OBR Daily Blog Archive: 4/27-5/18/2010

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Cincinnati Bengals: Top 10 Prospects: Scout.com's Chris Steuber continues the top 10 prospects series and profiles... http://bit.ly/aODFPJ

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Rumor: Browns sign free agent kicker: Hot News for K Shaun Suisham http://bit.ly/a2PrZb

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on Tuesday, May 18, 2010 at 12:00:00 PM

OBR Newswire updates for May 16th through May 18th

These are links from the OBR Newswire for May 16th through May 18th:

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Baltimore Ravens: Top 10 Prospects: Scout.com's Chris Steuber continues the top 10 prospects series, and starts hi... http://bit.ly/9gID8b

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Browns Ink Six Tryout Players: The odds may be stacked against them, but they have a shot... The Browns today sign... http://bit.ly/biKi5w

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BAL: Journeyman CB Signs: Hot News for CB Travis Fisher http://bit.ly/cl8VVP

Posted by: Barry McBride
on Monday, May 17, 2010 at 1:16:00 PM

The Browns are the 29th Best NFL Team, Apparently

Power rankings come and power rankings go, and very few of them are worth worrying about. This time of year, most of the power rankings you see are last year's results plus or minus how many names the author recognizes on the off-season transaction list.

In other words, they're as meaningless as the season predictions you see littered all over magazine shelves and the internet during the summer months. Which, is to say, very very very meaningless. Devoid of meaning, as it were.

One guy who I do take somewhat seriously, though, is Peter King. He actually thinks about these things at length before writing them, and is pretty well plugged-in around the NFL. He also has a history of treating Cleveland fairly rather than as a less-glamorous afterthought following the discussion of coastal cities and last year's champs.


King's power rankings aren't reassuring, however. He stacks the Browns at #29 in the NFL, largely because of the perceived ineffectiveness of their passing game.

In all honesty, King has a pretty strong argument in today's pass-happy NFL. It's awful hard to argue with it unless Jake Delhomme and the Browns unheralded receiving corps puts together some evidence that he's wrong. Until then, expect the Browns to bounce around the bottom of these sorts of lists.

So, that's depressing.

I was ready to hold King's negative impact on my mental state against him and disrupt a very productive long-term writer/reader relationship we've had.

Then, a saving grace: Later in the article King says, simply, "LeBron, stay in Cleveland".

Oh, Peter King, I just can't stay mad at you.


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NFL Transaction Wire Blog (5/17-5/23): The free agent signings are slowing way down. However, depth signings will ... http://bit.ly/by4IZU

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Post-Draft Review: Pittsburgh Steelers: The Steelers did a nice job of addressing most of their pre-draft needs. H... http://bit.ly/cUpnMx

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Post-Draft Review: Cleveland Browns: The Cleveland Browns did a nice job of addressing their pre-draft needs. Howe... http://bit.ly/ct66yN

Posted by: Barry McBride
on Sunday, May 16, 2010 at 11:22:00 AM

Montario Hardesty running wild

To go along with our Mega-Scouting Report no Montario Hardesty, here are some clips of the new Browns running back catching passes and generally running amok over SEC competition this past year.

He's got some nice hands coming out of the backfield, which could really help Delhomme survive while McCoy learns on the sidelines. If he can stay free of injury, Hardesty could be a real asset to the Browns.

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on Sunday, May 16, 2010 at 11:00:00 AM

OBR Newswire updates for May 13th through May 16th

These are links from the OBR Newswire for May 13th through May 16th:

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(Subscriber) Mega-Scouting Report: Montario Hardesty: Was Montario Hardesty worth trading up into the second round... http://bit.ly/ce2JY9

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2010's Early Schedule Intriguing, Winnable: NFL schedule-makers have given the Browns some storylines and potentia... http://bit.ly/cAWfWf

Posted by: Barry McBride
on Friday, May 14, 2010 at 12:59:00 PM

Could LeBron Make Art Modell the Second-Most Despised?

Certified genius and friend-of-the-OBR Brian Tarcy wrote me yesterday to let me know that the latest batch of LeBron / Cleveland / New York doom-and-gloom hoopla had hit a new low. GIven the increasing involvement of the New York media in the situation, one can expect that many more newer and lower lows are yet to come.

In this little incident, the Plain Dealer's Brian Windhorst, the local paper's NBA beat writer plucked from the ashes of the Akron Beacon-Journal, used his air time on ESPN's Dan Patrick show to claim that LeBron bailing on Cleveland would make the young man "as hated as Art Modell". He described the star's exit as being the equivalent of a "nuclear bomb hitting here".

One assumes that within Windhorst's circle, that would probably be the case. Within mine, not so much.

I gave up years ago on the notion that my obsession with the Browns would leave much room for other teams. These days, I don't live and die with any team other than the Browns, which is probably healthy for me. After all, Larry Dolan has managed to Stepienize my once-beloved Indians in just a decade, and the Cavaliers destiny pivots too much around the whims of a coddled 25-year-old who grew up in Akron rooting for the Cowboys and Yankees.

Over the last decades, the Browns have provided enough grief for one sports fan, thank you. I'm all full up. The Indians and Cavs used to make my heart race and earn the investment of my emotions. Now, I neither rise too high or fall very low alongside their fortunes. This morning, at least, I'm glad of that.

But, back to Windhorst's hyperbole on the national stage.

I personally can't equate the two. Modell was a carpetbagger from New York who made Cleveland his home, and James appears to ponder doing the exact opposite. Modell constantly filled Clevelander's ears with re-assurances while James appears to be relatively honest about keeping his options open.

Modell sought out and purchased the Browns, firing the beloved Paul Brown shortly thereafter, leaving only when his own ineptitude was about to cost him the ability to pass along his franchise to his adopted son. James is in Cleveland due to random chance in the NBA's lottery.

Modell's betrayal took place behind doors, with convenient "moratoriums" and secret knocks. No one is hiding James' upcoming decision or corwardly hiding behind cones of silence.

But, as I said above, I pushed the Cavs into distant also-ran status behind the Browns a long time ago. I may not be a fair judge of the impact on this town if LeBron leaves.

What do you think? Would you feel more betrayed by James than Modell?



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Post-Draft Review: Cincinnati Bengals: The Bengals addressed at least half of their needs in this year's draft, bu... http://bit.ly/9HFPnH

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Post-Draft Review: Baltimore Ravens: The Ravens finally addressed the tight end position in the draft. However, at... http://bit.ly/cOb2yO

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(Subscriber) Another Eagle joins the Browns: Hot News for FO Cleveland Browns Organization http://bit.ly/cjpPP2

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CIN: Veteran TE Re-Signs: Hot News for TE Reggie Kelly http://bit.ly/b69cJa

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Elam hoping for multi-year deal: Hot News for S Abram Elam http://bit.ly/bRaHg9

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on Thursday, May 13, 2010 at 10:00:00 AM

OBR Newswire updates for May 11th through May 13th

These are links from the OBR Newswire for May 11th through May 13th:

Posted by: Barry McBride
on Thursday, May 13, 2010 at 8:59:00 AM

Neal Gulkis: New VP of Nimrod Management

The Browns have had a lot of turnover in their Media Relations group in recent years, but hopefully that ends with yesterday's announcement that Neal Gulkis has been promoted to VP - Media Relations. Congratulations, Neal!

?For those of you wondering, Media Relations are the people who are in charge of dealing like nimrods like myself and our incessant whining, all while being asked - unreasonably, I think - not to resort to face-punching. I mean, if nature didn't intend for reporters to be punched, they wouldn't have made us all so chock full of hot air, which in turn makes is so very punchable. Honestly. It makes no sense.

Anyhow, it's not an easy job.

Here's the team's press release:


The Cleveland Browns today announced that they have promoted Neal Gulkis to Vice President - Media Relations.

Gulkis joined the Browns as Director of Public Relations in March of 2009 following a 12-year stint in the media relations department of the Miami Dolphins, where he spent the last nine years as Director of Media Relations.  He also worked on the media relations staff of the New Orleans Saints, where he began as an intern in 1988 before being hired full-time the following year.  He served with the Saints through the 1996 season.

Gulkis, who grew up in Marlboro, New Jersey, is a 1987 graduate of the University of Delaware, where he earned his degree in business administration, while also working as a student assistant in the school's sports information office for four years.


Posted by: Barry McBride
on Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at 11:39:00 AM

Gameday Jobs Ripe for Plucking

If you desire to help beer-fueled nerds like myself from hurting themselves, or otherwise assisting Browns fans in need of help on gameday, this Saturday could be your chance. Tenable Event Services, which appears to serve these functions for the Browns, is having a Job Fair this weekend for folks interested in chasing some open positions.

Based on the release attached below, don't show if you're an escaped felon, high on meth, or have kids with you. The last, at least, is understandable, because other people's kids can be really annoying. Not yours or mine, of course, but other people's kids. Sometimes. I'm just saying.

Here's the release:


Tenable Event Services is excited to announce a job fair for the 2010 season at the Cleveland Browns Stadium.

Tenable will be hosting a Job Fair at Cleveland Browns Stadium.  This Job Fair is open to the public and those interested in seasonal game day positions as Guest Service or Security Personnel at the Browns Stadium.  Information about the Job Fair is as follows:

Saturday May 15th  – 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Please do not bring children to the Job Fair as they will not be permitted to enter the stadium.


Cleveland Browns Stadium * 100 Alfred Lerner Way *  Cleveland, OH 44114

Parking is available in West 3rd parking lot located on the west side of the stadium or the North Coast Visitors Lot located on the north side of the stadium.  (Parking rates may apply)

The Job Fair will be held in Brownstown on the NORTH side of the stadium.

To get to Brownstown, you can take the ramps or steps on the North side of the stadium.


21 years of age or older
No criminal convictions, submit to a background check
Submit to a drug screen
High School Diploma or GED


Valid Drivers License or State issued photo ID
Social Security Card or Valid Passport


Posted by: John Taylor
on Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at 7:39:00 PM

New Browns QB a Riser… On Baby-Name Charts

No, not Seneca.  Or Jake.

We are speaking, of course, of 2010 third-round draft pick Colt McCoy.

By way of CNBC.com, the name "Colt", according to Social Security Administration statistics, has seen the greatest rise in a baby name that can be attributed to a sports figure for the year 2009.  Out of any figure in any sport.

(Just chew on that for a second.  Then yank your teeth for having chewed on something inane like that for anywhere near a second.)

And this is not a one-year phenomenon, either.

During McCoy's first season as a starter at Texas, his first name ranked 909th in the country.  His sophomore and junior years saw it climb to 593rd and 534th, respectively.

Following a senior season that capped off what will ultimately be a College Football Hall of Fame career, the name Colt ended up as the 370th most popular baby name in 2009.

So… ummm… kudos, Colt, for this "hard-earned" "honor".

Prospective parents, though, beware of becoming one of the sheep and naming your child after an athlete.  My youngest son Spergon can attest to the downside of this practice.

Posted by: Barry McBride
on Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at 5:28:00 PM

Mangini Talks about the QBs

There's some terrific coverage in the Canton Repository today of yesterday's Hall of Fame Luncheon down in that city. Todd Porter provides an overview of the team's long-standing but recently-troubled relationship with the fans who gather there each year to talk to (hopefully) the Browns head coach.

This year, Eric Mangini was forthcoming and a solid speaker for the luncheon. Here's a video clip of Mangini taking a question from the audience.


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(Subscriber) Mega-Scouting Report: Clifton Geathers: Dave-Te Thomas puts together his dossier on the intriguing ki... http://bit.ly/b2KEpt

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on Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at 12:00:00 PM

OBR Newswire updates for May 10th through May 11th

These are links from the OBR Newswire for May 10th through May 11th:

  • Mansfield News-Journal - Rolle to NFL is a rocky road - oo loud to ignore are the whispers that Rolle tumbled to the 207th pick -- don't you feel better now Colt McCoy? -- by showing a tremendous lack of dedication to football. His crime was something so heinous as skipping his senior season to attend school in England on a Rhodes Scholarship.
  • Fox Sports - Can any of these NFL teams escape cellar? - Holmgren picked up where Eric Mangini left off in gutting the roster inherited from the Romeo Crennel/Phil Savage regime. The Browns still have too many holes, but at least the foundation is being laid for a playoff push in 2011.
  • CNBC - Parents Naming More Kids Colt - The greatest rise seen in a baby name attributed to a sports figure is Colt, as in former University of Texas quarterback Colt McCoy.
  • Canton Rep - Browns' defense has potential to surprise in 2010 - The Browns head into spring practice intent on retooling a defense that ranked 31st in the NFL in 2009. Position battles and experiments figure to be the rule as Eric Mangini's coaching staff lays the groundwork for training camp.
  • Canton Rep - Eric Mangini hints Browns may 'have some fun' with QBs - "Regardless of how it works," Mangini said, "Seneca's going to have plays in there where he'll be involved, and maybe he'll be involved with Josh (Cribbs), and we can have some fun with that."
  • Canton Rep - Browns, HOF try to build a bridge - Even when the Browns returned in 1999, the relationship between the team and the Hall of Fame was like speed dating. The Hall didn't know the new Browns. The new Browns often seemed to look down their collective noses at Canton.
  • Plain Dealer - Quarterback woes tie Browns and Raiders - Geographically, the Oakland Raiders are about the farthest NFL outpost from the Browns. But the two franchises have a lot in common in recent years.
  • Canton Rep - Mangini drops by Canton today - A bit after noon, Mangini will go where almost every Cleveland Browns head coach — starting with one named Paul — has gone before, to the podium of the Hall of Fame Luncheon Club.
  • ProFootballWeekly.com - Browns improve options at tight end - The Browns lacked a reliable pass catcher at tight end for much of last season and tried a variety of options, looking for a spark at the position, but they enter the 2010 campaign with a stronger hand.
  • Official Site - Pontbriand walks for UMDF - Browns long snapper Ryan Pontbriand participated in the ninth annual United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation's Wild for a Cure Walkathon at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Saturday morning.

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CIN: Veteran Safety Signs: Hot News for S Gibril Wilson http://bit.ly/ag26YH

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NFL Transaction Wire Blog (5/10-5/16): Teams are still adjusting their rosters with over two months left before th... http://bit.ly/bjwwgk

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CIN: Team Signs Troubled CB: Hot News for CB Adam Jones http://bit.ly/bX7Pkl

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(Subscriber) Taylor: Buzz in Full Bloom: Nothing to report? Hardly. John Taylor digs up the 411 on why Mike Holmgr... http://bit.ly/aal8pJ

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on Sunday, May 09, 2010 at 10:00:00 AM

OBR Newswire updates for May 8th through May 9th

These are links from the OBR Newswire for May 8th through May 9th:

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(Subscriber) Ward Prepares to Answer the Critics: It's not often that a high second-round pick feels he has someth... http://bit.ly/dg6VDg

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McCoy Set to Red-Shirt Again: First time out, he had to wait for Vince Young. This time, he just has to learn. Col... http://bit.ly/at0Fn0

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on Saturday, May 08, 2010 at 12:00:00 PM

OBR Newswire updates for May 6th through May 8th

These are links from the OBR Newswire for May 6th through May 8th:

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NFL Transaction Wire Blog (5/3-5/9): A few veterans have re-signed, but most of the signings these days are with u... http://bit.ly/bSmFNp

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First Impressions: The Last Four Picks: After a weekend spent watching the newest Browns in action, Fred Greetham ... http://bit.ly/9Xp4wK

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7 Points: No Excuses: Why 2010 will tell us a lot about Joe Flacco's future...Are Tom Brady and Peyton Manning's d... http://bit.ly/bNHlPL

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(Subscriber) New Signing: A Safety, A Legacy: Cliffton Geathers won't be the only new rookie with a terrific famil... http://bit.ly/b6D5BV

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OAK: Former No. 1 Pick Jettisoned: Hot News for QB JaMarcus Russell http://bit.ly/a18FlU

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Sizing Up the AFC North: Cleveland Browns: For years, Zac Jackson saw the Browns go through various iterations loo... http://bit.ly/bGRYzU

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on Thursday, May 06, 2010 at 2:00:00 PM

Latest Links from the OBR Newswire

These are links from the OBR Newswire for May 6th from 13:02 to 13:05:

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(Subscriber) Front Office Overhaul Continues: The coaching staff may remain the same, but change is the rule elsew... http://bit.ly/9pp2CD

Posted by: John Taylor
on Thursday, May 06, 2010 at 9:52:00 AM

Phil Savage: Hall of Famer?

Some of you may have thought to yourself during the draft, "Gee, I wonder what exactly Phil Savage is up to this time of the year?"  Then, a split second later, you may have wondered, "Gee, why in the hell am I thinking about Phil Savage at this time of the year?"

Thankfully, we're here to fill (Get it?  See what I did there?) you in on just what Savage has been up to lately.  Or, more specifically, what one thing in particular Savage's had going in his favor recently.

Football-wise, Savage has not done much since "parting ways" with the Browns.  He's consulted with and for a couple of NFL clubs, but has largely flown under the radar for the past 16 or so months.  Next week, though, he'll receive an honor that's very close to his heart.

On May 13, Savage will be inducted into the Mobile Sports Hall of Fame as a member of their Class of 2010.  He will be part of a four-member class, three of whom I've never heard of and doubt you haven't either so I won't even bother typing their names out.

The 44-year-old Savage, of course, is a Mobile native and a fixture at the Senior Bowl year-in and year-out.

The ex-general manager has been humbled by the honor.

"It's a tremendous honor," Savage told Mobile Press-Register. "On the one hand, I don't feel I'm old enough and I've done enough to be there. But on the other hand, I'm deeply honored and humbled by it."

Congratulations, Mr. Savage.

Now, go root for Buffalo.  F#@* you.

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Greetham: First Impressions, Part 1: OBR Browns reporter Fred Greetham got to see the newest Browns in action last... http://bit.ly/999LUt

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on Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 6:00:00 PM

Latest Links from the OBR Newswire

These are links from the OBR Newswire for May 5th from 14:01 to 16:56:

  • National Football Post - The draft's boom-or-bust players: part 2 - There aren't too many five-techniques in the NFL right now who have the type of athleticism, frame and overall length possessed by Geathers.
  • ESPN - Can Browns groom a QB? - Ideally, Browns president Mike Holmgren wants to wait a year, maybe two, before McCoy sees the field. But the second veteran starter Jake Delhomme struggles with a multi-interception game, there will be pressure in Cleveland to see what McCoy can do.
  • CBS Sports - Ten coaches on hot seats - When Cleveland president Mike Holmgren decided to keep Mangini, he made the right move. Mangini last year inherited a bad club that had to be stripped down and rebuilt from the basement on up.
  • Canton Rep - Welcome, Mr. Smith, to the endless search in the land of Oz - It is no surprise that the Browns fished for additional help at the position in signing tight end Alex Smith. Coincidentally, both he and tight end Evan Moore were teammates for a while at Stanford. Evan was a wideout at Stanford who gave the Browns a little juice as a pass-catching tight end late last season.
  • DDN - More Tight End Bolstering - Tight end Alex Smith, who has 132 catches for 1,277 yards and 11 touchdowns in his five-year NFL career, signed with the team today.

Posted by: Barry McBride
on Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 4:45:00 PM

Mangini to be Featured on NFL Total Access

Got a notification earlier today that that NFL head coach Eric Mangini will be featured on a "Coaching Spotlight" segment on NFL Total Access. This will be on the NFL Network, which is owned by NFL teams, so don't expect an in-depth investigative report.

The segment will be May 11th during the usual NFL news/yakfest, 7PM EST. Set your DVRs accordingly.


Posted by: Barry McBride
on Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 4:28:00 PM

More Fun with Rosters

We've been at it again, updating our 2010 roster. We think we now have all the latest roster numbers in there, along with yesterday's roster moves (goodbye Aaron Valentin and Troy Wagner, hello Alex Smith).

Next up are bios on members of the roster and (ta da... ) our first 2010 depth chart.

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Browns Acquire TE Smith, Dump Two: Alex Smith's NFL journey continues with his fourth team in just over a year, as... http://bit.ly/90QzaA

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Valentin Released by the Browns: Hot News for WR Aaron Valentin http://bit.ly/ai5CFo

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Browns release Indiana TE: Hot News for TE Troy Wagner http://bit.ly/bltq4j

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(Subscriber) Carlton Mitchell: The Scouting Mega-Report: In-depth analysis of new Browns WR Carlton Mitchell and h... http://bit.ly/cM4dJJ

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NFL Transaction Wire Blog (5/3-5/9): A few veterans have re-signed, but most of the signings these days are with u... http://bit.ly/civrkj

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CLE: Browns Add Veteran TE: Hot News for TE Alex Smith http://bit.ly/bvSBZY

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RT @ceisenstat I'd like to say that Alex Smith is a huge addition, but he's always underachieved. He'll need to work to make the team.

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Browns have announced the signing of TE Alex Smith and that they have waived WR Aaron Valentin and TE Troy Wagner.

Posted by: Barry McBride
on Monday, May 03, 2010 at 12:28:00 PM

Joel Reinders Epic YouTube video

One of the stories that hit the newswire over the last day or so has been a tale of new Browns UDFA Joel Reinders being "discovered" via a YouTube video. That's a great story, but I'm guessing that Mike Holmgren's relationship with Waterloo's head coach (whom Holmgren offered a job while in Seattle) might have had something to do with it as well.

Regardless, it's a neat story. Here's the Youtube video which promoted Reinders:

Posted by: OBR Newswire
on Monday, May 03, 2010 at 12:00:00 PM

Latest Links from the OBR Newswire

These are links from the OBR Newswire for May 3rd from 10:55 to 11:04:

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Nothing New on Shaun Rogers: Hot News for NT Shaun Rogers http://bit.ly/alP6Wg

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Eric Barton Rehab Update: Hot News for ILB Eric Barton http://bit.ly/9j0x75

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(Subscriber) Transcript: Thomas on the Browns' 2010 Draft: Fox draft analyst Dave-Te Thomas was in the chat room l... http://bit.ly/cD9Ljv

Posted by: Barry McBride
on Sunday, May 02, 2010 at 11:20:00 AM

Rookie Free Agents listed on Roster

We've added the rookie free agents to the OBR Roster page and updated their uniform numbers, along with some other assorted clean-up. Next, we'll be adding photos and bios to all the players, as well as cleaning up some of the IR and Practice Squad designations from last year.

As always, we like to take the off-season to build new stuff and spruce this place up a bit between the various camps and the beginning of training camp in July. More on the way...

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Transcripts: Rookie Camp, Day 2: Clifton Geathers, Shawn Lauvao, and Eric Mangini talk after the second day of pra... http://bit.ly/bYRah1

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Camp Report: The Real McCoy: Fred Greetham looks at the Browns QB situation and new signal caller Colt McCoy. How ... http://bit.ly/bXmBsF

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on Saturday, May 01, 2010 at 3:00:00 PM

OBR Newswire updates for April 27th through May 1st

These are links from the OBR Newswire for April 27th through May 1st:

Posted by: Barry McBride
on Friday, April 30, 2010 at 10:20:00 PM

Transcript: Eric Mangini, 4/30

(Opening statement)- "Good evening. How's everybody doing? Good. It's good to be back. It's good to be outside. I can't believe the weather we are having. It's pretty amazing. The whole spring has been pretty amazing. It's nice for these guys, especially some of the guys from places that are historically a little warmer, to come up here and have the weather that we are having so far. Hopefully that will continue. This is always a fun camp for everybody because you get a chance to work with the kids that you drafted and get to know them better. You get to know them in the class room. You get to know them on the field. There's quite a big group of guys who are here trying out, which I think is great. We have had players who were tryout players in the past make the team. I think that's a really unique opportunity for them. It's nice for them to get a chance to know us, organizationally, whether it's the trainer, the equipment guy, the PR guy, the assistant coaches, the building, all of those things that they have no idea about before they come here. It's easy to forget how much of a transition they are all making and how big of an adjustment this is, but it is. I've been pleased with the way that they have responded so far through the first day and I'm looking forward to continuing through the weekend."

(On his first impressions of Colt McCoy)- "Wow, that didn't take long (joking). I thought he did a nice job. I think all of these guys, Jeff (Schudel), are swimming. With quarterbacks they have that much more information because they have to learn the whole offense. They have to run the offense. I thought that all that being considered, he did well. He picks up the information fairly quickly. He's throwing to a whole different group of guys and hearing a lot of different approaches in terms of the plays we are calling. I thought, overall, he had a nice first day."

(On asking McCoy to be a leader)- "Really, I ask that of all the players, to lead in whatever way they are capable of leading. A lot of the guys that we bring in, typically, have been captains at their Universities. Sometimes what happens is when they come to a new place they sit sort of in the shadows until they find their way or feel their way through it and then it starts to come out. What you want them to do is in whatever capacity they can lead, you want them to take that initiative. I really want all of our guys to do that. Bill Belichick used to talk about that all the time, everybody has the capacity to be a leader. It's in whatever way you are comfortable doing it. For some guys that's in the weight room. For some guys that's in the locker room. For some guys that's in the class room, but we all have the capacity to help others become better."

(On the wide receiver corps)- "I think that will unfold as we go through OTAs and training camp. I think there's a good group of young players all competing for time. We may at some point add somebody else. We haven't ruled that out at all, but I am excited about the group of guys we have coming back. Seeing the young guys in their second year, you'd like to think that they make a jump. Typically, those guys do from the first to second year. There's a much higher comfort level. They have all been in the offseason program. They have all done some work as an offense. The guys getting together on their own, throwing, catching, working on the JUGs, things like that. Whether it's Jake (Delhomme) or Seneca (Wallace), however it unfolds, they have been working together as a group."

(On if Joshua Cribbs can still be a wide receiver)- "Cribbs is going to be Cribbs, so he is going to be a lot of things. He will be a kick and punt returner. He will probably play some on the coverage teams. He will do the Wildcat package that we had last year. He will work at receiver. I think one of the unique things about Josh is, he can wear a lot of hats and he can wear them successfully. He can create problems for the other teams in a lot of different ways. We will continue to develop him as a receiver, but that doesn't mean that his others roles will, necessarily, decrease."

(On if they brought back Graham Harrell just for another arm)- "No, that wasn't it at all. We just wanted to see where he was and give him another opportunity. We liked the things that he did last year and have kept tabs on him over the course of the year. This is a good opportunity for us to gauge where he is."

(On Montario Hardesty)- "Yeah I like, on tape, I like the way that he ran in terms of he was a physical runner. He was a punishing runner. He enjoyed contact. I thought all those things were real positives. I think those are real positives for any team, and I think it's a real positive in this division. I also think that he has got some good short area quickness and burst that some other big backs don't necessarily have. How that translates remains to be seen. I liked everything that I learned about him in terms of his approach, his maturity, his professionalism. I was just talking to Curtis Martin the other day and he was just reminding me about the importance of getting those guys with that type of attitude, those young guys with that approach. That's what we look for in him."

(On Montario Hardesty's relationship with Jamal Lewis)- "I think for all these rookies, and this is something I will talk to them about on Sunday, it's important to get a good mentor. The mentor does not have to be at your position, usually that's where they gravitate to, but to get an older guy that can answer some questions that they just don't have any exposure to. If you get someone that can help you through training camp in terms of how to take care of your body, or the best ways to study. There is such a range of things that we try to help them with as coaches, but that's one level. The information that they can gain from other guys in the locker room, it's a different level, and it's really important to their development. I think we have got a great group of guys in that locker room and they would all be willing to help in whatever way they could."

(On similarities between Hardesty and Lewis' style of running)- "I didn't watch Jamal in college so it's hard for me to say what they look like at this similar point in their careers. It's hard to make that comparison."

(On Carlton Mitchell spending time on the bike and what he likes about T.J Ward)- "Carlton tightened up this morning. I think what happens, and Mike (Holmgren) and Tom (Heckert) were laughing a little bit in the draft when I talked to these guys on the phone right after we drafted them, I'd say ‘Hey enjoy it, and go for a run tomorrow,' but you train for the combine, you train for your individual workout, you do a lot of interviews and you're not doing as many football specific things you do coming into camp. Carlton tightening up is the short answer, but I think all of these guys are feeling a little tired. There are probably going to be some aches they haven't felt in a while tomorrow and the next day just because it's totally different than what they have been doing to get here. With T.J., I really liked his instincts as a safety. I thought he had a real good feel for reading blocking schemes, getting through traffic, I think he is a good tackler. I liked him when I sat down with him at the combine and when we sat down here for the visit. All of those things combined I thought were pluses."

(On Robby Parris)- "We talked a little bit today and we had him in for a workout during when you could bring in the local guys and he did some good things there so we thought we would give him an opportunity here. I think he is a really bright person and I did notice him today, actually, helping some of the other guys out with some of the information, which is always a plus and now we will see how he does between today and tomorrow and Sunday."

(On if he liked seeing Cliff Geathers level the punter during a drill)- "Yes and no, I went and talked to him afterwards. You appreciate his size and explosion, but not against a guy that is 130 pounds. What I explained to him was that he had to go down under control, control the bag, and so you like his enthusiasm but it's like turning a battleship. Once his momentum gets going it's hard to move so he has to be conscious of the smaller kids on the playground."

(On players looking different at minicamp than on film)- "A lot of them you've met so you have an idea of what their size is, some you haven't and you really notice it when you walk next to them or your standing behind them and you've got to move around the human wall in front of you. I used to do some drills with the DB's, just release drills and things like that, I know your shocked, but they put their hands on you and the strength and the power that they have, the athleticism they have, it's impressive. It sort of gets lost because they are facing other guys that are equally as athletic. It is an impressive group of guys and unfortunately we can only keep so many of them."

(On if it's tough when a guy is slower than he thought)- "Those are always tougher than the ones that show up and are way faster than you thought. Those are the fun ones. I remember my first year in New York, two guys we drafted showed up at rookie came, they looked horrible. Horrible. You want to go home and take a shot. It's like, ‘Oh my god, what did we do? How could we be this wrong?' Then you forget that they're playing slower because they're thinking, they're not in great shape because they've been on the lecture circuit. You get them back in shape, you get them back to what you know you saw and it looks a lot different. I just remember that first night thinking, ‘Wow, we messed this one up.'"

(On wanting Geathers to be bigger)- "He's pretty big. Yeah, I'm never opposed to going bigger if you can do the things we are asking you to do. He's like 6-8 or pretty close, 300 pounds."

(On if he was surprised they landed a player with Geathers' size so late in the draft)- "No, there's been different big guys. I remember, I think 1993, we had a guy that had just gotten furloughed from prison at camp that year. I can't remember what the guy's name was, but he was gigantic. He came across the line and Wally Williams was pulling on a trap and hit the guy so hard, he knocked him out. The guy just fell like a big tree. He didn't last very long. God, he was a giant. They just sometimes fall a little harder."

(On Dion Morton's size)- "Oh you know, you have the big ones, you have the little ones. We like to have all sizes here. We don't discriminate based on size. Some of those guys that are undersized guys, you give a shot to and you just see what they can do. They have always defied the odds based on their size. They have always been told they're too small to play and often times figure out a way to play. You like to give those guys a chance to prove you wrong."

(On McCoy's farming background)- "I heard all about how they bread cows. How they fix the fences. I could move down to Dallas now with all the stuff I know about cattle-raising."

(On if he likes McCoy's work ethic that has resulted from his upbringing)- "Yeah. I think he's used to getting up early and working hard, so two things I like. I think that's good. Anybody that's been raised with a solid work ethic, usually that carries over to everything they do. I think it's a real plus. It's interesting too just to kind of hear his story and to hear some other guy's stories and the radical difference between some of the people that come into your building."

(On how further along the team is compared to last year)- "I'd like to think that we are a lot further ahead than we were last year at this time because we do have a rookie class that has gone through the process. You have a group of players that were here who shared the experience last year and the different things that go into what we are trying to get done, game planning, preparation, practice, things like that. Having a sizeable group that can build on those experiences, I think is really positive. We've infused quite a few new people too, so they have to get ingrained into the system and we have to do the same thing with the rookie class. As much as you look at it and say we have got a sizeable group of people who have shared experiences to grow with, we also have a big chunk of people that are new to it. Hopefully, we can get assimilated as quickly as possible and everybody working together to get, really, the same vision early in the season."

(On finding ‘diamonds in the rough' in undrafted free agents)- "I love it, I really do. One of the things that I show to the rookies the first night is a list of guys who've been drafted high and haven't achieved what the expectations were and all the guys that were undrafted guys who have played 10-12 years who have had incredible careers. Look at a guy like Rick Lyle, you guys were all here when he was a rookie. He played 10 years in the NFL as an undrafted free agent and I remember people talking about what an outstanding free agent he was and got hurt early on. Wallace Wright is a guy that we had in New York who was a rookie tryout guy from the weekend. He just kept taking people's spots and played four years in New York and just signed a contract in Carolina. Mike DeVito, Jason Trusnik, there's a ton of them. I'm not doing justice to all the different guys. Wayne Chrebet, guys like that that you hope you can find one. Josh Cribbs. You get a Josh Cribbs, that's a pretty successful draft."

Posted by: Barry McBride
on Friday, April 30, 2010 at 10:13:00 PM

Open Locker Room Quotes 4/30

Joe Haden

(On gauging where he is at right now)- "I just want to go out there right now and coach (Jerome) Henderson is telling me just to work hard and give it everything I got. That's all I'm doing right now, trying to learn the defenses that they are throwing at us. I'm playing against different free agents and rookies and people like that, so I'm just trying to gauge myself against them right now. Making sure I've got my feet and my hands together and just getting myself back in football shape. I know when I get with the other guys, then it's going to be a whole other adjustment, but right now I'm just trying to make sure I get back to the top of my game."

(On if today felt like his first day at Florida)- "Actually, it felt kind of similar. The coaches kind of carried me like, ‘Joe you were our first pick, so you need to get out here and get it going, get it going.' I felt like I was already a little ahead when I was out there because I learned the plays. Coach Henderson, me and him really have a relationship, so I just felt like he was putting me in the front of the line to do everything. It's not like I'm a rookie until the older guys get here. Right now I kind of feel like kind of the older guy."

(On if he will start right away)- "No, I'm not going to be a starter. I'm just trying to work hard and just let coach Henderson see my potential. I just want them to put me on the field. I'm just trying to get on the field. Right now, it's just showing them my work ethic and how I love the game to try to get me out there."

(On if he should be thinking he will be a starter)- "Not thinking I'm going to start, just thinking that they are going to put me where they need me to be to help out the Browns. Starting definitely would be a good thing, but if it's what they want, then that's what happens."

(On if he can be a leader off the field)- "Definitely. Right now especially with having younger guys and just people of my age that I feel like I know a little bit more going into this. I just try to lead them and show them what's going on out there. If they have any questions for me, I answer them. They definitely know because they are like, ‘Joe you already know you're going to be here, so what's going on?' and just asking me stuff. I feel like I'm trying to do that for them. When E (Eric) Wright and all the other boys get here, I just feel like that's what I'm going to do to them, just ask them what is going on. Just try to welcome."

Montario Hardesty

(On his expectations as a rookie)- "I don't have a great expectation about playing time and things like that. For me, all I can control is what I do. For me, right now is to get in, learn the playbook, get on the practice field, work hard, show the coaches what I can do and be a great teammate and learn from some of the veterans. This is the first time in the NFL, I haven't been to this point yet. All I can do is that and I think everything else will come with me working hard."

(On how it felt for the Browns to trade up to draft him)- "It's the draft, so you really don't know what is going on, but I was definitely excited when I got a call to become a Brown. For me, I'm excited for the opportunity to play in the NFL. The point that they traded up for me, I don't want to let them down. I want to come in and just practice hard and prepare good and prove myself on the practice field."

(On if his running style is similar to Jamal Lewis)- "I can't really compare myself to Jamal. I've seen Jamal play before. Jamal is a great running back. I'll be happy to live up to half of the things that he has done in the league. I don't really want to compare what I do to him. I just try to do what I do on the field and let that come out with how I play."

Colt McCoy

(On his expectations)- "First of all, I am really excited. I am excited to be part of the Cleveland Browns. When my name was called, I was fired up. When coach (Eric) Mangini and coach (Mike) Holmgren were on the phone, that was a pretty special moment. First of all, I am really excited to be here. Second of all, I am coming in here to learn. I have great mentors in coach (Brian) Daboll and coach (Carl) Smith and having Jake Delhomme, Seneca Wallace and Brett Ratliff here that I can learn from. That's going to be huge for me and my success, just to come in here and do my best and learn and study. Rookie camp is a lot of fun, getting to learn all the guys in my class, seeing all these guys. Most of all, I am just excited."

(On spending his first year learning)- "That's my job. I asked them what my expectations should be coming into camp and they said one, ‘do your best,' which I have always done. I am going to work hard and do my best in everything that I do. Second of all, ‘come in here and learn.' He said to be the leader of your draft class, get to know these guys, develop that leadership role and learn. First one here, last one to leave and that's exactly what I did in high school and at UT. I've spent a lot of time learning. I've got great coaches around me, great teammates. I'm just excited."

(On if he can be the future of the team)- "I think every quarterback is a competitor. I definitely see myself coming in, learning the system, learning the program and, like I said, coach Holmgren and coach Mangini just told me to come in and do my best and learn. That is exactly what I am going to do, but I do see myself playing in the long term. I want to be out there. I am a competitor. I think every person on this team is. You ask anybody in this locker room what they want and they want to be suited up and playing. Obviously, that's the goal for everybody, but my job right now is to come in and learn and to do my best."

(On what his biggest adjustment to the NFL will be)- "I've got a long way to go and so does every rookie that's here. The great thing is that we have great teammates and great coaches around us that can really help us get to the top. I am going to use that as a resource, definitely. Study my playbook, getting with Jake and Seneca and just really going over things with coach Daboll. That's my job right now. That's what my expectations were, to come in here and be the leader of your class, work hard, do your best, commit yourself to the playbook and whatever happens, happens. I know that I am going to work my tail off to be smart, to be ready to play and to do what's best for the team."

(On what he thought of the situation in Cleveland when he was drafted)- "A perfect fit. The style of offense that we run, the leadership in this organization especially with coach Mangini and his staff and coach Holmgren overseeing it. I couldn't be in a better place. I couldn't see myself in a better situation. Like I said, I've got great recourses around me and I am going to use them and work as hard as I can. I am going to be ready to do what the team needs me to do. "

T.J. Ward

(On if being drafted by the Browns was a good fit)- "I think it was a good fit. Whatever the coaches saw in me, they thought I fit into the system pretty well. I don't really have any high expectations right now, I just want to come in and learn the system right now and I'll go from there."

(On if he feels he has a good chance to start)- "If I do the things I'm supposed to do then I'll get on the field wherever the coaches need me. Right now, I'm not looking to start or anything, I'm just trying to learn what I'm doing first and open some eyes on the practice field."

(On if being in his first rookie camp is the biggest milestone in his career)- "It's a dream. I always wanted to be here and now that I'm here, it's like 'Okay, now there is just more work to do.' That's what I plan on doing, get out there every day and go to work."

(On what he needs to do to stand out this weekend)- "Make some plays, show the coaches that I know what I am doing, and I think everything else will fall into place."

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on Friday, April 30, 2010 at 8:50:00 AM

Steuber Heaps Praise on Ward Selection

The value of draft experts is debated, but there's no debate that fans love reading mock drafts, post-draft grades, and just about anything around the NFL's premier off-season event. Traffic for Scout's NFL portal was off-the-charts over the last week, and a large part of that was interest in mock drafts and draft columns by Scout.com's Chris Steuber.

Chris is fast-rising in draftnik circles and we're proud of the association. Plus, seriously, the guy has Photoshop skillz beyond compare. By comparison, ESPN doesn't even let Kiper play with the big fancy video boards since he might get hurt.

Anyhow, Chris, like a lot of us, didn't initially like the selection of T.J. Ward in the second round, but has come around to believe that the pick was inspired:

Obviously, Ward has been hampered by injuries during his career, and he even missed five games this past year with an ankle injury. But, when he's in the lineup, there isn't another safety in this year's draft that has his ball skills, instincts, intensity and range. He may lack the ideal stature you look for in a safety, but if he stays healthy, Ward will remind Browns fans of Indianapolis Colts all-world defender Bob Sanders.

Given the number of times I've rued the Browns' decision to pass on Sanders, that's high praise indeed. He's a guy we've always liked here.

The only thing holding me back is the way the Browns have struck out twice-before with oft-injured safeties picked in the second round. Sean Jones and Brodney Pool both taunted us with their upside before being allowed to hobble their way to other teams. Perhaps the third time is the charm.

Posted by: Barry McBride
on Friday, April 30, 2010 at 8:34:00 AM

Scout Fans Predict Good Times for Bryant

Every couple of weeks or so, we slap a new poll onto the front page of Scout's NFL portal. Just a little bit before the draft, we asked fans to take a crack at predicting which "draft bust" candidates would fail to meet the predictions of doom.

Perhaps remembering previous wide receivers who dropped on draft (Randy Moss, Percy Harvin) or seeing how a surplus of attitude hasn't held back receivers like Chad OchoJohnson, Dez Bryant is looked on as the player most expected to make impact.

There's a lot of faith in Tim Tebow, despite the quarterback's large number of critics. As for yet-another Raider workout warrior, Bruce Campbell, the ghost of Mike Mamula looms large.

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Posted by: Barry McBride
on Thursday, April 29, 2010 at 7:52:00 PM

Kiper Likes McCoy's "Situation"

The folks at ESPN and the NFL Network are big on sending out transcripts of tele-conferences done by their in-house draft experts, in the hopes that it spurs the media to develop articles around them. As we've seen over the last month, it generally works like a charm.

So, call me guilty for falling into that same trap for a cheap and easy blog post. As long-time OBR Blog readers know, this will net me an additional pellet of delicious beer provided to me by my masters at Fox Sports.

Delicious, crunchy beer. Uh… wait… whatever.

So here's what Kiper said about Colt McCoy.

On which drafted quarterback will make the most immediate impact in the NFL…

"On the surface Clausen had the best opportunity, but he's coming off an injury. People will say he's the most NFL ready, he came off Charlie Weis' pro style offense… He's not 100 percent as we speak. He was only 60% on pro day, he just came out of the boot. …He only had that one year and then was hurt from Sept. 19 on where he really wasn't at optimum level.  He was playing through an injury that would have sent a lot of guys into surgery back then…Tebow I don't think is NFL ready, Bradford I don't think is NFL ready. Colt McCoy, Mike Holmgren has already said ‘Jake Delhomme is our guy.'…I think the two that are in the best scenario are Colt McCoy and Jimmy Clausen, they are in great spots."

Nothing Earth-shattering, but that's what ESPN's draft guy is saying. I guess it beats having to rationalize taking Tyson Alualu.

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Posted by: Barry McBride
on Thursday, April 29, 2010 at 9:43:00 AM

Yes, Virginia, There are Still Free Agents

We've been keeping copious track of free agents in Scout.com's free agent database. It might be bending the rules a little bit, but we are putting newly released veterans into the system as unrestricted free agents (which they really are, even if they appeared in April rather than March). So, newly available players like John Henderson and Adalius Thomas are included in the DB.

We update it every day, including this morning's earth-shaking news that Montrae Holland re-signed with the Dallas Cowboys. If you want the best listing of who is available at every position, it's worth checking out on a regular basis.

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