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Madden cover featuring Browns RB Peyton Hillis is unveiled

By Nate Ulrich Published: May 31, 2011

The cover of the Madden NFL 12 video game has been revealed. Browns running back Peyton Hillis won an online vote among fans to become the cover athlete.

Here's the cover that EA Sports posted on its website today:

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Browns players planning to return to Texas for third edition of 'Camp Colt'

By Nate Ulrich Published: May 27, 2011

A third set of players-only workouts organized by Browns quarterback Colt McCoy will soon be held at the University of Texas in Austin, tight end Evan Moore confirmed today.

Wide receiver Josh Cribbs told Cleveland.com that the workouts are set to take place June 9-11. Moore indicated they'll occur in the near future, but the dates are still tentative at this point.

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Analyzing Browns President Mike Holmgren's recent comments about QB Colt McCoy

By Nate Ulrich Published: May 25, 2011

During a flurry of interviews leading up to the Super Bowl in early February, Colt McCoy said the Browns' brass told him he will enter training camp as the team's starting quarterback. Since then, President Mike Holmgren, General Manager Tom Heckert and coach Pat Shurmur have expressed their commitment to McCoy and their faith in his abilities.

So that's why some comments Holmgren made earlier this week at the NFL Spring Meeting in Indianapolis generated a headline -- "Holmgren: Browns QB competition is open, with McCoy in mix" -- on NFL.com. Here's how Holmgren, pictured right watching McCoy, broke down the Browns' quarterback situation in a conversation with NFL Network's Albert Breer:

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Browns LB Scott Fujita says he arranged to obtain coaching materials while NFL's lockout was briefly lifted, hopes to spread information to defensive teammates

By Nate Ulrich Published: May 25, 2011

Browns linebacker Scott Fujita discussed several issues during an interview today on "Pro Football Talk Live." Most of Fujita's chat with host Mike Florio was about the nuts and bolts of the labor dispute between the NFL owners and the players. But Fujita, a member of the NFL Players Association's executive committee before the union decertified, also revealed that he made arrangements to obtain coaching materials while the league's lockout was briefly lifted, and he plans to help some of his teammates become informed about defensive coordinator Dick Jauron's 4-3 scheme. Here are some of the highlights from the interview with Fujita:

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Josh Cribbs: NFL's lockout hurting Browns, but players-only workouts are 'really beneficial'

By Nate Ulrich Published: May 19, 2011

In an interview today on ESPN's "First Take," Browns wide receiver/return man Josh Cribbs said the NFL's lockout is hurting the Browns because they haven't been able to install their new offensive and defensive systems under the guidance of the team's new coaching staff.

In a normal offseason, the Browns would be allowed to hold an extra minicamp because they have a new head coach, Pat Shurmur. The league's first work stoppage since 1987, though,  has obviously interfered with Shurmur's transition.

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Browns WR Carlton Mitchell doesn't want to be 'left behind' when NFL's lockout ends

By Nate Ulrich Published: May 18, 2011

Browns wide receiver Carlton Mitchell discussed the NFL's lockout today in a radio interview with the "Prime Time" show on ESPN Tampa Bay (1040-AM). Mitchell, a second-year professional out of the University of South Florida, said he has been training and participating in players-only workouts, which have been organized by quarterback Colt McCoy, because he doesn't want to be "left behind" when the lockout ends. Mitchell also said the lockout has put the Browns at a disadvantage because they have a new coaching staff and are converting to new systems, the West Coast offense and the 4-3 defense. Here are some of the highlights from the interview with Mitchell:

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Browns fire former director of player development, wide receivers coach Jerry Butler

By Nate Ulrich Published: May 17, 2011

The Browns have fired Jerry Butler, who served as their director of player development for the past 10 years and their wide receivers coach from 1999-2000, a team spokesman confirmed this afternoon.

The firing of Butler, though, was not related to the NFL's lockout, and the Browns will fill the position, said Neal Gulkis, vice president of media relations.

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Links to Browns coverage: May 17, 2011

By Nate Ulrich Published: May 17, 2011

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Highlights from Browns coach Pat Shurmur's first public appearance in Akron (with video)

By Nate Ulrich Published: May 17, 2011

Browns coach Pat Shurmur made his first public appearance in Akron on Monday night, when he spoke during the Akron Browns Backers banquet at Tangier restaurant.

Before he made his speech and took questions from the audience, Shurmur met with reporters. Here is a transcript of Shurmur's conversation with reporters:

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Links to Browns coverage: May 15, 2011

By Nate Ulrich Published: May 15, 2011

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"Camp Colt" makes first stop in Northeast Ohio

By Nate Ulrich Published: May 11, 2011

Despite the NFL's lockout, some Browns players are engaging in football activities in Berea.

But they're not at the Browns' headquarters. They're right around the corner at Baldwin-Wallace College.

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Links to Browns coverage: May 10, 2011

By Nate Ulrich Published: May 10, 2011

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Browns coach Pat Shurmur says recent deal with Atlanta Falcons was 'probably one of the greatest trades in draft history'

By Nate Ulrich Published: May 9, 2011

Browns coach Pat Shurmur spoke to the Pro Football Hall of Fame Luncheon Club this afternoon at Tozzi’s on 12th restaurant in Canton. Shurmur gave an opening statement and then answered questions from a crowd of about 320 for nearly a half-hour. Afterward, he met with reporters for about five minutes. Here are some of the highlights from his appearance:

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Links to Browns coverage: May 9, 2011

By Nate Ulrich Published: May 9, 2011

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Links to Browns coverage: May 8, 2011

By Nate Ulrich Published: May 8, 2011

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Links to Browns coverage: May 7, 2011

By Nate Ulrich Published: May 7, 2011

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Pat Shurmur to speak at Akron Browns Backers banquet

By Nate Ulrich Published: May 6, 2011

New Browns coach Pat Shurmur will be the featured speaker at the 31st annual Akron Browns Backers banquet May 16 at the Tangier restaurant in Akron.

Among the Browns alumni attending will be Tom Cousineau, Dick Ambrose, Brian Brennan, Don Cockroft, Bob Gain, Tom Goosby, Jim Houston, Ernie Kellerman, Frank Stams and Richard Mostardi. Former Green Bay Packers and Washington Redskins player Dave Robinson also will attend.

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Links to Browns coverage: May 6, 2011

By Nate Ulrich Published: May 6, 2011

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Links to Browns coverage: May 5, 2011

By Nate Ulrich Published: May 5, 2011

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Links to Browns coverage: May 4, 2011

By Nate Ulrich Published: May 4, 2011

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Browns President Mike Holmgren reviews the 2011 NFL Draft

By Nate Ulrich Published: May 4, 2011

Browns President Mike Holmgren reviewed the 2011 NFL Draft during a radio interview Monday with KJR (950-AM) in Seattle. Here are some of the highlights, as transcribed by SportsRadioInterviews.com:

On the movement on draft night:

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Links to Browns coverage: May 3, 2011

By Nate Ulrich Published: May 3, 2011

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NFL Draft 2011: Browns receive B+ from ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr.

By Nate Ulrich Published: May 2, 2011

ESPN analyst Mel Kiper Jr. released his grades for the NFL Draft Sunday and discussed them this morning during a conference call. Kiper gave the Browns a B for filling needs, an A- for getting value out of their picks and an overall draft grade of B+.

"I think every one of these players makes their team," Kiper said of the Browns' eight draft picks. "I could see five starters out of this group very easily, and every one of them will be contributors. I could easily see in a couple years five of these kids being in the starting lineup."

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Links to Browns coverage: May 2, 2011

By Nate Ulrich Published: May 2, 2011

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Links to Browns coverage: May 1, 2011 (NFL Draft edition)

By Nate Ulrich Published: May 1, 2011

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NFL Draft 2011: Transcript from press conference with President Mike Holmgren, Browns GM Tom Heckert and coach Pat Shurmur

By Nate Ulrich Published: May 1, 2011

Browns President Mike Holmgren, General Manager Tom Heckert and coach Pat Shurmur met with reporters Saturday to discuss the 2011 NFL Draft. Here is a transcript from the press conference:

Browns President Mike Holmgren, General Manager Tom Heckert and coach Pat Shurmur  press conference 4-30-11

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Poll: What grade do the Browns deserve for the 2011 NFL Draft?

By Nate Ulrich Published: May 1, 2011

The Browns made three trades and selected eight players, four on offense and four on defense, in the 2011 NFL Draft. They entered this year's draft with eight picks, and, although they maneuvered quite a bit, they ended up selecting eight players. But remember, the Browns also added two picks for the 2012 Draft, the Atlanta Falcons' first- and four-round selections.

Plus, they selected the following players: Baylor defensive tackle Phil Taylor (first round, No. 21); Pittsburgh defensive end Jabaal Sheard (second round, No. 37); North Carolina wide receiver Greg Little (second round, No. 59); Southern California tight end Jordan Cameron (fourth round, No. 102); Stanford fullback Owen Marecic (fourth round, No. 124); Tennessee-Chattanooga cornerback Buster Skrine (fifth round, No. 137); Pittsburgh offensive lineman Jason Pinkston (fifth round, No. 150); and Nebraska defensive back Eric Hagg (seventh round, No. 248).

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