WFNY’s State of the Browns: Defensive Linemen

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WFNY’s State of the Browns series shifts from the offensive side of the ball to the defensive side. As we saw in the Super Bowl last season, great defenses can lead a team. The Browns are built for the defense to be the backbone of the 2014 Browns season. They will be running a 3-4

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Calling out the worst of all NFL draft clichés

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Leading up to an NFL draft, there are a lot of hackneyed conversations that will drive a fan absolutely crazy. It seems that some fans want to rely on simplistic rules to simplify the NFL draft for themselves. It’s a coping mechanism to help deal with the fact that most fans have do not possess nearly

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The Browns have a lot of money, so why not just spend it all?

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Even before we can get into what the Cleveland Browns should do with their numerous draft picks, we’ll start to get some clues about their goals this season by what they do with free agency. We’ve learned quite a bit already as the Browns made the decision to cut D’Qwell Jackson last week. The agent

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Are the Browns gearing to release Ahtyba Rubin?

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Just days after the Cleveland Browns released their team captain and leader in tackles in D’Qwell Jackson, reports are circulating that they may do the same with 27-year-old Ahtyba Rubin. Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk suggests that, with Rubin entering the final year of a four-year, $27.6 million contract, the defensive lineman’s  $8.175 million cap number

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For now, belief in Joe Banner overshadows Browns wins and losses

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One of the most interesting aspects of the 2013 Cleveland Browns is that despite the losses on the field, I’m still very satisfied with the organizational structure that’s been built in Berea. The organizational structure they’ve put in place is by far the most comprehensive of any I can remember since 1999, and that starts

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Browns defense disappointed following loss to Detroit Lions

The Browns came into Sunday’s game against the Detroit Lions with a top-10 rated defense, and more quarterback sacks than 30 other NFL teams. They ranked fourth in yards-per-game allowed and ninth in points allowed, and they were well on their way to padding those numbers heading into the locker room for halftime. In the

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Ahtyba Rubin to miss second-straight game with calf injury

The Cleveland Browns have declared Ahtyba Rubin, Brian Hoyer, MarQueis Gray, Martin Wallace, Shawn Lauvao, Armonty Bryant and Paul Hazel inactive for Week 2’s game against the Baltimore Ravens. Rubin injured his calf in the Friday practice before the team’s Home Opener loss to the Miami Dolphins. Billy Winn will start in Rubin’s place as the

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NFL News: Mingo, Rubin among Browns’ inactives for game vs Dolphins

The Browns announced this morning that LB Barkevious Mingo, DL Ahtyba Rubin, QB Brian Hoyer, OL Shaun Lauvao, TE MarQueis Gray, OL Martin Wallace and LB Paul Hazel will be inactive for today’s opener against the Miami Dolphins. Mingo is still recovering from a bruised lung. Ahtyba Rubin injured his calf during the week. Buster

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NFL Week 1 – Previewing the Dolphins vs. the Browns – WFNY Podcast – 2013-09-06

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Week one is finally here! Craig and Andrew break down the matchup week one between the Cleveland Browns and the Dolphins. Ravens vs. the Broncos The value of Anquan Boldin What do you make of the Dolphins? Can the Browns come out and take care of business week one Moving on after the departure of

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NFL News: Ahtyba Rubin and Buster Skrine listed as ‘questionable’ for Sunday

The Browns released their injury report Friday afternoon, and there was a new name on the list. Defensive lineman Ahtyba Rubin did not participate in practice with a calf injury. Defensive back Buster Skrine was also listed as questionable with his shoulder injury. Friday’s report: – G Shaun Lavauo (ankle) OUT – LB Barkevious Mingo

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Do the Browns have too much unused salary cap space in 2013?

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As the Browns head toward their first pre-season game and we wonder who is going to win starting jobs at cornerback and safety, it’s worth looking at the Browns’ unused salary cap space for a minute. This available space is one of the more controversial topics among Browns fans. In a league that is rife

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Browns defensive line is a deep, versatile group

On Wednesday the Browns rotated five players into three positions on the defensive line with the starting group. They have used as many as seven different players in those spots over the course of the first week of practice. Penciled in as starters are defensive ends Desmond Bryant and Ahtyba Rubin and nose tackle Phil

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NFL News – Nate Ulrich on Tebow coverage, Browns position battles, Josh Gordon suspension, contract extensions and more – WFNY Podcast – 2013-06-14

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Always good to catch up with the Browns observations with Nate Ulrich from the Akron Beacon Journal. Here’s all that we discussed. How good do you feel not having to talk Tebow? Bill Belichick out to prove he doesn’t have to talk about anything. Gregg Popovich and how he just defies everyone to do what

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Brendan Leister talks Browns pickups – WFNY Podcast – 2013-03-13

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I’ve known about Brendan Leister and his work analyzing the Browns for a long time. He’s been active in various capacities for years, in fact. 70,000+ tweets if you need him. Anyway, he doesn’t approach the Browns like a fan, preferring to stick to the technical scouting approach. With that in mind, I wanted to

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Browns free agency overload with Rick – WFNY Podcast – 2013-03-13

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Last night Rick and I were intent on talking Browns. We didn’t know all the details of Desmond Bryant’s deal yet, let alone the Quentin Groves pickup. Still, there’s a lot of good Kruger talk. Here’s what else… Paul Kruger signing and whether he’ll be a “leader” Signing starters, team leaders, or both Comparing signings

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NFL News: Browns Agree To Terms With DT Desmond Bryant

The Browns made their second splash on Opening Day of NFL Free Agency, adding former Oakland Raiders defensive tackle Desmond Bryant. The team signed him to a 5-year, $34 million contract with $15 million guaranteed. Browns adding Desmond Bryant wp.me/p14QSB-7CoB — ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) March 13, 2013 Cleveland gave former Raiders DT Desmond Bryant a five-year,

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Banner Report: Defensive Line

You may remember back in 2010 (you know the last time there was a complete overhaul in Berea) we wanted to give incoming President Mike Holmgren a hand evaluating the roster. We are nothing if not equal opportunity. The Browns have a completely new group in charge this year. Joe Banner, Mike Lombardi, Rob Chudzinski, Norv

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WFNY Podcast – 2012-12-29 – Craig talks to Dave Bryan from SteelersDepot.com about the Steelers matchup on Sunday

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I didn’t quite know what to expect when I set about to talk to a Steelers blogger about the matchup this weekend between Thad Lewis’ Browns and the Pittsburgh Steelers. I ended up getting some really nice insight from a real pro who has vast knowledge of the league in general and the Steelers and

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NFL News: Skrine, Cooper more involved in Thursday’s practice

Some positive news from today’s Browns practice: cornerback Buster Skrine and wide receiver Josh Cooper each saw increased reps as they battle their respective injuries. Skrine (concussion) was a limited participant Thursday after not practicing on Wednesday. Cooper (knee) was a full participant after being limited the day before. In other notable injury news, Joe

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Shurmur: Billy Winn could see time at defensive end

The bye week is over and Browns fans dreams of seeing Phil Taylor and Ahtyba Rubin together have never seemed more real. That news doesn’t exist in a vacuum though. What about the young guys who filled in so admirably in Taylor and Rubin’s stead? At least for Billy Winn, it could mean some time

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