November 27, 2014

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Browns vs. Bengals: Marquee matchup features wide receiver A.J. Green vs. cornerback Joe Haden

Joe Haden, Mike Evans

A.J. (left) Green’s first three seasons were as good as any wide receiver in NFL history, featuring three Pro Bowl selections and a league-record 260 receptions. The Georgia product broke Anquan Boldin’s mark for catches in a player’s first three years, while gaining 3,833 yards and scoring 29 touchdowns. Only Randy Moss had more receiving Read More…

Browns: Former WR Greg Little criticizes Pettine, says game is personal

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BEREA — Wide receiver Greg Little always talked a good game during his three seasons with the Browns. He continues to do so as a member of the Cincinnati Bengals. Little criticized Cleveland coach Mike Pettine and vowed to exact revenge on his former team Tuesday during a group interview in Cincinnati. The Browns play Read More…

Browns GM Ray Farmer wants rookie QB Johnny Manziel to play when time is right

BEREA — General manager Ray Farmer wants the time to be right for rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel to enter the lineup. Farmer understands people are eager to see “what’s under the hood” with the popular Manziel and believes he can be a successful starter, but isn’t in a rush to get an evaluation. “I would Read More…

Browns Notes: Rookie RB Terrance West has rebounded from rough stretch by practicing hard, running straight ahead

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Terrance West learned his lesson. Make that, lessons. The rookie running back is practicing hard and going straight ahead in short yardage after a rough stretch last month. “He’s done a nice job,” left tackle Joe Thomas said Sunday after West played a big role in the 22-17 win over Tampa Bay. “I think a Read More…

Browns get back to work quickly with huge Thursday night game against Bengals approaching fast

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Joe Thomas’ week will include extra massages and stretching. The Pro Bowl left tackle doesn’t have a midseason spa vacation planned, rather a Thursday night game in Cincinnati with first place in the AFC North on the line. “They’re pretty tough,” Thomas said Monday of short weeks. “Especially as you get older, you don’t start Read More…

Browns coach Mike Pettine, teammates sense QB Johnny Manziel’s frustration from not playing

Johnny Manziel

BEREA — Johnny Manziel has said all the right things about life as the backup quarterback. He’s staying in his “own lane,” playing his “role” and supporting starter Brian Hoyer. His best friend and coach know standing on the sideline is killing him. “He’s the ultimate competitor,” Buccaneers receiver Mike Evans said Wednesday on a Read More…

Browns Notes: Jordan Cameron’s replacements bring own styles to TE

Jim Dray, Khalil Mack

BEREA — Browns tight end Jim Dray has played five solid seasons in the NFL, while Gary Barnidge is in his seventh year in the league. Though they are filling in for Pro Bowler Jordan Cameron (concussion), neither has any illusion of playing at his level. “Jordan is literally an athletic freak, so you really Read More…

Scott Petrak: Twitter was must-see social media Monday night

Colt McCoy, Brandon Weeden

Twitter can be trouble. People have lost jobs because of an ill-advised 140 characters, including PGA of America president Ted Bishop last week. Guys are so worried about what they’re missing in their timelines, they bury their heads in their phones and ignore their friends at the bar. It’s added hours to the beat writers’ Read More…

Browns Notes: DL John Hughes placed on IR-designated for return

John Hughes

BEREA — The injury-riddled defensive line was dealt another blow Sunday as John Hughes sustained a knee injury late in the fourth quarter of the 23-13 win over the Raiders. He will miss at least eight games after being placed on injured reserve-designated for return Monday. Hughes’ medial collateral ligament was injured but won’t require Read More…

Browns happy with ‘ugly’ win over Raiders, know they have to play better on offense

Brian Hoyer, Justin Tuck

BEREA — The Browns took a page out of late Raiders owner Al Davis’ playbook Sunday. Just win, baby. “I’ll take ugly wins all day,” coach Mike Pettine said Monday. The Browns didn’t score a touchdown until the fourth quarter. They converted only two of 12 third downs. They rushed for 39 yards with an Read More…