With training camp open and the Browns officially back, time to return to ignoring the Indians.
OBR Daily Blog Aug. 1-8
With training camp open and the Browns back, time to return to ignoring the Indians.
Browns Training Camp
http://cle.scout.com/2/1091079.html
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Aug 1, 2011

OBR Daily Blog Aug. 1-8

With training camp open and the Browns officially back, time to return to ignoring the Indians.


08/07
4:59 PM

TE Keith Zinger to Jets: Hot News for FO Cleveland Browns Organization http://bit.ly/qwGqjj

Latest Links from the OBR Newswire
OBR Newswire on August 7th, 2011 AT 8:00 AM

These are links from the OBR Newswire for August 7th from 07:01 to 07:04:



08/06
8:35 PM

Talkin' ‘Bout Practice: Browns hold Family Day Practice in front of 11,965 fans. http://bit.ly/qLLkTP

Press Release: Browns Sell out Bengals, Steelers games
Barry McBride on August 6th, 2011 AT 8:14 PM

Cleveland Browns home games against the Cincinnati Bengals (Sept. 11) and Pittsburgh Steelers (Jan. 1) are sold out on a single-game basis, the team announced today, the first day that single-game tickets went on sale to the general public. Fans can still obtain tickets for those two games through season tickets, Club Level memberships and 4-Game Packs.

Single-game tickets for the Browns' remaining eight home games in 2011 (2 preseason, 6 regular season) are available via the following methods:

1. www.ClevelandBrowns.com

2. Cleveland Browns Stadium Ticket Office

3. Ticketmaster toll free automated (800) 745-3000 or TDD (800) 943-4327

4. All local Ticketmaster retail outlets

Season Tickets, Club Level Memberships, 4-Game Packs and Group Tickets are still available through ClevelandBrowns.com or by calling the Browns ticket office at (440) 824-3434. Season Ticket Holders, Club Level Members, 4-Pack and Group Ticket purchasers receive a savings over single game ticket prices.

Cleveland Browns Stadium Ticket Office business hours are Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., Friday 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

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Transcript: Pat Shurmur press conference, 8/6
Barry McBride on August 6th, 2011 AT 8:13 PM

Browns Head Coach Pat Shurmur press conference 8-6-11

(On what it was like to practice in the stadium)- "It was exciting. I think the ritual of playing in a stadium is something that excites all players and coaches. Even though it was a practice against one another, you could see the excitement in the player's faces as they were getting dressed. Then running out of the tunnel as your group was announced, it's one of those things we all look forward to as players and coaches."

(On the two-minute drill at the end of practice and if they need to work on it more)- "Two-minute is probably the thing that comes along the slowest. We got into a couple situations where we didn't complete some passes, but we'll keep working on it. There were a lot of good things in the drill. The defense did a nice job in the two-minute situation. Hopefully, were not in a bunch of those, but if we are we'll keep working on it and get better."

(On if Colt McCoy asked for a second chance)- "No, I wanted too because the ones had so few plays. That's all. In this type of a scrimmage, I'm trying to keep track of the ones and the twos and get them a certain amount of work. That's the reason why."

(On Shawn Lauvao and Tony Pashos working together)- "I think they did a nice job today. You always reserve judgment until you watch the tape. They've done a good job working together so far in camp. Offensive linemen have to play together. Every day that they can play together it's going to be important for them."

(On assessing McCoy's progress)- "He's made huge strides in one week. As a quarterback, there's always a lot going on. For him to be able to come out here and execute in a lot of situations has been real well. We've got a lot of work to do though, Colt knows that. I think at the end of the first week you could say he's made a lot of progress."

(On McCoy picking up the playing book and executing the plays)- "Those go hand-in-hand. You learn the plays, run plays and learn how to execute them. If there's a mistake then go back, correct it and come out and do it again. There were some great throws that were made in the red zone period and then in other area's we moved the ball pretty well. There were some good things there. Defense came back and challenged extremely well during the two-minute situation. That's good too. Keep in mind this is the Browns. We play offense, defense and special teams."

(On if James Dockery's interception)- "He's made a few plays already. Anytime you can make a play like that in a stadium in competitive situation it's good."

(On Evan Moore)- "He's a big target. He runs extremely well. We're hopeful he can be a tough match up for the linebacker and the safety. He catches the ball when you throw it to him. Those are good attributes for a receiver."

(On if Moore will be used at receiver and tight end)- "He'll play tight end, but tight ends are interchangeable guys. They can be next to the tackle, the slot or even outside of the receiver. System-wise we can get him there."

(On Greg Little making a big play in the end zone)- "He's a big receiver. He does a good job using his body. For him to go up and get the ball at its highest point like he did is good. The last couple days he's made some plays. He's kind of running himself into what I would consider playing shape. He's another guy who's made huge progress in one week. That's where were at is one week and we expect him to go even farther."

(On Carlton Mitchell leaving the field)- "I think he was just dealing with the heat a little bit. I talked to Joe (Sheehan) and I don't think there is any major injuries this week."

(On preparing for a game next Saturday)- "I need one more week. In our week of practices, we'll hit on all these situations again. Then we'll go through the game procedure and how it fits with all the special teams and all that. Then we'll go out against Green Bay and execute."

(On Montario Hardesty returning to the field)- "We're hoping to get him out there next week at some point."

(On Marcus Benard)- "Not as far as what Joe (Sheehan) told me, but I'll keep you updated."

(On if he was surprised by Phil Dawson's field goal range)- "Pretty good kick, huh? Looked good to me."


Transcript: Player Quotes (Hillis, McCoy, Taylor, Ward) , 8/6
Barry McBride on August 6th, 2011 AT 8:11 PM

Player Quotes (Hillis, McCoy, Taylor, Ward) 8-6-11

Peyton Hillis

(On how excited he is to be in the passing game)-"I am very excited. I am just looking forward to any kind of opportunity. I am going to go out there and prepare like we always have to. Whatever role they have me in, I will accept it and be happy."

(On where is the team is now on learning the west coast offense)- "I think everybody is learning at a real rapid pace. I think that we are picking up really, really well for what we have been doing. I am very excited about our progress. We have another month before our first regular season game begins. We are looking at it positively and will let it take care of it itself."

Colt McCoy

(On the overall performance today)- "Overall, I thought we had a really good day. I talked to Pat (Shurmur) in here after the practice and we kind of joked how far we've made it in one week. The first couple days you conceptually know what's going on, but you you, the receivers, tight ends, the line, it's all new to everybody. The little things with the concepts and you make a lot of mistakes. How far we have made it in a week is great. My comfort level in what we are doing early on in practice, we were clicking. I think we are pleased at this point."

(On the two minute drills)- "It's one of those things where you have got to go score. That's always the last thing at practice. We are getting better and to me that's a game situation you can't really simulate. You can't really get the feel, the energy and we need to be better at it. I need to be better at it. We came back the second time and got a field goal. It's okay. Like I said, we need more practice. We need this next week. That is going to be crucial for us and if we can make the same jump we made from this week to now to next week, I think we will be in a situation where we feel comfortable with each other. We can go out there and compete and get some receivers healthy. Right now, there is little things, our timing is just off from the depths of our routes. My footwork in the pocket they just aren't timing up like I want them to at this point. But like I said, if you follow the transition of the whole week, we are night and day to where we started. You have to look at that and be pleased with that."

Phil Taylor ?(On how it felt to be in the stadium)- "It felt good. This was my first ever time being in the stadium and I love it. I can't wait to be in there for a game."

(On Coach Shurmur saying he is already making presence felt inside)- "I am just doing whatever I can do to play and just taking what I know. Taking all the coaching and doing what I have to do."

T.J. Ward

(On what makes the stadium exciting)-"I think the stadium itself is a beautiful facility. You throw the fans in there and they are cheering. Just that whole atmosphere. There was what 11,000 (fans)? When it gets filled up it gets really rocking."

(On what they have to do to prepare for Green Bay)-"We are going to try to transition and study what they do instead of going against our offense. Once we get that done, putting the different defenses in that we are going to run against them and their personnel. That's basically it."

(On the new additions in the secondary)- "I think we are gelling really well. Mike (Adams) had a pick today. We have a bunch of players in different positions, not just safety. You have money and nickel as well. I think we are all gelling well. I think the more time we get to play together, the better we will be."



08/06
2:35 PM

Browns defense was just in nickle, Buster Skrine seeing time at DB.


08/06
2:31 PM

@SigmundBloom He came out and is in full pads today. Isn’t seeing on field action, but he’s out there.


08/06
2:29 PM

Sorry, left guard. #id10T error


08/06
2:29 PM

Pat Murray is seeing time at right guard next to Thomas and Mack.


08/06
2:26 PM

Make sure to follow @DonDelcoOBR, as he is providing more tweets from the Cleveland Browns “Family Day” event.


08/06
2:22 PM

@No1HopeSoloFan Wish this was actually Hope Solo. Anyway, McGee’s good kicks outweighed his bad.


08/06
2:19 PM

Montario Hardesty in full pads, running back in forth with ball in west endzone.


08/06
2:13 PM

McCoy to Moore for about a 45-yard TD. Breakdown by defense. D’Qwell Jackson thought he had backside help. He didn’t.


08/06
2:13 PM

McCoy to Moore for about a 45-yard TD. Breakdown by defense. D’Qwell Jackson thought he had backside help. He didn’t.


08/06
2:13 PM

McCoy to Moore for about a 45-yard TD. Breakdown by defense. D’Qwell Jackson thought he had backside help. He didn’t.


08/06
2:13 PM

McCoy to Moore for about a 45-yard TD. Breakdown by defense. D’Qwell Jackson thought he had backside help. He didn’t.


08/06
2:11 PM

Mike Adams provided a little excitement. McCoy to Hillis pass popped in air, Adams caught it and took it to the house, like the kids say.


08/06
1:48 PM

McGee redeemed himself with some nice punts to end punt team practice portion.


08/06
1:45 PM

Browns new punter, Richmond McGee, just boomed about a 10-yarder.


08/06
1:45 PM

Browns new punter, Richmond McGee, just boomed about a 10-yarder.


08/06
1:39 PM

Back to back 5-yard TD passes from McCoy in red zone drill, one to Little, one to Moore.


08/06
1:26 PM

Greg Little just made a nice one-handed grab, on the flip slide, could have been a more accurate throw from McCoy.


08/06
1:26 PM

Greg Little just made a nice one-handed grab, on the flip slide, could have been a more accurate throw from McCoy.


08/06
1:15 PM

@GeorgeACain Not good at this game… maybe 5,000?


08/06
1:15 PM

@GeorgeACain Not good at this game… maybe 5,000?


08/06
12:51 PM

Family Day getting underway as the units are being introduced one-by-one. QBs in the red, don’t-hit-me-jerseys.


08/05
3:39 PM

(Subscriber) Len Pasquarelli’s Friday Tip Sheet: The long-time four-letter network staple hits the OBR… http://bit.ly/reD58T

Transcript: Browns Head Coach Pat Shurmur, 8-5-11
Barry McBride on August 5th, 2011 AT 2:48 PM

Browns Head Coach Pat Shurmur press conference 8-5-11

(Opening statement)- "First, before I get started, I wanted to recognize the world wide Browns Backers Clubs that are here. We've got one of the most fantastic support groups and fans in the NFL. We're glad they were here to witness what I thought was a very competitive practice. As far as injuries go, Jabari Fletcher sprained his new knee. Joe Haden woke up today with a tight hamstring. Him not being out here was precautionary, there's nothing really to report there. That's about it, unless something creeps up here like a finger or a sore arm. There's nothing in there, beyond that, to report. I thought the work was good. It was pretty physical this morning. The guys that practiced yesterday afternoon responded pretty well to wearing their pads. Some of the obvious things, Phil Taylor, his presence was felt in there. You could see in some of those running drills. He's a tough guy to move. He did a nice job. At the end, there was a very competitive period with the two-minute drill. We got a lot of plays in one minute there. I thought there was great competition. It was a good, solid training camp morning. The players completed well. Fortunately, we walked away with no injuries other than Jabari."

(On the practice scheduled for tomorrow)- "The stadium practice will be tomorrow. It's going to be a practice format. We'll try to structure it somewhat like a game, put the coaches on the side for some of the drills. It's going to be at the stadium tomorrow at 2:00 p.m. That'll be the structure. It will feel like a game in some periods and look like a practice in others. That's what I intend to do."

(On a timetable for Mohamed Massaquoi's return)- "We just have to see how he progresses. I wouldn't put a timetable on it. Not yet."

(On if Montario Hardesty will be ready when they need him)- "What we're doing with him is kind of a planned deal. As we started training camp, we knew there would be some actual live practice time that he would miss. We knew that. We're just working through that so we don't create any setbacks. Most of what's going on with him right now is planned."

(On if Hardesty is frustrated not practicing)- "He's like any player. He's competitive and he'd like to be out here, but, I think we have to be smart about how we handle him on his return to play."

(On Hardesty, Peyton Hillis and Brandon Jackson sharing the backfield)- "They all have things they do well. Peyton's a big physical runner. Montario can be very explosive. We're getting to know Brandon. I think he has some of the same skill set that we know Montario has. Those guys are all guys you can put in the backfield and hand them the football."

(On how Greg Little responded today after his practice yesterday)- "I thought he responded well. He made some catches. He's a guy that can push through the physical part of camp. He runs a lot of routes and he did a nice job today. He did good."

(On throwing Usama Young into the starting lineup)- "The players that we feel like we might be counting on, we want to get them in there and get them going. They're professionals. Some of these guys, even though they missed a little time with us, they got themselves in shape. Now, they need to get in there and do it."

(On if the lockout was avoided, would he have set up a scrimmage against another team)- "I don't know about practicing against another team. We've had some move the ball periods and that. We're doing some of the work that you might have seen last year. I'm leaving the coaches behind so that they walk with the team and have the ability to coach them immediately. That would be the only thing I would see different. A lot of what you would get in a scrimmage, you'll notice, there were some unscripted periods in there when I was calling the plays. The only difference was that everybody wasn't away from it. There's coachable moments you can't miss when you're practicing. When the coaches are close to the players and behind and watching it's easier to communicate and get them right back in there."

(On strategizing for the new kickoff rules)- "I think there'll be some strategy to it. At times, depending who your kicker is, who the returner is and the field conditions that the ball is going to get popped up in the air as high as you can, then try and get the coverage down and swarm the returner. If situations dictate that returner is out of this world and you don't want him to touch it and you have a kicker that can bang it through the end zone, then you're not going to let him touch it. There may be some extreme's there."

(On if the new rules are a disadvantage for Joshua Cribbs)- "No, I think Cribbs is a fantastic returner. I think he's going to get his opportunities to touch the ball."

(On calling the offense back to the huddle multiple times)- "Typically, it's for some of the guys that are lower in line, some of the backup type players. If a play comes out of the huddle and there's one or two guys not lined up in the right spot I want the quarterback to get it fixed. At some point, it just comes out and its way wrong and I can see nobody can get it fixed. That's when I blow it and start it over."

(On if it's just alignment issues)- "It's just alignment issues, which is natural this time of year. There is a heavy load on their plate mentally and sometimes guys screw up."

(On if Richmond McGee will become the new holder)- "Typically, you'll find that the punter is the holder. They're working together. We'll have other guys working in there as we move forward though."

(On Cribbs playing wide receiver)- "He did a nice job today. There're some routes in our package I think he runs very well. He made a couple plays today on slant routes and little arrow routes. I think he's progressing as a receiver in my mind. It's good to have him back out there. I think it's important we keep him in a position where he can be explosive as a returner as well."

(On problems Phil Taylor presents to opposing offensive linemen)- "He's a giant, just standing behind it today, by structure we tried to run it right a little bit just to see. He held up in there pretty good. When you have a big force in the middle that makes it difficult to run between the tackles then that makes in tough on the offense. You start eliminating options. Hopefully he can provide that for us along with (Ahtyba) Rubin."

(On if maximizing Cribbs' ability as a returner will minimize his reps at wide receiver)- "No, he's not going to be limited. Cribbs is a fantastic player and we're going to try and put him in a position to make plays. However we can do it."

(On Branndon Braxton running with the first team during two-minute period)- "He's done a good job. He was a developmental-type player a year ago. He's done some good things here in this camp. For linemen it's very important to go through it day after day after day. He's kind of swinging and giving guys some needed rest on both sides. He's done a nice job."

(On John Greco)- "John is a guy I think that is versatile. I mean that because he's played in games at left tackle, left guard and he'd backed up at center. From that stand point he has been somewhat of a versatile guy and typically if you're not a starter, and you're an offensive lineman, you've got to swing around in there and able to back up. I like that about him, he is a big guy and I think he is a good pass protector. Being big helps him at times to be a good run blocker."

(On Sheldon Brown influencing the secondary)- "I think you have to have guys back there that can help communicate and if anything just settle guys down. I think Sheldon has played in lots of big games for lots of years and I think aside from being a very fine player. he can help those guys."

(On Owen Marecic)- "He has done a very good job. It's hard to find him making a mental mistake. He did a great job running the ball off the goal line. He has caught the ball well. When you watch the special teams drills, he does exactly what he is supposed to do. He is kind of one of those steady guys. I think that is an important attribute for a guy that's a fullback."

(On Marecic filling the shoes of Lawrence Vickers)- "We have Owen and Lawrence is in Houston. That's the story really. We are glad Owen is here and we wish Lawrence lots of luck."

(On Brian Schaefering)- "He is battling in there at defensive tackle. We feel like he can be a productive player in there. This is his first day in pads. We will get a chance to watch him on tape and see what he needs to work on. But, right now we've got him working in on defensive tackle."

(On his impressions on Joe Thomas)- "Joe is a pro and you could see that when he came in. He is getting a little bit better each day. You can see that he has a feel for how he's got to ramp his game up and get ready to play the season."

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Cribbs Quotes, Aug. 5
Don Delco on August 5th, 2011 AT 12:37 PM

Joshua Cribbs
(On not being limited today at practice)-
"I needed to get out there more for conditioning purposes, just to get back in the groove of things. My leg feels fine as you saw out there. I am just happy to be back out there on the field with the players."

(On if he has an idea of how he will be used in the offense)- "He (Coach Shurmur) is not a big fan of the Wildcat, but he is a big fan giving me the football. Every way he can, out of the pocket, I don't know if you saw me at quarterback when Colt (McCoy) pitched the ball to me, but he is going to do everything he can to put the ball in the hands of guys that can make plays."

(On the new kickoff rules)- "Everybody has to go through the same thing. It's not like it's just on us so saying that, it's just another stepping stone. I feel like it's just another hurdle for me to get over for me to succeed."

(On how they can strategize for the new rules on kickoffs)- "Deeper sets. (Chris) Tabor is a really good scheme artist. He can scheme up some plays. He had (Devin) Hester in Chicago. He is doing a great job at teaching the guys up front on how to block deep sets, to get their hips turned around, fundamental things that are going to make our special teams unit a great team."



08/05
11:31 AM

Camp Report: The Inside Men: The dynamic – and beefy – duo of Rubin and Taylor make their debut. http://bit.ly/p388jz


08/05
10:30 AM

RT @FredGreethamOBR Haden tight hamstring precautionary.fletcher sprain knee.


08/05
10:17 AM

RT @FredGreethamOBR Browns just finishing stretching.


08/05
9:56 AM

Colt hits little in end zone. Drops. Last play inc to Watson

So. After ward strips.


08/05
9:26 AM

Patterson wears 21.


08/05
9:23 AM

Jackson drops pass from colt. Hardesty still held out of contact.


08/05
9:06 AM

(Subscriber) WWBT About Rookies’ Impact at DL, WR: Here is the latest insider info obtained by OBR’s Lane Adkins… http://bit.ly/qXIcsT

OBR Newswire updates for August 3rd through August 5th
OBR Newswire on August 5th, 2011 AT 9:00 AM

These are links from the OBR Newswire for August 3rd through August 5th:



08/05
8:59 AM

RT @FredGreethamOBR Brandon jackson looks quick on his first carry.


08/05
8:48 AM

Watson back in pads.


08/05
8:48 AM

Watson back in pads.


08/05
8:47 AM

RT @FredGreethamOBR Dqwell hit McCoy left arm as hethrew pass. McCoy appears ok.


08/05
8:47 AM

RT @FredGreethamOBR Dqwell hit McCoy left arm as hethrew pass. McCoy appears ok.


08/05
8:43 AM

Dl lined up. Shears re rubin taylor mitchell le.


08/05
8:33 AM

New punted ri um

New p Richmond mcgee wears 8.


08/05
8:29 AM

Norwood also with trainers.


08/05
8:27 AM

RT @FredGreethamOBR Haden on bike


08/05
8:26 AM

Dl jabari fletcher went down with right knee in ol dl drills.


08/05
8:17 AM

RT @FredGreethamOBR Cribbs back practing in pads. Makes nice catch. Steinbach also full go.


08/05
8:11 AM

Carlton mitchell in pads makes nice catxh


08/05
8:09 AM

Young jackson dawson mitchell and other fa on field in pads for first time.


08/05
8:04 AM

Jayne mitchell picks up sled and moves it around. Taller than other dl.


08/05
8:00 AM

RT @FredGreethamOBR Friday am practice underway. Don’t see Haden on field.


08/04
9:27 PM

Source: Giants agree to terms with Amukamara: Hot News for FO Cleveland Browns Organization http://bit.ly/oUTZwL


08/04
9:22 PM

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08/04
9:22 PM

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08/04
9:22 PM

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08/04
8:54 PM

Source: Matt Roth talking to Saints, Broncos, Cardinals: Hot News for LB Matt Roth http://bit.ly/oaSlBt

Transcript: Browns Head Coach Pat Shurmur, 8-4
Barry McBride on August 4th, 2011 AT 7:32 PM

Browns Head Coach Pat Shurmur press conference 8-4-11

(Opening statement)- "A lot happened today as we know. The plan to practice the guys in the afternoon I think kind of worked out. We kind of got our business done prior to 4:00, but then you have to get the official go ahead. What we did was we brought the free agents out and they were eager, so we took their helmets away. That kept them from jumping in there without us seeing it. We had a little deal where we called the field then they said it was done and then Kent Johnston quickly worked the guys out and got them into drills. They really got most of the team work so that was good. The plan to hold off and get it done I think helped us. We really got most of the team out here today. It was a good work. We had Jordan Norwood, got a hip flexor. Jason Pinkston got a little shoulder, but basically I thought it was a great day. We got a chance to practice red zone. As you know it's very, very important. One of the coaches said the tape we get to show now is like gold. Now we can talk to our players about how to play the coverage and how to run the routes. That's always a fun day because you're either scoring or defending to score and thought there was really good competition. Other than that it was just a beautiful afternoon. The fans were out. It was fun. Now we will get back on schedule. There will be a quick turnaround. We will have dinner and then get back on our normal schedule and get ready for practice tomorrow morning."

(On his impressions of Phil Taylor)- "I saw him out there, but quite frankly I am going to have to watch the tape to see how he did. My eyes kind of go to the back end practice wise. We will get it done here soon."

(On Ahtyba Rubin losing weight)- "I think before the lockout took place, we had an opportunity to visit with those guys and part of what he has to do is try to pass rush in there from either working the center or the guard. That's kind of naturally what you might do. The one thing about him is he naturally big. Playing a few pounds lighter may help him in terms of quickness, but he is a very big man."

(On Rubin could play on the sub pass rush)- "I think so. It's yet to be determined, but he is obviously one of our best defensive tackles. If we can keep him out there it would be a good thing."

(On if they have light packages)- "We have a couple of packages. We have a nickel package where you go light and you can play nickel package with the big guys in there as well. He's going to have a role when they have more than two wide outs on the field for sure."

(On Dimitri Patterson)- "I'm glad he's here. He's a very competitive guy. Again, I'll to have to go back and watch the tape to see exactly how he performed today. We feel like he's a guy who can come in and compete and play either inside or outside. We feel good about him and Buster (Skrine) and obviously Sheldon (Brown) and Joe (Haden). Good starting point."

(On Greg Little getting a lot of work)- "The focus today was, because he's a big body guy, to see what he could do with some of our primary red zone routes. He had a lot of opportunities and he showed up. He made a few nice plays. He had a couple other opportunities where he didn't get it done. Again, he'll learn from that. It's early in the process. He's getting a feel for his body. He ran a lot of routes today. He hung in there and I think this was a really good day for him. We feel like he's got a chance to be a player so we're going to put him in a position to make plays."

(On Montario Hardesty not participating)- "It's the same plan for him. We'll just get him out there when he's ready to go."

(On if Richmond McGee has a chance to keep the job for the season)- "Absolutely he does. He'll have a chance now to go out and perform in the preseason games and we'll make an evaluation of his performance. Then if there is somebody available that we're interested in then we'll have to make a comparison. He has a chance to make this team, better chance than most because he's here."

(On Joe Haden's performance in the first week)- "He's a fun guy to be around because he loves to play and can run all day. He's good in coverage and he challenges. He's a fun guy to coach for all those reasons. It's very rare, you look at a guy and it's hot and they're tired, and he's out here smiling, joking and playing fast. I can appreciate that from him."

(On Jordan Cameron sitting out today)- "He was not in there today, we held him out. He's got a hamstring I think."

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Coordinator, Public Relations

76 Lou Groza Boulevard • Berea, Ohio 44017

Direct: 440-824-3659

DMurphy@clevelandbrowns.com



08/04
5:36 PM

Chiefs sign Brandon Carr, Sabby Piscitelli: Hot News for S Sabby Piscitelli http://bit.ly/pkRS1Y

Browns Player Quotes, Aug. 4
Don Delco on August 4th, 2011 AT 2:42 PM

As provided by the Browns’ PR staff.

Brandon Jackson

(On getting to practice for the first time)- "I am getting excited, it's my first day out here with the team. We are just in helmets right now to just knock the rust off and to get acclimated with the system, the players and the quarterbacks."

(On how he fits in this offense)- "I am a great fit in this offense. It's a West Coast offense, so pretty much downhill running and in Green Bay it was more spread. I am used to the offense, I'm just getting used to the terminology."

(On if he will be a third down back)- "I am going to take advantage of my opportunities, if it's first, second or third (down). I am here to run the ball, catch it, block and do whatever I can to help this team win ball games."

Ahtyba Rubin

(On if he is more confident this year)- "It's my fourth year coming up. I am kind of picking up the speed of the game a little bit better. I learning how to be better a pro. I am just looking forward to going out and seeing what this season brings."

(On how difficult it will be to switch to the 4-3)- "I think it's not going to be too different. I think I learned a lot from the 3-4, stopping the run, being able to lock up and be stout. We just have to transition that over and just make sure we get to the passer this year."

Phil Taylor

(On how it felt to get on the field)- "It felt great to just be out with the guys practicing and things like that and learning the defense."

(On practicing with the ones today)- "I am still learning and taking it all in. I am learning every bit I can from the guys like (Ahtyba) Rubin. The guys that were behind me were helping me out as well."

(On if it was hard knowing he was missing practice time)- "It felt like I was redshirting again, you can't get out there and play. It was hard, but I am here now and I am glad to be back."

Dimitri Patterson

(On if being with Dick Jauron in the past helps his transition)- "It's real big. It's good to come somewhere new, but you are comfortable and you don't have to go through that period where you're trying to get yourself comfortable. Initially you have to hit the ground running and this allows me to do that, that familiarity with Dick and some of the personnel here. That's allowed for me to come into this organization and be comfortable."

(On if he has established himself as a starting cornerback)- "In this league you always want to be productive. You always want to have progress. Everyone's ideal situation is to start at some point in time, you just never know when. My mindset, when I come in, is to just fit in pretty much. Whatever they need me to do. If they need me to play inside, play outside, play safety. They know my skill set and they're very familiar with what I can do. I'm just here to do whatever I can do to help this team become better."

(On playing with Sheldon Brown in Philadelphia)- "I have a large amount of respect for Sheldon (Brown). He was there in Philly with me in '09. Just watching him and seeing how he carries himself, he's just a professional. Very positive minded. He's about winning, he's about the game and all the other stuff. It's been a pleasure to play with Sheldon and I'm playing with him now."



08/04
1:46 PM

Nate Solder agrees to terms: Hot News for FO Cleveland Browns Organization http://bit.ly/r4THzn


08/04
10:35 AM

Free agent Abe Elam has officially moved on, signing a one-year deal with the Dallas Cowboys.

Browns Family Day This Saturday
Don Delco on August 4th, 2011 AT 8:27 AM

Below is the official team press release on Family Day, slated for this Saturday, Aug. 6 at Cleveland Browns Stadium.

The Cleveland Browns will host Family Day presented by Smucker's, in association with Cleveland Clinic, cleveland.com, Huntington and WTAM on Saturday, August 6 at 2:00 p.m. The team will break away from its daily training camp practice schedule in Berea for a practice at Cleveland Browns Stadium. Family Day is free of charge and is a non-ticketed event. Gates open at 1:00 p.m. Parking is $5 per car in the Port Authority Lots surrounding the stadium and $20.00 for oversized vehicles (buses, limos, RV's, etc.). Fans can also enjoy live music, inflatables and giveaways starting at 12:00 noon on Tailgate Terrace, located outside the stadium on the east patio. There will be a Browns Backers' Auto Display on Alfred Lerner Way from 12:00 noon – 2:00 p.m. There will also be a full team autograph session following the practice. A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit the Cleveland Browns Foundation.

In conjunction with Family Day, the Browns will hold a Select-A-Seat in which fans can personally select their seat for season tickets or partial season tickets for 2011. This will start at 1:00 p.m. and run through the course of practice. Also, single-game tickets will be available on Saturday starting at 10:00 a.m. For more information contact (440) 824-3434 or www.ClevelandBrowns.com.

**Please note that East 9th street will be closed from Euclid to Prospect on Saturday until 1:00 p.m. due to a movie production. Detours will be posted.**



08/04
6:37 AM

Cameron Showing Playmaking Ability: Browns hoping to assemble a formidable tight end corps. http://bit.ly/qlm5MJ


08/04
6:04 AM

The Disappearing NFL Veteran: Despite a "friendlier" CBA, some veteran players still can't find a job. http://bit.ly/nDtl9Q

SiriusXM to broadcast live from Browns camp Thursday
Barry McBride on August 3rd, 2011 AT 7:45 PM

Here’s the press release, for you Pat Kirwan fans out there. You Tim Ryan fans can get bent, because that’s just sick:
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SiriusXM NFL Radio Broadcasts Live from Browns Training Camp Aug. 4

Tim Ryan and Pat Kirwan host live from the Browns Training Facility

New York – Aug. 3, 2011 – SiriusXM NFL Radio – SiriusXM's 24-hour NFL talk channel – will broadcast live from Cleveland Browns training camp in Berea, OH, tomorrow, Aug. 4.

Former NFL defensive lineman Tim Ryan and former NFL front office executive Pat Kirwan will be on site broadcasting live from 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm ET. The show can be heard nationwide on SiriusXM NFL Radio, channel 88 on Sirius and XM Premier (formerly known as "The Best of Sirius").


Updated Super Bowl odds
Barry McBride on August 3rd, 2011 AT 7:43 PM

From Bodog.com, here are the current odds to win Super Bowl 56, which is bound to be better than SB 7 and SB 8 combined.

The Browns are currently hitting at 80-1 odds, slightly better than the odds of Casey Anthony winning the 2012 Presidential Elections. Those odds are actually higher than the 65-1 odds during the lockout. We take this to mean that oddsmakers either aren’t impressed with the team’s free agency moves, or thought they had a better chance if the season was lockout-shortened to, say, four or five games.

Either way, you could bet five dollars on the team now and win $400. Or you could take that $5 and invest them into a firm, reliable investment like… um… er… I guess nothing these days. Go ahead, gamble it away. Odds are…. you’ll have fun!

Odds to win the 2012 Super Bowl XLVI (Current)

New England Patriots 13/2

Green Bay Packers 7/1

Philadelphia Eagles 8/1

San Diego Chargers 11/1

New York Jets 12/1

Atlanta Falcons 14/1

Pittsburgh Steelers 14/1

Baltimore Ravens 16/1

Dallas Cowboys 16/1

New Orleans Saints 16/1

Indianapolis Colts 18/1

New York Giants 25/1

Chicago Bears 28/1

Houston Texans 28/1

Detroit Lions 30/1

Minnesota Vikings 30/1

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 30/1

Kansas City Chiefs 40/1

St. Louis Rams 40/1

San Francisco 49ers 50/1

Miami Dolphins 55/1

Arizona Cardinals 65/1

Oakland Raiders 65/1

Jacksonville Jaguars 75/1

Tennessee Titans 75/1

Cleveland Browns 80/1

Denver Broncos 80/1

Seattle Seahawks 80/1

Cincinnati Bengals 100/1

Washington Redskins 100/1

Buffalo Bills 150/1

Carolina Panthers 150/1


Browns Roster Moves (Press Release)
Barry McBride on August 3rd, 2011 AT 6:17 PM

For Immediate Release
August 3, 2011
BROWNS MAKE ROSTER MOVES

The Cleveland Browns today signed unrestricted free agent defensive back Dimitri Patterson, who spent the past two years with the Philadelphia Eagles. The club also signed free agent punter Richmond McGee and undrafted free agent linebackers Archie Donald and Eric Gordon. In addition, the team placed punter Reggie Hodges on injured reserve and waived linebackers Derrick Addai and Alex Wujciak.

Originally signed by Washington as an undrafted free agent in 2005, Patterson has appeared in 50 regular season contests during his time with the Redskins (2005), Chiefs (2007-08) and Eagles (2009-10). He has totaled 64 career tackles, one sack, one forced fumble and five interceptions, including one that he returned 40-yards for a touchdown last season. In 2010, he started nine of the 16 games in which he appeared and registered career-highs in tackles (62) and interceptions (4), while also recording his first career sack. Patterson transferred to Tuskegee University (2004) after spending three years at Southeast Missouri State University (2001-03). He is a native of Orlando, Fla., where he attended Evans High School.

Originally signed as an undrafted free agent by Philadelphia in 2008, McGee has spent training camps with the Eagles (2008) and the Bears (2009-10). He was in camp with Chicago this year before being waived on August 1. Last season, he had a brief stint on the Bears' practice squad. McGee handled the punting and kickoff duties during his collegiate career at the University of Texas (2002-05), where he booted 130 punts for a 39.6 average. He is a native of Garland, Texas where he attended Garland High School.

Donald led the University of Toledo (2006, 2008-10) in tackles in each of his final three seasons. In his collegiate career, he recorded five sacks, five interceptions and 424 tackles, which rank sixth all-time at UT. Donald is a native of Pittsburgh, Pa., where he attended Penn Hills High School.

Gordon was a four-year letterman at Michigan State University (2007-10), where he started 49 of his 51 career contests. He totaled 331 career tackles and 9.5 sacks. His 49 starts set an MSU record. Gordon was in camp this year with the Jaguars before being waived on August 1. He is a native of Traverse City Mich., where he attended Traverse City West High School.


Browns Single-Game Tix on sale 8/6 (Press Release)
Barry McBride on August 3rd, 2011 AT 6:13 PM

For Immediate Release

August 3, 2011

BROWNS SINGLE-GAME TICKETS TO GO ON SALE THIS SATURDAY, AUGUST 6

Cleveland Browns single-game tickets for all 2011 pre-season and regular season home contests will be available for purchase this Saturday, August 6 starting at 10:00 a.m. Single-game prices begin at $35, which include those in the Cleveland Browns Family Zone, presented by Subway® Restaurants.

On August 6, single-game tickets can be purchased using one of the following methods:

1. www.ClevelandBrowns.com

2. Cleveland Browns Stadium Ticket Office

3. Ticketmaster toll free automated (800) 745-3000 or TDD (800) 943-4327

4. All local Ticketmaster retail outlets

Season Tickets, Club Level Memberships, 4-Game Packs and Group Tickets are still available through ClevelandBrowns.com or by calling the Browns ticket office at (440) 824-3434. Season Ticket Holders, Club Level Members, 4-Pack and Group Ticket purchasers receive a savings over single game ticket prices.

Cleveland Browns Stadium Ticket Office business hours are Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., Friday 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.



08/03
12:36 PM

Vickers replaces Leach in Houston: Hot News for FB Lawrence Vickers http://bit.ly/qbTZaS

OBR Newswire updates for August 2nd through August 3rd
OBR Newswire on August 3rd, 2011 AT 10:00 AM

These are links from the OBR Newswire for August 2nd through August 3rd:



08/03
8:30 AM

(Subscriber) WWBT: Week One at Training Camp: OBR’s Lane Adkins breaks down first impressions of Browns’ trainin… http://bit.ly/o5gjuM


08/03
5:31 AM

Source: Patriots work out Matt Roth, Chris Morris: Hot News for LB Matt Roth http://bit.ly/qkxZ6V


08/02
8:19 PM

RT @FredGreethamOBR Shurmur gives the players off wednesday.

Press Release: Browns Sign Phil Taylor
Barry McBride on August 2nd, 2011 AT 7:16 PM

For Immediate Release
August 2, 2011

BROWNS SIGN TOP DRAFT PICK PHIL TAYLOR

The Cleveland Browns today signed rookie defensive lineman Phil Taylor. The Browns selected Taylor in the first round (21st overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft with a choice acquired from Kansas City. All eight members of the Browns 2011 draft class now have been signed.

Taylor started 27 of 44 contests combined at both Penn State University (2006-07) and Baylor University (2009-10). He totaled 107 career tackles, 5.5 sacks, two fumble recoveries, a forced fumble, an interception and blocked two kicks. Taylor started all 13 games as a senior, recording a career-best 62 tackles, two sacks and one forced fumble en route to earning All-Big 12 second-team honors. He is a native of Clinton, Md., where he attended Gwynn Park High School.

QUOTE FROM BROWNS GENERAL MANAGERTOM HECKERT ON PHIL TAYLOR SIGNING

"We are very happy that we were able to sign Phil and now have all eight draft picks under contract. It was important to get him in here when we did, and I want to thank Peter Schaffer for all of his help in getting this deal done. It is apparent that Phil kept himself in excellent shape since we drafted him and he told us he can't wait to get started. He will be in meetings with the rest of the players tonight and jump right into the mix when we are back on the field Thursday."



08/02
6:31 PM

Browns sign Phil Taylor: Hot News for FO Cleveland Browns Organization http://bit.ly/pg8Fd1


08/02
2:44 PM

The ap is reporting that p Reggie Hodges did indeed tear his achilles and will miss the season.

Shurmur Press Conference Transcript, Aug. 2
Don Delco on August 2nd, 2011 AT 2:12 PM

As provided by the Browns’ PR staff.

(Opening statement)- "Today's practice was a really key one. In the progression of training camp, today is the day you typically do short yardage and goal line. It's also the day when two-minute gets installed for the first time. It's situational. Goal line and short yardage are physical drills. I think we got a lot out of those today. I feel good about the progress we made there. Then we had a chance at the end to work some two-minute situations. I felt the general competition was good. You saw that we held Montario (Hardesty) out. Jabaal (Sheard), you saw left, I think he has a little bit of a hamstring, but I'll know more here as we go. Josh Cribbs again did not participate, Carlton Mitchell, Ben Watson and Reggie Hodges at the end there. He has an issue with his left foot, so they're getting that evaluated. I don't know anything more about that at this point. As I mentioned yesterday, the guys are tired and sore. They do sustain at times little pulls and nicks. That's part of the process as we get ready to play our first preseason game and our first regular season game."

(On Reggie Hodges' injury)-"I saw what happened. He just reached up and the snap was about head high. He did something he's done a million times. We'll just have to see. I don't know quite yet."

(On if they have another punter is in camp)- "We don't."

(On the number of drops during practice)- "I think there were some dropped balls and that's part of it. I felt yesterday was a day where there was only a couple balls on the ground. We emphasize it quite a bit, until I sit down and look at the tape here in a couple minutes, I don't know how many there were. You can't drop the football. The critical part of throwing and catching, is catching."

(On if the amount of on-field coaching is more or less than anticipated)- "I don't know if it was more or less, but there is a lot of coaching going on. That's the way we want it at this point. We're working with the players, we're getting use to their mannerisms and how we have to communicate with them. They're getting use to use us, especially if we're getting a little anxious, a little uptight. It's been good, I think the key part to coaching is that there is a solid interaction. I feel like that's going on and I'm seeing guys improving."

(On Buster Skrine's interception of Colt McCoy)- "As a head coach, you like to see pick-sixes. As a head coach, you don't want to throw picks. That's a very important thing, especially in key situations. The play that we ran, we'll be able to learn from it. There was a little miss communication between the receiver and the quarterback and it was a very nice play by Buster. That's part of what happens during practice here."

(On if the defense has an edge on the offense)- "I don't know about ahead or behind. Today, we had a blitz period in there which was good because you get to see the speed of the pressure. There was some good stuff and our defense did a good job flying around. I thought for the most part we generally blocked the pressures and had a hat on them. But, there were some guys that got some pressure on the quarterback. All that's good to see. This was really the first day in a team situation, more than a group install, where we ran those pressures against one another. I thought for the most part it was a very efficient drill."

(On Jordan Norwood)- "Jordan's got quickness. He's a guy that can separate. He's made a lot of plays so far in this camp. Very bright eyed guy. You can see in the short time that we've been together that he gets it. That ‘it' factor. I think he understands how to play the game. It's just a matter of him now learning the terminology. He came in with a pretty good foundation, having been to the camps. I'm looking forward to him even getting better."

(On Norwood's size as a receiver)- "He's quick, fast and he knows how to separate. Much like we talked about the defensive ends yesterday, they come in different sizes. We have a lot of very big receivers that can be very effective. Then guys like Jordan have other ways to play. We can use them all."

(On Jordan Cameron consistently making plays)- "He's done a really fine job. I wouldn't say he's a pleasant surprise, we kind of expected that from him. We're glad to see that he has some playmaking ability."

(On Greg Little thus far)- "He's done well. He's a bigger body guy. Low body fat percentage, big, thick guy. He finds a way to make a play. He's taken to this pretty well and he's made steady improvements through the practices."

(On Tony Pashos working his way back from injury)- "He's a giant. You like to have big people that know what they're doing. The communication is good. With the linemen that we have back, a lot of them worked together a year ago with George Warhop, our offensive line coach. They're kind of picking up where they may have left off a year ago. Even though we call certain things differently, their coach George Warhop has a way of converting the terminology for them. I feel good about where Tony (Pashos) is coming back from his foot."

(On allotting time for special teams during practice)- "We've always allotted a lot of special teams time. In the old system, we had a dedicated period to it every other afternoon. With that model in mind, I've tried to swell up the reps in practice. Part of our walk through, in the afternoon, is special teams and then we have a great deal of meeting time. We put a big emphasis on it, with emphasis meaning that we've spent a lot of time on it."

(On the value of Reggie Hodges)- "I think he had a nice year last year. Again, I'm not going to jump to any conclusions until we see and hear what the actual injury is."

(On holding Montario Hardesty out)- "Precautionary, that's kind of a day-to-day thing. After every practice we revisit it. We'll see, hopefully we'll get him out here soon as possible."

(On if it's just a full pads issue with Hardesty)- "I don't know. I think each injury or each return from injury is different. Every guy handles it a little bit differently. We have to do what we have to do to make sure we get him out there, get his work, and not create another setback."

(On Reggie Hodges' injury)- "I don't know yet. I know he had an episode with I think it's his left foot so he's in there getting evaluated."

(On Branndon Braxton thus far)- "He's a big guy and he has the ability to play tackle, which you're always looking for in this league. He also has made steady progress these first couple of practices. He's playing on the left side which is difficult. I know last year he was somewhat of a developmental guy. Those guys that are developmental practice squad, once training camp is over and they're on the team, their live work or real work kind of stops. He's kind of picking up where he left off last training camp. We'll just have to see. There will be plenty of reps for him in there and we'll get a good judge on how much he's improved."

(On if Demetrius Williams has caught his eye)- "He has. He had a terrific day yesterday, made a couple plays today. He's a receiver who has some size. For the most part, he's caught the ball very well. We have hopes that he'll pan out well."

(On Peyton Hillis learning a new offence)- "He's a pro and pros, especially at running back, it's very important for them to hear it, see it and feel it. He's done a good job of getting in there and getting his reps. Make sure he's getting his work, try to eliminate any kind of little injury in there and then give him the ball. I think that's the important thing."

(On Shaun Lauvao making improvements)- "My improvement barometer is based on what I've heard from George (Warhop) and the film I've watch. He is a guy who has caught my eye because he's a good athlete. Very good athlete. He's very physical. He's one of those players that doesn't say much, but you know he's in there. He's had a good couple of days, really good."

(On Jordan Cameron benefitting from Benjamin Watson and Evan Moore not practicing)- "It's terrific for young guys with fresh legs to get a lot of reps. Huge benefit. That's why you start to see him show up because he's in there more."

(On what percentage of the offense has been installed)- "That's hard to say. We are on install four. New things go in each night depending on the situation. We have a long way to go."

(On the second day in pads)- "I thought they handled it very well. It's always a concern. They came in this morning a lot sorer than the last couple because of the banging. They went out there and usual practices will dip somewhere, a little bit of a lull. They pushed through it and they did a good job all the way to the end. All the parts of practice today were very competitive. As a head coach, what I'm looking for is good solid competition, guys showing up and making plays and at the end of the day saying the Cleveland Browns got better. I told the team after practice, there were plenty of mistakes, a seasonful but every one of those mistakes is correctible."

(On if Phil Taylor's chances of becoming a week one starter decrease because he's not out here)- "We're working on that. We'll get him here and he'll be here soon I hope. Again, I haven't talked to Tom (Heckert) since I've been out at practice. I'm sure there have been things that have happened that I don't know about yet."

(On if Taylor would have to wait before practicing)- "He's going to get in there. When he gets in town he's going to get in there, that's for sure."



08/02
2:09 PM

Browns sign CB Dimitri Patterson: Hot News for CB Dimitri Patterson http://bit.ly/rlELjJ

Browns Player Quotes, Aug. 2
Don Delco on August 2nd, 2011 AT 1:32 PM

As provided by the Browns’ PR staff.

Jordan Cameron

(On his experience so far)- "So far it's been good, a lot of learning. I haven't been in football, especially the tight end position for too long so there has been a lot of coaching up. It's been good playing against these guys. I have the best competition in the world so you are getting a lot better every day."

(On getting more reps with Benjamin Watson and Evan Moore not being out there)- "I definitely need it. Like I said, with a lack of experience at the position, this is really helpful to me and these opportunities are great and I am taking advantage of them so far. I've got to keep it going."

(On if all of the depth at tight end is disconcerting)- "I think it's good. It's competition, you have got to compete every day. You have got to get better. These guys are older and they know what they are doing. It's definitely helpful for me to be under them and coach me up every day. Teaching me how to be a pro is really what they are doing."

Buster Skrine

(On learning from Sheldon Brown)- "I just pick his brain all the time. I am always attached to Sheldon. Sheldon has been in the game, what is this his 10th year? He knows everything from the bottom up. Sheldon is like another defensive coordinator. Being with Sheldon is helping me a lot."

Jabaal Sheard

(On the veterans on the team like Scott Fujita and D'Qwell Jackson)- "They are all great guys. Everybody in the defensive line room is coaching me up every time I make a mistake. They are not yelling at me or snapping at me, they are trying to coach me and make me better. They try to help me learn the plays, small techniques. It's the NFL, all the small things count. You can just start with your first step and guys are watching that. I am in the film room all day with older guys and they are just constantly on me and trying to help me get better."

(On being a pass rushing end)- "I am excited about it. Going against Joe (Thomas) all day is making me a lot better and getting my pass rush moves down as best they can be. I am excited I get a chance to get out here and show what I can do. I am having fun out there."



08/02
1:03 PM

Browns Hope Skrine Plays Big: Browns undersized fifth-round draft pick, DB Buster Skrine, is making big plays in… http://bit.ly/rqflHX


08/02
10:24 AM

RT @FredGreethamOBR Hodges left foot issue. Don’t know anything more Shurmur said.


08/02
10:15 AM

RT @FredGreethamOBR Practice winding down. Stretching.


08/02
10:04 AM

RT @FredGreethamOBR Hodges went down on punt drill as he punted. Looks like left foot. Carted off. Only punter in camp.


08/02
9:53 AM

RT @FredGreethamOBR No refs in practice or loud music.


08/02
9:51 AM

RT @FredGreethamOBR Lavao at rt with ones. Braxton at rt.


08/02
9:46 AM

RT @FredGreethamOBR Wolfert hits 45 fg after wallace drive in 2 min.


08/02
9:44 AM

RT @FredGreethamOBR Seneca to alex smith after scramble.


08/02
9:44 AM

RT @FredGreethamOBR Seneca to alex smith after scramble.


08/02
9:42 AM

RT @FredGreethamOBR Colt to cameron for 15.


08/02
9:41 AM

McCoy pick six to rookie buster skrine in 2 min.


08/02
9:41 AM

McCoy pick six to rookie buster skrine in 2 min.


08/02
9:32 AM

RT @FredGreethamOBR McCoy to williams crossing.swing pass to porter.


08/02
9:30 AM

RT @FredGreethamOBR McCoy pick on first pass by dqwell jackson.


08/02
9:30 AM

RT @FredGreethamOBR Hillis being to but back up. Hardesty suited up but has been held out of team drills.


08/02
9:18 AM

RT @FredGreethamOBR DeAngelo smith picks j.brown.


08/02
9:13 AM

RT @FredGreethamOBR Hillis looking like a beast.


08/02
9:10 AM

RT @FredGreethamOBR Little bobbles and drops pass from McCoy in 7 on 7


08/02
9:06 AM

RT @FredGreethamOBR Rogers sorry. Phil taylor not on field. No new news.


08/02
9:03 AM

RT @FredGreethamOBR Jayme mitchell changed from 97 to 92. Will not be mistaken for shaun rovers.

Latest Links from the OBR Newswire
OBR Newswire on August 2nd, 2011 AT 9:00 AM

These are links from the OBR Newswire for August 2nd from 08:08 to 08:11:



08/02
8:58 AM

RT @FredGreethamOBR Wallace hits cameron for td in goal line.


08/02
8:58 AM

RT @FredGreethamOBR Wallace hits cameron for td in goal line.

OBR Newswire updates for August 1st through August 2nd
OBR Newswire on August 2nd, 2011 AT 8:00 AM

These are links from the OBR Newswire for August 1st through August 2nd:


No Worries About a Salary Floor
Don Delco on August 2nd, 2011 AT 7:53 AM

There isn’t one until 2013.

Right now, the Cleveland Browns are more than $30.4 million under the 2011 salary cap of $120.4 million. The only two teams that have more cap room are the Cincinnati Bengals ($41 million) and Jacksonville Jaguars ($34 million).

In all, according to Pro Football Talk, there are 11 teams with more than $20 million in cap room.

Unlike previous reports, teams do not have to spend 89 percent of its cap until 2013.

Why the Browns are so far under the cap remains to be seen. People I’ve talked to, one theory is that they are not totally sold on Colt McCoy so no reason to breaking the bank on free agents if the Browns will need to drive a quarterback high in 2012.

I don’t agree with that only because the Browns appear to want to build through the draft and not go all Dan Snyder on the free agent class.

Regardless, the Browns do have plenty of room to add some depth this season, but as of right now it seems as if they aren’t in a hurry to throw money at free agents because the cash is burning a hole in the pockets.

You’re 2011 Cleveland Browns – Fiscally Conservative, Painfully Confusing



08/01
11:04 PM

Taylor agrees?: Late-night tweet indicates contract issues resolved. http://bit.ly/psMxX0


08/01
9:25 PM

Danny Watkins signs $7.935 million Eagles deal: Hot News for FO Cleveland Browns Organization http://bit.ly/piY0C1


08/01
9:10 PM

RT @FredGreethamOBR Phil taylor just tweeted” goods news. Stay tuned. Might be on that field 2mrw. Like a kid at the candy shop.”


08/01
8:45 PM

RT @FredGreethamOBR Losing out on bunkley a blow to dl. Reprieve for phil taylor.


08/01
8:34 PM

@srushe We’re gonna take that down a notch or two.


08/01
8:34 PM

@srushe We’re gonna take that down a notch or two.


08/01
8:34 PM

@srushe We’re gonna take that down a notch or two.


08/01
8:34 PM

@srushe We’re gonna take that down a notch or two.


08/01
8:33 PM

@Steponice @Caseclosed31 We’re having a brutal couple of days on Twitter. We’ll get it straightened out.


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Shurmur Press Conference Transcript, Aug. 1
Don Delco on August 1st, 2011 AT 1:32 PM

Thanks to Browns’ PR staff for providing the transcript.

(Opening statement)- "First day in pads, it's always a little bit sloppier. Some of these guys haven't carried their pads in competitive situations since the middle of last year. For the most part, the work was good, we got some good runs. We got a run drill in, in pads, which is always the starting point. Then we got some good runs in team to move the ball. Then the backed up in four minute situations, which are typically run laden periods. Also, for the quarterbacks getting use to throwing in shoulder pads, I thought it was good. Some of the receiver's stepped up. I thought there was good competition. There were periods where I thought the defense looked very, very good. Then there were also some bigger plays on offense as well, got a couple long gains. It appeared like, without knowing much, we pulled through it physically okay, which is a little bit of a concern. I'm getting a pretty good feel now for where they're at physically, but not knowing totally, I think they held up decent."

(On tempering Montario Hardesty's workload)- "Today we made him just a little bit limited. We wanted him to get use to carrying his pads before we get him in there with all of his reps. He did a good job. I thought he looked good when he was in there."

(On the Brodrick Bunkley deal)- "There's really nothing to talk about right now. I can tell you that we obviously traded for (John) Greco and that's done. He'll be out here when the rest of the free agents are."

(On coaching Greco in St. Louis)- "John is a versatile guy. He's played left guard. He's played right guard. Two years ago he played left tackle for us with a club on his hand. I think he's a very good pass protector. Big guy, so he's good when you're running the football. I think of him as a somewhat versatile guy who can come in and compete for a spot. But, if he's not the guy that's playing, he has the experience to be that sixth or seventh guy."

(On if the elimination of two-a-days hinders practice)- "I don't know about hindering it, we just had to adjust it. I think the morning practice, all around the league I think everybody is getting what they want out of the big morning practice. Or if you choose to do it in the afternoon, the afternoon practice. It's the other stuff that we've had to adjust. Our 10-10-10s and our special teams which are now walk-through pace. We did our first walk-through yesterday and I think we got a lot out of it and we'll come back this afternoon do the same thing."

(On if two-a-days being gone will benefit players)- "I don't know. I think it will take a year to see the affect. I think the way we're trying to practice where we're trying to get them their work. This is kind of the dog days of our season right now. They're all tired, they're all sore, they're all a little bit chippy, but that's natural. The key is we have to be conscious this year of where they were physically when they came in."

(On Jarrett Brown's big arm)- "Pleasant surprise from that standpoint. He's got a big arm. He's a big, solid, sturdy guy. Good athlete. He's shown up well. He's had limited reps, but he's shown up pretty well so far in these three days. He's a guy that's intriguing."

(On some linebackers from last season working with the defensive ends and Marcus Benard's size)- "Defensive ends come in different sizes, but they fit our model of the pass rusher type guys. They were end of the line linebackers. They're use to playing on the end of the line of scrimmage. All we're telling them now is to put your hand down all the time. That's the philosophy. They'll be dropping some in fire zone situations. We feel they have a chance to pass rush as much as play their own."

(On Ahtyba Rubin fitting into the new defense)- "He's done a good job. Obviously we play tackles, but we'll shade the guard, shade the center. He's pretty comfortable where ever we put him. Looks like he's getting a pretty good feel for how we want him to play. There's times where he'll be on the center and a majority of the time where he'll be playing on the guard."

(On Rubin as a pass rusher)- "I've seen in the last few one-on-one drills where he's cranked it up and really made a couple good rushes. I think Dwaine (Board) and Dick (Jauron) are working with him and they'll get him going so he can get a little push."

(On it being a priority to bring back Jayme Mitchell)- "I kind of went on Tom's (Heckert) recommendation and the defense. He didn't play much last year, coming over from the Vikings. I hadn't seen him in person. When he signed, I walked in, he was sitting down and he stood up and I said, ‘Oh my goodness,' he just kept getting taller. He's a terrific looking guy. He's got range, he's tall. We're glad he's here. We feel like he can pass rush and that he's sturdy enough to play the run as well."

(On Joshua Cribbs and Carlton Mitchell's injuries)- "Josh has a little knee thing. We just kept him out, just to get it settled down. Joe (Sheehan) and the doctors are working with that, but we feel that's something that we can work with. Carlton had a shoulder deal. Again, we are just letting him settle that down as well. At this point, there is really nothing to report there. We feel like that they will be back very soon."

(On other teams being aggressive with big name signings and trades)- "I think philosophically we are trying to make our team better and make moves that fit for us. Whether it's signing back our own guys, playing with draft picks and we are meeting twice a day talking about players that are available. I think that is an on-going process. Whether we are aggressive or not, I try not to focus on that."

(On taking it slow with Jabaal Sheard)- "I wouldn't say that. He is getting quite a few reps in there."

(On if Sheard took less individual reps)- "I don't know. That may hay have been in a drill or two, but no, he is taking his full load on team drills for sure."

(On what he's seen from Greg Little)- "I like what I have seen. Until today and again I haven't had a chance to review the film from this morning, but until today a lot of what we saw from him was in the individual drills. He's got the skill and ability that we saw when we drafted him. We feel like he's got a chance to be a starter."

(On what he wants out of the free safety position)- "This is a defense where the free safety, in conjunction with the strong safety position, they kind of a captain from the ship in the back end. Obviously, D'Qwell (Jackson) handles it at the second level. From that guy, we are looking for a guy that can help manage and really ultimately get everybody lined up in the back end. Really whoever that guy is, as well as T.J. in there, they really have to be able to work together, take charge, communicate well and then you typically play on the weak side so you have got to be able to come up and support the run. That is typically what we are looking for."

(On Usama Young being the free safety)- "We feel like he can do that. We were impressed with him watching him play. He was a guy that he had targeted. We feel good that he's here."

(On if Hardesty had a setback)- "No setback, we feel good about his progress. We felt like we were going to have to manage him. Anybody that comes back from an injury, even though they are out there practicing full, we do what we can to try to manage them as they get their sea legs back under them."

(On if Steinbach's injury is significant enough that he will miss preseason games)- "No, we think he will be back out there in a couple days."

(On what happened to Jordan Cameron at the end of practice)- "He just cramped up. The one thing about tight ends and it always happens, especially on padded practices, because you are running the ball, you typically use two tight end sets. Then you are always doing your route work so they run a lot. They took they added pounding of the blocking today. With Ben (Watson) being out, those guy's work load kind of increased a little bit. But he did a nice job today."

(On Cribbs projecting as a receiver in this system)- "I think he's got a chance to be. Really the first couple days, until we sat him down, he did some good things. He can catch the football, he knows how to separate. Obviously, because of his return skills, he's good with the ball in his hands after he catches it. Those are all three really good attributes."

(On if Cribbs has untapped potential as a receiver)- "I think he's a very, very fine football player. He obviously burst on the scene as a returner and I know last year they made an effort to develop him as a receiver. We're going to line him up at receiver and try and teach him to play the position and see where it goes."



08/01
12:48 PM

Mitchell Eager for Playing Time: Browns’ seldom-seen defensive end could start at right end. http://bit.ly/qH1ayV


08/01
12:48 PM

Patrick Peterson deal worth $18.4 million: Hot News for FO Cleveland Browns Organization http://bit.ly/pPrMYY


08/01
10:02 AM

TSX: Browns Lay Low in Free Agency: Browns general manager Tom Heckert said the team “won’t go crazy.” Well, it … http://bit.ly/o425K8


08/01
10:02 AM

TSX: Browns Lay Low in Free Agency: Browns general manager Tom Heckert said the team “won’t go crazy.” Well, it … http://bit.ly/o425K8


08/01
9:59 AM

RT @FredGreethamOBR Practice winding down as players stretch.


08/01
9:59 AM

RT @FredGreethamOBR Practice winding down as players stretch.


08/01
9:56 AM

RT @FredGreethamOBR Hodges is only p in camp. Jeff wolfert is other k with dawson.


08/01
9:53 AM

RT @FredGreethamOBR Cribbs is with norwood but norwood took the reps.


08/01
9:52 AM

RT @FredGreethamOBR Working on punts with Hodges and norwood return.


08/01
9:52 AM

RT @FredGreethamOBR Working on punts with Hodges and norwood return.


08/01
9:49 AM

RT @FredGreethamOBR Hardesty is practicing.was on another field.


08/01
9:49 AM

RT @FredGreethamOBR Hardesty is practicing.was on another field.


08/01
9:44 AM

RT @FredGreethamOBR J.brown throws a bullet to nunez on the run.


08/01
9:41 AM

RT @FredGreethamOBR Colt throws nice long ball to d. Williams for td.


08/01
9:38 AM

RT @FredGreethamOBR McCoy to robiskie for 15 yds.


08/01
9:37 AM

RT @FredGreethamOBR Hardesty not seen on field.


08/01
9:13 AM

RT @FredGreethamOBR Greco wars 77. Bunkly still not yet announced by browns.


08/01
9:09 AM

RT @FredGreethamOBR Jayne mitchell present on field can’t practice until the 4th.


08/01
9:06 AM

RT @FredGreethamOBR Taylor not here. Slated to wear 98 if and when.


08/01
9:03 AM

RT @FredGreethamOBR C. Mitchell Cribbs back at practice.


08/01
9:00 AM

RT @FredGreethamOBR McCoy hits little on nice crossing route

Latest Links from the OBR Newswire
OBR Newswire on August 1st, 2011 AT 9:00 AM

These are links from the OBR Newswire for August 1st from 07:48 to 07:51:



08/01
8:57 AM

RT @FredGreethamOBR Seneca overthrows d. Williams badly.


08/01
8:52 AM

The popping of pads ward drills rookie quinn porter.


08/01
8:22 AM

Brown announce Greco trade, re-sign Mitchell: Hot News for FO Cleveland Browns Organization http://bit.ly/p2axMz


08/01
7:59 AM

RT @davekolonich: Donte Whitner to Cincinnati. Probably a better fit for Cincy than Cleveland – more of a strong safety.


08/01
7:59 AM

RT @FredGreethamOBR Browns announce greco trade and mitchell signing.


08/01
7:58 AM

@oconrecon @kmvp860am It’s a technical glitch we’re tying to get Scout to help stop.


08/01
7:57 AM

Browns officially announce trade for OL John Greco (for a 2012 draft pick) and the re-signing of DL Jayme Mitchell.

Browns Make Greco, Mitchell Deals Official
Don Delco on August 1st, 2011 AT 7:55 AM

This morning, the Browns have officially announced the trade for Rams offensive lineman John Greco and the resigning of defensive lineman Jayme Mitchell.

Greco was acquired from the St. Louis Rams for an undisclosed 2012 draft pick. According to the release, Greco has seen action in 26 games with four starts in his career. He saw his most extensive playing time in 2009, when he appeared in a career-high 11 games with three starts.

Greco is from Youngstown and he attended Boardman High School. He was a three-time all-MAC selection at Toledo, where he graduated in 2007.

Mitchell was acquired via a trade with Minnesota on Oct. 5, but has not played a game for the Browns. In 29 games with the Vikings, he has 29 tackles and five sacks.



08/01
7:50 AM

Dawson Embraces Return: Browns’ only player from ’99 team is back for at least one more season. http://bit.ly/r6o6aX