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Cleveland Browns Player Notes
For The Last 365 Days
 
Connor Shaw, QB12/26/2014 1:50:00 PM
Description: Undrafted quarterback Connor Shaw will make his first NFL start this Sunday against the Ravens.
Insight: With Johnny Manziel and Brian Hoyer both injured, the Browns will hand the starting quarterback role to Shaw. Although it is a long shot for Shaw to become a full-time starter, with Cleveland still searching for a quarterback, this start can be viewed as an audition. For daily leagues, Shaw will be a great bargain and maybe he can put up a good day with the help of Josh Gordon and Jordan Cameron against a beat up Ravens secondary.
Johnny Manziel, QB12/25/2014 9:35:00 AM
Description: Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel will have a "chance to compete" for next season's starting gig, according to coach Mike Pettine.
Insight: That's not a great endorsement and it makes Manziel a gamble to keep in dynasty leagues. He'll have to grow up and work harder at his profession if he wants to make it as an NFL quarterback. He can't slide through on just his talent alone like he did in college. Hopefully, he's learned that lesson in this rookie season.
Johnny Manziel, QB12/22/2014 4:27:00 PM
Description: Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel is out for Week 17.
Insight: It's obviously a little unfair to call Manziel a bust after two games, but he had an awful game versus the Bengals and then left with an injury versus the Panthers to end one of the worst seasons for an overhyped first-round pick. Again, it was one game, but he needs to dramatically improve his pocket presence and throwing technique which could be hard with an average arm at best. His big play ability is also somewhat limited because the speed of the NFL game is so much faster than college football. We do not expect Manziel to be the opening day starter for Cleveland next season.
Josh Gordon, WR12/21/2014 5:35:00 PM
Description: Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon continued to disappoint.
Insight: He had only four catches for 45 yards on seven targets. Gordon did not have the impact many owners thought he would have.
Jordan Cameron, TE12/21/2014 5:34:00 PM
Description: Browns tight end Jordan Cameron caught an 81-yard touchdown pass on Sunday.
Insight: He finsihed with three catches for a team-high 88 yards. So, obviously most of his damage was done on one play.
Isaiah Crowell, RB12/21/2014 5:33:00 PM
Description: Browns running back Isaiah Crowell was the workhorse on Sunday.
Insight: he rushed 16 times, while no other player had more than two carries. However, Crowell totaled only 55 yards on the ground.
Johnny Manziel, QB12/21/2014 3:29:00 PM
Description: Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel left Sunday's game during the second quarter.
Insight: He will not return, and he threw for just 32 yards before exiting. Brian Hoyer will be the signal-caller with Manziel out.
Joe Haden, CB12/21/2014 11:11:00 AM
Description: Browns cornerback Joe Haden (shoulder) will not play on Sunday, according to Espn's Jeremy Fowler.
Insight: This is great news for Cam Newton and Kelvin Benjamin. Haden has been one of the best cover corners in the game during the second half of the season.
Jordan Cameron, TE12/14/2014 5:42:00 PM
Description: Browns tight end Jordan Cameron had just one catch for four yards.
Insight: No Browns pass catcher had more than 10 yards besides Josh Gordon. Until Johnny Manziel proves himself, Cameron must be benched in fantasy.
Josh Gordon, WR12/14/2014 5:39:00 PM
Description: Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon was a fantasy disappointment again.
Insight: This is the second straight week Gordon did virtually nothing. Much of that can be credited to the very poor quarterback play from Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel. The issue with that excuse is Gordon was able to put up huge numbers with Branden Weeden and Jason Campbell last season, so Gordon owners don't really want to heard the quarterback excuse.
Isaiah Crowell, RB12/14/2014 5:35:00 PM
Description: Browns running back Isaiah Crowell may have hit the rookie wall.
Insight: Crowell hasn't rushed for over 60 yards since Week 12 and has just two games with over a 4.0 yards per carry average since Week 5. Against the Bengals in Week 15, Crowell gained 17 yards on seven carries.
Terrance West, RB12/14/2014 5:31:00 PM
Description: Browns running back Terrance West led the team in rushing but that isn't saying much.
Insight: On just five carries, West gained 23 yards. The entire Cleveland offense was awful and with Manziel likely the starter next week, no one on Cleveland is a great fantasy play.
Johnny Manziel, QB12/14/2014 5:26:00 PM
Description: To say Johnny Manziel's first start as a pro was a disappointment is an understatement.
Insight: Manziel was awful, going 10-of-18 for 80 yards and throwing two interceptions. The Bengals also sacked three times. With the Browns basically eliminated from playoff contention, we expect Cleveland to go ahead and stay with Manziel despite this terrible performance.
Joe Haden, CB12/14/2014 2:56:00 PM
Description: Browns cornerback Joe Haden suffered a right-shoulder injury and will not return to the Weej 15 matchup against the Bengals.
Insight: Haden left in the second quarter and was ruled out by halftime. That's a huge loss for the Browns with their defense already leaking in the running game and Johnny Manziel doing nothing in his first career start.
Garrett Hartley, K12/13/2014 12:21:00 PM
Description: The Browns have signed kicker Garrett Hartley.
Insight: He will replace the injured Billy Cundiff. Hartley struggled last season with the Saints, going just 22-of-30, before being released.
Billy Cundiff, K12/13/2014 12:18:00 PM
Description: The Browns have released kicker Billy Cundiff.
Insight: He hurt his kicking knee during Thursday's practice, and was waived with an injury settlement. Garrett Hartley was signed to assume the kicking duties in Cleveland.
Johnny Manziel, QB12/9/2014 1:50:00 PM
Description: Jay Glazer is reporting that the Browns will start Johnny Manziel.
Insight: Considering how poorly Brian Hoyer has been playing (zero touchdowns, seven interceptions the past three games), it wasn't a hard choice.
Josh Gordon, WR12/7/2014 6:57:00 PM
Description: Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon did almost nothing on Sunday.
Insight: He had only two catches for 15 yards, making an extremely disappointing afternoon for Gordon and his owners.
Jordan Cameron, TE12/7/2014 6:56:00 PM
Description: Browns tight end Jordan Cameron returned to action with 41 yards.
Insight: He did so on four catches, which led the team. Cameron is a borderline TE1.
Isaiah Crowell, RB12/7/2014 6:55:00 PM
Description: Browns running back Isaiah Crowell scored a touchdown in Week 14.
Insight: He had 14 carries for 54 yards and Terrance West had 15 carries for 54 yards as well. It seems that West will continue to handcuff Crowell.
Josh Gordon, WR12/7/2014 12:04:00 PM
Description: Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon could be in line for a big day.
Insight: Indianapolis' best defensive back, Vontae Davis is out with a concussion, leaving Gordon with a dream matchup. He is a WR1.
Isaiah Crowell, RB12/7/2014 11:59:00 AM
Description: Browns running back Isaiah Crowell (hip) is officially active for Week 14.
Insight: Get him into all lineups. Crowell will be an RB2 Sunday against the Colts.
Jordan Cameron, TE12/7/2014 11:58:00 AM
Description: Browns tight end Jordan Cameron (concussion) is finally ready to return to action.
Insight: He will play Sunday against the Colts, his first game since Week 6. Consider Cameron a borderline TE1.
Isaiah Crowell, RB12/3/2014 2:10:00 PM
Description: Browns running back Isaiah Crowell is dealing with a hip injury and is uncertain for Week 14.
Insight: The Browns are "hopeful" that he will be able to play, but this news comes out of nowhere. The fact that Cleveland signed halfback Shaun Draughn on Wednesday, does not sound good in regards to Crowell's status. Owners need to monitor his progress throughout the week.
Miles Austin, WR12/3/2014 12:00:00 PM
Description: Browns wide receiver Miles Austin has been placed on injured reserve, ending his season.
Insight: He is dealing with a kidney injury. Austin was having a decent season, with 47 receptions, 568 yards, and two touchdowns. It will be interesting to see where he plays in 2015.
Terrance West, RB12/1/2014 4:42:00 PM
Description: Browns running back Terrance West was slammed by head coach Mike Pettine for his fumble during Week 13's loss to Buffalo.
Insight: It was a big play, as Cleveland was down 7-3 in the third quarter, when West fumbled. The ball was picked up by Jerry Hughes and returned for a touchdown, essentially icing the game. Isaiah Crowell's value is growing by the day.
Johnny Manziel, QB12/1/2014 4:27:00 PM
Description: Browns coach Mike Pettine declined to name the team's starting quarterback on Monday.
Insight: This makes us think Johnny Manziel will get the nod for Week 14 against the Colts. However, nothing is certain, so stay tuned.
Terrance West, RB11/30/2014 6:23:00 PM
Description: Browns running back Terrance West led the team with 32 rushing yards.
Insight: That say about all owners need to know about Cleveland's rushing day in Buffalo. West also lost a fumble, so he did very little to help fantasy owners. Isaiah Crowell is still the better option at running back.
Miles Austin, WR11/30/2014 6:21:00 PM
Description: Browns wide receiver Miles Austin had seven catches for 86 yards to lead the team in both categories.
Insight: Austin was tied with Josh Gordon with seven receptions, but outgained Gordon in receiving yards. Gordon is clearly the best fantasy option in the Browns receiving core, but Austin has proved he has value in deeper leagues.
Josh Gordon, WR11/30/2014 6:17:00 PM
Description: Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon caught seven passes for 75 yards in Week 13.
Insight: Gordon led the team with 13 targets, but the Cleveland offense just didn't do much with Brian Hoyer under center. Johnny Manziel played the final couple drive, so it will be interesting to see what happens next week. Either way, Gordon is a WR1.
Isaiah Crowell, RB11/30/2014 6:14:00 PM
Description: Browns running back Isaiah Crowell was disappointing for fantasy owners in Week 13.
Insight: Crowell had 17 carries and gained just 29 yards. Despite the bad game, he remains a RB2 and maybe he will receive a boost in value if Johnny Manziel starts next week.
Johnny Manziel, QB11/30/2014 6:07:00 PM
Description: Browns first-round pick Johnny Manziel came in for the ineffective Brian Hoyer and led Cleveland down the field for one touchdown.
Insight: Manziel was 5-for-8 with 63 yards and capped off the drive with a rushed 10-yard rushing touchdown. It will be interesting to see who Mike Pettine starts next week as Cleveland is still very much alive in the AFC North.
Jordan Cameron, TE11/29/2014 8:01:00 PM
Description: Browns tight end Jordan Cameron (concussion) has been ruled out for Week 13.
Insight: Cameron did not pass the final stage of his concussion test and thus will miss his fifth straight game. The Browns will use Gary Barnidge and Jim Dray against Buffalo but neither are recommended for fantasy use.
Jordan Cameron, TE11/25/2014 2:00:00 PM
Description: Browns tight end Jordan Cameron (concussion) is on pace to play in Week 13.
Insight: Cameron has suffered multiple concussions, so this isn't a guarantee, but he plracticed last Friday and should get in a full week of practice this week.
Isaiah Crowell, RB11/24/2014 4:39:00 PM
Description: Apparently Browns running back Isaiah Crowell's hard work has been paying off.
Insight: Coach Mike Pettine signaled out Crowell's work ethic, which in turn has turned into nice production on the field. He is averaging 5.7 yards per carry, over his past two games, and while Terrance West will continue to be in the fold, we like Crowell's upside slightly more.
Tashaun Gipson, DB11/24/2014 3:02:00 PM
Description: Browns safety Tashaun Gipson's right knee injury is thought to be a torn MCL, according to an Ian Rapoprt report.
Insight: That would be a season-ending injury and a huge blow to the Browns defense which has carried the team to their 7-4 record.
Josh Gordon, WR11/23/2014 6:19:00 PM
Description: Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon did not disappoint in his return to action.
Insight: He had eight receptions for 120 yards on 16 targets. Gordon is a clear WR1 for the remainder of the season.
Terrance West, RB11/23/2014 6:18:00 PM
Description: Browns running back Terrance West led Cleveland in carries during Week 12's win over Atlanta.
Insight: West totaled 14 carries for 62 yards and one catch for nine yards. He should continue to split the work with Isaiah Crowell.
Isaiah Crowell, RB11/23/2014 6:16:00 PM
Description: Browns running back Isaiah Crowell led the team in rushing during Week 12.
Insight: He had 12 carries for 88 yards and two touchdowns, and will clearly continue to see playing time. Crowell is a borderline RB2 heading into Week 13.
Tashaun Gipson, DB11/23/2014 3:39:00 PM
Description: Browns safety Tashaun Gipson was removed from Sunday's game with a right knee injury.
Insight: He collided with Joe Haden, and had to be carted off the field. Gipson is officially done for the day.
Jordan Cameron, TE11/23/2014 12:08:00 PM
Description: Browns tight end Jordan Cameron (concussion) has been ruled out for Week 12.
Insight: Consider him week-to-week and have another TE lined up to go Sunday.
Isaiah Crowell, RB11/23/2014 10:44:00 AM
Description: Browns running back Isaiah Crowell is the starter in Week 12, according to Browns beat reporter Tony Grossi.
Insight: The Cleveland backfield certainly keeps fantasy owners guessing, but with Ben tate gone is will be less so. Crowell gets the start and Terrance West should be the change of pace guy.
Josh Gordon, WR11/22/2014 3:33:00 PM
Description: The Browns have officially activated wide receiver Josh Gordon.
Insight: Everyone knew he was going to play, so this is just a formality. Coach Mike Pettine has said he will be on a snap count limit, but we aren't buying it. Gordon is the most talented player on the Browns offense, and Cleveland is in a thick AFC North race. Gordon is a must-start.
Josh Gordon, WR11/20/2014 11:59:00 AM
Description: Browns receiver Josh Gordon, just reinstated from his long suspension, will be on a snap limit, according to coach Mike Pettine.
Insight: In other words, in his first game back, don't expect to see the guy who led the league in receiving yards last season. That may take a few games after missing three months. Still, he's too talented not to start.
Ben Tate, RB11/18/2014 11:43:00 AM
Description: Browns running back Ben Tate has been released according to ClevelandBrowns.com.
Insight: Tate had expressed frustration with being dropped to third on the depth chart behind Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West. Perhaps the Colts will be interested in having him replace injured Ahmad Bradshaw.
Ben Tate, RBCold11/17/2014 5:04:00 PM
Description: Browns running back Ben Tate has falled to third on the depth chart.
Insight: Coach Mike Pettine said the team has been looking for more "explosiveness," and a that is what Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West provide. There is definitely a chance Tate can work himself back up, but for now owners should focus on Crowell and West.
Karlos Dansby, LB11/17/2014 5:00:00 PM
Description: Browns linebacker Karlos Dansby (knee) is expected to miss about a month, according to coach Mike Pettine.
Insight: He is reportedly dealing with a sprained MCL, so there is chance Dansby does not play again this season. His absence is a major loss to the Browns already suspect run-defense.
Josh Gordon, WR11/17/2014 11:46:00 AM
Description: Browns receiver Josh Gordon has been reinstated from his long suspension and should give immediate help to the Browns receiving corps and Brian Hoyer's passing totals.
Insight: If somehow he's still available in your league, don't walk, run to pick him up.
Jim Dray, TE11/16/2014 6:39:00 PM
Description: Browns tight end Jim Dray caught two passes for 46 yards.
Insight: Dray started in place of the injured Jordan Cameron and made just two plays. One of the catches went for 30 yards. If Cameron stays sidelined, Dray is a tight end flier in deep leagues.
Taylor Gabriel, WR11/16/2014 6:32:00 PM
Description: Browns receiver Taylor Gabriel tied fellow receiver Andrew Hawkins for a team-high 13 targets.
Insight: Gabriel caught five targets and went for 92 yards. Fantasy owners would like to have seen more catches with the amount of targets.
Andrew Hawkins, WR11/16/2014 6:28:00 PM
Description: Browns wide receiver Andrew Hawkins scored the lone Cleveland touchdown on Sunday against the Texans.
Insight: Hawkins caught six passes for 97 yards and scored. He received a team-high 13 targets. It will be interested to see how Josh Gordon fits in with Hawkins and company next week.
Isaiah Crowell, RB11/16/2014 6:24:00 PM
Description: Browns running back Isaiah Crowell led the team with 14 carries and 61 rushing yards.
Insight: The Cleveland backfield certainly keeps fantasy owners guessing. All three running backs were worth starting last week, but in Week 11, none of them came through.
Josh Gordon, WR11/14/2014 4:54:00 PM
Description: Browns receiver Josh Gordon will be able to resume all football activities "without restriction" according to the NFL.
Insight: Gordon will be ready to roll for Week 12, and all owners who have hung onto him throughout the season, should load him up as a WR1 upon his return.
Jordan Cameron, TE11/14/2014 1:42:00 PM
Description: Browns tight end Jordan Cameron (concussion) missed a third consecutive day and should be ruled out for Week 11.
Insight: Consider him week-to-week and have another TE lineed up to go Sunday.
Jordan Cameron, TE11/13/2014 3:40:00 PM
Description: Browns tight end Jordan Cameron (concussion) has all but been ruled out for Week 11 after missing another practice.
Insight: Consider him week-to-week and have another TE lineup up to go Sunday.
Miles Austin, WR11/7/2014 9:22:00 AM
Description: Browns wide receiver Miles Austin led the team in targets with six, catching five balls for 48 yards.
Insight: Brian Hoyer didn't thrown much, or need to throw much, so none of the Cleveland receivers put up fantasy-worthy numbers. His value will certainly take a dip when Josh Gordon returns.
Ben Tate, RB11/7/2014 9:20:00 AM
Description: Browns running back Ben Tate, the starter at the beginning of the season, finished Thursday night with the third-most carries on the team.
Insight: Tate actually did have fantasy value in this one because the Browns ran the ball a stunning 52 times and he received 10 rushes for 34 yards and a touchdown. Fantasy owners can't count on Clevelamd dominating in the run game every week, so Tate's value is sure to be inconsistent.
Isaiah Crowell, RB11/7/2014 9:16:00 AM
Description: Browns running back Isaiah Crowell saw 12 carries for 41 yards and a touchdown.
Insight: The Browns and his fantasy owners still worry about ball security as he almost put another one on the ground (the review ruled he was down before he lost the football). He's the backup to Terrance West.
Terrance West, RB11/7/2014 9:15:00 AM
Description: Browns running back Terrance West was the workhorse in the backfield, rushing the ball 26 times for 94 yards and a touchdown.
Insight: While his average per carry wasn't great he made up for it with volume. West had more carries than Isaiah Crowell and Ben Tate combined.
Andrew Hawkins, WR11/6/2014 7:32:00 PM
Description: Wide receiver Andrew Hawkins is inactive for Thursday's game versus the Browns due to a knee injury.
Insight: The injury is not considered too serious. If not for the short week, Hawkins likely would have played. The Browns will turn to Miles Austin and Taylor Gabriel as the starting wide receivers in Cincinnati.
Jordan Cameron, TE11/5/2014 3:46:00 PM
Description: Browns tight end Jordan Cameron (concussion) hasbeen ruled out for Week 10.
Insight: There was little chance Cameron would be ready for Thursday night's game against the Bengals, as he still needs to be cleared to play. Consider him week-to-week.
Josh Gordon, WR11/3/2014 1:28:00 PM
Description: Browns receiver Josh Gordon is expected to return in Week 12 against the Falcons and if you have a place to stash him you should probably to it now.
Insight: Gordon has been working out at the Browns facility every day and should be ready to explode in that first game. He'd be the perfect addition to any lineup as they head to the fantasy playoffs.
Taylor Gabriel, WR11/2/2014 5:03:00 PM
Description: Browns receiver Taylor Gabriel caught five passes for 87 yards and a touchdown in Week 9.
Insight: The Browns receiving game will likely give owners headaches all season. Andrew Hawkins is still the best receiver to own followed by Miles Austin and Travis Benjamin. Gabriel, however, is not firmly in the mix.
Ben Tate, RB11/2/2014 4:59:00 PM
Description: Browns running back Ben Tate rushed for a bismol three yards on 10 carries.
Insight: Tate has been horrible three weeks in a row, and he topped it off on Sunday. Tate loses value every week and is probably on the verge of losing his roster spot in most leagues.
Terrance West, RB11/2/2014 4:55:00 PM
Description: Browns running back Terrance West outgained Ben Tate by 45 yards on the ground.
Insight: It looks like West might be slowing taking over the Cleveland backfield. Tate has had three terrible weeks in a row. He rushed for just three yards on 10 carries against Tampa Bay in Week 9. West only averaged 3.2 yards per rush, but the Browns would take that over Tate's production.
Jordan Cameron, TE10/31/2014 2:35:00 PM
Description: Browns tight end Jordan Cameron is dealing with a concussion and will miss Week 9.
Insight: Cameron's concussion is the third in two years and that's a huge red flag. He suffered the injury on a hit from Brandian Ross of the Raiders and initial thoughts were he would miss at least two games.
Jordan Cameron, TE10/28/2014 3:40:00 PM
Description: Browns tight end Jordan Cameron is dealing with a concussion and his availability for the next two weeks is reportedly in doubt, according to a Cleveland Plain Dealer report.
Insight: Cameron's concussion is the third in two years and that's a huge red flag. He suffered the injury on a hit from Brandian Ross of the Raiders.
Isaiah Crowell, RB10/27/2014 6:05:00 PM
Description: Browns coach Mike Pettine admitted running back Isaiah Crowell's role has been reduced because of his ball security issues according to the Akron Beacon Journal.
Insight: The Browns did not give Crowell any carries after he fumbled twice, losing one, against the Raiders in Week 8. Crowell is talented, but he is useless in fantasy if he can't learn to take care of the ball.
Jordan Cameron, TE10/27/2014 10:46:00 AM
Description: Browns tight end Jordan Cameron was held to three catches for 40 yards.
Insight: We keep thinking Cameron will do more and get disappointed. It's time to lower expectations.
Andrew Hawkins, WR10/27/2014 10:44:00 AM
Description: In a game with very little offense, Browns receiver Andrew Hawkins was one of the few fantasy-worthy players.
Insight: Hawkins caught seven of nine balls for 88 yards and a touchdown. That's two double-digit fantasy totals back-to-back.
Ben Tate, RB10/27/2014 10:37:00 AM
Description: Browns running back Ben Tate salvaged an ugly performance with alate touchdown run.
Insight: Tate totaled 26 yards on 15 carries and caught one ball for eight yards. Considering he had minus five yards on his first five carries to finish with nine fantasy points is probably a miracle.
Ben Tate, RB10/25/2014 8:14:00 PM
Description: Browns running back Ben Tate may need a big performance on Sunday to keep the starting job.
Insight: ESPN Cleveland believes that OC Kyle Shanahan isn't in love with Tate as the team's featured back. He is averaging 2.8 yards per carry over the past two games, and if he is unable to produce against Oakland, Tate may lose more carries to Isaiah Crowell, moving forward.
Johnny Manziel, QB10/25/2014 7:29:00 PM
Description: According to ESPN's Toy Grossi, there is considerbly high internal pressure building up to play Browns backup quarterback Johnny Manziel.
Insight: Brian Hoyer is coming off a terrible performance against the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars, and if he cannot produce against Oakland, Manziel's number could be called sooner rather than later.
Johnny Manziel, QB10/21/2014 10:45:00 AM
Description: Browns backup quarterback Johnny Manziel is still not starting despite Brian Hoyer's worst outing of the season last Sunday in Jacksonville.
Insight: Coach Mike Pettine apparently briefly considered a change, but will stick with Hoyer for another game, according to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Hoyer could bounce back in Week 8 facing Oakland at home.
Jordan Cameron, TE10/19/2014 5:42:00 PM
Description: Browns tight end Jordan Cameron had one catch for five yards in Jacksonville.
Insight: We thought Cameron turned the corner last week against the Steelers. Turns out he still has some fantasy busts in him.
Andrew Hawkins, WR10/19/2014 5:38:00 PM
Description: Browns receiver Andrew Hawkins was the only worthy fantasy player for Cleveland on Sunday.
Insight: Hawkins had five catches for 112 yards against the Jaguars. He led the team with nine targets. Unfortunately, the rest of the offense struggled, so Hawkins did not have a shot at the end zone.
Ben Tate, RB10/19/2014 5:34:00 PM
Description: Browns running back Ben Tate was one of the most disappointing fantasy players in Week 7.
Insight: Tate had 202 yards and two touchdowns in his last two games, so to run for only 36 yards on 16 carries against Jacksonville is a huge bust. The Browns did not score a touchdown.
Ben Tate, RB10/19/2014 12:26:00 PM
Description: Browns running back Ben Tate was on the injury report with a finger injury, but as expected will be ready for the optioning whistle.
Insight: He is locked and loaded as a low-end RB1 this week against the Jaguars.
Ben Tate, RB10/16/2014 6:12:00 PM
Description: Browns running back Ben Tate was on the injury report with a finger injury, but still practiced in full.
Insight: He is locked and loaded as a low-end RB1 this week against the Jaguars.
Alex Mack, OL10/14/2014 4:56:00 PM
Description: Center Alex Mack, who was carted off the field in the second quarter Sunday, has been placed on injured reserve with a broken fibula and ankle.
Insight: Mack had never missed a snap in his six-year NFL career. Sadly, that string has come to an end. This is a blow to the Browns offense and we may see an immediate effect in the rushing game.
Isaiah Crowell, RB10/13/2014 5:43:00 PM
Description: Browns running back Isaiah Crowell seems to have moved into the second running back role behind starter Ben Tate.
Insight: Tate rushed for 78 yards and 25 carries and two touchdowns while Crowell gained 77 yards less than half the attempts, 11, on Sunday. Crowell also scored. Terrence West is the odd man out as he did not have a rush attempt against the Steelers.
Miles Austin, WR10/13/2014 5:39:00 PM
Description: Browns wide receiver Miles Austin had two catches for 29 yards against the Steelers in Week 6.
Insight: Brian Hoyer completed just eight passes, so that isn't exactly surprising Austin had two catches. With so few completions and three of them going to Jordan Cameron, Austin and the rest of the receiving core did not do much.
Jordan Cameron, TE10/12/2014 6:33:00 PM
Description: Browns tight end Jordan Cameron had his best game of 2014 against Pittsburgh.
Insight: He had three receptions for 102 yards, and a touchdown on Sunday. It was a welcomed sight for owners, as Cameron will be a borderline TE1, from here on out.
Ben Tate, RB10/12/2014 6:31:00 PM
Description: Browns running back Ben Tate scored his first two touchdowns of 2014.
Insight: He had 25 carries for 78 yards, and is clearly Cleveland's lead back. Isaiah Crowell did chip in with 11 carries for 77 yards. Tate will continue to be a solid RB2 moving forward.
Alex Mack, OL10/12/2014 2:14:00 PM
Description: Center Alex Mack was carted off the field in the second quarter with a cast on his left ankle.
Insight: Mack had never missed a snap in his six-year NFL career. Sadly, that string has come to an end.
Armonty Bryant, DL10/12/2014 1:39:00 PM
Description: Browns DE Armonty Bryant left Sunday's game with Pittsburgh with a right knee injury.
Insight: He is questionable to return. The Browns are already short-handed on the defensive line with Phil Taylor, Ahtyba Rubin and Billy Winn all inactive.
Terrance West, RB10/12/2014 11:55:00 AM
Description: Browns running back Terrance West in inactive for Week 6.
Insight: That means Ben Tate should get almost all the running back carries with Isaiah Crowell and his backup.
Jordan Cameron, TE10/10/2014 7:47:00 PM
Description: Browns tight end Jordan Cameron is probable for Week 6.
Insight: We say fire the Browns tight end up for this "friendly" matchup against the Steelers. Cameron has just 56 receiving yards over the last two games, but he looks completely healthy. He also had 47 yards on two catches before exiting with an injury Week 1 versus Pittsburgh.
Joe Haden, CB10/9/2014 3:45:00 PM
Description: Browns cornerback Joe Haden missed a second consecutive practice and his avilability is in doubt for Sunday.
Insight: The Browns secondary would take a big hit and Steelers' No. 1 wideout Antonio Brown's fantasy value would jump accordingly.
Ben Tate, RB10/8/2014 6:03:00 PM
Description: Browns running back Ben Tate is fully practicing this week.
Insight: Tate finally returned to action against the Titans last week and rushed for 123 yards on 22 carries. Tate is a low-end RB1 this week against the Steelers. Tate averaged 6.8 yards per rush against Pittsburgh in Week 1.
Jordan Cameron, TE10/8/2014 5:46:00 PM
Description: Browns tight end Jordan Cameron has been fully practicing this week.
Insight: Cameron has been disappointing this year with six receptions for 103 yards but two catches and 47 of those yards came against the Steelers before he left with a shoulder injury in Week 1. If he can stay on the field for the entire game in Week 6, we expect Cameron to put up his most productive fantasy day of 2014.
Ben Tate, RB10/5/2014 5:50:00 PM
Description: Browns running back Ben Tate rushed for 123 yards on 22 carries against the Titans on Sunday.
Insight: Tate put to bed any idea of a running-back-by-committee system in Cleveland. He carried the ball 15 times more than any other back. If he stays healthy, Tate is the man in Cleveland, but that's a big if.
Ben Tate, RB10/5/2014 11:50:00 AM
Description: Browns running back Ben Tate is active for Week 5 against the Titans.
Insight: Tate will start, but the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported on Friday that Tate was still worried about his knee. We would start him with caution due to the fact the Browns can move him along slowly, giving the rookie backs more touches.
Ben Tate, RB9/30/2014 2:04:00 PM
Description: Browns running back Ben Tate is practicing Tuesday.
Insight: Head coach Mike Pettine has said he'll start if he's healthy. Still with the performances of Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West, we don't know how big a share of the workload he'll get. Sounds more and more like an RBBC.
Ben Tate, RB9/22/2014 5:12:00 PM
Description: Browns head coach Mike Pettine would not confirm that running back Ben Tate would return as the starter when he gets back on the field according to the Akron Beacon Journal.
Insight: Cleveland has a bye in Week 4, so there is a good chance Tate returns for the Browns' next game in Week 5. Pettine did say the Browns are "eager" to get Tate back, but with the emergence of rookies Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell, Pettine says it has "made it tougher" to rely solely on Tate. At this point, owners of all three backs have to expect a running back by committee.
Jordan Cameron, TE9/21/2014 5:46:00 PM
Description: Browns tight end Jordan Cameron nearly invisible in return to action.
Insight: He had only one catch for 23 yards, on three targets. Owners are hoping he just needs to get back into game shape so he can start producing. Look for Cameron to rebound during Cleveland's next game.
Andrew Hawkins, WR9/21/2014 5:43:00 PM
Description: Browns receiver Andrew Hawkins has nice afternoon against the Ravens.
Insight: He was targeted 10 times and hauled in seven catches. That accumulated to 87 yards. Hawkins has clearly been Hoyer's favorite target early this season, which is a nice sight for fantasy owners. The next step for Hawkins, will be to find the end zone.
Terrance West, RB9/21/2014 5:38:00 PM
Description: Browns running back Terrance West finds end zone in Week 3.
Insight: He split the reps with Isaiah Crowell. West finished with 12 carries for 36 yards and the score, as well as two receptions for five yards. Crowell chipped in with 11 rushes for 55 yards and a touchdown, making both backs fantasy relevant, until Ben Tate returns from injury.
Jordan Cameron, TE9/21/2014 11:43:00 AM
Description: Browns tight end Jordan Cameron (shoulder) is ready to roll Sunday against Baltimore.
Insight: After missing Week 2, Cameron will be back on the field against the Ravens. He should be considered a middle of the road TE1, with upside.
Jordan Cameron, TE9/19/2014 2:50:00 PM
Description: Browns tight end Jordan Cameron (shoulder) was again listed as questionable for Friday's practice, and could "go either way" for Week 3 against the Ravens according to Mary Kay Cabot of cleveland.com.
Insight: If he does play, he will certainly not be anywhere near 100 percent. The Browns figure to feature their newly-found running game behind Terrance West and Isaiah Corwell which would also limit his fantasy value. Go with another tight end.
Jordan Cameron, TE9/18/2014 4:30:00 PM
Description: Browns tight end Jordan Cameron (shoulder) was "very limited" in Thursday's practice, and could "go either way" for Week 3 against the Ravens according to Mary Kay Cabot of cleveland.com.
Insight: These words come from offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan. If he does play, he will not be himself and has a high risk of being re-injured. Go with another tight end.
Miles Austin, WR9/16/2014 4:40:00 PM
Description: Cleveland wide receiver Miles Austin scored his first touchdown as a Brown, during Week 2 against the Saints.
Insight: He had six catches for 44 yards and the score. Austin is not a recommended play moving forward, as he is simply not the player he once was.
Andrew Hawkins, WR9/16/2014 4:38:00 PM
Description: Browns receiver Andrew Hawkins continues to be an under-the-radar fantasy player.
Insight: Hawkins had six catches for 70 yards on 12 targets. He is Cleveland's number one option for now, and may even be on some waiver wires. Scoop him up as he is a WR3, with upside in PPR leagues.
Terrance West, RB9/14/2014 6:00:00 PM
Description: Browns running back Terrance West rushed for 69 yards on 19 carries and scored a touchdown in Cleveland's victory over New Orleans in Week 2.
Insight: In his first career start, West started slow but turned it on in the second half. He scored the touchdown in the third quarter. He is someone to try and grab or hold onto until Ben Tate proves he can stay healthy.
Justin Gilbert, DB9/14/2014 3:20:00 PM
Description: Browns cornerback Justin Gilbert left Sunday's Week 2 game against the Saints with a head injury.
Insight: Gilbert played much better before he exited versus New Orleans after a very rough NFL debut in Pittsburgh. Buster Skrine and Robert Nelson will fill in for Gilbert, playing opposite Joe Haden.
Isaiah Crowell, RB9/14/2014 12:17:00 PM
Description: Browns running back Isaiah Crowell could see an increase in carries on Sunday against the Saints as starting running back Ben Tate is out with an injury.
Insight: Obviously, Terrance West is the best player to start in the Browns backfield, but Crowell saw the field in Week 1 even with Tate starting. Crowell rushed for 32 yards on five carries and scored two touchdowns. He is worth keeping an eye on, but it would be somewhat of a leap of faith to count on Crowell producing that kind numbers again.
Ben Tate, RB9/14/2014 11:51:00 AM
Description: Browns running back Ben Tate is inactive against the Saints for Week 2.
Insight: Tate suffered a knee injury against the Steelers in Week 1. On Friday, Tate hinted that he is hoping to return after the Browns bye week, which is Week 4. Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell will get the carries for Cleveland against New Orleans.
Jordan Cameron, TE9/14/2014 11:48:00 AM
Description: Browns tight end Jordan Cameron is inactive for Week 2 against the Saints.
Insight: Cameron is still nursing the shoulder injury he suffered last Sunday in Pittsburgh. Jim Dray will likely get the most playing time at tight end for Cleveland this Sunday, but he is not a viable fantasy option.
Josh Gordon, WR9/12/2014 8:09:00 PM
Description: The NFLPA approved a new drug policy which allows Browns receiver Josh Gordon to be reinstated this season.
Insight: Gordon is now suspended 10 games, which is two games more than expected, but at least fantasy owners are keeping him on the bench for a reason. Gordon will be available to return Week 12, but must stay out of trouble in the meantime. It might get difficult through the bye weeks to stash Gordon away on the bench, but if possible, that is the best strategy than dropping him.
Terrance West, RB9/12/2014 2:00:00 PM
Description: Browns rookie running backTerrance West has at least two games to show fantasy owners what he's got.
Insight: West ran for 100 yards on 16 carries in relief of injured starter Ben Tate against Pittsburgh last Sunday and will have at least two more weeks with Tate sidelined to win coaches and fantasy owners over.
Ben Tate, RB9/12/2014 1:59:00 PM
Description: Browns RB Ben Tate will not play in Week 2 due to a knee injury and according to Mary Kay Cabot, Browns beatwriter for Plain Dealer is targeting a Week 5 return.
Insight: Tate has always been a bit fragile and hopefully fantasy owners handcuffed Terrance West. West and backup Isaiah Crowell will have two weeks to display their talents. Heading into Week 2, only West is a viable fantasy option.
Jordan Cameron, TE9/11/2014 3:37:00 PM
Description: Browns tight end Jordan Cameron (shoulder) did not practice again on Thursday according to Mary Kay Cabot of cleveland.com
Insight: Cameron insisted on Wednesday that everything was "all good" even though he did not practice on Wednesday because of a shoulder injury that has bothered him since the preseason. It sounds likely that he will not play in Week 2, which actually isn't a bad thing because fantasy owners would like him to get healthy for the long term. Owners should have a backup plan ready this weekend.
Josh Gordon, WR9/11/2014 1:43:00 PM
Description: The vote among the NFLPA reps on a new drug policy will not take place until at least Friday.
Insight: Josh Gordon, Wes Welker and others remain in limbo. The union is waiting for a response back from the league office, which is a little busy right now with the Ray Rice scandal. Even still, stay patient and leave Gordon on your bench.
Isaiah Crowell, RB9/11/2014 1:39:00 PM
Description: Browns head coach Mike Pettine implied running back Isaiah Crowell is more of a power back than fellow rookie Terrance West.
Insight: Pettine told cleveland.com that Crowell is "a guy that, if you polled (defensive backs) and said, "Hey, do you want to make a list of guys that you want to tackle?' I don't think he makes that list. He can square up. He runs very low to the ground." With Ben Tate out 2-4 weeks, West will start this week against the Saints, but Crowell could see some substanstial action as well. Crowell scored two touchdowns in Week 1.
Ben Tate, RB9/10/2014 2:13:00 PM
Description: Browns head coach Mike Pettine confirmed that Ben Tate will not play in Week 2 due to a knee injury.
Insight: It could be worse. Fortunately, it's just a sprained knee and he'll be re-evaluated next week. Tate has always been a bit fragile and hopefully fantasy owners handcuffed Terrance West.
Terrance West, RBHot9/10/2014 2:11:00 PM
Description: Browns rookie running backTerrance West has been confirmed as the Week 2 starter by coach Mike Pettine.
Insight: West ran for 100 yards on 16 carries in relief of injured starter Ben Tate against Pittsburgh last Sunday. Tate is dealing with a knee injury.
Dion Lewis, RB9/9/2014 9:24:00 PM
Description: The Colts signed running back Dion Lewis to a two-year deal.
Insight: Lewis missed all of 2013 with broken leg. Although the Colts released running back Zurlon Tipton to add Lewis, this move indicates Indianapolis has little confidence in Trent Richardson.
Ben Tate, RB9/8/2014 5:00:00 PM
Description: Browns head coach Mike Pettine did not give an injury update on Ben Tate or Jordan Cameron on Monday.
Insight: Tate and Cameron both left Sunday's game against the Steelers. We would advise fantasy owners to plan for both to miss Week 2.
Terrance West, RB9/7/2014 6:44:00 PM
Description: Browns rookie running back Terrance West ran for 100 yards on 16 carries in relief of injured starter Ben Tate.
Insight: Tate's fantasy owners better jump on the handcuff IF he's still available.
Jordan Cameron, TE9/7/2014 3:59:00 PM
Description: Browns tight end Jordan Cameron left Sunday's game against Cleveland with a shoulder injury.
Insight: Cameron had two catches for 47 yards before departing. Even though he missed part of game, he received the third most targets among pass catchers.
Ben Tate, RB9/7/2014 2:54:00 PM
Description: Browns running back Ben Tate left Sunday's game against the Steelers due to a knee injury and is questionable to return.
Insight: Tate was hurt on a 25-yard run in the second quarter. He looked fine when he left the field but has not returned. Rookie Terrance West is now the Browns No. 1 back. With the game looking like a blow out at half time, Tate might not even return if he could.
Josh Gordon, WR9/6/2014 4:59:00 PM
Description: There is a very slight chance Browns receiver Josh Gordon could return to the team this season and forgo his year-long suspension.
Insight: The NFL and NFLPA are negotiating a new substance abuse policy, which would include a higher threshold for the banned substance in marijuana according to Cleveland.com. Albert Breer of NFL Network reports that the new policy would raise the threshold from 15 nanograms per milliliter to 50 ng/ml. The NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith said Friday that if the new policy is approved, players who were recently suspended under the old rules should have their sanctions revoked. It gets more complicated, however, because Gordon may have failed his drug test before the league year began on March 11. If that is the case, the new rules might not apply to him. To sum up, it is highly unlikely the stars all align for Gordon to return this season, but Gordon is explosive enough to take the risk. If you can, stash him away on an IR spot.
Ben Tate, RB8/31/2014 11:01:00 PM
Description: Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports Browns head coach Mike Pettine said he's comfortable with running back Ben Tate playing on third down.
Insight: This is certainly good news for Tate owners, but it hurts fantasy owners that were hoping rookie Terrance West would get some opportunities to get on the field on third downs. It now looks like West's only fantasy value is as a handcuff, which is still a useful because of Tate's injury record.
Nate Burleson, WR8/30/2014 1:53:00 PM
Description: The Browns brought in receiver Nate Burleson to help, but apparently he couldn't and the team has released him.
Insight: It was just 2012 when he hauled in 73 balls for 757 yards so this is a quick drop out of favor. He should find a job somewhere.
Johnny Manziel, QB8/28/2014 10:25:00 PM
Description: Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel completed 6-of-17 passes for 83 yards with a touchdown and ran four times for 55 yards in Cleveland's preseason finale on Thursday.
Insight: Brian Hoyer started and led the offense to a 85-yard touchdown drive. Manziel was not particularly accurate, but in his unique style, he made plays with his legs. In four preseason games, Johnny Football is 30-of-58 for 296 yards, two touchdowns and no picks. He has also ran the ball 12 times for 88 yards and a touchdown. If Hoyer struggles early on this season, it will be tough to keep Manziel on the bench.
Terrance West, RB8/28/2014 10:20:00 PM
Description: Browns rookie running back Terrance West ran for just 13 yards on six carries, lost a fumble and was not targeted in the passing game in Cleveland's preseason finale Thursday.
Insight: Ben Tate has outplayed West in preseason, so Tate is locked in as Cleveland's starting running back. West had 31 carries and rushed for 83 yards this preseason. West is only a handcuff in redraft leagues, but that should not be taken lightly due to Tate's injury past.
Josh Gordon, WR8/27/2014 1:00:00 PM
Description: The NFL arbitrator upheld Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon's one-year suspension according to Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports 1.
Insight: Gordon will miss the entire season. Unless you are starting a dynasty league, he is obviously a waste of a pick.
Josh Gordon, WR8/22/2014 4:19:00 PM
Description: NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports there will be no ruling on Josh Gordon's suspension appeal this week.
Insight: FOX Sports' Mike Garofolo reported the NFL Players Union was expecting a decision by the end of this week, so this is a little surprising. Apparently there is a high volume of testimony on both sides from Gordon's latest failed drug test. In many cases, fantasy owners hoping to know Gordon's status before their draft are unfortunately out of luck. Hopefully, a decision is made next week.
Johnny Manziel, QB8/19/2014 9:54:00 AM
Description: Browns quarterbacks Johnny Manziel and Brian Hoyer rotated every two series for the first half and neither played well. Manziel complete 7-of-16 passes for 65 yards and a touchdown. Hoyer was 2-for-6 with 16 yards. Manziel's touchdown came in the second half against Washington backups. According to Bob Holtzman of ESPN, a Browns team source says Johnny Manziel is now ahead of Brian Hoyer in the competition for the starting quarterback job.
Insight: The quarterback situation in Cleveland is extremely cloudy as the pair combined to go 4-of-13 through the air in the first half. Both quarterbacks skipped passes in the dirt and threw behind receivers. Hoyer missed an easy touchdown throw to Andrew Hawkins midway through the second quarter. Head coach Mike Pettine wanted to name his starter this week, but he may have to wait until after the third preseason game. Fantasy owners should too before drafting these quarterbacks.
Johnny Manziel, QB8/10/2014 1:24:00 PM
Description: According to Bob Holtzman of ESPN, a Browns team source says Johnny Manziel is now ahead of Brian Hoyer in the competition for the starting quarterback job.
Insight: Well that was fast. Hoyer was the frontrunner when camp started, but Manziel has closed the gap already. He completed 7-of-11 for 63 yards and rushed six times for 27 yards in the Browns preseason opener Saturday night at Detroit, while Hoyer went 6-of-14 for 92 yards. Due to his rushing ability, Manziel could return low-end QB1 numbers immediately.
Miles Austin, WR8/5/2014 5:38:00 PM
Description: Miles Austin is listed as one of the starting receivers on Cleveland's first depth chart, according to SB Nation.
Insight: Josh Gordon is the other, but he is facing a one-year suspension. Austin will remain atop the depth chart until he starts dealing with his typical injury problems. Nate Burleson and Andrew Hawkins are behind Austin and Gordon.
Josh Gordon, WR8/4/2014 7:26:00 PM
Description: According to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the decision on Browns receiver Josh Gordon's appeal is expected to come in the next 1-3 weeks.
Insight: Gordon's hearing lasted 10 hours on Friday and concluded Monday. Fantasy owners who were hoping to get a decision on Gordon before drafting may be out of luck.
Josh Gordon, WR7/30/2014 8:13:00 PM
Description: According to ProFootballTalk.com's Mike Florio, Browns receiver Josh Gordon's appeal will either result in his 16-game suspension being upheld or no suspension at all.
Insight: The suspension won't be cut down to 12 or eight games. According to NFL policy, the officer who hears Gordon's appeal will have the responsibility only to determine if there was a violation and if he rules that there was one Gordon will be bound by the agreed-upon sanction.
Josh Gordon, WR7/29/2014 6:38:00 PM
Description: According to ProFootballTalk.com's Mike Florio, Browns receiver Josh Gordon has passed at least 70 drug tests and one test, the one that has him facing a one-year suspension, barely generated a positive. The one test would have been a negative if his urine samples were organized differently.
Insight: Urine samples are radomly split into two bottles, an "A" and a "B." If the "A" bottle is positive, the "B" is tested. The substance abuse policy states that the "'B' bottle Test need only show that the substance, revealed in the 'A' bottle Test, is evident to the 'limits of detection' to confirm the results of the 'A' bottle Test." Gordon's "A" bottle showed a concentration just one nanogram per milliliter above the limit while the "B" bottle was below the threshold. If the "B" was tested first, the "A" wouldn't have ever been tested because the "B" bottle would have counted as negative. Gordon may have a shot to get his one-year suspension reduced, especially because the NFL is taking heat for giving Ray Rice just two games for domestic violence, but he likely will get a minimum of eight games because he's failed to stay out of trouble in the past few months. His appeal will be heard on Aug. 1.
Josh Gordon, WR7/24/2014 12:14:00 PM
Description: Browns receiver Josh Gordon is set to appeal his suspension at an Aug. 1 hearing in New York, according to Ian Rapoport.
Insight: We think there is little chance of his one-year suspension being reduced, but at least the final answer will come before most fantasy leagues hold their draft. Gordon was a fantasy stud last season catching 87 balls for 1,646 yards and nine touchdowns.
Terrance West, RB7/23/2014 7:32:00 PM
Description: According to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Browns rookie running back Terrance West is expected to practice Friday.
Insight: West was placed on the NFI (Non-Football Injury) List Wednesday, but he tweeted that he passed his conditioning test and is healthy. West is expected to push Ben Tate for the starting job this season and could remain heavily involved even as a backup, as the Browns plan to use a run-heavy offense.
Terrance West, RB7/23/2014 5:38:00 PM
Description: Browns rookie running back Terrance West will open training camp on the active/NFI list, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.
Insight: The reason is undisclosed. The NFI (Non-Football Injury) List is for injuries suffered off the football field or for rookie who sustained an injury prior to the draft. West is expected to push Ben Tate for the starting job this season and could remain heavily involved even as a backup, as the Browns plan to use a run-heavy offense.
Charles Johnson, WR7/22/2014 10:54:00 AM
Description: A Cleveland Plain dealer report says the wide receiver to watch in Browns camp will be Charles Johnson.
Insight: With Josh Gordon out of the picture and journeymen Nate Burleson and Miles Austin penciled in as starters, Johnson might be the most exciting receiver on the practice field. He's got size (6-foot-2, 215) and speed (4.38 40). He needs to stay healthy, but he could be a player worthy watching this summer.
Ben Tate, RB7/18/2014 8:52:00 PM
Description: Vic Carucci of clevelandbrowns.com expects rookie running back Terrance West to push Ben Tate for the starting job in training camp.
Insight: The Browns signed Tate this offseason and drafted West in the third round. Tate backed up Arian Foster the past three years in Houston and had 1,992 yards and 10 touchdowns on 421 carries (4.7 ypc) and is the favorite to win the job. The Browns are expected to be a run-heavy team this season following Josh Gordon's expected suspension, so both Tate and West could see enough carries to make them fantasy options.
Josh Gordon, WR7/5/2014 3:33:00 PM
Description: Browns receiver Josh Gordon has reportedly been arrested for DWI in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Insight: If Gordon was hoping to catch a break from the league concerning his upcoming suspension he's certaining not behaving like a man who cares about his NFL future. Fantasy owners should not plan on Gordon stepping onto the field during the 2014-15 season.
Ben Tate, RB6/28/2014 9:43:00 PM
Description: Browns coach Mike Pettine says the team will use a "running back by committte" in 2014. SOURCE: Cleveland Plain Dealer
Insight: "I think in the AFC North, you have to be running back by committee," Pettine said. "You'd like to have a guy that can carry most of the load, but also be able to alternate guys." With one-back proponent Kyle Shanahan in the fold as offensive coordinator, free-agent signee Ben Tate looked to be in a great situation after backing up Arian Foster for a few years, but third-round pick Terrance West is going to be more involved than anyone expected.
Johnny Manziel, QB6/17/2014 7:59:00 PM
Description: Johnny Manziel and the Browns have agreed on a four-year contract.
Insight: The contract includes an option for a fifth season. Manziel will enter training camp as Brian Hoyer's backup though we suspect he'll do enough to win the starting job.
Vince Young, QB6/14/2014 9:30:00 PM
Description: Quarterback Vince Young has decided to call it a career.
Insight: Young won the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Award in 2006 and appeared on the cover of Madden 08, but he never lived up to the hype. He made just three starts after the Titans cut him following the 2010 season and will finish with 8,964 passing yards, 46 touchdown passes, 51 interceptions, 1,458 rushing yards and 12 rushing scores in 60 games. Despite the pedestrian numbers, Young went 31-19 in his 50 career starts.
Johnny Manziel, QB5/31/2014 8:19:00 PM
Description: Browns offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan sees similarities between Johnny Manziel and Robert Griffin III. SOURCE: ESPN
Insight: Shanahan, of course, coached Griffin during his first two seasons in Washington. Manziel's unique blend of speed and throwing accuracy makes him an interesting fantasy prospect.
Josh Gordon, WR5/30/2014 8:42:00 PM
Description: According to wkyc.com, Browns receiver Josh Gordon was issued a speeding ticket for going 74 mph in a 60-mph zone and his passenger was given a citation for possession of marijuana on May 25.
Insight: Obviously not a good move for a guy who is facing a one-year suspension for failing a drug test for marijuana and is hoping the NFL shows some leniency when it hears his appeal.
Josh Gordon, WR5/28/2014 3:44:00 PM
Description: According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Browns receiver Josh Gordon was already in Stage 3 of the NFL's substance-abuse program when he failed his latest drug test.
Insight: Stage 3 is the highest level of the program and requires multiple violations to reach. A violation by a player in Stage 3 results in a minimum suspension of one year.
Josh Gordon, WR5/21/2014 10:33:00 AM
Description: ESPN's Adam Schefter expects Josh Gordon's suspension to last the entire 2014 season.
Insight: That's not what fantasy owners want to hear. Gordon (87 catches, 1,646 yards, 9 TD in 2013) has filed an appeal but it sounds like the Browns are expecting the worst. His absence cerainly clouds quarterback Johnny Manziel's fantasy value heading into his rookie season.
Greg Little, WR5/16/2014 11:38:00 AM
Description: Browns receiver Greg Little was waived, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Insight: Considering the Browns are desperate for receivers and just signed the likes of Miles Austin and Earl Bennett they must really hate Little. Little's receptions and yardage had dropped over the past two seasons after a solid rookie compaign in 2011.
Earl Bennett, WR5/15/2014 9:57:00 PM
Description: The Browns have signed former Bears wide receiver Earl Bennett. SOURCE: Jake Jones, KFBB-TV Montana
Insight: Bennett had a promising rookie season in 2009 (717 yards, 2 TD) but has seen his yardage total drop each of the last four seasons. Going to Cleveland won't improve his already minimal fantasy value.
Miles Austin, WR5/15/2014 6:56:00 PM
Description: Former Cowboys wideout Miles Austin has caught on with the Browns.
Insight: With Josh Gordon (suspension) likely lost for the season, Cleveland needed to address their wide receiver situation. Austin was useless in Dallas last season (24 catches, 244 yards, zero touchdowns) but maybe a change of scenery will be good for him.
Joe Haden, CB5/13/2014 6:59:00 PM
Description: Joe Haden became the highest-paid cornerback in NFL history Tuesday when the Browns signed him to a five-year, $68 million contract extension. SOURCE: NBC Sports
Insight: Richard Sherman is still getting more annually ($14.35 million to Haden's $13.6 million) but Haden's deal includes more guaranteed money ($45 million to Sherman's $40 million). Haden intercepted four passes last season en route to his first Pro Bowl selection.
Ben Tate, RB5/12/2014 8:52:00 PM
Description: With Josh Gordon facing a lengthy suspension, the Browns will use a run-first offense in 2014. SOURCE: Pat McManamon, ESPN
Insight: Last season, the Browns led the NFL in passing attempts. This year, they might lead it in rushing attempts. Tate, a backup for his entire tenure in Houston, should be in for a special season as long as he can stay healthy.
Johnny Manziel, QB5/12/2014 8:46:00 PM
Description: According to Browns owner Jimmy Haslam, Johnny Manziel will serve as Brian Hoyer's backup quarterback during his rookie season. SOURCE: ESPN's SportsCenter
Insight: Nice try. It's good the Browns are trying to keep Manziel's ego in check but come on. Season ticket sales in Cleveland are at an all-time high and Manziel's jersey is flying off the shelves. If anyone other than Johnny Football starts Week 1 we'd be shocked.
Josh Gordon, WR5/12/2014 8:38:00 PM
Description: Peter King of Sports Illustrated believes Josh Gordon's suspension will fall somewhere in the range of 8-to-16 games.
Insight: Even if the ban is reduced to eight games on appeal, Gordon will still be missing a significant chunk of the season. Drug issues have followed Gordon throughout his career as this is the fifth drug test he's failed since college.
Vince Young, QB5/12/2014 8:34:00 PM
Description: The Browns have already cut quarterback Vince Young.
Insight: That leaves Cleveland with just four quarterbacks on its roster: Johnny Manziel, Brian Hoyer, Tyler Thigpen and Connor Shaw. Young hasn't played a snap since 2011 and at this point it would be surprising to ever see him play in the NFL again.
Josh Gordon, WR5/9/2014 6:19:00 PM
Description: According to ESPN's Outside the Lines, Browns receiver Josh Gordon could face a season-long suspension after failing a second drug test, this time for marijuana.
Insight: Cleveland was feeling good after the team drafted QB Johnny Manziel with the 22nd-overall pick Thursday night, but it didn't last. Gordon was suspended the first two games last year for using cough syrup that contained codeine, a banned substance in the NFL, and he was also suspended from Baylor's football team for failing a drug test for marijuana in 2011. He he ended up breaking out with 87 catches, 1,646 yards and nine touchdowns in 14 games last season.
Johnny Manziel, QB5/8/2014 10:51:00 PM
Description: Cleveland drafted former Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel with the 22nd pick in Thursday's NFL Draft.
Insight: This was reminiscent of the 2005 Draft when Aaron Rodgers fell to the Packers at pick No. 24 after being hyped as a potential No. 1 pick. It's not a bad landing spot for Manziel as he already has an established wide receiver in Josh Gordon and a productive tight end in Jordan Cameron. Of course, he'll need to beat out Brian Hoyer for the starting job first.
Vince Young, QB5/1/2014 9:27:00 PM
Description: The Browns have agreed to a one-year deal with former Titans quarterback Vince Young. SOURCE: Ian Rapoport, NFL.com
Insight: The team added him strictly for depth. Even if Young does make the team out of training camp, he's unlikely to see any snaps this season. The two-time Pro Bowler hasn't played in a game since 2011.
Nate Burleson, WR4/8/2014 8:24:00 PM
Description: The Browns have brought in receiver Nate Burleson on a one-year deal.
Insight: Burleson played just six games in 2012 due to a broken leg and nine last year with a broken arm (suffered in a car accident). The veteran averaged 4.3 receptions per game with the Lions over the last four seasons, but he'll likely be behind Josh Gordon, Greg Little and Andrew Hawkins on the depth chart in 2014 for a team with an unsettled QB situation.
Andrew Hawkins, WR3/18/2014 5:46:00 PM
Description: The Bengals chose not to match Cleveland's four-year offer sheet for wideout Andrew Hawkins. SOURCE: Adam Schefter, ESPN
Insight: The deal is worth $13.6 million. Hawkins will line up in the slot with Josh Gordon on the outside. In three seasons in Cincinnati, Hawkins was never a fantasy option (995 yards, 4 TD in 35 games).
Ben Tate, RB3/15/2014 5:25:00 PM
Description: Ben Tate's new two-year deal with Cleveland could pay him up to $7 million according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Insight: Tate fills a huge need for the Browns, who were forced to start ancient Willis McGahee at halfback last season. Now that he's out from Arian Foster's shadow, this will be a good chance for Tate to finally spread his wings. We smell a 1,000-yard season on the horizon.
Ben Tate, RB3/15/2014 10:33:00 AM
Description: Free agent Ben Tate will take a physical for the Cleveland Browns on Saturday and if he passes will sign with the team, according to a Cleveland Plain Dealer report.
Insight: Tate should immediately move to the top of the depth chart, ahead of the likes of Fozzy Whitaker, Edwin Baker, Dion Lewis and Jamaine Cook.
Jim Dray, TE3/13/2014 3:50:00 PM
Description: Former Cardinals tight end Jim Dray signed a deal with Cleveland.
Insight: Fantasy owners can scratch him off the list as he'll be behind Jordan Cameron. Dray posted career highs last season with 26 catches for 215 yards and a pair of scores. Jordan had that beat after Week 3 and finished with 80-917-7.
Jason Campbell, QB3/12/2014 4:24:00 PM
Description: Cleveland's roster purge continued Wednesday with the release of quarterback Jason Campbell. SOURCE: Browns on Twitter
Insight: Brian Hoyer and Alex Tanney are the only QBs remaining on the Browns' roster. There's a good chance Cleveland addresses this issue in the upcoming draft. Former Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel could be a possibility with the fourth pick.
Brandon Weeden, QB3/12/2014 4:06:00 PM
Description: The Brandon Weeden experiment has ended in Cleveland. SOURCE: Mike Silver, NFL.com
Insight: The Browns admitted defeat by cutting Weeden earlier today. With 26 interceptions and a 71.8 rating over his first 23 games, it's clear Weeden isn't starter material. He'll land a backup job this offseason ... if he's lucky.
Donte Whitner, S3/11/2014 8:21:00 PM
Description: Strong safety Donte Whitner will join the Browns on a four-year, $28 million contract. SOURCE: Adam Schefter, ESPN
Insight: Whitner produced 73 tackles, two forced fumbles and two interceptions last season with San Francisco. With Whitner and Joe Haden, the Browns should have one of the better secondaries in the league next season.
Karlos Dansby, LB3/11/2014 6:58:00 PM
Description: Karlos Dansby inked a four-year, $24 million deal with the Browns on Tuesday. SOURCE: Kent Somers, Arizona Republic
Insight: Dansby is coming off one of his best seasons. In 16 games for the Cardinals, the 6-foot-4 linebacker racked up 133 tackles, 6.5 sacks and four interceptions. He should have an immediate impact in Cleveland.
Davone Bess, WR3/5/2014 8:08:00 PM
Description: Cleveland has released troubled wideout Davone Bess.
Insight: Bess (42 catches, 362 yards, 2 TD in 2013) was just too much baggage for the rebounding Browns to handle. His arrest back in January was likely the last straw. It could be difficult for the 28-year-old to find work if teams think he's unstable.
Brandon Weeden, QB2/11/2014 8:19:00 PM
Description: Brandon Weeden wants the Browns to trade him. SOURCE: Chris Wesseling, NFL.com
Insight: Weeden lost his starting job multiple times last season and is unlikely to get it back in 2014. Brian Hoyer is the team's best option under center though Cleveland might still draft a quarterback with the fourth pick. Either way, it's going to be tough to drum up interest from other teams after Weeden's dismal 2013 campaign (70.3 QB rating, 52.8 completion percentage).
Alex Smith, TE12/30/2013 12:16:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati third string TE Alex Smith is out indefinitely with a dislocated wrist.
Insight: Hopefully the Bengals will have Tyler Eifert or Jermaine Gresham back in the lineup. If none can play Cincinnati will be forced to use fullback Orson Charles or tackle Dennis Roland at the tight end spot.
Buster Skrine, DB12/29/2013 2:00:00 PM
Description: Cleveland cornerback Buster Skrine hurt his shoulder Sunday against Pittsburgh and is questionable to return. SOURCE: Nate Ulrich, Akron Beacon Journal
Insight: He had one tackle before leaving. With Skrine and Joe Haden both out, the Steelers will have a chance to really hurt the Browns through the air. They're already leading 14-0 in the second quarter.
Joe Haden, CB12/29/2013 11:46:00 AM
Description: Browns cornerback Joe Haden will sit out Sunday's game against Pittsburgh.
Insight: He's been battling a hip injury for the last two weeks and with nothing to play for on Sunday, he'll get the afternoon off. With Haden gone, Steelers wideout Antonio Brown should put up huge numbers in Week 17.
Jordan Cameron, TE12/29/2013 11:43:00 AM
Description: Cleveland tight end Jordan Cameron will be available for Sunday's regular season finale against Pittsburgh.
Insight: Cameron (75 receptions, 848 yards, seven TD) missed last week's game with a concussion. The 25-year-old was invited to his first Pro Bowl earlier in the week.
Jordan Cameron, TE12/27/2013 12:52:00 PM
Description: Browns tight end Jordan Cameron (concussion) has been cleared to return to practice, according to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Insight: Cameron practiced Friday for the first time since suffering a concussion in Week 15. He has 75 catches, 848 yards and seven touchdowns in 14 games this season but has faded following the emergence of Josh Gordon as a bona fide star.

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