Duke Johnson - RBPosted 5/24/16 10:45am ET
Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson believes RB Duke Johnson can be an every-down running back in the NFL. Johnson had a chance to win the starting job in 2015 but suffered a hamstring injury.
Huddle Up: Hey, if you can make plays Cleveland wants you on the field. Jackson coached up Gio Bernard into a feature back role a couple seasons ago in Cincinnati, so seeing Duke take the majority of the Browns' backfield touches wouldn't be a stretch. Isaiah Crowell is playing the Jeremy Hill role, suggesting more of a two-pronged approach to the ground game in Cleveland, but there's no questioning Johnson's upside if he can stay healthy.
Brian Hartline - WRPosted 5/24/16 10:45am ET
Cleveland Browns WR Brian Hartline was released Monday, May 23, according to a source.
Huddle Up: The Browns are searching for answers at wide receiver, and Hartline wasn't it. Don't be surprised if he lands at the bottom end of another team's receiver rotation in training camp, but any days he had as a fantasy factor are behind him.
Corey Coleman - WRPosted 5/23/16 12:08pm ET
Cleveland Browns WR Corey Coleman should see the ball early and often, according to beat writer Mary Kay Cabot, and she believes he will take over as the No. 1 receiver immediately.
Huddle Up: Gutsy call, Mav; and who exactly is Coleman's competition for the Browns' No. 1 wide receiver? Josh Gordon isn't returning any time soon, Travis Benjamin is in San Diego... the whole reason the Browns drafted Coleman was to add a playmaking pass-catcher to an offense devoid of one. Put another way: if Coleman doesn't take over as the team's No. 1 receiver immediately, this new Browns' administration will be out of work before you can list all the quarterbacks who have taken snaps for Cleveland since Bernie Kosar stepped away from the game.
Josh McCown - QBPosted 5/20/16 6:14pm ET
Cleveland Browns QB Josh McCown has performed well during organized team activities this week and appears to have a good grasp on the new offense.
Huddle Up: Despite the rumors of his pending release, McCown might make himself too valuable for the Browns to let go in case the RGIII experiment goes awry. Stay tuned ...
Joe Haden - CBPosted 5/19/16 1:39pm ET
Cleveland Browns CB Joe Haden (ankle) said he believes he'll return in time for the regular season. Haden wasn't so sure about training camp, but said he'll try to be ready in time when that starts in late July. As reported earlier, Haden shed his walking boot Tuesday, May 17.
Huddle Up: IDP alert as Haden is coming off an extremely rough year in which he was limited to five games and two passes defensed.
Terrelle Pryor - WRPosted 5/19/16 1:45pm ET
Cleveland Browns WR Terrelle Pryor has flashed the past few days in organized team activities and head coach Hue Jackson said Pryor is working hard and getting better every day.
Huddle Up: The offseason and practice raves continue for the QB-turned-wideout, but the time is nigh for Pryor to follow through and lock down a regular-season roster spot this summer given the wide-open WR depth chart in Cleveland.
Robert Griffin III - QBPosted 5/15/16 11:03pm ET
Cleveland Browns QB Robert Griffin III or any other player won't be named the starting quarterback until they earn it, according to head coach Hue Jackson, but Jackson said that he expects to name the Week 1 starter well before the season opener.
Huddle Up: Josh McCown, Austin Davis and rookie third-rounder are the others in the running for now, but its definitely RGIII's gig to lose.
Corey Coleman - WRPosted 5/15/16 2:06pm ET
Cleveland Browns WR Corey Coleman must get into better shape for his rookie season, according to head coach Hue Jackson 'He's got to get in shape,' Jackson said. 'He's explosive and he can catch the ball. He's extremely talented and gifted. (But) he's one of the guys that has to get in shape. He saw himself, 'whoa, this is different.' And it is. But we'll get him to where he needs to be.'
Huddle Up: Yeah, just a little different from running fly patterns at Baylor, but at least Coleman has nearly four months to get himself in regular-season game shape.
Corey Coleman - WRPosted 5/13/16 12:50pm ET
Cleveland Browns WR Corey Coleman signed his rookie four-year deal Friday, May 13. All first-round picks have fifth-year options in their contracts.
Huddle Up: With the all the positions in the Browns' WR corps up for grabs, the first wideout drafted should be the first rookie WR to come off the board in fantasy drafts as well this summer .
Josh Gordon - WRPosted 5/12/16 10:29am ET
Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon may not have a roster spot to return to if he's reinstated after the team drafted four wide receivers in the 2016 NFL Draft. The new regime in the front office has also said that high-character players were something they stressed in the draft.
Huddle Up: Given Gordon's track record there was no way the new regime could count on anything from him going forward. If he does get reinstated he could be given a chance to rejoin the team, but more likely the Browns are moving on and would see if they could get anything in a trade before releasing him into free agency.
Isaiah Crowell - RBPosted 5/5/16 12:00pm ET
Cleveland Browns RB Isaiah Crowell has a fan in head coach Hue Jackson, and his confidence in Crowell and RB Duke Johnson is why the team did not select a running back in the 2016 NFL Draft. Crowell led the team with 185 carries, 706 yards and four touchdowns in 2015. Jackson sees Crowell as a bellcow who can carry the load, and he is confident Crowell can find holes quicker this season.
Huddle Up: Jackson and Co. had best hope they're right as the Browns had 14 draft picks and did use one on a running back. Count on Crowell getting most of the team's carries this season, but keep your fantasy expectations in check.
Seth DeValve - TEPosted 5/3/16 12:38pm ET
Cleveland Browns TE Seth DeValve can present mismatches, according to executive vice president of football operations Sashi Brown. DeValve, who the Browns took in the fourth round in 2016, was a wide receiver that moved all across the field in college. The team termed him an 'H-back adjuster.' DeValve had two surgeries in college to correct a condition he had at birth, but it's not expected to hinder him as he prepares for rookie minicamp. Brown said the team was prepared to take him in the third round, but the fact he went to Princeton made him fall a round.
Huddle Up: The former Princeton standout was one of five wideouts drafted among the Browns' eight picks, and to reiterate once again, the team's wide receiver/pass-catching corps is a free-for-all outside of TE Gary Barnidge.
Rashard Higgins - WRPosted 5/1/16 2:25pm ET
Former Colorado State WR Rashard Higgins was selected by the Cleveland Browns with the 172nd pick in the fifth round of the NFL Draft.
Huddle Up: Higgins was the fourth of four wide receivers selected over the weekend by the Browns, who also landed Corey Coleman (first round), Ricardo Louis (fourth) and Jordan Payton (fifth). Throw in holdovers Brian Hartline, Andrew Hawkins, Taylor Gabriel, Marlon Moore and Terrelle Pryor, and it's going to be an training-camp free-for-all in the battle for roster spots and playing time.
Cody Kesslet - QBPosted 5/1/16 2:32pm ET
Cleveland Browns QB Cody Kessler will have a legitimate shot to beat out QB Robert Griffin III for the starting job in training camp and the preseason. 'It's a competition. We'll let it play out,' executive vice president of football operations Sashi Brown said Saturday, April 30.
Huddle Up: The third-round pick will certainly be in the mix, but as long as veteran Josh McCown is on the roster, he's a much-bigger threat to win the starting job. It's definitely one of the QB situations to keep an eye on this offseason.
Corey Coleman - WRPosted 4/29/16 12:33pm ET
Cleveland Browns WR Corey Coleman has the speed to turn short plays into long plays and will be a dynamic weapon in the offense, according to general manager Sashi Brown.
Huddle Up: Coleman does give the Browns an explosive playmaker, but he'll need to dramatically improve his route-running or depend on the Browns to manufacture ways to get him the ball for him to have an immediate impact.
Corey Coleman - WRPosted 4/28/16 10:15pm ET
The Cleveland Browns selected Baylor WR Corey Coleman with the 15th pick in the first round of the NFL Draft on Thursday, April 28.
Huddle Up: After trading down twice in the first round, the Browns still were able to get their choice of wide receivers and went with Coleman, adding a much-needed speed element to their WR corps. In actuality, just about any wideout would've helped Cleveland, and don't be surprised if it takes two more this weekend before its bounty of picks is expended.
Johnny Manziel - QBPosted 4/25/16 10:47am ET
Former Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel has been indicted by a Dallas County Grand Jury on a misdemeanor assault with bodily injury charge, according to sources in the Dallas County District Attorney office.
Huddle Up: The indictment will do nothing to encourage an NFL team to sign Manziel; in fact, if he does sign he'll likely face some sort of league-mandated discipline before he ever sees the field.
Johnny Manziel - QBPosted 4/20/16 10:39am ET
Free-agent QB Johnny Manziel (Browns) said Tuesday, April 19, that he is still focusing on preparing to be in the National Football League in 2016. 'I'm hoping to take care of the issues in front of me right now so I can focus on what I have to do if I want to play in 2016,' Manziel said.
Huddle Up: The advice here is not to hold your breath in anticipation of Manziel's return to the NFL.
Johnny Manziel - QBPosted 4/19/16 1:21pm ET
Free-agent QB Johnny Manziel (Browns) had his contract terminated by agent Drew Rosenhaus on Tuesday, April 19.
Huddle Up: That's two agents in two months dumping Johnny Football, who still -- shockingly -- hasn't hit rock bottom yet. Next up: His domestic-violence case is being heard by a Texas grand jury this week.
Terrelle Pryor - WRPosted 4/19/16 10:58pm ET
Cleveland Browns WR Terrelle Pryor has made great strides at the wide receiver position and even impressed new head coach Hue Jackson.
Huddle Up: If Pryor is going to be able to crack any WR contingent, it's the Browns who lost Travis Benjamin and currently have Brian Hartline and Andrew Hawkins atop the depth chart.
Josh Gordon - WRPosted 4/15/16 10:44pm ET
Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, said he is confident that Gordon will play in the NFL this year.
Huddle Up: If he does, it won't be without getting a huge benefit of the doubt from the NFL after reports surfaced this week about another failed drug test.
Johnny Manziel - QBPosted 4/14/16 9:45am ET
Free-agent QB Johnny Manziel's (Browns) agent, Drew Rosenhaus, has told Manziel that he needs to get treatment or Rosenhaus will cease representing the embattled quarterback. Rosenhaus has terminated his standard representation with Manziel, but said there is a five-day window for him to rescind that decision.
Huddle Up: Add Rosenhaus to the growing list of entities that have put Manziel on notice demanding that he clean up his act. At this juncture Johnny's football future doesn't look particularly bright.
Sashi Brown - TOPosted 4/14/16 9:45am ET
The Cleveland Browns have been called in regards to trading their No. 2 overall draft pick, according to director of football operations Sashi Brown. Brown expects more serious calls in about a week. He added that it's highly unlikely that the Browns would trade up to the No. 1 pick, but they could trade down in order to accrue more picks.
Huddle Up: At this point there's no reason to pile on the Browns with comments like "why whiff on one draft pick when you can trade down and whiff on multiple picks?", so we'll just note that Cleveland's roster could use a serious influx of talent and trading down for multiple picks would give them a better chance of undertaking that task sooner rather than later.
Johnny Manziel - QBPosted 4/14/16 9:45am ET
Free-agent QB Johnny Manziel (Browns) was a passenger in a hit-and-run collision that is under investigation by Los Angeles police. Manziel and others involved were not injured and no other vehicles were involved. Manziel was interviewed and the investigation is ongoing.
Huddle Up: Trouble seems to find Manziel. That doesn't bode well for his NFL future.
Josh Gordon - WRPosted 4/14/16 9:45am ET
Updating a previous report, Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon will be able to reapply for reinstatement Aug. 1, according to a source. Gordon's application for reinstatement was denied Tuesday, April 12.
Huddle Up: Raise your hand if you think the NFL is eagerly awaiting that date so they can rush Gordon back to the league. Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?
Josh Gordon - WRPosted 4/12/16 10:32am ET
Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon's potential reinstatement decision has been delayed until the NFL feels more comfortable. He has 60 to 90 days to steer clear of red flags, according to a league source.
Huddle Up: It's been reported that Gordon failed another drug test last month when the test showed a diluted sample and traces of marijuana. There is no way either the Browns nor fantasy owners should be counting on Gordon in the near future
Josh Gordon - WRPosted 4/12/16 5:16pm ET
Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon's petition for reinstatement from his indefinite drug ban was denied by the NFL, according to a source. Gordon will be able to apply for reinstatement Aug. 1.
Huddle Up: This surely has to signal the end of the troubled and short-lived Gordon Era in Cleveland as the wideout has clearly demonstrated his recreational drug use is more important than football.
Joe Haden - CBPosted 4/8/16 5:00pm ET
Cleveland Browns CB Joe Haden (ankle) was upset when he learned that he might not be ready for the start of the 2016 season, according to head coach Hue Jackson, and Jackson said Haden is working his 'tail off' to be ready.
Huddle Up: The two-time Pro Bowler was limited to five starts and two passes defensed a year ago, and it sounds like he has a lot of work ahead to be ready for the opener. Stay tuned, IDP owners ...
Josh McCown - QBPosted 4/8/16 5:08pm ET
Cleveland Browns QB Josh McCown could be an option for the Denver Broncos if the Broncos can't acquire San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick.
Huddle Up: The 36-year-old McCown likely still remains on the Browns' roster only to fetch a possible late-round pick in a trade, but the Broncos -- and any other interested team -- are expected to wait and see if he gets released in the next few weeks.
Josh McCown - QBPosted 4/5/16 11:17am ET
Cleveland Browns QB Josh McCown showed up for the start of offseason workouts with Cleveland Monday, April 4.
Huddle Up: McCown remains on the Browns' roster, and he could wind up as the starter if Hue Jackson gives the quarterback he drafts a redshirt year to acclimate to the NFL. So may as well get some workouts in, right?
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