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Robert Griffin III To Start At Quarterback Against Bengals

Dec 8, 2016 4:32 PM

The Cleveland Browns will start Robert Griffin III at quarterback.

"It's all about being in the right situation at the right time," Griffin said Thursday after he was named the starter for Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals. "My job is to make sure that this is the right situation and the right time."

Hue Jackson also said it's important to see Griffin so the Browns can garner more information before deciding if they should bring him back in 2017.

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Hue Jackson Won't Let Browns Trade Joe Thomas While He's Coaching

Dec 8, 2016 6:19 AM

Joe Thomas has been mentioned in trade rumors for the past two years, but Hue Jackson says the Cleveland Browns aren't moving the left tackle.

"That's not happening or I'm going with him, okay?" Jackson said. "I guarantee you that. I'm going with him. No, Joe Thomas means too much to this organization and to this football team. As I said to everybody, I want us to do right by him. Right by that is let's go get this man some wins. He deserves that.

"He deserves to be on a winning football team and have a chance to chase playoffs and championships. That's why you're here. ... We have to get this thing right for those guys because it's truly what it is about -- our fans, our organization -- but those players, they give a lot and we have to give it back to them."

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Browns 'Really Like' Decision To Trade Carson Wentz

Nov 17, 2016 10:48 AM

The Cleveland Browns have been in a perpetual search for a quarterback, starting 26 different players at the position since 1999.

Cleveland traded away the second overall pick that became Carson Wentz to the Philadelphia Eagles for an extra first rounder in 2017 and extra second rounders in 2017 and 2018.

“We always look back on our decisions,” Sashi Brown said when asked about passing on Wentz. “You try to be as thorough as possible going in, and as humble as possible coming out. Are there things we could have, and should have, done differently? That said, we really like the decision we made. I think it’s dangerous to start evaluating decisions once you have information you didn’t have going into them. And our trade, really, hasn’t even borne all its fruits.”

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Ben Roethlisberger 'Blown Away' Browns Didn't Draft Carson Wentz

Nov 17, 2016 7:52 AM

Ben Roethlisberger, who said earlier this season that he was "really surprised" the Cleveland Browns didn't draft Carson Wentz with the second overall pick, took it one step further on Wednesday.

"I thought for sure he was going to Cleveland," Roethlisberger said. "There was not a doubt in my mind that he wasn't a perfect AFC North quarterback, a great fit for you guys and everything. Then when everything transpired, I was blown away by it, but you never know.

"It's early in his career. You hate to jump to conclusions and call him the same thing as me, who has been in the league for 13 years, but only time will tell if that same thing kind of happened there, too."

Roethlisberger and Wentz share an agent. The Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback admits that he's still fueled by being passed over by the Browns at No. 6 in 2004.

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Hue Jackson Says He's Been 'Too Harsh' On Cody Kessler

Nov 17, 2016 7:39 AM

Hue Jackson wants to ease the pressure he's placed on Cody Kessler, whom he benched in the third quarter of Thursday night's 28-7 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.

"Cody has done some good things, too," Jackson said. "Maybe we've been a little too harsh on him that way. He's made some jumps in some areas."

Jackson noted on Wednesday that Kessler has had a revolving door on the offensive line and didn't have receiver Corey Coleman until the last two weeks.

"He's playing with a cast of players that he's starting to get familiar with and they are getting familiar with him," Jackson said. "That's just work in progress. Young quarterbacks grow at different rates."

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Browns' Front Office, Coaching Staff Have 'Heightened Tension'

Nov 13, 2016 10:43 AM

The Cleveland Browns remain winless and Hue Jackson's decision to bench Cody Kessler in their loss at Baltimore has "heightened tension between the front office and coaching staff."

Defensive coordinator Ray Horton is facing a very uncertain future, with his unit allowing more than 30 points per game.

Owner Jimmy Haslam, along with his wife Dee, has become increasingly hands on, with many departments essentially reporting directly to his family. It was Haslam who ultimately decided to hire Jackson and sign off on Horton as coordinator, despite strong reservations expressed by others.

Haslam has fired three coaches and general managers in the past four years and has blown up his front office repeatedly, fluctuating from one organizational structure to the next.

"You basically have a husband and wife in charge of various areas they don't really understand -- football, coaching, scouting, analytics, ticketing, marketing," a team source said. "And that's the way they want it."

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Hue Jackson: Browns Need To Throw Deep More Often

Nov 9, 2016 9:10 AM

The Cleveland Browns are sticking with Cody Kessler at quarterback, but Hue Jackson says changes need to be made to the offense.

Kessler has thrown 16 passes of more than 20 yards in his six starts and has completed just four of them.

"Are you asking do I want to see the ball go down the field more? Yes, I do. It needs to," Jackson said. "That's the way we score more points. Cody's done a good job of distributing the ball and he's done a good job of putting the ball in the right places for the most part, but he knows now that in the NFL you have to take a few more chances to score points because the defenses are too good. We have to always stay aggressive and push the ball when we can because it gives us a chance to have big plays and make big plays."

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Chris Kirskey: Browns Won't Go 0-16

Nov 7, 2016 7:35 AM

A week after declaring that the Cleveland Browns would go 8-0 the rest of the way, Chris Kirskey promises that the team will win at some point this season.

"We're not going to go 0-16,'' he said after Sunday's 35-10 loss to the Dallas Cowboys. "That's for a fact. We're not doing that. Things are going to get on a roll, and we've just got to keep fighting."

The 2008 Detroit Lions are the only team in history to go 0-16.

"That's motivation," he said. "I don't know if I'm supposed to say this, but we're not going winless. We're not."

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Browns Hope To Start Cody Kessler For Remainder Of Season

Nov 4, 2016 12:20 PM

Cody Kessler will start at quarterback for the Cleveland Browns in Week 9 against the Cowboys.

Kessler missed the team's last game against the New York Jets because of a concussion. Josh McCown started but will return to the backup role.

Hue Jackson said the hope is that Kessler keeps the job for the rest of the season. Jackson said he is making the move to help evaluate Kessler whether he can be the team's long-term starter.

"The more I can see guys play, the better decision I can make moving forward," Jackson said.

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Corey Coleman Will Be 'Full Go' For Browns

Nov 4, 2016 8:17 AM

The Cleveland Browns will have Corey Coleman at 100% when they face the Dallas Cowboys this weekend.

Hue Jackson said the rookie receiver "had a really good week" of practice and looms as "full go" after missing six games with a broken hand.

Coleman hasn't played since totaling 104 yards on five receptions in Week 2.

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Patriots Trade Jamie Collins To Browns
Jamie Collins' four-year rookie contract will expire after the season.

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Josh Gordon Exits Rehab Facility, Hopes To Resume NFL Career
The program was the most intensive treatment that Josh Gordon has gone through, and he is doing "a lot better," one source said.

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Hue Jackson: Browns Will Not Trade Joe Thomas
With a week to go before the trade deadline, Joe Thomas has been mentioned often in rumors.

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Browns Won't Trade Joe Thomas Before Deadline
The Browns are clearly in rebuilding mode but aren't interested in trading Joe Thomas, who they almost dealt last season to the Broncos.

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Browns Have 65.5 Percent Chance Of Landing Top Overall Pick In 2017
The Bears rank second at 10.0 percent followed by the 49ers at 8.6 percent.

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Joe Thomas Won't Ask Browns For Trade
Joe Thomas was nearly traded last season to the Broncos at the deadline before the Browns backed out.

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Cody Kessler Will Start For Browns In Week 6
Cody Kessler will start for the Browns on Sunday against the Titans, Hue Jackson has announced.

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Art Briles Helping Browns Offense In Guest Role
The Browns had Art Briles in as a guest on Wednesday to help lend some offensive advice.

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Terrelle Pryor Thought Patriots Would Sign Him In 2015
Terrelle Pryor, who has emerged as the top playmaker for the Browns this season, had a workout with the Patriots last season.

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Johnny Manziel Free To Sign With Any NFL Team After Suspension Lifted
The Browns waived Johnny Manziel in March, after an alleged domestic incident with his ex-girlfriend.

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NFL Acknowledges 'Bad Visual' In Browns-Washington Fumble
Sarah Thomas awarded possession to Washington long before Browns running back Duke Johnson, Jr. emerged from the pile with the ball.

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Josh Gordon To Remain On Reserve/Suspended List
The Browns have made it clear they are moving on without Josh Gordon.

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Browns Don't Have Any Of The Picks Acquired For Julio Jones
Julio Jones led the NFL in receiving yards in 2015 and caught 12 balls for 300 yards on Sunday.

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Browns Pursued Trade Of Josh Gordon Before Entering Rehab
Josh Gordon's trade value predictably fell when he announced he was going to rehab.

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Browns To Part Ways With Josh Gordon
Josh Gordon is entering a rehabilitation facility, citing a need to "gain full control of my life."

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Josh Gordon Enters Inpatient Rehab Facility
Josh Gordon was set to be reinstated by the NFL to return to play in Week 5 but he's instead entered an inpatient treatment facility.

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Terrelle Pryor Believes Browns Can Win Out
The Browns have started the season with three straight losses, but Terrelle Pryor believes they can rebound in a big way.

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Hue Jackson: Browns Aren't "Tanking" For No. 1 Pick
Hue Jackson said on Monday, a day after the Browns lost in overtime against the Dolphins, that the team isn't losing in hopes of getting the No. 1 overall pick in next spring's draft.

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Terrelle Pryor Plays QB, WR And Safety For Browns
Terrelle Pryor did a little bit of everything for the Browns on Sunday, starting the game at wide receiver while also playing quarterback and safety.

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Corey Coleman Out Several Weeks With Broken Hand
Corey Coleman had 13 catches for 173 yards and two touchdowns through the first two weeks of the season.

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