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    2014 Offseason OTA's, Minicamps, etc.

    Scott Petrak ct ‏ @ ScottPetrak 5m
    # Browns OTA practice ready to start. Media gets to watch whole thing. Rookies and veterans together.

    Fred Greetham ‏ @ FredGreethamOBR 5m
    # Browns OTA practice is open to the media for whole practice. National media are here, as well.

    Mike Cairns ‏ @ MikeCairns5 8m
    For all the Blowup of the national media being left out of # Browns camp. Nobody is here. ESPN. NFL Net and USA Today join us locals. bigdeal


    Nate Ulrich ‏ @ NateUlrichABJ 13s
    # Browns WR Josh Gordon practicing today during OTAs as expected.
    Some early tweets from OTA's starting today with national media attending.
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    Fred Greetham ‏ @ FredGreethamOBR 4m
    # Browns WR Charles Johnson on bike among 11 others yet to identify

    Tom Withers ‏ @ twithersAP 3m
    # Browns practice underway with all eyes on the quarterbacks. pic.twitter.com/5NSvxvjl94
    Fred Greetham ‏ @ FredGreethamOBR 2m
    # Browns QBs on field include Brian Hoyer and Jonny Manziel pic.twitter.com/J9uoN2er5K
    Fred Greetham ‏ @ FredGreethamOBR 1m
    # Browns Miles Austin wearing 19

    Daryl Ruiter ‏ @ RuiterWrongFAN 1m
    No surprise Brian Hoyer gets the first snaps at QB today

    Kevin Jones ‏ @ Mr_KevinJones 1m
    MarQuies Gray is lining up at fullback

    Nate Ulrich ‏ @ NateUlrichABJ 45s
    # Browns on bikes today: WR Charles Johnson, WR Kenny Shaw, WR Taylor Gabriel, RB Chris Ogbonnaya, RB Isaiah Crowell, RB Jourdan Brooks ...

    Mary Kay Cabot ‏ @ MaryKayCabot 32s
    As expected, Brian Hoyer took first reps in opening offensive drills, then thigpen, then # browns Manziel.
    Gray at FB. Interesting.


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    Scott Petrak ct ‏ @ ScottPetrak 53s
    # Browns QB Brian Hoyer still wearing big brace on surgically repaired right knee. But moving well.

    Daryl Ruiter ‏ @ RuiterWrongFAN 41s
    QB snap order: Hoyer, Thigpen, Manziel, Shaw

    Nate Ulrich ‏ @ NateUlrichABJ 34s
    # Browns on bikes today: DB K'Waun Williams, LB Brandon Magee, LB Tank Carder, WR Travis Benjamin, DE Desmond Bryant & DE Armonty Bryant.

    Scott Petrak ct ‏ @ ScottPetrak 33s
    # Browns WR Miles Austin watching practice in ball cap. Was signed last week.

    Nate Ulrich ‏ @ NateUlrichABJ 39s
    # Browns rookie Joel Bitonio clearly has great shot to be immediate starter. Brass praising him & he lined up as first-team left guard today.
    Should be no reason Joel outside of injury is not starting. FO and Farmer in particular are in love with this guy and after having a week and a half to really dig into him I am too.


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    Nate Ulrich ‏ @ NateUlrichABJ 1m
    For those asking, John Greco was at right guard with the ones.

    john telich ‏ @ JohnTelich8 59s
    Hoyer had brace on but moving well.. Josh Gordon making every movement look easy.
    Jeff Schudel ‏@jsbrownsinsider 1m
    Kyle Shanahan is a meticulous O.C. He is directing players like this is a regular season practice. #Browns
    No wasted time.

    Cleveland Browns ‏@Browns 1m
    Count 'em... 1-2-3 completed passes at day 2 of OTAs. #GoBrowns #DawgPound http://instagram.com/p/oQ9karIoqm/
    Steve Doerschuk ‏ @ sdoerschukREP 51s
    # Practice Brian Hoyer and Josh Gordon have a chemistry and a trust even a dummy like me can see.
    Well good to hear for possibly never.

    Aditi Kinkhabwala ‏ @ AKinkhabwala 3s
    Manziel throws with some serious zip. Can't match Hoyer's accuracy yet. Or understanding of WR routes. But hey it's May 21.
    Well besides being injury prone apperantly already even though there is no fact of that from his college time it appears that JFF is already a bust. Trade him already.

    Steve Doerschuk ‏ @ sdoerschukREP 1m
    Gordon getting full dose of practice. Might mean nothing more than tie-in to Haslam declaring he is in Browns' plan beyond '14.

    Steve Doerschuk ‏ @ sdoerschukREP 50s
    Seen this from Gordon before. Looks like he's lolly-gagging to line. Boom. Goes to full alert.

    Steve Doerschuk ‏ @ sdoerschukREP 33s
    Gordon definitely showing what Browns will miss, if he misses whatever. Easily the most conspicuous talent on field.


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    Nate Ulrich ‏ @ NateUlrichABJ 48s
    # Browns not at practice today: DE Ahtyba Rubin, WR Nate Burleson and OL Paul McQuistan.

    Mary Kay Cabot ‏ @ MaryKayCabot 58s
    # browns Hoyer not participating in spirited 11-on-11s. Not cleared for that yet. Doing 7-on-7s

    Mary Kay Cabot ‏ @ MaryKayCabot 5s
    With hoyer being held out of 11-on-11s, thigpen took first team reps and Manziel second set
    NFL: AroundTheLeague ‏@NFL_ATL 3m
    Johnny Manziel takes third-team reps at Browns' OTAs http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap200...gn=Twitter_atl

    Aditi Kinkhabwala ‏@AKinkhabwala 1m
    The Browns have to hope and pray Josh Gordon is not out for the year. He is catching EVERYTHING.

    Nate Ulrich ‏@NateUlrichABJ 1m
    #Browns S Jamoris Slaughter intercepted a pass in 7-on-7. QB Brian Hoyer threw it. Deflected off WR Anthony Armstrong.
    Deflected off. Don't like that.

    Scott Petrak ct ‏ @ ScottPetrak 1m
    # Browns WR Josh Gordon making bunch of plays. Reminding coaches what might be missing.

    Channel 3 Sports ‏ @ WKYCSports 9m
    # Browns RB Dion Lewis was full-go at practice Wednesday. Lewis missed all of 2013 with broken leg.

    Aditi Kinkhabwala ‏ @ AKinkhabwala 1m
    The Browns have to hope and pray Josh Gordon is not out for the year. He is catching EVERYTHING.

    Channel 3 Sports ‏ @ WKYCSports 7m
    # Browns QB Johnny Manziel was off target w/ couple passes over the middle but handled all exchanges/handoffs cleanly.

    Channel 3 Sports ‏ @ WKYCSports 2m
    # Browns coach Mike Pettine spent a lot of time watching the QBs and the defense during Wednesday's practice.
    Good to hear on Lewis.


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    Keep us updated, Otto! Excited as ever.


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    My only question is running game, I know who every other starter will be, but this is a crowded backfield which I love because its something we have lacked for some time we have 4 guys back there who could start.We will def be running the ball this season well if the holes are there so exciting. I really see a 11-5 season the (drive for 11-5) If Hoyer or Manzeil can manage the passing game.

    "You miss 100 percent of the shots you don't take" Kevin Jones

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carless Yen View Post
    My only question is running game, I know who every other starter will be, but this is a crowded backfield which I love because its something we have lacked for some time we have 4 guys back there who could start.We will def be running the ball this season well if the holes are there so exciting. I really see a 11-5 season the (drive for 11-5) If Hoyer or Manzeil can manage the passing game.
    I think our RB depth chart come week one is:

    Ben Tate
    Terrance West
    Isaiah Crowell

    Ogs done well for us last year but is still more of a FB. Lewis is back and healthy, but for how long. I like his game but he is just to injury prone.

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    Dont forget Baker had two good games end of the season against two really good defenses, im not throwing his name out.

    "You miss 100 percent of the shots you don't take" Kevin Jones

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    Some more from yesterday:

    Tom Withers ‏ @ twithersAP 3m
    Pretty good fight at # Browns practice. OG Garret Gilkey involved.



    Scott Petrak ct ‏ @ ScottPetrak 3m
    Little scuffle at # Browns practice between OL Garrett Gilkey and DL Calvin Barnett. Barnett finishes without helmet.



    Nate Ulrich ‏ @ NateUlrichABJ 3m
    # Browns G Garrett Gilkey and DL Calvin Barnett went toe-to-toe after a play in 11-on-11. Gilkey threw Barnett's helmet. Quickly broken up.

    Scott Petrak ct ‏ @ ScottPetrak 2m
    # Browns QB Brian Hoyer throws INT on first team rep. Tashaun Gipson picks.

    Tom Withers ‏ @ twithersAP 2m
    Gilkey ripped rookie DL Calvin Barnett's helmet off. Punches thrown. Order restored.

    Nate Ulrich ‏ @ NateUlrichABJ 2m
    # Browns QB Brian Hoyer steps into 11-on-11 drill after all. First pass was intercepted by safety Tashaun Gipson.

    Jeff Schudel ‏ @ jsbrownsinsider 17s
    Hoyer threw a pass and Gipson intercepted. It on the left sideline. Whitner broke up the next one.

    Nate Ulrich ‏ @ NateUlrichABJ 55s
    # Browns clearly toning down pass rush for QB Brian Hoyer in 11-on-11 drill. D-linemen taking couple steps off line & letting up.

    Brendan Leister ‏ @ BrendanLeister 1m
    No surprise that Calvin Barnett was involved in a scuffle. Watch his college tape & you'll see that he plays with a nasty demeanor.
    Gilkey and Barnett, two hard nosed players so not surprised by the scuffle.

    Daryl Ruiter ‏ @ RuiterWrongFAN 20s
    WR Willie Snead (Ball State) making his presence known today with a couple of nice catches

    Daryl Ruiter ‏ @ RuiterWrongFAN 19s
    WR Andrew Hawkins makes nice sliding catch on the sideline; DL Billy Winn shows him love as he gets up

    Nate Ulrich ‏ @ NateUlrichABJ 6s
    Two backups receiving lots of 1st-team reps in 11-on-11: ILB Zac Diles for Karlos Dansby and LT Reid Fragel for Joe Thomas.

    john telich ‏ @ JohnTelich8 47s
    Hoyer dealing with 11 on 11's nicely .. Rush dialed back a little. Just uncorked nice deep ball

    Nate Ulrich ‏ @ NateUlrichABJ 23s
    In final set of 11-on-11, # Browns QB Brian Hoyer completed deep post TD to WR Conner Vernon between coverage of Josh Aubrey & Julian Posey.
    Snead has huge hands.

    Nate Ulrich ‏ @ NateUlrichABJ 43s
    # Browns HC Mike Pettine said DE Ahtyba Rubin has an injury but wouldn't disclose it. Sounded as if it's not serious.



    Nate Ulrich ‏ @ NateUlrichABJ 7s
    # Browns HC Mike Pettine said like a lot of rookies QB Johnny Manziel is inconsistent, learning a lot. Said he also flashed some things today

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    #Browns HC Mike Pettine on Hoyer/Manziel competitive spirit "we wouldn't want them here if they weren't that way"

    Mary Kay Cabot ‏ @ MaryKayCabot 35s
    # browns Pettine said Manziel was "inconsistent" but flashed some of the things that make him johnny, Ability to make plays with feet

    Cleveland Browns ‏ @ Browns 26s
    Coach Pettine is addressing media after day two of OTAs pic.twitter.com/p7K1u3XSmN

    Nate Ulrich ‏ @ NateUlrichABJ 36s
    # Browns HC Mike Pettine said QB Brian Hoyer isn't any different w/ Johnny Manziel here. Said Hoyer classic gym rat, 1st here, last to leave.

    Daryl Ruiter ‏ @ RuiterWrongFAN 35s
    "We tell our guys we want to be competitive not combative" - Pettine on fight today

    Nate Ulrich ‏ @ NateUlrichABJ 14s
    # Browns HC Mike Pettine said we're going to take advantage of QB Johnny Manziel's mobility when he's in.

    Daryl Ruiter ‏ @ RuiterWrongFAN 32s
    "He's quiet to be around..when its time work he works" - Pettine on Manziel

    Nathan Zegura ‏ @ NathanZegura 36s
    Absolutely phenomenal RT @ Mr_KevinJones: Joe Thomas' new mustache pic.twitter.com/HrLo8rY1XN

    Daryl Ruiter ‏ @ RuiterWrongFAN 43s
    "It's business as usual until we're told otherwise" - Pettine on Gordon

    Nate Ulrich ‏ @ NateUlrichABJ 38s
    # Browns HC Mike Pettine said he believes OL Paul McQuistan is visiting White House with # Seahawks. Won Super Bowl with SEA last year.

    Mary Kay Cabot ‏ @ MaryKayCabot 13s
    # browns Pettine said "we'll take advantage of manziel's mobility. You don't take a guy like that and ask him to be a statue."
    Daryl Ruiter ‏ @ RuiterWrongFAN 6m
    "It does feel different because right now I'm the top guy" - QB Brian Hoyer

    Daryl Ruiter ‏ @ RuiterWrongFAN 3m
    "It doesn't affect me so no" Hoyer asked about # browns & Manziel being biggest story in football being a distraction

    Daryl Ruiter ‏ @ RuiterWrongFAN 2m
    "No, never; this is the place I wanted to be... I want to make a difference & never shy away from competition" Hoyer asked if he wants out

    Tom Reed ‏ @ treed1919 2m
    Joe Thomas on Manziel: "Johnny has done a good job being a rookie...keeping his mouth shut. Rookies are supposed to be seen and not heard."

    Daryl Ruiter ‏ @ RuiterWrongFAN 1m
    "Its got to be Wiggins or Parker" Hoyer asked what # Cavs should do with top pick
    So first it was Cavs getting asked about Johnny Cleveland and now its Browns getting asked about Cavs #1. Too funny Cleveland media.

    Mary Kay Cabot ‏ @ MaryKayCabot 1m
    # browns Hoyer on relationship with Manziel: "when you're gunning for the same thing, There's going to be an edge to it."

    Tom Withers ‏ @ twithersAP 29s
    Brian Hoyer said he felt "sense of relief" when # Browns took Manziel because he knew what was coming.
    john telich ‏ @ JohnTelich8 47s
    Hoyer said knee is good. Only time he notices if the braces slides a little and he has to tug it up.

    Tom Withers ‏ @ twithersAP 18s
    # Browns WR Josh Gordon declined to comment on potential suspension.

    Nate Ulrich ‏ @ NateUlrichABJ 33s
    # Browns WR Josh Gordon not talking today. Declined to speak to reporters.


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    Great updates Otto.

    Don't blame Gordon for not talking to reporters. I would keep him far away for now. Could only imagine the questions he is going to be asked by CLE media when/if his suspension is announced.

    Good to hear Hoyer embracing the competition. I would not mind Hoyer starting, and I hope he is able to beat out Manziel for the first year just so Manziel can learn. But if Manziel gives us the better chance at winning then I hope he is the starter.

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    Nate Ulrich ‏ @ NateUlrichABJ 17m
    # Browns DE Ahtyba Rubin is at practice on stationary bike. Wasn't at practice last Wednesday. He has an undisclosed injury.

    Fred Greetham ‏ @ FredGreethamOBR 15m
    # Browns WRs Nate Burleson and Miles Austin taking part in stretching and loosening up drills on field

    Fred Greetham ‏ @ FredGreethamOBR 4m
    # Browns Nate Burleson watching practice with cast on arm

    Tom Reed ‏ @ treed1919 56s
    WR Miles Austin also observing again today. # Browns pic.twitter.com/Wy4rGyAzce
    Scott Petrak ct ‏ @ ScottPetrak 59s
    Notable # Browns on bike: RB Dion Lewis, DL Ahtyba Rubin, WRs Charles Johnson, Travis Benjamin.

    Aditi Kinkhabwala ‏ @ AKinkhabwala 1m
    Johnny Manziel's running an 11-on-11 w/ the 1s right now. I think I can say this: the first play was not a play I think we'll ever see.

    Scott Petrak ct ‏ @ ScottPetrak 33s
    # Browns Martin Wallace taking first-team reps at LT. Joe Thomas just watching.

    Tom Withers ‏ @ twithersAP 28s
    Manziel's first pass in 11 on 11s deflected by Donte Whitner and nearly picked by Barkevious Mingo.

    Fred Greetham ‏ @ FredGreethamOBR 22s
    # Browns LBDarius Eubanks just pick 6'd Tyler Thigpen
    Nate Ulrich ‏ @ NateUlrichABJ 39s
    # Browns QB Brian Hoyer continues to sit out 11-on-11 as he comes back from torn ACL. So Johnny Manziel taking reps with ones today.

    Fred Greetham ‏ @ FredGreethamOBR 41s
    # Browns on side not practicing Benjamin Johnson Rubin Lewis Carder Slaughter Brooks

    Fred Greetham ‏ @ FredGreethamOBR 7s
    # Browns Manziel just lofted nice pass down sideline caught by Gordon

    Scott Petrak ct ‏ @ ScottPetrak 1m
    # Browns Manziel forces throw into coverage, almost picked. Then throws perfect corner route to Gordon 30 yards downfield. Good touch.

    Nate Ulrich ‏ @ NateUlrichABJ 49s
    # Browns QB Johnny Manziel had pass in 11-on-11 deflected by Whitner & nearly picked off by Mingo. Next series, nice completion to Gordon.

    Fred Greetham ‏ @ FredGreethamOBR 41s
    Not seeing # Browns Des Bryant or Karlos Dansby on field

    Fred Greetham ‏ @ FredGreethamOBR 8s
    # Browns top pick Justin Gilbert running se[co]nd team behind Buster Skrine at cornerback

    Scott Petrak ct ‏ @ ScottPetrak 35s
    # Browns rookie Joel Bitonio still with starters at LG. only rookie with ones.

    john telich ‏ @ JohnTelich8 23s
    7 on 7 @ JManziel2 nice 30 yard sideline pass completion. Placed in nicely.

    Daryl Ruiter ‏ @ RuiterWrongFAN 17s
    Looks like CB Justin Gilbert tweaked his ankle - limped off after a rep

    Aditi Kinkhabwala ‏ @ AKinkhabwala 13s
    Brian Hoyer is w/ the 1s in 7-on-7. OC Kyle Shanahan and HC Mike Pettine both on his field.

    Nate Ulrich ‏ @ NateUlrichABJ 2m
    Injured # Browns working on side today: RB Jourdan Brooks, DB K'Waun Williams, LB Brandon Magee, LB Eric Martin, LB Tank Carder ...

    Nate Ulrich ‏ @ NateUlrichABJ 22s
    Injured # Browns working on side today: DE Ahtyba Rubin & WR Travis Benjamin. WRs Miles Austin & Nate Burleson are in ball caps watching.

    Daryl Ruiter ‏ @ RuiterWrongFAN 10s
    Looks more like a knee injury for Gilbert - right knee is wrapped as he is limping around watching practice from the side
    Gilbert down already.

    P.J. ZIEGLER ‏ @ PJFOX8 44s
    Josh Gordon is getting his ankle, lower leg area wrapped, he is sitting on the grass with his helmet off
    He is sitting on GRASS.........NOOOOOOOOOOO.

    Steve Doerschuk ‏ @ sdoerschukREP 1m
    Muggy practice. Manziel looking like Hangover IV audition guy. Passes off. Pitch to Terrance West went south, badly.

    Steve Doerschuk ‏ @ sdoerschukREP 34s
    Manziel making some nice plays, though. Got a short in a set with Josh Gordon. Waited for No. 12 to beat B. Skrine. Stepped up, threw strike
    Steve Doerschuk ‏ @ sdoerschukREP 22s
    James Oboh, rookie from Towson (West's ex-teammate), ran nice pattern, caught a red-zone bullet from Tyler Thigpen.

    Aditi Kinkhabwala ‏ @ AKinkhabwala 1m
    The Browns' 1st 1st rounder, Justin Gilbert, has his right knee wrapped in ice. He is standing, though. And staying outside.

    Steve Doerschuk ‏ @ sdoerschukREP 52s
    A while before No. 8 overall Justin Gilbert took a seat wearing knee wrap, RB Ben Tate disappeared into the building.

    Daryl Ruiter ‏ @ RuiterWrongFAN 30s
    Johnny Manziel getting more reps with 1s - first up in red zone work and fired nice strike to Jordan Cameron w/ 1st pass

    P.J. ZIEGLER ‏ @ PJFOX8 14s
    Manziel to Cameron TD on first play of 11-on-11's after a nice play fake.


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    P.J. ZIEGLER ‏ @ PJFOX8 27s
    Gordon back on the field after getting ankle wrapped.

    Nate Ulrich ‏ @ NateUlrichABJ 35s
    # Browns rookie CB Justin Gilbert, the eighth overall pick in this year's draft, with knee wrapped: pic.twitter.com/aA7hhSDya6

    Tom Reed ‏ @ treed1919 36s
    DL Billy Winn also w/ wrap on left knee. His day also appears over.

    Jeff Schudel ‏ @ jsbrownsinsider 33s
    Red zone drills. Manziel TD pass to Cameroon back left corner.

    Daryl Ruiter ‏ @ RuiterWrongFAN 36s
    Brian Hoyer throwing on the side while 11 on 11 work goes on
    Daryl Ruiter ‏ @ RuiterWrongFAN 1m
    Now Brian Hoyer gets to step in for some 11 on 11 work; also Gilbert has removed wrap from knee & still watching from the side

    Aditi Kinkhabwala ‏ @ AKinkhabwala 28s
    Playing right now on Browns practice field as Brian Hoyer runs redzone: 50 Cent... "Hate it or love it, the underdog's on top..."
    (but he can't get it over the plate?)

    john telich ‏ @ JohnTelich8 16s
    Gilbert has ice pack removed from knee.. Still on sidelines, lightly bending knee.
    Mike Cairns ‏ @ MikeCairns5 2m
    Manziel with great read to pick up Kruger Blind side blitz. Finds.Marqueis Gray for TD



    Aditi Kinkhabwala ‏ @ AKinkhabwala 24s
    I don't care which Browns QB is throwing to Josh Gordon. He makes them all look good.

    Daryl Ruiter ‏ @ RuiterWrongFAN 8s
    "In Da Club" cranked up here in Berea & I instantly thought of # JohnnyFootball - BTW he quickly hit Josh Gordon as soon as it came on

    (Honestly, there are so many tweets about music right now. I'm saving you from Doerschuk's cranky-old-whiteness for your own good.)

    john telich ‏ @ JohnTelich8 37s
    Trufant with nice breakup of Manziel sideline pass # browns.. Next play JFF zings pass to @ Hawk # browns
    Tom Reed ‏ @ treed1919 36s
    OL Reid Fragel goes to locker room early. Not sure what happened there.
    Nate Ulrich ‏ @ NateUlrichABJ 1m
    # Browns HC Mike Pettine said ILB Karlos Dansby has a minor injury that he prefers to deal with out of town. Expected back next week.

    Daryl Ruiter ‏ @ RuiterWrongFAN 1m
    "He was proactive and let us know he was going; my advice to him was have fun" - Pettine on Manziel Vegas trip

    Nate Ulrich ‏ @ NateUlrichABJ 1m
    # Browns HC Mike Pettine said his advice to Johnny Manziel on going to Vegas was have fun. Not concerned as long as it doesn't affect job.

    Zac Jackson ‏ @ FSOhioZJackson 4m
    JFF probably threw more bad ones than good ones today. He threw a couple beauties. All the hangover jokes on Twitter were awful.

    Daryl Ruiter ‏ @ RuiterWrongFAN 1m
    "I'm not going to micromanage our players" added playbook a non issue as well & Manziel didn't break the law - Pettine

    P.J. ZIEGLER ‏ @ PJFOX8 1m
    Pettine said a lot of guys were out of town

    P.J. ZIEGLER ‏ @ PJFOX8 1m
    Pettine: Manziel has done everything we have asked him to.

    Mary Kay Cabot ‏ @ MaryKayCabot 34s
    # browns Pettine said Manziel has been in playbook. One of hardest workers on the team.
    Its like the media thinks JFF is 12 or something.

    Nate Ulrich ‏ @ NateUlrichABJ 35s
    # Browns HC Mike Pettine said he doesn't think CB Justin Gilbert's knee injury was anything serious. "It was just a bag of ice."



    Daryl Ruiter ‏ @ RuiterWrongFAN 24s
    Pettine brushed off Justin Gilbert injury question saying if it was serious it'd take more than a bag of ice

    Tom Reed ‏ @ treed1919 30s
    Joe Thomas says Manziel's Vegas Vacation is a total non issue with team. "It is offseason. You need time to decompress."

    Ben Tate ‏ @ BenTateRB 19s
    Huh? Idk what ur talking abt RT @ EWags52: @ KevinKvasnok12 @ BenTateRB what hurts? Heal up brother!

    Daryl Ruiter ‏ @ RuiterWrongFAN 43s
    "He's been impressive...as i stated last week until we hear otherwise its business as usual" Pettine on Gordon

    Mary Kay Cabot ‏ @ MaryKayCabot 34s
    # browns Pettine on manziel's trip being all over social media: "my business is football." His dealings w/ social media are minimal

    Nate Ulrich ‏ @ NateUlrichABJ 30s
    # Browns HC Mike Pettine said no significant injuries for DE Desmond Bryant & OT Chris Faulk. Expects them to e ready for training camp.

    Ben Tate ‏ @ BenTateRB 22s
    U too old to believe everything u read these reporters r terrible I'm not hurt RT @ EWags52: @ KevinKvasnok12 ... http://tmi.me/1elwyX
    Love Ben Tate. Especially his tweet last week about Crowder.

    Aditi Kinkhabwala ‏ @ AKinkhabwala 46s
    Mike Pettine said of course he talked to Johnny Manziel abt his Vegas trip. Said he told him: "Be prepared for a lot of questions."

    Daryl Ruiter ‏ @ RuiterWrongFAN 1m
    "Be prepared for a lot of questions about it..personally its overblown; more made of it than needs to be" Manziel Vegas questions continue

    Nate Ulrich ‏ @ NateUlrichABJ 45s
    # Browns HC Mike Pettine said WRs Travis Benjamin and Charles Johnson are only players on roster who might miss start of training camp.

    Aditi Kinkhabwala ‏ @ AKinkhabwala 59s
    Pettine also on Manziel: "He's a grown man. We're not going to micromanage our players."

    Nate Ulrich ‏ @ NateUlrichABJ 21s
    # Browns OC Kyle Shanahan said Manziel got reps with ones today as part of schedule. Said we're mixing it up with everybody
    Zac Jackson ‏@fsohiozjackson 21m
    jff probably threw more bad ones than good ones today. he threw a couple beauties. all the hangover jokes on twitter were awful. #analysis

    nathan zegura ‏@nathanzegura 11m
    i really thought that this was by far @jmanziel2's best day of practice with the @browns. @bhoyer6 is seeing more work and is playing well
    Nate Ulrich ‏@NateUlrichABJ 6m
    #Browns ST coordinator Chris Tabor said rookie CB Justin Gilbert is in the mix for punt returner and kickoff returner.

    Nate Ulrich ‏@NateUlrichABJ 4m
    #Browns ST coordinator Tabor said CB Buster Skrine, WR Earl Bennett & WR Travis Benjamin (when back from injury) are also return candidates.

    Nate Ulrich ‏@NateUlrichABJ 3m
    #Browns ST coordinator Tabor said he's encouraged by Travis Benjamin's rehab from torn ACL & looking forward to having him back next season.
    Daryl Ruiter ‏@RuiterWrongFAN 2m
    #Browns DC Jim O'Neil said Justin Gilbert good as advertised; Joe Haden has been great "big brothering" him

    Nate Ulrich ‏@NateUlrichABJ 3m
    #Browns DC Jim O'Neil said he's been really impressed by rookie CB Justin Gilbert. Said he'll "get every opportunity to win" starting job.

    Nate Ulrich ‏@NateUlrichABJ 2m
    #Browns DC Jim O'Neil said from what he has seen so far, he thinks Barkevious Mingo will be a dynamic pass rusher.

    Daryl Ruiter ‏@RuiterWrongFAN 49s
    O'Neil said they have good depth throughout D; also Gilbert to get opportunity to start but they joke w/ WRs they wont outrun Buster Skrine

    Mary Kay Cabot ‏@MaryKayCabot 2m
    #browns dc o'neil on Mingo: "he needs to prove it on Sundays but we think he's going to be a dynamic pass-rusher in our defense."


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    Here are my superlatives from the first three weeks of Cleveland Browns’ OTA practices:

    Offensive MVPs

    Jordan Cameron: He has been the most consistently dominant performer in each practice. The fourth-year tight end seems to have taken his game to a higher level than last season, when he made his first Pro Bowl. Cameron is showing a better understanding of coverages, which is helping him to find openings deeper downfield, and he looks to be an even more dangerous red-zone target.

    Andrew Hawkins: He not only catches practically everything thrown his way, but he does an exceptional job from his slot-receiver position of finding openings underneath zone coverage that, because his tremendous speed and quickness, often are impossible for the defense to close. He has amazing acceleration that allows him to turn short and intermediate routes into big plays.

    Terrance West: In most workouts, the rookie running back hasn’t looked like a rookie. He immediately established himself as a force during rookie camp, and has continued to do so while surrounded by veterans the past few weeks. He shows terrific speed and explosiveness, and is a natural fit for the Browns’ new zone-blocking scheme because of his patience that allows blockers to stretch the defense to create seams and his ability to plant his foot and quickly burst through the first opening he sees.

    Offensive surprises

    Joel Bitonio: For a rookie, he has a veteran-like presence at guard. Anthony Armstrong: He shows impressive speed for a 31-year-old receiver and catches the ball well. MarQueis Gray: He’s establishing himself as the second-best pass-catching tight end on the team and can play fullback. Willie Snead: The undrafted free-agent receiver has consistently performed well. Edwin Baker: He might be a long-shot to keep a roster spot at a position that has been greatly upgraded with the additions of West and Ben Tate, but the guy does have a great deal of speed.

    Offensive sleeper

    Isaiah Crowell: He made some eye-catching runs and moves during rookie minicamp before being sidelined with an injury. Depending on how/when he recovers, the rookie free agent will be someone to watch in training camp.

    Defensive MVPs

    Billy Winn: He has been extremely active along the defensive line, making the most of his impressive combination of size, strength, and athleticism. He looks to be bigger and stronger than ever. He also seems to fit perfectly into a defensive scheme that emphasizes aggressive play up front.

    Donte Whitner: There is no contact in these no-pads sessions, but it’s easy to see Whitner’s presence being felt as the hard-hitting safety he has been throughout his NFL career. He consistently is around the ball and has been in position on numerous occasions to deliver big blows. Despite recently joining the team as a free agent, he already has established himself as one of the primary defensive leaders.

    Buster Skrine: His fierce competitiveness has been on display since the very first OTA practice. The veteran cornerback is determined to show that he is worthy of remaining a starter despite the presence of first-round pick Justin Gilbert. And has no intention of giving up playing time to Gilbert or fourth-rounder Pierre Desir or anyone else.

    Defensive surprises

    Isaiah Trufant: He might be the smallest player on the team, but has impressed coaches by performing like a much larger athlete in coverage. Darius Eubanks: His pass coverage from his inside-linebacker position has been impressive; the guy always seems to be around the football. Jordan Poyer: He’s making a strong impression with his coverage and versatility in the defensive backfield. Leon McFadden: The second-year cornerback is making noticeable strides from his mostly disappointing rookie season. Josh Aubrey: He has made himself noticed with good, solid play in the defensive backfield.

    Defensive sleeper

    Calvin Barnett: The undrafted rookie defensive lineman has had multiple practices that make you say, “What’s that guy’s number?” For the record, it’s 91.
    http://www.clevelandbrowns.com/news/...4-88322d60cdb2

    Hawkins and Whitner already sound like they are drastically improving both sides of the ball. Love hearing about Whitner's leadership.


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    1.Josh Gordon was riding the bike, which is not ideal. Gordon missed Wednesday’s practice and will miss Thursday’s with what coach Mike Pettine called a “minor ding.” That’s all he would say about it, but Gordon’s absence was noticed. The receiving crew without Gordon is a rather ... well ... interesting ... that’s the word ... interesting group. If the Gordon suspension comes down -- the British got to the Falklands faster than this decision has been made -- it could be that the last two times Gordon was with the team for at least a year, he watched and did not practice.

    2.It didn’t help that joining Gordon on the sideline were Nate Burleson and Miles Austin. Burleson is recovering from having the pin placed in his arm when he broke it last year refitted, and Austin is out for unknown reasons. Pettine even admitted that the uncertainty about Gordon’s status combined with the missing veterans “does put us a little bit behind with the uncertainty of what the lineup is going to look like.” He said the team is hoping to find a “diamond in the rough” among the gaggle of young receivers in camp, which would be a good thing but isn’t always encouraging.

    3.There was a nasty fight late in practice with guard Garrett Gilkey and defensive tackle Phil Taylor the main participants. This was one serious fight, with Gilkey throwing at least three uppercuts and Taylor twice jumping over a group of players to take some serious and wild swings at Gilkey. At one point Taylor shoved Austin out of the way so he could restart the fracas. It took a few moments for coaches and players to break things up. “I talked to them about it afterward, that we’re all wearing the same logo,” Pettine said. “I always use the phrase competitive, not combative. That line gets crossed every now and again, but I also think that’s a byproduct of what we’re trying to build, the mentality. It happens. As a coach you frown on it, but as a coach you understand that might be the price of doing business.” Pettine admitted this one went too far. “Especially because Gilkey’s hair ... there might have been a hair pull or two at the end,” Pettine said. Gilkey summed things up this way after practice:

    Well that was fun. #GoBrowns

    — Garrett Gilkey (@gagilk73) June 11, 2014
    4.One player who has stood out to everyone is receiver Andrew Hawkins, who is getting a lot of work thanks to the absence of others. Hawkins is exceptionally quick and seems to have the drive to succeed. Brian Hoyer didn't talk Wednesday because he was not made available to the media, but he has said Hawkins attacks routes the same way Wes Welker does. Pettine said one defensive call had Hawkins double covered, but he got open and made the catch, which prompted offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan to taunt defensive coordinator Jim O’Neil and say: “You have to put three on him.” Said Pettine: “[Hawkins] is a guy who can win in the slot.” The next step will be continuing to win while wearing pads.

    5.Pettine’s father visited his son and spent part of the morning watching film of the team’s practice. Mike Pettine Sr. is a legendary high school coach in Pennsylvania, having had great success at Central Bucks High School. Evidently the elder Pettine can be blunt when breaking down tape. “We had a ... I wouldn’t call it heated ... we had an Italian conversation this morning before practice,” Pettine the younger said. “A lot of times I tell him it’s sometimes how you say, how you package it,” the Browns coach said. “Usually the content’s accurate. But sometimes my defenses go up when he delivers the message the way he delivers it.” Which would indicate that Pettine the son’s nickname -- Blunt Force Trauma -- did not fall far from the tree. “I learned from the best,” he said.
    http://espn.go.com/blog/cleveland-br...rowns-minicamp

    I've actually met Gilkey before and I will say he was probably one of the most BA guys I have been around. Very fiery and passionate. Needs to control at times it seems and also needs to really polish up his technique to work for the ZBS being installed but the kid really wants it. Could possibly beat out Greco or be a good depth option at Guard moving forward.

    Hawk continues to get talked up. I remember hearing some of the same stuff about Bess last offseason though too so I will wait and see although I don't see Hawk posting Tweets or Instagrams with bongs so thats a plus. Seems to have his head on a good deal and if he can stay healthy might be a steal.


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