Pryor’s return to Ohio State came when no one was looking. Pryor didn’t participate in the Orange and Brown Scrimmage on Friday night because of an injured hamstring. Instead, he took the field two hours before the action commenced to work on his catching as he continues to make the transition to Read More…

Manziel impressive in scrimmage

COLUMBUS — Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel worked exclusively with the second-string offense Friday night in the Orange and Brown Scrimmage at Ohio Stadium. He played like a starting quarterback in front of the 49,734 fans who showed up to watch the abbreviated intrasquad competition. “He’s really proved to a lot of people that this is Read More…

GM Farmer keeping the faith

BEREA — General manager Ray Farmer hasn’t lost faith in the talent of backup quarterback Johnny Manziel. He even believes he can be a starter in the NFL — under the right circumstances and with the necessary commitment level. “Used the right way and doing the right things, I think he can,” Farmer said Friday Read More…

Bowe impressed by McCown

BEREA — Veteran receiver Dwayne Bowe has liked what he’s seen from 36-year-old quarterback Josh McCown. Really liked what he’s seen. “He’s showing all the potential of being a top-five quarterback in the NFL,” Bowe said Friday. McCown, who’s 17-32 as a starter, had a great second day of training camp. He found Bowe on Read More…