Tampa Bay Bucs work out LB L.J. Fort

Today the Tampa Bay Bucanneers worked out former Cleveland Browns linebacker L.J. Fort. Fort was the nations tackle leader his senior year at Northern Iowa. Fort is a solid player, who started for the Browns last year, before getting released earlier this year during roster cut downs.
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September 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Starting a new era. Again.

New Browns head coach Rod Chudzinski has a chance to do something that no Browns coach has done since 1999: begin his tenure with a win. Since their return, I knew the Browns were bad on opening day but wasn’t quite aware that they were 1-13. One and thirteen. What’s even more remarkable, since 1999, the Browns have opened all but one season (2010) in the friendly confines for...
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September 08, 2013  |  Discuss

Browns release RB Brandon Jackson, overhaul roster

The Browns continued overhauling their 53-man roster, terminating the contracts of running back Brandon Jackson and Kellen Davis. The team also claimed six players off waivers Sunday while waiving linebacker L.J. Fort, offensive lineman Caylin Hauptmann, offensive lineman Jarrod Shaw and fullback Brad Smelley. Cleveland's roster is in flux one week before the season opener...
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September 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Browns Waive Hauptmann, Shaw, Smelley To Get Down to 53

With the six waiver claims from earlier today, the Browns needed to add three more names to the list of released players in tight end Kellen Davis, running back Brandon Jackson, and linebacker L.J. Fort. They came in the form of offensive linemen Jarrod Shaw and Caylin Hauptmann and tight end/back Brad Smelley. Shaw was signed as an undrafted free agent out of Tennessee in 2011 and...
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September 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Cabot: Browns claim center Lewis, linebacker Magee, Waive L.J. Fort, Brandon Jackson

The Browns are unbelievably busy today. Craig already covered the pair of running backs in Bob Rainey and Dennis Johnson being claimed from the Ravens and Texans respectively. Mary Kay Cabot of The Plain Dealer also adds that the Browns claimed rookie center Patrick Lewis off waivers from Green Bay and have claimed up to three more players that they have yet to announce. Until we...
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September 01, 2013  |  Discuss

NFL Preseason: Cleveland Browns 18, Chicago Bears 16

Spencer Lanning. Who would have thought that Lanning would be the hero of the fourth preseason game? Coming into camp, Lanning was competing with T.J. Conley for the punting  job. After Conley was cut, it appeared that Lanning had won the job. This week the Browns claimed punter Colton Schmidt. The advantage Schmidt has on Lanning is that he can kick-off. Supposedly booming kick...
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August 29, 2013  |  Discuss

Mingo’s injury puts spotlight on McFadden

Last season the Browns started several players that were drafted in 2012. They included Trent Richardson, Brandon Weeden and Mitchell Schwartz, plus spot starts or significant contributions from Billy Winn, John Hughes, James Michael-Johnson and Travis Benjamin. In addition, undrafted free agents Craig Robertson, L.J. Fort, Tashaun Gipson, Josh Cooper and Johnson Bademosi all were...
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August 27, 2013  |  Discuss

A Cleveland fan’s attempt to not read too much into Shamarko Thomas

As the Pittsburgh Steelers were bumbling and stumbling through their preseason contest against the Washington Redskins, yanking down pass rushers and throwing interceptions to men roughly two feet away 1 , there was undoubtedly a silver lining in the Black and Yellow’s black and blue. Rookie strong safety Shamarko Thomas was everywhere, harnessing his inner Samoan, leading the...
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August 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Cameron has golden opportunity for Browns

BEREA, Ohio -- The duo of Rob Chudzinski and Norv Turner are known for using the tight end significantly in their style of offense. They are also known for turning out some pretty good tight ends, too. That's why at least on the surface it appeared the Cleveland Browns' respective head coach and offensive coordinator were taking a big risk when they did not retain or adding...
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August 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Browns vs Rams: What I’m watching

The preseason opens tonight for the Cleveland Browns. Will they be a different team in 2013? These are the things I’ll be watching for… When the starters are in: 1) Can the offense and specifically Brandon Weeden find a rhythm and move the ball? Weeden has been a bit inconsistent in training camp. We know that the Browns aren’t going to open up the playbook a whole lot, as...
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August 08, 2013  |  Discuss

Training camp news and notes: first day of full contact

D’Qwell Jackson breaks up a pass in a red zone drill With practice moved inside yesterday due to weather, the Browns held their first full contact practice on Sunday afternoon in front of a record crowd in Berea. The Browns announced that 4,466 fans came through the gates. They were certainly the loudest group since training camp opened. Even though the players said they were excited...
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July 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Browns training camp preview: Linebacker

The Browns officially kick off their first training camp under Rob Chudzinski and staff on Thursday July 25. We will break down each position in the weeks leading up to the start of camp with the players currently on the roster. We will now take a look at the linebackers. The Browns biggest makeover on the defensive side of the ball was at linebacker. The Browns are switching from...
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July 18, 2013  |  Discuss

NFL Rumors: James Michael Johnson not in Browns’ plans

In Terry Pluto’s latest column he writes that the Browns will most likely part ways with linebacker James Michael Johnson. Johnson missed six games due to injury in 2012, but was highly regarded by the previous regime, playing in 45 percent of snaps when healthy. With 2012 undrafted free agent Craig Robertson looking like the starter along side D’Quell Jackson at inside linebacker...
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June 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Draft Zone Spotlight: Tim Sauer, OT, University of Northern Iowa

Draft Zone Spotlight: Tim Sauer, OT, University of Northern Iowa Northern Iowa is famous for putting hogs into the NFL.  Tim Sauer is the next big hog that could make the NFL.  Last year, no one was talking about L.J. Fort and he ended starting week one for the Cleveland Browns. Sauer is by far one of the biggest men I have watched on film, at 6’8, 304 pounds, he led the UNI...
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February 26, 2013  |  Discuss

A new coaching staff could mean a change to a 3-4 defense. Are the Browns ready for that?

While Joe Banner and Jimmy Haslam conduct interviews in Arizona for a new head coach, the one person I’ve been interested to hear from or about is defensive coordinator Dick Jaruon. On Monday, Banner and Haslam made it clear that all coaches were free to interview elsewhere if they wished and that they could be brought back if the new coach wanted them. What we really don’t know...
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January 04, 2013  |  1 Comment

James-Michael Johnson was placed on Injured Reserve for the Browns

Browns placed LB James-Michael Johnson (knee) on injured reserve, ending his season. The rookie fourth-rounder will not need surgery on the knee. Johnson started eight of 10 games this season, recording 36 tackles while playing primarily on early downs. With Scott Fujita’s Cleveland career likely over and Chris Gocong’s (Achilles) future in question, Johnson is a good bet to...
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December 19, 2012  |  Discuss

L.J. Fort could start his second game of the season for the Browns

Sunday mike linebacker D’Qwell Jackson suffered a concussion when trying to make a tackle. Because of the concussion, he did not practice Wednesday. That opened the door for rookie L.J. Fort who had an amazing first game against the Eagles where Fort had several tackles, an interception and a sack. Fort did a great job in coverage and if he could have held onto the pass from Vick...
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October 11, 2012  |  Discuss

Cleveland ’95: Time Doesn’t Heal All Wounds

Of course. But maybe. Louis CK, the Emmy-winning comedian who is arguably the best 1 at his craft, kicked off his nationwide tour on Wednesday night, doing so in the city of Cleveland, or as he refers to as “kind-of-big-guy Cleveland.” In typical CK fashion, he weaved between his act and whimsical tangents with no race, illness or creed left unturned. Ending his show, CK used...
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October 04, 2012  |  Discuss

LB Craig Robertson is making a name for himself in Cleveland

Craig Robertson was an undrafted free agent out of the University of North Texas who made his first presence last year for the Browns. Robertson has done an amazing job for the Cleveland Browns defense.  Robertson who ended the season last year on the Browns practice squad, was signed to a reserve/futures contract in 2012. Let me tell you, this is how you make someone notice...
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September 28, 2012  |  Discuss

WFNY Podcast – 2012-09-21 – Craig and Rick Preview Browns vs Bills

Two podcasts in one week? Why not! This time Rick and I talked about the Browns, specifically the matchup this week with the Bills. Two inconsistent teams on a collision course at CBS on Lake Erie! (I feel like a hype man now. Mitchell Schwartz vs. Mario Williams Young Browns secondary bounce back? Will Browns stack against Spiller? Which Brandon Weeden will show up? Scott Fujita...
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September 21, 2012  |  Discuss

Browns aim to slow down Spiller

BEREAWhen the season started, Fred Jackson was at the top of the depth chart for the Bills. However, as happens so often in the NFL, when a player goes down with injury another player explodes on the scene. That is the case with running back C.J. Spiller, who took over when Jackson hurt his knee in the season opener after just six carries. Jackson is not expected to play this week...
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September 20, 2012  |  Discuss

While We’re Waiting… Looking for the Next Big Thing

While We’re Waiting serves as the early morning gathering of WFNY-esque information for your viewing pleasure. Have something you think we should see? Send it to our tips email at tips@waitingfornextyear.com. “Why you should buy: After a forgettable 2011 season, in which the Buckeyes finished 6-7 after coach Jim Tressel resigned in the spring, Meyer is already transforming the...
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September 18, 2012  |  Discuss

Browns-Bengals: Five key match-ups

Five key matchups to watch in Sunday's Browns-Bengals game... Trent Richardson vs. Rey Maualuga When the Bengals middle linebacker said he saw "nothing spectacular" from Richardson last week, no one should have batted an eye. He's right. Richardson missed the entire preseason recovering from knee surgery and ran 19 times for 39 yards last week with a long carry...
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September 13, 2012  |  Discuss

#32 Cleveland Browns Week 2 NFL Power Rankings

Yikes. 12 of 35 for 118 yards and 4 interceptions. That is one of the worst quarterback performances I’ve ever seen. It’s pretty clear, Weeden, despite his age, is not a nearly finished product. It wasn’t all his fault; his supporting cast sucks. He’ll also probably improve as the season goes on, but this offense is incredibly young and will have many growing pains, to say...
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September 11, 2012  |  Discuss

NFL Rumors: Can the Philadelphia Eagles win with QB Michael Vick under center?

The Philadelphia Eagles are coming off of a very disappointing 2011 campaign and owner Jeffrey Lurie has already put the team on notice for the 2012 season. Head coach Andy Reid has been told through Lurie’s comments that the team must improve on last season’s performance as well as every member of the Eagle’s roster. The question remains however, can the Philadelphia Eagles...
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September 10, 2012  |  Discuss
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