September 2, 2014

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Browns Notes: Johnny Manziel at ease as backup quarterback, but eager to help team

Johnny Manziel

BEREA — Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel is comfortable in his role as the backup to Brian Hoyer. But with that said, the rookie from Texas A&M would love to see some action when Cleveland opens its regular season in Pittsburgh on Sept. 7. “I would be extremely excited to get on the field and help Read More…

Browns secondary an issue without Joe Haden, Buster Skrine

Chris Givens, Justin Gilbert

BEREA — While the eyes of the football world were on Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel, something more significant occurred in the Browns’ third preseason game Saturday. Aging journeyman Shaun Hill and unproven youngster Austin Davis shredded Cleveland’s defense for 243 passing yards and two touchdowns in the St. Louis Rams’ 33-14 rout at FirstEnergy Read More…

Browns Notes: Tight end Jordan Cameron excused from practice to deal with ‘an issue’

Will Allen, Edwin Baker

BEREA — Browns tight end Jordan Cameron did not attend practice Monday, but wide receiver Nate Burleson returned from a hamstring injury to take part in individual drills. Pro Bowl honoree Cameron — one of the team’s most important offensive players — is expected to be on the field today, according to coach Mike Pettine. Read More…

Browns Mike Pettine says no time for panic, remains confident issues will be fixed before Steelers game

Kyle Shanahan, Johnny Manziel, Brian Hoyer

The clock is counting down, and each tick is louder than the last. Less than two weeks remain until the Browns open the regular season in Pittsburgh. “If we feel we’re not ready, nobody’s going to change Sept. 7 and push that back for us,” first-year coach Mike Pettine said Sunday on a conference call. Read More…

Browns Notes: Mike Pettine says rookie Justin Gilbert must learn quickly from mistakes

Chris Givens, Justin Gilbert

Coach Mike Pettine hopes rookie cornerback Justin Gilbert learned a valuable lesson from a humbling performance Saturday night in the 33-14 loss to the Rams. “The NFL is a tough road now for a rookie corner and the only silver lining is that he had a night like that heading into the regular season, that Read More…

Brian Hoyer throws TD pass, but Browns dominated by Rams in 33-14 loss

Brian Hoyer

CLEVELAND — The Browns finally did it. Win? No. Look good? Nope. Give the home crowd reason for optimism in the third preseason game that’s supposed to serve as a dress rehearsal for the regular season? Absolutely not. But for the first time in three preseason games, the starting offense scored a touchdown. It came Read More…

Browns rookie QB Johnny Manziel fined $12,000 for giving middle finger to Washington bench

Johnny Manziel

Talk about an expensive bird. Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel was fined $12,000 by the NFL on Friday for giving the middle finger to the Washington bench Monday night. He has the option to appeal. Washington players yelled at Manziel throughout the game and mocked him by flashing his “money sign” after he was sacked. Read More…

Cleveland’s offense is a work in progress

CLEVELAND — Renovations at FirstEnergy Stadium are ongoing, which is why fans will see construction zones around its perimeter. Fittingly, the Browns’ offense is also a work in progress, setting up a potentially messy matchup against the St. Louis Rams tonight at 8. Cleveland (0-2) has not scored a first-half touchdown in its first two Read More…

Browns WR Nate Burleson eager to make good first impression; says WR Josh Gordon on right path

Detroit Lions 2011 Headshots

BEREA — Nate Burleson has been spinning his wheels for two weeks. With the Browns’ offense out of rhythm and the receiving corps filled with question marks — none bigger than Josh Gordon’s possible suspension — Burleson has been unable to help, stuck to a stationary bike with a hamstring strain. He missed practice again Read More…

Browns notes: Players back Brian Hoyer as starting quarterback

Joe Thomas

BEREA — Browns left tackle Joe Thomas has blocked for 13 quarterbacks during his seven seasons with the team. One of them is Brian Hoyer, who won all three of his starts in 2013 — and will be under center when Cleveland opens its regular season in Pittsburgh on Sept. 7. “Brian was obviously a Read More…