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Tag Archives: Cleveland Browns
OFFICIAL CLEVELAND BROWNS PRESS RELEASE
BEREA, Ohio — The Cleveland Browns on Monday signed QB Austin Davis to the 53-man roster and signed OL Garth Gerhart and DL Dylan Wynn to the practice squad. In addition, the club placed DB Charles Gaines (hamstring) on injured reserve – designated for return.
Davis is 6-2, 221-pounds and in his fourth NFL season out of Southern Mississippi. Originally signed by St. Louis as an undrafted free agent in 2012, Davis made his NFL debut last year appearing in 10 games (eight starts) with the Rams. He completed 180 of 284 passes (63.4 percent) for 2,001 yards with 12 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He set USM single-season and career records for passing yards, touchdowns and completion percentage. A native of Collinsville, Miss., Davis graduated from West Lauderdale High School.
Gaines, a sixth round pick this year, will be eligible to return to practice Week 6 and eligible to play Week 8.
Gerhart is 6-1, 310 pounds and officially in his second NFL season out of Arizona State. He re-joins the Browns after initially signing with the club as an undrafted free agent in 2012 and spent that season on the club’s practice squad. He appeared in two games with the Packers last season. His brother, Toby, is a running back for the Jaguars. A native of Corona, Calif., Gerhart graduated from Norco High School.
Wynn signed with the Browns as an undrafted free agent in May and was waived during final roster cuts.
The practice squad is now at the NFL maximum 10 players.
Browns reduce roster to 53
BEREA, Ohio — Cleveland Browns General Manager Ray Farmer announced the following roster moves this afternoon:
OL Karim Barton
QB Pat Devlin
RB Shaun Draughn
DB Landon Feichter
RB Tim Flanders
DB Kendall James
WR Darrius Jennings
OL Erle Ladson
WR Josh Lenz
WR Vince Mayle
DL Jacobbi McDaniel
OL Andrew McDonald
OL Darrian Miller
DB Robert Nelson Jr.
OL Vinston Painter
LB Hayes Pullard III
DB Joe Rankin
LB Mike Reilly
DB De’Ante Saunders
DL Dylan Wynn
QB Thaddeus Lewis
OL Eric Olsen
The Browns roster is currently at the NFL maximum of 53 players.
2015 CLEVELAND BROWNS UNOFFICIAL DEPTH CHART
WR 16 Andrew Hawkins 18 Taylor Gabriel 85 Vince Mayle 15 Marlon Moore 7 Josh Lenz 10 Darius Jennings
LT 73 Joe Thomas 79 Andrew McDonald 64 Darrian Miller
LG 75 Joel Bitonio 70 Vinston Painter [68 Joe Madsen]
C 55 Alex Mack 62 Ryan Seymour 65 Eric Olsen
RG 77 John Greco 74 Cameron Erving 63 Karim Barton
RT 72 Mitchell Schwartz 61 Michael Bowie 69 Erle Ladson
TE 82 Gary Barnidge 81 Jim Dray 84 Rob Housler 88 E.J. Bibbs 89 Manasseh Garner
[86 Randall Telfer]
WR 83 Brian Hartline 11 Travis Benjamin 17 Rodney Smith 5 Shane Winn [80 Dwayne Bowe] [87 Terrelle Pryor]
QB 13 Josh McCown 2 Johnny Manziel 3 Thaddeus Lewis 9 Connor Shaw
RB 34 Isaiah Crowell 28 Terrance West 20 Shaun Draughn 35 Jalen Parmele 49 Timothy Flanders [29 Duke Johnson Jr.] [41 Glenn Winston]
FB [44 Malcolm Johnson] [42 Luke Lundy]
RE 94 Randy Starks 93 John Hughes III 66 Jamie Meder 78 Christian Tupou [90 Billy Winn]
NT 98 Phil Taylor 71 Danny Shelton 67 Ishmaa’ily Kitchen 60 Jacobbi McDaniel
LE 92 Desmond Bryant 95 Armonty Bryant 96 Xavier Cooper 97 Dylan Wynn
OLB 99 Paul Kruger 48 Nate Orchard
MIKE 56 Karlos Dansby 59 Tank Carder 52 Hayes Pullard III
WILL 58 Christian Kirksey 53 Craig Robertson
OLB 54 Scott Solomon 91 Mike Reilly [51 Barkevious Mingo]
RCB 22 Tramon Williams 36 K’Waun Williams 43 Charles Gaines 37 Kendall James [27 Robert Nelson Jr.]
LCB 23 Joe Haden 21 Justin Gilbert 24 Johnson Bademosi 35 Joe Rankin [26 Pierre Desir] [25 Ifo Ekpre-Olomu]
FS 39 Tashaun Gipson 33 Jordan Poyer 40 De’Ante Saunders
SS 31 Donte Whitner 30 Ibraheim Campbell 38 Landon Feichter
P 8 Andy Lee
K 6 Travis Coons 4 Carey Spear
H 8 Andy Lee
KR 15 Marlon Moore 20 Shaun Draughn 21 Justin Gilbert 10 Darius Jennings [29 Duke Johnson Jr.]
PR 11 Travis Benjamin 22 Tramon Williams 33 Jordan Poyer 18 Taylor Gabriel 5 Shane Winn
LS 47 Charley Hughlett
Rookies are underlined
Injured players are in [brackets] at the end
If I’m Browns G.M. Ray Farmer and I believe that Marcus Mariota is indeed a franchise quarterback and is far better than any quarterback who will, or may be available in next year’s NFL Draft then I trade up to get him! Even if it means over paying for him.
I’m not saying I think Mariota is a franchise QB, because I don’t.
I’m saying if Farmer, head coach Mike Pettine and first year quarterback’s coach Kevin O’Connell, who was Mariota’s quarterback’s coach leading up to his pro day and the NFL Combine feel the 2014 Heisman Trophy winner is the real deal, then who cares what anybody else thinks, go get your QB!
Having said that, it I’m the Browns I’m keeping picks #12 and #19 and filling two HUGE needs on this football team.
At #12 the Browns, if any of these three wide receivers are left, should draft Amari Cooper, Kevin White or DeVante Parker. All three players would give the Browns passing game a much needed boost with size and speed on the outside and a nice target in the redzone! Any one of them would help whoever is playing quarterback for Cleveland in 2015.
At #19 the Browns need to find some help at stopping the run. If either of these defensive linemen are available then Ray Farmer shouldn’t waste any time in turning in one of their names to commissioner Roger Goodell at the podium – Danny Shelton or Malcom Brown. Neither is a sexy pick, but Shelton or Brown would help immediately in containing the opposition’s ground attack and from their dead last ranking out of all 32 teams last year, the Browns are in dire need of that run stopper!
If all three of the above mentioned wide outs are gone at #12, then the Browns should draft Danny Shelton or Malcom Brown there and then take the best available wide receiver at #19.
Possible candidates there could be: Breshad Perriman, Jaelen Strong, Sammie Coates or Devin Smith from the Ohio State University. Smith would be considered a reach at #19, but he probably won’t be around at #43 in the second round when the Browns pick. So if you’re looking for someone to take the top off of opposing defenses in the passing game and for a standout special team’s gunner, then reaching that high for Smith would be the way to go.
Statement from Browns QB Johnny Manziel
“I would like to thank my family, friends, the Browns organization, my teammates and Browns fans everywhere for your patience, understanding and support during my stay at Caron. The doctors and staff have been amazing and what I’ve learned in the last couple of months has been tremendous. I owe private apologies to a lot of people that I disappointed but a very public one to the Browns organization and the fans that I let down. I take full responsibility for my actions and it’s my intention to work very hard to regain everyone’s trust and respect. I understand that will take time and will only happen through what I do and not what I say. I also understand there’s a lot of curiosity about this but anyone who has a friend or family member that’s been through things like this knows it’s an ongoing process. I’m going to continue to ask folks to try to respect my privacy as I determine to what degree I am comfortable talking about a subject which I consider very personal. Most of you have been considerate about that and I thank you for it. I look forward to seeing my teammates next week and focusing on football and my desire to be the best possible player, teammate, and man that I can be.”
Here’s the opening monologue from the Kenny Roda Show on 1480 WHBC from Tuesday, March 24, 2015 on the Browns QB woes with Johnny Manziel still in rehab, the Cavs rolling towards the playoffs and screw the Sports Illustrated jinx. I love that the Indians are on the cover of SI’s 2015 MLB preview edition!
Listen here –
Browns sign WR Dwayne Bowe –
Veteran has compiled more than 7,000 yards over 8 seasons
By Andrew Gribble, ClevelandBrowns.com Senior Staff Writer
The Browns have signed wide receiver Dwayne Bowe, general manager Ray Farmer announced Friday.
Bowe, 30, comes to Cleveland after eight seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs, where he ranks among the franchise’s best in numerous receiving categories.
“Dwayne is a player that adds a big, tough and physical presence to our group,” Farmer said. “His ability to play in high traffic areas of the field for contested catches is something we really like. We have talked about having a versatile group of wide receivers that can align and play from various positions, and he can do that. His position versatility to inside and outside numbers appeals to us in a variety of ways. We look forward to seeing how he will help our team.”
Bowe’s 532 career receptions rank second in Chiefs’ franchise history (first among wide receivers) and his 7,155 yards rank third. Of his 532 catches, 100 have gone for 20 or more yards, a total that also ranks second all-time in Kansas City. His 44 career touchdowns rank fifth.
“The Browns were the perfect situation from the fan base to the style of offense and the way I’ll be utilized to help the team go to the next level,” Bowe said. “After eight years, you’re a pro’s pro. I’ve had every style of coaching, every personality. I’ve been through a lot and it’s going to make this transition a little easier because of what I’ve been through. The fan base is crazy just like Kansas City and is something I’m excited to be a part of. The positive energy I’m going to bring to the locker room is definitely going to take the Dawg Pound to the next level.”
Bowe said new Browns offensive coordinator John DeFilippo’s plans for him in the passing game also excited him about his move to Cleveland.
“That’s something I wanted to be a part of, getting more opportunities and being able to showcase my talent,” Bowe said. “The way he brings the energy and that positive excitement is another reason why I made my decision to be here.”
Bowe, a 6-foot-2, 222-pound Miami native who starred at LSU and was the Chiefs’ first-round pick (23rd overall) in the 2007 draft, made an immediate impact as a rookie (70 receptions, 995 yards, five touchdowns). He followed with his first of three 1,000-yard seasons when he compiled a career-high and Chiefs franchise record 86 receptions for 1,022 yards and seven touchdowns in 2008.
Bowe’s most productive season was in 2010, when he landed in the Pro Bowl after racking up 72 receptions for a career-high 1,162 yards and 15 touchdowns, the latter of which led the NFL. He followed with another 1,000-yard season in 2011 (81 receptions, 1,159 yards and five touchdowns).
Over the past three seasons, Bowe has accumulated no fewer than 57 receptions and combined for 2,228 yards and eight touchdowns.
“Dwayne brings a nice combination of size and speed to our wide receiver group,” Browns coach Mike Pettine said. “He is a veteran player that has been productive and caught a ton of footballs in this league. His size and catch radius make him very quarterback-friendly, and we are happy to add him to our team.”
Bowe is the second new addition to the Browns’ wide receiving corps this month, as he joins recently signed veteran Brian Hartline. Together, they bring more than 200 games of experience and a combined 11,398 yards to a Cleveland group that returns last year’s leading receiver, Andrew Hawkins.
“These guys just want to play football. You don’t have any ego guys on that team,” Bowe said. “You’ve got guys that just want to come in and do their job and make the organization successful, and that’s all you ask for in a group, guys that want to come in and play their tail off. It doesn’t matter if they’re No. 1 or No. 2 as long as everyone is contributing. They just want to win. That’s something the organization definitely needs now is winning, and they’re putting in the right pieces to make that happen.”
Read the official statements on Josh Gordon being suspended from the NFL and the Cleveland Browns below.
Statement by an NFL Spokesperson on Josh Gordon:
“Josh Gordon of the Cleveland Browns has been suspended without pay for at least one year for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse. Gordon’s suspension begins immediately.”
[Note: The NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse is posted on nflmedia.com. From the home page, click on “Resources” and then “About the NFL.”]
Statement from Cleveland Browns General Manager Ray Farmer on Josh Gordon
“As we have conveyed, we are disappointed to once again be at this point with Josh. Throughout his career we have tried to assist him in getting support like we would with any member of our organization. Unfortunately our efforts have not resonated with him. It is evident that Josh needs to make some substantial strides to live up to the positive culture we are trying to build this football team upon. Our hope is that this suspension affords Josh the opportunity to gain some clarity in determining what he wants to accomplish moving forward and if he wants a career in the Nation Football League. We will have no further comment on Josh as he will not be permitted in our facility for the duration of his suspension.”
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Feb. 2, 2015
Statement from Brad Beckworth, a Friend and Advisor to Johnny Manziel and his Family
Brad Beckworth, a friend and advisor to Manziel and his family, has confirmed that Johnny entered treatment on Wednesday. “Johnny knows there are areas he needs to improve on to help him be a better family member, friend and teammate, so he decided to take this step in his life during the offseason. On behalf of Johnny and his family, we’re asking for privacy until he rejoins the team in Cleveland.”
Statement from Cleveland Browns General Manager Ray Farmer on Johnny Manziel
“We respect Johnny’s initiative in this decision and will fully support him throughout this process. Our players’ health and well-being will always be of the utmost importance to the Cleveland Browns. We continually strive to create a supportive environment and provide the appropriate resources, with our foremost focus being on the individual and not just the football player. Johnny’s privacy will be respected by us during this very important period and we hope that others will do the same.”