PFF: Browns are five players away from contention

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The Cleveland Browns fizzled down the stretch in 2014, leaving a sour player in the mouths of many fans. Fear not, however, as the folks over at Pro Football Focus have determined that this team is a mere five players away from being in the mix for the Vince Lombardi trophy. According to PFF, 40

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Cardale Jones: The most improbable of stories adds yet another chapter

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The press conference was supposed to be at 2 p.m. Then 3 p.m. Then 4 p.m. The students at Cleveland’s Ginn Academy were encouraged to stick around after that final bell rang—those who could filed into the school’s gymnasium, expecting to hear that one of their own was taking a step afforded to him by his

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Mike Mayock talks about Cardale Jones’ NFL draft stock

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With his thick Philly accent, Mike Mayock turned the Mike and Mike show into Mike and Mike and Mike. The topic of conversation was the NFL draft and how exactly NFL teams might go about analyzing Cardale Jones as a potential draft pick. The impediments are obvious. Jones has only played three college football games.

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My Cleveland Sportsman of the Year: Tashaun Gipson

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Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year is an annual must-read. Sadly, that the national recognition rarely has anything to do with the teams or individuals whom we cover. In turn, WFNY will soon announce its choice for 2014’s Cleveland Sportsman of the Year. Here’s one of the nominations for that honor by an WFNY writer.

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Gilbert, Desir and veteran additions give Browns depth in secondary

Pierre Desir has an incredible backstory. Born in Haiti, Desir found himself a standout athlete with a pregnant girlfriend at age 15. He didn’t back away from his responsibilities, and went to small Lindenwood University while he took care of his wife and family, including working part time jobs that included removing human feces. Despite

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Willie Snead and the elusive undrafted starter

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Willie Snead IV is making his presence felt in training camp with the Cleveland Browns. On Monday the wide receiver had a short catch that he turned into a long touchdown after making an adjustment at the line and getting on the same page with quarterback Brian Hoyer. As he exploded into the end zone, Snead couldn’t stop bouncing

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Cleveland Browns Film Room: A look at Pierre Desir

Over the next couple weeks on WFNY, I will be breaking down the film on all seven draft picks of the Cleveland Browns. As fans, we often rely on mainstream draft analysts to give us certain traits and characteristics that we use to form our opinions. Rather than simply tell you positives and negatives, the

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Cleveland Browns Film Room: A look at Christian Kirksey

Over the next couple weeks on WFNY, I will be breaking down the film on all seven draft picks of the Cleveland Browns. As fans, we often rely on mainstream draft analysts to give us certain traits and characteristics that we use to form our opinions. Rather than simply tell you positives and negatives, the

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Cleveland Browns Film Room: A look at Joel Bitonio

Over the next couple weeks on WFNY, I will be breaking down the film on all seven draft picks of the Cleveland Browns. As fans, we often rely on mainstream draft analysts to give us certain traits and characteristics that we use to form our opinions. Rather than simply tell you positives and negatives, the

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Justin Gilbert injures knee in OTAs

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It doesn’t appear to be anywhere near the level of what happened in Dallas, but Cleveland Browns rookie cornerback Justin Gilbert left the practice field on Wednesday following an injury to his right knee. By all accounts, Gilbert limped off of the field in Berea and received medical attention. With ice placed on his heavily

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Brady Quinn drops a “blue-collar town” on Johnny Manziel

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For a guy who spent many nights in the back of the Barley House, former Browns quarterback Brady Quinn thinks that Johnny Manziel should cool it with the Las Vegas trips. In a recent interview with the mid-day ESPN crew, the free agent QB who was once a prized Cleveland first-round draft pick believes that

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The New Cleveland

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Are the winds changing in Cleveland? The mood and spirits of this lakefront town are at an all time high because of the recent happening with the sports teams. The national media has all eyes on Cleveland, but this time they are watching the city because of the prospects of good news rather then the

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Counterpoint: Let the Johnny Manziel era begin…As a starter

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In a recent post published within the confines of this here website, WFNY’s Craig Lyndall laid out his reasons why Johnny Manziel should start his season on the bench. It’s a popular school of thought that I tend to agree with 99.9 percent of the time—putting the rookie in the backup role gives the newbie a

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With Johnny Manziel, Things Will Be Different. Right?

In the fleeting moments after LeBron James launched a miraculous 3-pointer at the buzzer from what was about Ashtabula to defeat the Orlando Magic in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference Finals matchup in 2009, I had a thought. It was hard to decipher over the jubilant swearing, the man-on-man hugging and the overall ecstasy

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NFL News: Manziel texts Browns mid-draft to “come and get him”

Welcome to Cleveland, Johnny Manziel

Does anyone know if Browns quarterback coach Dowell Logains is homeless? In an interview with Bo Mattingly, host of “SportsTalk with Bo Mattingly,” the Cleveland coach described a scene during Day 1 of the 2014 NFL Draft where Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel sent a text that may have helped tip the first domino in

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Cleveland Browns Film Room: A look at Justin Gilbert

Over the next couple weeks on WFNY, I will be breaking down the film on all seven draft picks of the Cleveland Browns. As fans, we often rely on mainstream draft analysts to give us certain traits and characteristics that we use to form our opinions. Rather than simply tell you positives and negatives, the

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GIF: Johnny Manziel’s potential tax impact

Welcome to Cleveland, Johnny Manziel

As the business side of sports continues to grow, so do the studies of the tax impact (or benefit) for athletes who are drafted by teams in certain states. The latest comes from Sports Illustrated who documents the difference in dollars taken home by various players selcted in the first round of the NFL Draft

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Peter King details Cleveland’s trade to move up to No. 22 in NFL Draft

Looking for some insight into how crazy things can get when an NFL team is officially on the clock during the NFL Draft? Sports Illustrated’s Peter King details—in what was nearly a minute-by-minute breakdown—what went in to Cleveland Browns’ GM Ray Farmer making the move that ultimately landed them Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel. The [Philadelphia] Eagles,

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