August 22, 2014

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Browns issues to watch: No. 1 is to keep an eye on Pettine

Cleveland head coach Mike Pettine will be watched closely. Pettine is the team’s third coach in three years. (FILE PHOTO)

The time has arrived. On Saturday morning at 9:30, breathless Browns fans will finally get a chance to watch Johnny Manziel practice up close and personal. The rookie quarterback that energized the fan base when he was drafted in May will join 89 teammates, rookie coach Mike Pettine and his new coaching staff as they Read More…

AP source: Josh Gordon to meet with NFL Aug. 1

Josh Gordon

NEW YORK (AP) — A person with knowledge of the meeting tells The Associated Press that Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon will have a hearing with NFL officials in New York on Aug. 1. Gordon was arrested this month on charges of driving while intoxicated after speeding down a street in Raleigh, North Carolina. Read More…

Mike Pettine says Johnny Manziel winning Browns starting QB job will be ‘tall task’

The weekend partying of quarterback Johnny Manziel, pictured, does not concern Browns coach Mike Pettine. (AP FILE PHOTO)

BEREA — Johnny Manziel might want to put lifts in his cleats if he hopes to beat out Brian Hoyer and win the starting quarterback job for Week 1 in Pittsburgh. “I would say it’s a tall task, for a couple reasons,” first-year coach Mike Pettine said Wednesday in an interview with The Chronicle-Telegram. “One, Read More…

Browns rookie cornerback Justin Gilbert signs contract

Rookie cornerback Justin Gilbert’s quest to overtake Buster Skrine and win a starting job will begin on time. Gilbert, Cleveland’s first pick in the draft, signed a four-year contract Wednesday. Spotrac.com reported the deal’s worth $12.83 million, including a $7.65 million signing bonus. Browns rookies reported to training camp Wednesday, and full-squad practice opens Saturday. Read More…

Browns backup QB Johnny Manziel No. 1 in jersey sales

Johnny Manziel

Rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel is second on the Browns’ depth chart, but No. 1 in the NFL in one statistic. Manziel’s No. 2 was the most popular jersey sold on NFL.com from April 1-Thursday. Manziel has yet to take a professional snap and enters training camp this week trailing veteran Brian Hoyer in the competition Read More…

Manziel favorite with advertisers

  Brian Dulik The Gazette BEREA — The Browns’ backup quarterback continues to be their most sought-after player by advertisers. Rookie Johnny Manziel has been hired by Mars Chocolate to promote Snickers candy bars, giving him four major marketing endorsements before the start of his first pro training camp. The No. 22 overall pick in Read More…

Agent confirms Browns’ Josh Gordon gets appeal date

Josh Gordon

EASTLAKE — A date has been set for Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon to appeal his pending one-year suspension for violating the NFL’s illegal substance policy. Gordon’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, said he wasn’t permitted to reveal when the hearing will take place with league officials, but admitted it would occur “in the near future.” “Right Read More…

Cleveland adds some Swagger with real dog mascot

CLEVELAND — Browns fan experience director Kevin Griffin is reaching deeper into his bag of tricks for the upcoming season. Cleveland’s players will be led onto the field by an actual dog — a bull mastiff named Swagger — for all games at FirstEnergy Stadium, Griffin said in an interview with WKRK-FM 92.3. A Browns Read More…

Browns: WR Josh Gordon asked to swap cars in chance meeting with P.J. Hairston before DWI arrest

gordon hairston

RALEIGH, N.C. — Charlotte Hornets rookie P.J. Hairston says he and Cleveland Browns Pro Bowl receiver Josh Gordon decided to swap vehicles following a chance meeting at a grocery store. Gordon was arrested for driving while impaired in Hairston’s 2015 Cadillac Escalade in Raleigh. That random encounter brought together two athletes who have had their Read More…

Browns: Josh Gordon booked for driving while intoxicated charge

Josh Gordon can’t stay out of trouble, and it may cost him his NFL career. Cleveland’s All-Pro receiver was arrested early Saturday morning in Raleigh, North Carolina, and charged with driving while impaired. It’s the latest off-field incident for the ultra-talented player who faced a possible indefinite suspension from the NFL even before the arrest. Read More…