Duke Johnson - RBPosted 8/4/15 2:51pm ET
Cleveland Browns RB Duke Johnson could miss a couple weeks after recently injuring his hamstring. The Browns purportedly have big plans for Johnson, so they want to be careful not to aggravate the injury.
Huddle Up: The third-round pick could use the time to get acclimated to the pro game and the Browns' offense, but skilled skill-position players remain at a premium in Cleveland, and the franchise looks like it will play it safe.
Terrance West - RBPosted 8/4/15 2:51pm ET
Cleveland Browns RB Terrance West appears to be on thin ice because of maturity issues, and his conditioning is a question, according to ESPNCleveland.com's Tony Grossi.
Huddle Up: With rookie Duke Johnson's hammy acting up and West's issues, Isaiah Crowell is looking better and better atop the depth chart.
Terrelle Pryor - WRPosted 8/2/15 11:17pm ET
Cleveland Browns WR Terrelle Pryor took reps with the first-team offense during training camp Sunday, Aug. 2.
Huddle Up: At 6-4 and 230 pounds, the former QB has the size and athleticism to make a successful transition, and he's definitely with the right team as the Browns are desperate for play-making WRs following Josh Gordon's troubles. Certainly a player to keep tabs on the next few weeks.
Josh McCown - QBPosted 8/1/15 12:07am ET
Cleveland Browns QB Josh McCown hit receivers in stride and dropped in two deep crossing routes over the coverage during training camp Friday, July 31, and WR Dwayne Bowe said McCown is showing 'all the potential of being a top five quarterback in the NFL.'
Huddle Up: No one is buying that McCown will be a Top 5 QB but this comes one day after Johnny Manziel reportedly struggled. There's a long ways to go but McCown looks like the favorite to be the Browns' starter, especially if you listen to Bowe.
Terrance West - RBPosted 8/1/15 8:07pm ET
Cleveland Browns RB Terrance West (calf) injured his calf during practice Saturday, Aug. 1. He was evaluated afterwards and the injury is not serious.
Huddle Up: West is battling Isaiah Crowell for the starting running back job, although in Cleveland that doesn't mean much. West said the injury isn't serious but it he might miss a couple days of practice.
Duke Johnson - RBPosted 8/1/15 8:07pm ET
Cleveland Browns RB Duke Johnson (hamstring) hurt his hamstring in practice Saturday, Aug. 1. He was evaluated afterwards and the injury is not serious.
Huddle Up: Johnson will likely miss a few days of practice to rest his hamstring. Johnson is expected to see work as the passing down back in the already muddled Browns' backfield.
Isaiah Crowell - RBPosted 7/30/15 11:01pm ET
Cleveland Browns RB Isaiah Crowell and QB Josh McCown had trouble exchanging the football more than once early in practice Thursday, July 30. Crowell also struggled securing the football in his rookie season.
Huddle Up: The undrafted Crowell, who started four games as a rookie last season, has the No. 1 gig to lose, but he can't afford too many miscues given that RB might be the deepest skill-position group on the team with fellow second-year back Terrance Williams and highly-touted rookie third-round pick Duke Johnson also in the mix.
Duke Johnson - RBPosted 7/27/15 3:22pm ET
Cleveland Browns RB Duke Johnson has the ability to step in and perform at a high level right away, according to head coach Mike Pettine.
Huddle Up: Johnson enters a crowded backfield in Cleveland but should carve out a role as a pass-catching back early in the year. He has some upside but the Browns' backfield is a fantasy mess right now with Isaiah Crowell likely opening the year as the starter.
Josh McCown - QBPosted 7/27/15 11:10pm ET
Cleveland Browns QB Josh McCown enters training camp as the team's starting signal caller, but head coach Mike Pettine said Monday, July 27, that McCown is not guaranteed of the job. 'The repetitions will (still) be handled that way, with Josh as the one,' Pettine said. 'Now, I wouldn't say I'm guaranteeing today that Josh McCown is going to be the starter against the Jets (in Week 1).'
Huddle Up: Other than his 3-2 record as a starter and 13-1 TD-to-interception ratio in 2013 with the Bears, McCown owns a 14-30 career record as a starter with 48 TDs and 58 interceptions. Moreover, the Browns' 2015 skill-position supporting cast isn't exactly the 2013 Bears' contingent, either, so the fantasy -- and certainly reality -- jury remains very much out on the 36-year-old QB
Isaiah Crowell - RBPosted 7/26/15 9:26pm ET
Cleveland Browns RB Duke Johnson will play a prominent role in Cleveland's offense in his rookie year, but RB Isaiah Crowell is still the favorite to start. Johnson is also the most capable pass-catcher in the trio of Johnson, Crowell and RB Terrence West, according to Nate Ulrich of The Akron Beacon Journal.
Huddle Up: Crowell made four starts and led Cleveland backs with 4.1 yards per carry while finishing second with 607 rushing yards last year as a rookie. Still, with the uncertainty and crowded backfield, Crowell currently projects no higher than a RB3.
Isaiah Crowell - RBPosted 7/16/15 11:35pm ET
Cleveland Browns RBs Isaiah Crowell, Terrance West and Duke Johnson are expected to make up a three-headed committee this season in the backfield. Offensive coordinator John DeFilippo has said there won't be a specific method for how touches are distributed, but Crowell is expected to begin the season as the starter.
Huddle Up: Crowell finished second to the fellow rookie West last season in rushing (673-607) but had the better fantasy season thanks to his team-leading eight ground TDs. If he can get his fumbleits under control after coughing it up three times last season, he'll be the Cleveland RB to own as a solid flex option. If not, it'll be the next man up -- 2014 leading rusher West or the third-round rookie Johnson.
Andrew Hawkins - WRPosted 7/12/15 7:27pm ET
Cleveland Browns WR Andrew Hawkins could have an impact this season since offensive coordinator John DeFilippo's offense features more catch-and-run opportunities.
Huddle Up: Hawkins hit career highs last season in his debut season in Cleveland with 112 targets, 63 catches and 824 yards but tailed off as the season went on, logging only 13 receptions for 130 yards and no TDs over his final five games. WRs Dwayne Bowe and Brian Hartline were added this offseason, but don't be shocked if Hawkins leads the Browns in receptions for the second straight season.
Dwayne Bowe - WRPosted 7/5/15 1:14pm ET
Cleveland Browns WR Dwayne Bowe said he's excited to be on a new team and in a new atmosphere. He added that he wants to fill the shoes of standout WR Josh Gordon, who is serving a season-long suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy. Bowe said it's his job to replace Gordon in Cleveland's offense and he believes he can do just that. Bowe implied that he'd like to score more touchdowns this season after not scoring any with the Kansas City Chiefs last year. 'I got us down in scoring range and with our offense, it was based on running back to the tight end and my job was to play football,' Bowe said.
Huddle Up: After notching three 1,000-yard receiving seasons in four years from 2008-11 and hauling in 31 TD receptions during that span, Bowe averaged 743 yards and had eight scoring receptions in his final three years in K.C. He's not exactly going to find a better QB/passing-game situation in Cleveland -- and he doesn't have Gordon's talent -- so keep your fantasy expectations in check.
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.
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