Brian Hoyer - QBPosted 10/21/14 12:47am ET
Cleveland Browns QB Brian Hoyer completed only 39 percent of his passes in the team's Week 7 game, which is the worst completion percentage by any quarterback this season. The Browns, however, said Hoyer remains the starting QB.
Huddle Up: While Hoyer has certainly bought himself some time with the 3-2 start, he had best take advantage of favorable matchups against the Raiders and Bucs the next two weeks, or we might see Johnny Football starting in November.
Ben Tate - RBPosted 10/21/14 11:06am ET
Cleveland Browns RBs Ben Tate, Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West were held to 69 yards on 33 carries in Week 7, and head coach Mike Pettine suggested a change was coming for the trio. 'We'll have a discussion this week as to how to best rotate those guys,' Pettine said. West was benched Sunday, Oct. 19, after failing to pick up a first down in two short-yardage situations. He had room to run on both carries but danced in the hole on one carry and ran into his lineman on the other.
Huddle Up: Tate had been mostly effective until last week; in his absence the tag-team of Crowell and West had success as well. Based on recent events--including Sunday's benching--the best guess is that Crowell and Tate will battle for the lead role with the other serving as a change of pace, with West the odd man out. It's a volatile fantasy situation at best.
Brian Hoyer - QBPosted 10/21/14 2:40pm ET
Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel could see some action in Week 8 against the Oakland Raiders, according to head coach Mike Pettine. However, Pettine said Monday, Oct. 20, that QB Brian Hoyer is still firmly entrenched as the team's starting quarterback. Hoyer completed a career-low 39 percent of his attempts against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 7 and threw for 215 yards with no touchdowns and an interception. He has completed only 41.3 percent of his passes in the last two weeks. Pettine blamed Hoyer's poor performance on the team's inability to run and set up play-action.
Huddle Up: Hoyer owners have known this is coming sooner or later, and the QB's poor performance last Sunday against previously winless Jacksonville looks to have jump-started the process. Hoyer, though, still has a chance to stave off the rookie with a strong bounce-back showing against the Raiders this week.
Terrance West - RBPosted 10/13/14 10:35am ET
Cleveland Browns RB Terrance West was a healthy scratch for Week 6 against the Pittsburgh Steelers, head coach Mike Pettine said Sunday, Oct. 12. The absence was not related to any kind of infraction, and Pettine said West needs to improve, and it comes down to practice.
Huddle Up: Ben Tate has staked a strong claim to the Browns' feature back gig since returning from injury, and Isaiah Crowell has emerged as the top complement. With Cleveland finding success it may be a while before West is given an opportunity to reclaim any sort of significant role in the Browns' backfield.
Ben Tate - RBPosted 10/2/14 3:53pm ET
Cleveland Browns RB Ben Tate (knee) is expected to start in Week 5 if he is able to play because Tate's experience allows the team to expand their playbook. RB Terrance West has been in front of RB Isaiah Crowell on the depth chart, but head coach Mike Pettine said Crowell may deserve more playing time. 'It's not an easy problem because if you spread it too thin over three then you run the risk of none of them really getting into the groove of the game,' Pettine said. 'If you restrict it to just two, now you're looking at potentially having a guy that's fresh on the sideline that's not doing anything. It is an issue and you kind of have to play it by ear.'
Huddle Up: Tate has been able to participate in practice this week, and it's looking like he'll see his first action since Week 1. For now, plan on having Tate available if you need him in your Week 5 starting lineup, and downgrade the fantasy values for Crowell and West.
Jordan Cameron - TEPosted 10/2/14 8:28pm ET
Cleveland Browns TE Jordan Cameron (shoulder) participated fully in practice Thursday, Oct. 2.
Huddle Up: Coming off the bye week, Cameron should be as healthy as he's been in a month for Week 5, and will be looking to break out following a disappointing 3-70-0 start.
Jordan Cameron - TEPosted 9/30/14 4:42pm ET
Cleveland Browns TE Jordan Cameron said he expects to deal with the sprained AC joint in his shoulder for the rest of the season. However, he said, 'I feel good. I feel healthy.'
Huddle Up: Cameron, who has only 3 receptions for 70 yards so far, had the extra week with the bye to add to his recovery time and definitely is deserves another shot in your fantasy lineup given his high upside and the lack of dependable pass-catchers in the Browns' passing game.
Ben Tate - RBPosted 9/30/14 4:42pm ET
Cleveland Browns RB Ben Tate (knee) returned to practice Tuesday, Sept. 30, for the first time since spraining his right knee in the season opener Sept. 7. Tate was wearing a brace on his knee while doing individual drills. It means that Tate is likely to return to action in Week 5 against the Tennessee Titans. He's expected to return to the starting lineup, too, despite the solid play of RBs Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell in his absence. "That's what we brought Tate here for, to be the starter," running backs coach Wilbert Montgomery said last week. "He's the No. 1 running back in this offense. Right now, you can say we miss him. We miss his experience. We miss his leadership with the group. Speaking from that standpoint, we'll be open arms and welcome to have Ben back into the fold."
Huddle Up: There's always the injury risk hanging over Tate's head, but if he plays, he'll projects as the team's top fantasy RB option with the 2 rookies splitting the leftover carries.
Terrance West - RBPosted 9/25/14 9:24am ET
Cleveland Browns RB Terrance West has been getting starts with RB Ben Tate (knee) on the sidelines, but Tate is healthy and RB Isaiah Crowell is looking for more touches. West received the second reps in the media portion of practice Wednesday, Sept. 24, following Crowell. Running backs coach Wilbert Montgomery also indicated Tate was brought in to be the starter and that Tate is 'the No. 1 running back in this offense.'
Huddle Up: Tate will resume his role as the starter and Crowell has the most long-term upside. Tate will be a RB2 once he's healthy again.
Andrew Hawkins - WRPosted 9/23/14 7:42pm ET
Cleveland Browns WR Andrew Hawkins is tied for fifth among wide receivers in targets (32) through three weeks.
Huddle Up: Hawkins has caught 21 of those 32 targets for 244 yards -- making him a definite starter in PPR leagues -- and all that's missing are the TD catches -- something that's eluded him since Week 14 of the 2012 season.
Ben Tate - RBPosted 9/19/14 2:06pm ET
Cleveland Browns RB Ben Tate (knee) did not participate in practice Friday, Sept. 19, and has been ruled out for Week 3.
Huddle Up: That of course means another week with rookies Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell shouldering the load. Last week vs. the Saints, West had 21 touches, 90 total yards and a TD, while Crowell had 12 for 57 and no TDs. Neither lost a fumble.
Jordan Cameron - TEPosted 9/19/14 2:06pm ET
Cleveland Browns TE Jordan Cameron (shoulder) was limited in practice Friday, Sept. 19, and is questionable for Week 3.
Huddle Up: Cameron was limited all week in practice, and it likely will come down to a game-time decision Sunday. Check in with the Huddle's Game-Day, Inactives and Weather report before kickoff.
Josh Gordon - WRPosted 9/19/14 4:02pm ET
Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon's suspension has officially been reduced from 16 games to 10 games, according to the NFL and NFL Players Association.Gordon avoided an additional two-game suspension by pleading guilty to a driving while intoxicated charge in Raleigh, N.C., Tuesday, Sept. 16. Gordon's guilty plea will not be disciplined under the new drug policy.
Huddle Up: At last, confirmation here following some scattershot reports -- unless, of course, Gordon manages to find more trouble in the meantime.
Jordan Cameron - TEPosted 9/18/14 3:36pm ET
Cleveland Browns TE Jordan Cameron (shoulder) is participating in practice Thursday, Sept. 18.
Huddle Up: That's two straight days of work for Cameron who sat out Week 2. See if the progress continues in the always-important Friday practice.
Josh Gordon - WRPosted 9/17/14 12:02am ET
Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon had his season-long suspension officially cut to 10 games Tuesday, Sept. 16. He could also avoid serving the mandatory two-game suspension for his DWI because he pled guilty to his drunken-driving charge early Tuesday before an agreement on the new-drug testing policy was reached, according to a league source.
Huddle Up: This is the best-case scenario for those holding on to last season's top fantasy wideout and, if there are no further alterations, that makes him eligible to return in Week 12.
Josh Gordon - WRPosted 9/17/14 10:46am ET
Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon is expected to return to the team's facility for conditioning and team meetings this week. He would be eligible to play against the Atlanta Falcons Nov. 23.
Huddle Up: And now we have a return date. Those of you squatting on Gordon, you get to determine if returning in Week 12--essentially the last couple regular season games and the fantasy playoffs--is worth holding a roster spot.
Jordan Cameron - TEPosted 9/17/14 3:56pm ET
Cleveland Browns TE Jordan Cameron (shoulder) was limited in practice Wednesday, Sept. 17.
Huddle Up: The stud TE missed Week 2 and will need to keep progressing in practice this week to make a Week 3 return. Stay tuned ...
Josh Gordon - WRPosted 9/16/14 4:05pm ET
Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon pled guilty to driving while intoxicated in North Carolina Tuesday, Sept. 16, according to the Wake County Clerk of Court. He received 12 months unsupervised probation and will have to pay $290 in court costs, as well as a $100 fine. Gordon's year-long suspension is expected to be reduced to 10 games once a final agreement on a new drug-testing policy is in place.
Huddle Up: Most reports indicate -- and, hey, they've been off base on this before -- that Gordon will receive an extra 2 games tacked on to his expected 10-game ban if and when this new drug policy is finally approved. So if you're stashing Gordon and don't feel you can spare the roster space until the fantasy playoffs, move on and find someone else.
Jordan Cameron - TEPosted 9/15/14 8:53pm ET
Cleveland Browns TE Jordan Cameron's (shoulder) status for Week 3 is uncertain at this point, according to head coach Mike Pettine. The team will know more about his status Wednesday, Sept. 17.
Huddle Up: Gary Barnidge filled in and caught all 4 of his targets for 41 yards in the win over the Saints, but Brian Hoyer and the Browns clearly could benefit from Cameron's athleticism. See what he's able to do in practice this week.
Ben Tate - RBPosted 9/15/14 8:53pm ET
Cleveland Browns RB Ben Tate (knee) likely will not be able to play Week 3, according to head coach Mike Pettine.
Huddle Up: Rookies Terrance West (90 total yards, TD) and Isaiah Crowell (57 yards) stepped in ably Sunday, and their fantasy owners will again have them as starting options Week 3 against the Ravens.
Josh Gordon - WRPosted 9/12/14 2:37pm ET
Updating an ongoing story, Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon's suspension is likely to be reduced to eight games when a new drug-testing agreement is reached, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Hey, congrats to all those who have held on to Gordon as it's looking like you could have the services of 2013's top fantasy WR for this season's homestretch.
Jordan Cameron - TEPosted 9/12/14 2:52pm ET
Cleveland Browns TE Jordan Cameron (shoulder) is listed as questionable for the team's Week 2 game.
Huddle Up: Cameron got in limited practice work Friday after sitting out Thursday, and now will be a game-time decision Sunday, according to the Akron Beacon-Journal. If you haven't already done so, have another option at the ready.
Josh Gordon - WRPosted 9/12/14 5:06pm ET
Updating a previous report, Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon's suspension will be reduced to 10 games if the NFL and NFL Players Association agree on a new drug policy, according to a source.
Huddle Up: That's still most of the fantasy season, but that would leave him as a factor for the stretch run and playoffs. Continue to hold on to him if you can spare the space.
Josh Gordon - WRPosted 9/12/14 8:51pm ET
Updating a previous report, Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon had his suspension reduced from a season-long ban to 10 games following the new agreement between the league and the NFLPA on a new drug policy.
Huddle Up: Gordon would be available for Weeks 12-17, assuming he doesn't get into anymore trouble in the meantime. Fantasy owners holding onto Gordon have a tough decision to make. In competitive leagues, it will be difficult to burn a roster spot for 11 more weeks but having Gordon during the stretch run is enticing. It's going to depend on one's league and roster makeup.
Ben Tate - RBPosted 9/10/14 9:18am ET
Cleveland Browns RB Ben Tate (knee) will miss two to four weeks with a knee sprain. No surgery is required at this point. RBs Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell will fill in for Tate.
Huddle Up: Shocking that the oft-injured Tate didn't even last one game with his new team. West and Crowell both played well in Tate's absence, and that may be the Browns' backfield duo going forward; in other words, Tate may not necessarily return to a full-time gig when healthy.
Jordan Cameron - TEPosted 9/10/14 5:02pm ET
Cleveland Browns TE Jordan Cameron underwent an MRI on his injured shoulder, which did not show any structural damage. He has a strained AC joint in his shoulder.
Huddle Up: "No structural damage" is good news for Cameron's fantasy owners, but it remains to be seen if the TE will miss any starts. Monitor his status the rest of the week.
Jordan Cameron - TEPosted 9/10/14 10:55pm ET
Updating a previous report, Cleveland Browns TE Jordan Cameron (shoulder) underwent an MRI on his sprained right shoulder and it showed no structural damage. 'Yeah, it's all good,' Cameron said. 'Right now, it's just a day-to-day thing. Just seeing how it feels when I wake up, and we'll go from there.' Cameron sprained his AC joint in Week 1, the second time he has done so since Aug. 2.
Huddle Up: Cameron's injury could linger all year, so the Browns my opt to sit him out this week against New Orleans to allow his shoulder to get more time to heal. If Cameron doesn't play, Gary Barnidge would get the start. He has no fantasy value.
Jordan Cameron - TEPosted 9/9/14 2:51pm ET
Cleveland Browns TE Jordan Cameron (shoulder) has no injury update on his status for Week 2, according to head coach Mike Pettine on Tuesday, Sept. 9.
Huddle Up: Cameron was in and out of action during the Week 1 loss to the Steelers and finished with only 2 catches for 47 yards, so his owners are going to have to stay on top of the updates coming out of northeast Ohio throughout the week.
Ben Tate - RBPosted 9/9/14 2:51pm ET
Cleveland Browns RB Ben Tate (knee) has no injury update on his status for Week 2, according to head coach Mike Pettine on Tuesday, Sept. 9.
Huddle Up: Tate, who finished Week 1 with 6 carries for 41 yards, left in the second quarter and didn't return with the unspecified knee issue. That's not good news -- especially given his injury history. Meanwhile, the Browns turned out to be more than fine using rookies Terrance West (16 rushes-100 yards) and Isaiah Crowell (5-32, 2 TDs) and might not be inclined to rush Tate back into action even if the injury turns out be minor.
Jordan Cameron - TEPosted 9/8/14 11:01am ET
Cleveland Browns TE Jordan Cameron (shoulder) tried to play through his shoulder injury in Week 1, but the pain forced him to leave after one play in the third quarter.
Huddle Up: Cameron is the marquee name in the Cleveland passing game at the moment, so his status bears watching this week.
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