October 23, 2014

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Manziel says college players should be paid

  Brian Dulik The Gazette BEREA — Johnny Manziel will never have to worry about money again, having signed his first NFL contract and several multi-million dollar endorsement deals. The Browns’ rookie quarterback, however, believes he should have been paid while playing football at Texas A&M over the past three seasons. “I think college football Read More…

Browns Notes: Joe Haden doubtful for Sunday

Justin Gilbert

BEREA — Pro Bowl cornerback Joe Haden sat out practice for the second straight day with a hip injury, putting his availability in doubt for the Browns’ game Sunday against Pittsburgh. Undrafted rookie Robert Nelson and first-round pick Justin Gilbert continued to take reps with the starting defense, but coach Mike Pettine declined to speculate Read More…

Browns No. 1-ranked offensive line draws label of ‘football nerds’ from coaches

Ben Tate

BEREA — Joe Thomas, the seven-time Pro Bowl left tackle likely on his way to the Hall of Fame, has a master’s degree in hand and foot placement. John Greco, the journeyman right guard who’s found a home 75 miles northwest of where he grew up in Youngstown, stood in the middle of the locker Read More…

Suspect Browns secondary starts prepartions for Steelers with CB Joe Haden sidelined by sore hip

Joe Haden

BEREA — Joe Haden, with his hip hurting, rode the stationary bike and did crunches under the watchful eye of the training staff. Justin Gilbert worked on his technique with an assistant coach. Buster Skrine explained to reporters what happened on the 75-yard touchdown on which he was burned Sunday against the Titans. Steelers quarterback Read More…

Browns DL Phil Taylor has arthroscopic knee surgery, will miss at least a few weeks

Jake Locker, Phil Taylor

BEREA — The Browns have a giant hole on their defensive line. Six-foot-3, 335-pound Phil Taylor is out following arthroscopic surgery Wednesday morning on his right knee. The team said he’ll be re-evaluated in a few weeks. “Surgery was a success! Thanks for all the prayers! #RoadToRecocery (sic),” Taylor tweeted along with a picture of Read More…

Browns analysis: Team on track to finish better than .500

I despise jumping to conclusions and I’m fully aware the Browns season is only four games old. But I’m ready to change my preseason prediction. The Browns will finish better than the 6-10 I predicted a little more than a month ago. At the time, I thought six wins might be too generous given the Read More…

Browns notes: Running back Ben Tate downplays his big day against Titans

Ben Tate

BEREA — Ben Tate had every reason to gloat after rushing for a team season-high 123 yards in the Browns’ 29-28 win over Tennessee. Surprisingly, though, the outspoken running back chose not to. “I don’t want to talk about me, I’d rather talk about my teammates because it’s a team game,” Tate said Monday. “It Read More…

Browns debate the dance moves of Joe Thomas, Brian Hoyer as they continue to celebrate comeback win

Browns Titans Football

BEREA — Safety Jim Leonhard gave Brian Hoyer’s “Dancing With the Stars” audition tape a thumbs-up, but stopped short of giving it four stars. “Looking back on the film, he’d change some things,” Leonhard said Monday. “But he did a good job.” Phil Taylor’s short video of the Browns’ locker room celebration was an instant Read More…

Browns pull off historic comeback, beat Titans 29-28 to go to 2-2 on season

Browns Titans Football

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tight end Jordan Cameron has only been in Cleveland for three-plus years, which explains his naivety. “I don’t think there was any doubt with anyone no matter what the score was that we were going to come back and win,” he said late Sunday afternoon. Cameron’s sanity can be questioned by tortured Read More…

Browns notes: Travis Benjamin shakes off dropped punt, hauls in two big TD passes

Travis Benjamin

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Travis Benjamin didn’t hang his head. Instead, he raised his arms, leaped in the air and caught two fourth-quarter touchdowns in the Browns’ 29-28 comeback win Sunday. Benjamin was about to be the goat after dropping a punt that Tennessee’s Marqueston Huff recovered late in the third quarter. Benjamin is averaging 0.7 Read More…