Gary Barnidge - TEPosted 6/30/15 5:08pm ET
Cleveland Browns TEs Gary Barnidge, Rob Housler and Jim Dray could all end up taking over for TE Jordan Cameron, who is now with the Miami Dolphins. Head coach Mike Pettine said the three tight ends provide some diversity and can be used in different ways.
Huddle Up: In other words, don't expect to see a hint of a glimpse of any Cleveland TE on your fantasy radar.
Johnny Manziel - QBPosted 6/28/15 11:24pm ET
Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel just 'needs more time' to develop and learn how to play from the pocket in order to become an effective NFL quarterback, according to Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Paul Guenther.
Huddle Up: With all of two starts and 35 pass attempts so far, the first-round pick definitely would seem to deserve more live-action opportunity to sink or swim, and you have to think he'll get it unless he totally spoils his chance with additional off-the-field antics or proves to be a unredeemable disaster in practice.
Josh Gordon - WRPosted 6/25/15 3:27pm ET
Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon has been in contact with an official from the team this offseason, according to a source. Gordon is serving a one-year suspension for multiple violations of the NFL's drug and alcohol policy but is allowed to be in contact with a front-office member.
Huddle Up: It's actually surprising the troubled wideout is still with the Browns, but it remains iffy that he'll ever suit up for the franchise again.
Isaiah Crowell - RBPosted 6/19/15 1:41pm ET
Cleveland Browns RB Isaiah Crowell could be the workhorse back if his ball security improves, according to offensive coordinator John DeFilippo.
Huddle Up: Third-round pick Duke Johnson has been all the rage in the Browns' offseason camps, but don't forget about Crowell, the undrafted free agent who totaled 694 yards from scrimmage and finished second to Cincy's Jeremy Hill (9) among league rookies with eight rushing TDs last season. While he isn't flashy, Crowell has has the lead-back size (5-11, 225) that Johnson (5-9, 205) doesn't.
Duke Johnson - RBPosted 6/18/15 2:15pm ET
Cleveland Browns RB Duke Johnson has been receiving repetitions at wide receiver, and offensive coordinator John DeFilippo said that's part of the plan for Johnson.
Huddle Up: The third-round pick has definite three-down potential and the ability to fill an immediate need for one of the most playmaker-needy teams in the league. Don't be surprised if the rookie winds up leading the Browns in offensive touches this season.
Duke Johnson - RBPosted 6/13/15 1:50pm ET
Cleveland Browns RB Duke Johnson has been performing well this offseason, showcasing his explosiveness and versatility. Johnson will compete with RBs Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West for the starting running back position. Johnson will not be an every-down back this season but will be moved around on offense so he can create matchup problems for the defense.
Huddle Up: Sounds like another committee in Cleveland, though Johnson may be the back to have especially in performance scoring systems. Crowell and West can battle for the goal line work, which has obvious value in TD-heavy scoring systems.
Dwayne Bowe - WRPosted 6/3/15 12:39am ET
Cleveland Browns WR Dwayne Bowe (knee) left practice Tuesday, June 2, due to a tweaked knee, but the injury is not believed to be serious. He limped off the field midway through the two-hour organized team activities (OTAs) practice. Head coach Mike Pettine said he might be sidelined until Thursday, June 4.
Huddle Up: Bowe is coming off three straight mediocre seasons in K.C. but is currently penciled in as the Browns' top wideout and will be a key for Josh McCown and the passing game. Doesn't sound like anything serious, but we'll keep an eye on Bowe's status over the next few days.
Terrance West - RBPosted 6/3/15 3:13pm ET
Cleveland Browns RB Terrance West had the first rep with the first-team offense in organized team activities (OTAs) Tuesday, June 2.
Huddle Up: That puts West atop the Browns' backfield depth chart, though for fantasy purposes both Isaiah Crowell and rookie Duke Johnson are held in higher regard. Hopefully this crowded backfield will be winnowed down to at least two--preferably one--by the time fantasy drafts start happening this August.
Johnny Manziel - QBPosted 6/1/15 9:47am ET
Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel was involved in an altercation with a fan on Saturday, May 30, at a PGA event. Manziel reportedly threw an water bottle at a fan who had been harassing him for an autograph.
Huddle Up: The punchlines just write themselves here, but right now Manziel is a backup quarterback in Cleveland, so the fantasy import of this news doesn't warrant the time you'll spend coming up with them. Though it is kinda fun.
Josh McCown - QBPosted 6/1/15 9:47am ET
Cleveland Browns QB Josh McCown said the lack of quarterback competition helps the team overall. 'More than anything, for me, I just believe it takes away from any kind of distraction that you can have and the team can just move in one direction, regardless of who that guy is,'' McCown said. 'It's helpful to just say, 'this is our guy until something happens and he's not our guy.''
Huddle Up: McCown has been involved in his share of quarterback competitions, so he speaks from experience. Right now he's the Browns' best option; take that as you see fit.
Josh McCown - QBPosted 5/29/15 1:19pm ET
Cleveland Browns QB Josh McCown appears firmly entrenched as the starting quarterback as the team's goal is to control the ball on the ground and have the quarterback manage the game.
Huddle Up: Unless turnovers become an issue -- and they kind of were last season when he finished sixth among QBs with 18 total giveaways -- McCown should be the man in Cleveland.
Johnny Manziel - OCPosted 5/15/15 2:02pm ET
Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel has turned off head coach Mike Pettine, while general manager Ray Farmer, owner Jimmy Haslam and offensive coordinator John DeFilippo believe Manziel can be salvaged, according to a source.
Huddle Up: With the owner and GM in Johnny Football's corner, look for the QB to get another shot at starting unless newcomer Josh McCown somehow can channel his 2013 run with the Bears.
Josh McCown - QBPosted 5/12/15 6:21pm ET
Cleveland Browns QB Josh McCown has taken control of the Cleveland offense and the locker room, according to new offensive coordinator John DeFilippo. Head coach Mike Pettine has already said that McCown's experience has given him the advantage for the starting quarterback position.
Huddle Up: Yeah, the Browns might be able to use a little leadership as they try to snap a string of seven straight losing seasons. Some production at the position also might be nice after Cleveland finished with the second-worst team passer rating (72.8) in the league last season -- finishing ahead of only the Jags (72.0).
Josh McCown - QBPosted 5/10/15 6:38pm ET
Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine has declared that QB Josh McCown will enter the 2015 season as the No. 1 quarterback on the team's depth chart. 'We're not going to start talking competition,' Pettine said. 'Josh will more than likely be the starter going into camp, and in the foreseeable future I don't see that changing.'
Huddle Up: Although Johnny Manziel reportedly is making some strides, the safe money has been on the veteran McCown all along opening the season as the Browns' starter. The soon-to-be 36-year-old QB, however, will have to play better than he did last season in Tampa, when threw 11 TDs and 14 interceptions in 11 games, going 1-10 as a starter.
Josh McCown - QBPosted 5/5/15 4:34pm ET
Cleveland Browns QB Josh McCown is the favorite to start training camp as the team's starting quarterback, with head coach Mike Pettine saying 'it's fair to say.' QB Johnny Manziel struggled last year as a rookie and was in rehab for 10 weeks. McCown is the most experienced quarterback the team has on roster.
Huddle Up: The soon-to-be 36-year-old McCown figures to be the Browns' most game-ready option when the season opener rolls around, but just be wary of expecting too much from the QB as outside of a 3-2 starting stint with the 2013 Bears in which he tossed 13 TDs and only 1 interception, McCown has a 14-30 record as a starter with a 48-to-58 TD-to-interception ratio.
Duke Johnson - RBPosted 5/3/15 4:01pm ET
Cleveland Browns RB Duke Johnson will be used separately from RBs Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West, according to head coach Mike Pettine. Browns general manager Ray Farmer compared Johnson to Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard and former Philadelphia Eagles RB Brian Westbrook.
Huddle Up: At 5-9 and 207 pounds, Johnson fits the change-of-pace mold, and he's also a strong pass-catcher, logging 38 receptions for 421 yards and three TDs this past season at Miami. That said, he could be the second Browns back to own in fantasy apart from whomever wins the starting job.
Johnny Manziel - QBPosted 4/20/15 10:23pm ET
Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel reported for the first day of voluntary workouts Monday, April 20.
Huddle Up: It's Johnny Football's first action since his stint in rehab--and Manziel's first opportunity to stake his claim to Cleveland's open QB job.
Johnny Manziel - QBPosted 4/11/15 7:46pm ET
Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel has been released from his rehab facility.
Huddle Up: Hopefully Manziel has his personal life in order and can now focus on the business of becoming a viable NFL quarterback.
Rob Housler - TEPosted 4/10/15 7:22pm ET
Cleveland Browns TE Rob Housler said hopes to receive a big role in the passing game next season, because he believes he can contribute on offense.
Huddle Up: The Browns certainly need a receiving threat at the TE position with the free-agent departure of Jordan Cameron, and Housler has shown he can be a threat, recording a combined 84 catches for 871 yards over the 2012-13 seasons.
Rob Housler - TEPosted 4/9/15 1:14pm ET
Free-agent TE Rob Housler (Cardinals) has agreed to terms with the Cleveland Browns on a one-year deal, according to a source. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: Housler, who caught a combined 84 passes for 871 yards over the 2012 and '13 seasons, becomes the early favorite to start in Cleveland with Gary Barnidge and Jim Dray the only other TEs currently on the roster.
Johnny Manziel - QBPosted 4/5/15 3:37pm ET
Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel played golf with his father Saturday, April 4, and is likely to be discharged from his rehab facility soon, possibly even next week.
Huddle Up: Whenever Johnny Football reconvenes with the Browns, he's going to have to show he's re-dedicated quickly as rumors persist that the franchise is looking to move on at the QB position.
Johnny Manziel - QBPosted 4/3/15 4:22pm ET
Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel may be out of time with the Browns, as ESPN insider Chris Mortensen indicated the team is ready to move on. 'I think about 90% that they have moved on (from Manziel) in their own minds except that they really don't know who they're going to get when Johnny leaves rehab, which has been an extended stay,' Mortensen said on ESPN's 'Mike and Mike in the Morning' Friday, April 3. 'He should be getting out sometime in the first week of April if they're satisfied that he's ready to go out and get into society and that whatever deep-rooted problems that he had has been addressed. The bottom line is that Johnny Manziel's future with the Browns has been in question. When they were putting together half of a new offensive staff, Manziel's name barely even came up in conversation.'
Huddle Up: It's fairly hard to fathom that the Browns wouldn't be so quick to give up on the 2014 first-round pick after only two rookie-year starts, but perhaps Johnny Football's issues run deeper than have even been reported. In any case, it appears the Josh McCown Era is gathering steam.
Miles Austin - WRPosted 3/31/15 11:08am ET
Free-agent WR Miles Austin (Browns) signed a one-year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles Monday, March 30. The deal is worth $2.3 million with $700,000 available in incentives, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Is Austin capable of filling the Jeremy Maclin role in Chip Kelly's offense? Looks like he'll at least get a shot. If he's still holding that gig the third week in August, you can start making some fantasy noise about him; until then, he's a low-end option.
Dwayne Bowe - WRPosted 3/31/15 7:32pm ET
Cleveland Browns WR Dwayne Bowe, who had zero touchdowns in 2014 with the Kansas City Chiefs, vows to be more productive with his new team in 2015. He said he has plans of 'going back to the Dwayne Bowe of 2010' when he scored 15 touchdowns in a breakout season. Bowe said the Browns plan to use him more downfield.
Huddle Up: In the four years since, Bowe has caught only 13 TDs. Additionally, he hasn't topped 801 receiving yards since 2012 and has dropped 31 passes in the last four years. Depending what the Browns do in the draft, Bowe could enter the season as the team's No. 1 WR, but that certainly doesn't guarantee top-30 fantasy wideout production given his spotty track record and the Browns' QB situation.
Garrett Hartley - PKPosted 3/25/15 10:58am ET
The Cleveland Browns may draft a kicker at the next NFL Draft in April. The kicking team currently includes K's Garrett Hartley, Travis Coons, and Carey Spear.
Huddle Up: Hartley would be the name you might recognize of that group, though the Browns offense has some proving to do before fantasy owners trust whomever their kicker might be to be a regular contributor.
Johnny Manziel - QBPosted 3/24/15 2:39pm ET
Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel is expected back with the team for offseason workouts April 20 after completing more than two months of treatment.
Huddle Up: Hopefully, Johnny Football can now focus on football, and he's going need to all the work, prep and reps he can get with the Browns already signing veteran Josh McCown and hinting that they'll draft another QB in a month.
Johnny Manziel - QBPosted 3/14/15 1:11am ET
Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel is still in inpatient rehab, but he is likely at the point where he can leave the facility for brief stints. Earlier reports said that he had left the facility.
Huddle Up: We haven't seen any party tweets or Vegas Facebook photos of late from Johnny Football so he still might be busy getting his off-field act together.
Jordan Cameron - TEPosted 3/13/15 12:57am ET
Free-agent TE Jordan Cameron (Browns) has signed with the Miami Dolphins, the team announced Thursday, March 12. Cameron signed a two-year deal worth $15 million, according to an ESPN report.
Huddle Up: The signing capped an eventful news day for Cameron, after an earlier report had him re-signing with the Browns. Cameron exploded for an 80-917-7 season in 2013, but slipped all the way to 24-424-2 last year after missing six games with concussion and shoulder issues. The Dolphins also still have TE Charles Clay, who is signed to the one-year transition tag, but he has been receiving interest from the Bills, and ironically, the Browns.
Jordan Cameron - TEPosted 3/12/15 8:08pm ET
Free-agent TE Jordan Cameron (Browns) re-signed with the Cleveland Browns on Thursday, March 12, for two years and $15 million, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Fairly big surprise here as Cameron was regarded to be all but gone in Cleveland after suffering three concussions in three years. Still, the Browns also visited with free-agent TE Charles Clay, who's under a transition tag with the Dolphins, and look to have come to the conclusion that keeping Cameron was their best TE move after all.
Jordan Cameron - TEPosted 3/12/15 8:30pm ET
Free-agent TE Jordan Cameron (Browns) is reportedly in negotiations with the Miami Dolphins. It was originally reported that Cameron had re-signed with the Cleveland Browns.
Huddle Up: More free-agent craziness as it sounds like a false report leaked. In any case, it could essentially shape up to be a swap of TEs as Dophins' free agent Charles Clay was visiting Cleveland on Thursday. Stay tuned ...
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