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Cleveland makes roster move Monday after Jets game

The Cleveland Browns have signed OL Andrew Wylie to the practice squad. To make room on the roster, the team released OL Travis Averill from the practice squad.

Wylie is 6-5, 310 pounds and in his rookie NFL season. Originally signed by the Indianapolis Colts as an undrafted free agent, he spent all of the preseason with the Colts and was waived during final roster cuts. Wylie was then added to the Colts’ practice squad, which he was a member of for the first three weeks this season before being released on Sept. 26.

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QB Kevin Hogan has completed 68.4 percent of his passes this season and looks poised to take over the starting job. Jason Miller/Getty Images

BEREA, Ohio — Hue Jackson will take another day or two before announcing his starting quarterback for Sunday’s Cleveland Browns game at Houston.

Which is all well and good, except that the Browns head coach more or less made the decision in last Sunday’s loss to the Jets. When Jackson pulled DeShone Kizer at halftime of the Jets game after talking the QB up since training camp, he made it next to impossible to go back to Kizer immediately. Everything Jackson said Monday also pointed to Kevin Hogan taking over under center.

“My decision is what is best for the team. What is best for our team to put us in position to win?” Jackson said. “Also, what is best for DeShone? It’s not just for the team, but what is best for him just so that he can feel like, ‘OK, I am moving further along in this process, and I’m understanding what I need to do to be better.’ All of that will go into my decision-making.”

Jackson’s move 4½ games into the rookie’s career shows that the coach’s confidence is not where it needs to be. Kizer has to feel it, the team has to see it. Going back to him right away might only further jumble Kizer’s mind.

Hogan played far better than Kizer on Sunday, going 16-for-19 and leading the offense to 14 second-half points. His year of experience in the offense shows in his quick decision-making and ability to get rid of the ball.

He has taken advantage of his opportunities from preseason through Sunday, completing 26 of 38 passes (68.4 percent) for 377 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions, a rating of 104.8.

Based on that alone, Hogan should get the start. Hogan has to prove he can sustain this kind of production.

Kizer’s numbers do not make a compelling case. He might be at the point in his young career when taking a step back and observing might help him learn and get refreshed.

Heading into Monday night’s game, he ranked last in the league in completion percentage, yards per attempt and rating among qualifying quarterbacks. He ranks first in interceptions. He sits last in the league in Total QBR, while the rookie the Browns passed on drafting in the first round — Deshaun Watson — ranks first.

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The Cleveland Browns will honor National Breast Cancer Awareness Month throughout October, in partnership with the American Cancer Society.

This year, the National Football League and the American Cancer Society are expanding their efforts to support the fight against cancer through the “Crucial Catch: Intercept Cancer” campaign. After nearly a decade of supporting breast cancer, the NFL and ACS have evolved the campaign to address early detection and risk reduction efforts for all cancers to increase their impact.

The Browns elected to continue their commitment toward raising awareness and funds for breast cancer testing and research with the American Cancer Society. The team will host its dedicated breast cancer awareness game during this Sunday’s matchup against the New York Jets. The game is presented by University Hospitals.

During pregame, the Browns will recognize breast cancer survivors during the presentation of a custom pink ribbon banner. Honorees were nominated by loved ones and selected through an open-nomination process, in collaboration with the American Cancer Society.

Additionally, University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center’s Director of Breast Center Operations Dr. Jill Dietz will serve as the team’s First and Ten Coin Toss captain, celebrating her exceptional work in her field, as well as her volunteerism throughout the year.

On Tuesday, the Browns, including OL Shon Coleman, TE J.P. Holtz, QB DeShone Kizer, OL Marcus Martin, DL Larry Ogunjobi, DL Danny Shelton and TE Randall Telfer, visited patients who are receiving treatment for various types of cancer at University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center. The team also spent time in the hospital’s Breen Breast Health Pavilion and delivered Browns hats to Le Salon, a free nail and wig salon part of the American Cancer Society Wig Salon Program for patients in the UH Seidman Cancer Center.

Additionally, FirstEnergy Stadium will once again be lit in pink throughout October to bring additional awareness to the platform during BCA month.

Prior to Sunday’s contest, Zeta Tau Alpha alumnae and collegiate members will #give10 while distributing 20,000 pink ribbons on Dawg Pound Drive and FirstEnergy Stadium entrances to raise awareness and show support. This marks the 15th consecutive year that the Browns and ZTA have partnered for the initiative, which has resulted in ZTA volunteers providing more than 300,000 THINK PINK ribbons to Browns fans.

Since 2009, more than $18 million has been raised for the American Cancer Society through the partnership with the NFL. Money raised through Crucial Catch this season will be directed towards support of three screenable cancers: breast, colorectal and cervical. Funding will continue to support the American Cancer Society’s Community Health Advocates implementing Nationwide Grants for Empowerment and Equity (CHANGE) program, which provides outreach and cancer screenings to individuals in underserved communities. Since 2012, grant recipients have contributed to more than 152,000 screenings and more than 344,000 education and outreach interventions. In Cleveland, Circle Health Services received a $75,000 grant from this partnership to help serve the community with much needed cancer screenings and will be hosting a Crucial Catch Day screening event on October 28 at their Euclid Ave. location.

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The Cleveland Browns remain winless, but that hasn’t stopped our staff and a few readers from continuing to do well in picking other NFL games.

Week 4 is in the books, and I’m here to update everyone on the most thrilling football-related competition in Cleveland to date.

Like last week, there were some upsets that everyone thought would win, and some teams that everyone thought would lose that pulled out a victory. Once again, the Cleveland Browns failed those who believed in them, and I don’t expect them to win any time soon.

Here’s a standings update after Week 4:

  1. Brandon Onda 43 points (10)
  2. Steven Kubitza 41 points (9)
  3. Thomas Moore 41 points (10)
  4. Roger Cohen 39 points (7)
  5. Andrew Seibt 38 points (9)
  6. Joel Cade 37 points (9)
  7. Josh Dentler 37 points (9)
  8. Derek Bryner 34 points (8)
  9. Jonathan Goehring 26 points (8)
  10. Clayton Braham 24 points (0)
  11. Matt Stevenson 23 points (9)

Weekly Leader: Brandon Onda, 10 correct picks

This Brandon Onda guy sure knows how to pick em! For two weeks in a row, Brandon has led the pool with the most correct picks.

It’s a good thing he picked 42 points for the Monday Night Football game, as Tom matched his weekly total but just missed the tiebreaker by a mere four points. From the viewpoint of someone trying to get to the top of the standings, I must say that you two need to just make a few less right picks each week to let guys like Joel, Roger and myself get a shot at the lead.

Congratulations on the highest total this week, gentlemen.

Negative Groupthink

In the Dawg Pound Daily Podcast, I chose the Atlanta Falcons over the Buffalo Bills as my lock pick. Funny thing about it, is that everyone else in the pool was on the same wavelength as we all chose Atlanta to win. As it turns out, the Bills are not tanking, and seem to do something the Browns cannot, and that is win football games.

The other big domino to fall this week was the New England Patriots losing to the Carolina Panthers in Foxborough of all places. One would figure that since the Saints beat the Panthers and the Patriots blasted the Saints that this was a no-brainer and it certainly proved otherwise.

Positive Groupthink

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Dominique Alexander was placed on injured reserve on Tuesday.(John Kuntz, cleveland.com)

CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Browns lost a regular on their special teams unit to a knee injury on Sunday, placing linebacker Dominique Alexander on injured reserve. They elevated linebacker Deon King from their practice squad, the team announced.

Alexander injured his knee in Sunday’s game against the Bengals.

The team also signed wide receiver Rannell Hall and linebacker Austin Calitro to their practice squad and released linebacker Garrett Sickels from the practice squad.

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Maria Schneider was honored as the First and Ten Coin Toss Captain at the Browns vs. Bengals game.

The opportunity to join the team captains on the field for the official coin toss moment was presented to her for the unwavering commitment to her school, students and community.

During the month of January, Schneider began to serve as the Play60 advisor at Brecksville-Broadview Heights Middle School. As such, she helps several students earn their way to National Fuel Up to Play Leadership Summit each year.

Through Fuel Up to Play60 they create wellness initiatives and involvement for students that’s free. She helps the kids gain leadership skills and allows them to give back to their school community.

She collaborated with the STEM program to build a bike that creates energy and produces electricity to make smoothies—a healthy morning treat for kids to start their day off right.

She believes that the reward of feeling like you made a difference, and paying it forward is all it takes for her to keep going and helping others.

Schneider started volunteering in the 8th grade with the Special Olympics and at her parents’ gymnastic school assisting kids with special needs.

Years later she’s led the Brecksville-Broadview Heights high school gymnastic team to 17 state championship titles of as the assistant gymnastics coach.

Her leadership and passion for youth has garnered undeniable respect and support from the school district, administrators and students.

One cause that is near and dear to her heart is pediatric cancer. She was so moved to make a difference she started a program to raise funds for children undergoing treatment.

Nine years ago she began a program that gave students the opportunity to pay it forward. Through Flashes of Hope, she led school in helping pay it forward for Pediatric Cancer research through the Kick It program. She has spearheaded and raised over $250K.

“There’s always time,” Schneider said.

“What’s important to you?”

“What do you find value in?

These are questions that she poses to her students and to other teachers alike.

She was inspired by a little girl at her school who was undergoing treatment at University Hospitals, but when she saw what Mrs. Schneider was doing for Kick It, she wanted to pay it forward to deliver FatHeads to every kid on her floor to make sure that they felt at home and could have what every other kid had in their room.

“If you can find something, it doesn’t have to be pediatric cancer, but anything that you help raise money or awareness for, that’s a start,” Schneider said.

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Duo will be honored during halftime ceremony

The Cleveland Browns will celebrate cherished alumni this weekend, including the induction of DB Bernie Parrish (1959-66) and LB/FB Tony Adamle (1947-51, 1954) into the Cleveland Browns Legends program on Saturday, as well as a halftime ceremony honoring the two during the team’s home game against the Bengals on Sunday.

The Browns will induct Parrish and Adamle into the Cleveland Browns Legends program during a dinner ceremony in FirstEnergy Stadium’s BMW City Club on Saturday (5:30 p.m.), alongside a strong contingent of former Browns coaches, players and staff, prior to the on-field tribute on Sunday.

Parrish and Adamle will be recognized throughout Alumni Weekend (Friday-Sunday), with the events encompassing more than 60 Browns alumni and their families.

To begin the weekend, more than 30 Browns alumni will reunite on Friday morning at Lakewood Country Club for the Seventh Annual Cleveland Browns Alumni Golf Outing.

Cleveland Browns Legends Class of 2017

DB Bernie Parrish (1959-66) – As a first-team All-American second baseman and football star at the University of Florida, Parrish was selected in the ninth round (108th overall) of the 1958 NFL Draft. Following a short stint with the Cincinnati Reds, Parrish stepped in as the starting left cornerback for the Browns in 1959. Over the next seven seasons, he would miss just one game, making the Pro Bowl in 1960 and 1963, and earning first-team all-conference and second-team all-NFL honors in 1964. Parrish totaled 29 interceptions with the Browns, returning them for an average of 19.2 yards and three TDs. He helped the Browns win their last championship, the 27-0 win over the Baltimore Colts on Dec. 27, 1964 at Cleveland Stadium. In addition to his on-field success, Parrish also served as the Browns’ representative for the National Football League Players Association and eventually was named the Vice President of the NFLPA.

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CLEVELAND, Ohio- Heading into a week 4 match-up against the cross state rival Cincinnati Bengals, players with the Cleveland Browns say they still have no plan for what they intend to do when the national anthem is played.

One week after the team stood on the sidelines linking arms with members of the city’s safety forces, many of the Browns players took a knee during the anthem before their week 3 game in Indianapolis.

On Friday, players were not ruling out that they might do it again.

“We want to unify Cleveland and just send unity around the whole us; still trying to figure it out because we have to focus on the game on Sunday. We are trying to come up with something right now, but the main thing is to make sure we are sending the same message,” said Browns cornerback Jamar Taylor.

Browns linebacker James Burgess was among those who chose to kneel. It is clear he understands how the demonstration has polarized fans. He defends the intended message.

“Our message is being corrupted; it’s not anti-military, U.S. Army, anything. We are protesting strictly social inequality, social injustice, but they keep trying to make it seem as though we are against the military,” Burgess told FOX 8 News on Friday.

Republican Congressman Jim Renacci on Friday announced that he is pulling a $20,000 ad that he intended to air during the Browns/Bengals game.

In a statement, Renacci said, in part. “While the first amendment clearly affords NFL players and officials the freedom to engage in this appalling behavior, having the right to do something does not mean it’s the right thing to do.”

Browns cornerback Jason McCorty attended a meeting with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell during the week to talk about what direction the demonstrations should take.
He had no reaction on Friday to Renacci’s statement.

“I don’t need to hear his quote. I got the gist of what you are saying, but I don’t know what you want my response to be to that, so, I have no response to it — no disrespect,” McCourty told FOX 8.

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CLEVELAND, Ohio — Cleveland Browns scribbles as I try to make a prediction for Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals:

1. I thought I’d feel better about the Browns 31-28 loss to the Indianapolis Colts after a few days. Wrong. Instead, I feel worse.

2. I thought, “The Browns were so bad in that game. They were behind 28-7 late in the second quarter. They dropped passes. They committed stupid penalties. The defense checked out in the first half. It was an embarrassment. But they made the game close… So maybe there is hope for this week.”

3. Here’s one problem. The Browns picked Emmanuel Ogbah in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft. He showed some promise as a rookie pass rusher. But this season, he has been seemingly invisible. He has one sack, seven tackles.

4. Another problem is Carl Nassib. He was a third-round pick in 2016. Also a defensive end, his stats this season are the same as Ogbah’s — one sack, seven tackles. Nassib and Ogbah have not given the Browns much in the way of a pass rush. Maybe that will improve when Myles Garrett returns, but I wonder. I expected more from both of the second-year defensive ends.

5. No word yet on if Garrett (high ankle sprain) will play Sunday against the Bengals. I have doubts. Rushing him back is not wise.

6. The Browns defense has improved against the running game. They are allowing 3.1 yards per carry. That’s fifth best in the NFL. But they have allowed four rushing TDs, most in the NFL. Three were last week in Indianapolis, including two by quarterback Jacoby Brissett. Why was the Browns defense seemingly confused by Brissett running near the goal line? That is one of Brissett’s strengths.

7. I hear Danny Shelton has been grading well with the coaches against the run. The Colts averaged only 2.6 yards per carry… 92 yards rushing in 36 attempts. The middle of the Browns defensive line has been pretty solid. So has linebacker Joe Schobert and strong safety Derrick Kindred when facing the run. Shelton’s status for Sunday is in question as he’s has been limited in practice with a calf injury.

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