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Texans leftovers

By Marla Ridenour Published: November 26, 2007

Leftovers from the Browns' 27-17 victory over Houston:


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Draft lovers' delight

By Marla Ridenour Published: November 23, 2007

Browns fans who were thrilled the team used the third overall pick on Wisconsin left tackle Joe Thomas should have a better idea of how the rookie is coming along after Sunday's home game against Houston. Thomas will line up against Mario Williams, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2006 draft.

Browns coach Romeo Crennel seemed confident about how Thomas will fare.

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Don't call us an expansion team

By Marla Ridenour Published: November 22, 2007

There is much talk surrounding Sunday's Browns-Texans game about the expansion teams' bid for the playoffs. Cleveland (6-4) has been to the post-season just once since the franchise returned in 1999, that after the 2002 season. Houston (5-5), now in its fifth season, has never finished better than 7-9.

But Browns tight end Kellen Winslow would have none of that storyline.

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Living on the edge

By Marla Ridenour Published: November 18, 2007

Having games come down to Phil Dawson kicks for three consecutive weeks is taking its toll on Cleveland quarterback Derek Anderson.

''I'm lost right now,'' Anderson said after the 33-30 overtime victory at Baltimore. ''There's way too much to think about. I'm excited for everybody we won it.''

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A return for the ages

By Marla Ridenour Published: November 15, 2007

The Browns are still buzzing about Joshua Cribbs' kickoff returns of 100 and 90 yards at Pittsburgh, which led to 14 points in a 31-28 loss.¶

''I'm happy for him. He came a long ways,'' said Browns defensive back and special teamer Mike Adams. He was speaking more in reference to Cribbs being an undrafted free agent quarterback from Kent State than the distance Cribbs has covered on the field.¶

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Is chemistry the reason?

By Marla Ridenour Published: November 9, 2007

Cleveland has tangible reasons for its three-game winning streak and a 5-3 record going into Sunday's game at Pittsburgh. They include the outstanding play of quarterback Derek Anderson, the upgrade of the offensive line with Joe Thomas and Eric Steinbach, the maturity of receiver Braylon Edwards and tight end Kellen Winslow and the running threat Jamal Lewis provides.

But there also may be some intangibles at work.

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Happy days for Jamal

By Marla Ridenour Published: November 8, 2007

Browns running back Jamal Lewis may be playing on a one-year contract and sharing snaps with Jason Wright and Jerome Harrison, but he couldn't seem more upbeat.

Part of the reason has to be his relief to be out of Baltimore. His old team was drubbed 38-7 by Pittsburgh on Monday night to fall to 4-4. Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis has drawn headlines for his criticism of coach Brian Billick's offense, but Jamal Lewis has been saying the same things since he arrived in Cleveland. (Ray Lewis also made similar remarks on a conference call with Ohio media before the Sept. 30 game.)

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Mr. Third Down

By Marla Ridenour Published: November 2, 2007

Browns 10-year veteran receiver Joe Jurevicius doesn't seem to care if he's angering opponents. Making big catches on third down is his trademark and he usually responds by emphatically signalling first down after he gets up.

He said he's been making the signal, ''Probably since I started playing football. Sometimes it gets the crowd going and sometimes it gets the offense going. There's a time and a place to use it and if I feel it's applicable, I'm going to use it.''

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Sticking with the sixth-rounder?

By Marla Ridenour Published: November 1, 2007

Seattle coach Mike Holmgren used to like to pick quarterbacks in the sixth round while he was in Green Bay, with Matt Hasselbeck and Mark Brunell being examples. But even Holmgren isn't sure what he would do if he were in Cleveland coach Romeo Crennel's shoes and was watching sixth-rounder Derek Anderson succeed while first-round draft pick Brady Quinn sat on the bench.

''If you commit to them and you think you have gotten the right guy, they can absolutely come in and play,'' Holmgren said of sixth-rounders. ''But it's been my experience that when a team goes and drafts a quarterback number one, when we traded our pick in Green Bay to get Brett Favre in his second year when he was with Atlanta, what you’re saying is this guy is going to be your quarterback. You don’t draft a guy number one and pay him all that money. Everyone knows that.

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