Cleveland Browns

Stadium: FirstEnergy Stadium | Coach: Mike Pettine
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense23rd108.0 (17th)216.6 (20th)
Defense23rd141.6 (32nd)224.5 (8th)
2015 Draft
112Danny SheltonDTWASH
119Cameron ErvingCFSU
251Nate OrchardDEUTAH
377Duke JohnsonRBMIAMI
396Xavier CooperDTWASHST
4115Ibraheim CampbellSSNWEST
4123Vince MayleWRWASHST
6189Charles GainesCBLVILLE
6195Malcolm JohnsonFBMISSST
6198Randall TelferTEUSC
7219Hayes PullardILBUSC
7241Ifo Ekpre-OlomuCBOREG


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Browns RB Isaiah Crowell opens OTAs as starter
by Jason Butt |

Isaiah Crowell opened Tuesday's OTA practice as the Browns' starting running back, according to 

Crowell, an undrafted free-agent a year ago, and Terrance West split first-team reps. Crowell totaled 607 yards and eight touchdowns while West ran for 673 yards and four. Regardless of who the starter is, the Browns are likely to use a rotation at running back. 

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Browns embattled QB Johnny Manziel gets support from mates
by Marty Gitlin |

All is well so far in 2015 for Browns second-year quarterback Johnny Manziel, whose whirlwind career in the NFL seems to be at least for now heading in the right direction.

Manziel received praise Tuesday from several teammates for his work and dedication to improving his skills, something that could certainly not be said a year ago. A stint in rehab appears to have had a positive effect.

"He understands the mistkaes that he's made, so he's taken the proper steps to try to keep himself out of trouble," said safety Donte Whitner, who added that Manziel has been among the first to arrive and the last to leave. "Now he understands how serious it is.

"He'll be all right. ... If you're here in the morning, you see who has those first couple parking spots, you know who was here before everybody else. So he's taken the steps that it takes to be a good quarterback."

Manziel, who had some fine moments in 11-on-11 drills Tuesday, according to Associated Press, also earned some kudos from Mike Pettine, who said he's been "very engaged in meetings" and "more focused."

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Browns waive LB Keith Pough, DE Calvin Barnett
by Marty Gitlin |

The Browns have waived-injured linebacker Keith Pough (hamstring) and simply waived defensive end Calvin Barnett, per the Akron Beacon Journal.

Pough was active for just one game last year, but did not play.

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Browns C Alex Mack expresses uncertainty over opt-out
by Marty Gitlin |

Browns center Alex Mack has stated that he has "absolutely not" made a decision as to whether he will opt out of his contract after this year, the Akron Beacon Journal has reported. He added that winning is an important factor, but declined to elaborate on his contract situation.

Mack has been considered by some a sure bet to leave the team following the season. It's believed that's one reason the team selected potential replacement Cameron Erving in the first round of the 2015 draft.

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Pettine: Browns QB Johnny Manziel has earned backup status
by Marty Gitlin |

Ballyhooed and controversial Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel has been deemed the lead backup behind Josh McCown, at least for now, the Akron Beacon Journal has reported.

That decision by Mike Pettine was made based on what he has determined from the second phase of the offseason.

Manziel had been considered running neck-and-neck with fellow second-year quarterback Connor Shaw for the backup job. McCown has been declared the starter.

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