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Rookies Push for Playing Time in Cleveland Browns Mini-Camp

June 20th, 2015 at 2:55 PM
By Jeff D. Gorman

As the Cleveland Browns take the first half of the summer off, they can be encouraged by the progress their rookies showed during the mini-camp that just ended.

First-round draft pick Cameron Erving showed his versatility at three different positions, and he will push John Greco for playing time at the right guard spot.

Duke Johnson's diverse skill set allowed the coaches to line him up at wide receiver and in the slot, as well as his usual running-back spot, according to The Plain Dealer.

Johnson, the top-rushing back in the history of the University of Miami (Fla.), can also return punts and kicks.

Nate Orchard, the Browns' second-round draft pick, will use his quarterback-hunting skills as he battles for time at outside linebacker. This means that Barkevious Mingo, a top 10 overall pick two years ago, will have to play his best in order to stay on the field, according to another PD report.

"Mingo's going to have to come back ready to go, and he's going to have to earn it," said defensive coordinator Jim O'Neil.

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Get to Know the Cleveland Browns’ New Ball Handlers

May 8th, 2015 at 5:54 PM
By Jeff D. Gorman

Running backs and receivers shouldn't be called "skill position" players, because every football player has skill, right?

So it's time to meet the Cleveland Browns' rookie "ball handlers" that they picked in last weekend's draft.

Duke Johnson (Round 3) is the jewel of the group, as he knocked several legendary Miami (Fla.) running backs out of the Hurricanes' record books.

With 3,519 yard rushing in his college career, Johnson surpassed Miami stars Edgerrin James, Frank Gore, Alonzo Highsmith, Willis McGahee and Clinton Portis.

In Round 4, the Browns picked Washington State wide receiver Vince Mayle. The 6-foot-2 wideout caught 106 passes last year for 1,483 yards and nine touchdowns.

The Browns picked a pair of tight ends in Round 6, just four picks apart. Malcolm Johnson caught 10 touchdown passes at Mississippi State, which Randall Telfer hauled in 65 overall passes in his career at USC.

These draft picks flew under the radar compared to the Browns' picks in the first two rounds (Danny Shelton, Cameron Erving and Nate Orchard), but hopefully they will provide some extra firepower to an offense that certainly needs it.

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Should the Cleveland Browns Draft Wisconsin Running Back Melvin Gordon in Round 1?

April 27th, 2015 at 9:06 AM
By Jeff D. Gorman

Here's an idea: the Cleveland Browns should use the No. 19 pick in the draft on Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon.

Everyone has shied away from first-round running backs since the Browns traded Trent Richardson to the Colts and watched his stock drop.

However, one case does not prove a theory. If the Browns can establish a ground game with Gordon joining Terrence West and Isaiah Crowell, it could give the Browns another year to find a decent quarterback.

Also, if the Browns don't take Gordon, he could very easily go to the Pittsburgh Steelers or Baltimore Ravens. Then the Browns would be chasing him around twice a year.

If the price to trade up for Marcus Mariota is too steep, the Browns would be wise to build its strength on the ground before taking to the air.

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2015 NFL Draft: What Will the Cleveland Browns Do with Two First-Round Picks?

April 18th, 2015 at 11:28 AM
By Jeff D. Gorman

The Cleveland Browns have two first-round picks again in the NFL Draft. Sometimes this works out; sometimes it doesn't.

In 1978, the Browns selected linebacker Clay Matthews and tight end Ozzie Newsome, two of the franchise's all-time greats.

In 2014, Cleveland picked cornerback Justin Gilbert and quarterback Johnny Manziel, whose rookie seasons were a trainwreck.

How about this year? Since the Browns managed to go 7-9 last year, neither pick is a high one (Nos. 12 and 19).

Some CBS Sports mock drafts have the Browns taking Washington DT Danny Shelton, who would shore up Cleveland's NFL-worst rushing defense.

Offensive tackle La'El Collins of LSU is projected to go to Cleveland with the second pick. Building up a team's offensive and defensive lines is never a bad idea.

We're have to see if Cleveland takes this measured, conservative approach or shoots the moon by trading up for quarterback Marcus Mariota or a top receiver like Amari Cooper, Kevin White or DeVante Parker.

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Cleveland Browns Add Depth at Tight End by Signing Rob Housler

April 11th, 2015 at 10:01 AM
By Jeff D. Gorman

Tight end Rob Housler, a free agent from the Arizona Cardinals, has signed a one-year contract with the Cleveland Browns.

He will provide depth along with Gary Barnidge and Jim Dray, as the trio attempt to make up for the loss of Jordan Cameron, who signed as a free agent with the Miami Dolphins.

Housler caught 12 passes in his rookie year of 2011, when he was drafted before Cameron from Florida Atlantic University. Housler found the groove in 2012 and 2013, when he caught 45 and 39 passes, respectfully.

However, Housler fell out of favor last year in the Arizona offense and was only targeted 17 times, catching nine passes for 129 yards.

Housler wants to be "a big part" of the Cleveland offense.

"I'm confident in my ability, and I just want to be able to contribute," he said.

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