The Browns have some veteran confidence… Training Camp Notes 7.27.14

Sunday’s camp practice was kind of boring. I’ve been to enough of these now that I think I can get a sense of when the intensity is at a pitch and when it’s not. Maybe Day 1 was something of an energy dump, like a fighter who punches himself out in the first round and day two was a bit more relaxed, but the intensity just wasn’t totally there. It’s early though, so I...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

NFL Notes: Browns, Buccaneers, Rams, & Steelers

  Browns 2013 first-round pick OLB Barkevious Mingo had a standout practice on Saturday. (Pat McManamon) OLBs Jabaal Sheard and Paul Kruger both saw time left outside linebacker. (Pat McManamon) Rookie Terrance West also stood out while free agent acquisition Ben Tate was chased down by Buster Skrine and had the ball poked loose. (Pat McManamon) Buccaneers HC Lovie Smith...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

It’s Hoyer’s World… We just live in it: Training Camp Notes 07.26.14

BEREA — The sun was shining. A smattering of hip-hop—2 Pac, Birdman, Drake…of course—and classic rock echoed through the speakers. Thousands of Browns fans poured into the Cleveland Browns practice facility, all with hope in their back pockets, each of them getting their first look at the 2014 squad. There were Superfans. There were signs. There was a little rain, but just...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

WFNY’s State of the Browns: Cornerbacks

Browns training camp begins on Saturday and the excitement is starting to build. The Browns have made huge news on and off the field. The team had many holes to fill going into the offseason. One of the biggest flaws on the team was the cornerback position. They had a top corner in Joe Haden, but after him there was not much talent and depth in the group. Cornerbacks are a huge importance...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Browns Projected Defensive Depth Chart

#491723289 / gettyimages.com The offensive moves for this off-season of the Cleveland Browns have been more publicized, with the addition of RB Ben Tate and of course QB Johnny Manziel. However, the best work of this offseason may have been on the defensive side. Not only did the Browns draft CB Justin Gilbert #8. but also signed 2 proven veterans in S Donte Whitner and LB Karlos...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

Quotable Monday: Special teams are stacked in Cleveland

Chris Tabor is the Special Teams coordinator for the Cleveland Browns, and has been for the past few seasons. So he knows what he’s talking about when he says that the Browns’ current special teams roster is stacked: “I’m excited about it. In my three years here, going into my fourth, I think this is probably the first year where we’ve had multiple guys. We’re always...
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June 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Browns’ Leon McFadden prepares for battle at cornerback

Now Browns cornerback Leon McFadden knows how Buster Skrine feels. The Browns’ former regime drafted McFadden in the third round out of San Diego State in 2013 to challenge cornerback Skrine. A groin injury in training camp kept McFadden from challenging Skrine. He missed the first two preseason games in 2013 before returning in the third preseason game against the Indianapolis...
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June 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Joe Haden is ranked the NFL’s 39th best player

“The Top 100 players of 2014″ countdown on the NFL Network has landed on a Cleveland Brown – our very own Joe Haden, with the honor of being the NFL’s 39th best player. He ranked two spots behind New England Patriots cornerback Darrelle Revis who checked in at #37. With his new (whopping) contract and his rapidly accumulating fame, here’s betting that Buster Skrine and...
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June 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Justin Gilbert will have every opportunity to win starting job in Cleveland

According to the Akron Beason-Journal.  rookie cornerback Justin Gilbert will have every oppuruntiy to win a starting job with the Browns. So far, incumbent starter Buster Skrine has worked with the first unit, and he will fight to delay Gilbert’s inevitable promotion. Still, O’Neil has conceded the obvious — Gilbert will “get every opportunity to win” the No. 2 cornerback...
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June 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Browns are hoping Justin Gilbert starts opposite Joe Haden

Buster Skrine the small school corner has been taking all the reps at #2 cornerback spot, but the team is hoping first round draft pick Justin Gilbert can take over. Defensive Coordinator Jim O’Neil has made it clear that Gilbert will get “every opportunity to win” the No. 2 job, because the team wants to […] The post Browns are hoping Justin Gilbert starts opposite Joe Haden...
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June 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Browns wrap Mini-Camp: What to watch for as Offseason continues

The Cleveland Browns are ready to ditch the helmets, shorts and T-shirts. The Browns wrapped up their mandatory minicamp on Thursday and gave way to the closest thing to a summer break for NFL players. Veterans will depart from Berea and go home. Rookies will remain in the Cleveland area for about two more weeks doing some classroom work, making appearances in the community and taking...
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June 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Browns wrap up day one of mandatory mini-camp

Day one of mini-camp is in the books. Here is a gathering of news and notes from beat reporters at today’s practice. This is a collection from @FredGreethamOBR, @NateUlrichABJ, @ScottPetrak, @RuiterWrongFAN and @sdoerschukREP. – WR Anthony Armstrong is 5-foot-10 and weighs 185 pounds. He is a four year veteran spending time with the Dolphins, Redskins, Cowboys and Jaguars, mostly...
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June 10, 2014  |  Discuss

As Browns open mini-camp, which position group improved most this offseason?

I was asked by a friend the other day which position the Browns improved the most in the offseason. It was a good question, mostly because I believe the Browns improved in a couple spots that could be significant. The convenient answer (if not just the plain truth) is that we really can’t answer that until about game eight. However, I’m going to push the logical aside for the...
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June 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Gilbert up for competition

BEREA, Ohio -- Justin Gilbert isn't taking anything for granted. Despite being the eighth overall pick in May's NFL Draft, Gilbert knows he is going to have to play well to win the starting job opposite of Joe Haden. Buster Skrine is the incumbent and the coaches have praised his play thus far in the OTAs. Gilbert was asked what he thought of what he's seen of Skrine...
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June 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Browns Sign CB Aaron Berry

  The Cleveland Browns have announced the signing of veteran CB Aaron Berry on Monday. News: Browns sign DB Aaron Berry — Cleveland Browns (@Browns) June 2, 2014 Howard Balzer reported a few weeks ago that the Browns held a tryout for Berry, but most likely wanted to wait until after June 1 to bring anyone in. Berry, 25, visited with the Browns back in March as well, so he has...
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June 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: CB Aaron Berry Had Tryout With The Browns

Howard Balzer reports that the Cleveland Browns held a tryout for veteran CB Aaron Berry. Berry, 25, visited with the Browns back in March as well, so he has been on their radar.  He was unfortunately placed on season-ending injured reserve after he suffered a torn ACL back in July of last year. Before that, he spent his first two years in the league with the Lions.  He appeared...
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May 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Top-5: Cleveland’s most interesting post-draft positions

5. Inside Linebacker Going into the draft, this was definitely one of the top positions of need for the Browns, and (despite some distaste from fans) the team addressed it.  In the third round, the Brownies took ILB Christian Kirksey from Iowa to shore up the left inside linebacker spot. While there were talented wide receivers still on the board, Kirskey was taken to put some...
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May 15, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 NFL Draft: Browns select Justin Gilbert

One Cowboy exits Berea and another one enters. After moving down to the ninth-overall pick in a trade with the Buffalo Bills, and then up one spot in a trade with the Minnesota Vikings1, the Cleveland Browns surprised many by selecting cornerback Justin Gilbert out of Oklahoma State. In terms of pure athleticism, Gilbert is the at the top of the 2014 draft. He’s a physical, tough...
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May 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Is Joe Haden good enough to support the Browns entire secondary?

In case you haven’t heard, the NFL is a passing league. Big surprise, right? Well, because of this, it is a top priority of every team to have an elite, shutdown corner. Fortunately, the Browns have just that in Joe Haden. Since being selected seventh overall in 2010, Haden has continued to improve. He may not be at the same level as Richard Sherman, Patrick Peterson and Darrelle...
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April 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Top-10 CB’s: Do the Browns need someone opposite Joe Haden?

Everyone has heard of Cleveland’s #1 cornerback and Pro-Bowler Joe Haden. He’s the definition of a shut-down corner, and is one of the best in the league. On the other side, however, the Browns have Buster Skrine. Nothing against the man, but he isn’t starting material…at least not for a team that should be shooting to make the playoffs. The Browns might want to think...
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April 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Following a successful free agency period, what will the Browns do next?.

Cleveland Browns General Manager Ray Farmer did something yesterday that not many of his predecessors did, and that was to give the fans an update on where he believes we stand following our successful foray into the free agency market. I have been critical of the veil of secrecy that always seems to surround the Browns, but I found it refreshing that Farmer not only took...
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March 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie has “invitation” to visit Browns

In a long post about the cornerback market, specifically Darrelle Revis, there is a little nugget for Browns fans and the possibility of landing corner Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. Namely, the post says he’s been extended an invitation. He is in New York talking to the Jets and Giants this weekend and has an invitation to visit the Cleveland Browns. Two of these potential suitors...
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March 16, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 NFL Team Needs: Cleveland Browns

1. Quarterback: The Cleveland Browns have a ton of decent backup quarterbacks on their roster. Unfortunately, not one of them is good enough to start. They should have a couple of quarterbacks to chose from with the fourth overall pick.2. Running Back: Everyone killed the Browns for trading away Richardson this season, but the Browns look like the smart ones now. Look for them to...
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February 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Top 5: Positions the Browns need to fill

  After another rough season that ended with double digit losses once again and the number four overall pick, it’s safe to say that the Browns needs to make some upgrades at a couple of positions. The team does have a lot of talent on the team, with six players being named to the Pro Bowl, so another couple of pieces may just push the team into contention in the AFC North next...
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January 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Reign on Spotlight Player of the Week: Buster Skrine

As a local market representative and league manager of one of 16 teams invited to be a part of Crown Royal’s inaugural Fantasy Football League dubbed “First and Crown,” I will be using this spot every Sunday before the Browns kick off against their respective opponent to tell you who we’ll be watching during this week’s contest. This Week’s Spotlight: Buster Skrine,...
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December 15, 2013  |  Discuss
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