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Isaiah Crowell received the first rep in team drills at Browns training camp Friday.

Terrance West received the first rep when the Browns opened camp Thursday. This is further confirmation that Cleveland will likely divvy up reps between Crowell, West and third-rounder Duke Johnson throughout camp until one separates from the pack. Crowell has the most talent as an inside runner but doesn't offer anything in the passing game and has experienced fumbling issues in the past. We still like Crowell at his eighth-round ADP.
Jul 31 - 11:10 AM

ESPN Cleveland's Tony Grossi called Terrelle Pryor "the most intriguing player on hand," at Browns camp, and "a possible playmaker who could be a game-changer."

On the opening day of Browns camp, Pryor stole the show. He didn't drop a single pass and "looked like a natural" at receiver after having never played the position at any level. "I’ve never seen anybody make that transformation in person," said CB Joe Haden. "It looks like it would work." The thing Pryor has going for him is no other Browns receiver has his size-athleticism combo.
Jul 31 - 9:37 AM

Browns fourth-round WR Vince Mayle (broken pinkie) has resumed catching passes.

Mayle was in a cast all spring, but has shed it for training camp. He played through the injury his senior season at Washington State, dropping a boatload of passes in the process. There are targets for the taking in Cleveland, but a slow-footed possession receiver, we're skeptical Mayle will take them.
Jul 30 - 11:10 PM

Johnny Manziel struggled out of the gate as the Browns opened camp Thursday.

Working exclusively with the second-stringers, Manziel's first four dropbacks went like this: Sack, sack, pass nearly intercepted, pass batted down at the line. Rehab may not have been the answer to Johnny Football's on-field woes. We're not going to overreact to one padless practice in July, but the Browns have already said the gap between starter Josh McCown and Manziel is wide.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 30 - 9:51 PM

Browns RB Isaiah Crowell is already having "exchange problems" early in camp.

Crowell apparently fumbled two handoffs from Josh McCown, and later dropped a short pass. It's just a reminder of Crowell's ball-security issues, which earned him an October benching and more limited role down the stretch last season. Crowell is atop the Browns' running-back depth chart, but can't put the ball on the ground in the preseason.
Jul 30 - 2:57 PM

Terrance West got the first rep in team drills as the Browns opened training camp Thursday.

Coach Mike Pettine said he will mix it up by day and by drill. But at the very least, West getting the first rep on the first day of camp shows he's not buried on the depth chart as previously speculated. Isaiah Crowell, who got the second rep Thursday, remains our favorite for early-down work. Rookie Duke Johnson will also push for a significant role in this muddled, hot-hand situation.
Jul 30 - 11:57 AM

Browns coach Mike Pettine said it’s "highly unlikely" rookie CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu (knee) will play this season.

Recovering from December ACL surgery, Ekpre-Olomu is expected to redshirt. He’ll open the year on reserve/NFI. Ekpre-Olomu will push for a slot role when healthy. The former Oregon Duck could also end up at free safety.
Jul 29 - 7:35 PM

Browns NT Phil Taylor isn't considered a lock to make the 53-man roster.

The former 21st overall pick saw his starting job disappear when the Browns drafted NT Danny Shelton. Desmond Bryant and Randy Starks are projected to flank Shelton. Taylor is making his way back from a 2014 knee injury that required a clean-up procedure and forced him to miss OTAs and minicamp. The Browns would just be eating Taylor's $5.477 million salary if he were to be cut.
Jul 29 - 9:27 AM

The Chronicle-Telegram's Scott Petrak considers Travis Benjamin the early odd man out in the Browns receiving corps.

Benjamin is a seldom-used deep threat who must show he can return kicks to make the team. Last season, Benjamin disappointed as a return man, averaging just 21 yards on kick returns and 2.4 yards per punt return while grading out as PFF's worst returner. Benjamin is pint-sized at 5-foot-10 and 175 pounds.
Jul 29 - 9:20 AM

Terrance West appeared to surrender reps to Duke Johnson and Shaun Draughn during OTAs and minicamp.

The Browns have said they want to ride the hot hand at running back this season. It's going to be very difficult for West to get that hot hand if he's fourth in line behind Isaiah Crowell, Johnson and Draughn. West had a rocky rookie year, often looking average on the field and getting in the coaches' doghouse off it. The Browns used a third-round pick on Johnson in May.
Jul 28 - 8:16 AM

Coach Mike Pettine denies there's a "seeping rift" between he and GM Ray Farmer.

ESPN Cleveland reported last week that there was growing dysfunction in the organization. As the Browns embark on training camp, Pettine insisted he and Farmer are "singing from the same hymnal" after working through their differences. Vegas has the Browns' win total at 6.5 this season. We'd bet one or both of Pettine and Farmer will be fired if they don't go at least 8-8.
Jul 27 - 9:37 PM

Browns coach Mike Pettine hasn't closed the door on Terrelle Pryor at quarterback, but wants him to focus "1,000 percent" on receiver for training camp.

Perhaps Pettine is beginning to confront the reality that Josh McCown and Johnny Manziel are his top-two quarterbacks. For his part, Pryor believes he's competing as a "slash" player, someone who dabbles at quarterback while getting touches elsewhere. Pryor will undoubtedly be one of the 53 most talented players in Browns camp, it's just a matter of if he can find a role.
Jul 27 - 3:12 PM

Speaking Monday, Browns coach Mike Pettine declined to guarantee that Josh McCown will be the team's starter.

"I'm not guaranteeing Josh will start against the Jets (in Week 1)," Pettine said. The comments came in the same breath that Pettine called Johnny Manziel the Browns' "clearcut" backup, but hint at a competition nonetheless. We don't doubt the Browns badly want McCown to be their starter, but they've seen the same 2014 tape everyone else has. It's quite possible McCown is done, and simply won't beat out Manziel.
Jul 27 - 3:02 PM

Browns coach Mike Pettine calls Johnny Manziel the team's "clearcut" No. 2 quarterback on the eve of training camp.

It jibes with everything we heard all offseason, though Pettine did decline to unequivocally name Josh McCown his Week 1 starter. Manziel was an unmitigated disaster as a rookie, but McCown was arguably the league's worst quarterback when he took the field for the Bucs. With Manziel supposedly practicing and behaving better, the door is still ajar for him to make starts.
Jul 27 - 2:45 PM

Johnny Manziel worked out with Jon Gruden this summer.

Per reporter Pat McManamon, the duo concentrated on "film work and mechanics." As evidenced by Gruden's QB Camp, the former Bucs and Raiders coach is a total film junkie. It's just another step for Manziel as he works to get his career out of the gutter. He opens camp as the clear No. 2 to Josh McCown's No. 1.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 25 - 9:28 AM


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