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Teammate Donte Whitner has praised Johnny Manziel's work ethic this offseason.

Whitner says Manziel has been showing up early and leaving late. Whitner is the second Browns veteran to praise Manziel's newly nose-to-the-grindstone attitude, joining LT Joe Thomas. Manziel has opened OTAs as the No. 2 quarterback behind Josh McCown, but we'd be surprised if he didn't make starts this season.
May 26 - 2:54 PM

Browns coach Mike Pettine says Terrance West has "been great" in OTAs.

It's good to know, as West's stock was damaged by the selection of Duke Johnson in the third round. Johnson should siphon snaps on passing downs, leaving West to fight for carries with Isaiah Crowell. Crowell opened with the starters in OTAs, and is the favorite to earn No. 1 duties for Week 1. As of the moment, West is a tough sell as a fantasy RB3.
May 26 - 2:43 PM

The Browns are holding C Alex Mack (leg) out of team drills in OTAs.

Mack was expected to be a full participant in the Browns' offseason program, but coach Mike Pettine says they're exercising caution instead. Pettine said Mack is "ready to go," so there's every reason to believe he'll be out there for Day 1 of training camp.
May 26 - 2:39 PM

Johnny Manziel was the Browns' second-string quarterback as OTAs opened Tuesday.

As expected, veteran journeyman Josh McCown took the first-team reps. After last year's utter meltdown on and off the field, Manziel will have to earn the trust of his coaches and team before he climbs the depth chart. So far, all signs have been good since he got out of rehab. We're likely looking at a true competition in training camp.
May 26 - 11:26 AM

Isaiah Crowell took the first snap with the starters at Tuesday's OTA session.

Crowell emerged from Cleveland's 2014 jumble as the best early-down option, averaging 4.10 YPC while earning double-digit carries in six of the final eight games. There will be week-to-week competition and some mixing and matching based on opponent, but the starter's job is Crowell's to lose. Rookie Duke Johnson profiles mostly as a passing down back and Terrance West projects as a backup at both spots. With C Alex Mack back from his broken leg, there will be mid-round upside in the talented Crowell.
May 26 - 11:17 AM

The Cleveland Plain Dealer believes the Browns will "mix and match" their running backs depending on the opponent.

Beat writer Mary Kay Cabot expects Duke Johnson to "press" Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell for playing time, even leaving open the possibility for the rookie to win the job. More likely, however, we're looking at a committee that leans toward Isaiah Crowell on early downs, Johnson on passing downs and West as a backup at both spots. It's going to be merit-based though, as last year the Browns had their backs competing during practice before deciding who would start.
May 26 - 10:19 AM

Browns FS Tashaun Gipson will not report to this week's voluntary OTAs, as expected.

Gipson still hasn't signed his $2.356 million restricted free agent tender. He's hoping the Browns cave and give him a long-term extension, but they've made it clear that's not happening. Expect Gipson to sign the tender by the June 15 deadline, play out this season and hit free agency in 2016. Gipson was a top-10 safety in PFF's 2014 ratings.
May 26 - 8:53 AM

ESPN Cleveland believes Browns FS Tashaun Gipson may be intent on entering the free agent market in 2016.

Gipson has been skipping voluntary minicamp. The Browns reportedly have concerns about his 2014 MCL injury and aren’t expected to extend him. Gipson has until June 15 to sign his second-round tender or he'll risk losing $1.73 million.
May 23 - 9:12 PM

Browns FS Tashaun Gipson has until June 15 to sign his restricted free agent tender.

Gipson is holding out of minicamp in an attempt to get a long-term deal. He’s yet to decide if he’ll sign his second-round tender ($2.356 million), but Cleveland holds all the leverage in contract talks. The Browns can reduce Gipson’s offer to $627,000 if he doesn’t sign by the June 15 deadline.
May 23 - 3:43 PM

The Browns could use third-round RB Duke Johnson on kick returns.

Johnson was a standout kick returner at Miami, averaging 30.7 yards and scoring two touchdowns. He could be an upgrade over Travis Benjamin, who averaged a career-worst 20.5 on kick returns last year. Johnson's offensive role will likely be limited to passing downs behind Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell.
May 23 - 3:39 PM

Browns GM Ray Farmer believes OL Michael Bowie (shoulder) could be a major factor this season.

Claimed off waivers in August, Bowie missed all of 2014 recovering from shoulder surgery. He’s expected to be ready for the start of training camp, where he’ll compete for a swing role behind contract-year RT Mitchell Schwartz. The Browns could also give Bowie a look at guard.
May 23 - 3:17 PM

The Cleveland Plain Dealer expects Armonty Bryant (knee) to "easily make the switch" to outside linebacker.

The Browns need depth at outside linebacker and plan to use Bryant as a situational pass rusher. Bryant played left end in six games last year prior to landing on I.R. His ability to regain pre-injury form is a concern. Seven months removed from ACL surgery, Bryant is on track for training camp.
May 23 - 3:02 PM

Browns fourth-round WR Vince Mayle (broken thumb) is expected to be a full-go for training camp.

Mayle is currently in a soft cast after undergoing a procedure to insert a screw in his thumb. He's doing everything at OTAs except catching the football.
May 21 - 12:10 PM

Browns signed fourth-round S Ibraheim Campbell to a four-year contract.

Campbell has a ton of experience as a 45-game starter at Northwestern. He'll compete for snaps as the No. 3 safety behind starters SS Donte Whitner and FS Tashaun Gipson and could be the heir apparent to Whitner in time.
May 20 - 1:57 PM

Browns signed fourth-round WR Vince Mayle and seventh-round LB Hayes Pullard to four-year contracts.

A drop-prone possession receiver out of Washington State, Mayle has the appearance of a lot of opportunity in Cleveland, but we're skeptical he'll provide serious competition for Dwayne Bowe, Brian Hartline, Andrew Hawkins, and Taylor Gabriel. Mayle has already gotten off to a slow start, requiring thumb surgery after the draft. He's not a compelling Dynasty league prospect.
May 18 - 5:25 PM


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