Friday, November 27, 2015, 6:20pm
Browns QB Josh McCown (ribs) took full practice reps again Friday. McCown will start in a nice matchup with the Ravens. His return to the starting lineup is good news for Gary Barnidge and Duke Johnson. Travis Benjamin should see more targets as well.
Friday, November 13, 2015, 6:45pm
Browns QB Josh McCown (ribs, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 10. HC Mike Pettine said that McCown would start if he’s healthy enough to play and is active on Sunday, but he’s keeping the starter secret to maintain a competitive advantage. If he’s back under center, it would be an upgrade for the entire passing game, including Travis Benjamin, Gary Barnidge and Duke Johnson. Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported that Johnny Manziel is “likely to start” against the Steelers.
Thursday, November 12, 2015, 6:09pm
Browns QB Josh McCown (ribs) took limited practice reps again Thursday. HC Mike Pettine said that McCown would start if he’s healthy enough to play, and it looks like he’s moving in that direction. If he’s back under center, it would be an upgrade for the entire passing game, including Travis Benjamin, Gary Barnidge and Duke Johnson.
Wednesday, November 11, 2015, 6:46pm
Browns QB Josh McCown (ribs) took limited practice reps Wednesday. HC Mike Pettine said that McCown would start if he’s healthy enough to play, and it looks like he’s moving in that direction. If he’s back under center, it would be an upgrade for the entire passing game, including Travis Benjamin, Gary Barnidge and Duke Johnson.
Friday, October 2, 2015, 6:45pm
Thursday, October 1, 2015, 7:11pm
Wednesday, September 30, 2015, 6:25pm
Sunday, September 27, 2015, 8:35pm
McCown had X-rays after the game, the results of which were negative, according to two sources close to the team.
McCown's last pass was directed to Travis Benjamin but intercepted by Charles Woodson.
McCown acknowledged the X-rays but would not specify what needed to be checked or the result.
"I don't want to speak on it," McCown said. "I'll let coach [Mike Pettine] speak on it, but I feel good."
The speedy wide receiver racked up 269 total yards and three touchdowns — two receptions and a punt return — to help propel Cleveland past Tennessee 28-14 at FirstEnergy Stadium on Sunday.
Benjamin caught three passes for 115 yards — a career high — to lead all receivers. He returned six punts for 154 yards, which is the third-highest total in Browns history behind Eric Metcalf (166) and his own record of 179 set Oct. 3, 2013. He also became the first NFL player with four 50-plus-yard touchdowns in the first two games of the season since Pro Football Hall of Famer Jim Brown in 1963.
Benjamin is the first Browns player to record two receiving scores and a punt return touchdown in the same game and the first NFL player to do so since St. Louis’ Tavon Austin on Nov. 10, 2013. Benjamin came 47 yards shy of Josh Cribbs’ all-purpose yards record of 316 set Dec. 20, 2009. The Browns offense isn't a model of consistency so Benjamin will have his risks, but he started showing these flashes last year so he might be worth grabbing if still on your wire.
Manziel took over after starter Josh McCown suffered a concussion late in the first quarter of Sunday's season-opening loss against the New York Jets. Manziel threw a second-quarter touchdown pass that gave the Browns a 7-0 lead, but had three second-half turnovers in Cleveland's 31-10 loss.
"I think that's a tough spot given our practice rules and how little work that No. 2s actually get (in practice)," Browns coach Mike Pettine said. "I thought he did some good things."
But Pettine also added that Manziel has "got to be more protective of the ball."
Manziel's touchdown came on his second pass. He found Travis Benjamin on a go route on third-and-long for a 54-yard score. It was the first NFL touchdown pass for the Heisman Trophy winner.
McCown left after being hit by Jets defenders Calvin Pryor and Demario Davis just short of the goal line on third-and-goal from the New York 14. Davis' helmet hit the side of McCown's helmet. McCown fumbled on the play, turning a promising opening drive into a turnover as the ball bounced out of the end zone for a touchback. McCown was 5-of-8 for 49 yards before leaving and had three rushes for 23 yards. Cleveland hosts Tennessee in a Week 2 matchup. McCown will have to go through the league's protocol and Manziel would start if McCown can't be cleared.
Tuesday, August 18, 2015, 5:57pm
The Browns may have pulled a Rabbit out of a hat this season.
Receiver Travis Benjamin, a.k.a. The Rabbit, has quietly produced one of the best camps of all the wideouts this season, and is a virtual lock to the make the team after some folks had written him off.
In fact, coach Mike Pettine said Monday that the Browns are 'pretty set' with Benjamin as the lead punt returner, which pretty much secures a spot at the crowded receiver position.
And if Pettine asks for quarterback Josh McCown's input, he'll definitely get two thumbs up.
"Trav, he's a pro,'' McCown said after the first of two joint practices against the Bills here. "He just comes out and works hard, doesn't say a whole lot. He's got a great skillset as far as his speed. What Trav is doing really well right now is – you get a guy with speed like that a lot of time, but when the lights come on, either they play timid or they don't play at the high speed – Trav explodes off the ball every time we snap it, and because of that, he's using his speed to his advantage.
"It's causing space for him to get open, and that's why he's able to get balls. He's really doing a good job. Everybody's working really hard, but he's really helped us set a tone for how we're going to come off the football and work, and it's been cool to watch.''
Benjamin, entering the fourth and final year of his rookie contract, helped endear himself to McCown by waving his hand in the back of the end zone and catching a 2-yard touchdown pass against the Redskins. He's ranked way down our WR list, but with always a lot of turnover, and those who come and go at the position, he's another name to keep in mind perhaps later in the season.
Sunday, August 2, 2015, 2:40pm
It's not unreasonable to think that Browns WR Travis Benjamin came into training camp on the bubble. His days as the heir apparent as a return man took a hit in 2014. There are plenty of other small, quick guys on the roster -- though, to be fair to Benjamin, he towers over some of the other players in the receiver room with his 5-10 frame.
Sunday, he made a case that there's still room for him.
On its surface, it wasn't a day that's going to blow you away. Camp hasn't had many highlights to speak of regardless, but it was a day where Benjamin was something that can't be overstated in a receiver: reliable.
Here were the key plays from Benjamin:
- Josh McCown finds Benjamin deep.
- McCown quick throw to Benjamin in front of Pierre Desir.
- McCown finds Benjamin underneath.
- McCown goes over the top to Benjamin for 15+ yards.
The story said it's pretty much a numbers game as far as Cleveland's WRs, as you add Dwayne Bowe and Brian Hartline to Andrew Hawkins, plus Taylor Gabriel coming off of a strong rookie season, Vince Mayle coming in as a draft pick, plus guys like Rodney Smith and others trying to squeeze in, and, on top of that, Terrelle Pryor showing signs that maybe he can make the transition from quarterback to receiver. Someone has to get pushed out. Benjamin finds himself in with the group fighting for a spot. But it's worth noting that Benjamin was seeing time with the first team.
Saturday, December 27, 2014, 7:00pm
According to Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal, the Browns announced wideout Phil Bates has been ruled out of tomorrow’s game against the Ravens. It’s unclear why Bates won’t play, but the club did say it was not an injury-related decision, per the Beacon Journal. Bates did not accompany the club to Baltimore, according to the report.
With Gordon and Bates out, the Browns have five available receivers: Travis Benjamin, Taylor Gabriel, Andrew Hawkins, Marlon Moore and Rodney Smith. However, Hawkins is questionable with a thumb injury, though he did put in a limited practice on Friday after not practicing Wednesday. (The club had Thursday off.)
The story went on to say that Gordon and rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel were absent from the Browns' walk-through Saturday morning, and the team had trouble locating them, a source close to the team told ESPN's Pat McManamon. It officially ends a very disappointing season for Gordon and his owners. Gordon appeared in only five games this season. He missed the first 10 games while serving a league-issued suspension for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy. Reports this year out of Browns camp said Gordon appeared lost on the field upon returning from his 10 game suspension. He's got a long way to go in terms of staying out of trouble before the start of the 2015 season and he's going to continue to be a risky own because of that.
Gordon also was late getting onto the practice field Friday and emerged from the team's facility for the outdoor workout wearing teammate Travis Benjamin's jersey.
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