Despite erratic performances — wide right, wide left, short, off the uprights — in training camp and exhibitions by incumbent Greg Joseph and rookie Austin Seibert, Kitchens said the team has no immediate plans to sign another kicker. That could change, though. “We are not trying to bring in a new kicker right now,” Kitchens said following Monday's practice. “We have two guys right here that can kick the ball a long way. We need them to get their act right. We are not looking to replace them right now. We are looking to getting these guys better and continuing to get better. “The process of evaluation and the process of judging them has not concluded yet. When it concludes, then we will make
CLEVELAND, Ohio – Browns defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi wore a microphone during a recent training camp practice as part of the team's Building the Browns series. The experience led Ogunjobi through some different emotions. First, there was uncertainty. “I really wonder if I'm mic'd up … It's gonna be real awkward if I'm talking to myself,” he said during warmups. Then, there was a little nervous laughter as he briefly left practice to take a bathroom break. “The worst part about it,” he told a security guard,” is that I'm mic'd up. … OK, we need the mic for this?” You can watch the entire clip at the top of this post.
Damion Ratley has been in this position before. The wide receiver fought for one of the final spots on the roster a season ago after the Browns selected him in the sixth round of the 2018 draft. He was considered a longshot to make the team, and that hasn't changed a year later. Now, Ratley will fight for a spot again after missing the first three weeks of training camp recovering from a hamstring injury he suffered during the second practice. It won't be easy for the former Texas A&M wideout, but Ratley's mindset hasn't changed even though his timeframe to impress coaches was split in half. “If I thought about the window being smaller, that'd be my only mindset,” Ratley said. “I don't think
Terrance Mitchell has spent the first three weeks of training camp alternating with Greedy Williams for the No. 2 cornerback spot on the Browns roster. The Browns have given Williams, their first pick of the 2019 draft, plenty of looks alongside top cornerback Denzel Ward in first team reps, where Mitchell mostly played last season. “Money Mitch,” however, hasn't flinched at the possibility of Williams snagging his starting role from a year ago, when Mitchell recorded 38 tackles and an interception in eight games. He's kept a positive attitude throughout his competition with the rookie, and head coach Freddie Kitchens has noticed. “'Money Mitch' is a team guy. I like those guys,” Kitchens said.
Bettors have spoken: The Chicago Bears and the Cleveland Browns -- and their young quarterbacks -- are public darlings at Las Vegas sportsbooks. There are more bets on the Bears to win the Super Bowl than there are on any other team at multiple sportsbooks. The Browns are right behind the Bears in Super Bowl bets. "It's been kind of overwhelming, the support [for the Bears]," said Alan Berg, the senior oddsmaker for Caesars Sportsbook. "Every time the Bears go to the playoffs, the following year, the money just pours in. Everybody gets optimistic." The Bears are 9-1 to win the Super Bowl at Caesars, the fourth-best odds behind the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs, who are co-favorites
BEREA, Ohio — If Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield wakes up feeling dangerous this season, it will be largely because of his mentor Drew Stanton, says receiver Damion Ratley. “Drew is a really smart guy,'' said Ratley. “I don't think you understand how smart Drew really is. Drew will tell you something that's going to work and that thing works. So Bake literally learns from him, so you've got to think of it in that kind of way, like Bake's going to be dangerous.'' The Browns' sixth-round pick last year out of Texas A&M, Ratley says the 13th-year QB is “probably the smartest football player I've ever been around. Drew is smart as you can get. Bake's going to be dangerous because all Bake's doing
The ESPN Daily Staff THINGS TO CARE ABOUT Baker idolized his backup QB ... There's something special about the bond you share with people who knew you way back when. In this instance, before the name "Baker Mayfield" meant anything in the football world. In this story, the fiery Cleveland Browns quarterback was simply a trash-talking "annoying little brother" figure who hadn't hit his growth spurt yet. That's how Garrett Gilbert, the former five-star recruit out of Lake Travis High School who is currently trying to make the Browns' 53-man roster as a third QB option, will always think of his younger brother's best friend, Baker. Read More Nigeria to Auburn for Prince Tega Wanogho ... It all started
CLEVELAND — Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield was excited to see Cleveland native Stipe Miocic reclaim the UFC heavyweight championship with a fourth-round technical knockout victory over Daniel Cormier in the main event of UFC 241 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California Saturday night. Shortly after arriving home from the Browns' preseason victory over the Indianapolis Colts, Mayfield watched the fight alongside several friends, and when Miocic earned the fourth-round stoppage victory, the second-year quarterback took to his Instagram story to celebrate the moment. “Yes!” Mayfield screamed while channeling his best Bruce Buffer impersonation. “You're (expletive) right! C-L-E! Wooooooo!
Caption Close It isn't often that key special-teams contributor Buddy Howell gets to impact the Texans with his ability to run the football. The former undrafted free agent from Florida Atlantic excelled Saturday night during a preseason win over the Detroit Lions, leading the Texans with 84 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries. Howell ran around and through tacklers, using a hard-nosed style to move the chains. "Buddy's a good player," Texans coach Bill O'Brien said. "He's a tough player, he's a good special teams player. He's been a productive player for us here on special teams, so he's done a good job. It was a good night for him." GO BEYOND THE GAME: Go inside the breaking news and box scores
INDIANAPOLIS -- Austin Corbett didn't think the right guard spot was his when Kevin Zeitler was traded as part of the deal that netted the Browns Odell Beckham Jr. and Olivier Vernon. “I knew there was an opening for a spot and they were going to bring guys in to compete for it,” he said, “and that's what we're doing.” Unfortunately, it's a little more complicated than that. Corbett was the No. 33 overall pick in 2018, the lone player of the first four drafted by GM John Dorsey who hasn't found a spot and who isn't being counted on heavily to help lead the Browns to the playoffs this season. That draft position puts the microscope on Corbett, and his first 16 months in the NFL have not exactly
BEREA, Ohio – It seems like every wide receiver on the Browns' roster has had his moment during training camp, except for Dorian Baker. That changed Monday. The former Cleveland Heights and Kentucky standout took advantage of Odell Beckham Jr. and Ishmael Hyman sitting out practice. Baker got reps with the second team during a seven-on-seven period and made an over-the-shoulder catch along the sideline on a pass from Drew Stanton. Later, in a drive period, he made a third-down catch on a pass from Stanton and had two other catches on the drive, which ended with a missed field goal. Baker has caught 2-of-5 passes thrown his way this preseason, and has been on the field for 40 offensive snaps.
Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield may be the talk of the town at the moment, but Fox Sports talk-show host Colin Cowherd feels that New York Jets signal-caller Sam Darnold will be better over the long haul. To be fair to Cowherd, the general consensus going into the 2018 NFL Draft was that Darnold was a better prospect than Mayfield. Of course, that didn't stop the Browns from taking Mayfield with the first overall pick, but that was the general opinion at the time. Of course, Cowherd may also be a bit biased, as he has long been a critic of Mayfield, and it seems blatantly obvious that he and Mayfield do not like one another. But will Cowherd end up being right? No one knows for sure,
BEREA, Ohio — What was better? The catch or the throw? Those were the questions being asked after Monday's Cleveland Browns training camp practice at team headquarters in Berea. During an 11-on-11 team drill, quarterback Baker Mayfield was flushed out of the pocket, and to avoid the rush, he hustled to the left side of the formation. Then, Mayfield lofted a pass down the left sideline, where wide receiver Jarvis Landry was breaking open behind the coverage of a defensive back. Despite being pressed against the sideline, Landry secured the catch and got both feet down in bounds for the competition during the move-the-ball period against the Browns' first-team defense. It was nothing new for Landry,
Browns coach Freddie Kitchens isn't quite ready to give his kickers the boot. Despite erratic performances - wide right, wide left, short, off the uprights - in training camp and exhibitions by incumbent Greg Joseph and rookie Austin Seibert, Kitchens said the team has no immediate plans to sign another kicker. ''We are not trying to bring in a new kicker right now,'' Kitchens said following Monday's practice.
Cleveland, Ohio (92.3 The Fan) – Austin Corbett hasn't seen work with he first-team offense at right guard since before the Orange and Brown scrimmage/practice on Aug. 3. Corbett has been working almost exclusively as the backup center, while being shuffled at right and left guard with the twos and threes, but that doesn't mean he's out of the running for the starting job according to head coach Freddie Kitchens. “No, he is not [out of the competition],” Kitchens said Sunday. “We have to have somebody that snaps the ball and not leave (C) JC Tretter on the field the whole game. Right now, Austin is working at center. We are working a couple of other guys at center that just are not getting the