July 29, 2014

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Browns: College standout Vince Young signs one-year contract

Quarterback Vince Young practices during minicamp this week. Young signed a one-year contract Thursday. (AP PHOTO)

BEREA — Vince Young hasn’t appeared in a regular-season game since Dec. 18, 2011, but the Browns believe he can still play quarterback in the NFL. Obviously, so does Young, which is why the former college football phenom was all smiles Thursday after signing a one-year contract with Cleveland. “There is no popping champagne bottles, Read More…

Browns: Bryant talks about heart surgery

Cleveland defensive end Desmond Bryant, right, chases Minnesota quarterback Christian Ponder last September. (AP FILE PHOTO)

BEREA — Desmond Bryant was tired of the trips to the hospital — three in 13 months. He was sick of the scared feeling he’d get when his heart would race. So he elected to have a cardiac ablation Dec. 6 at the Cleveland Clinic to correct the irregular heartbeat. “I felt like after I Read More…

Browns: Wide receiver Sammy Watkins is hot commodity, lack of height no problem

Clemson’s Sammy Watkins, top, pulls in a pass against Ohio State’s Doran Grant in the Discover Orange Bowl in January. (MCT PHOTO)

If Sammy Watkins were 3 inches taller, he’d be an automatic top-five pick. At 6-foot-0½, he’s still almost a lock. He’s widely considered the best receiver in the draft and is expected to go somewhere between St. Louis at No. 2 and Oakland at No. 5 when the selections start May 8. At a position Read More…

Browns: Hoyer looks good, first day of minicamp belongs to quarterback

Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer throws during a voluntary minicamp workout at the team’s NFL training facility in Berea. (AP PHOTO)

BEREA — Quarterback Brian Hoyer dropped back quickly and smoothly and fired a strike. He rolled right with little restriction and delivered a perfectly placed completion. The highlight of the first day of the first minicamp under first-year coach Mike Pettine was Hoyer’s fluid movement on his surgically repaired right knee during individual and seven-on-seven Read More…

Browns: Farmer stays mum, won’t tip hand on NFL Draft

Ray Framer

BEREA — Ray Farmer would prefer to flip the page on the calendar and speed up the clock. He doesn’t want to wait nine more days for his first draft as a general manager. Farmer, who was promoted by Browns owner Jimmy Haslam when CEO Joe Banner and GM Michael Lombardi were fired in February, Read More…

Browns: Bridgewater has question marks, but plenty of positives too

Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater could be a target for the Browns in the first round of the NFL Draft.

Shawn Watson doesn’t usually ask Teddy Bridgewater about the draft. Bridgewater gets enough questions from everyone else that his former coach at Louisville keeps their chats to other topics. Watson recently made an exception. The increasingly loud buzz in the national media is that Bridgewater — an intelligent and accurate, if not dazzling, quarterback — Read More…

Northcutt added to Browns front office

  Brian Dulik The Gazette BEREA — The Browns dipped into the college ranks for their latest front office hire. FormerUniversity of Mississippi linebacker and assistant athletic director Jamil Northcutt has been hired as Cleveland’s director of player engagement. Northcutt, who spent the last six years as the Rebels’ assistant AD for internal operations, will Read More…

Browns: Manziel expected in town

CLEVELAND — “Johnny Football” and the Browns are continuing their protracted mutual courtship. Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel is scheduled to spend today at Cleveland’s training facility in Berea, visiting with the franchise’s power brokers, according to a team source. Despite myriad rumors to the contrary, Indians officials said the 6-foot-1, 209-pounder was not in Read More…

Browns commentary: Things to look for in a QB

The Browns have been looking for the long-term answer at quarterback since the day they returned to the NFL in 1999. The fans know all too painfully the list of 20 that began with Tim Couch and is paused on Jason Campbell. No. 19, Brian Hoyer, is the only one who remains on the roster. Read More…

Browns: Weighing in on Mack situation, Haslam optimistic center will stay put

VALLEY VIEW — The visit with the Jacksonville Jaguars by free agent center Alex Mack hasn’t changed the outlook of Browns owner Jimmy Haslam. “We remain optimistic that Alex Mack will be a Cleveland Brown for a long time,” Haslam said Tuesday night before the Cleveland premiere of “Draft Day,” a fictional movie about the Read More…