Browns to Play Starters in Final Preseason Game Against Bears

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Browns coach Hue Jackson will play his starters Thursday in the fourth preseason game against the Bears at FirstEnergy Stadium, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

“We’re going to play our guys,” Jackson said. “I feel comfortable that we need to play our starters on both sides of the ball. Now, how much they play, that is yet to be determined by me, but we’re going to play them because we need to play. We need to get better as a football team as we continue to move forward.”

But Jackson isn’t playing his starters to avoid going winless. He’s 0-3 heading into the game, and isn’t concerned about going 0-4.

“You can check my last record in preseason,” he said. “I think I was 0-4 at Oakland. I like to win. I will be the first to tell you that. I didn’t think I was going to be 0-4 then either. I don’t like being 0-4. If this was going on my tombstone, I would be concerned about it. It’s not. Nobody is going to ask me about the preseason games. They’re going to ask to me about the regular season.

“Even though I like to win at everything that I do, I do understand that there is a process that we are in right now. Now next week, you ask me that, it might be a different story. I might be up here throwing things. What’s important is that we keep evaluating our team so that we can ensure that we have the best team here as we move into the season.”

Browns Waive CB K’Waun Williams a Day Before He His Suspension Was Up

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The Browns waived cornerback K’Waun Williams on Monday, a day before he was to come off of his two-week suspension for refusing to play in Green Bay Aug. 12th, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Williams’ agent Evan Krakower said his client told the Browns his ankle was bothering him and that he couldn’t take on a full load in the preseason opener that night.

The Browns, according to a league source, say Williams never told them his ankle was bothering him until the next day — after he had told them he was retiring.

Krakower said Williams believed he had only two options play or retire. He said he opted to retire that night because he felt he couldn’t play on the injured ankle, which first surfaced during organized team activities in the spring.

Browns WR’s Corey Coleman and Andrew Hawkins to Sit vs Packers

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The Browns are a day away from their first preseason game of 2016, and a couple of their wide outs won’t be out there, including rookie first-round pick Corey Coleman.

Coleman will sit with a hammy, as reported by Cleveland.com. Also on the shelf will be Andrew Hawkins, who is also nursing a hamstring tweak.

Robert Griffin III will be missing a few of his top guns in his preseason debut in Green Bay on Friday night.

Rookie receiver Corey Coleman, who tweaked a hamstring in the intrasquad scrimmage that he owned last Friday, will sit out the game, as will Andrew Hawkins, the Browns’ top slot receiver candidate.

Receiver Terrelle Pryor, who’s been starting opposite Coleman, felt some fatigue in his right calf muscle on Wednesday while practicing on the rain-soaked fields. Coach Hue Jackson pulled him out practice and sent him to the see trainer, who wrapped the calf in ice for about 20 minutes.

“I think Terrelle will be fine,” said Jackson. “He was practicing and I made a decision to take him out. He wanted to stay out there.”

Here’s hoping that Pryor doesn’t go out and get hurt, as that would be a terrible thing to lose one of the new Browns starting wide outs in a meaningless preseason game.

Browns Activate CB Joe Haden Off the Teams’ PUP List

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Joe Haden, who last played on November 1 of last season in a loss to Arizona, was activated off of the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list by the Browns on Monday and was expected to practice for the first time this training camp, Dan Labbe of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Last season was a rough one for the Pro Bowl cornerback. He struggled early in the season and then suffered a concussion in a Week 5 win over Baltimore. He had already come under fire for sitting out the team’s loss in San Diego with a broken finger. He missed two games before returning against Arizona, then didn’t play again thanks to a concussion suffered against the Cardinals.

As if all of that wasn’t enough, Haden underwent ankle surgery in the offseason, leaving his timetable for returning by the start of the season in doubt.

“I never really went through any type of adversity like this playing football,” Haden said back in May. “It’s always kind of been pretty good. Just being able to go through something like this, it definitely brings a newfound respect, a newfound love, passion.”

“I’m super excited,” Haden said. “Being able to sit in all the meetings, just re-going over it, it clicked back soon as (Horton) started telling it. No different calls or anything like that. I know all the calls, know all the checks, so now I’m just waiting to get down the plays.”

Pep Hamilton Likes the Direction of the Browns New Look Offense

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The Browns are seven days away from their first preseason game at home against the Washington Redskins. The team is looking for building blocks after an awful 3-13 season in 2015, and one area they have to be better in general is that of offense.

The team went out and brought in QB Robert Griffin III, and with a young group of wide outs they are hoping to finally strike fear in opposing defenses.

Pep Hamilton, who is an assistant head coach as well as offensive coordinator and QB coach said in Berea today he feels the offensive unit is taking a big stride week by week.

“We’ve made a ton of progress over the course of the past week and a half or so. We’ve seen a lot of positive things,” Hamilton said.

“The guys are working hard. We feel good about where we are as far as our communication up front, guys being able to make plays on the perimeter, how our running backs are running the football. We’re definitely trending in the right direction.”

Who will run the ball on a consistent basis is another question the Browns must answer. The club appears to be on the page of going again with Isaiah Crowell and second-year back Duke Johnson Jr., two players who are looking to be better in 2016.

Hamilton said Thursday it’s a position that both are improving, and both are looking to be better day by day to get more playing time.

“They’re competing with each other each day in practice. They’ve both done a ton of good things,” Hamilton said.

“We’ve actually had some live periods in practice so you’ve had a chance to see them run in a – I don’t want to say game-like environment – but you’ve seen some real live football and they’ve done well. Both guys are players and backs that can play without the ball, and they have the ability to score the ball as well. They’ve been positive.”

As for RGIII and Josh McCown, last year’s opening day starter at QB, coach Hue Jackson has yet to name one as the ‘official’ starter for opening day, but it appears more than ever it’s Griffin’s job to lose.

Hamilton seemed to echo those feelings at training camp Thursday.

“He has more of a command of our offense. He’s able to manage the all checks and all the things that we ask him to do at the line of scrimmage,” Hamilton said.

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McCown May Be Wanted by the Cowboys; But He’s Happy with the Browns

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The Cowboys lost a potential backup quarterback candidate when Nick Foles signed with the Kansas City Chiefs Wednesday evening, and are looking for a backup QB with losing Kellen Moore to a broken ankle on Tuesday.

Ed Werder of ESPN reports the Cowboys are now moving to trade options and at the top of that list is Browns quarterback Josh McCown. But sources say the Browns are reluctant to let him go.

McCown spoke at Browns camp on Thursday, and while he said that he grew up a Cowboys fan, he’s happy with being with the Browns and is excited about the team in 2016.

McCown is likely going to start the season behind RGIII as the backup at the QB position, but that doesn’t mean the Browns should just give him up for nothing at this point.

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Browns TE Coach Greg Seamon Says TE Gary Barnidge on Track for Week One

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Browns tight ends coach said Tuesday that Gary Barnidge is on track to be ready for the season opener Sept. 11 in Philadelphia, Pat McManamon of ESPN.com reports.

He had sports hernia surgery June 2.

“We’ve got a plan for him that will get him to opening day,” tight ends coach Greg Seamon said. “So we have to accomplish two things: make sure he’s healthy and make sure he has enough work to be ready to go.

“His work ethic is so good that I don’t sweat that much.”

Seamon said the Pro Bowl tight end is ahead of schedule in his rehab, but coach Hue Jackson has said in camp he will not rush players back. Cornerback Joe Haden is coming off ankle surgery, and he has not returned to practice either. But both he and Jackson said Haden would be ready for the opener.

Last season Barnidge led the team with 79 receptions, 1,043 receiving yards and nine touchdowns.

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Browns Fans: Bud Light Has Created A Can Just For You

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With the football season set to kick off in only a few weeks, Bud Light – the Official Beer of the NFL – is once again helping devout fans showcase their team pride by introducing all-new custom cans for its 27 NFL team partners, including ones for the Browns!

The cans – which are available now through the 2016-17 NFL season – are draped in Browns colors, feature its logo and will be brought to life through localized, signature sayings that every team’s fans will recognize and embrace.

The distinct packaging is part of Bud Light’s “Beer With Your Team On It” campaign, which will celebrate NFL fandom and passion for Bud Light throughout the season.

What do you think of the Bud Light Browns can?