Hue Jackson - HCPosted 7/28/16 2:04pm ET
Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson said the team will name its starting quarterback before their first preseason game.
Huddle Up: While Jackson and the Browns are playing it safe by not handing the keys over immediately, make no mistake it's RGIII's gig to lose, and he's going to have to look pretty awful early in camp for that to happen.
Isaiah Crowell - RBPosted 7/25/16 8:42am ET
Cleveland Browns RB Isaiah Crowell could reach 1,000 rushing yards this year, according to beat writer Mary Kay Cabot, and Cabot believes Crowell is going to receive a 'bulk' of the carries this season.
Huddle Up: Hue Jackson is the coach, so you know there will be a high volume of carries. If you slot Crowell in the Jeremy Hill role and Duke Johnson playing the part of Giovani Bernard from Jackson's last stop as OC in Cincinnati, Crowell should see the larger portion of a 60/40 split in carries. He'll need to be better than last year's 3.8 yards per carry to reach the 1,000-yard mark, but all indications are he'll be given the opportunity to do so.
Josh Gordon - WRPosted 7/25/16 4:06pm ET
Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon is being reinstated by the NFL conditionally, according to a source. He will be suspended for the first four games of the season.
Huddle Up: Huge news for Browns fans and a chance to almost certainly overdraft the wideout who has not played since 2014 and only had five games that year. His last and only big season was in 2013. He'll be a plus to the mix for Cleveland assuming he is still in reasonably good shape. But it is an entirely new Browns offense and scheme that he greets him.
Duke Johnson - RBPosted 7/24/16 1:09pm ET
Cleveland Browns RB Duke Johnson will line up at wide receiver at times during the season because the team likes to find different ways to throw passes to Johnson.
Huddle Up: No surprise as Johnson caught 61 passes last season as a rookie -- ranking fourth among RBs -- and the Browns and new coach Hue Jackson are going to have to be creative in getting their best players the most snaps -- even if it means using Isaiah Crowell at RB and Johnson as a pass-catcher in the same formation.
Josh Gordon - WRPosted 7/22/16 1:44pm ET
Updating previous reports, Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon has no timetable for a decision on his potential reinstatement, but one source said it isn't expected for at least six weeks.
Huddle Up: In other words, if you're taking a late-round flyer on Gordon somehow playing this year, it is as advertised: A late-round flyer.
Josh Gordon - WRPosted 7/20/16 1:00am ET
Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon would be welcomed back by the team if he is reinstated after eligible to apply Aug. 1, according to beat writer Mary Kay Cabot. Head coach Hue Jackson has said everyone will begin with a clean slate and that includes Gordon.
Huddle Up: If it were any other team but the Browns, things might be different, but this is a franchise that is barren as they come when it comes to talented skill-position players.
Isaiah Crowell - RBPosted 7/12/16 1:12pm ET
Updating a previous report, Cleveland Browns RB Isaiah Crowell might be in hot water for posting a controversial anti-police photo on social media, but beat writer Mary Kay Cabot says that the team is not believed to have any plans to cut the embattled back.
Huddle Up: Maybe so, but perhaps the Browns will now plan on moving second-year back Duke Johnson more toward the forefront and rely less on Crowell.
Corey Coleman - WRPosted 7/11/16 10:52pm ET
Cleveland Browns WR Corey Coleman likely will the team's No. 1 wide receiver in 2016, in the opinion of the Cleveland Plain Dealer's Mary Kay Cabot. Coleman needs to improve his route running as well as his grasp of the offense but showed great athleticism and hands during offseason workouts.
Huddle Up: It's hardly a shocking development that a team devoid of playmakers thinks their first-round pick will be their go-to wide receiver. Where Coleman shakes out as a fantasy helper is another matter entirely; the opportunity should be there in Cleveland, but that isn't necessarily enough to make him any more than a third or fourth fantasy WR on most self-respecting rosters.
Duke Johnson - RBPosted 7/7/16 12:43pm ET
Cleveland Browns RB Duke Johnson is expected to run the ball more than he did last year in new head coach Hue Jackson's offense, according to Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Huddle Up: Johnson had 104 rushes and 74 targets (with 61 receptions) as a rookie last season, but it sounds like more imbalance may be in store in Year Two, even with Isaiah Crowell expected to be the team's lead back.
Josh McCown - QBPosted 7/5/16 12:54pm ET
Cleveland Browns QB Josh McCown may not make the 53-man roster, according to ESPNCleveland.com's Tony Grossi.
Huddle Up: If so, the veteran QB will find another home quickly, and the Browns might have been wise to deal him earlier this offseason.
Robert Griffin III - QBPosted 6/30/16 1:11pm ET
Cleveland Browns QB Robert Griffin III is likely to be the starter in 2016 as head coach Hue Jackson appears to be 'all-in' on Griffin. Jackson and quarterback's coach Pep Hamilton have coached Griffin up on every aspect of the position, and Griffin has worked on sliding and throwing the ball away.
Huddle Up: No surprise here as the Browns didn't sign the QB to sit on the bench. He's going to get a lengthy test-drive, and is worth a late-round gamble if you're among the last in your standard-size league to draft a QB2.
Robert Griffin III - QBPosted 6/28/16 1:24am ET
Cleveland Browns QB Robert Griffin III will have to earn the starting job during the offseason, training camp and the preseason. Beat writer Tony Grossi said in a radio interview Monday, June 27, that Griffin has been underwhelming. 'He is learning a new offense. First of all he is healthy, he's very healthy. He looks physically like the old Robert Griffin in that he's moving great, he can zing the ball pretty well, but that's just the first step,' Grossi said.
Huddle Up: Fortunately for RG3, all he has to do is beat out Josh McCown for the Browns' starting gig. So if he can work his way up to simply "whelming", he'll probably be Cleveland's starter.
Robert Griffin III - QBPosted 6/26/16 1:56pm ET
Cleveland Browns QB Robert Griffin III is working on planting his back foot before throwing passes, and head coach Hue Jackson said Griffin is doing a good job of checking the ball down.
Huddle Up: Many are projecting a return to fantasy relevance for the QB, but we at the Huddle aren't buying it -- for now -- as he's currently ranked as the 34th QB on the board in the preseason rankings.
Andrew Hawkins - WRPosted 6/26/16 8:18pm ET
Cleveland Browns WR Andrew Hawkins missed eight games with a concussion and other injuries in 2015, but he has looked good as a slot receiver during offseason workouts.
Huddle Up: Hawkins is the Browns' top-returning WR in terms of receiving yards (276) but he faces a battle for a roster spot with the team drafting no fewer than five wideouts this spring. Either Hawkins or fellow holdover Taylor Gabriel figure to stick, but both sticking around could be iffy.
Corey Coleman - WRPosted 6/11/16 11:46am ET
Cleveland Browns WR Corey Coleman was very impressive during organized team activities and minicamp after working himself into NFL shape, according to head coach Hue Jackson. Jackson said Coleman is a tremendous player but still needs to earn his playing time.
Huddle Up: Cute that Jackson is making Coleman earn his playing time, as there are few if any playmakers on the Browns roster to challenge Coleman for that role. Better the first-round pick is impressing, however, than the alternative.
Gary Barnidge - TEPosted 6/9/16 12:07pm ET
Cleveland Browns TE Gary Barnidge said he will be ready for training camp despite undergoing sports hernia surgery last week. Barnidge said he had the surgery when he did so he wouldn't have to miss any time during the regular season.
Huddle Up: A preventative measure by the 2015 breakout tight end, and a number of eyes will certainly be on him late next month as he enters camp as the Browns' only proven offensive weapon.
Isaiah Crowell - RBPosted 6/3/16 11:06am ET
Cleveland Browns RB Isaiah Crowell is expected to be the starting running back when the regular season commences, according to ESPNCleveland.com's Tony Grossi.
Huddle Up: Duke Johnson is receiving most of the fantasy buzz this offseason, but after seeing Hue Jackson use a Jeremy Hill/Giovani Bernard committee in Cincinnati you have to expect Cleveland to employ a similar strategy. Crowell will handle the Hill role, which last season accounted for the larger share of the backfield touches.
Robert Griffin III - QBPosted 6/2/16 11:10am ET
Cleveland Browns QB Robert Griffin III has not officially been named the starting quarterback yet, and head coach Hue Jackson is not ready to name a starter at this point. 'When the time is right, trust me, you guys will be the first to know,' Jackson said. Jackson has seen improvements in Griffin, who he says is getting better every day, but added that the Browns need to make the right choice, not just the fast choice.
Huddle Up: No reason to make anything official until training camp, but if RG3 is not the starter then the Browns will have made a huge mistake in trading out of the top of the draft without landing a quarterback--and essentially be killing time until they select their next franchise quarterback at the top of the 2017 draft.
Gary Barnidge - TEPosted 6/2/16 11:13am ET
Cleveland Browns TE Gary Barnidge (hernia) underwent sports hernia surgery Thursday, June 2, and will be sidelined until at least the start of training camp, according to head coach Hue Jackson.
Huddle Up: It's never good news when a player goes under the knife, but this is happening early enough that Barnidge should be at full go for the start of training camp. It also gives rookie Seth Devalve more reps as well.
Josh Gordon - WRPosted 6/2/16 4:08pm ET
Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon has received help for his off-field issues, according to team official Jim Brown. 'His way of expressing himself, the responsibility he was taking made me feel really very motivated about his chance of getting back,'' Brown said.
Huddle Up: Gordon, who was suspended last season and has only played in five games since his huge 2013 season, is now working toward Aug. 1 when he can once again apply for reinstatement.
Isaiah Crowell - RBPosted 5/29/16 9:26pm ET
Cleveland Browns RB Isaiah Crowell and RB Duke Johnson will lead a smash-mouth, run-first offense, according to running backs coach Kirby Wilson.
Huddle Up: That would mark a departure from a year ago when the Browns ran only 36.5 percent of their offensive plays -- the seventh-lowest total in the league. Right now, though, the Huddle has both ranked in RB4 territory, and it might take an injury to the other for one of the Cleveland backs to move up.
Terrelle Pryor - WRPosted 5/27/16 10:50am ET
Cleveland Browns WR Terrelle Pryor said he is much improved as a receiver compared to where he was last year. '(I'm) 10 times (better than last year),' Pryor said after an OTA practice. 'I look at the film and it amazes me, and I give that to (receivers coach Al) Saunders, because just sitting there and doing the extra meeting time with him and him really breaking down certain routes to me and how he wants them run, it's awesome.' At 6-4, Pryor towers over most cornerbacks. He's playing with confidence in practices and is showing full effort.
Huddle Up: Pryor seems to be ascending the learning curve since switching positions. And the Browns definitely have a need for a play-making pass-catcher. It's still too early to know if Pryor can be that guy as early as this year, but his upside is worthy of a stash in deeper dynasty leagues.
Duke Johnson - RBPosted 5/24/16 10:45am ET
Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson believes RB Duke Johnson can be an every-down running back in the NFL. Johnson had a chance to win the starting job in 2015 but suffered a hamstring injury.
Huddle Up: Hey, if you can make plays Cleveland wants you on the field. Jackson coached up Gio Bernard into a feature back role a couple seasons ago in Cincinnati, so seeing Duke take the majority of the Browns' backfield touches wouldn't be a stretch. Isaiah Crowell is playing the Jeremy Hill role, suggesting more of a two-pronged approach to the ground game in Cleveland, but there's no questioning Johnson's upside if he can stay healthy.
Brian Hartline - WRPosted 5/24/16 10:45am ET
Cleveland Browns WR Brian Hartline was released Monday, May 23, according to a source.
Huddle Up: The Browns are searching for answers at wide receiver, and Hartline wasn't it. Don't be surprised if he lands at the bottom end of another team's receiver rotation in training camp, but any days he had as a fantasy factor are behind him.
Corey Coleman - WRPosted 5/23/16 12:08pm ET
Cleveland Browns WR Corey Coleman should see the ball early and often, according to beat writer Mary Kay Cabot, and she believes he will take over as the No. 1 receiver immediately.
Huddle Up: Gutsy call, Mav; and who exactly is Coleman's competition for the Browns' No. 1 wide receiver? Josh Gordon isn't returning any time soon, Travis Benjamin is in San Diego... the whole reason the Browns drafted Coleman was to add a playmaking pass-catcher to an offense devoid of one. Put another way: if Coleman doesn't take over as the team's No. 1 receiver immediately, this new Browns' administration will be out of work before you can list all the quarterbacks who have taken snaps for Cleveland since Bernie Kosar stepped away from the game.
Josh McCown - QBPosted 5/20/16 6:14pm ET
Cleveland Browns QB Josh McCown has performed well during organized team activities this week and appears to have a good grasp on the new offense.
Huddle Up: Despite the rumors of his pending release, McCown might make himself too valuable for the Browns to let go in case the RGIII experiment goes awry. Stay tuned ...
Joe Haden - CBPosted 5/19/16 1:39pm ET
Cleveland Browns CB Joe Haden (ankle) said he believes he'll return in time for the regular season. Haden wasn't so sure about training camp, but said he'll try to be ready in time when that starts in late July. As reported earlier, Haden shed his walking boot Tuesday, May 17.
Huddle Up: IDP alert as Haden is coming off an extremely rough year in which he was limited to five games and two passes defensed.
Terrelle Pryor - WRPosted 5/19/16 1:45pm ET
Cleveland Browns WR Terrelle Pryor has flashed the past few days in organized team activities and head coach Hue Jackson said Pryor is working hard and getting better every day.
Huddle Up: The offseason and practice raves continue for the QB-turned-wideout, but the time is nigh for Pryor to follow through and lock down a regular-season roster spot this summer given the wide-open WR depth chart in Cleveland.
Robert Griffin III - QBPosted 5/15/16 11:03pm ET
Cleveland Browns QB Robert Griffin III or any other player won't be named the starting quarterback until they earn it, according to head coach Hue Jackson, but Jackson said that he expects to name the Week 1 starter well before the season opener.
Huddle Up: Josh McCown, Austin Davis and rookie third-rounder are the others in the running for now, but its definitely RGIII's gig to lose.
Corey Coleman - WRPosted 5/15/16 2:06pm ET
Cleveland Browns WR Corey Coleman must get into better shape for his rookie season, according to head coach Hue Jackson 'He's got to get in shape,' Jackson said. 'He's explosive and he can catch the ball. He's extremely talented and gifted. (But) he's one of the guys that has to get in shape. He saw himself, 'whoa, this is different.' And it is. But we'll get him to where he needs to be.'
Huddle Up: Yeah, just a little different from running fly patterns at Baylor, but at least Coleman has nearly four months to get himself in regular-season game shape.
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