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All 4 Cleveland Browns preseason games to be nationally televised

The Cleveland Browns will be first at least once this year in the NFL.  They are set to kick off the NFL Network’s coverage of the preseason Aug. 9 when they take on the New York Giants.  That game, the first of 15 to be shown live by NFLN this preseason, will include the top two picks in the last NFL draft — Cleveland’s Baker Mayfield and Saquon Barkley of the Giants...
PFF tabs an Ohio State Buckeye to make immediate impact for Browns

PFF tabs an Ohio State Buckeye to make immediate impact for Browns

Pro Football Focus named Browns cornerback Denzel Ward among the 20 players most likely to have an immediate impact with new teams in the NFL this fall.  A rookie from Ohio State, Ward was the No. 4 pick in the draft in April.  The Browns were next-to-last in the NFL in interceptions last season with seven.  They ranked 26th-ranked pass defense in the league as measured by FootballOutsiders...
Johnny Manziel to sign a CFL contract and resume football career

Johnny Manziel to sign a CFL contract and resume football career

It looks like Johnny Manziel will continue to press on with his football career. He will just have to go north of the border to do it. The post Johnny Manziel to sign a CFL contract and resume football career appeared first on Diehards.
History lesson: Ohio State and the Cincinnati Bengals go way back

History lesson: Ohio State and the Cincinnati Bengals go way back

The Cincinnati Bengals did more than buck a recent trend when they selected two Ohio State players in the 2018 NFL Draft.  Southwest Ohio’s pro football franchise also got back to its roots.  Given the perceived animosity between the Queen City and the Scarlet and Gray over the years, that probably comes as a surprise to at least some folks.  Let’s set the record straight...
Sports Today: Maybe this is just who Homer Bailey is

Sports Today: Maybe this is just who Homer Bailey is

I feel for Homer Bailey since he hasn’t gotten much run support this season, but so far 2018 has provided a lot of support for my theory he is someone who generally pitches just well enough to lose.  After getting the decision in a 7-6 loss to Milwaukee on Tuesday night, Bailey’s career record is 66-67.  Seems about right, doesn’t it?  So far this season the Reds...
Super Bowl odds: Bengals and Browns both bringing up the rear

Super Bowl odds: Bengals and Browns both bringing up the rear

Maybe Vegas wasn’t impressed with what the Bengals or Browns did in the NFL Draft?  Bovada released updated Super Bowl 53 odds Tuesday, and they have both Ohio teams bringing up the rear.  That’s right, a dollar bet on the Bengals or Browns will bring back $100 after both teams saw their odds get longer over the past month.  Those 100/1 odds are the worst in the league and...
NFL Draft: Where Ohio State players are headed next

NFL Draft: Where Ohio State players are headed next

After seven Ohio State Buckeyes were chosen in the 2018 NFL Draft, several more found potential homes in the league in the following two days.  The most notable story is also the most confusing.  Initially, quarterback J.T. Barrett was reported to be heading to the Indianapolis Colts.  Then he was said to be getting a tryout with the Saints instead.  Now he reportedly has a 3-year...
NFL Draft: Cleveland Browns add 3 more players on Day 2

NFL Draft: Cleveland Browns add 3 more players on Day 2

Update, 9:26 p.m. The Browns added Miami (Fla.) defensive end Chad Thomas with the third pick of the third round (67th overall). A four-year player and three-year starter for the Hurricanes, Thomas had 11 sacks and 26 tackles for loss. He’s also a music prodigy who has produced for Rick Ross. Update, 7:20 p.m. The Browns picked Georgia running back Nick Chubb with the third pick of the second...
NFL draft reaction: Browns, Ravens make bold moves while Bengals play it safe

NFL draft reaction: Browns, Ravens make bold moves while Bengals play it safe

Baker Mayfield was certainly a bold pick by the Cleveland Browns.  Of all the quarterbacks available, I would have liked to have Mayfield or Lamar Jackson the most because the flaws of the other three scare me more.  Josh Allen is not an accurate passer.  Sam Darnold turns the ball over too much.  Josh Rosen brings injury concerns.  There are no perfect prospects, but those...
Ohio State DB streak continues as Browns end Buckeyes draft drought

Ohio State DB streak continues as Browns end Buckeyes draft drought

Ohio State’s recent defensive back draftapalooza continued Thursday night when Denzel Ward was selected No. 4 overall by the Cleveland Browns.   The pick made Ohio State the first school in the common era (since 1967) to have five defensive backs taken in the first round in three years. That run started with Eli Apple in 2016 and continued with Marshon Lattimore, Malik Hooker and Gareon...
NFL Draft: Browns take Mayfield, Buckeyes Ward in first round

NFL Draft: Browns take Mayfield, Buckeyes Ward in first round

The Cleveland Browns selected Ohio State cornerback Denzel Ward with the fourth overall pick after taking Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield first overall. The New York Giants took Penn State running back Saquon Barkley second, and the New York Jets picked USC quarterback Sam Darnold third. This is the second time in three years an Ohio State player has gone in the top four picks after San Diego...
Ohio State NFL draft preview: 5 things to know 

Ohio State NFL draft preview: 5 things to know 

The 83rd NFL draft is set for Thursday-Saturday in Texas, and Ohio State is expected to be heavily involved again.  Here are five things for Buckeye fans to know before it begins:  Eleven Ohio State players were invited to the NFL Scouting Combine, and more got to work out for NFL scouts during the team’s pro day. Land of 10’s Scott Dochterman predicts Jerome Baker, J.T. Barrett...
NFL draft: 1 player is an overwhelming favorite to be Browns’ pick

NFL draft: 1 player is an overwhelming favorite to be Browns’ pick

The NFL draft begins Thursday night. The Cleveland Browns are picking first.  Those two things we know.  What is uncertain is who they will take.  There is no shortage of speculation on who might be their choice, though most seem to agree they will take a quarterback.  At least one sportsbook sees an overwhelming favorite.  Sam Darnold is getting 5/12 odds from Bovada...
5 things to know about the NFL draft

5 things to know about the NFL draft

The 83rd NFL draft is this week in Arlington, Texas.  Here is what you need to know before the league’s annual talent grab kicks off:  For the first time, the entire draft will be available on broadcast television as Fox will simulcast the NFL Network’s coverage of rounds 1-3 on its broadcast channel. ABC will simulcast ESPN’s coverage of rounds 4-7.  Along with the...
Johnny Manziel reveals just how unready for NFL he was to succeed with the Browns

Johnny Manziel reveals just how unready for NFL he was to succeed with the Browns

Remember when the Cleveland Browns used a first-round pick in the NFL draft on Johnny Manziel?  Well, it turns out that was an even bigger mistake than anyone might have realized at the time.  Just ask Manziel.  The 2012 Heisman Trophy winner told the Dan Patrick Show on Wednesday just how unprepared he was for the NFL – and how little the Browns did to make up for his shortcomings...
Hartman: NFL invites more problems with latest rule change

Hartman: NFL invites more problems with latest rule change

Did the NFL just take another step toward banning football?   That’s a fair reaction to the new rule against “lowering the head” the league announced Tuesday.   I realize a lot of early freak outs on social media turn out to be overreactions, but in this case extreme concerns are justified.   Literally applying the rule as written would significantly...
Changes are coming to the NFL draft broadcasts

Changes are coming to the NFL draft broadcasts

The NFL has announced new ways fans can watch the draft in April, including one that could be intriguing to college football fans in particular.  NFL Network and ESPN will continue broadcasting the annual talent distribution festival, and Fox is jumping in as well via a partnership with the league’s channel.  For the first time ever, the entire draft will be available on broadcast...
Sports Today: Here are upset picks, the Final Four and your national champion

Sports Today: Here are upset picks, the Final Four and your national champion

I had the brilliant idea to do bracket picks immediately and lock those in then come back and do another set that would be my official picks then compare the two.  I ended up hardly making any changes.  This morning I put Seton Hall in the Elite Eight, and a larger part of the reason than I would like to admit is that I felt like I needed to make SOME change to justify the entire experiment...
NFL: Cleveland Browns announce Joe Thomas is retiring

NFL: Cleveland Browns announce Joe Thomas is retiring

Joe Thomas is done.  The Cleveland Browns announced Wednesday afternoon the 10-time Pro Bowl left tackle has decided to retire.  In a press release from the team, Thomas said the decision was difficult but “playing in the NFL has taken a toll on my body and I can no longer physically compete at the level I need to.”  He also praised Browns fans for their loyalty and the...
Carlos Hyde vs. Jeremy Hill: Final answer

Carlos Hyde vs. Jeremy Hill: Final answer

Remember when the Cincinnati Bengals passed on Ohio State star Carlos Hyde to draft Jeremy Hill out of LSU instead?  It happened four years ago, and it is worth revisiting with news of Hyde planning to sign with the Cleveland Browns this week.  Was it the right move or not?  He ran for 1,124 yards and nine touchdowns as a rookie in 2014 despite starting only half of the games that...
Cleveland Browns to sign former Ohio State star Carlos Hyde, per report

Cleveland Browns to sign former Ohio State star Carlos Hyde, per report

The busy Cleveland Browns offseason will include acquiring a former Buckeye.  According to multiple reports, Carlos Hyde has agreed to a three-year contract with the Browns that he can sign Wednesday afternoon.  Hyde was the Big Ten Running Back of the Year in 2013 when he ran for 1,521 yards and 15 touchdowns in 11 games.  He is eighth in Ohio State history with 3,198 rushing yards...
Report: Bengals losing free agent to Browns

Report: Bengals losing free agent to Browns

Chris Smith is heading north to continue his NFL career.  According to multiple reports, the defensive lineman will sign with the Cleveland Browns on Wednesday after spending last season with the Cincinnati Bengals.  Smith was a productive reserve in 2016 after being acquired via trade from the Jacksonville Jaguars.  The 6-foot-1, 266-pounder had 26 tackles, including three sacks. ...
Cleveland Browns NFL draft selections and order

Cleveland Browns NFL draft selections and order

The Cleveland Browns have a chance to provide a major upgrade to two positions early on the first night of the 2018 NFL Draft.  They pick No. 1 overall as a reward for having the worst record in the league last season then will pick again at No. 4 thanks to having given Houston the chance to draft Deshaun Watson last year.  The latter decision is among those that have the team still on the...
Sports Today: Can the Browns go wrong with the NFL draft’s first pick?

Sports Today: Can the Browns go wrong with the NFL draft’s first pick?

I already posted my seven takeaways from NFL draft analyst Mike Mayock’s annual pre-combine conference call yesterday, so check those out if you would. Here’s something else I found interesting: His top two quarterbacks both have pretty sizable red flags, at least if you are talking about using a high first-round pick on them.  That of course could present quite a conundrum for the...
NFL draft: 7 takeaways from Mike Mayock’s NFL combine preview for Bengals, Browns and Buckeyes fans

NFL draft: 7 takeaways from Mike Mayock’s NFL combine preview for Bengals, Browns and Buckeyes fans

NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock took part in a conference call Monday to preview the NFL Scouting Combine coming up this week in Indianapolis.  He dropped a few nuggets that could be of interest to fans of the Bengals, Browns and Ohio State.  With the Browns picking No. 1, they can get any quarterback they want.  Mayock has USC’s Sam Darnold at the top of his board ahead...
Film Room: The good, the bad, and the attitude of top NFL draft prospect Josh Rosen

Film Room: The good, the bad, and the attitude of top NFL draft prospect Josh Rosen

Josh Rosen is the most polished quarterback in an NFL draft class filled with raw, unadulterated, could-be, might-be prospects. Baker Mayfield, Lamar Jackson, Sam Darnold and Josh Allen will all get first-round consideration. They all have the ability to move around and make plays out of structure. Some evoke the most vapid of scouting terms &mdash...
Cleveland Browns victim of vicious ‘Jeopardy!’ Twitter trolling 

Cleveland Browns victim of vicious ‘Jeopardy!’ Twitter trolling 

Welcome to 2018, where a group of smart people didn’t know anything about football, but social media managers know the Cleveland Browns are bad.  The Twitter handle for classic gameshow “Jeopardy!” capitalized on a viral video from a recent episode by taking a shot at the 0-16 Browns, who have one of the largest fanbases and worst teams in the league.  Ouch.  This...
Film Room: Josh Allen — the good, the bad, the ugly of mysterious NFL draft prospect

Film Room: Josh Allen — the good, the bad, the ugly of mysterious NFL draft prospect

Wyoming’s Josh Allen is the most divisive prospect of this draft season. The gigantic quarterback has the tools NFL teams crave: Size, mobility and a huge jump-out-your-seat arm that has to be seen to be believed. Sounds perfect, right? Not so fast. Allen is a classic traits vs. production prospect. His performances in 2017 were, to be kind, wobbly. He completed just 57 ...
Joe Thomas goes to bat for Hue Jackson: ‘Nothing says Browns can’t make playoffs next year’

Joe Thomas goes to bat for Hue Jackson: ‘Nothing says Browns can’t make playoffs next year’

Say this for Joe Thomas: More than a decade as a Cleveland Brown has not robbed him of the ability to look on the bright side.  The veteran offensive tackle wrote detailed defense of his head coach, Hue Jackson, published at SI.com on Tuesday.  While Jackson seems to have lost the faith of many fans and media after going 1-31 in his two years in Cleveland, Thomas backs Jackson&rsquo...
Myles Garrett named to PFW All-Rookie team

Myles Garrett named to PFW All-Rookie team

The first overall pick lived up to the hype. After a seven-sack debut season, the Browns’ Myles Garrett was named to the All-Rookie team by the Pro Football Writers on Tuesday. Garrett collected seven sacks despite playing only 11 games and starting nine, slowed by an ankle injury. He added 31 tackles, six tackles for loss, a forced fumble and fumble recovery. Garrett was the only Brown to make...
Browns become second team in NFL history to finish 0-16

Browns become second team in NFL history to finish 0-16

The Cleveland Browns joined the 2008 Detroit Lions as the only teams in NFL history to go 0-16 when they failed to find a way to beat the backup-laden Pittsburgh Steelers in a 28-24 loss on Sunday. Cleveland had a chance late in the fourth quarter, but quarterback DeShone Kizer’s fourth-down pass to Corey Coleman bounced off Coleman’s hands and fell incomplete. And for the 16th time in...
Hue Jackson doesn’t know anyone else in NFL who can do his job

Hue Jackson doesn’t know anyone else in NFL who can do his job

Browns coach Hue Jackson has no wins but an overabundance of entertaining lines. Jackson said Thursday that he still fully expects to keep his job despite the looming possibility of an 0-16 season if Cleveland loses to Pittsburgh on Sunday. He also confirmed he’ll keep his promise to jump in Lake Erie if the Browns went 1-15 again. It’s likely they won’t, to be fair, but he&rsquo...
Hue Jackson: I’m just trying to ensure there’s no parade

Hue Jackson: I’m just trying to ensure there’s no parade

Faced with the very real possibility of going 0-16, Hue Jackson might be thrilled to accept last year’s 1-15 result. Browns fans, no strangers to incompetency and losing, have been organizing a Jan. 6 parade in the event the team finishes winless. “We don’t want to go in the record books that way by any stretch,” Jackson said of becoming the second team to go 0-16, joining...
Hue Jackson needs more Christmas Eve magic

Hue Jackson needs more Christmas Eve magic

In perusing the evergrowing list of peculiar NFL stats, you won’t find one much more unexplainable than Hue Jackson and Christmas Eve. Before being fired after his 2011 season in Oakland, Jackson’s Raiders lost four of five down the stretch to finish 8-8. Their lone win came in overtime at Kansas City - on Christmas Eve. Fast-forward to 2016. Jackson and the Browns are 0-14. They upset...
Amid Bengals speculation, Hue Jackson says he’s focused on Browns

Amid Bengals speculation, Hue Jackson says he’s focused on Browns

If Hue Jackson is a candidate for the potentially opening Bengals job, he’s unaware of it. News broke Sunday that Marvin Lewis and the Bengals will mutually part ways after the season. Lewis denied the report, though there’s little reason to question its validity otherwise. Jackson, now 1-28 as coach of the Browns, had success with Andy Dalton as the Bengals offensive coordinator from...
Sports Today: Bengals give up the ghost

Sports Today: Bengals give up the ghost

Today the sports world still turns in Southwest Ohio whether we want it to or not.  As far as weekends go, this one could have gone better.  I predicted the Bengals would lose to the Bears, though I did not think Cincinnati would look quite that bad.  Marvin Lewis’ team obviously faced an uphill climb with so many defensive starters hurt, especially since this is a team with no...
George Iloka and Mike Mitchell are right to be concerned about the direction of football

George Iloka and Mike Mitchell are right to be concerned about the direction of football

Since the Steelers beat the Bengals in an extremely physical game Monday night, I’ve been trying to figure out how to say what George Iloka said Thursday.  After Steelers safety Mike Mitchell expressed concerns about turning the NFL into a flag football league, Iloka doubled down even though his suspension for a high hit on Antonio Brown was overturned.  Iloka, who was penalized 15...
Sports Today: Stars not aligning for a Bengals bounce back against Bears

Sports Today: Stars not aligning for a Bengals bounce back against Bears

It’s been some week in Bengaldom, eh?  Everyone seems to be having a hard time turning the page from the Bengals’ 23-20 loss to the Steelers on Monday night.  If you weren’t aware, Cincinnati hosts the Chicago Bears on Sunday.  Although the erstwhile Monsters of the Midway are just 3-9, it’s pretty easy to see them winning this weekend.  While the mental...
Cleveland Browns fire executive VP Sashi Brown

Cleveland Browns fire executive VP Sashi Brown

The next Cleveland Browns reset began Thursday with the firing of executive vice president of football operations Sashi Brown.  ESPN was first to report the end for Brown, who was hired in January 2016 as part of a new front office group that has seen the team go 1-27.  The Browns are 0-12 this season with four games left.   Brown was hired from the Jacksonville Jaguars front...
Sports Today: Re-examining those Bengals-Browns personal fouls

Sports Today: Re-examining those Bengals-Browns personal fouls

Whenever the Cincinnati Bengals play the Browns and Steelers in back-to-back weeks, you know there’s going to be lots of NFL talk around here.  Looks like Marvin Lewis and I had the same view of the Jabrill Peppers hit on Josh Malone on Sunday.  I bolded “unfortunately” there because I agree. This was not an attempt at a Mike Mitchell-type kill shot.  Yesterday I wrote...
Sports Today: Bengals, Browns ruin great weekend by being Bengals, Browns

Sports Today: Bengals, Browns ruin great weekend by being Bengals, Browns

I guess I should lead off with the Bengals today, but then again what’s the point?  This team is dead in the water.  If I put the over/under on the remainder of Marvin Lewis’ tenure at two weeks, which one are you taking?  I’d go under.  There’s one more game on this three-game road trip, and I think that will pretty much seal the deal.  After the Bengals...
Browns GM says ‘wholly untrue’ he sabotaged trade with Bengals

Browns GM says ‘wholly untrue’ he sabotaged trade with Bengals

Browns executive vice president of football operations Sashi Brown dismissed the idea he or anyone in his front office sabotaged the trade with Cincinnati for quarterback AJ McCarron that fell apart last week. The teams failed to submit the proper paperwork to complete the trade before the NFL’s 4 p.m. deadline, and the inability to execute the deal led to speculation that Brown intentionally...
AJ McCarron speaks about failed Bengals-Browns trade

AJ McCarron speaks about failed Bengals-Browns trade

A.J. McCarron reported for work at Paul Brown Stadium on Wednesday just like any other day.  Except the Bengals had a previously scheduled open locker room period and he had to field numerous questions about how he was almost traded to the Cleveland Browns on Tuesday.  The 27-year-old quarterback was diplomatic as he answered questions about the last 24 hours, admitting he has already...
Sports Today: Browns reach new low with botched Bengals trade

Sports Today: Browns reach new low with botched Bengals trade

I clocked out a few minutes before 5 on Tuesday afternoon to get ready for beggar’s night and boy did I miss a lot in the sports world.  This failed A.J. McCarron trade between the Browns and Bengals is nine kinds of hilarious if you’re not a Browns fan.  Honestly, even if you are a Browns fan, it’s probably at least two or three kinds.  And at least now you know your...
Report: Bengals, Browns almost completed A.J. McCarron trade

Report: Bengals, Browns almost completed A.J. McCarron trade

A.J. McCarron and Hue Jackson were reportedly near a reunitement. The Browns and Bengals just missed the 4 p.m. trade deadline buzzer on a deal that would’ve sent McCarron to Cleveland. Jackson has attempted to acquire McCarron in the past. But the subplot here is that it was supposedly the Browns that were late filing the deal. <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"...
Sports Today: Jimmy Garoppolo trade leaves Bengals, Browns fans feeling frustrated

Sports Today: Jimmy Garoppolo trade leaves Bengals, Browns fans feeling frustrated

Maybe Jimmy Garoppolo should run for president.  After all, carrying Ohio is generally key to victory, and his trade to the San Francisco 49ers has given people across the state feeling the same way.  Everybody’s upset!  Leave it to Bill Belichick and New England to unite Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns fans.  The Patriots’ decision to send their highly-regarded...
Hue Jackson: We have to be perfect to win

Hue Jackson: We have to be perfect to win

Now 1-23 in his Browns tenure, coach Hue Jackson publicly admitted a not-so-surprising revelation: His team must be perfect to win. Following Cleveland’s 33-16 loss to Minnesota on Sunday, Jackson said at this point, the only way his team avoids 0-16 is to play a perfect game. "Everything has to be perfect. I think that's where we are,” he said. He continued. "I think everything...
Hue Jackson brags on DeShone Kizer despite Browns’ loss

Hue Jackson brags on DeShone Kizer despite Browns’ loss

Hue Jackson has shuffled quarterback DeShone Kizer in and out of the lineup. He initially thought the benching was beneficial, and Sunday’s performance may be some form of validation. The Browns lost to the Vikings in London, with Kizer throwing for just 179 yards and completing 52.9 percent of his passes. He didn’t have a touchdown or interception. But Jackson maintains he’s seeing...
This week in Bengals history: Nov. 26

This week in Bengals history: Nov. 26

The Cincinnati Bengals have played six times on Nov. 26, and they are 3-3 in those contests. Here is a look at each game: Nov. 26, 2006 – Cincinnati Bengals 30, Cleveland Browns 0 at Cleveland Browns Stadium Carson Palmer threw two touchdown passes to Chris Henry and one to T.J. Houshmandzadeh as the Bengals improved to 6-5. Following the first TD pass to Henry, Shayne Graham kicked his 158th...
Sports Today: Bengals loss a blip, or sign of things to come?

Sports Today: Bengals loss a blip, or sign of things to come?

The Cincinnati Bengals’ season-opening loss to the Baltimore Ravens could not have gone worse.  That isn’t hyperbole. There are virtually no positives to take away from it aside from no one being seriously injured.  The way Marvin Lewis’ team looked Sunday, that won’t matter in the long run because they can’t win with this collection of players if they can&rsquo...
Sports Today: Cincinnati Bengals ready to get started for real

Sports Today: Cincinnati Bengals ready to get started for real

The Cincinnati Bengals made their final cuts, set their practice squad then made a few more moves.  They kept seven receivers, and they got a lot younger.  The Bengals also got a little smaller on the defensive front, trading high-potential, low-yield Wille Clarke for short-but-productive offseason acquisition Chris Smith.  Four of the players drafted in April didn’t make...
Sports Today: NFL’s terrible rules screw Bengals again

Sports Today: NFL’s terrible rules screw Bengals again

The further criminalization of physical contact in the NFL caught up with the Bengals late Sunday night when news broke Vontaze Burfict is facing a five-game suspension.  My knee-jerk reaction was five games seems like an awful lot, even for a repeat offender.  I thought I should sleep on it, and this morning I still feel that way.  But, hey, rules are rules, right?  Well...
Sports Today: Cleveland Browns vindicate Hue Jackson, prove coach’s point with latest anthem protest

Sports Today: Cleveland Browns vindicate Hue Jackson, prove coach’s point with latest anthem protest

Hue Jackson gets the big picture surrounding the national anthem demonstrations in the NFL more fully than 99 percent of the people who have said or written about it in the past year.  The Cleveland Browns coach was right to point out using the Star-Spangled Banner and the American flag as vehicles of protest has steered the coverage and discussions off course consistently since the first time...
Sports Today: It’s a Cincinnati Bengals game day

Sports Today: It’s a Cincinnati Bengals game day

Cincinnati Bengals fans, the long wait for preseason game No. 1 ends tonight with Marvin Lewis’ team hosting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  Jay Morrison already laid out his six things to watch tonight and hit all the most important aspects of the game I can see, such as they are when the outcome doesn’t matter.  I am with Jay in wanting to see how Trey Hopkins performs on the offensive...
Osweiler to get the start at QB in Browns’ preseason opener

Osweiler to get the start at QB in Browns’ preseason opener

Brock Osweiler will start the Browns preseason opener Thursday night against the Saints, coach Hue Jackson announced Monday morning. The Browns have four quarterbacks — Osweiler, Cody Kessler, DeShone Kizer and Kevin Hogan — in camp vying for the starting job. “At this stage in the evaluation process of our quarterbacks, we are going to have Brock start the preseason opener against...
Browns show promise in training camp

Browns show promise in training camp

BEREA — The Cleveland Browns have taken a positive approach to improving their 1-15 record from a season ago. The Browns were one of the biggest winners on draft day and did an admirable job addressing some needs in free agency. Now it’s time to see if the offseason acquisitions will mesh with existing talent and help win games.   Judging by the first few days of training camp the...
Sports Today: Rejoice as football plans come into focus

Sports Today: Rejoice as football plans come into focus

Good news: The slowest sports week I can remember* this year is almost over.  Ohio State announced yesterday training camp will begin for the Buckeyes next Thursday. Heroic OSU SID Jerry Emig also gave us a way to kill some time yesterday by publishing the 2017 media guide. I’m not afraid to admit I used to love going through those when they were still printed (but I’d rather pretend...
Scary sight for the Browns: No. 1 pick Garrett limping off the field

Scary sight for the Browns: No. 1 pick Garrett limping off the field

Myles Garrett limped off the field Wednesday, a scary sight for the Cleveland Browns. The No. 1 overall draft pick sustained an injury to his left foot late in practice while rushing quarterback Brock Osweiler during a two-minute drill. The severity of the injury is not yet known, and the Browns are hoping it’s not serious. Garrett, who missed time earlier this spring with an unspecified injury...
Sports Today: Bengals rocked, Browns rolling, Ohio State speaks and basketball, basketball, basketball

Sports Today: Bengals rocked, Browns rolling, Ohio State speaks and basketball, basketball, basketball

So, NFL free agency officially started yesterday, and it was pretty much a disaster for the Cincinnati Bengals.  The possibility of losing guard Kevin Zeitler in free agency was always there, but I think most people expected them to at least keep tackle Andrew Whitworth.  They’re both gone, and the offensive line that was shaky to begin with is currently in shambles. Barring a big...
Browns to sign Bitonio to extension; signing center from Packers

Browns to sign Bitonio to extension; signing center from Packers

The Browns are signing guard Joel Bitonio to a contract extension, according to multiple reports. Bitonio, 25, played in only five games for the Browns in 2016 because of a foot injury. The 2017 season would have been the final year of his four-year rookie deal with the Browns. Bitonio was a second-round pick in 2014. The Browns also are reportedly signing center J.C. Tretter, who spent the last four...
Sports Today: 2 Reds positives, Browns QB talk, another Buckeye could be a Bengals fit and more 

Sports Today: 2 Reds positives, Browns QB talk, another Buckeye could be a Bengals fit and more 

Reds win! Reds win! Reds win!  OK, normally this is not headline news in March, but in this case one has indeed belonged to the Reds for the first time.  (We may be heading into a season in which positives are few and far between, so just roll with it…)  The Cincinnati 9 beat the Chicago Cubs 6-2 yesterday to improve to 1-6 on the spring.  Far more significant: Amir Garrett...
Sports Today: NFL combine, Ohio State buzzer-beater, NBA developments and local gems galore 

Sports Today: NFL combine, Ohio State buzzer-beater, NBA developments and local gems galore 

Welcome to NFL Combine week!  (The annual event actually overlaps two weeks, but this is easier shorthand, OK?) There are lots of storylines, starting today when many of the league’s coaches and personnel staffers meet with reporters to talk about the state of their teams.  This draft year already includes a lot of intrigue around the quarterbacks, who seem to be going through...
Projected top pick prays for Cowboys trade to avoid Cleveland Browns

Projected top pick prays for Cowboys trade to avoid Cleveland Browns

Myles Garrett, the Texas A&M defensive end and projected top pick for the Cleveland Browns in the 2017 NFL draft, is begging for divine intervention. Or at least Jerry Jones’ intervention. Garrett filmed a video of himself begging on his knees with his hands clasped for his favorite team, the Dallas Cowboys, to trade for the Browns No. 1 pick so he doesn’t have to play in Cleveland. In...
Joe Thomas has thoughts on who Browns should take No. 1 in the NFL draft

Joe Thomas has thoughts on who Browns should take No. 1 in the NFL draft

Joe Thomas has been with the Browns long enough to be a de facto member of the front office.  Shoot, maybe they should just give him the team because it’s unlikely any member of the organization has done their job as well for as long as he has.  Here’s a test of the long-time left tackle’s football knowledge: He wants the Browns to draft someone he would block instead of...
Johnny Manziel has Twitter advice for President Donald Trump

Johnny Manziel has Twitter advice for President Donald Trump

Johnny Manziel is back on the scene not just in time for the Super Bowl but also to help out our 45th president as he settles into the Oval Office.  The former Browns quarterback offered some important social media advice for President Donald J. Trump on Monday.  “Yo @POTUS even I know to stay away from the notifications section on twitter. (Expletive) will drive you crazy, lead the...
Fans raise enough money for Browns ‘0-16’ parade

Fans raise enough money for Browns ‘0-16’ parade

If the Cleveland Browns can finish off a historic season, should the town and its fans celebrate? That is the question percolating in northeast Ohio these days. At least cost won’t be a problem. A GoFundMe started to raise $1,999 to cover the costs of putting on a parade in honor of the once-proud franchise going 0-16 (if it loses its last two games) has far surpassed that goal. It is already...
7 things to know for NFL Week 15: Bengals-Steelers, Browns-Bills, etc.

7 things to know for NFL Week 15: Bengals-Steelers, Browns-Bills, etc.

Week 15 of the NFL season is upon us.  Here are the things you’ll want to watch for around the league, starting in Cincinnati with the Bengals against the Steelers. Cincinnati enters the weekend in third place in the AFC North, but the Bengals could still improbably win the division if they beat the Steelers this week, the Texans next week and the Ravens in Week 17. Of course, the Steelers...
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