Mike Pettine says Manziel’s weekend is a “non-story,” and that’s the problem

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When Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine says that Johnny Manziel’s water bottle-tossing incident from over the weekend is a non-story, I don’t really believe him. The fact that he’s being asked about it and the fact that it was all over the press means that it isn’t a “non-story.” No matter the media high

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The 2015 NFL Draft and the one that got away

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Writer D.H. Lawrence once said, “I want to live my life so that my nights are not full of regrets.” He would undoubtedly have understood the plight of the NFL General Manager. A 21st century version might sound more like this: “For three nights each year I want to conduct my team’s NFL drafts so that

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Fighting the fear of saying the Browns had a good draft

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I love the direction of the Cleveland Browns after seeing the results of the 2015 NFL Draft, but I’m almost too afraid to say it. The fear of thinking positively or being delusional is too great within me and my past as a Browns fan and commentator for me to just embrace complete positivity. That

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Browns use pick No. 241 to gamble on Ifo Ekpre-Olomu

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Ray Farmer and the Cleveland Browns surprised many by using the bulk of their Day 3 selections, but no pick may have garnered more ‘wows’  than when they finished off their weekend by adding Oregon cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu with pick No. 241, a pick obtained in a trade with the Arizona Cardinals. It’s rare that a

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Browns select USC linebacker Hayes Pullard with No. 219 pick

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After going back-to-back tight ends in the sixth round, the Cleveland Browns started a new streak with their second straight University of Southern California player. With the No. 219 pick in the seventh round, they selected USC inside linebacker Hayes Pullard. Pullard made national news earlier in the week by writing an open letter for

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Browns draft USC TE Randall Telfer with No. 198 pick

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The Cleveland Browns drafted their second tight end of the sixth round with Randall Telfer from the University of Southern California with the No. 198 pick. Again, it’s not a sexy skill position pick like another wide receiver, but someone who will be useful for depth. Telfer is another valuable blocker, picked just after possible fullback/H-back Mississippi State’s

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Browns take Mississippi State TE Malcolm Johnson with No. 195 pick

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The Cleveland Browns selected Mississippi State tight end Malcolm Johnson with the No. 195 overall pick in the sixth round of the NFL Draft Saturday afternoon. Johnson was the second pass catcher taken by the Browns on the draft’s third day, as they chose Washington State receiver Vince Mayle with pick No. 123. Johnson checks in

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Browns select Louisville cornerback Charles Gaines with No. 189 pick in the sixth round

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With their own sixth round pick, the Browns select cornerback Charles Gaines from Louisville with the No. 189 pick. Gaines posted 36 total tackles, one tackle for loss, one sack, two interceptions, 10 break-ups and one forced fumble in his redshirt junior season last year. CBSSports.com ranked him as the 21st best corner in the

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Browns move down, take Washington State WR Vince Mayle with No. 123 pick

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The Cleveland Browns selected Washington State wide receiver Vince Mayle with the No. 123 overall pick in the fourth round of the NFL Draft Saturday afternoon. He was their second pick in minutes, after taking Northwestern safety Ibraheim Campbell at No. 115. The Browns traded picks with the Arizona Cardinals, swapping the No. 116 overall

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Browns select Northwestern safety Ibraheim Campbell with No. 115 pick

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The Browns continue to upgrade their defense, now with the selection of safety Ibraheim Campbell from Northwestern. The 5-foot-11, 220-pound Campbell had 54 tackles, one tackle for loss, three interceptions, three pass break-ups, six passes defended and four forced fumbles in his senior season last year. He gives the Browns another safety to add depth in

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Browns select Miami RB Duke Johnson with No. 77 pick

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The Cleveland Browns selected University of Miami running back Duke Johnson with the No. 77 pick in the NFL Draft’s third round on Friday night. FOX Sports Ohio’s Zac Jackson was again the first to report the news on Twitter well before the selection. The electric 5-foot-9 Johnson, who left after his junior season, was

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The Browns’ first two 2015 draft selections: The emergence of a mission statement?

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With the twelfth pick of the 2015 NFL draft, the Cleveland Browns selected Danny Shelton. With the nineteenth pick of the 2015 NFL draft, the Cleveland Browns selected Cameron Erving. Confused by the draft? Disappointed? Scratching your head? Our suggestion: Take another look at Ray Farmer’s last press conference. When the draft experts began their

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Have the Browns made an offer to the Titans for the No. 2 pick?

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The Browns likely have some interest in Marcus Mariota. That much I think I can discern as undeniable truth after seeing a flurry of reporting come out of ESPN the day before the 2015 NFL Draft’s first round commences in Chicago. First, there was this tweet from @SportsCenter. That’s an attention-getter for sure! The Browns

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Cavs suspensions, Browns draft info and more – WFNY Podcast – 2015-04-27

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The Cleveland Cavaliers suspensions are known. The Browns draft is coming. Dave and Craig discuss all of that and the usual amount of random stuff regarding technology, media and social media. The big podcast month we’ve been having The Verge reporting on Refused’s new album Spotify and Amazon and researching music Kevin Love and J.R.

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2015 NFL Draft Gameplan for the Browns: Don’t trade up for Marcus Mariota

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It’s NFL draft week, Cleveland Browns fans. It’s one of the weirdest and quietest pre-draft periods I can remember. Maybe it’s the Cavaliers being back in the NBA Playoffs with LeBron James at the helm, or maybe it’s the hangover from so many tough first rounds over the past decade. Whatever it is, I don’t

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Ray Farmer: “It’s always about finding the best players to make your team better”

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Cleveland Browns general manager Ray Farmer’s Thursday morning press conference was quite interesting, not for specific revelations concerning prospects and picks, but for his take on team-building philosophy. Near the end of the 30-plus minute presser, Farmer was asked about quarterbacks like Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers, and of how much of a priority it is

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Todd McShay’s latest gives Cleveland DeVante Parker and Malcom Brown

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Though the Cleveland Browns are widely rumored to be one of several teams who could trade their first-round selections in the 2015 NFL Draft, Scouts Inc.’s Todd McShay continues to provide his insight on what the newly outfitted team will do in the event they hold on to the No. 12 and No. 19 selections.

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2015 NFL draft and free agency for the Browns with Lane Adkins – WFNY Podcast – 2015-04-20

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Lane Adkins of The Orange and Brown report joined me to discuss all things Browns. He wasn’t on to promote anything in particular, but I’ve been a subscriber to the OBR for quite a while and I plugged it for him. Here’s the rest of the stuff we talked about. Where are the Cleveland Browns today

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2015 NFL Draft, Johnny Manziel, Cavs playoffs and more with Dan Labbe – WFNY Podcast – 2015-04-17

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Dan Labbe of Cleveland.com and now NEOMG joined me to discuss everything related to Cleveland sports. He usually is the host of these things, and I turned the tables on him and made him a guest for once!  At what point did it occur to you that Cleveland.com had no longer become the supplement to

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Ray Farmer suspended four games, Browns keep draft picks

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I hate calling it “Textgate,” so other than that reference I won’t call it that. Regardless of what you want to call the Cleveland Browns’ texting violations and forthcoming punishment, it appears we might now know said punishments. And thankfully for me and my bubbling pot of rage, it appears the Browns will not lose

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