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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.
Jul 25 - 9:28 AM

According to the Akron Beacon Journal, the Browns are "not relying on (Duke) Johnson to be their starter right away."

Beat writer Nate Ulrich says the Browns would like Johnson "to eventually develop into the (lead-back) role," but he won't open the season as Cleveland's first-team back. The Browns are intrigued with Johnson's receiving skills, however, and he remains set up for a large role. The team has repeatedly likened Johnson to Giovani Bernard, who had 226 touches as a rookie in 2013.
Jul 24 - 2:32 PM

The Akron Beacon Journal still considers Isaiah Crowell the favorite to start at running back for the Browns.

Third-round rookie Duke Johnson has generated far more offseason buzz, but by all accounts the Browns view Johnson as a passing-game specialist and scatback type. Crowell should be Cleveland's thumper between the tackles and go-to back on red-zone carries. Entering his second NFL season after an eight-TD rookie year, Crowell is an intriguing eighth-round fantasy pick.
Jul 24 - 2:29 PM

Josh Gordon and Terrelle Pryor are working out with Randy Moss at Moss's football academy this week.

We haven't heard much about Gordon since his indefinite suspension was handed down after last season, so it's good to hear he's still working on his craft in preparation for a hopeful return in 2017. Pryor, on the other hand, needs all the seasoning he can get as he attempts to make the transition from quarterback to receiver. Working out with one of the greatest receivers of all time can't hurt.
Jul 24 - 12:27 PM

Browns placed TE Randall Telfer (foot) on the active/NFI list.

Telfer will miss the majority of 2015 with his Lisfranc injury. The Browns haven't ruled out a late-season return for the sixth-round rookie.
Jul 22 - 5:29 PM

Browns placed DB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu (knee) on the active/NFI list.

This was expected with Ekpre-Olomu recovering from December ACL surgery. The Browns could keep him on NFI to open the season, costing him the first six games. Ekpre-Olomu is likely to redshirt as a rookie.
Jul 22 - 5:08 PM

The Browns view first-round NT Danny Shelton as a three-down player.

"They see what he ran 40-wise, but at the end of the day, just put on the film," DL coach Anthony Weaver said. "I think he has all the potential in the world to be a three-down player." Shelton ran 5.64 at the Combine at 6-foot-1 and 343 pounds, and some questioned whether he'd be able to play on passing downs. Shelton recorded nine sacks as a 21-year-old at Washington last year.
Jul 22 - 8:39 AM

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