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Browns to hold intrasquad scrimmage in Columbus on Aug. 7

By Nate Ulrich Published: May 28, 2015

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The Browns will hold an intrasquad scrimmage during training camp Aug. 7 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus. The team made the announcement Thursday morning in the news release shown below.

BEREA, Ohio -- The Cleveland Browns on Thursday announced the team will host the “Orange & Brown Scrimmage” at Ohio Stadium in Columbus on Friday, Aug. 7. The late afternoon intrasquad scrimmage at The Horseshoe will be free to fans and will feature a competitive format, updating the recent open practice structure of the franchise’s annual Family Day/Family Night.

“The intrasquad scrimmage is an important element of our preparation for the 2015 season,” said Head Coach Mike Pettine. “Ohio Stadium will provide a great atmosphere for our team to compete, and I’m confident our players and fans will enjoy the experience.”

It is the second time in as many years that the team’s highest-attended training camp event has extended outside of Cleveland, allowing fans from across the state to experience live Browns competition. Last year’s showcase attracted 20,673 fans to InfoCision Stadium in Akron, marking back-to-back years the event’s attendance surpassed 20,000.

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Browns Pro Bowl free safety Tashaun Gipson is 67th on NFL Network's top-100 list

By Nate Ulrich Published: May 27, 2015

Browns free safety Tashaun Gipson is listed 67th on NFL Network’s The Top 100 Players of 2015. Gipson's place on the top-100 list was revealed Wednesday night when players ranked 61-70 were unveiled.

The list is determined solely by the votes of current NFL players, according to the network.

Gipson, 24, is on the list for the first time in his career after making the Pro Bowl for the first time last season, when he finished second in the NFL with six interceptions despite missing the final five games with a sprained knee.

So far this year, Gipson has boycotted voluntary offseason workouts and spring practices with the Browns. He has yet to sign the second-round tender the team placed on him as a restricted free agent in March because he wants a long-term deal instead.

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Browns OTAs: Here's what coach Mike Pettine is saying about the team

By Nate Ulrich Published: May 26, 2015

Browns coach Mike Pettine met with reporters Tuesday after the first practice of organized team activities. Below is a transcript provided by the team.

On how the first day of OTAs went: “I think it’s a typical first day, some sloppiness. There are rookies integrating with the vets, just kind of learning how to practice. Then, the one thing that from a scheme standpoint, we’ve put a lot in both sides of the ball and we’re going to do some things to test each other and some of it tests ourselves – guys getting lined up. It was, like I said, a typical first day – a lot of good teaching moments on tape. The key is that we can go in and get it graded and go through it with them and the mistakes are getting corrected and not repeated.”

On the players that weren’t at practice, specifically RB Duke Johnson and if his absence was excused: “Travel issues, we had a couple guys. (LB) Craig Robertson was down in Houston, got caught in the flash flooding there. We had some guys with…Some of the injury guys didn’t…I don’t think (DB) Ifo (Ekpre-Olomu)…I don’t think we’ll see much of him. He’ll stay inside. The injured guys, (OL) Nick McDonald is not practicing. (WR) Vince (Mayle) is still recovering from his thumb. He likely won’t take any reps in the spring…(TE Randall) Telfer with the foot, as we know. (OL) Karim Barton should be ready for camp. He’ll be able to do just walkthrough stuff now. (DL) Armonty (Bryant) is doing just individual stuff now. He can do the walkthroughs. (OL) Alex (Mack) is ready to go. I’m sure he’ll tell you that, but that’s just something where we just want to probably be a lot more conservative with it. He’ll be able to do anything where there’s no risk of a collision or getting tripped up. (LB Barkevious) Mingo can do some individual walkthrough stuff. We had him in a red shirt. I think he did some of the 7-on-7 work. (DL) Phil (Taylor), gradual progression with him – he’s on pace to be good to go for camp. (DL) Jamie Meder has got a hamstring, should be able to get him up to speed pretty quickly.”

On how much DL Danny Shelton has missed by not being at practice because of finishing school at Washington: “There’s just no substitute for being in the meetings and being around your teammates and just kind of learning the ropes of the NFL early on. You just can’t substitute that. I wouldn’t say it’s going to put him behind tremendously. He’ll have access to all the stuff that we’re doing, from a playbook standpoint. It’s one of those rules. It’s tough, those guys that are really at a disadvantage that are at those quarter-system schools.”

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Browns announce signing of rookies Vince Mayle and Hayes Pullard

By Dan Kadar Published: May 18, 2015

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The Cleveland Browns announced the signing of rookies Vince Mayle and Hayes Pullard on Monday.

The team has now signed 10 of its 12 draft picks. Only third-round pick Duke Johnson and fourth-round pick Ibraheim Campbell remain unsigned.

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Browns choose not to renew contract of personnel associate Jon Sandusky

By Nate Ulrich Published: May 18, 2015

The Browns have parted ways with player personnel associate Jon Sandusky, a person familiar with the situation confirmed Monday.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team didn't formally announce the move.

Sandusky's contract recently expired, and the Browns decided not to renew it.

The former right-hand man of ex-Browns General Manager Tom Heckert, Sandusky spent five seasons with the organization, including the first four as director of player personnel. Browns GM Ray Farmer demoted Sandusky in June 2014, when he hired Morocco Brown as vice president of player personnel.

Before joining the Browns in 2010, Sandusky spent nine seasons working in the personnel department of the Philadelphia Eagles.

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Browns sign first-round draft picks Danny Shelton, Cameron Erving

By Nate Ulrich Published: May 15, 2015

The Browns signed both of their first-round picks from the recent NFL Draft -- nose tackle Danny Shelton and offensive lineman Cameron Erving -- on Friday, the team announced.

The four-year contracts include a team option for a fifth season. Financial terms were not immediately disclosed.

The Browns picked Shelton 12th overall and Erving 19th overall on April 30.

The Browns have now signed eight of their league-high 12 picks in this year's draft, including outside linebacker Nate Orchard (second round), defensive end Xavier Cooper (third round), cornerback Charles Gaines (sixth round), fullback Malcolm Johnson (sixth round), tight end Randall Telfer (sixth round) and cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu (seventh round).

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Mike Patrick joins Solomon Wilcots to call Browns preseason games

By Ohio.com staff Published: May 15, 2015

Former Sunday Night Football play-by-play caller Mike Patrick will team up with Solomon Wilcots to call the Browns preseason games on WEWS NewsChannel 5. 

The team announced the addition Friday. Read the full news release below: 

BEREA, Ohio: Mike Patrick’s memories of the Browns start with Jim Brown and Bobby Mitchell, and he was in the broadcast booth for the team’s official return in 1999.

His connection to the franchise will continue in 2015 when he teams with Solomon Wilcots to call three of Cleveland’s preseason games on WEWS NewsChannel 5. ESPN will broadcast the Browns’ Aug. 20 game against Buffalo at FirstEnergy Stadium.

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