PFF: Browns are five players away from contention

The Cleveland Browns fizzled down the stretch in 2014, leaving a sour player in the mouths of many fans. Fear not, however, as the folks over at Pro Football Focus have determined that this team is a mere five players away from being in the mix for the Vince Lombardi trophy. According to PFF, 40 percent of the players who play at least 250 snaps have to be ranked as “Elite” or...
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January 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Cleveland defensive backs headline PFF’s All-AFC North Team

A startling lack of play-makers would lend itself to the Cleveland Browns being left off of any AFC North lists, but the trenches and the defense graded out incredibly well for Pro Football Focus and their All-AFC North team. While Joe Thomas was an interesting omission on the offensive side of the ball, rookie guard Joel Bitonio shined as the lone member of the Browns alongside...
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January 20, 2015  |  Discuss

WFNY’s 2014 Cleveland Browns Position Review: The Offensive Line

Over the last couple weeks, I have been reviewing and discussing the performance of the 2014 Cleveland Browns position by position. It was a tough season for the Cleveland Browns, falling in five straight games to end the season at 7-9. The team showed some glimpses of promise and some other areas of concern. So lets get to the next position! The Browns had one of the best offensive...
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January 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Johnny Manziel: I’m going to learn or I’m going to be finding something else to do

Ron Schwane-USA TODAY Sports Johnny Manziel’s future, as it pertains to becoming the Cleveland Browns’ answer at the quarterback position, remains up in the air. On Saturday, the Browns fined Manziel after he arrived late for treatment on his injured hamstring. For Manziel, who was placed on injured reserve to end the season, it was the latest in a string of questionable...
Via Sports-Glory
December 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Bradham, Greco fined by NFL for incident

NEW YORK (AP) Buffalo Bills linebacker Nigel Bradham was fined $16,537 Friday by the NFL for unnecessary roughness in last weekend's win against Cleveland. Bradham was fined for unnecessarily striking an opponent with his helmet when he speared tight end Gary Barnidge from the side. Browns guard John Greco also was docked $8,268 for unnecessary roughness on the play. Kansas City...
Via AP on Fox
December 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Cleveland Browns: Numbers Prove a Change at Center is Needed

When the Cleveland Browns lost Pro Bowl center Alex Mack to injury against the Pittsburgh Steelers, nobody quite understood how devastating the loss would be. With a broken left tibula, the Browns had no choice but to shut down the best center in football and start the impossible task of filling his shoes on the field. The Browns immediately pushed career guard John Greco into action...
Via Buckeye State Sports
December 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Browns Running Game Update: Positives and Negatives

In the three games prior the Cleveland Browns’ 24-3 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals, the running game, averaging 1.9 yards per carry, looked to be in shambles. The injury center Alex Mack left journeymen Paul McQuistan and, most recently, Nick McDonald to replace an All-Pro. On Thursday, before the Bengals game, I wrote about the issues in the running game, taking Nick McDonald...
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November 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Browns Offensive Line Still Holding Them Back

Despite the Cleveland Browns now being 6-3, there’s a common thread holding people back from truly believing in the team: The run game. Heading into this season, everyone (coaches, players, fans, analysts) knew that the Browns wanted to be a run-first team. And that was working until Alex Mack was lost for the year. The past few weeks, the interior of the offensive line has been...
Via Pro Football Spot
November 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Hoyer steps it up as running game struggles

BEREA, Ohio-- Last week, there was a lot of talk concerning Brian Hoyer and the offense's struggles adjusting to life after Alex Mack. After being third in the NFL in rushing going into the Jacksonville game with an average of 146.4 yards a game, the rushing attack was ineffective against the Jaguars as the Browns were able to only rush for 69 yards on 30 carries for a dismal average...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
October 27, 2014  |  Discuss

McDonald starting at center for Browns vs. Raiders

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Nick McDonald is starting at center for the Browns against Oakland, allowing right guard John Greco to move back to his regular position. McDonald was activated from the reserve/non-football injury list Saturday. He had been sidelined after undergoing wrist surgery. Greco started at center last week in Jacksonville after Pro Bowler Alex Mack was lost for the season...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
October 26, 2014  |  Discuss

McDonald starting at center for Browns vs. Raiders

CLEVELAND (AP) Nick McDonald is starting at center for the Browns against Oakland, allowing right guard John Greco to move back to his regular position. McDonald was activated from the reserve/non-football injury list Saturday. He had been sidelined after undergoing wrist surgery. Greco started at center last week in Jacksonville after Pro Bowler Alex Mack was lost for the season...
Via AP on Fox
October 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Browns shake up fullback spot

After a dismal rushing performance Sunday in Jacksonville, the Browns are making some moves on the ground. Fullback Kiero Small has been moved up from the practice squad to the active roster, while fullback Ray Agnew has been waived, the team announced Monday. Small, converted to fullback at Arkansas from a linebacker in community college, is a 5-foot-9, 242-pound rookie, who was...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
October 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Browns injury update: Who's in, who's out, and who's replacing Mack?

Browns injury updates and notes heading into Sunday's game in Jacksonville: Greco likely at Center; McQuistan at RG: Pettine said there's still time for a change in course for this week, but it's likely that John Greco will be the center this week and Paul McQuistan will be the right guard. "If I had to say probably, McQuistan, but we'll see," Pettine said. "We'll get a good look...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
October 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Cleveland Browns Top 3 Candidates to Replace Injured Alex Mack

When Cleveland Browns Pro Bowl center Alex Mack went down, fans collectively held their breath. The news did not get much better as Mack’s ankle was stabilized in an air-cast, and he was carted off the field. The Browns lost the heart of their offensive line, an incredible worker, a leader who leads by example and arguably the best in the game at his position. Alex Mack’s injury...
Via Buckeye State Sports
October 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Injury losses cause shuffling, additions

Down a starter on each side of the ball for the season after Sunday's win over the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Cleveland Browns have some retooling to do. With Alex Mack out -- he'll have surgery this week; the Browns still hold out some hope he could return late in the season -- one of the NFL's best offensive lines loses a valuable and proven player. Before Mack broke his fibula in...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
October 13, 2014  |  Discuss

All eyes on Greco, McQuistan

BEREA, Ohio-- When iron man Alex Mack went down with a fractured fibula, the Browns offense didn't panic. The Browns were moving the ball and rather than let the momentum come to a halt, John Greco slid over from right guard to center and the offense didn't miss a beat. "It was next man up," Mike Pettine said. "I thought John Greco stepped in and did a great job and Paul McQuistan...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
October 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Cleveland Browns Week 6 Winners and Losers

Having spent a bunch of time with some extended family in the days leading up to Sunday afternoon, I received a slew of small talk inquiries—”So, whatcha think?” they would ask, the context being universally understood. Did I think the Cleveland Browns had a chance in their impending game against the Pittsburgh Steelers? Call me pessimistic, but I didn’t quite understand...
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October 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Browns postgame notebook: Making up for Mack and more

CLEVELAND -- After Browns center Alex Mack went down with 6:57 to play in the second quarter, John Greco moved from right guard to center and Paul McQuistan went to right guard. Mack had played all 5,279 snaps of his career until he was injured. The Browns were leading 14-3 at the time and finished the 85-yard drive with an 8-yard touchdown run by Ben Tate. With Mack likely done...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
October 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Browns C Mack exits game with leg injury

CLEVELAND -- Cleveland Browns center Alex Mack was carted off the field after being injured in the second quarter of Sunday's game vs. the Pittsburgh Steelers. Mack had never missed a snap in his six-year career before what the team called a lower left leg injury, having played 5,263 consecutive snaps coming into the game. He was carted off with 6:43 to go in the first half. Almost...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
October 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Browns offensive line has brains, brawn

BEREA, Ohio (AP) The Brown's offensive linemen don't wear dorky glasses taped in the middle or pocket protectors. They do protect the pocket, though. Cleveland's line, a collection of five book-smart, weight-trained athletes anchored by a Pro Bowl center who graduated from California-Berkeley and keeps ''The Thinker's Thesaurus'' handy for reference in his locker, has paved the...
Via AP on Fox
October 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Cleveland Browns: Stocks Rising

The first quarter of the NFL season is behind us so it’s a natural point to stop and take a look at the Cleveland Browns and see Ray Farmer and Mike Pettine’s portfolio of players to see whose stock is rising and whose is falling. We’ll start with the guys you can send your buddies texts, emails, and gifs saying “I told you so”, for you were the one standing on the...
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October 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Cleveland Browns: Rookie Preseason Grades

Looking at the Cleveland Browns 2014 NFL Draft in May, it appeared the team finally got it right. Year after year, the team has added different pieces of the puzzle and to no avail, the franchise could not muster a winning record.Good thing the city of Cleveland is used to this and takes pride in supporting this lovable losing team.With the top rated cornerback and one of the top...
Via Football Nation
September 01, 2014  |  Discuss

NFL Notes: Bears, Browns, Chiefs, Eagles, Falcons, Jaguars, & Redskins

  Bears HC Marc Trestman said he would like WR Santonio Holmes to play on Friday, but they have yet to make a final decision. (Jeff Dickerson) Browns HC Mike Pettine told reporters that DE Desmond Bryant underwent wrist surgery and is unsure if he’ll be ready for opener. (Mary Kay Cabot) HC Mike Pettine announced that John Greco will be the team’s starting right...
Via NFL Trade Rumors
August 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Browns release first depth chart

With the Browns first preseason game coming up on Saturday, the team released their first depth chart. This is only the first one and so a lot can change before the Browns start the regular season. Here are a couple highlights of the Browns depth chart: -Brian Hoyer is the first quarterback listed with Johnny Manziel as the second string quarterback -Josh Gordon and Miles Austin...
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August 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Cleveland Browns Position Preview: Offensive Line

The Cleveland Browns are set to begin a 2014 season pegged with excitement and a restored sense of hope surrounding the franchise. The Browns have employed a new sense of toughness and attitude behind head coach Mike Pettine. Will the new changes finally bring winning ways, or will this season fall in line with the continuing disappointment in recent years? There is only one way...
Via Cleveland Sports Chat
July 30, 2014  |  Discuss
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