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By Matt Vensel | November 2, 2012
If Torrey Smith has his way, there will be at least a few yards separating him and Joe Haden on Sunday. But away from the football field, Smith and the Cleveland Browns cornerback remain tight after growing up in neighboring communities in Virginia. Haden moved back to Maryland in middle school, but they kept in touch throughout high school and when Smith attended college at Maryland and Haden headed south to Florida. Their families are close, too. Haden's grandfather, whom Smith says is a pastor at a church down in Virginia, spoke at the funeral for Smith's young brother, Tevin, who died in a motorcycle crash in September.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | September 20, 2014
In NFL locker rooms, respect isn't earned only on the field. The almighty dollar also helps. When the Cleveland Browns signed Pro Bowl cornerback Joe Haden to a five-year, $68 million contract in May that included $45 million guaranteed, it affirmed his reputation as one of the top cornerbacks in the game - and his value to the AFC North franchise. "What sets Joe Haden apart? He's not an average corner," Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith said. "His contract, that shows you he's not average.
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By Edward Lee and The Baltimore Sun | September 27, 2012
The Cleveland Browns, the Ravens' opponent Thursday night, rank 27th in pass defense in the NFL, and one reason could be the absence of cornerback Joe Haden. Haden, drafted in the first round in 2010, is a Pro Bowl-caliber cornerback who is widely respected by opposing quarterbacks. So his absence due to a four-game suspension for failing a drug test has impacted the Browns. In the two games that Cleveland has played without Haden, the Cincinnati Bengals' Andy Dalton and the Buffalo Bills' Ryan Fitzpatrick each threw three touchdown passes and completed more than 62 percent of their throws.
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Mike Preston | September 15, 2014
Congratulations to Cleveland Browns fans. They finally have a competitive team back in the National Football League. The Browns were on that level in December 2002, the last time they went to the playoffs. Of course, they lost in the first round to the Pittsburgh Steelers, but after two weeks of the 2014 season, Cleveland is making the AFC North race interesting. The Cincinnati Bengals (2-0) are still the favorite to repeat as division champions, but the other three teams - Ravens, Browns, Steelers - have split their first two games.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | September 20, 2014
In NFL locker rooms, respect isn't earned only on the field. The almighty dollar also helps. When the Cleveland Browns signed Pro Bowl cornerback Joe Haden to a five-year, $68 million contract in May that included $45 million guaranteed, it affirmed his reputation as one of the top cornerbacks in the game - and his value to the AFC North franchise. "What sets Joe Haden apart? He's not an average corner," Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith said. "His contract, that shows you he's not average.
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By Baltimore Sun | April 23, 2010
Cincinnati Bengals Jermaine Gresham, TE, Oklahoma (1st round, 21st overall) Cleveland Browns Joe Haden, CB, Florida (1st round, 7th overall) Pittsburgh Steelers Maurkice Pouncey, OL, Florida (1st round, 18th overall)
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By Edward Lee | December 1, 2011
The Cleveland Browns defense is a case study in opposites. Their pass defense tops the NFL rankings, allowing an average of just 174.7 yards thus far. But the rush defense has surrendered an average of 138.6 yards, which ranks 29th in the league. That would seem to fit the bill for running back Ray Rice and the rest of the Ravens' ground attack. But Rice said the Browns are not as bad as the numbers appear to be. “Well, it's a new system for them,” he said. “If you look at what they played last year and look at what they're playing this year, they were a 3-4 [alignment]
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By Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | September 14, 2013
Conversations between Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith and Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden rarely focus on press coverage and fly patterns. Two of the top young players in the AFC North will square off again Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium, but Smith and Haden's relationship isn't confined to the annual series between the division rivals. Growing up in Virginia, Smith and Haden became childhood friends and remained close even as Haden attended high school in Maryland and went to college at Florida.
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By Matt Vensel | September 25, 2012
Bills 24, Browns 14 Cleveland Browns Strategy: Offensively, the Browns run a variation of the West Coast offense, relying on quick passes to methodically move the ball down the field. Early in the game, they leaned on rookie running back Trent Richardson but abandoned that plan after falling behind. Defensively, the Browns used a four-man defensive line and they often had five or more defensive backs on the field as the Bills ran their spread offense, which they struggled matching up against at times.
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April 23, 2010
Let's hear it for the Longview Lobos — pipeline to the Washington Redskins. Nestled in Dallas Cowboys territory in east Texas, Longview High School has had a player drafted by the Redskins for the third straight year. The biggest of the three came Thursday night, when Oklahoma tackle Trent Williams became the first high-round offensive lineman selected by the team in a decade. "They might have to hang a couple of Redskins flags across the city of Longview," Williams said with a laugh.
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By Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | September 14, 2013
Conversations between Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith and Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden rarely focus on press coverage and fly patterns. Two of the top young players in the AFC North will square off again Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium, but Smith and Haden's relationship isn't confined to the annual series between the division rivals. Growing up in Virginia, Smith and Haden became childhood friends and remained close even as Haden attended high school in Maryland and went to college at Florida.
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By Matt Vensel and The Baltimore Sun | September 11, 2013
Now that the NFL season is here, I'm putting a twist on my weekly Blogger on Blogger series. Each week, I hope to enlist a blogger who regularly writes about the Ravens' opponent to help me break down the game. This week, I exchanged emails with Scott Sargent, who blogs about the Cleveland Browns for Waiting for Next Year . MV: The Browns have undergone another regime change with a new general manager, a new head coach and two new (highly-regarded) coordinators.
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Mike Preston | November 4, 2012
- Ravens coach John Harbaugh was trying to pay both team compliments when he said Sunday's game between the Ravens and the Cleveland Browns was just another typical AFC North game. He was right in one sense: this game is a model for the division in 2012. There are no dominating defenses anymore and every team seems to be searching for an offensive identity. The winning teams don't always find a way to win, but the losing teams usually do. Welcome to the AFC North, where traditional favorites like the Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers are trying to either reload or rebuild, and the regular weaklings continue to give games away.
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By Matt Vensel | November 2, 2012
If Torrey Smith has his way, there will be at least a few yards separating him and Joe Haden on Sunday. But away from the football field, Smith and the Cleveland Browns cornerback remain tight after growing up in neighboring communities in Virginia. Haden moved back to Maryland in middle school, but they kept in touch throughout high school and when Smith attended college at Maryland and Haden headed south to Florida. Their families are close, too. Haden's grandfather, whom Smith says is a pastor at a church down in Virginia, spoke at the funeral for Smith's young brother, Tevin, who died in a motorcycle crash in September.
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By Matt Vensel and The Baltimore Sun | October 30, 2012
Every week, I hope to bring you a quick Q&A with someone who covers the Ravens' opponent that week. On Sunday, the Ravens will take on the Cleveland Browns in Cleveland. So I reached out to Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal to talk about this weekend's game and how the Browns have changed since we last chatted. MV: From afar, it seems that rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden has progressed since the Ravens faced him. He threw a pair of touchdown passes in three of those games.
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By Edward Lee and The Baltimore Sun | September 27, 2012
The Cleveland Browns, the Ravens' opponent Thursday night, rank 27th in pass defense in the NFL, and one reason could be the absence of cornerback Joe Haden. Haden, drafted in the first round in 2010, is a Pro Bowl-caliber cornerback who is widely respected by opposing quarterbacks. So his absence due to a four-game suspension for failing a drug test has impacted the Browns. In the two games that Cleveland has played without Haden, the Cincinnati Bengals' Andy Dalton and the Buffalo Bills' Ryan Fitzpatrick each threw three touchdown passes and completed more than 62 percent of their throws.
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by Matt Vensel | matt@bthesite.com and b free daily | March 3, 2010
The NFL's annual meat market, the scouting combine, wrapped up Tuesday. As always, these draft hopefuls' performances in spandex -- and sans shoulder pads -- will cause the stock of some to soar ( Taylor Mays and Jason Pierre-Paul) and others to decline (Joe Haden and Jonathan Dwyer). That's why it's a good time to make market adjustments to my first mock draft from three weeks ago. The workouts in Indy did nothing to affect the first three picks. But things are all shook up after that in mock No. 2. 1. Rams: Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska.
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Mike Preston | November 4, 2012
- Ravens coach John Harbaugh was trying to pay both team compliments when he said Sunday's game between the Ravens and the Cleveland Browns was just another typical AFC North game. He was right in one sense: this game is a model for the division in 2012. There are no dominating defenses anymore and every team seems to be searching for an offensive identity. The winning teams don't always find a way to win, but the losing teams usually do. Welcome to the AFC North, where traditional favorites like the Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers are trying to either reload or rebuild, and the regular weaklings continue to give games away.
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By Matt Vensel | September 25, 2012
Bills 24, Browns 14 Cleveland Browns Strategy: Offensively, the Browns run a variation of the West Coast offense, relying on quick passes to methodically move the ball down the field. Early in the game, they leaned on rookie running back Trent Richardson but abandoned that plan after falling behind. Defensively, the Browns used a four-man defensive line and they often had five or more defensive backs on the field as the Bills ran their spread offense, which they struggled matching up against at times.
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