October 23, 2014

Intermittent clouds

Browns: Mingo accepts larger role in coverage, but still wants to rush the passer, get sacks

Barkevious Mingo

BEREA — Outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo doesn’t have a sack, a quarterback hit or a batted pass in two games. His coaches have said it’s unfair to judge Mingo by the numbers, because he’s been asked to drop a lot in coverage. But Mingo was the No. 6 pick in 2013, and that comes with Read More…

Browns Notes: Special teams coordinator Chris Tabor ‘confident’ multitude of problems can be fixed

Christian Yount

BEREA — Special teams coordinator Chris Tabor might’ve needed the bye week more than anyone else in the Browns organization. Then again, the weekend off gave him more time to think about the rough start for his units. “We need to play better on special teams,” he said Thursday. “We’re all aware of that, and Read More…

Browns looking to solve road woes by sticking together, staying poised behind QB Brian Hoyer

Brian Hoyer

BEREA — Coach Mike Pettine believes one of the keys to winning on the road is staying united in a hostile environment. The Browns have become divided too many times in the last 15 years … and fallen hard. The Browns are a disastrous 33-89 on the road since returning in 1999, compared to an Read More…

Browns Notes: Long snappers Christian Yount, Charley Hughlett competing for job

Christian Yount

BEREA — It doesn’t have the sizzle of a quarterback controversy, but the Browns are waging a full-fledged, midseason long snapper competition. Christian Yount, who’s held the job since late in 2011, is on the active roster. He’s trying to hold off Charley Hughlett, who was signed Tuesday to the practice squad. “We’ll rotate those Read More…

Browns Notes: Head coach Mike Pettine cautions against looking ahead

Ravens Browns Football

BEREA — The Browns’ players received a mathematics lesson from coach Mike Pettine in their pre-practice meeting Tuesday. Pettine explained that the combined records of Cleveland’s next five opponents isn’t 4-16. It’s one, as in, “There is a reason why you take it one game at a time.” “You just can’t afford to look ahead Read More…

Browns: Running back Ben Tate returns to practice, will get starting job back Sunday if healthy

Cleveland Browns running back Ben Tate  runs from Washington Redskins defensive end Jarvis Jenkins and linebacker Keenan Robinson during the first half of a preseason football game in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Richard Lipski, File)

BEREA — Browns running back Ben Tate returned to practice Tuesday after missing three weeks with a sprained right knee. He also reclaimed the top spot on the depth chart. Cleveland coach Mike Pettine announced that Tate will start Sunday at Tennessee — provided he is healthy — with rookies Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell Read More…

Browns free safety Tashaun Gipson can pick off passes with the best of them, but league slow to catch on

Tashaun Gipson

Richard Sherman and … Tashaun Gipson? Anyone who knows anything about the NFL knows Sherman is the Seahawks’ All-Pro cornerback. He earned respect for his play on the league’s best defense, then became rock-star famous with his postgame rant after making the play that won the NFC championship. Anyone who isn’t from Cleveland, Wyoming or Read More…

Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer emerges confident and in charge

Brian Hoyer

After three starts last year, Brian Hoyer was headed to surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament. After three starts this year, he headed to the bye week healthy and playing perhaps the best football of his career. With the preseason battle with rookie Johnny Manziel deep in the rearview mirror, the Browns are Read More…

Browns WR Andrew Hawkins shows ability, versatility and toughness in hot start

Andrew Hawkins

BEREA — Andrew Hawkins will never be mistaken for Josh Gordon, but he’s looked and played the part of the Browns’ No. 1 wideout in the All-Pro’s absence. Hawkins — all 5-foot-7, 180 pounds of him — has a team-high 21 catches for 244 yards (11.6 average) through three games. He ranks eighth in the Read More…

Browns Notes: Offensive line coach praises rookie left guard Joel Bitonio

Joel Bitonio, William Gay

BEREA — Offensive line coach Andy Moeller has been impressed with rookie left guard Joel Bitonio since before the draft. The first three games validated his opinion. “It’s not too big for him, not a lot of mistakes, not going the wrong way, not jumping offsides, being able to block one-on-one against Haloti Ngata,” Moeller Read More…