Browns RBs coach to ride ‘hot hand’ with backfield trio

June 22, 2018

The Cleveland Browns own a crowded backfield after signing Carlos Hyde, drafting Nick Chubb in the second round and giving Duke Johnson an extension. How the rotation shakes out will be one thing to track next month at Browns‘ training camp. Running backs coach Freddie Kitchens plans to ride the “hot hand” this season. “If they are having success why would you change?” Kitchens noted, via the team’s official website….

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Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger not fretting new contract

Pittsburgh Steelers
June 18, 2018

Ben Roethlisberger has two years left on a contract that goes through the 2019 season, but the Pittsburgh Steelers‘ signal-caller isn’t looking to break the bank when the time comes for a new deal. “I care about record-breaking Super Bowl wins and things like that — that’s more important to me,” Roethlisberger told ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler from the QB’s football camp Sunday in Pittsburgh. Roethlisberger currently sits as the 12th-highest…

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Browns OL Donald Stephenson suspended two games

June 15, 2018

Donald Stephenson‘s short time in Cleveland has been rocky. The NFL suspended the veteran offensive tackle for the first two games of the regular season for violating the league’s Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse. Stephenson is eligible to return Sept. 17. He can participate in all offseason practices and preseason games. Stephenson signed a one-year, $2.5 million contract in Cleveland in March, including $1 million guaranteed. The offensive…

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Hue Jackson: Browns upgraded throughout with talent

June 11, 2018

When you’ve been living in the basement for a decade and finally hit rock bottom’s rock bottom there’s no place to go but up. The Cleveland Browns find themselves at that lowest point after an 0-16 campaign. The new brass spent the offseason overhauling every position, from quarterback to running back, from linebacker to defensive back. Outside of punter and kicker seemingly the entire roster was renovated. Browns coach Hue…

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Browns closing in on extension with Duke Johnson

June 7, 2018

The Browns may have bolstered their backfield with the additions of veteran Carlos Hyde and rookie Nick Chubb, but that doesn’t mean Duke Johnson is being phased out of the offense. Cleveland is closing in on a contract extension with Johnson, NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo and NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, via sources close to the situation. The deal is expected to be finalized on Thursday. Johnson was the…

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Duke Johnson, Browns agree to 3-year, $15.6M deal

June 7, 2018

The Browns might have bolstered their backfield with the additions of veteran Carlos Hyde and rookie Nick Chubb, but that doesn’t mean Duke Johnson is being phased out of the offense. Johnson agreed to a three-year, $15.6 million contract extension ($7.7 million guaranteed) with the Browns on Thursday, NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo and NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, via sources close to the situation. The deal includes a $5 million signing…

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Jarvis Landry: Browns QBs ‘a lot better’ than Miami’s

June 7, 2018

Does Jarvis Landry prefer his current quarterback to his last one? It sure sounds that way. Cleveland’s newly minted wideout went out of his on Thursday to praise Browns quarterback Tyrod Taylor while taking a not-so-subtle dig at his former signal-caller, Miami’s Ryan Tannehill. “I think [Browns play-caller] Todd [Haley] is going to give me the opportunities I need to … not show off my talents, but the things that…

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Ben Roethlisberger: Backups grateful for extra reps

Pittsburgh Steelers
June 7, 2018

A family vacation kept Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger away from the start of the team’s organized team activities. Roethlisberger returned Wednesday, but his earlier absences allowed backup quarterbacks Landry Jones, Josh Dobbs and rookie Mason Rudolph to secure additional repetitions during practice. “I know those guys really enjoyed it, and they were thanking me for it,” Roethlisberger said, via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The Steelers are transitioning with a new…

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Hue Jackson: Browns must ‘earn our stripes’ for helmets

June 6, 2018

If you’re a Browns player assuming the equipment staff will compliantly paste the team’s traditional black-and-white stripe on your helmet this summer — think again, pal. This offseason, the roster is toiling away with plain orange headgear — no stripe to be seen — after coach Hue Jackson had the team’s equipment staff strip all helmets clean. Jackson’s thinking goes like this: “There is a certain way that the Cleveland…

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Hue Jackson: 2018 Browns must ‘earn’ helmet stripes

June 6, 2018

If you’re a Browns player assuming the equipment staff will compliantly paste the team’s traditional black-and-white stripe on your helmet this summer — think again, pal. This offseason, the roster is toiling away with plain orange headgear — no stripe to be seen — after coach Hue Jackson had the team’s equipment staff strip all helmets clean. Jackson’s thinking goes like this: “There is a certain way that the Cleveland…

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