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Four questions on linebacker Hayes Pullard

There is little that Hayes Pullard did not experience during his time years at USC.

Originally recruited by Pete Carroll, who left for the NFL and Seattle before Pullard could suit up in Cardinal and Gold, Pullard played under three head coaches – Lane Kiffin, Ed Odgeron and Steve Sarkisian – and four defensive coordinators. (Sounds like he would have been right at home a few years ago with the Cleveland Browns.)

There is also one other thing the 6-foot-1, 240-pound Pullard did at USC – he performed.

To find out more about Pullard, check out our latest 4 Questions post at Dawg Pound Daily.

Four questions on tight end Randall Telfer

The Cleveland Browns had a hole to fill at the tight end position this off-season after former All-Pro Jordan Cameron left the team in free agency.

The team still had block-first tight ends Gary Barnidge and Jim Dray, and added Rob Housler in free agency, but decided they still needed more and drafted USC’s Randall Telfer in the sixth round of the 2015 NFL Draft.

To learn a bit more about Telfer, we turned to Reign of Troy for a four-question Q&A in our latest post at Dawg Pound Daily.

What will new extra-point rules mean to the Browns?

The NFL changed the rules on extra points on Tuesday, but how it will impact the Cleveland Browns remains to be seen.

Starting this fall, extra points will be kicked from the 15-yard line, while two-point conversion attempts will still snap from the two-yard line. The new rule, which owners approved by a 30-2 vote at the NFL’s Spring League Meeting, also gives the defense the ability to score two points on returns.

One person who is not a fan of the rule change is Cleveland special teams coach Chris Tabor.

To see what all the fuss is about, check out our latest post at Dawg Pound Daily.

Cleveland Browns veteran QBs have been bridge to nowhere

Garcia-provides-positive-performanceWhen the Cleveland Browns signed quarterback Josh McCown in February he joined a long, but less than distinguished, fraternity in franchise history.

McCown is the latest “bridge quarterback” who will try and help the Browns will while holding the quarterback position warm until the next great quarterback arrives at First Energy Stadium.

The Browns have tried to cross this bridge several times in franchise history – especially since returning to the NFL in 1999 – with less than stellar results.

To find out where McCown may fall on the list, check out our latest post at Dawg Pound Daily.

Mike Pettine growing more comfortable in second year

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As the Cleveland Browns work their way through the off-season, it is becoming evident that head coach Mike Pettine is growing more comfortable in his role.

From the day he was hired, Pettine has come across as a confident, but not arrogant, head coach. He has a way of getting his point across without being condescending, and his lack of double-speak when explaining the team’s goals and process makes him the first Browns coach to really connect with the fanbase since the team returned in 1999.

Pettine was at it again on Friday at the 16th annual Cleveland Browns Foundation Golf Tournament at Barrington Golf Club when, during a session with the media, he talked about how he is taking a greater interest in the offense in his second year in charge.

To see what Pettine said, and what it means, check out our latest post at Dawg Pound Daily.

Four questions on fullback Malcolm Johnson

malcolm johnson brownsMalcolm Johnson, a sixth-round draft pick by the Cleveland Browns, is an interesting player.

The 6-foot-1, 231-pound Johnson was listed as a tight end at Mississippi State, but also lined up as an H-back, wide receiver and, occasionally, as a fullback in head coach Dan Mullen’s offense.

It is at fullback that the Browns currently have Johnson listed on the roster as new offensive coordinator John DeFilippo is looking to create as many weapons as possible for Josh McCown, Johnny Manziel or whoever happens to line up under center each week for the Browns.

To learn a little bit more about the versatile Johnson, we talked with Maroon & White Nation in our latest post at Dawg Pound Daily.

Four questions on cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu

ifo ekpre olomu 4 questionsThe Cleveland Browns took a chance on Oregon cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu in the seventh round of the 2015 NFL Draft.

Ekpre-Olomu, who was projected as a first-round pick before injuring his knee during practice for the Rose Bowl, may not be able to play until 2016 as he rehabs his knee.

To learn more about Ekpre-Olomu, we talk to Autzen Zoo in our latest post at Dawg Pound Daily.

Browns bringing running backs into passing game

duke johnson passing brownsThe Cleveland Browns have a long and productive history of incorporating running backs into the passing game.

But the team has lost its way in recent years when it comes to throwing the ball to their running backs, bottoming out last season as Terrance West, Isaiah Crowell and Ben Tate (before he was released) combined to catch just 29 passes. Overall, the running backs were last in the NFL trailing, 12 receptions behind San Francisco. In addition, West was the only running back to catch a touchdown pass and he only did that once.

But that looks to be changing under first-year offensive coordinator John DeFilippo, who wants to return the running backs to the passing game.

See what DeFilippo has in store in our latest post at Dawg Pound Daily.

Browns hoping new faces improve run defense

browns run defenseThe Cleveland Browns made solid strides on the defensive side of the ball in 2014 under first-year defensive coordinator Jim O’Neil.

Much of that was overshadowed, however, by the team’s ongoing inability to stop the run.

Those poor numbers help explain why the Browns used seven of their 12 draft picks on defensive players while also bringing in four defenders in free agency.

We take a look at what the team is doing to reverse the trend in our latest post at Dawg Pound Daily.

Mike Pettine says Josh McCown is QB1 … for now

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Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine took to the airwaves on Monday to reveal what most fans have known for quite some time now.

As of today, Josh McCown is QB1 on the team’s depth chart.

We break down what Pettine said and what it means over at Dawg Pound Daily.

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