September 16, 2014

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Preseason ends on successful note

  Scott Petrak The Gazette CLEVELAND — Brian Hoyer and the starting offense got the touchdown drive they needed heading into the season. Johnny Manziel was a mixed bag of misses and magic — exactly what the sparse crowd came to see. The Browns ended a frustrating and disappointing preseason with a 33-13 victory Thursday Read More…

Offense no longer plays it close to the vest

  Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan kept things close to the vest during the Browns’ first three preseason games. He had no choice but to open up the offense in their exhibition finale Thursday — with satisfying results. Starting quarterback Brian Hoyer and backup Johnny Manziel each directed first-half touchdown drives during Cleveland’s 33-13 victory over Read More…

Browns vs. Bears: Final talent show, bubble players get last chance

CLEVELAND — The moment of truth has arrived for the two-dozen Browns players on the bubble to make the team. Cleveland’s preseason finale tonight against the Chicago Bears will mark the final time some of those athletes will ever put on a football uniform. It’s a cruel reality about life in the NFL — and Read More…

Browns: Josh Gordon appeal denied; WR suspended for the season

Josh Gordon

BEREA — Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon steadfastly refused to take responsibility for his actions, even after being suspended indefinitely by the NFL. The Pro Bowl pass catcher was formally banned from the league for the entire 2014 season on Wednesday, paying the price after violating the league’s substance abuse policy for the third time. Read More…

Browns WR Josh Gordon suspended for 2014 season

Josh Gordon

The NFL upheld the indefinite suspension of Browns receiver Josh Gordon for violating the league’s drug policy. He’s banned for the season, effective immediately. A league spokesman said Gordon’s eligibility for reinstatement will be determined following the 2014 season. “I’d like to apologize to my teammates, coaches, the Cleveland Browns organization and our fans,” Gordon Read More…

Browns: Brian Hoyer sees silver lining in offensive struggles

Brian Hoyer

BEREA — The Browns’ offensive woes have generated frustration and agitation throughout the preseason. Cleveland has scored exactly one first-half touchdown and 16 points in its first three exhibition games, illustrating just how poorly its starters have performed. Quarterback Brian Hoyer, however, believes those numbers are misleading. He also expects much better results Thursday when Read More…

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…