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Coach Mike Pettine said he "definitely sees changes" in second-year CB Justin Gilbert.

"So far, so good," Pettine said. "Attention to detail, just kind of getting himself into the material, and then the want-to, how serious he’s taking it." The No. 8 overall pick last year, Gilbert seemed to just go through the motions and collect a paycheck as a rookie, getting torched in coverage before being benched at the end of the year. Gilbert is now competing for a role in sub-packages behind Joe Haden and Tramon Williams.
Jun 3 - 9:56 AM

Dwayne Bowe "tweaked" his knee in Tuesday's OTA.

Bowe went up for a pass and landed awkwardly. He was escorted off the field for further tests, but coach Mike Pettine is confident it "isn't anything serious." Bowe will likely sit out the rest of the week, though he should be fine for minicamp. The Browns' No. 1 receiver, Bowe is a value grab at his current 14.02 ADP.
Jun 2 - 8:06 PM

Terrance West got the first rep with the first-stringers at Tuesday's OTAs.

When OTAs first opened last week, Isaiah Crowell got the first rep. This is just a reminder that the Browns will make their backs earn reps -- just like they did last year. West is expected to start off as the backup to Crowell on early downs and to Duke Johnson on pass downs, but isn't miles behind either.
Jun 2 - 12:04 PM

Johnny Manziel was involved in an incident Saturday at the Byron Nelson Classic in Irving, Texas.

Manziel threw a water bottle at an 18-year-old who was harassing him by the Four Seasons' pool. No charges were filed and police said Manziel did not show any signs of being intoxicated. Unless more details surface about the incident, this should be a non-story.
May 31 - 1:07 PM

Browns signed WR Josh Lenz and DL Christian Tupou.

An undersized speedster out of Iowa State, Lenz signed as an undrafted free agent with the Bears following the 2013 draft. He was released at final cuts in 2013 and has spent time on the Seahawks' and Colts' practice squads the last two seasons. He is unlikely to make the final roster.
May 30 - 11:39 AM

ESPN Cleveland's Tony Grossi describes Johnny Manziel as a "fish out of water" in the Browns' new offense.

The job of Cleveland's quarterback under new OC John DeFilippo is to manage games and "play within the structure of a conservative game plan." Manziel's strength -- at Texas A&M, at least -- was improvisation. Manziel has reportedly struggled in OTAs practices, and Grossi writes that Johnny Football's "skills don’t coincide with what the Browns are asking of their quarterback." It's looking less and less likely that Manziel will give Josh McCown a serious Week 1 run.
May 29 - 8:55 PM

ESPN Cleveland's Tony Grossi expects Josh McCown to be "unchallenged" as the Browns' starting quarterback.

With the Browns "aiming to control the ball on the ground" and not turn it over, Grossi believes the soon-to-be 36-year-old veteran is out well ahead of Johnny Manziel in what is unlikely to even be a competition. By all accounts, Manziel has been horrid the opening week of OTAs, not knowing where to go with the football and leaving the pocket too much, leading Grossi to think the Browns are "moving on" from Johnny Football. We're still three-plus months away from real games, but McCown seems to be comfortably out in front of Manziel.
May 29 - 9:02 AM

Browns C Alex Mack declined to say if he'll void his contract after the season.

Mack is fully expected to exercise his opt-out clause, allowing him to hit the market for one last big deal in his age-30 season. The Browns prepared to move on from Mack by drafting G/C Cameron Erving with one of their first-round picks. Mack has been held out of team drills at OTAs while recovering from leg surgery, but remains on track for the start of training camp.
May 27 - 6:07 PM

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


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