Josh Gordon - WRPosted 1/26/15 3:54pm ET
Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon tested positive for alcohol, according to sources, and his failed test will subject him to a possible one-year suspension. Gordon caught 24 passes for 303 yards in five games last year after leading the NFL with 1,646 yards in 14 games in 2013. Gordon is in Stage Three of an alcohol program, which requires him to be tested for alcohol for a minimum of two years. His failed drug test came after the end of the 2014 season, and it's unlikely that an appeal will work to eliminate or lessen a one-year ban for the 2015 season.
Huddle Up: Gordon was able to shorten a season-long ban last year, but he may have run out of second chances. Worse, for him at least, is that the suspension also pushes back his potential free agency--though the Browns may cut him loose anyway rather than wait a year and hope Gordon is finally able to stay clean.
Josh Gordon - WRPosted 1/25/15 10:32pm ET
Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon has reportedly failed another drug test and will be subject to a 1-year banishment, according to multiple league sources. Gordon would be under contract through the 2016 season, and he will only be a restricted free agent after that year due to his looming suspension for another failed substance test.
Huddle Up: Gordon was iffy to return to the Browns in 2015 even before Sunday's news, and now it looks like he'll be headed straight to waivers with a trade no longer a realistic option. 25 years from now, we could be looking back at Gordon's spectacular 2013 season (87-1,646-9) as one of the greatest one-hit wonders of the era.
Johnny Manziel - QBPosted 1/23/15 3:52pm ET
Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel had a big proponent last year in owner Jimmy Haslam, but Haslam now thinks the team needs a quarterback in order to get their team turned in the right direction. "We've got to get a quarterback and got to get it fixed," Haslam said. "What I would say to our fans is, we're going to continue to work really hard to find that quarterback who can make us a championship team." Haslam isn't ruling out Manziel being the starting quarterback in 2015, but he's leaving it open for other options, including QBs Brian Hoyer or Connor Shaw.
Huddle Up: The Browns used a first-round pick on Johnny FB and are going to need more than two starts and 35 regular-season passing attempts to accurately judge what they have. It's always tough with the Browns, but more patience is needed.
Johnny Manziel - QBPosted 1/22/15 4:04pm ET
Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel will be working with a new offensive coordinator this year in John DeFilippo, but DeFilippo is unsure if the team's quarterback next year is currently on the roster. 'We're not sure if our starting quarterback's in the building right now or not,' DeFilippo said. 'If he is, that's great. If he's not, that's great, too. Whoever's in that room is going to be coached hard, be held accountable and be expected to do the things that we expect out of Cleveland Browns quarterbacks.' DeFilippo said that all Cleveland quarterbacks will begin the offseason with a clean slate.
Huddle Up: DeFilippo, who has been coaching the Raiders' QBs since 2012, is getting some of the credit for Derek Carr's successful rookie season in 2014 and now he'll be tasked with molding Manziel into a start-able NFL QB as the 2014 first-round pick doesn't look to be going anywhere soon.
Brian Hoyer - QBPosted 1/22/15 10:39pm ET
Cleveland Browns QB Brian Hoyer could be re-signed this offseason, according to his agent. Hoyer is expected to meet with general manager Ray Farmer and offensive coordinator John DeFilippo in the near future.
Huddle Up: Hoyer is going to want to start and get paid as a starter, and if the Browns are only offering backup money while they see if they can make things work with Johnny Manziel, Hoyer likely will explore the market.
John DeFilippo - OCPosted 1/21/15 12:44pm ET
Former Oakland Raiders quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo will be hired as the Cleveland Browns' offensive coordinator. The deal has not officially been completed, but it's expected to be done by the end of the week, according to a source. DeFilippo hasn't called plays at the NFL level yet but did so at San Jose State.
Huddle Up: The Browns' fourth OC in as many years will elicit a giant "who?" from football fans. He'll inherit Johnny Manziel, maybe Brian Hoyer, a couple very good rookie running backs, and the headache that is Josh Gordon. Good luck with all that.
John DeFilippo - OCPosted 1/21/15 5:47pm ET
Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel could benefit from new offensive coordinator John DeFilippo, according to Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr. Carr said DeFilippo will do great with Manziel, adding that DeFilippo has worked with a running quarterback before in Kansas City Chiefs QB Terrelle Pryor.
Huddle Up: Addressing the Browns' quarterback issues will be DeFilippo's first order of business, and he comes with a ringing endorsement from Carr. The Browns may make the decision easier by opting not to re-sign free agent Brian Hoyer, but DeFilippo will still need to get much, much more out of Johnny Football than we saw this season.
Kyle Shanahan - OCPosted 1/7/15 3:26pm ET
The Oakland Raiders are interested in possibly hiring Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan as their offensive coordinator, sources said Tuesday, Jan. 6. Shanahan will consider a lateral move in the offseason due to friction between coaches and the front offices, sources said.
Huddle Up: There are few situations where a move to the Raiders would be viewed as a step up, but in Oakland Shanahan would get a stable quarterback situation and some intriguing talent in Latavius Murray, Andre Holmes and Mychal Rivera.
Josh Gordon - WRPosted 1/4/15 9:05am ET
Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon and CB Justin Gilbert officially had their suspensions lifted. The move was procedural, as this enabled the team to remove the two from the reserve/suspended list.
Huddle Up: Gordon has logged plenty of time on the suspended list, to the point that his years of service--and thus his ability to become a free agent--is in question. Tons of talent, but quarterback issues in Cleveland as well as Gordon's own issues are conspiring to keep him from having the same impact he had in 2013.
Brian Hoyer - QBPosted 12/30/14 2:13am ET
Cleveland Browns QB Brian Hoyer said he likes the scenario in Cleveland, but he has to be wanted back. Hoyer said he can still coexist with QB Johnny Manziel, adding that once you've played, you don't want to sit on the bench.
Huddle Up: Hoyer will have options--Buffalo springs to mind--if he opts not to return to Cleveland to battle Johnny Football for the starting gig. And if he leaves, maybe JFF will throw him a going-away rage; we understand he's quite the party planner.
Josh Gordon - WRPosted 12/27/14 2:22pm ET
Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon was suspended for Week 17 for violating team rules.
Huddle Up: Gordon was suspended for missing practice. It's Gordon's third suspension in two years. Gordon was out-of-shape and looked uninterested when he returned from his league-mandated 11 game suspension. His future in Cleveland is in serious doubt after this latest setback.
Josh Gordon - WRPosted 12/27/14 4:23pm ET
Updating a previous report, Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon will be a restricted free agent following the 2015 season. He will not be an unrestricted free agent because he was not active for the required six games this season after being suspended for Week 17.
Huddle Up: Reports are already saying Gordon's time in Cleveland is done after his most recent suspension for missing practice. There's a good chance the Browns try to trade Gordon this offseason, although with all of his off-the-field problems, it will be interesting to see how other teams value him.
Brian Hoyer - QBPosted 12/26/14 4:38pm ET
Cleveland Browns QB Brian Hoyer (biceps, shoulder) did not participate in practice Friday, Dec. 26, and is listed as doubtful for Week 17. Undrafted rookie free agent Connor Shaw is expected to start Sunday against the Ravens.
Huddle Up: Rugged spot for the completely raw Shaw and the fantasy owners of the Browns' other skill players -- most notably WR Josh Gordon -- facing the Ravens' rugged defense on the road in a must-win game for Baltimore.
Terrance West - RBPosted 12/23/14 12:27am ET
Cleveland Browns RB Terrance West was behind RBs Isaiah Crowell and Shaun Draughn in Week 16 against the Carolina Panthers, because Crowell and Draughn had a better practice week than West, according to head coach Mike Pettine.
Huddle Up: The rookie West didn't have an offensive touch in the Week 16 loss and has only five in the last two weeks. Things could change again this week but for the time being, West clearly can't be counted on in the Cleveland backfield.
Ray Farmer - GMPosted 12/22/14 9:02am ET
The Cleveland Browns may look to upgrade the quarterback position in the offseason despite the presence of QB Johnny Manziel. League sources have said Browns general manger Ray Farmer has long been fascinated by Oregon QB Marcus Mariota, who is widely expected to be a top-five pick in the 2015 draft. Cleveland owns the 14th and 19th picks in the first round.
Huddle Up: It would be admitting the Manziel pick was a bust after just more than one game of evidence were the Browns to trade up for Mariota, but there wasn't much to like about Manziel's showing so the Browns may just pull the trigger. Brian Hoyer is a free agent; they could opt to bring him back instead, though he wasn't necessarily the answer either.
Johnny Manziel - QBPosted 12/22/14 10:31am ET
Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel (hamstring) left the team's Week 16 game early because of a hamstring injury and did not return.
Huddle Up: Brian Hoyer took over and went 7-13-134 with one TD. He also had an interception and was sacked three times. At this point Manziel is considered questionable for the Week 17 finale against Baltimore.
Johnny Manziel - QBPosted 12/22/14 2:24pm ET
Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel (hamstring) is questionable for Week 17 against the Baltimore Ravens after hurting his hamstring in Week 16, according to head coach Mike Pettine. Manziel is 18-for-35 for 143 yards, a rushing touchdown and two interceptions in his two starts this year.
Huddle Up: Brian Hoyer is likely to start the Browns finale against the Ravens. Manziel is expected to be given an opportunity to be Cleveland's starting quarterback in 2015, despite his struggles this season.
Johnny Manziel - QBPosted 12/22/14 5:12pm ET
Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel (hamstring) is out for the rest of the year due to a hamstring injury suffered in Week 16, according to head coach Mike Pettine.
Huddle Up: Manziel should be in the mix for Cleveland's starting job in 2015 but expect the Browns to bring in some serious competition. Manziel still has a long ways to go before he's ready to lead an NFL team.
Brian Hoyer - QBPosted 12/22/14 8:06pm ET
Updating a previous report, Cleveland Browns QB Brian Hoyer (shoulder) has no structural damage to his shoulder, but he is dealing with a significant bruise suffered in the Week 16 game against the Carolina Panthers. Head coach Mike Pettine said Monday, Dec. 22, that Hoyer is 'very sore.'
Huddle Up: See how Hoyer progresses throughout the week, and if he can't go, rookie Connor Shaw will get the call against the Ravens, dropping the fantasy values of the Browns' surrounding offensive cast and raising the stock of the Baltimore D.
Johnny Manziel - QBPosted 12/14/14 8:50pm ET
Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel will start in Week 16 against the Carolina Panthers, head coach Mike Pettine confirmed Sunday, Dec. 14.
Huddle Up: Manziel had a nightmare first start on Sunday against the Bengals. Cleveland's 107 yards of offense was the lowest total of any team this season. Manziel is nothing more than a low-end QB2 for the final two games.
Billy Cundiff - PKPosted 12/11/14 9:58am ET
Cleveland Browns PK Billy Cundiff will remain as the top kicking choice for the team, but coach Mike Pettine indicated Cundiff would have to step up his game play.
Huddle Up: Cundiff has missed a kick in five straight games, so he'll remain on the hot seat until his accuracy returns or the Browns find someone better.
Johnny Manziel - QBPosted 12/9/14 9:59am ET
Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel is likely to start in Week 15, according to indications from sources. All that remains is waiting for head coach Mike Pettine to announce it.
Huddle Up: Brian Hoyer could not deliver at home against Indy, throwing for 140 yards, no touchdowns and two picks. The Browns aren't out of the playoff race, but at this point there's little teeth to the argument that Hoyer gives them a better chance to win. May as well see if Johnny Football can bring a little spark to this offense down the stretch.
Johnny Manziel - QBPosted 12/9/14 3:54pm ET
Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel will be the starting quarterback in Week 15 against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Huddle Up: Brian Hoyer got his chance, starting 13 games, and now it's time to see what the first-round pick can do. If anything, the Browns' RBs should be the biggest beneficiaries with a more mobile QB attracting defensive attention.
Brian Hoyer - QBPosted 12/9/14 11:41pm ET
Cleveland Browns QB Brian Hoyer is unlikely to return to the team next year after being benched for QB Johnny Manziel heading into Week 15. Hoyer is expected to become a free agent.
Huddle Up: There should be some interest in Hoyer, but his NFL future is probably serving as a backup.
Billy Cundiff - PKPosted 12/8/14 10:34am ET
Cleveland Browns PK Billy Cundiff missed a field goal Sunday, Dec. 7, in a 25-24 loss to the Indianapolis Colts, and that means the Browns might look for another kicker to finish out the season. "It's obviously concerning," said Browns head coach Mike Pettine. "We get field goal attempts, we get a chance to put points on the board against a good team and you've got to be able to convert."
Huddle Up: Cundiff himself has had other jobs so he knows the drill. We'll keep an eye on who the Browns are bringing in for their "kick-off" in case you want to roll with one of them this week.
Johnny Manziel - QBPosted 12/8/14 8:36pm ET
Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel could be taking over as starting quarterback in the near future. 'I think it's natural to lean the other way, given the results,' head coach Mike Pettine said Monday, Dec. 8. Pettine said he, the coaches and general manager Ray Farmer would meet Monday night and make a decision.
Huddle Up: Hoyer has thrown for 1 TD and 8 interceptions over the last four games -- three of which resulted in losses -- and if it's not Johnny Football time now, when will it be?
Terrance West - RBPosted 12/5/14 11:23pm ET
Cleveland Browns RB Isaiah Crowell (hip) was limited in practice for the second straight day Friday, Dec. 5, and is questionable for Week 14 against the Indianapolis Colts. RB Terrance West would likely be the starter if Crowell can't play. However, West fumbled twice last week, leaving head coach Mike Pettine to leave open the possibility that West won't be in the lineup at all this week.
Huddle Up: The Browns backfield is a bigger mess than normal this week. Isaiah Crowell may or may not start. Terrance West may or may not be active. Crowell is really the only Browns RB that can be trusted if he's healthy.
Jordan Cameron - TEPosted 12/5/14 11:23pm ET
Cleveland Browns TE Jordan Cameron (concussion) was limited in practice Friday, Dec. 5, and is questionable for Week 14 against the Indianapolis Colts. He needs to pass at least one more concussion test with a neurologist Friday before being cleared for contact, but head coach Mike Pettine is hopeful that Cameron can return after missing the last five games.
Huddle Up: Cameron will be a game-time decision. If he's active Cameron is worth starting depending on your tight end situation. Don't bench a productive tight end for Cameron but there hasn't been many of them in 2014.
Jordan Cameron - TEPosted 12/4/14 3:54pm ET
Cleveland Browns TE Jordan Cameron (concussion) has a chance to play in Week 14 since head coach Mike Pettine said the team is cautiously optimistic about Cameron's availability for the game.
Huddle Up: The Browns also were optimistic a week ago, and Cameron wound up missing a fifth straight game. Stay tuned ...
Isaiah Crowell - RBPosted 12/4/14 7:12pm ET
Cleveland Browns RB Isaiah Crowell (hip) was limited in practice Thursday, Dec. 4, after sitting out the day before.
Huddle Up: Crowell is showing signs of progress in taking a step forward Thursday, and we'll see if the momentum carries over into Friday.
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