BEREA: Browns linebacker Paul Kruger is making a great second impression in his second season with the team.
Signed as a free agent in 2013, the 6-foot-4, 270-pound, six-year veteran is off to a tremendous start this season. Although he leads the team in sacks with two (and another was taken away by the league after Game 1), relying on statistics so soon wouldn’t be prudent.
BEREA: Mike Pettine experienced emotions on opposite ends of the spectrum Sunday as he interacted with family after the Browns upset the New Orleans Saints 26-24 and gave him his first win as an NFL head coach.
CLEVELAND: When the Browns removed starting quarterback Brian Hoyer from the game for three plays in the third quarter because the coaching staff wanted to change the pace with rookie backup Johnny Manziel, they also lit a fire.
BEREA: Isaiah Crowell missed about 70 text messages and 20 phone calls after he and fellow Browns rookie running back Terrance West punished the Pittsburgh Steelers in the second half of the season opener last weekend. He hasn’t had time to reply to all of his friends and family yet.
1. The Browns will be seeking a win in their home opener for just the second time since the franchise rejoined the NFL in 1999. Cleveland fans have experienced 14 losses at home openers since the Browns’ rebirth. The lone win to start the home portion of the schedule came on Sept. 12, 2004, when the Browns defeated the Baltimore Ravens 20-3. Butch Davis was the Browns coach and Jeff Garcia started at quarterback. Garcia rushed for a touchdown and tossed a touchdown pass to Quincy Morgan. Phil Dawson kicked two fields goals and two extra points. Players from the Browns 1964 NFL Championship team were introduced before the game.
“Our sense of urgency is very high. Obviously, we’re coming off a heartbreaking loss where we battled our hearts out in the second half and came within a few plays. So we know how much this means, and our goal this week is to be 1-1.”
BEREA: Browns All-Pro wide receiver Josh Gordon is expected to have his season-long ban reduced to a 10-game suspension under a revamped substance-abuse policy the NFL and NFL Players Association were negotiating Friday night, a source familiar with the negotiations confirmed for the Beacon Journal.
BEREA: Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel is accepting his role as a backup on the field and receiving guidance from LeBron James off it.
Manziel felt a bit “antsy” watching the Browns’ 30-27 season-opening loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers from the sideline this past weekend at Heinz Field, but he’s well aware of his job description as starter Brian Hoyer’s backup.