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Joe Haden at No. 23 on NFL’s Top 100 List

Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden came in at No. 23 on the NFL Network’s list of the Top 100 players of 2015.

The results are from voting by the league’s players, who moved Haden up 13 spots from his ranking in 2013.

Haden has been the Browns’ top cornerback since entering the starting lineup midway through his rookie season in 2010. Since then, the two-time Pro Bowler has grown into the best player in the secondary and one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL. In 2014, Haden had three interceptions (giving him 16 in his NFL career) and had 20 passes defended.

To read the rest of the story, visit Dawg Pound Daily.

Joe Thomas at No. 25 on NFL’s Top 100 List

Cleveland Browns left tackle Joe Thomas came in at No. 25 on the NFL Network’s list of the Top 100 players of 2015.

The results are from voting by the league’s players.

The longest-tenured player on the roster, and without question former general manager Phil Savage’s best move while he was in charge, Thomas is the first offensive lineman in NFL history to earn Pro Bowl honors in each of his first eight seasons. He has also been a First-Team All-Pro selection five times.

To see the rest of the story, visit our post at Dawg Pound Daily.

Browns 1964 Championship exhibit a fun look back

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We had the opportunity over the weekend to check out the 1964: When Browns Town was Title Town exhibit and it was a fun time.

The Western Reserve Historical Society exhibit features large informational posters of Jim Brown, Lou Groza, Gene Hickerson, Leroy Kelly and Paul Warfield, all Hall of Famers who played on the team; as well as video from the season; radio calls from former team broadcaster Gib Shanley; a recreation of a locker from the old Stadium; and playbooks complete with multiple offensive and defensive diagrams from the season.

Like many Browns fans we are familiar with the history surrounding that season, most notably from reading Terry Pluto’s 1997 book, When all the World was Browns Town, but for someone who was born shortly after what to this day is Cleveland’s last championship, it was still a fun afternoon of nostalgia.

To learn more, visit our post at Dawg Pound Daily.

Tashaun Gipson willing to bet on himself in 2015

Cleveland Browns safety Tashaun Gipson may have signed his second-round tender with the club, but that doesn’t mean he will still be with the Browns after the 2015 season.

While the Pro Bowler is willing to listen to the Browns on a long-term contract, Gipson said he is just as willing to play out his one-year contract and hit the free agent market as an unrestricted free agent come next year.

It’s an interesting position for Gipson to take, albeit one that has its risks.

To see what it means for Gipson and the Browns, visit our post at Dawg Pound Daily.

Would Evan Mathis fit with the Browns?

The Philadelphia Eagles and head coach Chip Kelly made more news on Thursday as the team released two-time Pro Bowl guard Evan Mathis.

The 11-year veteran graded out as Pro Football Focus’ top guard from 2011 through 2013 and was the second best last year. He was also a First Team All-Pro selection as recently as 2013 and started 56 games for the Eagles after being signed as a free agent in 2011.

Cleveland Browns general manager Ray Farmer is on a mission to drive competition across the roster, so adding one of the top guards to an already talented offensive line has to at least be tempting.

So should the Browns take a look at Mathis? Find out in our latest post at Dawg Pound Daily.

Vince Mayle could be breakout player for Browns in 2015

When the Cleveland Browns selected Washington State wide receiver Vince Mayle in the fourth round of the 2015 NFL Draft, it left fans scrambling to find out who he was.

Which is befitting a player that one scout called “the best-kept secret on the West Coast prior to the draft.”

But once he gets on the field this summer, the secret could be out of the bag.

To learn more, check out our latest post at Dawg Pound Daily.

5 Browns players feeling the pressure

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Ever since they first arrived in town, general manager Ray Farmer and head coach Mike Pettine have been working to overturn more than a decade of incompetence that has enveloped the Cleveland Browns.

With two NFL Drafts and two free-agency periods under his belt, Farmer has built up the team’s depth and given Pettine and his coaches a solid foundation to work with. In turn, Pettine has shown that he is not afraid to put the best players on the field – regardless of where they were drafted or how much they count against the salary cap. One has to only look as far as undrafted free agent K’Waun Williams receiving considerable playing time last season at the expense of Justin Gilbert, only the eight overall selection in the 2014 NFL Draft.

Competition not only makes the team better, but also means that some familiar faces may not take the field this fall wearing the team’s new uniforms.

To see which five players are feeling the pressure of increased competition, check out our latest at Dawg Pound Daily.

Justin Gilbert is the Browns invisible man

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A little more than 12 months after he walked across the stage at Radio City Music Hall, Cleveland Browns cornerback Justin Gilbert has transformed into the team’s invisible man.

Which is exceedingly hard to do when you were the eighth overall pick of the 2014 NFL Draft.

While not as spectacular as fellow rookie Johnny Manziel‘s failed first year in Orange and Brown (and certainly not as publicized), Gilbert had a debut season in Cleveland that left him nowhere to go but up.

To find out how Gilbert is doing that, check out our latest post at Dawg Pound Daily.

Johnny Manziel in another incident with a fan

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With the Cleveland Browns having a few days off until Organized Team Activities resume on Monday, the players have the weekend to themselves.

Which, apparently, means we are contractually obligated to have some kind of national Johnny Manziel story as Manziel was involved with a fan who was harassing him at a golf tournament in Texas.

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

Cleveland Browns: 5 keys to success in 2015

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Following a last-second road win in Atlanta last November, the Cleveland Browns were 7-4 and sitting atop the AFC North Division for the first time in seemingly forever.

The road to playoffs lay ahead of the Browns; unfortunately they were never able to locate the on-ramp and closed out the year with a five-game losing streak.

Despite the disappointing end to the 2014 season, optimism remains high about Cleveland’s undisputed No. 1 team as the club continues its preparations for the 2015 season.

This is Cleveland, though, where nothing is given and everything is earned. For the Browns to find success in 2015 they will have to earn it every step of the way.

To see what five things have to go right for the Browns this fall, check out our latest post at Dawg Pound Daily.

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