OBR Daily Blog: 9/5-7

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Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on September 7th, 2010 AT 8:27 PM

@across8225 Haynesworth is a t…

@across8225 Haynesworth is a talent, but the money is unreal, and his approach to the game is 180 degrees from what Mangini looks for.


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on September 7th, 2010 AT 6:57 PM

Browns waive LB Veikune: Hot N…

Browns waive LB Veikune: Hot News for OLB David Veikune http://bit.ly/bcZMR5


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on September 7th, 2010 AT 6:57 PM

Browns sign DB Roberson: Hot N…

Browns sign DB Roberson: Hot News for CB Derrick Roberson http://bit.ly/duPdBF


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on September 7th, 2010 AT 5:18 PM

@dawg317 Thank you! Much appre…

@dawg317 Thank you! Much appreciated.


Posted by: OBR Newswire
on September 7th, 2010 AT 3:00 PM

OBR Newswire updates for September 5th through September 7th

These are links from the OBR Newswire for September 5th through September 7th:


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on September 7th, 2010 AT 1:50 PM

Twitter Updates for 2010-09-07

  • Final 53 Breakdown: The Cleveland Browns and second-year coach Eric Mangini open the 2010 season 1 p.m. Sunday at … http://bit.ly/d2KmV1 #
  • (Subscriber) Scouting Report: Steve Vallos: Hot News for C Steve Vallos http://bit.ly/abP28p #
  • Here's the Browns roster, based on the latest info we have: http://bit.ly/amoYYT #
  • @BxLeister5 Yes, the Browns still need more help at safety. The urgency will hinge on Asante's development this year. in reply to BxLeister5 #
  • @Z_NoLogoNeeded No need. We can just put one of our dozen linebackers at CB. They can do anything – the Swiss Army Knives of football! in reply to Z_NoLogoNeeded #
  • @BxLeister5 I think acquiring Butler makes perfect sense. Whether that happens is up in the air, but the type of move I would expect. in reply to BxLeister5 #
  • @profootballtalk's contention that the Browns might have an interest in FB Owen Schmitt is not in my "makes sense" stack, however. #
  • @BxLeister5 It makes sense because the Browns need to add depth on the OL. I was looking at Lauvao as a backup C as much as Yates. in reply to BxLeister5 #
  • @profootballtalk says "league source" says that the Browns have pulled in C Steve Vallos, recently cut by the Seahawks. Makes total sense. #
  • @jimkanicki Thank you, although I fear for my email in-box now that it's gone out with a Steelers hashtag, LOL. in reply to jimkanicki #
  • @stevesirk Thank you, although my failure to incorporate monkeys wearing human clothing shows I have far to go. in reply to stevesirk #
  • A Cynic's Guide to Public Redemption: Barry McBride on Ben Roethlisberger's sudden public adoption of faith. http://bit.ly/bgQ8nd #
  • @mjretchless24 Some folks concerned with decisions like keeping so many LBs, so few CBs, or 4 TEs. We'll have to wait to read Zac's take. in reply to mjretchless24 #
  • Another of my ponderous and overly personal columns is available on the OBR home page: http://bit.ly/aL0Y2Z #
  • @mjretchless24 What does what mean? Does it depend on what the definition of "is" is? in reply to mjretchless24 #
  • RT @FSOhioZJackson: Trying to write about the Browns. Wishing I had the first clue what their plan with the roster was. 5 wins again. #
  • The Browns have re-added Jordan Norwood (with the team in 2009) to their practice squad as well as ex-Raiders RB Andre Anderson #

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Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on September 7th, 2010 AT 8:17 AM

Final 53 Breakdown: The Clevel…

Final 53 Breakdown: The Cleveland Browns and second-year coach Eric Mangini open the 2010 season 1 p.m. Sunday at … http://bit.ly/d2KmV1


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on September 7th, 2010 AT 1:26 AM

(Subscriber) Scouting Report: …

(Subscriber) Scouting Report: Steve Vallos: Hot News for C Steve Vallos http://bit.ly/abP28p


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on September 6th, 2010 AT 11:24 PM

Here’s the Browns roster, base…

Here’s the Browns roster, based on the latest info we have: http://bit.ly/amoYYT


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on September 6th, 2010 AT 11:16 PM

@BxLeister5 Yes, the Browns st…

@BxLeister5 Yes, the Browns still need more help at safety. The urgency will hinge on Asante’s development this year.


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on September 6th, 2010 AT 11:16 PM

@Z_NoLogoNeeded No need. We c…

@Z_NoLogoNeeded No need. We can just put one of our dozen linebackers at CB. They can do anything – the Swiss Army Knives of football!


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on September 6th, 2010 AT 11:06 PM

@BxLeister5 I think acquiring …

@BxLeister5 I think acquiring Butler makes perfect sense. Whether that happens is up in the air, but the type of move I would expect.


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on September 6th, 2010 AT 10:51 PM

@profootballtalk’s contention …

@profootballtalk‘s contention that the Browns might have an interest in FB Owen Schmitt is not in my “makes sense” stack, however.


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on September 6th, 2010 AT 10:50 PM

@BxLeister5 It makes sense bec…

@BxLeister5 It makes sense because the Browns need to add depth on the OL. I was looking at Lauvao as a backup C as much as Yates.


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on September 6th, 2010 AT 10:40 PM

@profootballtalk says “league …

@profootballtalk says “league source” says that the Browns have pulled in C Steve Vallos, recently cut by the Seahawks. Makes total sense.


Posted by: Barry McBride
on September 6th, 2010 AT 4:53 PM

Eric Mangini Transcript, 9/6

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(Opening statement)- "Good morning everybody. How are you? We got through the cuts and the waiver wire and things like that and there's still more names coming up as teams shuffle their roster. It's always a difficult weekend and it's always a difficult time as a head coach and I don't think a lot of people really talk about it but its true because you have been with these guys, some guys for a couple years, some guys it may have been the offseason and training camp. Whatever the duration of time is they all worked really hard and they all put their best foot forward to make the team and unfortunately we are not able to keep them all. It's a tough process to go through, where you have to say goodbye to people and thank them and you do whatever you can do to help them be successful somewhere else. You also explain to them that it's not necessarily the end of what their aspiring to do. It could just be the beginning somewhere else. On the flipside of that it's also a very happy time and good time for the guys that do make the team and an exciting time for us as a team to start preparing for our first opponent and that's what we're doing here today is going through the bulk of the scouting report to familiarize the guys with Tampa and that usually takes the most time on a Wednesday so we will be able to do a little bit more on Wednesday because of the work that we are doing here today. We'll work on some of our core things against their core things and then be able to come back on Wednesday and I expect the players to be very familiar with Tampa at that point and really be able to fast forward our preparation for the weekend. The other thing I talked to the guys about is the opening game. The opening game is different than anything else you face during the season except maybe, the only thing that could be comparable is facing a team coming off a bye week. When they have that extra time to do some things that they haven't done prior to you playing them. You prepare the best that you can for what you expect but there's going to be some things different that we have to adjust to. The level of intensity increases dramatically, the amount of reps the guys play increases dramatically and that is true for us and its true for them. Conditioning is very important and some guys really understand what they have to do to get ready for the first game and some guys it's a whole new world. I'll help them with it and the older guys will help them with it as well."

(On if Shaun Rogers is going to practice and if he is going to play on Sunday)- "Yes, he is going to practice some today and it will increase a little bit more as the week goes on. I can see him playing on Sunday."

(On if John St. Claire is back)- "Yes, John's back, he got back on Friday so he has been with us since then."

(On what they are going to do on the right side of the line)- "We have some idea of what we are going to do and there's some things that we are going to look at during the course of the week and we'll get it worked out. I'm hoping that Floyd (Womack) will be able to participate on Wednesday. That's my hope. I'm not setting any sort of firm timetable or not but that's what I'm hoping so we will see how that goes."

(On where Shaun Rogers will be practicing)- "He's going to be practicing in his core spots which is nose tackle, and then he will also work some of the other spots. There is a designated amount of reps that we have for him some it may be package specific that he will work on initially and again as the week goes on he will be able to do more and more so we will be able to do more and more. I think as the weeks go on that could continue to expand."

(On if Rogers has had any contact and how they are going to prepare him for Sunday)- "On PUP you are not able to able to do that. He will get a little bit of that today. You'll increase it during the week. I think some other teams are facing the same thing where you get a guy back at this point. Now the advantage they have is with an older guy and more experienced guy, there's less of a learning curve there than a younger guy."

(On what Michael Adams' role will be as the fourth corner)- "Mike actually started quite a few games for us last year at the corner position and he plays a lot of corner type roles whether it be the inside slot player or the star player for us. He has started outside, he's started inside and he played safety and that's a really good thing. It allows us to do some different things with him that you may not be able to do with some other players, one of the things I really like about him, and you are always looking to build within the system."

(On the abundance of linebackers)- "I think there's going to be different combinations with those guys and it's a balancing act between special teams and the packages and making sure that you've got enough of both to do what you'd like to do. Typically with us, a lot of linebackers play on third down as defensive line types. Most of our outside linebackers are the same size as your average 4-3 defensive end. Those guys are around 270 lbs, our guys are around 255-260 lbs so there's not a big variation between a 4-3 end and a 3-4 outside linebacker on average, give or take five pounds."

(On if anyone resents how Rogers has been out the past two preseasons but ready for the opener)- "I don't want to put words in your mouth but you are implying that he didn't have a medical situation and he did. He did and that's why we have doctors and trainers. I rely on those guys to do their job and to tell us when they are ready. It is a function of what Joe (Sheehan) tells me and what doc tells me, it's not just sitting through camp and brining him off at that point, sometimes it's coincidence."

(On Ahtyba Rubin's development and if Rogers will play defensive end)- "Rubin has earned the right to play and Rubin will play. He has done an exceptional job. I really have enjoyed watching his growth just with my time here and seeing him develop not just as a player but as a pro. He's earned the right to play so that's a good thing because Shaun does have the ability to play nose tackle, he has the ability to play defensive end. To be able to mix guys in at different spots it gives you depth, it gives you a chance to spell people during the course of a game and it also gives you some versatility in terms of matchups that you want against your opponents' offensive linemen. I think Rubin's development, growth and progress have been a real positive in terms of the flexibility that it gives us defensively."

(On how this team is different from the previous Browns teams)- "I've been around a lot of teams and you get a sense for the guys and I hope that you guys have seen it as well. This is a very good group of people, this is a hard working group of guys and this is a group of guys that really care about their profession. It's important to them to be successful and that's not commenting on any other team, but I'm just saying that's who these people are and that's what you look for as a coach. Now, we need to be able to put that all together and operate as one group but there's a desire within the meetings rooms, the locker room and within the team to do that. That's a big part in the growth of any team and any organization. When you have everybody pulling in the same direction, it's a lot more powerful. If you have everybody focused on the team first instead of individual success or credit or any of that stuff, it's powerful. There are a lot of things that we have to do right day in and day out and but I know that these guys want to do it right day in and day out. That, to me, is been a very positive part of what I hope you have seen so far this summer and what I have seen as a coach."

(On Jerome Harrison's preseason and him not hitting the ‘home run' often enough)- "In terms of home runs, my brother-in-law (Mark Shapiro) told me one time you only have to hit .300 to go to the Hall of Fame, so doubles are good, singles are good, on base percentage, all of that stuff is good. Mark would be proud. There's no more time to wait. We have a week here to prepare and he is going to get a lot of work on Sunday and the value in negative or positive experiences is how you use them to springboard into your next opportunity. What I am looking for from Jerome is to learn from that, and I ask guys to do this all the time, keep a notebook of what you did and what the results were. Did it go well, did it go poorly and the next time you do it look back and adjust and try to make the next opportunity better based on your last experience. I would expect that from Jerome, and not just Jerome from everybody."

(On if Harrison took Montario Hardesty's injury as a challenge to step up and carry the load)- "I never got the sense from Jerome that the things that he was going to do were going to be dependent on somebody else. You don't ever want that. You don't want someone saying, ‘Okay because he's doing X, I'm going to do Y. I'm going to do this because it's right for me.' I get that sense form Jerome. He has certain goals, he has certain things that he wants to achieve. I'm talking about growth and development. It wasn't based on Montario being here, it wasn't based on anybody being here. It was based on what he wanted to do for him. That's, I think, a very healthy approach."

(On if he talked to Harrison about what he expects from him going into the season)- "I haven't really had that individual sit down this year. Jerome and I talk all of the time, it's not a function of having one sort of landmark meeting. I like to think in squad meetings and things like that, we get a sense of where we are coming from. I'm always open to talking to any of the guys at any point. He understands the things that he has to do and he understands the great opportunity that he has in front of him. I expect him to seize that opportunity like he did last year and run with it."

(On what he thought about Brian Robiskie's offseason and where he is now)- "I think he's had the best offseason of any of the guys in terms of his growth and progress and all of those things. My expectation is that trend continues. It just reinforces the value of hard work and the value of consistency and the value of believing in your ability. It's not always easy, it's not always fun, but it's right. My hope and expectations is that he continues the growth pattern that he has shown so far this year."

(On what kind of receiver Robiskie is)- "Really, all I'm looking for from him is for him to be an effective guy. I don't love labeling guys one thing or the other because I think it's often unfair and a little too easy to box them in to one category or not. What I'm looking for him is when he's got his shot and he gets his chances and the ball is thrown, is to catch them. Keep working to get open every play and become as much a part of the offense as he can and he's shown the ability to do that."

(On if Rogers is a team guy)- "I've gotten to know Shaun over the last couple of years and he hasn't been in a situation where the team has won a lot of games and that's something that's important to him and that's something that's important to me. Now the things that we talk about are how do we achieve that together. What's that like and what goes into that whole process? One thing that I like that Shaun does a lot and does well is he'll talk to the younger guys in the back of the room. They may be trying to figure out how to do something and really have no idea where to get the answer from. They kind of do and Shaun will take them through. I think he's very good like that, in terms of sharing his experience with those guys. That, to me, is important from all of the veteran guys and the really good ones leave a legacy, not just of their play, but the other people that they help make play better. I've seen that so many times over the course of my career. Guys, and I've heard all of the names, but Rodney Harrison made people play better. He taught a bunch of young guys in the secondary. He helped teach them how to be pros. Sometimes he'd get frustrated because he felt like he was directing traffic instead of playing, but that was part of what he did and part of what made us better."

(On what went into the decision to keep four tight ends)- "I thought that Alex (Smith) had a really good camp. What I liked about him is no matter what we asked him to do, he did it pretty well. We asked him to play fullback in the backfield, he did that pretty well. We asked him to be the in-line tight end, he did that pretty well. We asked him to be the off the line tight end, he did that pretty well. He created a role for himself in the fact that he can play multiple roles, so that was really the thought process."

(On potentially trading for Vincent Jackson)- "Tom (Heckert) and I really talk about the guys that are on the wire right now and the free agents that are available right now. We haven't talked a lot about that. In terms of what our interest would be, I'd say talk to Tom or Mike (Holmgren)."

(On potentially signing T.J. Houshmandzadeh and Heckert saying that the team is happy with who they have)-"What did Tom say? I'm happy with Tom's answer."


Posted by: Barry McBride
on September 6th, 2010 AT 4:52 PM

Browns Player Quotes, 9/6

?WR Joshua Cribbs

(On if he ever asks himself if he is still ‘hungry' after getting a new contract)- "No, not at all, asking yourself that lets you know already. I have got young guys on my back. I'm still trying to still be the same person and consistent throughout my year, still show the same high level type of play and I'm just trying to do a good job of doing that."

(On which of his roles he is most excited to showcase)- "Because there is so much that we are going to showcase, I'm just excited for the game. I'm excited for the world to see our new Cleveland Browns offense. I'm just ecstatic. Coach (Mangini) is trying to just calm everyone down basically because we are excited about this season and we are ready."

(On how much work he put in the offseason to become a better player)- "A lot. I think a lot has to do with coaches believing in me and coaches having more confidence in me to say, ‘Hey, you are going to be the man, so strap up.' That says a lot for me, it gives my confidence a boost so I can go out there and do what I'm capable of. I don't have to worry about making mistakes, just go out there and play. That's the biggest thing. I feel somewhat of a swag about myself and at the same time, staying humble to the point where I am getting on my responsibilities. If it's thrown to me, I'm going to catch it. Playing without the football in my hands, knowing that I still have got to run good routes and just helping my team and knowing that I'm going to play my position and not try to play everybody else's."

QB Jake Delhomme

(On if he thinks the team accomplished everything they needed to in the preseason)- "I think for the most part. We got a lot of football in, I'll tell you that much. Now we are like everybody else, optimism is in the air. We are all undefeated and it's opening day. It's hard to explain. For the most part, everybody is healthy. People will be flying around, the adrenaline is going to be flowing no matter what. It's opening day, it's what it's all about, especially for young guys. They played in preseason games, but that first game, it's just great. It's awesome."

(On on what makes this season different from last year for him)- "I just think it's like I keep saying over and over, it's a fresh start for me, it's new and it's exciting. I enjoy the guys, I enjoy our locker room and I enjoy the way the guys work. This atmosphere doesn't happen at all places. The way guys work, the way they want to work and get better, doesn't happen at all places. That's what makes it so enjoyable and they're fun guys to be around, very intelligent guys. The coaches ask a lot of us and we are just trying to put plans together and win some football games."

(On if the four game winning streak to end last season gets brought up often)- "It has got brought up. Again, that was last year. We are trying to establish ourselves as the 2010 Browns. It was something to build off of, I know that. The guys who came back from that, they had built off of it. We've added some new pieces and we are trying to make our own identity."

(On if good character and togetherness translates into wins)- "I think it does because I think whenever times get tough, and they are going to get tough during this season. This is not going to be just an easy joy ride, that's the NFL season. I think 100 percent, there is going to be gut check time, numerous times during the season. I'd rather have a guy who I know has prepared and he's ready to go than someone who might be talented, but they're just kind of getting by. To me, that's what makes teams get over the hump, turn the corner so to speak."

RB Jerome Harrison

(On his opportunity at running back)- "I have a great opportunity. I'm playing with a great offensive line, the best fullback in the league and just getting a chance to go out there and run and have fun and be very productive and do whatever I need to do to help this team win."

(On the versatility on offense)- "I think we became an all-around team now, both run and pass. Jake (Delhomme) and Seneca (Wallace), with their knowledge of the game and their experience. I think they really helped (Brian) Robiskie, (Mohamed) Massaquoi and (Chansi) Stuckey along. We have got some good tight ends too, so we are well-rounded offensively."

(On what's different about this team going into the opening game)- "We are very focused. This is a brand new team, different attitude, different mindset and everything. We plan on winning. Our mindset is to win every week and we are very concentrated, very focused and very determined team. We are going to put a lot into this week."

(On his personal goals for the season)- "The ones I will share are that I am going to go out there and run hard. I am going to give this city everything I've got every time I am out there. I am going to try my hardest to help turn this program around and do whatever I can do to do it."


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on September 6th, 2010 AT 4:46 PM

@jimkanicki Thank you, althou…

@jimkanicki Thank you, although I fear for my email in-box now that it’s gone out with a Steelers hashtag, LOL.


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on September 6th, 2010 AT 4:45 PM

@stevesirk Thank you, although…

@stevesirk Thank you, although my failure to incorporate monkeys wearing human clothing shows I have far to go.


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on September 6th, 2010 AT 2:25 PM

A Cynic’s Guide to Public Rede…

A Cynic’s Guide to Public Redemption: Barry McBride on Ben Roethlisberger’s sudden public adoption of faith. http://bit.ly/bgQ8nd


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on September 6th, 2010 AT 2:15 PM

@mjretchless24 Some folks conc…

@mjretchless24 Some folks concerned with decisions like keeping so many LBs, so few CBs, or 4 TEs. We’ll have to wait to read Zac’s take.


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on September 6th, 2010 AT 2:04 PM

Another of my ponderous and ov…

Another of my ponderous and overly personal columns is available on the OBR home page: http://bit.ly/aL0Y2Z


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on September 6th, 2010 AT 2:02 PM

@mjretchless24 What does what …

@mjretchless24 What does what mean? Does it depend on what the definition of “is” is?


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on September 6th, 2010 AT 1:50 PM

Twitter Updates for 2010-09-06

  • @across8225 I don't see them going after Northcutt. The could have kept Engram for much the same role. in reply to across8225 #
  • Heckert: "We Kept the Best 53": Browns GM Tom Heckert answered questions on the team's cuts on Sunday afternoon. F… http://bit.ly/aYvUoh #
  • Browns Sign Six to Practice Squad: Hot News for S Larry Asante http://bit.ly/bLHlhQ #
  • @rickwfny LOL, don't tell me, tell Heckert! But I don't think they're done at CB. They talked to Butler for a reason. in reply to rickwfny #
  • Rumor is that the Dolphins got him. Some team did, apparently. RT @ExtremeGamer what happened to Geathers? #
  • Browns signed DB Larry Asante, OL Paul Fanaika, DL Travis Ivey, OL Pat Murray, DL Brian Sanford and DB DeAngelo Smith to the practice squad. #
  • @jimkanicki LOL… last I saw him, Heckert didn't have a goatee. in reply to jimkanicki #
  • @WFNYScott To clarify, by "we're good", it's what I heard as "we like the guys we have and are going with them" rather than hyping the WRs. in reply to WFNYScott #
  • Hang on until they're done. RT @jimkanicki i appreciate your reply. (and work) just seems like a lot of questionable decisions in berea. #
  • @jimkanicki Questions are all it was. It's hard to get a word in edgewise and certain doom for the timid or overly polite (raises hand). in reply to jimkanicki #
  • Heckert: Not that much uncertainty involving the right side of the offensive line. "I think we're going to be alright". #
  • Heckert: Holmgren was involved in the decision-making and went through the whole roster with Mangini/Heckert. #
  • Heckert: No one saved their spots in the last pre-season game. Backup DL and running back had a lot of competition. #
  • Heckert: Sorensen doing well, but no decision made on when to put him out there. #
  • Heckert: CB Sheldon Brown 'has a lot left" and is instinctive and intelligent. #
  • Heckert: Discussions about cuts "went fine" and involved Mangini. Met with Holmgren and Mangini Thursday. #
  • As a side note, I have not been able to confirm from anyone that Butler has actually been signed. Need to wait on that one. #
  • Heckert: Tweet on Butler was "kind of erroneous". We have not done anything with that right now. #
  • Heckert: We think we can compete, and that's our goal in 2010. #
  • Heckert: We don't think Sorensen be out long, but we'll let the doctors handle it. #
  • Heckert: I think Asante is going to be a good player, but we have a lot of safeties right now. Tough decision, hope to get him back. #
  • Heckert: We're good at wide receiver (with respect to Houshmanzadeh). #
  • Heckert: Shaun Rogers will start practicing this week. We're expecting him to be out there. #
  • Heckert: We didn't look at WRs as veterans vs experienced guys or "getting young". We just kept the guys we liked. #
  • Heckert: We think we're OK at cornerback because Mike Adams can play both CB and Safety. #
  • Heckert: Hardesty has an ACL tear and the rest of the knee is fine. C. Buckhalter came from two ACL tears and performed well. Confident. #
  • Heckert: Loss of Hardesty a blow, but James Davis' play has been encouraging. #
  • Heckert: 12 linebackers are because you have to keep extras if some are injured. No exact date on DQJ's return, but optimistic. #
  • Heckert: "We kept the guys we felt were the best 53 and helped us get ready for Tampa"… Watching for the next waiver wire release. #
  • We are awaiting Tom Heckert. Hearing that there may be no roster moves today beyond practice squad transactions. #
  • Interesting. Trying to confirm RT @Go_Browns @TheOBR Clifton Geathers gone, Dolphins took him. Too bad, even though he was a strange 3-4 DE #
  • A big thank you to @abj_browns for featuring my recent Jim Brown piece in his blog: http://bit.ly/arO1Kn #
  • We've got a call with Heckert at 4PM. I'll tweet along the way. RT @JTK1985 any word on Browns practice squad guys or roster moves? #
  • @JTK1985 I would have agreed with you last year, but not after this pre-season. in reply to JTK1985 #
  • @YoursTrulyMusic The question is whether Houshmanzadeh would want to come to Cleveland, with few playoff prospects. in reply to YoursTrulyMusic #
  • @CLE_sports None so far. Anyone claiming them would have to put them on the 53. @TheOBR any word on Asante and geathers? #
  • Nice pickup, curse them! RT@mortreport Bengals claim bears rookie qb Dan LeFevour #
  • I'd cut A. Smith. Royal is a good blocker & catching the ball better since finger injury healed @JTK1985 if its a TE it had better be Royal. #
  • Roger that. Nice work! RT @TelichTwit follow@ telichtwit8 had that right when he tweeted butler and mcdonald news. #
  • LOL… Credit given. Twitter ain't got nothing on the forums. RT @downwithbrowns Or thanks to me for posting it on your OBR Football board. #
  • Browns have informed us that we should expect to see some roster moves this afternoon. #
  • Browns have reportedly signed Quincy Butler, per Abe Elam's Twitter account. Thanks to @WFNYCraig for the heads-up. #
  • @JTK1985 Very reasonable assumption… LBs or the fourth TE would seem to be at gravest risk. in reply to JTK1985 #
  • @BxLeister5 LOL… Digging = Working to confirm and get a scouting report. in reply to BxLeister5 #
  • Digging… "RT @WFNYCraig: Browns replace B Mac already? RT @abeelam: Congrats to my boy Quincy Butler new addition to Browns secondary!" #
  • News-Herald on Cavs' GM Chris Grant: Burden is on Grant: http://t.co/YFhVz7k #

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Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on September 6th, 2010 AT 1:41 PM

RT @FSOhioZJackson: Trying to …

RT @FSOhioZJackson: Trying to write about the Browns. Wishing I had the first clue what their plan with the roster was. 5 wins again.


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on September 6th, 2010 AT 12:16 PM

The Browns have re-added Jorda…

The Browns have re-added Jordan Norwood (with the team in 2009) to their practice squad as well as ex-Raiders RB Andre Anderson


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on September 5th, 2010 AT 10:33 PM

@across8225 I don’t see them g…

@across8225 I don’t see them going after Northcutt. The could have kept Engram for much the same role.


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on September 5th, 2010 AT 5:59 PM

Heckert: “We Kept the Best 53″…

Heckert: “We Kept the Best 53″: Browns GM Tom Heckert answered questions on the team’s cuts on Sunday afternoon. F… http://bit.ly/aYvUoh


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on September 5th, 2010 AT 5:59 PM

Browns Sign Six to Practice Sq…

Browns Sign Six to Practice Squad: Hot News for S Larry Asante http://bit.ly/bLHlhQ


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on September 5th, 2010 AT 5:37 PM

@rickwfny LOL, don’t tell me, …

@rickwfny LOL, don’t tell me, tell Heckert! But I don’t think they’re done at CB. They talked to Butler for a reason.


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on September 5th, 2010 AT 5:21 PM

Rumor is that the Dolphins got…

Rumor is that the Dolphins got him. Some team did, apparently. RT @ExtremeGamer what happened to Geathers?


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on September 5th, 2010 AT 5:13 PM

Browns signed DB Larry Asante,…

Browns signed DB Larry Asante, OL Paul Fanaika, DL Travis Ivey, OL Pat Murray, DL Brian Sanford and DB DeAngelo Smith to the practice squad.


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on September 5th, 2010 AT 5:10 PM

@jimkanicki LOL… last I saw …

@jimkanicki LOL… last I saw him, Heckert didn’t have a goatee.


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on September 5th, 2010 AT 5:03 PM

@WFNYScott To clarify, by “we…

@WFNYScott To clarify, by “we’re good”, it’s what I heard as “we like the guys we have and are going with them” rather than hyping the WRs.


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on September 5th, 2010 AT 5:01 PM

Hang on until they’re done. RT…

Hang on until they’re done. RT @jimkanicki i appreciate your reply. (and work) just seems like a lot of questionable decisions in berea.


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on September 5th, 2010 AT 4:52 PM

@jimkanicki Questions are all …

@jimkanicki Questions are all it was. It’s hard to get a word in edgewise and certain doom for the timid or overly polite (raises hand).


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on September 5th, 2010 AT 4:25 PM

Heckert: Not that much uncerta…

Heckert: Not that much uncertainty involving the right side of the offensive line. “I think we’re going to be alright”.


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on September 5th, 2010 AT 4:24 PM

Heckert: Holmgren was involved…

Heckert: Holmgren was involved in the decision-making and went through the whole roster with Mangini/Heckert.


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on September 5th, 2010 AT 4:24 PM

Heckert: Holmgren was involved…

Heckert: Holmgren was involved in the decision-making and went through the whole roster with Mangini/Heckert.


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on September 5th, 2010 AT 4:23 PM

Heckert: No one saved their sp…

Heckert: No one saved their spots in the last pre-season game. Backup DL and running back had a lot of competition.


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on September 5th, 2010 AT 4:23 PM

Heckert: No one saved their sp…

Heckert: No one saved their spots in the last pre-season game. Backup DL and running back had a lot of competition.


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on September 5th, 2010 AT 4:19 PM

Heckert: Sorensen doing well, …

Heckert: Sorensen doing well, but no decision made on when to put him out there.


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on September 5th, 2010 AT 4:18 PM

Heckert: CB Sheldon Brown ‘has…

Heckert: CB Sheldon Brown ‘has a lot left” and is instinctive and intelligent.


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on September 5th, 2010 AT 4:17 PM

Heckert: Discussions about cut…

Heckert: Discussions about cuts “went fine” and involved Mangini. Met with Holmgren and Mangini Thursday.


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on September 5th, 2010 AT 4:17 PM

Heckert: Discussions about cut…

Heckert: Discussions about cuts “went fine” and involved Mangini. Met with Holmgren and Mangini Thursday.


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on September 5th, 2010 AT 4:15 PM

As a side note, I have not bee…

As a side note, I have not been able to confirm from anyone that Butler has actually been signed. Need to wait on that one.


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on September 5th, 2010 AT 4:15 PM

As a side note, I have not bee…

As a side note, I have not been able to confirm from anyone that Butler has actually been signed. Need to wait on that one.


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on September 5th, 2010 AT 4:14 PM

Heckert: Tweet on Butler was “…

Heckert: Tweet on Butler was “kind of erroneous”. We have not done anything with that right now.


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on September 5th, 2010 AT 4:14 PM

Heckert: Tweet on Butler was “…

Heckert: Tweet on Butler was “kind of erroneous”. We have not done anything with that right now.


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on September 5th, 2010 AT 4:14 PM

Heckert: We think we can compe…

Heckert: We think we can compete, and that’s our goal in 2010.


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on September 5th, 2010 AT 4:13 PM

Heckert: We don’t think Sorens…

Heckert: We don’t think Sorensen be out long, but we’ll let the doctors handle it.


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on September 5th, 2010 AT 4:13 PM

Heckert: We don’t think Sorens…

Heckert: We don’t think Sorensen be out long, but we’ll let the doctors handle it.


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on September 5th, 2010 AT 4:13 PM

Heckert: We don’t think Sorens…

Heckert: We don’t think Sorensen be out long, but we’ll let the doctors handle it.


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on September 5th, 2010 AT 4:12 PM

Heckert: I think Asante is goi…

Heckert: I think Asante is going to be a good player, but we have a lot of safeties right now. Tough decision, hope to get him back.


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on September 5th, 2010 AT 4:12 PM

Heckert: I think Asante is goi…

Heckert: I think Asante is going to be a good player, but we have a lot of safeties right now. Tough decision, hope to get him back.


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on September 5th, 2010 AT 4:12 PM

Heckert: I think Asante is goi…

Heckert: I think Asante is going to be a good player, but we have a lot of safeties right now. Tough decision, hope to get him back.


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on September 5th, 2010 AT 4:11 PM

Heckert: We’re good at wide re…

Heckert: We’re good at wide receiver (with respect to Houshmanzadeh).


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on September 5th, 2010 AT 4:11 PM

Heckert: We’re good at wide re…

Heckert: We’re good at wide receiver (with respect to Houshmanzadeh).


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on September 5th, 2010 AT 4:11 PM

Heckert: We’re good at wide re…

Heckert: We’re good at wide receiver (with respect to Houshmanzadeh).


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on September 5th, 2010 AT 4:11 PM

Heckert: Shaun Rogers will sta…

Heckert: Shaun Rogers will start practicing this week. We’re expecting him to be out there.


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on September 5th, 2010 AT 4:11 PM

Heckert: Shaun Rogers will sta…

Heckert: Shaun Rogers will start practicing this week. We’re expecting him to be out there.


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on September 5th, 2010 AT 4:11 PM

Heckert: Shaun Rogers will sta…

Heckert: Shaun Rogers will start practicing this week. We’re expecting him to be out there.


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on September 5th, 2010 AT 4:10 PM

Heckert: We didn’t look at WRs…

Heckert: We didn’t look at WRs as veterans vs experienced guys or “getting young”. We just kept the guys we liked.


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on September 5th, 2010 AT 4:10 PM

Heckert: We didn’t look at WRs…

Heckert: We didn’t look at WRs as veterans vs experienced guys or “getting young”. We just kept the guys we liked.


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on September 5th, 2010 AT 4:10 PM

Heckert: We didn’t look at WRs…

Heckert: We didn’t look at WRs as veterans vs experienced guys or “getting young”. We just kept the guys we liked.


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on September 5th, 2010 AT 4:08 PM

Heckert: We think we’re OK at …

Heckert: We think we’re OK at cornerback because Mike Adams can play both CB and Safety.


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on September 5th, 2010 AT 4:07 PM

Heckert: Hardesty has an ACL t…

Heckert: Hardesty has an ACL tear and the rest of the knee is fine. C. Buckhalter came from two ACL tears and performed well. Confident.


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on September 5th, 2010 AT 4:06 PM

Heckert: Loss of Hardesty a bl…

Heckert: Loss of Hardesty a blow, but James Davis’ play has been encouraging.


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on September 5th, 2010 AT 4:05 PM

Heckert: 12 linebackers are be…

Heckert: 12 linebackers are because you have to keep extras if some are injured. No exact date on DQJ’s return, but optimistic.


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on September 5th, 2010 AT 4:05 PM

Heckert: 12 linebackers are be…

Heckert: 12 linebackers are because you have to keep extras if some are injured. No exact date on DQJ’s return, but optimistic.


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on September 5th, 2010 AT 4:05 PM

Heckert: 12 linebackers are be…

Heckert: 12 linebackers are because you have to keep extras if some are injured. No exact date on DQJ’s return, but optimistic.


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on September 5th, 2010 AT 4:05 PM

Heckert: 12 linebackers are be…

Heckert: 12 linebackers are because you have to keep extras if some are injured. No exact date on DQJ’s return, but optimistic.


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on September 5th, 2010 AT 4:04 PM

Heckert: “We kept the guys we …

Heckert: “We kept the guys we felt were the best 53 and helped us get ready for Tampa”… Watching for the next waiver wire release.


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on September 5th, 2010 AT 4:04 PM

Heckert: “We kept the guys we …

Heckert: “We kept the guys we felt were the best 53 and helped us get ready for Tampa”… Watching for the next waiver wire release.


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on September 5th, 2010 AT 4:04 PM

Heckert: “We kept the guys we …

Heckert: “We kept the guys we felt were the best 53 and helped us get ready for Tampa”… Watching for the next waiver wire release.


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on September 5th, 2010 AT 4:04 PM

Heckert: “We kept the guys we …

Heckert: “We kept the guys we felt were the best 53 and helped us get ready for Tampa”… Watching for the next waiver wire release.


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on September 5th, 2010 AT 4:02 PM

We are awaiting Tom Heckert. H…

We are awaiting Tom Heckert. Hearing that there may be no roster moves today beyond practice squad transactions.


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on September 5th, 2010 AT 4:02 PM

We are awaiting Tom Heckert. H…

We are awaiting Tom Heckert. Hearing that there may be no roster moves today beyond practice squad transactions.


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on September 5th, 2010 AT 4:02 PM

We are awaiting Tom Heckert. H…

We are awaiting Tom Heckert. Hearing that there may be no roster moves today beyond practice squad transactions.


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on September 5th, 2010 AT 4:02 PM

We are awaiting Tom Heckert. H…

We are awaiting Tom Heckert. Hearing that there may be no roster moves today beyond practice squad transactions.


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on September 5th, 2010 AT 4:00 PM

Interesting. Trying to confirm…

Interesting. Trying to confirm RT @Go_Browns @TheOBR Clifton Geathers gone, Dolphins took him. Too bad, even though he was a strange 3-4 DE


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on September 5th, 2010 AT 4:00 PM

Interesting. Trying to confirm…

Interesting. Trying to confirm RT @Go_Browns @TheOBR Clifton Geathers gone, Dolphins took him. Too bad, even though he was a strange 3-4 DE


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on September 5th, 2010 AT 4:00 PM

Interesting. Trying to confirm…

Interesting. Trying to confirm RT @Go_Browns @TheOBR Clifton Geathers gone, Dolphins took him. Too bad, even though he was a strange 3-4 DE


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on September 5th, 2010 AT 3:31 PM

A big thank you to @abj_browns…

A big thank you to @abj_browns for featuring my recent Jim Brown piece in his blog: http://bit.ly/arO1Kn


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on September 5th, 2010 AT 3:29 PM

We’ve got a call with Heckert …

We’ve got a call with Heckert at 4PM. I’ll tweet along the way. RT @JTK1985 any word on Browns practice squad guys or roster moves?


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on September 5th, 2010 AT 3:08 PM

@JTK1985 I would have agreed w…

@JTK1985 I would have agreed with you last year, but not after this pre-season.


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on September 5th, 2010 AT 3:07 PM

@YoursTrulyMusic The question …

@YoursTrulyMusic The question is whether Houshmanzadeh would want to come to Cleveland, with few playoff prospects.


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on September 5th, 2010 AT 2:59 PM

@CLE_sports None so far. Anyon…

@CLE_sports None so far. Anyone claiming them would have to put them on the 53. @TheOBR any word on Asante and geathers?


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on September 5th, 2010 AT 2:20 PM

Nice pickup, curse them! RT@mo…

Nice pickup, curse them! RT@mortreport Bengals claim bears rookie qb Dan LeFevour


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on September 5th, 2010 AT 2:19 PM

I’d cut A. Smith. Royal is a g…

I’d cut A. Smith. Royal is a good blocker & catching the ball better since finger injury healed @JTK1985 if its a TE it had better be Royal.


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on September 5th, 2010 AT 2:15 PM

Roger that. Nice work! RT @Tel…

Roger that. Nice work! RT @TelichTwit follow@ telichtwit8 had that right when he tweeted butler and mcdonald news.


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on September 5th, 2010 AT 1:59 PM

LOL… Credit given. Twitter a…

LOL… Credit given. Twitter ain’t got nothing on the forums. RT @downwithbrowns Or thanks to me for posting it on your OBR Football board.


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on September 5th, 2010 AT 1:50 PM

Browns have informed us that w…

Browns have informed us that we should expect to see some roster moves this afternoon.


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on September 5th, 2010 AT 1:50 PM

Browns have informed us that w…

Browns have informed us that we should expect to see some roster moves this afternoon.


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on September 5th, 2010 AT 1:50 PM

Browns have informed us that w…

Browns have informed us that we should expect to see some roster moves this afternoon.


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on September 5th, 2010 AT 1:50 PM

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Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on September 5th, 2010 AT 1:47 PM

Browns have reportedly signed …

Browns have reportedly signed Quincy Butler, per Abe Elam’s Twitter account. Thanks to @WFNYCraig for the heads-up.


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on September 5th, 2010 AT 1:18 PM

@JTK1985 Very reasonable assum…

@JTK1985 Very reasonable assumption… LBs or the fourth TE would seem to be at gravest risk.


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on September 5th, 2010 AT 1:17 PM

@BxLeister5 LOL… Digging = W…

@BxLeister5 LOL… Digging = Working to confirm and get a scouting report.


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on September 5th, 2010 AT 1:11 PM

Digging… “RT @WFNYCraig: Bro…

Digging… “RT @WFNYCraig: Browns replace B Mac already? RT @abeelam: Congrats to my boy Quincy Butler new addition to Browns secondary!"


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on September 5th, 2010 AT 11:00 AM

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