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Browns coach Mike Pettine: ‘I’m not concerned’ about Johnny Manziel’s lifestyle 06.11.14 at 10:13 am ET
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Johnny Manziel can’t escape the spotlight.

In fact, his off-field lifestyle may be a call for it.

But all inflatable swans and trips to Las Vegas aside, Manziel was on the practice field Tuesday as the Browns opened their mandatory three-day mini-camp. And that seemed to be all that mattered to first-year coach Mike Pettine.

“I’m not concerned,” Pettine said after practice on Tuesday. “I would become concerned if it was something criminal and I would be concerned if it affected his job. There’s a lot of our guys, if when they leave here if they were followed around, you’d get some very similar pictures. I don’t know about an inflatable swan, but you’d still get some pictures.”

Pettine said feels no need to monitor Manziel off the field.

“The philosophy here is that we’re not going to micromanage the guys,” Pettine said. “I was involved in an event this weekend, and if there were some cameras at certain times it probably wouldn’t have been the most flattering. It was a group of coaches out and we had a good time, but we were responsible. When it becomes irresponsible or it becomes part of breaking the law or it’s something we feel is a potential problem, we’ll step in.”

Manziel and starting quarterback Brian Hoyer will not be made available to the media this week. Manziel is listed as the team’s backup behind Hoyer, and the two are expected to compete for the starting job in training camp.

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Browns turn down ‘Hard Knocks’ request 06.10.14 at 11:18 am ET
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The Browns may have Johnny Manziel, but the spotlight will at least be alleviated in some capacity during training camp.

First-year coach Mike Pettine told reporters over the weekend that his team has rejected an offer to star in the popular HBO series “Hard Knocks.” He said the team was approached before drafting Manziel.

“It was for the same reason we didn’t feel super comfortable having a camera in the draft room,” Pettine told The Plain Dealer. “Let’s get through the first time, let’s get through the first year.”

According to NFL rules, a team can avoid selection for the show if it has either a first-year head coach, a playoff berth in the past two seasons or a “Hard Knocks” appearance in the last decade.

Pettine was defensive coordinator of the Jets when the team starred in the series in 2010.

“There are positives and negatives to doing it,” Pettine said. “It’s not something I would say we’d never do, partly because the league can make us do it.”

The eight teams that aren’t exempt from the cameras are the Jaguars, Raiders, Steelers, Bills, Cardinals, Rams, Bears and Giants.

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Browns RB Ben Tate on Johnny Manziel: ‘I would get tired’ of media attention 06.04.14 at 9:59 am ET
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Ben Tate is sick of all the attention surrounding Johnny Manziel. But the Browns running back claims it’s more out of sympathy than jealousy.

“It’s just as a player I know that I would get tired if people were constantly monitoring if I picked my nose, if I spit to the left or right,” Tate said after the Browns’ offseason practice Tuesday. “I mean, it’s annoying. He’s a human being.

“He’s a great football player, so I understand why he gets some of the constant media attention. At the same time I just figure at this stage he’s tired of it and he wants to come in here and do his job and try to win the starting quarterback position.”

Tate said that Manziel has received too much attention too soon in his career.

“I feel like it,” Tate said. “He hasn’t played a down in the NFL yet. … I don’t know. … That’s for y’all to figure out.”

Tate followed by taking out his frustration on the media.

“Y’all just hype everything up and make everything bigger than it is,” he said. “That’s what y’all are standing over here for, right?”

Tate added: “Y’all just want to report the fastest story nowadays. Y’all don’t necessarily check sources or see if they’re right anymore.”

Tate’s aggressive may have stemmed from similar comments he made regarding Manziel at an NFLPA event over the weekend, which led to a rant on Twitter.

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NFL draft roundup: Johnny Manziel says teams will regret passing on him 05.08.14 at 12:09 pm ET
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After months of debate, discussion and mock scenarios, the 2014 NFL draft is finally set to kick off Thursday night at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

On the eve of the draft, one of college football’s most polarizing prospects, Texas A&M star Johnny Manzielonce again expressed confidence in his abilities, stating that any team in need of a signal caller that passes on him will regret it.

“I believe they will, personally,” Manziel said. “I know in my heart how good I want to be and how committed I am to this game.”

Manziel, the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner, has drawn a significant amount of criticism over the last few months for off-the-field issues as well as his style of play.

While Manziel told reporters that he has improved as a quarterback in the months leading up to the draft, he also admitted that some of denunciations regarding his style of play have bothered him.

“I see there’€™s room for me to improve, but to say I’m just a backyard-football quarterback, I don’t think you do what I did in college and do some of those things [with that style],” Manziel said. “I don’t think that’s extremely fair. I hear it, but for me, I know it’s all about my work ethic and my will to get better. That’s very alive and inside me. … I don’€™t want to be what I was in college. Obviously, I want to be better.”

Manziel has been linked to the Browns, who currently own the fourth overall pick in the draft. While some, including ESPN’€™s Chris Mortenson, reported that Manziel won’t fall past Cleveland, other reports state that the Browns will not scoop up the quarterback if he’s still on the board.

– South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney has long been projected to be one of the top picks in the draft thanks to his potential game-changing speed and ability to disrupt passers.

While it is all but guaranteed that Clowney will be scooped up within the first five picks of the draft, the Rock Hill, S.C., native is confident that the Texans, who hold the first overall pick, will call his name on Thursday night.

“I don’€™t think [the Texans are] going to pass [on me],” Clowney said, adding: “If I have to go No. 2, I’m going to be upset. I’m going to have to do something about it.”

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Report: Michael Lombardi leaves NFL Network for Browns front office 01.18.13 at 9:21 am ET
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NFL Network analyst Michael Lombardi, who was scheduled to conduct his weekly interview with WEEI’s Dennis & Callahan on Friday morning, instead apparently was wrapping up his final interview with the Browns. According to a tweet from ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Lombardi was named the team’s vice president of player personnel.

Lombardi previoulsy worked in player personnel for the Browns from 1987-95, serving alongside then-Browns coach Bill Belichick from 1991-95. He also has worked for the Raiders, Eagles, Rams and 49ers.

Earlier this month, the Browns hired Panthers offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski to be their next coach.

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Report: Browns sign Brandon Weeden to four-year, $8.1 million contract 07.24.12 at 5:25 pm ET
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The Browns reportedly signed the second of their two first-round picks on Tuesday, inking Brandon Weeden to a four-year, $8.1 million deal.

The signing comes a day after the Browns signed third-overall selection Trent Richardson to a four-year, $20.5 million contract.

Weeden, who threw for 4,727 yards and 37 touchdowns in 2011 for Oklahoma State, was drafted 22nd overall by Cleveland in the 2012 NFL draft. The Oklahoma City, Okla. Native will battle for the starting quarterback job with Colt McCoy during training camp and the preseason this year.

At 28-years-old, Weeden is already older than the 25-year-old McCoy, who has already been in the league since being drafted in 2010. Weeden did not begin his college football career until after his five-year baseball career in which he spent time in the Yankees, Dodgers and Royals minor league systems. He did not begin his college football career until 2007, when he enrolled at Oklahoma State and was redshirted at the age of 23.

The Browns are looking to use their two first-round picks to improve their scoring offense, which was 30th in the league last season. The Browns only scored 218 points all season, which was only better than the Chiefs (212 points) and Rams (193 points).

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Report: Josh McDaniels talking to Seahawks as negotiations with Rams cool 01.18.11 at 4:13 pm ET
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According to ESPN.com, former Broncos head coach and Patriots assistant coach Josh McDaniels‘ talks with the Rams have hit a “significant snag.” The report suggested that McDaniels had been viewed as the front-runner to take over as offensive coordinator in St. Louis, and that the impasse in contract talks between the coach and team represented “a surprising development,” with one source suggested that negotiations “may have been derailed by the team’s conservative fiscal approach.”

The same report suggests that Seattle is now talking with McDaniels about the possibility of becoming offensive coordinator under Seahawks coach Pete Carroll.

“With the firing of Jeremy Bates as Seahawks offensive coordinator, Seattle is giving strong consideration to hiring McDaniels for the vacancy, according to a source with knowledge of the situation,” the report stated.

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Eric Mangini names Browns rookie Colt McCoy starter for remainder of season 12.16.10 at 1:08 pm ET
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Browns head coach Eric Mangini officially named rookie quarterback Colt McCoy the starter for the remainder of the season. Mangini announced the move on Thursday, and said that McCoy, who missed the past three games with a high-ankle sprain, chose to play this weekend after he consulted Browns president, Mike Holmgren.

McCoy will make his first start back against the Bengals after suffering the injury that kept him sidelined for three games. With three games remaining in the regular season, and the Browns officially eliminated from playoff contention, Mangini feels that McCoy has earned the opportunity to grow as a player.

‘€œI feel he’€™s earned this opportunity and I want to give it to him,’€ Mangini said on Thursday. ‘€œI want to see how he continues to grow. This is by no stretch just throwing a young guy in just to throw a young guy in.’€

The Browns’€™ remaining three games will be against all division opponents. The team travels to Cincinnati this weekend, and will host Baltimore and Pittsburgh, respectively.

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Browns’ Peyton Hillis passes 1,000-yard rushing milestone 12.12.10 at 3:32 pm ET
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Browns running back Peyton Hillis charged up field on an 8-yard gain during Sunday’€™s match up against the Buffalo Bills. It may have looked like just another hard run for the Browns offseason acquisition but with Hillis, what meets the eye may be deceiving. The run pushed Hillis past 1,000 yards rushing for the season and became the ninth member of the Browns to reach the milestone.

Entering the game, Hillis had 962 yards and was set to face Buffalo’€™s last-ranked rushing defense. Hillis passed the 1,000-yard mark on just his fourth carry. Near the end of the first half, Hillis has 12 carries for 72 yards, including a 25-yard scamper.

Hillis came to the Browns when the team traded former first-round pick Brady Quinn to the Broncos and received the 24-year-old running back in return. Quinn is now a third-string quarterback behind Kyle Orton and Tim Tebow while Hillis has shined in his first starting role. Along with his rushing yards, Hillis has 11 rushing touchdowns and has 436 receiving yards including  two receiving touchdowns.

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Peyton Hillis on being first white RB to 1,000 yards in 25 years: ‘I’m a human just like everybody else’ 12.09.10 at 1:22 pm ET
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Browns running back Peyton Hillis has taken the league by storm this year after a trade that will go down as the best irrelevant trade of all time. The Broncos shipped Hillis to Cleveland for quarterback Brady Quinn, a former first-round draft pick. But while Quinn sits behind Kyle Orton and Tim Tebow in Denver, Hillis has had success with the Browns, and is only 38 yards away from becoming the ninth member of the Browns all-time to reach the 1,000-yard rushing mark in a single season.

But, according to the Loraine County Chronicle-Telegram, Hillis is the last person who thinks his run this season is anything spectacular. He needs 38 yards to gain 1,000 on the season as the Browns take on the Bills, who have the worst-ranked rushing defense in the league. He would also be known as the first white running back to reach 1,000 yards in a season since Craig James did so in 1985. But Hillis told the Chronicle-Telegram that he thinks his race “doesn’t really matter.”

“I’m a human just like everybody else is a human,” Hillis said when asked about accomplishing this feat. “I don’t think race  really matters. Guys on this team look at me as a person, not as an image or a race.”

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