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Here's what Browns coach Mike Pettine is saying on the eve of training camp

By Nate Ulrich Published: July 29, 2015

Browns coach Mike Pettine met with reporters Wednesday on the eve of training camp opening. Below is a transcript.

Opening statement: “Obviously, this is always an exciting day for us. It’s great to see the guys all back in the building. We’re excited about getting on the field tomorrow. For us, training camp signifies something, an opportunity to get back to get tunnel vision on football and continue the process of building and improving the team. That’s really going to be our theme this year is it’s concentrated football. With all the talk that surrounds it, whether that’s talk coming from us to external, the theme for this year is going to be ‘words into action’. A lot of stuff gets put out there and we put a lot of pressure on ourselves when we talk about it, but the theme this year is to have that continue on to the field. We have a lot of work to do and we have a plan for how we’re going to implement it and for how can hit our peak when we go down in September to play the Jets.

“Defensively, Very high standards. We talk about goals and objectives. The ‘potential’ word has been used a lot of how good we can be. I believe in our players, I believe in our scheme and believe in our coaches, but we need to put that work in to make sure that that potential turns into real results on the field. Obviously, our coaches and players understand that.

“Offensively, it’s about building an identity. I thought we did an outstanding job in the spring of teaching and implementing what we’re going to do. Talking to Flip (offensive coordinator John DeFilippo) and looking back through the installation, that’s well over 90 percent of what we’ll run in the fall was put in in the spring. The only thing that remains are a handful of new concepts and a lot of our special situations that we did not get a chance to practice in the spring, the goal line and the short guarded stuff, stuff you don’t want to practice when you don’t have pads on. I was very pleased with the progress we made, but the next step is to circle back and implement that installation in pads, real football as we like to say. I am very pleased with the plan and where we are, but I know that there is a lot of work to get done between now and the opener.

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Browns re-sign undrafted rookie defensive back Landon Feichter

By Nate Ulrich Published: July 29, 2015

The Browns re-signed undrafted rookie defensive back Landon Feichter on Wednesday.

The 5-foot-11, 201-pound Feichter originally signed with the Browns on May 11 after participating in the team’s rookie minicamp on a tryout basis. He was waived on June 22.

Feichter appeared in 45 games as a safety at Purdue University and tallied 234 career tackles, 10 interceptions and eight passes defensed. 

The Browns now have a maximum of 90 players on their roster.

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Browns coach Mike Pettine enters blunt-force-trauma mode when asked about expectations, job security

By Nate Ulrich Published: July 28, 2015

When the Browns hired Mike Pettine last year, he told reporters he's not known for biting his tongue.

Pettine explained his direct approach and sarcastic sense of humor had earned him the nickname "BFT -- Blunt Force Trauma" earlier during his coaching career.

The second-year head coach's demeanor made for some entertaining answers Monday when the subjects of expectations and job security were broached during a 38-minute interview with beat writers at team headquarters.

Here's the exchange:

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Podcast: What to watch for at Cleveland Browns training camp

By Dan Kadar Published: July 29, 2015

Akron Beacon Journal and Ohio.com sports reporter Nate Ulrich breaks down what to watch at Cleveland Browns training camp. Will rookie Cameron Erving find a starting position along the offensive line? Will Duke Johnson push second-year players Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West to start at running back? Could Danny Shelton be the team's new starting nose tackle? He talks that and much more – including how to temper expectations at quarterback – on this week's show.

MORE: Browns training camp information and schedule

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Browns coach Mike Pettine calls QB Josh McCown likely starter, says on same page with GM Ray Farmer

By Nate Ulrich Published: July 27, 2015

Click the following links for updated versions of this story: 1. Browns coach Mike Pettine breaks down QBs: Josh McCown likely starter, Johnny Manziel clear-cut No. 2, Terrelle Pryor potential emergency option. 2. Browns notebook: Coach Mike Pettine says speculation about power struggle with GM Ray Farmer is ‘completely inaccurate.’

Browns notebook: Coach Mike Pettine says speculation about power struggle with GM Ray Farmer is ‘completely inaccurate’

Browns coach Mike Pettine met with beat writers Monday at team headquarters in Berea and addressed several topics about the state of the team with training camp scheduled to open Thursday.

Pettine said veteran journeyman Josh McCown will likely be the starting quarterback for the Sept. 13 regular-season opener against the New York Jets, but the coach hasn't officially named a starter. He said Johnny Manziel is definitely second on the depth chart, but he also admitted there is a clear separation between McCown and Manziel, largely because of experience.

Pettine also rejected speculation about he and General Manager Ray Farmer engaging in a power struggle. He said no rift or tug of war exists and the two men "are singing out of the same hymnal on virtually every decision.

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Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel receives tutoring from former NFL coach Jon Gruden

By Nate Ulrich Published: July 24, 2015

Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel submitted himself to some schooling from former NFL coach Jon Gruden this week in Tampa, Fla., a source familiar with the situation told the Beacon Journal on Friday.

The source spoke on condition of anonymity because neither the Browns nor Manziel, the 22nd overall pick in last year’s draft, had publicly discussed the tutoring. WalterFootball.com’s senior draft analyst Charlie Campbell first reported the news.

Gruden, who guided the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a Super Bowl victory during the 2002 season, has been a huge fan of Manziel since they spent time together last year in front of ESPN cameras during the filming of Gruden’s QB Camp.

In a statement, ESPN spokesman Bill Hofheimer said, “Manziel’s camp reached out to Jon to see if he could assist for a couple of days. Jon takes great pride in helping the alums of his QB Camp. This isn’t the first time that one of the 43 quarterbacks he’s mentored has reached out to him.”

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Cleveland Browns release 2015 training camp schedule, 11 practices open to the public

By Ohio.com staff Published: July 6, 2015

The Cleveland Browns released their 2015 training camp schedule on Monday. Read the full release from the team below.

BEREA, Ohio -- The Cleveland Browns 2015 training camp, presented by Northeast Ohio Ford Dealers, will feature 11 free public practices at the team’s facility in Berea, beginning Thursday, July 30, as well as free access to the team’s Orange & Brown Scrimmage at Ohio Stadium in Columbus on Friday, Aug. 7, the club announced Monday.

All practices at the team’s Berea training facility are free to fans, who may register online and print a ticket for admission. Browns 2015 season ticket members will have an exclusive window to register for open practices from July 14-16 prior to public availability, which opens at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 17. For the second time in as many years, the Browns have implemented a training camp registration process to help maximize each fan’s experience at all open sessions, as well as to best accommodate guests who must make travel arrangements to attend training camp.

Browns fans may sign up to attend practice sessions by visiting www.ClevelandBrowns.com or the Browns Mobile App, which will also provide daily updates, including weather and additional information for each practice. Registration for the Cleveland Browns 2015 Orange & Brown Scrimmage is closed as all tickets have been distributed.

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Browns cornerback Joe Haden 23rd, left tackle Joe Thomas 25th on NFL Network's top-100 list

By Nate Ulrich Published: June 24, 2015

Browns cornerback Joe Haden is listed 23rd and Browns offensive left tackle Joe Thomas is 25th on NFL Network’s The Top 100 Players of 2015.

The list is determined solely by the votes of current NFL players, according to the network. Standouts ranked Nos. 21-30 were unveiled Wednesday night.

Haden, a two-time Pro Bowl selection, is the fourth-ranked cornerback on the list. Thomas, an eight-time Pro Bowler and five-time first-team All Pro, is the top-ranked offensive tackle.

Last year, Haden was 39th and Thomas 18th on the top-100 list.

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