August 31, 2015

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Optimism reigns as Browns coaches, players aim to prove doubters wrong

Cleveland coach Mike Pettine and the Browns players are bringing a positive outlook to training camp. (AP FILE PHOTO)

BEREA — The eve of training camp is the perfect spot on the NFL calendar for optimism. The Browns’ pockets were packed with positivity. “We’re confident that if things fall right that we can be right there in the discussion at the end,” coach Mike Pettine said Wednesday. “We were sitting at 7-4 (last year) Read More…

Browns: Fans should keep eye on running backs, receivers

Cleveland running back Isaiah Crowell,  left, enters training camp with a slight edge to be the starter. Rookie 
third-round pick Duke Johnson and Terrance West are also in the mix. (AKRON BEACON JOURNAL / TNS PHOTOS)

Competition is a constant at training camp, and the Browns organization has made it a priority to promote it at every position. A deeper, more talented roster should increase the intensity of camp and make winning a regular-season roster spot more difficult. The rookies reported last week, the veterans arrive today and the first full-squad Read More…

Browns have plenty of swagger, one of best in NFL

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BEREA — Incomplete passes are nothing new at Browns practices. Besides the hallucination of the 2007 season, the reincarnation of the Browns has featured a steady stream of bad offenses, particularly when throwing the ball. Quarterback, receiver and tight end remain giant areas of concern as training camp arrives Thursday, but there’s another, more positive Read More…

Gruden tutors Manziel

Johnny Manziel had a famous tutor as he prepared for his second training camp with the Browns. Manziel worked a few days this week with former NFL coach Jon Gruden in Tampa, Fla., a league source confirmed Friday. Charlie Campbell of WalterFootball.com was first to report the sessions. Gruden is the analyst on “Monday Night Read More…

Browns camp schedule is set

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The Browns will start the season Sept. 13 at the New York Jets. Cleveland’s march to the opener will begin in earnest Thursday, July 30 with the start of training camp. The Browns announced their training camp schedule Monday, and it includes 11 free practices open to the public at the team’s training facility in Read More…

NFL Rookie Symposium: Marcus Mariota acts like seasoned professional

Tennessee rookie quarterback Marcus Mariota conducted himself with aplomb at the NFL Rookie Symposium. (AP FILE PHOTO)

BEREA — The NFL is counting on Marcus Mariota to be a star. The Tennessee Titans need him to be their franchise quarterback. Mariota, though, is focused on a much simpler goal for his first pro season. “I’m going to continue to be myself,” the No. 2 overall draft pick said. “I understand the expectations Read More…

Browns: Josh McCown’s mature approach is winning over coaching staff

Browns quarterback Josh McCown throws a pass during minicamp. (AP PHOTO)

BEREA — For too many years of their reincarnation, the Browns have had controversy and doubt at quarterback. The signing of veteran Josh McCown and his almost immediate installation as the starter by coach Mike Pettine removed the controversy and competition, despite the presence of Johnny Manziel. The doubt will linger. That’s only natural regarding Read More…

Browns: Johnny Manziel says alter ego ‘Johnny Football’ is gone

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BEREA — Johnny Manziel is done with his “Johnny Football” persona. He just wants to be a Johnny that plays football. Manziel spoke to the media Wednesday for the first time since Dec. 29, the day after last season ended and a month before he checked into a treatment facility that specializes in addiction for Read More…

Gipson signs contract tender

Scott Petrak The Gazette Pro Bowl free safety Tashaun Gipson is back in the fold. And looking forward to another season in Cleveland. Gipson, who has skipped the voluntary offseason program, signed his second-round tender Friday. He’s expected to attend mandatory minicamp from Tuesday-Thursday. Gipson’s absence was due to frustration with his contract situation. The Read More…

Browns coach to the rescue: Mike Pettine denies team has soured on QB Manziel

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BEREA — Coach Mike Pettine defended Johnny Manziel following a run-in with a fan Saturday in Texas, then got defensive when discussing the quarterback’s play and future with the team. “I have no thoughts,” Pettine said Tuesday when asked about Manziel throwing a bottle of water toward a fan harassing him at a PGA Tour Read More…