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.
Corey Coleman - WRPosted 5/13/16 12:50pm ET
Cleveland Browns WR Corey Coleman signed his rookie four-year deal Friday, May 13. All first-round picks have fifth-year options in their contracts.
Huddle Up: With the all the positions in the Browns' WR corps up for grabs, the first wideout drafted should be the first rookie WR to come off the board in fantasy drafts as well this summer .
Josh Gordon - WRPosted 5/12/16 10:29am ET
Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon may not have a roster spot to return to if he's reinstated after the team drafted four wide receivers in the 2016 NFL Draft. The new regime in the front office has also said that high-character players were something they stressed in the draft.
Huddle Up: Given Gordon's track record there was no way the new regime could count on anything from him going forward. If he does get reinstated he could be given a chance to rejoin the team, but more likely the Browns are moving on and would see if they could get anything in a trade before releasing him into free agency.
Isaiah Crowell - RBPosted 5/5/16 12:00pm ET
Cleveland Browns RB Isaiah Crowell has a fan in head coach Hue Jackson, and his confidence in Crowell and RB Duke Johnson is why the team did not select a running back in the 2016 NFL Draft. Crowell led the team with 185 carries, 706 yards and four touchdowns in 2015. Jackson sees Crowell as a bellcow who can carry the load, and he is confident Crowell can find holes quicker this season.
Huddle Up: Jackson and Co. had best hope they're right as the Browns had 14 draft picks and did use one on a running back. Count on Crowell getting most of the team's carries this season, but keep your fantasy expectations in check.
Seth DeValve - TEPosted 5/3/16 12:38pm ET
Cleveland Browns TE Seth DeValve can present mismatches, according to executive vice president of football operations Sashi Brown. DeValve, who the Browns took in the fourth round in 2016, was a wide receiver that moved all across the field in college. The team termed him an 'H-back adjuster.' DeValve had two surgeries in college to correct a condition he had at birth, but it's not expected to hinder him as he prepares for rookie minicamp. Brown said the team was prepared to take him in the third round, but the fact he went to Princeton made him fall a round.
Huddle Up: The former Princeton standout was one of five wideouts drafted among the Browns' eight picks, and to reiterate once again, the team's wide receiver/pass-catching corps is a free-for-all outside of TE Gary Barnidge.
Rashard Higgins - WRPosted 5/1/16 2:25pm ET
Former Colorado State WR Rashard Higgins was selected by the Cleveland Browns with the 172nd pick in the fifth round of the NFL Draft.
Huddle Up: Higgins was the fourth of four wide receivers selected over the weekend by the Browns, who also landed Corey Coleman (first round), Ricardo Louis (fourth) and Jordan Payton (fifth). Throw in holdovers Brian Hartline, Andrew Hawkins, Taylor Gabriel, Marlon Moore and Terrelle Pryor, and it's going to be an training-camp free-for-all in the battle for roster spots and playing time.
Cody Kesslet - QBPosted 5/1/16 2:32pm ET
Cleveland Browns QB Cody Kessler will have a legitimate shot to beat out QB Robert Griffin III for the starting job in training camp and the preseason. 'It's a competition. We'll let it play out,' executive vice president of football operations Sashi Brown said Saturday, April 30.
Huddle Up: The third-round pick will certainly be in the mix, but as long as veteran Josh McCown is on the roster, he's a much-bigger threat to win the starting job. It's definitely one of the QB situations to keep an eye on this offseason.
Corey Coleman - WRPosted 4/29/16 12:33pm ET
Cleveland Browns WR Corey Coleman has the speed to turn short plays into long plays and will be a dynamic weapon in the offense, according to general manager Sashi Brown.
Huddle Up: Coleman does give the Browns an explosive playmaker, but he'll need to dramatically improve his route-running or depend on the Browns to manufacture ways to get him the ball for him to have an immediate impact.
Corey Coleman - WRPosted 4/28/16 10:15pm ET
The Cleveland Browns selected Baylor WR Corey Coleman with the 15th pick in the first round of the NFL Draft on Thursday, April 28.
Huddle Up: After trading down twice in the first round, the Browns still were able to get their choice of wide receivers and went with Coleman, adding a much-needed speed element to their WR corps. In actuality, just about any wideout would've helped Cleveland, and don't be surprised if it takes two more this weekend before its bounty of picks is expended.
Johnny Manziel - QBPosted 4/25/16 10:47am ET
Former Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel has been indicted by a Dallas County Grand Jury on a misdemeanor assault with bodily injury charge, according to sources in the Dallas County District Attorney office.
Huddle Up: The indictment will do nothing to encourage an NFL team to sign Manziel; in fact, if he does sign he'll likely face some sort of league-mandated discipline before he ever sees the field.
Johnny Manziel - QBPosted 4/20/16 10:39am ET
Free-agent QB Johnny Manziel (Browns) said Tuesday, April 19, that he is still focusing on preparing to be in the National Football League in 2016. 'I'm hoping to take care of the issues in front of me right now so I can focus on what I have to do if I want to play in 2016,' Manziel said.
Huddle Up: The advice here is not to hold your breath in anticipation of Manziel's return to the NFL.
Johnny Manziel - QBPosted 4/19/16 1:21pm ET
Free-agent QB Johnny Manziel (Browns) had his contract terminated by agent Drew Rosenhaus on Tuesday, April 19.
Huddle Up: That's two agents in two months dumping Johnny Football, who still -- shockingly -- hasn't hit rock bottom yet. Next up: His domestic-violence case is being heard by a Texas grand jury this week.
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