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Cleveland Browns Cuts: Browns Shaping Their 53 Man Roster

Here are the Browns’ cuts so far according to Fox Sports Ohio:

OL Branndon Braxton, DL Andre Carroll, WR L.J. Castille, DB Coye Francies, TE Evan Frosch, DB Carl Gettis, LB Eric Gordon, DL Travis Ivey, WR Chris Matthews, LB Steve Octavien, DL Ko Quaye, DB Ramzee Robinson, DB DeAngelo Smith, LB Sidney Tarver, OL Phil Trautwein and WR Demetrius Williams.

Probably one of the biggest names on that list is former Baltimore wide receiver Demetrius Williams. It’s quite telling that he wasn’t able to make the Browns who have a definite need for a top wide receiver. He will try to catch on elsewhere, as will the 15 other players who have been cut.

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Report: Browns Agree to Two Year Contract Extension With TE Evan Moore

According to Tony Grossi of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Cleveland Browns have agreed to a contract extension with tight end Evan Moore, updating an earlier report from Mary Kay Cabot.

The deal is reportedly worth just under $3 million per season.

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Report: Cleveland Browns TE Evan Moore to Receive Extension

According to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Cleveland Browns and tight end Evan Moore are close to completing a “multi-year” contract extension.

The Browns have made it very clear that they are going to re-sign guys they want to be the core of their team. We have already seen left tackle Joe Thomas receive a hefty contract extension, and there have been talks that running back Peyton Hillis could be in line for a new deal as well.

Moore has proven to be one of Colt McCoy’s top targets this pre-season though he’s battled some injuries. It would be a great vote of confidence for the young tight end for the Browns to lock him up for a couple more years.

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Cleveland Browns News: Peyton Hillis Seeks New Contract

Peyton Hillis might be the least expensive Madden cover boy in the history of the game—for now.

According to ESPN and the Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Tony Grossi, the Browns and Hillis’ camp have begun negotiations on a new contract for the star running back.

Hillis is “only” making $555,000 this season, which is actually quite low when you consider his production and work ethic, and the fact that he has more or less become the face of the franchise as well as the face of the world’s most popular sports video game.

From Grossi’s column Tuesday night:

A league source said the wheels have begun turning for talks about a new contract for Hillis. Browns GM Tom Heckert has said he intends to invest in “players we like and want to be here.”

The Browns seem to be a perfect fit for Hillis, a player who was the “throw-in” in the Brady Quinn trade last offseason with the Denver Broncos. He has become not only the centerpiece of the Browns’ running game, but arguably the most popular athlete in Cleveland not named LeBron James. Hillis sees a long-term fit in Cleveland as well:

“Most definitely. I think this team, this city, even the colors, represent who I am. As an individual, as a person and as a player,” Hillis said Tuesday. “So I would love to be here as long the Browns want me here.”

You can read Grossi’s full column here.

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Report: Browns Expected to Place OL Eric Steinbach on IR with Back Injury

Cleveland Browns offensive guard Eric Steinbach has had a multitude of bad injuries throughout his NFL career, but this one really hurts. The team is expected to place Steinbach on season ending injured reserve after the lineman had back surgery to fix a disk injury, according to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

This is a huge hit to the Browns’ biggest area of strength. Steinbach is expected to be immediately replaced by sixth round pick Jason Pinkston of Pittsburgh, and the team signed Oniel Cousins as some depth insurance off of waivers from rival Baltimore.

Steinbach has started for the Browns for four years, and has missed the past two pre-season games.

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Cleveland Browns News: Mohamed Massaquoi Returns to Practice

If you are planning on drafting Mohamed Massaquoi to your fantasy football team so you can name your squad, “Texas Chainsaw Massaquois” you are officially safe to do so, as Massaquoi has returned to the practice field for the Browns, per multiple reports.

Massaquoi is widely expected to be the top target, or at least one of the top targets, in the passing game for Colt McCoy. After receiving some nasty injury news regarding a couple of key offensive players on Friday, this is welcome news for the Cleveland Browns and their fans.

The third year receiver out of Georgia has battled injuries in his NFL career as it is, but has showed flashes of what the Browns believe he can be. Last season, he caught 36 passes for 483 yards after a rookie season where he burst on to the scene with 624 yards on 34 catches.

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Cleveland Browns Pre-Season 2011: Bad News on Injury Front for Eric Steinbach and Brandon Jackson

According to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Cleveland Browns could be without guard Eric Steinbach and running back Brandon Jackson this season after the two suffered injuries in the team’s loss to Philadelphia Thursday night.

Browns head coach Pat Shurmur stated that Jackson would miss an “extended period” while the prognosis on Steinbach was a bit more unclear:

“At this point, he’s going through some treatments that we’re hoping will get him back, and there’s no real final call yet on whether he’ll be back — or when actually,’’ said Shurmur.

If Steinbach is unable to play, it will undoubtedly be a big loss for the Browns, but they feel like rookie offensive lineman Jason Pinkston has been making great progress this offseason, and could be slated to start in his place.

The Browns had some other bad news on the injury front as linebacker Titus Brown, receiver Jordan Norwood, and cornerback Dimitri Patterson suffered injuries in the game.

Obviously the team is going to wait it out with Steinbach, because he is a pretty key part of the team’s offense and a veteran player whom they have given a lot of money over the years.

With Jackson, an extended leave could mean another very broad role for Peyton Hillis, who wore down in a similar role last year.

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Cleveland Browns Final: Browns Sluggish On Soggy NIght In Philly, Lose 24-14 To Eagles

The weather outside was frightful, and the Browns were no delightful.  Cleveland plodded it's way to a 24-0 deficit before losing to the Philadelphia Eagles 24-14 last night in rainy Philly.

Michael Vick threw for 98 yards and added a rushing touchdown as the Philadelphia Eagles defeated the Cleveland Browns, 24-14, in the third week of preseason action.

Vick went 10-for-18 through the air and collected 24 yards on the ground in his half of play. Ronnie Brown rushed six times for 41 yards and a score, and LeSean McCoy added 81 total yards for the Eagles.

Colt McCoy completed 9-of-18 passes for 89 yards and an interception in the first half for Cleveland. Peyton Hillis carried the ball three times for 18 yards and added 35 yards on two catches.

Philadelphia struck first thanks to a special teams gaffe by the Browns late in the first quarter. The Eagles were forced to punt from the Cleveland 45- yard line, and on the play two Browns collided with each other as the punt was coming down.

The ball bounced off Jordan Norwood as he was on the ground and long-snapper Jon Dorenbos recovered the fumble on the 13-yard line. After a Vick incomplete pass, Brown scampered in for the score.

An Asante Samuel interception led to a 37-yard field goal by Alex Henery early in the second, and Vick later capped a 10-play drive with an eight-yard TD run to put the Eagles ahead 17-0 at the half.

Cleveland muffed another punt in the third, leading to a 10-yard touchdown run by Vince Young, who completed 9-of-12 passes for 58 yards and ran four times for 24 yards.

The Browns added a touchdown pass apiece from Seneca Wallace and Jarrett Brown in the fourth quarter to account for the final score.

Wallace went 3-for-6 for 53 yards and Brown completed all four of his attempts for 35 yards.    

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Cleveland Browns Pre-Season Week Three Links to Click

Here are some interesting stories from around the web on the Cleveland Browns on the eve of their third pre-season game and first road contest of the 2011 season.

CBS Sports writer Clark Judge thinks Colt McCoy was a nice find at quarterback for the Browns.

Joe Thomas’ teammates feel he was more than deserving of his contract extension, and other training camp notes from the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Tight end Evan Moore returned to practice yesterday, and is picking up where he left off.

Sports Illustrated takes an in-depth look at Cleveland Browns training camp and offers three key observations.

The Browns could be looking for depth at the cornerback position when the waiver frenzy begins, and the CPD takes a look the evening session of practice yesterday.

Here is an article from Scott Petrak about Shaun Lauvao and his development from last season.

Here is a look at what Cleveland Browns players made the cut for ESPN Scout’s Inc.’s top 200 players.

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Cleveland Browns Training Camp 2011: D'Qwell Jackson Making Slow but Sure Comeback

According to Tony Grossi of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, there were plenty of Browns players sidelined with injuries in what he’s calling the “dog days” of training camp.

Not among those players was inside linebacker D’Qwell Jackson, who has apparently been really impressive in the new 4-3 scheme:

Middle linebacker D’Qwell Jackson is flourishing in the new 4-3 defense, impressing teammates and coaches. But he’s understandably reserved about declaring himself back after two successive pectoral muscle injuries.

So long as Jackson is back at full strength for the Browns at some point, I think both the coaching staff and the fans will be very pleased. The former second round pick has not played a full season since 2008 when he finished with 154 tackles, two sacks, and three interceptions. He is really an asset to this team when healthy, and the Browns could really use him on a young front seven.

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Colt McCoy Spurs Offense, But Lions Come Back To Defeat Browns 30-28

One of the reasons that exhibition games in the NFL should not be taken too seriously — at least not the actual final score — is that a lead built by your starters can be frittered away once the back-ups are in the game. And of course, as it is only an exhibition, there is no question of putting your starters back in once their night should be over.

Colt McCoy fired three first-half touchdown passes, and when Armond Smith broke off an 81-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, Cleveland had a 28-13 lead. But the Detroit Lions scored the final 17 points of the game and won the penalty-filled contest at Cleveland Browns Stadium 30-28, dropping the Browns to 1-1 on the preseason.

McCoy was the victim of a couple of dropped passes, but still finished 10-of-18 for 96 yards with the three scores — a 2-yarder in the first quarter and a 21-yarder in the second quarter, both to Evan Moore, and a 13-yard strike to Greg Little.

Seneca Wallace was 6-of-8 for 40 yards and Jarrett Brown, in the game for the final Browns’ drives to try to claim a victory, was 0-for4.

Armond Smith diluted the impact of his TD run by fumbling twice, and the Browns were penalized 12 times (Detroit was flagged 14 times) and wwere out-gained 407-271. The Lions has the ball for more than 60% of the game clock, as Cleveland only amassed 23:09 in time of possession.

The Browns were held to 135 yards on 22 carries, which sounds good until you remember that 81 of that came on one carry. Take away Smith’s TD jaunt and the figure becomes 54 yards on 21 carries, which is not going to get it if a team is going to run a clock late in a game.

But again, this is just preseason. And the Browns were without eight starters, including Peyton Hillis.

Coach Pat Shurmur was unhappy with the Browns’ play after they attained the 28-13 lead in the third. “We went to getting pretty sloppy,” Shurmur said. “Numerous penalties and two fumbles. Those are killers. The guys in the game are in charge of winning the game.”

Now the Browns will face two road games in advance of the season-opener on September 11. This week, Cleveland will travel to Philadelphia to take on the Eagles at 7:30 on Thursday night.

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Cleveland Browns News: Josh Cribbs Has No Intention On Taking A Knee

Cleveland Browns return ace Josh Cribbs has been outspoken about the NFL's decision to move the kickoff 5-yards closer - from the 30 to the 35-yard line.  ON Wednesday, Cribbs was asked if the team has a rule in place on how deep players will be allowed to attempt to bring a ball out.  The answer shouldn't be a surprise to anyone.

"It will be different for each returner," Cribbs said. "But for me, nine yards. Anything above nine yards, I'll probably keep it in."

Nine yards??  That's pretty deep, but what else would expect from Cribbs, who has already broken the NFL record for most kickoff returns for a touchdown in a career.

While Cribbs may be exaggerating a bit, he does believe the rule change was a mistake - and the reasons behind the decision unfounded.

"I don't see (injury) stats behind it, and that's what the issue was" Cribbs said. "There's no stats to back it up. Their intentions are good, but the stats aren't there to back up the reasoning."

While Cribbs continues to believe the rule change was a mistake, he does think there are some opportunities for the right player.

"Good returners will take advantage of it. There will be good schemes, and there will still be opportunities," he said. "There will be a lot of inside the 20-yard-line tackles this year. A lot of returners will get tired of taking a knee in the end zone and will try to bring it out. Guys are getting down there faster. Kickers hare hanging the ball up there. That's what you can look for -- touchbacks and inside-the-20 tackles."

In the end, however, Cribbs knows the game will not change for most players, especially those who get sick of taking a knee in the end-zone, and if the opportunity presents itself, Cribbs is ready to take advantage.

"I want somebody to come chase my record," he said. "I want to be able to chase it as well. At the same time, it's just an obstacle to get over, and I'm looking forward to getting over it."

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Cleveland Browns Training Camp: Colt McCoy Seeks Out Brett Favre Regarding West Coast Offense

NFL players had plenty of time on their hands during the NFL Lockout.  Colt McCoy chose to spend much of his time wisely - organizing team workouts with Cleveland Browns players for instance.  With no way to talk to coaches about the new offense being installed by head coach Pat Shurmur, McCoy figured he would go to the next best person - Brett Favre, who ran the offense for over a decade as the quarterback of the Green Bay Packers and Mike Holmgren.  

McCoy called Favre and got much more than he expected, according to NFL.com.

"He said, 'Yeah, come down tonight,' " McCoy said he recalled Favre saying. "That didn't happen."

What did happen is a trip to Mississippi to meet with Favre, going over the intricacies of the Wesst Coast offense that Favre ran so well for so many years. 

"He's an outstanding guy, and I learned a lot," McCoy said, "so I was thankful for him being open to me even coming down there. It's the first time we had met. It was a lot of fun."

The Browns need McCoy to grab ahold of the offense as quickly as possible, especially with the NFL Lockout keeping players and team apart for all of the off-season.  If the Browns are going to have success in 2011, McCoy needs to know the offense, and fast.

"He helped me on some things," McCoy said. "I had the playbook and I had some tape. But you can go down and ask him, 'OK, vs. this, what call do you make here? And you see a pressure, what call can you make to adjust?' Those are the things that we talked about. Same things I would ask a coach. But now that I'm here, and with coaches every day, we're way past that."

Needless to say, McCoy's new head coach is pleased that his young quarterback would go out of his way to learn the new offense.

"I just think that speaks to what Colt is," Shurmur said. "He puts two and two together. In an offense where you had a player that was tremendously successful, he took it upon himself to go see him, and I think that's great. I've got a lot of respect for Brett. I consider him a friend of sorts."

If McCoy's performance in the Browns' 27-17 win over the Packers is any indication, the visit to Mississippi was well worth it!

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Cleveland Browns Training Camp: Plenty Of VIPs Taking In Tuesday's Workout

The Cleveland Browns are taking part in their Tuesday practice this morning, and there are no shortage of pretty impressive people taking in practice from the Browns' sidelines.

Former Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel is on hand, as is former Michigan head coach Lloyd Carr.  Tressel, of course, dominated Carr when the prior was hired by Ohio State, leading to Carr's retirement.  Carr may have the last laugh, however, since Tressel was forced to resign from Ohio State due to several transgressions involving Terrelle Pryor and others.

It's not only college football coaches taking in practice.  Cleveland Cavaliers General Manager Chris Grant was taking in the workout as a guest of Browns GM Tom Heckert.  With the NBA in the throws of what could be an extended Lockout, Grant has plenty of time on his hands to find out from Heckert what  he can do in all his spare time.

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Cleveland Browns News: Montario Hardesty Back At Practice, Billy Yates Leaves Camp

The Cleveland Browns saw the return of one player on Monday, while another left Browns Training Camp for what could be the last time.  

Running back Montario Hardesty was back at practice this morning for the first time since August 1st. According to training camp reports, Hardesty looked good in his return to the field as he continues to recover from a knee injury that ended his rookie season before it began in 2010.

"It was fun to get back in football mode again,'' said Hardesty. "It was tough (sitting out) but it let me get my legs back up under me.''

While he is back on the field, the Browns have depth at running back with Peyton Hillis and Brandon Jackson and will likely be cautious with Hardesty moving forward, starting with Friday's preseason matchup with the Detroit Lions.

While seeing Hardesty on the field was a welcomed site for Browns coaches, they lost a player as well with reserve offensive lineman Billy Yates leaving camp Monday morning with all indications being Yates plans on retiring.  Yates is in his 8th season and started 3 games for the Browns in 2010 before going on injured-reserve with a biceps injury.

According to Cleveland.com, T.J. Ward missed Monday's practice due to some dental issues while wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi was seen on the sidelines in shoes - he'd been in a cast and walking boot since camp began.  Massaquoi has been dealing with a bone chip in his left foot.

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Cleveland Browns Sign DB Brett Johnson; Montario Hardesty Finally Practicing

Former California Bears safety Brett Johnson has been claimed and officially awarded off of waivers (from Seattle) to the Cleveland Browns, reports the Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Mary Kay Cabot.

Johnson was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the Buffalo Bills last year, and is a fantastic athlete. The 6’1" 194 pound safety ran a 4.47 40 yard dash at the Cal pro day, and he posted a 42.5 inch vertical leap, which is very impressive.

Whether or not that athleticism will translate to the field remains to be seen, as this is already Johnson’s third NFL team, but he will get a shot to make the Browns this pre-season.

Hardesty Practicing

Tony Grossi and Scott Petrak are reporting that Montario Hardesty was being included in running backs drills for the first time in two weeks, though on a limited basis. This is an encouraging sign for the back, who tore his ACL last year and wasn’t able to make an impact on the Browns like so many believed he would.

We will keep an eye out for more Hardesty developments, but I expect the Browns to take it slowly in terms of bringing him back.

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Cleveland Browns Pre-Season Opener Reaction: Colt McCoy is the Face of the Franchise

Peyton Hillis may be the face of the newest Madden video game, but Colt McCoy has proven enough to me between last year and tonight against the world-champion Green Bay Packers that he is the new face of the Cleveland Browns franchise, and he has more than enough ability to lead this team where they want to go.

On McCoy’s first touchdown drive of the night, his final two throws were good enough to make scouts drool. He stood in the pocket and went through his progressions, shook off Pro Bowl safety Nick Collins, then threw an absolute dart over the middle to Brian Robiskie.

He came back on the very next play and threw a perfect back-shoulder pass to Josh Cribbs (great to see him getting involved in the passing game) in the end zone for the touchdown. That first drive by McCoy was as good if not better than some I have seen thus far from guys like Philip Rivers and Mike Vick. I’m not saying he’s a superstar quarterback, but he plays with fire and he plays like he’s got something to prove.

Perhaps being a third round pick and labeled “too short” will do that for a guy.

McCoy showed such great patience and poise in the pocket throughout this game, and the Browns’ passing game was actually too much to handle for the Packers in the early going of this game especially when McCoy was throwing the passes.

A very encouraging performance by McCoy and the Cleveland Browns.

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Browns Vs. Packers Final: Cleveland Looks Good In Beating World Champs 27-17

The Browns made the most of their first taste of game action in the 2011 preseason tonight at Cleveland Browns Stadium, riding a 9-of-10 performance for 135 yards from Colt McCoy — including a TD strike to Josh Cribbs — a Peyton Hillis touchdown run, a 43-yard fumble return for a TD from Titus Brown, and two field goals — including the game-clinching 44-yarder from Jeff Wolfert with 1:52 left, as Cleveland beat the defending Super Bowl champs 27-17.

The Browns put up 364 yards of offense, and gave up 341. Each team had a turnover in a pretty clean first exhibition game.

For the Browns, Armond Smith led the way on the ground with 41 yards on 10 carries, while Hillis rushed for 16 yards on five carries, including his TD.

Seneca Wallace went 11-for-17 for 99 yards with an interception, while Jarrett Brown completed his only pass for 13 yards.

Three Browns had three catches apiece, while Benjamin Watson accumulated 56 yards on two catches, including a 37-yarder.

Cleveland struck first on McCoy’s 27-yarder to Cribbs, before the Packers tied the game on an Aaron Rodgers 21-yard scoring pass to Greg Jennings, making the score 7-7 after one quarter.

In the second quarter the Browns took the lead again at 14-7 when Hillis scored from three yards out, but Green Bay had the advantage at halftime after Mason Crosby kicked a 31-yard field goal and — just before the half — Matt Flynn hit Spencer Havner from three yards out, and it was 17-14 in favor of the visitors at intermission.

Cleveland did all the scoring in the second half.

After Wolfert kicked a 46-yarder to tie the game at 17 in the third quarter, Brown scored on his fumble recovery, and the third quarter ended with the Browns on top 24-17.

Wolfert’s second field goal was the only scoring of the fourth quarter.

There will be more coverage of tonight’s game tomorrow, but for now, it just feels good to get a win, whether it “counts” or not. Let’s savor it, and get ready to take on the rejuvenated Detroit Lions in downtown Cleveland next Friday night.

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Browns Get A Shot At The Super Bowl Champs To Open Pre-Season

The Browns will get their first game action on Saturday night when they take on the Green Bay Packers at Cleveland Browns Stadium at 7:30.

Although the game, of course, does not "count", as it were, it will still be good to get the butterflies out and see how Our Team does against the gentlemen from Wisconsin. It will also be interesting to see how the starters fare against the starters for the Pack.

Here are some links to the game coverage for you to peruse:

SB Nation's 'Dawgs By Nature' will have a running game thread to follow, as will, no doubt...

Green Bay's SB Nation site, "Acme Packing Company".

Cleveland.com's preview can be found here.

Meanwhile, here is full Packer coverage from the Green Bay Gazette.

NFL.com's Game Center gives you stats galore as well as an ongoing blog with up to the minute opinions (and insults, throw-downs, etc).

Those are a few links to whet your appetite for tonight's affair. Enjoy.

Look for a game recap of this initial pre-season game of the 2011 season late tonight or first thing on Sunday morning. And no doubt there will be analysis galore.

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Cleveland Browns Training Camp Notes: Offensive Line Proving to be the Team's Strongest Unit

Here is a nice column from Browns beat writer Tony Grossi, who dug in a little deeper on one of the strongest areas of the team—the offensive line. You don’t often think about how good the Browns’ offensive line is if you’re on the outside looking in, but they have two pretty legitimate Pro Bowl caliber players in Joe Thomas (LT) and Alex Mack ©, and there are high hopes for second year player Shaun Lauvao and Tony Pashos. Says second year quarterback Colt McCoy:

“They are the strong point on our offense,” said McCoy. “They are the foundation of what we need to do. Those guys are playing well.”

Fans will get to see this unit in action for a full quarter in the team’s first pre-season game according to Mary Kay Cabot, along with the rest of the Browns’ first unit. I had never gotten to see a lot of Browns football until last year when I got the NFL Sunday Ticket, and I have to say, I was consistently impressed with the play of their offensive line.

There is a reason why Peyton Hillis had a breakout year last year for the Browns, and it’s not just because he is a stud. Hillis was running behind a top of the line offensive line, and he did the same in 2008 when he broke out for the Denver Broncos.

As Colt McCoy stated, the offensive line is going to provide the foundation for this team going forward, an extremely important building block for a young team with a new head coach. This unit could make the transition between coaching staffs not only bearable, but they could help keep the Browns in the thick of things in the hard-nosed AFC North.

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A Closer Look at Training Camp Darling Quarterback Jarrett Brown

Jarrett Brown's rise began last offseason when he was battling to make it in the NFL, and scouts really started to notice him. Though Tim Tebow was the headliner at the 2010 Senior Bowl, it was Jarrett Brown who scouts had been raving about leading up to the process, and there were some including Todd McShay who thought he could be a real gem.

It turned out that Brown didn't get drafted, as he was mainly a lot of potential and still a relative unknown, but it didn't take him long to get picked up by the San Francisco 49ers. Through a set of circumstances, Brown wound up in Cleveland this offseason, and has really been impressing the Browns' coaching staff as the teams' third quarterback behind Colt McCoy and Seneca Wallace.

Brown is known for having a really, really strong arm, and new Browns head coach Pat Shurmur has been really impressive by that along with his ability to throw on the run. There's no doubt that Brown is a talented kid, which you can see evidence of in this highlight reel from his senior season at West Virginia.

 

Cleveland Browns fans will be getting a closer look at Brown in the team's first pre-season game, as he is expected to play a good majority of the contest against the Green Bay Packers.

 

Hopefully Brown can prove to be an exciting prospect for the Browns in these first couple of pre-season games, and possibly earn himself a roster spot before all is said and done. If he continues on the pace he has been on at training camp, I think he's a near lock to be on the opening day 53.

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Report: Browns Will Get an Up-Close Look at Ohio State Quarterback Terrelle Pryor

Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer is reporting that the Cleveland Browns will attend the pro day of former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor on Friday.

The Browns have done their due diligence on Pryor to determine whether or not they want to bid on him in the special-case draft. Teams submit bids based on the draft round in which they’d be willing to select the player. The winning team must surrender that pick in next year’s draft.

Cabot also goes on to note that the Browns have four quarterbacks currently on the roster, and that Jarrett Brown has shown he has some skills and is having a good camp. Using a mid-round pick in the supplemental draft on Pryor seems unlikely, but the Browns are at least considering it.

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Cleveland Browns Injury News: Mohamed Massaquoi Has Bone Injury in Leg

Cleveland Browns head coach Pat Shurmur has revealed that number one receiver Mohamed Massaquoi has a bone injury in his left leg.

Massaquoi has not yet practiced and showed up to camp with a cast on his leg, and there has been no indication from the Browns or anyone else as to how long their top receiver will be out.

Massaquoi had 36 receptions last season, and is considered right now to be the Browns’ top overall receiver, at least until the jury is no longer out on second round pick Greg Little.

Montario Hardesty also continues to be limited in practice, according to reports. He is coming off of a knee injury last year, where he was expected to make an impact on the Cleveland running game.

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Cleveland Browns Training Camp 2011: New Punter Richmond McGee Should Be Looking Forward To Game Action

The Browns' new punter, Richmond McGee, should be more than ready to "get a kick" out of this coming Saturday's exhibition contest against the Packers.

McGee, you see, has never actually kicked in an NFL game.

After spending three years on practice squads, McGee will finally get his chance this weekend, although in truth it would not be a bad thing if he never got the chance, as that would mean that the offense....

Oh never mind, preseason games do not result in nothing but scoring drives for any offense.

McGee has had a hectic schedule to get to this point, and surely enjoyed the Browns' day off after trying out and making the squad, but now he can get into a game routine.

We will see what happens come Saturday. Let's hope that when the games are actually -- games -- McGee can fill in admirably for Reggie Hodges as Hodges begins the long, slow road back to (hopefully) rejoin the Browns in 2012.

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Cleveland Browns Training Camp 2011: Family Day Puts Cleveland Browns Passing Game On Display

The Cleveland Browns need playmakers on offense.  Greg Little, a 6-2, 220 lb rookie wide receiver from North Carolina might just fit the bill.  On a day when Browns fans got a first hand look at the team during family day at Cleveland Browns stadium, Little showed the leaping ability that made him a star for the Tar Heels. 

Little caught two touchdown passes - one from Colt McCoy and another from Seneca Wallace - during the team's intra-squad scrimmage.  The second touchdown was celebrated with a behind-the-head slam dunk over the goalpost.  What is the dunk called?  "Boomshakalaka", of course.

"Just having fun," Little said. "It is a practice, but fans come out and they want to see some exciting plays. I definitely wanted to go out and better myself from Thursday's practice, definitely progress from that."

The defense made some plays of it's own during the 2-hour practice.  James Dockery intercepted McCoy, as did Mike Adams.

Overall it was an up-and-down day for McCoy who knows it will take some time to gel with his teammates.

"Right now, our timing's just a little off," McCoy said. "The depths of our routes, my footwork in the pocket, they're just not timing up like I want them to at this point. But we're night and day compared to where we started. You've got to look at that and be pleased by that."

The crowd was announced at 11,965.

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Cleveland Browns Training Camp Update: Tony Grossi Says There are No Plans for Wildcat

As always, Tony Grossi offers up his opinions on the day that was at Cleveland Browns training camp, but one note sticks out more than others:

Josh Cribbs confirmed what we reported about coach Pat Shurmur in March. “He’s not a big fan of the Wildcat,” Cribbs said. “But he is a big fan of getting me the football.” Cribbs stopped short of detailing the plans for getting him the ball, but he did say he could be running patterns out of the backfield “more times than not.” Cribbs had a pretty good day catching the ball Friday as a conventional receiver. He also took a pitchout from Colt McCoy and fired a sideline completion to Brian Robiskie.

As long as the Browns find a way to get Cribbs the ball, there’s really nothing to see here. Mainly, when I read the headline I was scared a bit because Cribbs is one of the Browns’ best weapons, though oddly enough he’s never really been a great receiver. If they can make him into a solid receiver out of the backfield, he should be able to consistently make plays and maybe even on a more regular basis than before.

As for now, though, it sounds like the Wildcat may be a thing of the past for the Cleveland Browns.

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NFL Rumors: Cleveland Browns Free Agent DE Matt Roth Generating Interest

Matt Roth isn’t officially holding out of training camp, but he technically kind of is. The 28 year old has spent the last two seasons with the Browns after playing his first five in Miami with the Dolphins, and he really emerged as a solid all around player over the last couple of years. Last year, Roth had 86 tackles and 3.5 sacks starting all 16 games.

Now, with the free agent market all but cooled off completely, Roth is apparently generating interest around the league. According to Jason La Canfora of the NFL Network, Roth is discussing his future with the New Orleans Saints, Denver Broncos, and Arizona Cardinals.

Roth really broke out in a 3-4 scheme, which is what the Cardinals run, but dating back to his Iowa days, the 6’4" 275 pound player has always been a solid strong side defensive end in the 4-3 alignment.

It’s interesting to me that La Canfora isn’t talking about the Browns as a possibility, as they could certainly use help at the defensive end position. Perhaps Roth has trimmed down a bit, and is looking into playing linebacker long term. We will see, but for right now, the pre-season is six days away and Roth doesn’t have a team.

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Cleveland Browns TE Evan Moore Returns With A Bang After CBA Is Ratified

The Cleveland Browns took the field on Day 6 of training camp in an afternoon/evening session without pads on Thursday. The practice had been moved to 4:10 pm in hopes that veteran free agents would finally be able to participate. Those players were still standing around for the first hour or so of practice, but once the team received the official word that the CBA was ratified, the players got into the action.

One of the players who made an immediate impact was the towering Evan Moore. Dawgs By Nature, our Cleveland Browns blog, has a rundown of what Moore did as well as what else went on during Day 6 of training camp:

Get Out of My Way: I watched a bunch of our receivers run routes, catch passes, etc. for almost an hour. Then, out of no where, I see this huge white guy line up as a receiver, grabbing my attention immediately. It was Evan Moore, who had just got in after the CBA was ratified. He made an immediate impact, and it seemed like the passing game revolved around him (with success) when he entered the game. He is taller than I expected, especially when he goes out and lines up on a defensive back.

Play of the Day: My favorite play? It involved Evan Moore. On a pass from Seneca Wallace in the corner of the end zone, Moore made a one-handed catch as he was going to the ground, beating cornerback Buster Skrine on the play.

On the injury front, offensive guard Eric Steinbach returned to action with the first-team offense after missing the first five days of camp. The team will be in full pads Friday morning, and there is sure to be some more interesting news to report on regarding players like Phil Taylor, Jayme Mitchell, and Marcus Benard.

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Cleveland Browns Thursday Injury Update: Youngsters Getting Rough Introduction to NFL

Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram and the Medina Gazette is reporting that some of the Browns’ more “green” players have been injured on Thursday:

Browns coach Pat Shurmur said WR Jordan Norwood has hip flexor, OL Jason Pinkston bothered by shoulder and TE Jordan Cameron hamstring.

None of the injuries reported seem serious, as the rookies are probably just getting a rough introduction to the rigors of the NFL.

Petrak also reported that the Browns’ free agents were indeed able to practice today thanks to the coaches moving practice to later in the afternoon, and that second year cornerback Joe Haden was lighting up practice, batting balls down left and right.

Keep checking back to SB Nation for more Browns training camp updates.

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Defensive End Jayme Mitchell Looking for Breakout Season With Cleveland Browns

Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal has a good article out today about Cleveland Browns defensive end Jayme Mitchell, who was acquired from the Minnesota Vikings last offseason and never really found a role with the team.

Now that the Browns are back to running the 4-3 defense, Mitchell goes back to his natural position as a base end in the 4-3, and he immediately becomes the Browns’ oldest starter on the defensive line at 27 years old.

Mitchell signed a new contract preventing him from practicing, but he is set for his first practice tonight and is really excited about the new opportunity.

“I’m very eager,” Mitchell said. “It’s been awhile since I’ve put the pads on and got at it. I’m ready to get in there and get the kinks out of the way, get the rust off and just go to work.

“I’m excited about the whole situation,” Mitchell said. “I’m excited about the opportunity to get out here and contribute to the Browns winning and just bringing the young guys along, just showing them different ways to do different things and how to get production from this season.”

Hopefully Mitchell can prove to the Browns that he’s been worth both their time and their money this season.

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Sirius XM to Broadcast Live From Cleveland Browns Training Camp Thursday

Sirius XM Radio, the official radio of the National Football League, will be reporting live from all 32 teams’ NFL camps this summer, starting Thursday with the Cleveland Browns.

The series will include live coverage of each team, including player and coach interviews, as well as reports on rookies, veterans, and free agents. There will be plenty of familiar names appearing on the show, such as Rich Gannon, Gil Brandt, Pat Kirwan, Solomon Wilcots, Brad Childress, and SI.com columnist Peter King.

You can follow Sirius XM on Twitter (@SiriusXMNFL) and Facebook (facebook.com/SiriusXMNFLRadio) for all of the up-coming guests and topics of discussion.

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Cleveland Browns Training Camp Update: Player Quotes Of The Day

Jordan Cameron

(On his experience so far)- “So far it’s been good, a lot of learning. I haven’t been in football, especially the tight end position for too long so there has been a lot of coaching up. It’s been good playing against these guys. I have the best competition in the world so you are getting a lot better every day.”

(On getting more reps with Benjamin Watson and Evan Moore not being out there)- “I definitely need it. Like I said, with a lack of experience at the position, this is really helpful to me and these opportunities are great and I am taking advantage of them so far. I’ve got to keep it going.”

(On if all of the depth at tight end is disconcerting)- “I think it’s good. It’s competition, you have got to compete every day. You have got to get better. These guys are older and they know what they are doing. It’s definitely helpful for me to be under them and coach me up every day. Teaching me how to be a pro is really what they are doing.”

Buster Skrine

(On learning from Sheldon Brown)- “I just pick his brain all the time. I am always attached to Sheldon. Sheldon has been in the game, what is this his 10th year? He knows everything from the bottom up. Sheldon is like another defensive coordinator. Being with Sheldon is helping me a lot.”

Jabaal Sheard


(On the veterans on the team like Scott Fujita and D’Qwell Jackson)
- “They are all great guys. Everybody in the defensive line room is coaching me up every time I make a mistake. They are not yelling at me or snapping at me, they are trying to coach me and make me better. They try to help me learn the plays, small techniques. It’s the NFL, all the small things count. You can just start with your first step and guys are watching that. I am in the film room all day with older guys and they are just constantly on me and trying to help me get better.”

(On being a pass rushing end)- “I am excited about it. Going against Joe (Thomas) all day is making me a lot better and getting my pass rush moves down as best they can be. I am excited I get a chance to get out here and show what I can do. I am having fun out there.”

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Browns Invite Former Syracuse Punter Rob Long In For Workout

The Cleveland Borwns need a punter, Rob Long needs a job.  The two will get together some time this week and Long will workout for the Browns, a team in need of a punter after Reggie Hodges was lost for the season Tuesday with a torn achilles tendon in his left foot.

While Long may seem like your prototypical undrafted free agent punter, the former Orangeman is far from that.  We leave it to the folks over at SBNation.com for the rest:

Long, the 2010 Second Team All-Big East punter, left the school as one of, if not the, greatest punter in school history. He was on his way to becoming First Team All-Big East and receiving even more accolades until he found out that he had a tumor in his brain that required surgery. Three weeks following the surgery he joined his fellow Orange in NYC at the Pinstripe Bowl, a game he could not play in. After that, with one miracle completed and his tumor gone, Long set out to make his dream of playing in the NFL come true.

Long had sent videos to all 32 NFL teams looking for work, and it seems as the Browns were the only team to respond - out of need of course.  Long has already overcome long odds to get to this point.  Now he just needs to impress Pat Shurmur and Mike Holmgren

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Cleveland Browns Training Camp: Browns Agree To Terms With DT Phil Taylor

The Cleveland Browns lost one player on Tuesday, but added a much bigger piece at long last.  Mary Kay Cabot is reporting that defensive tackle Phil Taylor, whom the Browns drafted with the #21-overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft has reportedly agreed to a four-year deal with the team.  Terms were not immediately disclosed.

Taylor had tweeted last night that he was hopeful that the deal would get done today and he could join his teammates in Camp, and it appears that is exactly what happened.  

The Browns needed to get the deal done with Taylor after a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles for DT Brodrick Bunkley was nullified due to injury concerns.  Taylor is the big prize, of course, and provides the Browns with a huge force on the inside of their defensive line, something that is imperative in the AFC North against teams like the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens.

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Cleveland Browns Injuries: Punter Reggie Hodges Tears Achilles, Done For Year

The Cleveland Browns were hoping the injury bug would avoid them in 2011 after an injury-plagues 2010.  That hope lasted all of 3 days.  Punter Reggie Hodges will miss the entire 2011 season after rupturing his Achilles tendon on Tuesday.  Suregey is pending for Hodges, the only punter on the Browns roster.

Hodges was reaching for a snap during Tuesday's practice when he crumpled to the ground.  He was in visible pain when he was carted off by the team's training staff.

At the time, Browns head coach Pat Shurmur said that Hodges had an 'episode with his left foot', though the feeling was the injury was serious.

Cleveland will now comb the free agency wire looking for a replacement for the season.

Hodges was entering his 5th season in the NFL, his second full year as the Browns punter.  Last year, Hodges averaged a career-best 43.9 yards per kick, with a net of 39.0.  He also placed 29 punts inside the 20.

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Browns Training Camp Update: First Round Pick Phil Taylor Tweets Some Good News

The Cleveland Browns are still waiting on 1st Round draft pick Phil Taylor to join the team.  According to Taylor, that time could be coming, and soon.  Taylor took to his Twitter account tonight to spread some good news:

Good news. Stay tuned. Might be on that field 2mrw. Like a kid at the candy shopless than a minute ago via Echofon Favorite Retweet Reply

 

Does that mean Taylor could get his deal with the Browns done tonight in time to take the field for the first time with his teammates tomorrow?  If so, the Browns and GM Tom Heckert aren't saying.

"It's not a concern at all. We're talking to them every day and we have a good relationship with his agent and we'll see what happens."

The hangup in negotiations has been the amount of guaranteed money that Taylor would receive in the deal.  With a deal for Eagles DT Broderick Bunkley canceled out, the urgency to get Taylor into camp as soon as possible has increased. 

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Browns' Camp Update: Trade For Brodrick Bunkley May Have Hit A Snag

The Browns announced on Saturday that they had acquired defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley from the Philadelphia Eagles.

So it was a fair bet that he would, in fact, have been traded to Cleveland and would be showing up at camp posthaste.

Not so fast.

In this report from Mary Kay Cabot it seems as if there is some confusion as to whether a trade actually took place. Now the Browns are being "vague", according to the story, and are not even confirming that the deal that involved a 2012 fifth-round pick from the Browns has taken place.

"Browns general manager Tom Heckert said today he had 'absolutely nothing'' to report on Bunkley. When pressed, he declined to provide any information and said 'You'll have to talk to Philadelphia.'", Cabot's report says.

Oddness all around with this story. When it sorts itself out, we will give you an update.

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Browns' Training Camp: Josh Cribbs Leaves Practice With Seemingly Minor Leg Or Knee Injury

The Browns' Josh Cribbs left Sunday's practice with what is being called a left knee or leg injury after a defender came down on the leg in one-on-one drills, according to this story by Mary Kay Cabot on Cleveland.com.

The Browns seem to think that it is a minor problem and that Cribbs will be ready for the August 13 exhibition opener, but there is no sense taking any chances with the veteran Cribbs.

"I just don't want to push myself to the point where I can't play in the preseason games,'' said Cribbs. "They would've told me to push through it if I was a rookie fighting for a spot or something, but they told me to take it easy.'

Cribbs himself seems to think that it is a muscle strain, but to be sure, the Browns will probably have an MRI done on the Cleveland wide receiver and kick returner.

Cribbs has run eight kickoffs and two punts back for touchdowns in his NFL career, and last year averaged 19.5 yards per catch on 23 receptions, with one score through the air.

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2011 Cleveland Browns Training Camp Schedule

Get ready, Browns fans, the 2011 Cleveland Browns Training Cam Schedule has been released!  Starting Sunday, July 31, fans can attend 15 practices at the team's training facility in Berea, OH.  Admission is free and includes the ever popular Family Fun Day practice at Cleveland Browns Stadium.  

Below is the daily schedule.  If you have any questions, you can call the Browns' Training Camp Hotline at 877-627-6967.  Closed practices are in BOLD.

Sun., July 31-Helmets-8:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

Mon., Aug. 1-Full Pads-8:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

Tues., Aug. 2-Full Pads-8:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

Wed., Aug. 3-PRACTICE CLOSED TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC

Thur., Aug. 4-Full Pads-8:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

Fri., Aug. 5-Full Pads-8:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

Sat., Aug. 6-Family Day Practice at Cleveland Browns Stadium (Full Pads)   2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Sun., Aug. 7-PRACTICE CLOSED TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC

Mon., Aug. 8-Full Pads-10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Tues., Aug. 9-Full Pads-8:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

Wed., Aug. 10-Full Pads-8:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

Thurs., Aug. 11-Full Pads-8:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

Fri., Aug. 12-NO PRACTICE

Sat., Aug. 13-BROWNS VS. GREEN BAY PACKERS-7:30 p.m.

Sun., Aug. 14-PLAYERS OFF

Mon., Aug. 15-Full Pads-8:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

Tues., Aug. 16-Full Pads-8:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

Wed., Aug. 17-PRACTICE CLOSED TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC

Thurs., Aug. 18-NO PRACTICE

Fri., Aug. 19-BROWNS VS. DETROIT LIONS-7:30 p.m.

Sat., Aug. 20-PLAYERS OFF

Sun., Aug. 21-Full Pads-8:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

Mon., Aug. 22-Full Pads-8:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

Tue., Aug. 23-Full Pads-8:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.              

For a list of what you can and cannot bring, visit ClevelandBrowns.com

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