Josh McCown - QBPosted 2/11/16 8:05pm ET
Cleveland Browns QB Josh McCown is the starting quarterback for the Browns as of now. QB Johnny Manziel will be on his way out next month, too, which causes Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer to believe the Browns will take a quarterback with their No. 2 overall pick, namely California QB Jared Goff or North Dakota State QB Carson Wentz.
Huddle Up: If the Titans retain the No. 1 overall pick, the Browns could have their choice of QBs with the soon-to-be 37-year-old McCown keeping the seat warm.
Johnny Manziel - QBPosted 2/9/16 10:05am ET
Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel's ex-girlfriend issued an affidavit that said Manziel hit her so hard during a late-night confrontation that she lost hearing in one ear. Colleen Crowley suffered a ruptured eardrum, which is expected to heal eventually. She is seeking to obtain a protective order against Manziel. Manziel is currently under criminal investigation on allegations of domestic violence. 'Fearful for my life, I hit (Manziel) several times, hoping I could back out of the car,' she said in the affidavit, adding Manziel 'threw me off of him and I hit my head on the car window and I fell into the passenger floorboard.'
Huddle Up: Doesn't bode well for Manziel, either in Cleveland or with another NFL team--at least not in the immediate future.
Josh Gordon - WRPosted 2/7/16 12:32pm ET
Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon must convince NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell he won't slip up again in the future in order to be reinstated. 'Our No. 1 issue here is to prevent these things from happening,' Goodell said Friday, Feb. 5. 'I'm hopeful that Josh understands that he's going to have to conduct himself differently going forward to be a member of the NFL and to be representing the Cleveland Browns, or any team in the NFL.'
Huddle Up: Oddly, Gordon's troubles have been put in the back-burner and even pale in comparison to that of current Browns QB Johnny Manziel. Gordon, though, has served his time and look for him to be reinstated for the 2016 season.
Johnny Manziel - QBPosted 2/5/16 9:44am ET
Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel allegedly threatened to kill his ex-girlfriend and himself after forcing her into a car, hitting her and dragging her by her hair. Colleen Crowley, Manziel's ex-girlfriend, also said she believed Manziel may have been on drugs or having a psychotic breakdown at the time of the incident.
Huddle Up: On the bright side, the police have decided not to charge Manziel with anything--other than maybe swirling his once-promising NFL career right down the toilet.
Travis Benjamin - WRPosted 2/4/16 6:17pm ET
Cleveland Browns WR Travis Benjamin said he could get a deal done with the Browns before March. Furthermore, he spoke with new head coach Hue Jackson, who said he loves Benjamin's skill set and that 2016 will hopefully be a great season for the Browns.
Huddle Up: While Benjamin isn't a No. 1 WR, his 2015 breakout season (68-966-5) and kick-return skills certainly make him a valuable asset for the talent-poor Browns.
Josh Gordon - WRPosted 2/2/16 10:00am ET
Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon said he plans to 'disassociate' himself from those that could be contributing to keeping him out of the NFL. Gordon has been suspended a year for multiple violations of the league's substance abuse policy, and he recently applied for reinstatement. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will make a decision within 60 days of Gordon's application.
Huddle Up: By most accounts Gordon has stayed on the straight and narrow during his suspension, and he's saying all the right things as he looks to be reinstated. The Browns could do him a favor by ridding the roster of Johnny Manziel, who looks to be exactly the kind of element Gordon needs to 'disassociate' himself from.
Johnny Manziel - QBPosted 2/2/16 10:00am ET
Updating a previous report, Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel is still being investigated for a possible assault of an ex-girlfriend Saturday, Jan. 30. The investigation is ongoing, and it is the second time in as many months that the NFL has investigated Manziel for a domestic incident.
Huddle Up: It doesn't take a conviction or even charges for the NFL to suspend a player, and with Manziel already a question mark as to his ability to be a starting quarterback in the league a black mark on his character record won't help.
Johnny Manziel - QBPosted 2/2/16 6:00pm ET
Updating a previous report, Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel will be cut March 9, according to a source, as reported earlier. The Browns will entertain any late-round trade offers for Manziel, but they don't expect that to transpire, especially after Manziel's off-field antics.
Huddle Up: So it sounds like coming soon: Johnny Free Agent.
Travis Benjamin - WRPosted 1/26/16 9:57am ET
Cleveland Browns impending free-agent WR Travis Benjamin could be a top priority for the Browns this offseason after totaling 68 catches for 966 yards and five touchdowns. He was also fourth in the NFL with 11.6 yards per punt return.
Huddle Up: The Browns have a new run-oriented coach, still need a quarterback, and should get suspended Josh Gordon back. That doesn't exactly scream "priority" for Benjamin, especially if he's looking to get paid.
Isaiah Crowell - RBPosted 1/22/16 9:02am ET
Cleveland Browns RB Isaiah Crowell ran for 371 yards and three touchdowns over the final five games of 2015, and Liz Loza of Yahoo! Sports believes the offensive philosophy of new head coach Hue Jackson's will benefit Crowell.
Huddle Up: Jackson is definitely an RB-friendly coach, and the Browns have an offensive line that should feed into his strengths. Whether Crowell is the guy Hue tabs as his go-to back, however, remains to be seen. Duke Johnson lurks in a potential Giovani Bernard-type role, and the Browns could use the draft and/or free agency to augment the position on their roster.
Johnny Manziel - QBPosted 1/21/16 2:07pm ET
Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel (concussion) has cleared the concussion protocol, according to team official Sashi Brown. Manziel was fined for missing a treatment Jan. 3.
Huddle Up: Your obligatory Johnny Football update ...
Josh Gordon - WRPosted 1/20/16 9:20am ET
Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon has applied for reinstatement to the league, confirmed a source with knowledge of the process who requested anonymity because of the league's confidentiality rules. Gordon's fate will be known within 60 days of the receipt of his application, per rules of the reinstatement process. He is under the Browns' control for 2016. If reinstated, Gordon can become a restricted free-agent in 2017.
Huddle Up: That timetable puts a decision on Gordon well in advance of the 2016 Draft, so the Browns can plan accordingly re: a quarterback to throw to Gordon and/or more receivers to replace/compliment Gordon. Gordon flashed in 2013 but was mostly ordinary in a brief 2014 appearance, and he'll be playing for a contract as a potential 2017 free agent if he's cleared to return next season.
Johnny Manziel - QBPosted 1/5/16 9:12am ET
Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel (concussion) was sent home from practice Wednesday, Dec. 30, because he showed up 'disheveled and inebriated,' according to sources.
Huddle Up: If this is true, Manziel has bigger issues than just trying to be the Browns' quarterback. It won't help him land a job elsewhere, either.
Austin Davis - QBPosted 12/31/15 12:01pm ET
Updating previous reports, Cleveland Browns QB Austin Davis will start in place of QB Johnny Manziel (concussion) Sunday, Jan. 3, against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Huddle Up: At least the Browns can use Week 17 to take a long look at their quarterback of the future... whether he's on the sidelines or playing in a college bowl game.
Johnny Manziel - QBPosted 12/30/15 4:17pm ET
Updating a previous report, Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel has been diagnosed with a concussion, and his status for Week 17 against the Pittsburgh Steelers is now in question.
Huddle Up: No one knows when Manziel sustained the injury, but according to Browns' coaches, the QB did take a "pretty good shot" in Sunday's loss in Kansas City. In any case, Manziel looks doubtful to play in the regular-season finale, leaving Austin Davis as the probable starter against the Steelers.
Isaiah Crowell - RBPosted 12/25/15 4:02pm ET
Cleveland Browns RB Isaiah Crowell (non-injury) was a full participant in practice Friday, Dec. 25, and he is probable for the Week 16 game against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Huddle Up: Crowell will go Sunday, and the Browns likely will need him with rookie RB Duke Johnson a question mark.
Duke Johnson - RBPosted 12/25/15 4:02pm ET
Cleveland Browns RB Duke Johnson was a limited participant in practice Friday, Dec. 25, and he is listed as questionable for the Week 16 game against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Huddle Up: Duke Johnson owners are going to need to keep on top of the pre-game inactives list Sunday to check on the status of the RB, who's had at least 84 total yards from scrimmage in each of the last two games.
Isaiah Crowell - RBPosted 12/24/15 10:36pm ET
Cleveland Browns RB Isaiah Crowell (non-injury) did not participate in practice Thursday, Dec. 24.
Huddle Up: Crowell, the Browns' leading rusher with 565 yards on 154 carries, missed his second day for undisclosed personal reasons but should be able to play Sunday in K.C.
Josh Gordon - WRPosted 12/17/15 8:07am ET
Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon is eligible to apply for reinstatement Feb. 3, a year after his indefinite drug ban was announced by the National Football League. According to sources Gordon is doing 'outstanding.'
Huddle Up: The Browns could sure use a playmaking receiver like Gordon. Oh yeah, and a quarterback to get him the ball. Maybe Johnny Manziel will do?
Isaiah Crowell - RBPosted 12/15/15 4:00pm ET
Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine said the team's running game has shifted from an outside scheme to focus more inside. RB Isaiah Crowell ran for 145 yards and two touchdowns in Week 14 over the San Francisco 49ers. 'We had some pull plays where we were blocking down and kicking out. We ran a good amount of inside zone where I thought the backs had real good vision. We realized our fastball anymore is not the outside zone, and it has transitioned to more of a downhill zone with some complementary gap-scheme runs,' Pettine said.
Huddle Up: It's no doubt too late for most Crowell owners, but even if not, beware of a rugged matchup this week in Seattle.
Brian Hartline - WRPosted 12/15/15 8:30pm ET
Cleveland Browns WR Brian Hartline (collarbone) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Tuesday, Dec. 15, with a broken collarbone.
Huddle Up: Hartline had been hot with eight receptions in each of his last three games, but now it'll be up to Travis Benjamin, Marlon Moore, Terrelle Pryor and possibly Taylor Gabriel to pick up the WR slack.
Gary Barnidge - TEPosted 12/11/15 9:45pm ET
Cleveland Browns TE Gary Barnidge (ankle) was limited during practice Friday, Dec. 11, and is listed as questionable for the Week 14 game against the San Francisco 49ers.
Huddle Up: Barnidge has been limited in practice all week but he's still expected to play on Sunday. Barnidge will be a TE1 against the 49ers assuming he's active.
Gary Barnidge - TEPosted 12/10/15 4:39pm ET
Cleveland Browns TE Gary Barnidge announced on Twitter he signed a multi-year extension Thursday, Dec. 10. Other details were not immediately available.
Huddle Up: With 60 receptions for 817 yards and seven TDs, the 30-year-old Barnidge is having a career year and is tied for third among tight ends with 124 fantasy points. The talent-poor Browns need all the playmakers they can find so locking up Barnidge for the next few seasons was a no-brainer.
Travis Benjamin - WRPosted 12/10/15 7:24pm ET
Cleveland Browns WR Travis Benjamin (shoulder) said he will be able to play in Week 14 against the San Francisco 49ers.
Huddle Up: The Browns' receiving leader (in terms of receiving yards) was limited in practice Thursday, Dec. 10 after sitting out the day before and the Week 13 loss to the Bengals, so see if he can ramp things up to full participation Friday.
Travis Benjamin - WRPosted 12/9/15 4:15pm ET
Cleveland Browns WR Travis Benjamin (shoulder) is out of practice Wednesday, Dec. 9.
Huddle Up: Not a real surprise as it's the Browns' first practice of the week, and there's optimism that the team's leading receiver (826 yards on 54 catches) will be able to play Sunday against the Niners. Stay tuned ...
Johnny Manziel - QBPosted 12/8/15 3:49pm ET
Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel will officially start in Week 14 against the San Francisco 49ers the team announced Tuesday, Dec. 8.
Huddle Up: It will be the fourth start of the season for Manziel, who has averaged 237.3 yards in his other starts while throwing for four TDs and an interception.
Johnny Manziel - QBPosted 12/7/15 9:04am ET
Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel is likely to start the final four games, according to sources. An announcement could come Monday, Dec. 7.
Huddle Up: Apparently there are conditions Manziel needs to meet, so he's not out of the doghouse just yet. But with Josh McCown done for the year the Browns need to take advantage of this opportunity and see what Manziel can do for them--or if they need to go back to the drawing board for a quarterback yet again.
Johnny Manziel - QBPosted 12/7/15 2:57pm ET
Updating an earlier report, Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel will be named the starting quarterback Monday, Dec. 7, sources told ESPN's Chris Mortensen.
Huddle Up: After a one week disaster with Austin Davis under center, the Browns will turn to Manziel. Manziel had shown some improvement earlier in the year but he's still no more than a mid-range QB2 for fantasy purposes.
Travis Benjamin - WRPosted 12/7/15 4:30pm ET
Cleveland Browns WR Travis Benjamin (shoulder) isn't expected to miss time after suffering a shoulder injury in Week 13.
Huddle Up: Benjamin will resume his role as the Browns' deep threat this week. He'll be a boom or bust WR4.
Josh McCown - QBPosted 12/2/15 11:19am ET
Cleveland Browns QB Josh McCown (clavicle) was placed on Injured Reserve Wednesday, Dec. 2.
Huddle Up: Austin Davis and Johnny Manziel remain at quarterback for the Browns as they limp towards a high draft pick.
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