Click the following links for updated versions of this story: 1. Browns coach Mike Pettine breaks down QBs: Josh McCown likely starter, Johnny Manziel clear-cut No. 2, Terrelle Pryor potential emergency option. 2. Browns notebook: Coach Mike Pettine says speculation about power struggle with GM Ray Farmer is ‘completely inaccurate.’
Browns notebook: Coach Mike Pettine says speculation about power struggle with GM Ray Farmer is ‘completely inaccurate’
Browns coach Mike Pettine met with beat writers Monday at team headquarters in Berea and addressed several topics about the state of the team with training camp scheduled to open Thursday.
Pettine said veteran journeyman Josh McCown will likely be the starting quarterback for the Sept. 13 regular-season opener against the New York Jets, but the coach hasn't officially named a starter. He said Johnny Manziel is definitely second on the depth chart, but he also admitted there is a clear separation between McCown and Manziel, largely because of experience.
Pettine also rejected speculation about he and General Manager Ray Farmer engaging in a power struggle. He said no rift or tug of war exists and the two men "are singing out of the same hymnal on virtually every decision.To read more or comment...
Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel submitted himself to some schooling from former NFL coach Jon Gruden this week in Tampa, Fla., a source familiar with the situation told the Beacon Journal on Friday.
The source spoke on condition of anonymity because neither the Browns nor Manziel, the 22nd overall pick in last year’s draft, had publicly discussed the tutoring. WalterFootball.com’s senior draft analyst Charlie Campbell first reported the news.
Gruden, who guided the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a Super Bowl victory during the 2002 season, has been a huge fan of Manziel since they spent time together last year in front of ESPN cameras during the filming of Gruden’s QB Camp.
In a statement, ESPN spokesman Bill Hofheimer said, “Manziel’s camp reached out to Jon to see if he could assist for a couple of days. Jon takes great pride in helping the alums of his QB Camp. This isn’t the first time that one of the 43 quarterbacks he’s mentored has reached out to him.”To read more or comment...
The Cleveland Browns released their 2015 training camp schedule on Monday. Read the full release from the team below.
BEREA, Ohio -- The Cleveland Browns 2015 training camp, presented by Northeast Ohio Ford Dealers, will feature 11 free public practices at the team’s facility in Berea, beginning Thursday, July 30, as well as free access to the team’s Orange & Brown Scrimmage at Ohio Stadium in Columbus on Friday, Aug. 7, the club announced Monday.
All practices at the team’s Berea training facility are free to fans, who may register online and print a ticket for admission. Browns 2015 season ticket members will have an exclusive window to register for open practices from July 14-16 prior to public availability, which opens at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 17. For the second time in as many years, the Browns have implemented a training camp registration process to help maximize each fan’s experience at all open sessions, as well as to best accommodate guests who must make travel arrangements to attend training camp.
Browns fans may sign up to attend practice sessions by visiting www.ClevelandBrowns.com or the Browns Mobile App, which will also provide daily updates, including weather and additional information for each practice. Registration for the Cleveland Browns 2015 Orange & Brown Scrimmage is closed as all tickets have been distributed.To read more or comment...
Browns cornerback Joe Haden is listed 23rd and Browns offensive left tackle Joe Thomas is 25th on NFL Network’s The Top 100 Players of 2015.
The list is determined solely by the votes of current NFL players, according to the network. Standouts ranked Nos. 21-30 were unveiled Wednesday night.
Haden, a two-time Pro Bowl selection, is the fourth-ranked cornerback on the list. Thomas, an eight-time Pro Bowler and five-time first-team All Pro, is the top-ranked offensive tackle.
Last year, Haden was 39th and Thomas 18th on the top-100 list.To read more or comment...
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The Browns are in favor of the Terrelle Pryor experiment.
Last week, Pryor's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, began informing NFL teams his client would switch from quarterback to wide receiver after being cut by the Cincinnati Bengals, ProFootballTalk.com reported.
Well, Pryor obviously piques the Browns' interest as a wide receiver. The franchise was awarded the former Ohio State standout off waivers Monday, a league source confirmed for the Beacon Journal. The source confirmed Pryor will be used as a receiver by the Browns, who have yet to announce the move.To read more or comment...
The Browns were awarded undrafted rookie wide receiver Shane Wynn off waivers from the Atlanta Falcons on Friday. The team also waived undrafted rookie wide receiver Paul Browning.
The 5-foot-6, 167-pound Wynn is a Cleveland native and Glenville High School product who went on to play for Indiana University.
Wynn started 36 of the 48 games in which he appeared for the Hoosiers. He finished his collegiate career tied for second in catches (189), seventh in receiving yards (2,189) and tied for third in receiving touchdowns (20) in school history. He also is ranked third in kickoff return yards (1,854), fourth in all-purpose yards (4,429) and tied for eighth in total touchdowns (25).To read more or comment...