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Mack and Gipson are focused on football, not contracts

Aug 03, 2015 -- 3:00pm

By Tony Cartagena | ESPNCleveland.com

 

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CLEVELAND – During the time of year where players across the NFL make headlines for either holding out or signing contract extensions, the Cleveland Browns have two key members – both in contract years – with other lofty goals in mind.

Starting center Alex Mack has a player option for the 2016-17 season. Safety Tashaun Gipson has a base salary of under $3 million this year, and will be a free agent next summer.

Both have been full participants sinde the start of training camp and neither one is focused on their pending deals.

“My goal is just to go out there and play well,” Mack told ESPN Cleveland. “I sat all of last year on a couch. I need to go out there and make sure I can be the player I was before I broke my leg. So that is my goal. That is what I am focused on. That is what I am going to go out there and do. So really my only goal is to go out there and win games.

“I have a good position in my contract – so clap my hands for my agent – but all of that is going to be dealt with after the season.”

Mack added that it is “absolutely” too early to speculate on the national narrative that he will walk at the end of the year.

Gipson joked that he doesn’t know the feeling of having a “$10 million signing bonus,” and still carries the chip of being undrafted on his shoulder. He channels that as motivation to reach his goal of being revered as the top safety in the league.

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“Without being cocky or anything like that, if I do what I got to do, I feel like I can be the best safety in the National Football League,” he said. “The film don’t lie. That is my goal. I don’t want someone to say ‘he is one of the best young safeties in the league,’ he is one of the ‘best safeties in the league.'

“The coaches understand the impact I can make in this defense and they put me in the position where I can be.”

Mack returns to the field after missing the final 11 games last year with a broken leg suffered against the Pittsburg Steelers.

“It was pretty tough,” he said. “I’ve been lucky to have high school, college and six years in the NFL healthy. Couple dings and bruises and stuff but was able to play through a lot of it. It is tough. Leg is broken, can’t go out there. Just had to sit on my couch and let it heal. That is not how I wanted to spend the year.”

Gipson is following his first ever pro-bowl selection and two consecutive years of leading the AFC in interceptions. He responded, “absolutely not,” when asked if the contract issue would be a distraction on-the-field.

“The update is that I am here to play football," Gipson said. "This season will be great. However it is going to turn out, it turns out that way. There are no updates. I am here for training camp. I am going through the motions and I am ready to go full speed. Full throttle. Not holding anything back.

“If something was to come about, and if something was to happen, I would be the first one with a huge smile on my face. Regardless I am just blessed to be in the situation first and foremost. I can’t complain at all.”

He has 12 interceptions and 117 total tackles in a three-year career.

“32 teams didn’t want me when I came out. My goal is to make sure that 32 teams want me now,” Gipson said.

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Q & A: Hey Tony

Aug 03, 2015 -- 12:17pm

By ESPN Cleveland Staff | ESPNCleveland.com

 

ESPN Cleveland Browns analyst Tony Grossi answered questions from fans at training camp: 

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Terrelle Pryor: Day Four

Aug 02, 2015 -- 6:42pm

By Nolan Murphy | ESPNCleveland.com

BEREA – Day four of camp will be remembered for the new practice jerseys the Browns wore. The Browns defense strutted out in the team’s new orange, brown and white digital camo jerseys. These jerseys are awarded to the offense or defense every day of camp. Terrelle Pryor was seen with a white Nike arm sleeve on his left arm, clear visor and white Under Armor cleats that were paired white his white #87 jersey and white pants.

 

Johnny Watch: Training Camp Day 4

Aug 02, 2015 -- 2:48pm

By Jason Gibbs | ESPNCleveland.com

 

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9:25am: Day four of Browns training camp is underway and there’s one word to describe the weather. Hot. Very hot. Little to no breeze today. On this Sunday the second of August Johnny is the last quarterback out of the locker room. Thaddeus Lewis and Connor Shaw are first out on this Sunday at 9:20am and Josh McCown follows them at 9:23am.

9:30am: Center/QB exchange work.

9:38am: Stretch time

9:47am: Offense Shell Drill from the 10-yard line. Manziel and McCown rotate on each snap.

9:52am: QB/RB Drills

10:01am: QB/WR Drills

10:12am: McCown and Manziel work with QB Coach Kevin O’Connell while Lewis and Shaw work with various position groups on the main field.

10:20am: WR vs. DB with QB’s. These stats are NOT factored into the final numbers of the day.

Josh McCown (Numbers – 1/5 Passing)

Johnny Manziel (Numbers – 5/7 Passing with an interception)

  • Play #1 – Completion to WR Marlon Moore
  • Play #2 – Incompletion to WR Andrew Hawkins
  • Play #3 – Completion to WR Travis Benjamin
  • Play #4 – Intercepted by DB Pierre Desir. Intended for WR Darius Jennings.
  • Play #5 – Completion to WR Vince Mayle
  • Play #6 – Completion to WR Shane Wynn
  • Play #7 – Completion to WR Rodney Smith

10:31am: Special Teams time. QB’s go to work on agility.

10:41am: 7 on 7 Drill

10:42am: Josh McCown (Numbers – 4/4 Passing)

10:45am: Johnny time (Numbers – 3/4)

  • Play #1 – Completion to WR Josh Lenz
  • Play #2 – Completion to TE Gary Barnidge
  • Play #3 – Incompletion to WR Josh Lenz
  • Play #4 – Completion to WR Darius Jennings

10:49am: Josh McCown (Numbers – 3/4 Passing)

10:52am: 11 on 11

10:52am: Josh McCown (Numbers – 1/2 Passing with two handoffs)

10:57am: Johnny time (Numbers – 2/2 with two handoffs)

  • Play #1 – Completion to WR Rodney Smith
  • Play #2 – Handoff to RB Shaun Draughn
  • Play #3 – Handoff to RB Isaiah Crowell
  • Play #4 – Completion to TE Kevin Haplea

11:02am: Josh McCown (Numbers – 0/2 Passing with one handoff)

11:04am: Johnny time (Numbers – 2/2 with one handoff)

  • Play #1 – Completion to TE Jim Dray
  • Play #2 – Completion to WR Kevin Cone
  • Play #3 – Handoff to RB Shaun Draughn

11:06am: Special Teams time. QB’s go to work on agility.

11:17am: 11 on 11

11:17am: Josh McCown (Numbers – 2/3 Passing with one handoff)

11:22am: Johnny time (Numbers – 2/2 with a handoff and a botched snap)

  • Play #1 – Bobbled snap. Play stopped.
  • Play #2 – Completion to WR Kevin Cone
  • Play #3 – Handoff to RB Shaun Draughn
  • Play #4 – Completion to WR Rodney Smith

11:26am: Josh McCown (Numbers – 1/1 Passing with a QB Run)

11:28am: Johnny time (Numbers – 2/3 and a sack)

  • Play #1 – Completion to WR Andrew Hawkins
  • Play #2 – Incompletion to RB Isaiah Crowell
  • Play #3 – Completion to WR Shane Wynn
  • Play #4 – Sacked

11:32am: Josh McCown (Numbers – 1/1 Passing)

11:34am: Johnny time (Numbers – 1/4)

  • Play #1 – Incompletion to FB Malcolm Johnson (dropped pass)
  • Play #2 – Incompletion to WR Vince Mayle
  • Play #3 – Completion to WR Darius Jennings
  • Play #4 – Incompletion to WR Kevin Cone

11:39am: Josh McCown (Numbers – 3/3 Passing with one handoff)

 

UN-OFFICIAL PASSING TOTALS TODAY FOR JOHNNY – 12/17

UN-OFFICIAL PASSING TOTALS TODAY FOR JOSH MCCOWN – 15/20

 

UN-OFFICIAL TRAINING CAMP TOTALS FOR JOHNNY MANZIEL – 43/62 (69%)

UN-OFFICIAL TRAINING CAMP TOTALS FOR JOSH MCCOWN – 54/75 (72%)

 

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Johnny Watch: Training Camp Day 3

Aug 01, 2015 -- 5:55pm

By Jason Gibbs | ESPNCleveland.com

 

Photo/AP

BEREA -- Happy Saturday and welcome to day three of Browns training camp. At 9:23am, Johnny Manziel is the second QB out of the locker room on this Saturday morning, joined by Thaddeus Lewis. Connor Shaw was the first QB out at 9:18am. Josh McCown is the last QB out at 9:24am. Everyone is in pads so excitement is in the air.

9:30am: Center/QB exchange work.

9:38am: Stretch time

9:46am: Offense Shell Drill from the 10-yard line. Manziel and McCown rotate on each snap.

9:52am: QB/RB Drills

10:02am QB/WR Drills

10:12am: WR vs. DB with QBs. These are the stats for only Manziel and are NOT factored into the final numbers of the day.

10:21am: Johnny time (Numbers – 8/12)

  • Play #1 – Incompletion to WR Travis Benjamin
  • Play #2 – Completion to WR Taylor Gabriel
  • Play #3 – Completion to TE E.J. Bibbs
  • Play #4 – Incompletion to WR Andrew Hawkins
  • Play #5 – Completion to WR Vince Mayle
  • Play #6 – Incompletion to WR Andrew Hawkins
  • Play #7 – Incompletion to TE E.J. Bibbs
  • Play #8 – Completion to WR Marlon Moore
  • Play #9 – Completion to TE E.J. Bibbs
  • Play #10 – Completion to WR Josh Lenz
  • Play #11 – Completion to WR Rodney Smith
  • Play #12 – Completion to WR Vince Mayle

10:30am: Special Teams time. QBs go to work on agility.

10:42am: 7 on 7 Drill

10:42am: Josh McCown (Numbers – 4/4 Passing)

10:45am: Johnny time (Numbers – 4/4)

  • Play #1 – Completion to WR Josh Lenz
  • Play #2 – Completion to TE Gary Barnidge
  • Play #3 – Completion to TE Rob Housler
  • Play #4 – Completion to WR Josh Lenz

10:48am: Josh McCown (Numbers – 4/4 Passing)

10:52am: 11 on 11

10:52am: Josh McCown (Numbers – 1/1 Passing with three handoffs)

10:56am: Johnny time (Numbers – 1/1 with a QB sneak and two handoffs)

  • Play #1 – Completion to FB Malcolm Johnson
  • Play #2 – Handoff to RB Isaiah Crowell
  • Play #3 – QB sneak
  • Play #4 – Handoff to RB Terrance West

11:02am: Josh McCown (Numbers – 1/2 Passing with one handoff)

11:05am: Johnny time (Numbers – 1/1 with two handoffs)

  • Play #1 – Completion to WR Josh Lenz
  • Play #2 – Handoff to RB Terrance West
  • Play #3 – Handoff to RB Isaiah Crowell

11:07am: Special Teams time. QB’s go to work on agility.

11:19am: 11 on 11

11:19am: Josh McCown (Numbers – 2/4 Passing)

11:23am: Johnny time (just one play then Thaddeus Lewis came in for a play)

  • Play #1 – Sacked

11:25am: Johnny time (Numbers – 0/2)

  • Play #1 – Incompletion to TE Rob Housler
  • Play #2 – Incompletion to TE Jim Dray

11:29am: Josh McCown (Numbers – 0/2 Passing with a QB run)

11:32am: Johnny time (Numbers – 1/3)

  • Play #1 – Completion to FB Malcolm Johnson on a beautiful fade route that arguably is the best pass of the day that any of the QB’s threw.
  • Play #2 – Incompletion to RB Luke Lundy
  • Play #3 – Incompletion to TE Gary Barnidge

11:36am: Josh McCown (Numbers – 1/3 Passing with one handoff)

11:39am: Johnny time (Numbers – 1/3 with one handoff)

  • Play #1 – Completion to RB Shaun Draughn
  • Play #2 – Handoff to RB Luke Lundy
  • Play #3 – Incompletion to WR Darius Jennings
  • Play #4 – Incompletion to WR Josh Lenz

11:47am: Josh McCown (Numbers – 2/3 Passing)

11:50am: Johnny time (Numbers – 2/3)

  • Play #1 – Incompletion to WR Darius Jennings
  • Play #2 – Completion to TE Rob Housler
  • Play #3 – Completion to WR Darius Jennings

11:53am: Josh McCown (Numbers – 0/2 Passing)

 

UN-OFFICIAL PASSING TOTALS FOR SATURDAY 08/01

  • Johnny Manziel: 10/17
  • Josh McCown: 15/25

 

UN-OFFICIAL PASSING TOTALS FOR 2015 TRAINING CAMP

  • Johnny Manziel: 31/45 (69%)
  • Josh McCown: 39/55 (71%)

 

 

 

Johnny Watch: Training Camp Day 2

Jul 31, 2015 -- 5:15pm

By Jason Gibbs | ESPNCleveland.com

 

Photo/AP

BEREA - The Johnny watch for 2015 is here. It’s a tradition like none other as we follow the NFL’s most talked-about number two (for now) quarterback. This year one little change. Many of you want to know what the starting QB is doing so in the 11 on 11 drills I have added Josh McCown’s stats so you can compare them to Manziel’s. Enjoy and welcome to the season!

9:17am: How ya doin Johnny?!? Manziel comes out of the locker room on this hot Friday morning. He’s the second QB out behind Connor Shaw. Thaddeus Lewis and Josh McCown walk out of the locker room together three minutes later at 9:20am.

9:30am: Offense Shell

9:33am: Johnny time. Manziel throws a dump off to RB Terrance West.

9:35am: Center/QB exchange work.

9:43am: Stretch time

9:51am: Offense Shell Drill from the 10-yard line. Manziel and McCown rotate on each snap.

9:57am: QB/RB Drills

10:00am: QB’s go through snap and footwork drills

10:12am: QB/WR Drills

10:22am: Special Teams time. QB’s go to work on agility.

10:33am: 7 on 7 Drill

10:33am: Josh McCown (Numbers – 4/4 Passing)

10:38am: Johnny time (Numbers – 4/4)

  • Play #1 – Completion to WR Vince Mayle
  • Play #2 – Completion to TE Rob Housler
  • Play #3 – Completion to TE Gary Barnidge
  • Play #4 – Completion to TE Gary Barnidge

10:42am: Josh McCown (Numbers – 3/4 Passing)

10:46am: 11 on 11

10:46am: Josh McCown (Numbers – 2/3 Passing with one handoff)

10:50am: Johnny time (Numbers – 1/1 with two handoffs and a botched snap)

  • Play #1 – Handoff to RB Isaiah Crowell
  • Play #2 – Completion to RB Luke Lundy
  • Play #3 – Botched snap
  • Play #4 – Handoff to RB Terrance West

10:54am: Josh McCown (Numbers – 1/1 Passing with two handoffs)

10:58am: Johnny time (Numbers – 1/1 with two handoffs)

  • Play #1 – Handoff to RB Terrance West
  • Play #2 – Handoff to RB Shaun Draughn
  • Play #3 – Completion to TE Rob Housler

11:00am: Special Teams time. QB’s go to work on agility.

11:11am: 11 on 11

11:11am: Josh McCown (Numbers – 1/3 Passing with a QB Run)

11:17am: Johnny time (Numbers – 4/4)

  • Play #1 – Completion to WR Kevin Cone although DB Kendall James should’ve had his second INT in as many days as the ball went through his arms.
  • Play #2 – Completion to TE Gary Barnidge
  • Play #3 – Completion to WR Kevin Cone
  • Play #4 – Completion to WR Vince Mayle

11:22am: Josh McCown (Numbers – 2/2 Passing with one handoff)

11:26am: Johnny time (Numbers – 3/3)

  • Play #1 – Completion to WR Terrelle Pryor
  • Play #2 – Completion to WR Darius Jennings
  • Play #3 – Completion to WR Terrelle Pryor

11:30am: Josh McCown (Numbers – 2/2 Passing with a QB run and a handoff)

11:34am: Johnny time (Numbers – 1/2 with a QB run and a handoff)

  • Play #1 – Dropped by LB Tank Carder. I don’t have a WR name because it was all Carder and he dropped it.
  • Play #2 – Completion to WR Darius Jennings
  • Play #3 – Manziel QB Scramble
  • Play #4 – Handoff to RB Duke Johnson

 

UN-OFFICIAL PASSING TOTALS FOR FRIDAY 7/31

  • Johnny Manziel: 14/15
  • Josh McCown: 15/19

 

UN-OFFICIAL PASSING TOTALS FOR 2015 TRAINING CAMP

  • Johnny Manziel: 21/28
  • Josh McCown: 24/30

 

 

 

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