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Hubbard wins out

By Marla Ridenour Published: August 30, 2008

In Saturday's final cuts, Browns general manager Phil Savage kept Paul Hubbard, a sixth-round pick from Wisconsin and a converted track star, over Travis Wilson and Steve Sanders.

Wilson was a third-round choice in 2006, Cleveland native Sanders spent 2007 on the practice squad and could land there again.

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Cleveland Browns - Roster Moves Announced

By admin Published: August 30, 2008

Here you go Browns fans.  A couple of minor surprises in the receivers they cut:

Waived

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Browns v. Lions: Fourth Quarter

By admin Published: August 23, 2008

You guys watched it; it wasn't pretty. I won't continue the pain here.

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Browns v. Lions - Third quarter

By admin Published: August 23, 2008

Romeo Crennel proved true to his word. While the third preseason game is the one where first teamers see the most action, Crennel said in a recent practice that he wouldn't be telling them when they were coming out of the game - primarily because he thought it mad them in a hurry to get in and get out.

Quinn, starting for Anderson, opened the third quarter and began to march the team down the field until stalling no a fourth-and-two play that resulted in an incompletion to running back Jerome Harrison that almost saw him throwing from his backside.

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Browns v. Lions - Second Quarter

By admin Published: August 23, 2008

Quinn's third possession doesn't bode any better.  Again three and out with ineffective blocks courtesy of the right side of the line leads to Quinn getting splattered to the turf on his tookes.

The Browns just succeeded in making Dan Orlvosky look Favre-esque twice on the Lions first possession of the second quarter.  And Kevin Smith brought back memories of Barry Sanders with a 35-yard touchdown run where no one really laid a finger on him.

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Browns v. Lions - First Quarter

By admin Published: August 23, 2008

First drive:  All of a sudden Jon Kitna looks like a junior Fran Tarkenton (for those of you under 40, look him up).  He completes two third and eights on the drive after scrambling away from pressure.  The good news is the Browns are getting pressure; the bad is that Kitna is evading it.  The run defense also looked good with Shaun Rodgers making a couple of stuffs. After it looks as if the Lions will march in for a score courtesy of those two scrambles, the Lions settle for a field goal.

It should be noted that the Browns are missing Brodney Pool and Sean Jones in the secondary.

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Dinkins on Upshaw

By Marla Ridenour Published: August 21, 2008

Browns player rep Darnell Dinkins on the passing of Gene Upshaw:

''Gene Upshaw led us, it's unfortunate to see him pass away. The main thing we need to focus on is backing his family. It was so unexpected.

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Cleveland Browns: Team Acquires Defensive Back

By admin Published: August 20, 2008

Obviously the Browns brain trust saw what most fans saw in two pre-season games - problems in the defensive backfield.

Today, they went out and did something about it.  They acquired defensive back Travis Daniels, 6-1, 195 lbs, from the Miami Dolphins for an undisclosed draft pick.  The Browns waived DB Mil'Von James.

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Crennel: '30-3, unbelievable'

By Marla Ridenour Published: August 19, 2008

Browns coach Romeo Crennel's post-game comments after a 37-34 loss Monday night to the New York Giants:

''We didn't play very good. They outcoached us, they outplayed us. We were in it for a second. We got too many penalties, penalties change field position, their team gets field position and they take advantage of it, particularly in that first quarter, which basically was the game. I think it was 30-3 or something like that, unbelieveable.

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Anderson hurt

By Marla Ridenour Published: August 18, 2008

Browns starting quarterback Derek Anderson was injured in the second quarter of Cleveland's preseason game against the New York Giants at Giants Stadium.

Anderson left with 13:17 to go in the second quarter and it was announced he was being evaluated for a possible concussion.

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Brown pants?

By Marla Ridenour Published: August 18, 2008

Cleveland debuted new brown pants Monday night against the New York Giants, not a spur-of-the-monent decision. But plenty must be tweaked if the Browns are going to wear them in the regular season.

Some players (including backup quarterback Brady Quinn, linebacker David McMillan and cornerback Eric Wright) wore white socks and had them pulled up nearly to their knees, a look too reminiscent of Jim Thome. Others had tall black (or very dark brown) socks, which blended in with the brown for a more svelte look. Some had a tiny line of white sock in between the brown and the black.

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Rogers sits out

By Marla Ridenour Published: August 18, 2008

Browns defensive lineman Shaun Rogers made the trip to New Jersey, but did not play against the Giants. Rogers was not in uniform when the team came out for warmups.

Acquired in an off-season trade with Detroit, the 6-foot-4, 350-pound Rogers missed three days of practice last week with a sore knee and other soreness. Crennel has a don't practice-don't play policy.

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Browns-Giants: A Quick Preview

By admin Published: August 18, 2008

In between shooting video trying to take notes Saturday, one thing was obvious about tonight's match-up against the Giants, the second quarter won't come soon enough.

Why?  Simply because there's little left to to decide when it comes to the season's starters.  Barring any type of injuries, the first team is set.  Yes, Browns fans, you should go ahead an pinch yourselves because you were actually able to read that.

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Traning Camp Update - Aug. 13 - More of Mighty Quinn

By admin Published: August 13, 2008

It's difficult to keep your eyes on a video camera screen and concentrate on play on the field when you're out at Cleveland Browns training camp, but one thing clear from Wednesday's practice is that Brady Quinn had another lackluster day.

The downside:  two passes blocked at the line and a fumbled snap.

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A.J. Davis steps up

By Marla Ridenour Published: August 12, 2008

After a tough night in the preseason opener against the New York Jets, first-year cornerback A.J. Davis turned it on in Tuesday's evening session.

The N.C. State product broke up a Ken Dorsey pass intended for Joshua Cribbs, then picked off a Brady Quinn throw intended for receiver Lance Leggett.

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What's up with Travis Wilson?

By Marla Ridenour Published: August 11, 2008

Saturday's injury to Braylon Edwards (needing stitches in his right foot when he was stepped on by Donte' Stallworth while jogging in socks) once again opens the door for Cleveland's young receiving corps.

The group had its first chance to shine when Stallworth missed the first few days of camp with a hamstring strain suffered while training at home. Now there's a possibility Edwards could have seen his last action in a preseason game. Coach Romeo Crennel is already on the record as saying his starters won't play in the finale Aug. 28 against Chicago. That leaves Monday's game at the New York Giants and Aug. 23 at Detroit. Crennel isn't likely to rush back a Pro Bowl player who already has developed chemistry with quarterback Derek Anderson, especially when Crennel must make sure Edwards' stitches are healed.

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Browns practice closed

By Marla Ridenour Published: August 10, 2008

The Browns' Sunday evening practice was moved indoors due to rain, which means it will be closed to the public. Monday's session is also closed. The next open practices are Tuesday, from 8:45-10:45 a.m. and 5:30-7:30 p.m. That will be the final two-a-day of training camp, which runs through Saturday, Aug. 16.

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Edwards needs stitches

By Marla Ridenour Published: August 10, 2008

Browns star Braylon Edwards spent Saturday night in the hospital after he was stepped on by fellow receiver Donte' Stallworth at the end of practice.

Edwards was running sprints without shoes when Stallworth ran up on the back of Edwards' right foot. Coach Romeo Crennel said the gash required stitches, so Edwards was kept in the hospital as a precaution.

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Jurevicius still in the building

By Marla Ridenour Published: August 5, 2008

Receiver Joe Jurevicius, who has had four knee surgeries since January, three for a staph infection, was seen driving away from the Browns' complex Tuesday. That seemed significant on two fronts. Some players rehabbing of late (most notably Kellen Winslow and LeCharles Bentley) have stayed away from Berea after being stricken with staph infections in the past. And while Jurevicius is likely to miss the first six weeks of the regular season, at least his knee is strong enough for him to drive his own car.

While I was away covering the Bridgestone Invitational last week, backup quarterback Brady Quinn appears to have regressed in practice. Even an outlet throw to his Mr. Reliable, running back Jerome Harrison, wasn't put in the proper area. Coming out of Notre Dame, Quinn was supposed to excel in the short- to medium-range area, and now he even makes that look difficult. Quinn's best throw Tuesday was when he hit Travis Wilson in stride with safety Nick Sorensen and cornerback A.J. Davis defending. Perhaps having everything geared toward starter Derek Anderson has demoralized Quinn. That will make Thursday's preseason opener more important for him. He may be one of those who looks better in games. Last year he threw 3 TD passes in preseason, while Derek Anderson and Charlie Frye had none between them.

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Training Camp Aug. 3 - What that Line is Doing & More QB Stuff

By admin Published: August 3, 2008

It's time that Cleveland's football fans deal with reality.

 Heck, I'll confess that it's time I deal with reality because I'm still lukewarm on Derek Anderson.  Listening to the fans at training camp chant:  ''Brady! Brady!'' makes me wonder what they're thinking.  Folks, Derek Anderson is your quarterback.  PERIOD.  STOP. IT. NOW.

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Training Camp - Family Night

By admin Published: August 1, 2008

Some good things on both side of the ball for Family Night.

 First up, the offense is starting to get into rhythm - that was at least the case Friday night.  It may be me but Jamal Lewis looks faster and more powerful.  He hit holes quickly, broke some arm tackles.  Now granted this wasn't full contact, but nonetheless he impressed.

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