Browns 7th Round Pick Ifo Ekpre-Olomu Has Dislocated Knee

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Browns seventh-round pick Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, the cornerback from Oregon, revealed Wednesday that he suffered a dislocated knee in addition to the torn ACL that caused him to tumble in the draft, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

He acknowledged that if he had just torn the ACL in December, a team might’ve been taken a chance on him higher in the draft. As it was, he went No. 241 overall — 14 spots away from Mr. Irrelevant — and may have gone undrafted if the Browns hadn’t tabbed him with their 12th and final pick.

“Yeah, I think definitely teams were concerned and thinking that I wouldn’t be able to play or I wouldn’t be able to play at the level that I wanted to play,” he said on a conference call Wednesday. “But it really only takes one team and I’m excited to be playing for the Browns and I’m excited that they gave me the opportunity to prove (myself) and they have the faith in me that I’m going to be back to 100% and healthy.”

Ekpre-Olomu, projected as a first- or second-rounder before the injury, acknowledged that the dislocation means a longer rehab than the six to nine months for an ACL. Originally, he hoped to be back on the field by September, but his timetable is up in the air now. In fact, this could be a redshirt year for him, but the Browns knew that when they drafted him. He underwent surgery in late December.

“It’s definitely a longer rehab than just a regular ACL,” he said. “It all depends on the person. Some people are able to come back in seven months, some people are able to come back in 10 months. It really matters when the ligament scars in and …..the strength in going to be there, but at the same time it’s up to the doctor they have to feel 100% that the ligament is scarred in and over time it’s not going to wear out again.”

Pettine: Josh McCown the Favorite to Open Camp as Starting QB

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Coach Mike Pettine indicated in a radio interview Monday that Josh McCown is the Browns’ frontrunner to be the Browns’ starting quarterback heading into camp, Mary Kay Cabotl of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Asked specifically by Adam “The Bull” on Browns radio partner 92.3 The Fan if McCown is “at least the favorite to be the starting quarterback going into training camp,” Pettine said “I think it’s fair to say that.”

Later 92.3 The Fan clarified The Bull was asking if McCown is the favorite to start the season heading into camp. Pettine may have meant that McCown is the favorite to begin camp as the starter, not the season.

Regardless, the answer took things a step further than what Pettine said on April 21, nine days before the draft, when he wasn’t ready to say McCown was the likely starter for anything.

At that point, the Browns weren’t exactly sure yet how things might play out during the draft. They were still considering their options, including the possibility of trading up for Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota. They probably also would’ve at least considered trading for Sam Bradford had Eagles coach Chip Kelly been willing to part with him.

“We’re a ways away from just kind of worrying about how the depth part of it shakes out,” Pettine said that day. “They’re all in that room, and they’re all trying to learn it. Josh, obviously, has an advantage having been in this system where there’s a lot of carryover because he worked with (offensive coordinator John DeFilipppo) Flip before. I know a lot of those similar roots are in there, but we don’t really kind of get into depth charts and where guys are.”

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Pettine Says Browns Won’t Panic About Teams Issue At QB

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Despite quarterback rumors that persisted into the third day of the NFL draft, the Browns are sticking to their existing guns, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Marcus Mariota didn’t come riding in on a white horse and a Sam Bradford trade never materialized. As the draft marched on, the Browns passed on Colorado State’s Garrett Grayson, Oregon State’s Sean Mannion, Baylor’s Bryce Petty and UCLA’s Brett Hundley, who all went in the first five rounds.

Instead, the Browns are forging on with Josh McCown as their likely starter and Johnny Manziel as their ongoing developmental project. The Browns — who selected 12 players overall in the draft — also have Thad Lewis and Connor Shaw who can start games for them.

“I don’t think we can emphasize it enough that we’re going to build a football team,” said coach Mike Pettine. “We’re not going to over-prioritize the quarterback position.”

“We’re very confident in the guys in that room,” said Pettine. “We are. We’re very confident in the guys coaching them, I’m very confident in the plan that we’re going to build and I’m thrilled with the players we’re putting on the field around the quarterback. I’ve talked about this from the beginning — that you want to minimize the importance of the quarterback.”

Browns Go Big in NFL Draft – Take Washington NT Danny Shelton at 12

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The Browns added depth to their defensive line on Thursday night, as the team took Washington NT Danny Shelton with the 12th pick in the first round.

Shelton is a great fit for the team, here’s a scouting report on the big man.

Shelton is a massive lineman who has a lot of power at the point of attack. Not only can he bulldoze his way into the backfield, he is quick and athletic for a heavy nose tackle. Shelton can collapse the pocket quickly. He destroys single-blocks and commanded consistent double-teams. Shelton is an ideal nose tackle for a 3-4 defense. There are a lot of teams that love him.

In 2014, Shelton was one of the nation’s leaders in sacks for a defensive tackle with nine. Not only was he getting to the quarterback, but he also stuffed the run. Besides his nine sacks, Shelton had 87 tackles with 16.5 tackles for a loss and two fumble recoveries in 2014. He battled hard against Stanford, Oregon and UCLA.

At the Senior Bowl, Shelton was phenomenal. He was a load for the offensive linemen and couldn’t be single-blocked. Shelton won in the pass-rushing one-on-ones and was excellent in the run scrimmages. That week in Mobile could push Shelton into the top 10 of the 2015 NFL Draft. He also did well at the Combine as he was impressive in the bench press and field drills.

Browns Debut New Uniforms – Nine Different Combinations

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All the hype that has been surrounding the new Browns uniforms can now be put to rest, as tonight in an event at the Cleveland Convention Center, the team finally showed off their new Nike digs for the 2015 season and beyond.

There’s 9 new uni combos for the season, and all the uniforms have the word “Cleveland” on the front, and there’s even an orange pants version with “Browns” down the side.

“We are truly excited to share these new uniforms with the City of Cleveland, the Dawg Pound and all of our loyal fans,” said Browns President Alec Scheiner. “Throughout the uniform design process, we focused on the core characteristics of our great city – strength and hard work – while also representing the spirit of the city’s recent transformation. We believe these new uniforms reflect those traits while staying true to our history. We are proud to be the only team in the NFL with its city across the front of its jerseys, as well as to pay tribute to our fans with ‘Dawg Pound’ embroidered in the back collar.”

In addition to other elements, the Browns’ new uniforms feature:

· “CLEVELAND” emblazoned across the chest of all three jerseys, making the Browns the only NFL club to feature its city on the front of the jersey rather than its team name.
· “DAWG POUND” inscribed inside of the back collar of all three jerseys to pay tribute to the NFL’s best fans.
· Contrast stitching in the uniform construction that depicts attention to detail and craftsmanship to exemplify the City of Cleveland’s hard-working, blue-collar demeanor.
· Larger uniform stripes extending the Browns’ original pattern into a consistent element through the jersey, pants and helmet to represent team solidarity. The horizontal sleeve stripe on the jersey now also crosses over to the chest panel.
· Browns’ bold orange helmets also advance the new stripe pattern further with a distinct carbon fiber texture and a new brown facemask, representing the strong, industrious nature of Cleveland.
· Nine available uniform combinations with the introduction of an orange “third” jersey and three pant sets (brown, white and orange).

Respecting the Browns treasured history, the team maintained the core elements of the historic Browns uniforms, which have undergone minimal changes since 1947.

5 Biggest Needs Cleveland Browns Have Yet to Address This Offseason

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The Cleveland Browns lost their starting QB from 2014 to the Houston Texans, and their best wide out Josh Gordon, was suspended for the season for again violating the NFL drug policy. Bold 2015 draft moves that will impact the NFL football lines at Mybookie.ag.

Oh and in case you didn’t hear, one of their first-round picks from a year ago, a guy that could get the QB spot in 2015, is still in rehab.

Let’s just say it hasn’t been a great offseason for the Browns.

The team has made some pickups, getting former Chiefs wide out Dwayne Bowe to take the spot of Gordon as the teams best WR, and they also got QB Josh McCown as a mentor for QB Johnny Manziel, who reports say will be out of rehab in April.

There’s still plenty of things to do, and today we look at five needs for the Browns they have yet to address this offseason.

1. Don’t let this QB thing linger – The team seems committed to Manziel, and while the club inked both McCown and Thad Lewis, the club in the long run wants to go with ‘Johnny Football,’ this despite him having six of the worst quarters of football you’ll ever see last season. Look for the Browns to still tickle the draft board come the second day of the draft with picking a QB that will only add more intrigue to the position.

2. The Club Needs Another WR – Okay so they got Dwayne Bowe, but what Bowe they are getting is going to go a long way into how many more WR’s they need on this roster for whatever QB is throwing them the football. The team still has undersized Andrew Hawkins, Miles Austin and Travis Benjamin to go along with Bowe, but they need more than that to be competitive.

3. More QB Pressure – At times last season QB’s from opposing teams could order a pizza, get it delivered, and eat it before the Browns would find a way to reach him. With that the club will need to get more from their D-line, as well as their linebackers who need to find a way to get heat on the QB. For now, the QB’s for other teams are just too good and have way too much time to throw.

4. They Need a New Nose – The Browns had big issues at the Nose Tackle spot last season, and teams seemed to be able to run the ball right up the gut when they wanted to. They lost Ahtyba Rubin, who was no big loss the way he played last year. They do need to look long and hard at the draft to see if there’s a player in the middle that can help out, and possibly take up two players with this size and strength. That person didn’t exist last season.

5. Stop Messing with Pettine – The Browns coach did a nice job in his first season, getting a team that had no business winning seven games to a 7-9 record. The club had wayyyyyyyyy too much off the field issues with GM Ray Farmer getting involved in personal decisions, and it made offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan hightail it out of town. If Farmer wants to coach, he should coach. If not, leave Pettine alone.

Browns Lose TE Jordan Cameron to Miami in Crazy Turn of Events

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In a bizarre twist of events, former Browns Pro Bowl tight end Jordan Cameron is signing with the Miami Dolphins instead of returning to the Cleveland Browns, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Despite reports by several national reporters that the Browns had reached an agreement on a two-year deal with the Cameron, the two sides had never actually finalized the agreement, and the Dolphins swooped in.

Within a couple of hours, at about 8:45, he signed with Miami, according to Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports.

When reports first surfaced at about 6 p.m. by Yahoo Sports, NFL Network and ESPN that the Browns had reached agreement on a two-year deal with Cameron worth $15 million, a source told Northeast Ohio Media Group that no deal had been struck at that time.

Browns Ink QB Thaddeus Lewis

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The Browns have signed quarterback Thaddeus Lewis, Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post reports.

Lewis, 30, has two previous stints with the Browns and spent a year with the Houston Texans.

He’s also played for the St. Louis Rams, Detroit Lions and Buffalo Bills.

The former four-year starter at Duke made his first NFL start in the Browns’ 2012 season finale at Pittsburgh and completed 22-of-32 passes for 204 yards with one touchdown and one interception. In 2013, he started five games for the Buffalo Bills and finished with 1,092 yards, four touchdowns and three interceptions.

Lewis (6-2, 200) began his NFL career as an undrafted free agent with the Rams, where he primarily played on the practice squad. The Browns initially acquired him off waivers near the start of the 2011 season.