Browns WR Corey Coleman Won’t Face Charges For New Year’s Eve Attack of 26-Year-Old

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No charges will be filed against Browns wide receiver Corey Coleman in connection with an attack on a 26-year-old man at the building in downtown Cleveland where Coleman lives, Adam Ferrise of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael O’Malley said in a statement on Tuesday that DNA evidence tested by the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled Coleman out as a possible suspect in the case.

Court records filed in that case state that Coleman took part in the fight, but O’Malley said the evidence never showed that Coleman was part of the Dec. 31 beating that left a man unconscious and bleeding in a parking garage stairwell.

“The investigation into this felonious assault has failed to produce sufficient evidence that Corey Coleman was a participant,” O’Malley’s statement says.

Coleman’s brother, Jonathan Coleman, 25, and his roommate Jared Floyd, 24, both of Dallas, were previously charged with felonious assault in connection with the Dec. 31 attack. They attacked the man in the lobby of Coleman’s downtown Cleveland condo at the Pinnacle Condominiums on West Lakeside Avenue, investigators have said.

Both pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Brock Osweiler Named as Browns Starting QB for Preseason Opener

Browns coach Hue Jackson announced Monday that Brock Osweiler will start the preseason opener Thursday night against the Saints, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Cody Kessler will be the second man up, followed by DeShone Kizer and Kevin Hogan.

It doesn’t mean, however, that Osweiler will start the season opener against the Steelers Sept. 10. Kizer is still in the mix for that.

“At this stage in the evaluation process of our quarterbacks, we are going to have Brock start the preseason opener against the Saints on Thursday night,” head coach Hue Jackson said in a release. “A lot goes into our evaluation but it’s always going to be about efficiently and effectively running the offense. You want your starter to be able to do that despite any circumstance.

“Brock hasn’t really gotten any first team reps and this will give him that chance. We look forward to seeing what he can do with this opportunity throughout the week and against the Saints.”

The announcement comes a few days after the Dolphins expressed interest in trading for Osweiler, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The Browns, Schefter said on The Dan Patrick Show, did not want to part with the veteran. The Dolphins ultimately coaxed Jay Cutler out of retirement.

Is DeShone Kizer the Man to Start the Preseason Opener for the Browns?

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Since 1999 it seems like a rite of passage during training camp for the Browns to be searching for a starting quarterback.

This year is no different, with the competition between three very different players – Cody Kessler, Brock Osweiler, and rookie draft pick DeShone Kizer.

Many assume that due to his experience from a year ago as a rookie that Kessler would be the choice to get the first crack at being a starter, but indications are coming in that seem to be minds are changing in Berea.

That is as of now, rookie draft pick Kizer is quickly moving up the ladder, and Mary Kay Cabot of writes that it looks like the former Notre Dame QB could be the man come the preseason opener in a week.

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Browns Safety Ed Reynolds Could Miss Six Weeks with Sprained MCL

Browns safety Ed Reynolds sprained his MCL in his left knee and is expected to be sidelined about six weeks, a source told Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Reynolds’ ACL is intact, the source said. Coach Hue Jackson had indicated Sunday that was the case.

Reynolds, who started seven games for Cleveland last season, was injured Saturday when the Browns wore full pads for the first time in training camp.

Reynolds appeared in 10 games last season, recording 40 tackles and a sack.

Rookie QB DeShone Kizer a ‘Better Bet’ to Win the Starting Job for the Browns

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Browns rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer may be a “better bet” to win the starting QB job than second-year player Cody Kessler according to Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal.

Kessler entered training camp as the nominal No.1 quarterback for the Browns over both the rookie and free agent bust Brock Osweiler but that designation was due mainly to Kessler’s familiarity with the offense, having played in head coach Hue Jackson’s system in 2016. But Cleveland beat reporters have been banging the drum for Kizer ever since minicamp, reporting how impressive the rookie had looked and how he had significantly narrowed the gap between him and Kessler.

It is a far cry from the beating Kizer’s stock took leading up to the draft this May. Long believed to have perhaps the best raw talent of the entire QB draft class, there were whispers about arrogance and immaturity once Kizer declared for the draft after his junior year at Notre Dame with even ND head coach Brian Kelly saying that he was not ready for the NFL. Kizer slid from a surefire first-round pick all the way until the middle of the second round, when the Browns selected him at No.52. Since then Kizer has made noticeable strides in both accuracy and touch while flashing improved mechanics and earning the praise of the coaching staff.

Ulrich stresses that the quarterback competition in Cleveland remains wide open with Kessler, Kizer, and even Osweiler viewed as “legitimate candidates”. With a vastly improved offensive line and a solid if unspectacular group of offensive skill players entering the 2017 season, the Browns could be a pleasant surprise-if they get the QB situation sorted out.

Browns First Overall Pick Myles Garrett Healthy and Ready for Camp


Rookie defensive end and No. 1 overall pick in the NFL draft Myles Garrett has recovered from a foot sprain and will be on the field Thursday when Cleveland opens camp following a miserable 1-15 season, the Associated Press reports.

Garrett suffered a left lateral foot sprain while rushing quarterback Brock Osweiler during minicamp in June. He was placed in a walking boot and there was some concern that he might be sidelined for an extensive period.

However, coach Hue Jackson said Wednesday that Garrett is “totally healthy” and will be on the field for the team’s first workout. Garrett will be monitored during practices and it’s possible he could be kept out of some drills.

“We will definitely monitor him but I think he’s totally healthy, maybe hasn’t done all the conditioning that you like to see right before training camp,” Jackson said. “But I think he’s up to speed and ready to go. And he’s looking forward to it.”

Former Browns WR Andrew Hawkins Gives Praise to Cleveland Following His Announced Retirement

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One-time Browns wide out Andrew Hawkins walked away from football Tuesday, deciding to retire after he signed a one-year contract with the New England Patriots in May.

Hawkins played three seasons with the Browns, last season catching 33 passes for 324 yards and three scores. In his time in Cleveland he played in 39 games with 29 starts, and caught 123 passes for 1424 yards and five touchdowns.

He had nothing but positive things to say today about his time in Cleveland, paying his respects to the city and his former teammates.

Browns Agree to Terms with First Round Pick Safety Jabrill Peppers

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The Browns have all their draft picks ready for camp, as first-round pick safety Jabrill Peppers has agreed to terms on his rookie deal with a signing coming soon, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports via Edward Lewis of

Peppers was the last of the Browns’ draft picks, which included other first-rounders DE Myles Garrett and TE David Njoku, to ink a deal.

The No. 25 overall pick was drafted by Cleveland for his ability to play safety, but coach Hue Jackson said in the spring that the former Michigan standout will see some time on offense as well.

“He’s football player, a very dynamic player,” Jackson said. “Obviously, he’s going to play defense for us, but we’ll find a role for him over there on offense. No question.”