BEREA: Rookie backup quarterback Johnny Manziel gave starter Brian Hoyer a high-five, slapped him on the back and yelled in excitement on the sideline after the Browns orchestrated a clutch drive to set up a game-winning field goal Sunday in a 26-24 upset win over the New Orleans Saints.
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.