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Freddie Kitchens gets candid about Baker Mayfield’s subpar performance

Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield had a less-than-stellar showing on Friday night, in the preseason game that used to be the Week One dress rehearsal but that currently is, well, something. Browns coach Freddie Kitchens would have liked to have seen something more from Mayfield. “I do not think Baker played as well as he would [more]

Freddie Kitchens liked Austin Seibert’s kicking a lot on Friday night

Friday night wasn’t the best night for the Browns offense, but there were positives in other areas. One was the work turned in by kicker Austin Seibert. The fifth-round pick was 4-of-4 on field goals a few days after head coach Freddie Kitchens said that the team needed to see Seibert and his competitor Greg [more]

Freddie Kitchens frustrated with Browns’ offense

The Browns’ offense did not look good on Friday night, and coach Freddie Kitchens does not want to hear any excuses. Kitchens said the absence of several starters does not justify the poor play from the offense in a 13-12 loss. “Not at all, those guys are coached to execute,’’ Kitchens said, via Cleveland.com. “Those [more]

Blaine Gabbert dislocated non-throwing shoulder

Buccaneers backup quarterback Blaine Gabbert dislocated his left shoulder during Friday’s preseason game against the Browns, coach Bruce Arians announced. “His shoulder popped out,” Arians said, via video from pewterreport.com. “. . .He was hurting pretty good.” The Bucs signed Gabbert because of his familiarity in Arians’ offense. He started five games for Arians’ Cardinals [more]

Baker Mayfield has a rough night without his playmakers

Baker Mayfield didn’t have his best weapons on the field as Odell Beckham Jr., Jarvis Landry, David Njoku and Nick Chubb were among those sitting out the third preseason game Friday night. But Browns coach Freddie Kitchens didn’t want to hear any excuses during his halftime interview with WEWS. “Offensively, we’re not making any plays,” [more]

Blaine Gabbert leaves with shoulder injury

Blaine Gabbert replaced Jameis Winston to start the second half. His night didn’t last long, ending with a trip back to the locker room. Gabbert appeared to be in significant pain as he walked with the trainers to undergo X-rays. He had a towel covering his left wrist and arm. Gabbert scrambled for an 8-yard [more]

Jameis Winston takes a beating, struggles mightily

Was the Browns defense that good or the Bucs offense that bad? That’s what Bruce Arians and Byron Leftwich are charged with figuring out. They have to have at least a measure of concern after what they saw Friday night. It was ugly for Jameis Winston and the Bucs first-team offense. Winston took five sacks [more]

Daniel Jones appreciated Baker Mayfield reaching out

Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield reached out to Giants quarterback Daniel Jones to explain himself after GQ published comments from Mayfield that he says were misconstrued as an attack on Jones. For his part, Jones says there are no hard feelings. “I certainly appreciated him reaching out,’’ Jones said, via the New York Post. “I realize [more]

Hue Jackson reveals he has battled depression, says “I failed tremendously”

Hue Jackson doesn’t have a job, and no matter how hard he wishes to get another head coaching opportunity in the NFL, his time has passed. An 11-44-1 career record with two teams, including 3-36-1 with the Browns, doesn’t exactly make him an attractive candidate. Jackson opened up in an interview with Greg Bishop of [more]

Browns planning more passes to Nick Chubb

Last year, Browns running back Nick Chubb rarely got involved in the passing game. This year, that will change. Browns running backs coach Stump Mitchell said Chubb should get more passes thrown his way this year. In 2018, Chubb got just 29 targets in 16 games as the Browns passed far more often to running [more]

David Fluellen underwent knee surgery, could return for opener

Running back David Fluellen underwent knee surgery, but he still could play in the season opener Sept. 8 in Cleveland, Paul Kuharsky of paulkuharsky.com reports. It is unclear how or when Fluellen got hurt. He has not practiced since before the Titans’ preseason opener Aug. 8. With Derrick Henry also out, Jeremy McNichols has worked [more]

Broncos sign Orson Charles

The Broncos signed tight end Orson Charles on Wednesday, Nicki Jhabvala of TheAthletic.com reports. The Browns waived Charles on Aug. 11. He was Cleveland’s primary fullback in 2018. Charles played 173 offensive snaps and 265 special teams snaps over 13 games and caught three passes for 23 yards. He did not have a carry. The [more]

Titans-Browns get the Week One Nantz-Romo assignment

Three of Cleveland’s first five games this year will land in high-profile time slots. Another will draw the highest-profile broadcast team from CBS. Via Richard Deitsch of TheAthletic.com, Jim Nantz and Tony Romo will handle the Week One game between the Titans and the Browns. While not a shock given the profile of the Browns [more]

Browns claim Montrel Meander

The Browns claimed safety Montrel Meander off waivers from the Jets, the team announced Wednesday. They placed receiver D.J. Montgomery on injured reserve with a hamstring injury. Montgomery made five receptions for 124 yards and one touchdown in two preseason games. Meander officially is in his first NFL season out of Grambling State. He originally [more]

Baker Mayfield will play Friday but Odell Beckham expected to sit again

Baker Mayfield has played seven snaps this preseason. He will play a few more Friday night, though the number has yet to be determined. Browns coach Freddie Kitchens doesn’t view the third preseason game as a dress rehearsal, but he will play his (healthy) starters “some.” “I don’t know how long yet,” Kitchens said, via [more]

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