Nate Burleson - WRPosted 8/29/14 12:46am ET
Cleveland Browns WR Nate Burleson (hamstring) played in the team's preseason finale Thursday, Aug. 28.
Huddle Up: The 12-year vet finished with 1 catch for 27 yards on 2 targets Thursday night, but there remains a question as to whether he'll make the final roster -- even on one of the shallowest WR corps in the league -- as hammy and hand injuries have wiped out most of his preseason and also caused him to miss OTAs and mini camp.
Josh Gordon - WRPosted 8/28/14 3:42pm ET
Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon is not eligible to play in the CFL while serving a year-long suspension in the NFL, according to a league source.
Huddle Up: The big problem is that Gordon is still under contract with the Browns, so it's back to the drawing board for the wideout and his legal team.
Jordan Cameron - TEPosted 8/27/14 10:10am ET
Updating a previous report, Cleveland Browns TE Jordan Cameron (personal) was 'dealing with an issue' Monday, Aug. 25, and his absence from practice was not related to the sprained AC joint he suffered in his shoulder during an intrasquad scrimmage.
Huddle Up: Here's hoping Cameron dealt with his issue in a manner that will allow him to return to practice on a regular basis, as right now he is the entirety of the Cleveland passing game.
Josh Gordon - WRPosted 8/27/14 2:01pm ET
Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon will be suspended for the 2014 season after his appeal of the suspension was denied, according to a source. Gordon will be allowed to file for reinstatement after the 2014 season, but his representatives will look for other alternatives in this case. He also will not be allowed at the team's facility during his suspension. The team hoped it would be able to work with him during the time period.
Huddle Up: Condolences to those re-draft league GMs who took a mid- or late-round gamble on Gordon. Cincy import Andrew Hawkins stands as our highest-ranked Browns WR, but he only rates bench status in all but the larger leagues at this point. Meanwhile, the stock of TE Jordan Cameron is higher than ever as should be the team's runaway leader in all receiving categories if he stays healthy.
Josh Gordon - WRPosted 8/27/14 3:37pm ET
Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon's representatives are considering a lawsuit against the NFL which could seek an injunction to put the suspension on hold until the legal process takes it course, according to a source.
Huddle Up: If you've already taken a late-round fantasy flier on Gordon, you certainly have nothing to lose in hoping for some sort of injunction, but overall, this is exactly what we need: More uncertainty, red tape and legal wrangling over the playing status of 2013's top wideout. You'll have no choice but to stay tuned.
Josh Gordon - WRPosted 8/26/14 3:40pm ET
Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon's hearing for a drunken-driving charge has been rescheduled for November. He was originally scheduled to appear in court Tuesday, Aug. 26. He was arrested July 5 after being pulled over for going 50 mph in a 35 mph zone. Gordon is also still waiting to hear from the league on whether he'll be suspended for all or part of this year for violating the league's substance-abuse policy.
Huddle Up: The seemingly endless wait for the Gordon decision continues. Meanwhile, fantasy GMs have had to make their calls, and Gordon currently owns the 44th-highest ADP among WRs, coming off the board with the 116th pick on average
Nate Burleson - WRPosted 8/26/14 11:55pm ET
Cleveland Browns WR Nate Burleson (hamstring) took part in team drills Tuesday, Aug. 26, and could play in the team's preseason finale Thursday, Aug. 28, according to head coach Mike Pettine.
Huddle Up: The free-agent signee has been MIA so far this preseason and desperately needs to get in sync with his new offensive teammates.
Jordan Cameron - TEPosted 8/25/14 2:32pm ET
Cleveland Browns TE Jordan Cameron (undisclosed) is not participating in practice Monday, Aug. 25, because of an undisclosed reason.
Huddle Up: Cameron has been banged up all summer and the Browns' offense has struggled to move the ball during the preseason. It may be time to worry a little if you own Cameron, although he should still easily lead Cleveland in targets and receptions this season as long as he stays healthy.
Jordan Cameron - TEPosted 8/23/14 3:24pm ET
Cleveland Browns TE Jordan Cameron will be used flexibly this season, according to head coach Mike Pettine. Pettine said Cameron can split out wide and be put in a position to create a mismatch.
Huddle Up: There's some worry that with Norv Turner gone Cameron's numbers could decline a bit but he's too dangerous of a weapon not to be the focal point of Cleveland's offense. Besides, it's not like new offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan doesn't use his tight ends. Cameron will be just fine. He currently has an ADP of Round 5.
Johnny Manziel - QBPosted 8/22/14 2:03pm ET
Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel could play with QB Brian Hoyer in a two-quarterback system later in the season, according to head coach Mike Pettine. Pettine said a package for Manziel is on the table. Pettine said he didn't anticipate a platoon early in the season. Pettine also made it clear that Hoyer is on a week-to-week trial.
Huddle Up: Despite Manziel's current shortcomings and issues -- he was just fined $12K by the league on Friday for the upraised middle finger he displayed to the Washington bench on Monday night -- the first-round pick is sure to be see plenty of PT in some form or fashion this season as the team needs to know if he's the QB of the future.
Brian Hoyer - QBPosted 8/20/14 10:22am ET
Cleveland Browns QB Brian Hoyer has been named the starting quarterback over QB Johnny Manziel. Head coach Mike Pettine wrote the announcement in an e-mail and said Manziel made great strides, but Hoyer had a decided edge.
Huddle Up: No surprise here, as Hoyer had the lead going into the training camp competition and neither quarterback stood out. Manziel will likely get his opportunity during the season after Hoyer struggles--which is bound to happen given the Browns' decided lack of offensive firepower. Now if Manziel can coordinate his ascension to the starting gig with Josh Gordon's potential mid-season return from suspension...
Josh Gordon - WRPosted 8/20/14 10:33am ET
Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon's appeal hearing for his one-year suspension had no settlement talks. There has yet to be a ruling on the matter, but it appears to be an all-or-nothing case.
Huddle Up: The expectation was that the two sides might meet in the middle, with the league offering an 8-game suspension as a settlement option. With no settlement talks, it's tough to expect a settlement--and that means unless the judge hearing the appeal decides to step outside the NFL's guidebook it's either a year off as expected for Gordon, or he gets off without punishment. And you can guess where this is most likely headed.
Johnny Manziel - QBPosted 8/19/14 9:11am ET
Cleveland Browns QB Brian Hoyer completed two of his six pass attempts for 16 yards during the team's preseason game Monday, Aug. 18, and QB Johnny Manziel completed seven of his 16 passes for 65 yards and a touchdown. Manziel was also sacked three times, and gave the middle finger to the Washington Redskins' bench.
Huddle Up: Neither quarterback did themselves any favors in the battle to be the Browns' starter, which means they most likely default back to Hoyer. Johnny Football fans, you'll just have to wait.
Johnny Manziel - QBPosted 8/19/14 2:23pm ET
Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel could be fined for an obscene gesture he made toward the Washington Redskins' bench in the preseason game Monday, Aug. 18.
Huddle Up: Win or lose, good night or bad night -- and Monday falls under the latter in both categories for the rookie -- Johnny Football never fails to generate headline and social-media buzz.
Josh Gordon - WRPosted 8/19/14 5:41pm ET
Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon could have shown more effort on a couple plays during the team's Monday night game against the Washington Redskins, according to head coach Mike Pettine.
Huddle Up: Quite possibly the WR's mind was more on his looming suspension, which likely -- hopefully -- will be announced this week.
Johnny Manziel - QBPosted 8/19/14 11:35pm ET
Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel's obscene gesture will play a factor in the competition for the starting quarterback job, according to head coach Mike Pettine.
Huddle Up: Just another indication that Brian Hoyer will open the season as the Browns' starter.
Terrance West - RBPosted 8/18/14 11:04pm ET
Cleveland Browns RB Terrance West (undisclosed) was helped off the field at the end of the third quarter of the team's preseason game Monday, Aug. 18.
Huddle Up: A must to monitor as the impressive third-round rookie has been a trendy sleeper pick, with more than a few believing he'll emerge as the Browns' No. 1 back.
Johnny Manziel - QBPosted 8/16/14 3:05pm ET
Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel said he doesn't feel ready for the team's regular season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Manziel added he can get ready, though, as it's only the second week of the preseason.
Huddle Up: Manziel's comments may show some modesty but the bottom line is he's still in close competition with Brian Hoyer to start Week 1. Expect the Browns to name a starter early next week. If it's Manziel, he'll be a top-tier QB2 entering the year with plenty of upside.
Jordan Cameron - TEPosted 8/15/14 2:44pm ET
Cleveland Browns TE Jordan Cameron (shoulder) returned to practice Friday, Aug. 15, and should play in the second preseason game.
Huddle Up: Welcome news for a number of fantasy GMs who are eager to see how one of the league's top TEs (4th-highest ADP at the position) fits in with his new offense.
Nate Burleson - WRPosted 8/15/14 3:54pm ET
Cleveland Browns WR Nate Burleson (hamstring) may not play in the team's preseason game Monday, Aug. 18.
Huddle Up: That would mean a second missed preseason game for the former Lion, who is falling behind fellow FA acquisitions Miles Austin and Andrew Hawkins in solidifying positions in the team's WR corps.
Johnny Manziel - QBPosted 8/15/14 7:10pm ET
Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel worked with the first-team offense in 9-on-9 and 11-on-11 drills in practice Friday, Aug. 15, and looked better going through his progressions. Head coach Mike Pettine said the team has left all of their options on the table when determining who the starting quarterback would be going into Week 1.
Huddle Up: The Browns are expected to make a decision on their starting quarterback some time early next week. How Manziel and Brian Hoyer perform in the second preseason game will go a long way in deciding who gets the starting nod on opening day.
Brian Hoyer - QBPosted 8/14/14 7:29pm ET
Cleveland Browns QBs Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel will reportedly split first-team repetitions Monday, Aug. 18, against the Washington Redskins. Hoyer will start the game, but Manziel will alternate every two series with the first-team offense.
Huddle Up: Alternating QBs rarely produces positive results, but at least it's not every other series. Either way, the much talked-about derby hits the stretch run on Monday Night Football as the Browns have said they'd like to name a starter before the third week of the preseason.
Josh Gordon - WRPosted 8/14/14 11:51pm ET
Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon might have to wait until the end of next week to hear a verdict on his appeal hearing, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Huddle Up: Bad news for the fantasy world as another week of drafts will enter the books without official word on Gordon's status for the season.
Jordan Cameron - TEPosted 8/13/14 4:01pm ET
Cleveland Browns TE Jordan Cameron (shoulder) is in a non-contact jersey in practice Wednesday, Aug. 13.
Huddle Up: It's still early, but this is nonetheless a cause for some current fantasy uneasiness as Cameron owns the fourth-highest ADP (51) among TEs at the moment.
Josh Gordon - WRPosted 8/12/14 9:11am ET
Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon could hear about his suspension ruling as soon as this week, general manager Ray Farmer said Monday, Aug. 11.
Huddle Up: The sooner the better, for both the Browns and fantasy owners wondering what draft pick to toss at the possibility of eight games from last season's top receiver.
Justin Gilbert - CBPosted 8/12/14 4:24pm ET
Cleveland Browns CB Justin Gilbert (groin) is expected to fully practice Wednesday, Aug. 12, and play in the team's preseason game Monday, Aug. 18.
Huddle Up: A MNF audience -- and IDP league GMs -- will have something else to check out aside from the Johnny Football Saga as the eighth-overall pick in the draft makes his pro debut.
Johnny Manziel - QBPosted 8/10/14 4:32pm ET
Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel has taken the lead in the team's QB competition, according to a team source.
Huddle Up: Both Manziel and starter Brian Hoyer had their moments in Saturday night's 13-12 exhibition loss in Detroit, although neither managed to lead the Browns into the end zone. The rook, however, has a decided hype advantage and we'll see if he gets his expected turn to start the team's next game a week from Monday night in Washington.
Johnny Manziel - QBPosted 8/9/14 11:57pm ET
Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel has not been named the starter for the team's second preseason game Monday, Aug. 18, according to head coach Mike Pettine.
Huddle Up: All signs point to Manziel starting Cleveland's second preseason game so the rookie can get reps with the first-team offense. Manziel showed flashes on Saturday night when he played with the second and third-team units, completing 7-of-11 passes for 63 yards. He also added 27 yards rushing.
Josh Gordon - WRPosted 8/7/14 3:59pm ET
Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon has not had settlement talks with the NFL to reduce his year-long suspension. Gordon has appealed the suspension, and the result of that appeal can come at any time.
Huddle Up: Nope, nothing definitive yet, as fantasy leaguers near and far await some sort of decision.
Josh Gordon - WRPosted 8/6/14 10:22am ET
The Cleveland Browns are bracing themselves for at least an eight-game suspension for WR Josh Gordon, league sources said Tuesday, Aug. 5. His appeal wrapped up Monday, Aug. 4, and the decision on his indefinite ban could take anywhere from one to three weeks, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Eight games would actually be a step up from the year-long ban the Browns originally thought Gordon would be facing--and of course there's no guarantee Gordon's appeal will be successful anyway. At this juncture you can stash Gordon at the end of a large roster and hope the appeals process gives him half a season in 2014.
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