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Terrelle Pryor says he's competing for a roster spot as a "slash" player.

"I'm going to give this slash-player deal a chance," Pryor said last week. "I just want to play football. I'm a playmaker, and I believe if I can touch the ball, I can go to the house, especially if I have space." A "slash" player is typically a quarterback who gets touches elsewhere on the field. The Browns have made it clear they signed Pryor as a wideout, and not a signal caller. Pryor would undoubtedly be used in gadget packages if he cracked the 53-man roster, but his odds live and die on his ability to adjust to receiver.
Jun 30 - 4:46 PM

Coach Mike Pettine referred to TE Rob Housler as "the ideal 'F.'"

The "F" position refers to the move tight end spot, a player that is often detached from the line. That's where Housler, a 6'5/248 specimen with 4.55 speed and a 37-inch vertical, wins. Don't be surprised if he breaks his previous career-high of 45 catches, set in 2012. Housler's current ADP is undrafted in standard-sized leagues.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 30 - 9:14 AM

A Browns official has corresponded with suspended WR Josh Gordon this offseason.

The Browns haven't completely given up on Gordon yet. Although his rookie contract was set to expire after this season, his suspensions have tolled the contract meaning he's still under team control at least through 2016. Gordon is eligible to apply for reinstatement in February.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 25 - 8:39 AM

ESPN Cleveland's Tony Grossi gives waivers acquisition Terrelle Pryor a five percent chance of making the Browns' 53-man roster.

Pryor is a freak athlete, but making the transition from quarterback to wide receiver at the age of 26. Cleveland's abysmal receiver corps is working in Pryor's favor, but there's a chance he simply bombs at his new position. Pryor will be a fascinating case in training camp and the preseason.
Jun 23 - 8:20 PM

Browns claimed WR Terrelle Pryor off waivers from the Bengals.

Pryor is a worthy flyer for Cleveland, which currently can lay claim to the poorest wide receiver depth chart in football. Pryor, 26, dabbled at wideout at Ohio State and has embraced a full-on position switch in an effort to extend his career. Pryor is huge (6'5/232) with low-4.4 timed speed coming out of college. With Vince Mayle, Brian Hartline, Andrew Hawkins, and Taylor Gabriel as his primary competition behind Dwayne Bowe, we wouldn't totally rule out the possibility Pryor earns meaningful wide receiver snaps for the Browns this year.
Jun 22 - 4:19 PM

Free agent Terrelle Pryor confirms he's switched positions to wide receiver.

"Going to miss quarterback, but I will make a great wide receiver," Pryor tweeted. "Already working." There were exclamation points for emphasis. It's a smart move for Pryor, albeit one he's making out of necessity. Pryor has used up all his chances at quarterback. A towering 6-foot-5, 232 pounds, Pryor is unlikely to still run in the low 4.4s like he did coming out of Ohio State, but remains an impressive athlete for his size. Someone should take a flier before camp.
Jun 22 - 1:50 PM

Browns FS Tashaun Gipson said he's "perfectly fine" playing out this season on his one-year, $2.356 restricted free agent tender.

Gipson sees the light of the tunnel in the form of unrestricted free agency next March. If he plays like he did last season -- when opposing quarterbacks had a passer rating of just 41.9 throwing into his coverage and he recorded six picks in 11 games -- Gipson will command at least $6-7 million annually.
Source: wkyc.com
Jun 22 - 12:36 PM

Browns OC John DeFilippo said he was "very impressed" with Josh McCown's performance at minicamp and OTAs.

"I haven’t seen anything from an arm strength standpoint, from an athletic standpoint to tell me that his game has declined at all," said DeFilippo. "He is much better in situational football, a much smarter quarterback than he was in 2007." DeFilippo was McCown's position coach with Oakland in 2007, so the two have a history. Though he may not have trouble holding off Johnny Manziel for the starting job, McCown is coming off a brutal year in Tampa and turns 36 next month. He's someone the Browns should be planning to "hide," not feature.
Jun 21 - 11:24 AM

Browns OC John DeFilippo says he plans to "go with the guy that has the hot hand" at running back.

Per ESPN Cleveland's Tony Grossi, Isaiah Crowell has "workhorse" potential if he can clean up his ball security, while third-round pick Duke Johnson "was drafted to give the QB another option on passing downs." The Browns have named a formation "21 Hurricane" (Johnson is a former Miami Hurricane) in which Johnson enters the game with another tailback on the field. Perhaps most notably, Grossi's breakdown of the Browns' running back position group makes no mention of Terrance West.
Jun 19 - 11:31 AM

Johnny Manziel has struggled with "throwing accuracy" at spring practices.

ESPN Cleveland's Tony Grossi says Manziel has impressed the coaching staff with "improvement in little things, such as getting the plays called and off on time," but his ball placement remains a major issue. Grossi believes Connor Show or even Thad Lewis could eventually challenge Manziel to be the Browns' No. 2 quarterback behind locked-in (imagine that) starter Josh McCown.
Jun 19 - 10:55 AM

The player rep for free agent Terrelle Pryor is informing NFL teams his client is now open to playing wide receiver.

Pryor stated in May that he was only willing to play quarterback in the NFL. He's had a change of heart -- smartly -- and will take a shot at another position. At his Pro Day before the 2011 supplemental draft, Pryor measured in at 6-foot-5, 232 and ran forty times of 4.38 and 4.41. Still only 26 years old, Pryor should get at least one more chance at a big-league career. Albeit very limited, Pryor does have some history lining up at wideout. He caught two TD passes at Ohio State.
Jun 18 - 9:28 PM

Browns OC John DeFilippo expects first-round pick Cameron Erving to open training camp at right guard.

This is where we expected Erving to end up, though he also spent time at center and left tackle during OTAs. The 22-year-old shouldn't get too cozy at guard. The Browns will need Erving to play center if Alex Mack opts out of his contract next offseason.
Jun 18 - 8:02 PM

Browns DC Jim O'Neil said third-year OLB Barkevious Mingo (shoulder) will have to "earn playing time" this year.

"We're deep in every position group," said O'Neil. "Mingo is going to have to come back ready to go, and he's going to have to earn it." O'Neil said Mingo will have a role in sub-packages but will have to "compete for playing time on early downs." Mingo underwent offseason surgery to fix a torn labrum and was limited to 7-on-7 drills during minicamp. When healthy, he'll compete with Armonty Bryant, Nate Orchard and Scott Solomon for snaps at outside linebacker.
Jun 18 - 7:27 PM

Bengals waived QB Terrelle Pryor.

Pryor lasted 40 days on the Bengals' roster after spending just 42 days on the Chiefs' earlier this offseason. His NFL days are just about caput. Pryor simply isn't a quarterback and has been reluctant to switch positions. In Cincinnati, A.J. McCarron and Josh Johnson are locked in as Andy Dalton's backups.
Jun 18 - 5:20 PM

OC John DeFilippo reiterated Josh McCown will enter training camp as the starter.

Nothing has changed. If the Browns had to play a game right now, they feel McCown would give them a far better chance to win than Johnny Manziel. It's going to take a lot of on-field progress during camp for Johnny Football to seize the job -- quitting drinking and dumping the "money sign" won't be enough.
Jun 18 - 10:28 AM


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