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Rookie Duke Johnson was running with the Browns' third-team offense before tweaking his hamstring in Saturday's training camp practice.

He's been behind Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West. "I'll be alright," Johnson said after the injury. "I've experienced much worse. I just felt something in my hamstring, stopped for precautionary reasons. We're going to take a look at it today." The Browns don't seem concerned, but Johnson needs to get back on the practice field to make up ground on the depth chart.
Aug 1 - 9:32 PM

Browns owner Jimmy Haslam said he will not fire coach Mike Pettine and GM Ray Farmer even if the team struggles this year.

Considering Haslam has already fired two head coaches and two general managers since taking over the team in 2012, it is difficult to take his sudden patience seriously. Under Haslam, the Browns have become one of the most dysfunctional organizations in the league, and it would not be surprising if we see another housecleaning following this season.
Aug 1 - 1:05 PM

Browns RB Terrance West suffered a calf injury in Saturday's training camp practice.

It was a tough practice for Cleveland as they lost DL Billy Winn to what looked like a bad knee injury and fellow RB Duke Johnson to a tweaked hamstring. West said he was not worried about the injury, but he may miss a few days. West is competing with Isaiah Crowell for early-down work in the Browns' backfield.
Aug 1 - 12:12 PM

Browns rookie RB Duke Johnson tweaked his hamstring during practice Saturday.

Johnson had the leg wrapped in ice on the sidelines during practice, but he did not sound worried. He likely will not miss more than a few days. Johnson remains the heavy favorite for passing-game work in the Browns' backfield.
Aug 1 - 12:08 PM

Browns DL Billy Winn was carted off the practice field Saturday with an apparent right knee injury.

Winn was examined for about five minutes on the sideline before trainers called for the cart. Winn struggled as a rotational lineman last season, but he earned praise from coach Mike Pettine for his work this offseason. Winn is scheduled for an MRI on Saturday afternoon.
Aug 1 - 10:50 AM

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


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