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

By Nate Ulrich Published: June 2, 2015

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

On what kind of prospect 9-year-old Make-a-Wish participant Dylan Sutcliffe is: “It’s a special day for us. You can just see the type of guys that we have, the way they responded to him and even organization wide, just what we were able to put together for him this morning. The community relations department, I thought, was outstanding. It’s nice every once in a while to hit the reset button and just kind of puts it in perspective to see a young man who’s fighting a fight, how passionate he is about what we do. It’s hard to take it for granted when you meet a young man like Dylan.”

On the first day of OTAs being sloppy and if it’s getting better: “It is. I just think it’s a tough – it’s certainly not an even playing field, given where we are defensively. You’re working on base installations from an offensive standpoint, and you’re working deeper details from a defensive standpoint. It hasn’t been easy. We don’t want to slow down too much defensively, but at the same time, we also have to understand each other’s circumstances. I thought today was good. I thought the move-the-ball period was very competitive. The offense did a nice job driving at the end. This isn’t real football. It’s tough. Some of those run plays, we’re not playing flag football. The might have gone for a little bit more than what they did. I think the days are productive. I think we’re doing a good job of understanding how to practice, how to be good teammates and stay up and not put each other at risk because that’s difficult to do.”

On the defense getting their hands on the ball and if that is something he would expect given the imbalance between the offensive and defensive schemes: “That’s a good group. (DB) Tramon Williams just brings a wealth of experience. I think he understands what we’re trying to get done. He’s played in similar systems, and those guys are doing a good job. They put the time in during the meeting room. It carries over to the individual period, and then you always want to make sure that meeting and individual time translates into the team work, and it has. Those guys are doing a good job, and they’re certainly ahead of the curve.”

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Browns sign 9-year-old with rare genetic disorder to one-day contract through Make-A-Wish

By Nate Ulrich Published: June 2, 2015

The Cleveland Browns announced Tuesday they signed 9-year-old Dylan Sutcliffe to a one-day contract as a part of Make-A-Wish.

Sutcliffe, a Lyndhurst native, was diagnosed with ataxia telangiectasia, a rare genetic disorder. He will join the Browns for Tuesday’s practice after he told Make-A-Wish that his dream was to play football with Cleveland. 

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The Cleveland Browns on Tuesday signed 9-year old Dylan Sutcliffe to a one-day contract as the team celebrates the one-year anniversary of its First and Ten volunteering initiative this week. Sutcliffe, who was diagnosed with ataxia telangiectasia (A-T), joins the Browns for OTAs today after he told Make-A-Wish Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana that his dream was to play football with the Browns. General Manager Ray Farmer made the announcement.

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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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