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Sat. Aug 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: McFadden has been released by the Browns, The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Impact: An early third-round draft pick one year ago, McFadden recorded 13 tackles in 16 games (two starts) during his rookie season. While his draft status ensures that he'll get a look elsewhere, it isn't a good sign that he was released by a team that's dealing with multiple injuries at cornerback.
Sat. Aug 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: With Dion Lewis and Chris Ogbonnaya both released, Crowell is in line to serve as the Browns' No. 3 running back, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Impact: Crowell, an undrafted former five-star recruit, was quiet for most of the preseason before exploding for 102 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries in Thursday's finale against the Bears. He'll open the season behind both Ben Tate and Terrance West, but there is some deep league appeal, in light of Tate's injury history and West's poor showing this preseason.
Sat. Aug 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Ogbonnaya has reportedly been released by the Browns, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Impact: With Dion Lewis also cut earlier in the day, rookie running back Isaiah Crowell now slots in as the team's No. 3 running back for the time being. Ogbonnaya, who has the versatility to play running back or fullback, should find reserve backfield work once the roster cut-down dust settles.
Sat. Aug 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Burleson (hamstring) has reportedly been released by the Browns, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Impact: Hamstring woes slowed Burleson in the preseason and the veteran wideout was deemed expendable by the Browns, presumably leaving the team on the lookout for wideout help in the coming days, with Josh Gordon's suspension having been confirmed earlier in the week.
Sat. Aug 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Lewis has been cut by the Browns, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Impact: With Lewis, who carried 12 times for 30 yards in the preseason, no longer in the mix, it appears as though Isaiah Crowell -- who looked sharp in the team's preseason finale -- is now a candidate to claim a reserve slot in the Browns' backfield behind Ben Tate and Terrance West.
Fri. Aug 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Burleson (hamstring) caught one pass on two targets for 27 yards in Thursday's preseason finale against the Bears.
Impact: Making his preseason debut, Burleson was able to get involved, working primarily with Johnny Manziel and the second-team offense. He hauled in another pass which was eventually called back due to an illegal formation penalty. He seems to be a near-lock to make the team at this point, and could help pick up some of the targets suspended wideout Josh Gordon leaves behind.
Fri. Aug 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gabriel hauled in two passes for 38 yards on five targets in Thursday's preseason finale against the Bears.
Impact: Both of Gabriel's receptions came on the Browns' opening drive with starting quarterback Brian Hoyer at the helm. His name will still surely come up in roster discussions, but the fact that he worked with the first-team offense does nothing but help his case for a spot. The undrafted free agent will likely move to the practice squad if not awarded a spot on the 53-man roster.
Fri. Aug 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Tate gained eight yards on three carries with a touchdown in Thursday's preseason finale against the Bears.
Impact: Tate only saw work on one drive with Brian Hoyer and the first-team offense, and after scoring at the goal line, he didn't see another snap. His main running back competition -- rookie Terrance West -- did little to impress, gaining only 13 yards on six carries and losing a fumble. Tate remains the unquestioned starter heading into Week 1, but the real concern here is his durability, as he's missed at least one game in each of his three NFL seasons, including seven total over the past two years.
Fri. Aug 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hoyer completed 6-of-8 passes for 69 yards in Thursday's preseason finale against the Bears.
Impact: Hoyer led the Browns to a Ben Tate touchdown on his only drive of the game before giving way to backup Johnny Manziel. It was surely a relief for Browns fans that Hoyer was able to look sharp for once this preseason, and he remains the unquestioned starter heading into Week 1 at Pittsburgh. Manziel also showed flashes of potential in this game (although he completed just 6-of-17 passes), and could end up being used by the team in special offensive packages. It's unclear exactly what coach Mike Pettine has planned for the backup, but Hoyer should hang on to the starting job until he proves otherwise.
Fri. Aug 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Crowell carried the ball 13 times for 102 yards and a 48-yard touchdown run in Thursday's preseason finale against the Bears.
Impact: Crowell had been a name on the roster bubble, as he failed to record a carry in the Browns' penultimate preseason tilt against the Rams. He certainly did nothing to hurt his case for a roster spot Thursday, becoming the Browns' first 100-yard rusher of the preseason. His roster spot is still no guarantee, however, as the Browns will keep Ben Tate and Terrance West as their primary backs, with Chris Ogbonnaya and Dion Lewis seemingly in line to make the team as well. Cleveland will surely try to keep Crowell on the practice squad if they do end up cutting him, but it seems likely he'd be scooped up by another squad looking for help in the backfield.
Thu. Aug 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Cameron (shoulder) could elevate to the Browns' new top offensive target in the absence of Josh Gordon, the teams' official site reports.
Impact: Cameron was effective last season when Gordon was there to deflect attention, but he'll have an even bigger challenge ahead of him as Cleveland's new top pass-catching threat. The Browns' wide receiver depth chart looks pretty weak without Gordon, as it's left with the perpetually injured Miles Austin and the 5-foot-7 Andrew Hawkins to occupy the top two spots. Due to the dire wideout situation, the 6-foot-5 Cameron could see even more targets than the 118 he warranted when he earned a trip to the Pro Bowl for the first time in 2013. If he's able to overcome the increased double-team pressure, Cameron could end up as one of the top fantasy tight ends in 2014. A slightly banged up shoulder may keep him out of the Browns' final exhibition game, but look for Brian Hoyer to constantly be looking his way in the Browns' Week 1 matchup against the Steelers.
Thu. Aug 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Manziel completed 6-of-17 passes for 83 yards and a touchdown, adding four carries for 55 yard with a fumble in Thursday's preseason finale against the Bears.
Impact: It was an up-and-down performance for Manziel, who led the Browns to 13 points on five drives, despite losing one of those drives to a Terrance West fumble. Brian Hoyer, meanwhile, completed 6-of-8 passes for 69 yards on his lone drive, leading the Browns to a touchdown. Manziel didn't have a great preseason, but he was decent enough that the Browns will likely turn in his direction if Hoyer struggles for an extended stretch of time.
Thu. Aug 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: West gained 13 yards on six carries and lost a fumble during Thursday's preseason finale against the Bears.
Impact: Hyped as a possible threat to Ben Tate's workload, West turned in a miserable preseason, and can consider himself lucky that the Browns have no proven depth behind him. While the rookie still figures to enter the season as Cleveland's top backup, Tate figures to get the bulk of the touches in what could be an ugly offense.
Thu. Aug 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hawkins is listed as the starting wideout in place of Josh Gordon for Thursday's preseason finale, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Impact: Hawkins will start his second straight preseason game opposite Miles Austin, suggesting that the starting job may be his for their Week 1 matchup against the Steelers. Despite his small 5-foot-7 stature, he's been able to impress the coaching staff during camp, and figures to be in line for a much more prominent role in the offense in the absence of Gordon. No need to reach too greatly for a guy like Hawkins in fantasy drafts, but if needed, he may end up a serviceable WR3, especially in PPR formats.
Thu. Aug 28, 2014 | STATS
News: A person familiar with Josh Gordon's situation says the suspended wide receiver wants to play in the Canadian Football League, but is prohibited from doing so.
Impact: Under CFL rules, a player suspended by the NFL and under contract is not eligible to play in Canada. But of the Cleveland Browns released Gordon, he would be able to play elsewhere.
Thu. Aug 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Austin is in line to serve as the Browns' No. 1 wide receiver, with teammate Josh Gordon's suspension having been upheld, the Browns' official site reports.
Impact: Meanwhile, in the absence of Gordon, tight end Jordan Cameron is in line to see plenty of looks, but for those inclined to role the dice on a Cleveland wideout at this stage, Austin and slot man Andrew Hawkins (more so in PPR formats) are the logical targets, though given the team's evolving QB situation, they both remain speculative picks.
Thu. Aug 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Crowell appears to be on the Browns' roster bubble in advance of the team's final cut-downs, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Impact: The report suggests that the backfield jobs of Ben Tate, rookie Terrance West and Dion Lewis appear safe, adding that if Crowell doesn't make the cut, he'd be candidate for the Browns' practice squad, assuming he isn't claimed by another team.
Thu. Aug 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gordon, who had his season-long NFL suspension upheld on Wednesday, is not eligible to play in the Canadian Football League, according to ESPN.com.
Impact: Under CFL rules, because Gordon remains under contract with the Browns, he is not eligible to play in the league. Meanwhile, the Cleveland Plain Dealer relays via one unnamed source that Gordon's legal team is believed to be considering all of its legal options with regard to the wideout's season-long suspension for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy. In any case, per his suspension, Gordon is currently not permitted to practice with the Browns or attend meetings or team functions, with the report adding that upon completion of the 2014 season, the NFL will determine when the wideout is eligible to apply for reinstatement.
Wed. Aug 27, 2014 | STATS
News: Gordon has been suspended by the NFL one year for violating the league's substance abuse policy. Gordon's suspension is effective immediately and he will miss the entire 2014 season. He will have to apply for reinstatement following the season.
Impact: Gordon had appealed his yearlong suspension and met with a league arbitrator in New York on Aug. 4. Arbitrator Harold Henderson upheld the suspension. The Browns have been waiting four months for a resolution on Gordon's case. The 23-year-old led the league with 1,646 yards receiving last season despite being suspended the first two games for a failed drug test. He became the first player in league history to record consecutive 200-yard games.
Wed. Aug 27, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gordon has been suspended for one year by the NFL for violating the league's substance-abuse policy, ESPN's Adam Schefter and NFL Network's Albert Breer report.
Impact: Per Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, with the league's ruling on the matter having now been upheld on appeal, Gordon will be eligible to apply for reinstatement with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell one year from now. Gordon's 2014 fantasy utility is obviously gone with the news, unless he were able to sue the NFL for an injunction, staying the suspension. If Gordon declines to file suit, or the court rejects it, you can safely drop him, but otherwise wait a couple days until his legal options have been ruled out.
Tue. Aug 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Armstrong was cut by the Browns on Monday, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Impact: Armstrong, 31, was attempting a comeback after sitting out the 2013 season, but his limited production in three exhibitions (three catches, 17 yards) resulted in his release. Given the weakness of the Browns' receiving corps relative to that of other teams, Armstrong could have difficulty finding work with another team.
Tue. Aug 26, 2014 | STATS
News: The attorney for Josh Gordon says the Cleveland Browns receiver's hearing on a drunken-driving charge in North Carolina has been rescheduled for November.
Impact: Gordon was due to appear in Wake County court Tuesday on charges of driving while impaired and speeding. Attorney Trey Fitzhugh says Gordon had a waiver to miss the pretrial appearance and the case is continued until Nov. 18.
Tue. Aug 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Burleson (hamstring) will play in Thursday's preseason finale, the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Impact: Burleson returned to practice Monday after missing the entire preseason thus far due to a hamstring injury. That time off could put Burleson on the Browns' roster bubble, although his veteran presence could come in handy given the uncertainty surrounding Josh Gordon's pending suspension.
Tue. Aug 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gordon's hearing on a drunken driving charge stemming from a July arrest in North Carolina has been rescheduled for November 18th, the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Impact: Gordon was granted a waiver that allowed him to miss Tuesday's scheduled appearance in Wake County court on charges of driving while impaired and speeding. While the wideout remained in Cleveland, his attorney was able to get Gordon's case continued until mid-November. With that situation set to unfold later this year, Gordon is currently still awaiting a ruling on his appeal of a pending season-long suspension for violating the league's substance-abuse program.
Tue. Aug 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Cameron (undisclosed) returned to practice Tuesday, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Impact: Cameron was excused from Monday's practice for an unspecified reason but appears to be okay and is practicing again. Despite dealing with a sprained AC shoulder joint, he has played in both of the last two preseason games and doesn't appear to be in danger of missing Week 1.
Mon. Aug 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Coach Mike Pettine indicated that he expects Cameron (unspecified issue) to be back at practice Tuesday, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Impact: Pettine relayed Monday that Cameron is "dealing with an issue," but didn't specify whether the issue was injury-related. Back on Aug. 2, Cameron suffered a sprained AC shoulder joint, but it's an issue that didn't prevent the tight end from playing in the Browns' last two preseason contests. Most recently, Cameron caught two passes for 18 yards against the Rams on Saturday.
Mon. Aug 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Skrine (thumb) should be able to practice this weekend, the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Impact: Skrine underwent thumb surgery just last Monday, but coach Mike Pettine already thinks the cornerback will be able to return to practice this weekend. With Skrine out recently, rookie Justin Gilbert has moved into Cleveland's starting defense opposite Joe Haden (foot). Additionally, with Haden slated to miss Thursday's preseason finale, Gilbert will get added work as a first-teamer before the regular season. As a result, Skrine will probably begin the season as the Browns' No. 3 cornerback, assuming he's able to be cleared to play ahead of Week 1.
Mon. Aug 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Cameron (shoulder) wasn't present at Monday's practice, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Impact: Cameron sprained the AC joint in his shoulder earlier in the preseason and has since missed practice time here and there because of it. Nonetheless, he's played in Cleveland's past two exhibition games, and no setback has been reported, so Monday could be purely a maintenance day for the tight end.
Mon. Aug 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Burleson (hamstring) returned to practice Monday, Tony Grossi of ESPN Cleveland reports.
Impact: Burleson has missed all three of the Browns' preseason games thus far due to a hamstring issue. However, with the regular season quickly approaching and Cleveland still awaiting a ruling regarding Josh Gordon's potential suspension, Burleson's return to action represents a welcome sight. The veteran projects to be a Top 4 receiver for the Browns this season.
Mon. Aug 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Baker (hamstring) was cut by the Browns on Monday, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Impact: Baker was handed 43 carries last season but fell down the Browns' pecking order amid the additions of fellow running backs Ben Tate and Terrance West this offseason, as well as Dion Lewis returning from last season's broken leg. Additionally, a recent hamstring injury further reduced Baker's chances of making Cleveland's roster, especially with Isaiah Crowell and Chris Ogbonnaya around to provide depth. The 23-year-old Baker will now hit the free-agent market and hope to land elsewhere for the upcoming season.
Aug 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gordon did not play in Saturday's preseason game because he couldn't get loose, not for any disciplinary reason, ESPN reports. Meanwhile, Gordon continues to wait for an appeal on his potential year-long suspension for marijuana use that he argues was a result of second-hand smoke.
Impact: One theory as to why the appeal is dragging on for so long was offered by Dawg Pound Nation, a Browns blog, which speculated that the arbitrator may be stalling to give the NFL time to settle with Gordon's legal team. If Gordon's team is confident in its chances, it could have refused to settle thus far, putting the NFL in a tough spot. Because the arbitrator must make an all-or-nothing ruling, the NFL risks getting no suspension if it doesn't settle, and even a 16-game suspension is probably not optimal from a public-relations standpoint, given Ray Rice's two-game ban for a much more serious offense. Moreover, even if Gordon loses, he might have grounds to sue the NFL in the state of Ohio to stop the enforcement of the suspension. In which case, it would make sense for the NFL to seek a settlement and for Gordon's camp to look for no suspension or a very short one. No matter how logical, it's only a theory, and until we have a verdict, drafters will have to speculate on Gordon's availability.
Aug 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Cundiff is 5-for-6 on field goals with a long of 43 yards over the Browns' first three preseason games.
Impact: Cundiff has been effective in the kicking game, with his only miss coming at a distance of greater than 50 yards. He'll be a serviceable fantasy kicker in 2014, especially if the Browns' offense sputters in the red zone. Cundiff is also a perfect 4-for-4 on extra point attempts.
Sun. Aug 24, 2014 | STATS
News: Cleveland coach Mike Pettine says Josh Gordon did not play in the Browns' last exhibition game because the team is preparing to be without the All-Pro wide receiver for at least part of the season. Gordon is waiting to hear from the NFL regarding his appeal of a possible yearlong suspension for again violating the league's substance-abuse program.
Impact: Gordon has been practicing and playing for weeks amid uncertainty about his career. Asked on Sunday why Gordon did not play in Saturday night's 33-14 loss to St. Louis, Pettine said: "We're fairly certain that we're not going to have him for a minimum of some part of the year. We wanted to make sure that we were getting repetitions with the guys that are going to be out there early."
Aug 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Coach Mike Pettine noted that Lewis has opened up an edge in the battle for the Browns' No. 3 running back job, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.
Impact: Lewis received just three carries in the Browns' third preseason contest, but his eight yards on the ground were actually good enough for second on the team. Only Terrance West had more carries (seven) than Lewis, but West turned those carries into just 17 yards. The Browns also like Lewis' ability to catch the ball out of the backfield, and he showed prowess in this part of his game Saturday by catching two passes for 10 yards. The battle is still far from over, but at this point, Lewis seems to be edging out Isaiah Crowell and Chris Ogbonnaya for one of the final running back jobs with the team. This won't translate to much fantasy value out of the gates, but if something were to happen injury-wise to either Ben Tate or Terrance West, Lewis could be in line for more meaningful regular season snaps.
Sat. Aug 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hawkins started Saturday's preseason game against the Rams, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Impact: While thought of as a slot receiver, Hawkins may end up starting in two-wide sets, as he did Saturday night. Nate Burleson (hamstring) has yet to play this preseason, and Josh Gordon (abdomen) is still waiting on the final word regarding a possible long-term suspension. Also, a healthy Burleson wouldn't necessarily get the nod over Hawkins. Extra snaps would of course be a positive for Hawkins' value, which is quite a bit higher in PPR leagues. He caught five passes for 36 yards and a touchdown on five targets Saturday against the Rams, carrying an otherwise lifeless offense. As odd is it is to say this about a 5-7 receiver, Hawkins could emerge as the Browns' go-to guy sans-Gordon, though Miles Austin is also a candidate. Austin is the bigger player, but at this point in their respective careers, Hawkins is the better one.
Sat. Aug 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Austin caught two passes for 23 yards on six targets in Saturday's game against the Rams.
Impact: With Josh Gordon (abdomen) and Nate Burleson (hamstring) sitting out, Austin and Andrew Hawkins worked as the first-team receivers in two-wide sets. Hawkins may not have that role to open the season, but he's a safe bet to play a big part in the offense. Austin, meanwhile, may be the No. 1 wide receiver by default, with Gordon likely facing a suspension to start the season. Austin's hands have looked shaky this preseason, but his health has surprisingly been a non-issue. Brian Hoyer has not looked good, and Johnny Manziel hasn't been much, if any, better.
Sat. Aug 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Manziel completed 10-of-15 passes for 85 yards, adding one carry for a seven-yard touchdown in Saturday's preseason game against the Rams.
Impact: Working strictly with the second-team offense, Manziel didn't have much success throwing the ball, though he did scramble for a touchdown on third-and-goal from the seven-yard line after turning a defender around with a pump fake. Brian Hoyer once again struggled with the first-team offense, but head coach Mike Pettine committed to the veteran as his Week 1 starter following the game, NFL.com's Aditi Kinkhabwala reports. It remains to be seen how long Hoyer will keep the job, as he isn't particularly talented, and won't be in a good position to succeed if Josh Gordon is suspended. After mentioning a possible two-QB system earlier this week, Pettine reiterated Saturday that he first wants the team to build continuity with Hoyer. Manziel probably won't take a snap in Week 1.
Sat. Aug 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gordon didn't take the field Saturday against the Rams due to an abdominal concern, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Impact: The injury that kept Gordon out of practice earlier in camp continues to rear its ugly head. While he awaits word on his appeal of a full season ban due to a second failed drug test, he isn't exactly pulling his weight on the field, and the blame seems to be placed upon his abdomen. In any case, he's a high-risk, high-reward selection in fantasy when healthy and active, which hasn't been the case too often since training camp opened.
Sat. Aug 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: West had 17 yards on seven carries in Saturday's preseason game against the Rams.
Impact: Ben Tate didn't do any better, gaining just five yards on three carries in a fairly brief appearance. The veteran figures to get most of the early-season work, but it won't be surprising if West's role grows throughout the year.
Sat. Aug 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Tate gained five yards on three carries in Saturday's preseason game against the Rams.
Impact: Terrance West didn't fare any better and hasn't done enough to displace Tate from the starting role. However, the rookie looms as a threat to eat into Tate's workload, which should be pretty significant early in the season. While he figures to touch the ball rather frequently, Tate may be taking a lot of those touches deep in his own territory, as the Cleveland offense has been awful this preseason.
Sat. Aug 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hoyer completed 10-of-16 passes for 84 yards, with one touchdown and one interception in Saturday's preseason game against the Rams.
Impact: Three days after being named as the starter, Hoyer continued to have a poor preseason, with his lousy passing line complemented by two sacks and a lost fumble. Though he'll likely handle at least the first two or three games, Hoyer probably won't have a particularly long leash to work with, and his odds of succeeding aren't good. Assuming Josh Gordon is in fact suspended, Cleveland will open the season with perhaps the worst group of wideouts in the league. The Browns also lack a strong receiving threat at running back, though TE Jordan Cameron is undoubtedly a bright spot. Hoyer managed not to fall flat on his face in two starts last season, but it's hard to imagine him successfully putting this team on his back.
Sat. Aug 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Haden is missing Saturday's preseason tilt due to a foot injury, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.
Impact: The extent of the ailment is unknown, but Haden's absence is a bit troubling with two weeks remaining before the regular season kicks off. However, in four NFL campaigns, the stud cornerback has picked off 13 passes, while recording between 51 and 65 tackles per season.
Sat. Aug 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Burleson (hamstring) won't play Saturday against the Rams, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Impact: Burleson's absence continues, marking his third DNP of the preseason in as many games. Once he's cleared for action, he'll help cover for Josh Gordon, who is awaiting word on his possible season-long suspension. However, Burleson is coming off back-to-back injury-plagued seasons in which he logged time in just 15 games, recording 66 catches (on 97 targets) for 701 yards and three touchdowns.
Fri. Aug 22, 2014 | STATS
News: A person familiar with the penalty says Manziel has been fined $12,000 by the NFL for flipping his middle finger at Washington's sideline.
Impact: The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity on Friday because the ruling has not been made public.
Fri. Aug 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Coach Mike Pettine indicated Friday morning that it's possible Manziel could be featured in a two-QB set "down the road," NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.
Impact: Manziel was relegated to backup duties when the Browns officially made the announcement Wednesday morning, but that doesn't mean he won't see meaningful snaps. He'll likely be used mostly in designed run sets, but could occasionally be used to air it out and take the defense by surprise. Until Manziel takes over the starting job, however, this body of work probably won't be enough to warrant much fantasy consideration outside of dynasty formats.
Fri. Aug 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Coach Mike Pettine indicated Friday morning that Hoyer could be featured in a two-quarterback system "down the road," NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.
Impact: Hoyer was announced as the Browns' starting quarterback Wednesday morning, and the veteran is expected to take the field Week 1 against the Steelers. However, the athletic ability of backup Johnny Manziel is tough to ignore, so Pettine wouldn't rule out using a two-QB system at some point this season. Manziel would mostly be used for designed runs in this scenario, so it shouldn't cut drastically into Hoyer's production.
Thu. Aug 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Kirksey is line to split first-team reps with Craig Robertson, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Impact: Kirksey continues a tough battle with veteran Craig Robertson for the starting inside linebacker job alonside Karlos Dansby, but coach Mike Pettine has indicated that he views both of the players as starters. As a result, the player on the field at a given moment will be dependent on the specific personnel package that is required for the current situation. This platoon-like plan doesn't bode well for either players' outlook as an IDP.
Thu. Aug 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Robertson is line to split first-team reps with rookie Chris Kirksey, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Impact: Robertson and Kirksey are viewed by coach Mike Pettine as "both starters," and as a result, the playing time will depend on the personnel grouping in the given situation. This doesn't bode well for either players' outlook as an IDP.
Thu. Aug 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gilbert is "likely" to lock down the starting cornerback job opposite Joe Haden, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Impact: Gilbert has been seeing increased first-team reps with Buster Skrine week-to-week with a thumb injury, and has a chance to secure the job if he continues to play well. Coach Mike Pettine stated that Gilbert "played extremely well" in the team's second preseason contest against the Redskins on Monday. He seems to be over the standard rookie butterflies, and was able to put his skill set on display against a talented group of Washington receivers.
Thu. Aug 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Greco is expected to start at right guard ahead of Garrett Gilkey, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Impact: Greco spent time on the non-football injury list early in camp, but has since passed his conditioning test, as was active for the team's first two preseason games. Joel Bitonio is expected to grab the starting guard spot opposite Greco, while Pro Bowler Alex Mack starts at center to round out the interior line.
Thu. Aug 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Baker (hamstring) did not practice Thursday, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Impact: Baker did not carry the ball in the Browns' exhibition game with the Redskins on Monday night, and had previously been fourth in line at practice to receive carries. Now with a new injury, the 23-year-old may be in jeopardy of not making the final roster cut, despite receiving 43 carries last season.
Wed. Aug 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bryant underwent wrist surgery Wednesday, leaving his status for the season opener in question, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Impact: Bryant remains without an exact timetable for return, but the Browns did say he won't be placed on injured reserve, so an early-season return seems likely. If he's unable to suit up for the Week 1 matchup against the Steelers, look for Phil Taylor to get the start, with Armonty Bryant to see increased work on the defensive line.
Wed. Aug 20, 2014 | STATS
News: Manziel will begin the season as the backup to Brian Hoyer.
Impact: Coach Mike Pettine delayed his decision after both Hoyer and Manziel played poorly in a 24-23 exhibition loss at Washington on Monday. During that game, Manziel gave the finger to the Redskins sideline, an act Pettine said would be factored into the decision. Manziel will likely be fined by the league for his gesture.
Wed. Aug 20, 2014 | STATS
News: Hoyer will open the season as Cleveland's starting quarterback after winning his summer competition over rookie Johnny Manziel.
Impact: Browns coach Mike Pettine picked Hoyer over Manziel to start the Sept. 7 at Pittsburgh, finally ending a competition that dragged through the summer. Hoyer is the choice for now, but the real test for him will be how long he keeps it from Manziel.
Wed. Aug 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Benjamin (ribs) was present at practice Wednesday, the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Impact: Benjamin left Monday night's preseason game with a ribs injury, but as expected, the ailment's minor nature allowed the wideout to practice as usual Tuesday. Given his normal involvement, Benjamin should be good to go for Saturday's third preseason game and moving forward into the regular season.
Wed. Aug 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Brian Hoyer was named the Browns' starting quarterback Wednesday morning over Manziel by coach Mike Pettine, ESPN reports.
Impact: The team sounds like it will give Hoyer a bit of a leash as Pettine said he doesn't want the veteran constantly looking over his shoulder, but we have to imagine Hoyer - and maybe the Browns as well - has to be mildly successful to keep the team from firing up the Manziel era. That said, given the rebuilding nature of the team and Manziel's exciting skill set, he has to be one of the better backup fantasy values on the QB board. However, his opening season value just took a hit Wednesday morning.
Wed. Aug 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hoyer was named the Browns' starting quarterback Wednesday morning by coach Mike Pettine, ESPN reports.
Impact: The team sounds like it will give Hoyer a bit of a leash as Pettine said he doesn't want the veteran constantly looking over his shoulder, but we have to imagine Hoyer - and maybe the Browns as well - has to be mildly successful to keep the team from firing up the Johnny Manziel era.
Tue. Aug 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: The rib injury Benjamin suffered Monday does not appear serious, according to Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon-Journal.
Impact: Head coach Mike Pettine said he thinks Benjamin is "OK," so it does not appear he is facing a long-term absence. However, it remains to be seen how the injury will affect his status moving forward.
Mon. Aug 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Cameron (shoulder) was held without a catch on three targets in Monday's preseason contest against the Redskins.
Impact: Cameron suffered from a bit of miscommunication, in addition to a few poor throws Monday, but don't look too far into this stat line. The 6-5 target will continue to get his fair share of looks in the regular season, regardless of who ends up winning the quarterback job. More importantly, the minor shoulder injury he's been dealing with didn't appear to be a factor in this performance.
Mon. Aug 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: West gained 31 yards on eight carries in Monday's exhibition game against the Redskins.
Impact: West worked primarily with the second-team offense in this one and was slightly outplayed by starter Ben Tate, who averaged 5.1 yards per carry. The rookie out of Towson will have to earn his way to meaningful carries and should see plenty of opportunities to showcase his skill set in the final two preseason games. West doesn't appear to be a major threat to cut into Tate's workload just yet, but more time to get acquainted with the offensive scheme can only help his cause.
Mon. Aug 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Tate carried the ball 10 times for a total of 51 yards in Monday's preseason game against the Redskins.
Impact: Tate was effective in the running game, something the Browns will surely have to count on considering the dismal quarterback play of late. He out-shined the No. 2 back -- Terrance West -- who collected just 31 yards on eight carries of his own. Tate both looked and played like the veteran in this one and continues to be the projected starter heading into the season.
Mon. Aug 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gordon (suspension) caught one pass for eight yards on five targets in Monday's preseason game against the Redskins.
Impact: Gordon was unable to put up strong numbers from a statistical standpoint but surprisingly remained in the game through the fourth quarter, even when quarterback Connor Shaw was at the helm. The Browns are preparing for him to be suspended for the better part of the first half -- if not the whole season -- so they likely want to get him as many reps as possible while they can. He appears to be over the abdominal injury that limited him in practice this past week and should expect to see heavy reps in the team's final two preseason contests.
Mon. Aug 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hoyer completed just 2-of-6 passes for 16 yards in Monday's preseason game against the Redskins.
Impact: After the game, Hoyer stated that his performance "probably couldn't have been any worse." He received the starting nod but was unable to lead the Browns to a touchdown for the second straight preseason game. His main competitor -- Johnny Manziel -- received significantly more reps, but much of that time came with the second team, and the rookie didn't even complete 50 percent of his passes. The Browns coaching staff is expected to sit down and name a starting quarterback for Week 1 on Tuesday, but neither of their options have truly excelled at this point. If a starter does end up being confirmed after the meeting, Hoyer will likely have the edge by default. However, it remains a possibility that coach Mike Pettine pushes back the decision, with the intention of collecting more film on both options.
Mon. Aug 18, 2014 | STATS
News: Manziel went 2 for 7 for 29 yards in the first half of the Cleveland Browns' exhibition game against the Washington Redskins on Monday night. He also raised the middle finger of his right hand as he jogged away from the Washington sideline late in the third quarter.
Impact: Browns coach Mike Pettine has said he plans to announce his regular-season QB on Tuesday. Manziel, the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner and 2014 first-round draft pick, and Brian Hoyer each played two possessions against Washington's first-team defense - going a combined 2 for 9, with two sacks and zero points.
Mon. Aug 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Manziel completed 7-of-16 passes for 65 yards and one touchdown, while adding one rush for negative one yard in Monday's preseason game against the Redskins.
Impact: This was likely one of Manziel's last chances to deserve he should be the starting quarterback in Cleveland, and he did little to prove that he should be No. 1 on the depth chart. Although he didn't turn the ball over, he was sacked three times and was unable to work much magic with his legs. The rookie did throw a touchdown to running back Dion Lewis, but it was on a short pass in which the back did most of the work. Manziel also made noise for the wrong reasons, as an obscene gesture toward the Washington bench quickly caught fire on social media and will surely be a main topic of conversation this week. His main competition -- Brian Hoyer -- completed just 2-of-6 passes for 16 yards, but with neither candidate truly standing out, it now appears that Hoyer will win the job by default. The Cleveland coaching staff is expected to get together at some point Tuesday to officially announce the Week 1 starter, and Manziel's chances currently aren't looking good. There may still be time left in the preseason for a turnaround, but he'd have to perform drastically better if he's even going to be considered.
Mon. Aug 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Updating a previous report, Benjamin has passed all concussion tests but will sit for the remainder of Monday's game with a rib injury.
Impact: Benjamin will sit the rest of the exhibition game as a precaution but appears to have avoided a head injury that would have kept him out of action for at least a week. The Browns have a quick turnaround and will already play again Saturday, so it wouldn't be surprising to see him given the preseason game off to rest.
Mon. Aug 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Benjamin left Monday's game to be evaluated for a concussion.
Impact: It's currently unclear when Benjamin suffered the hit, but he'll be evaluated on the sidelines to see if a concussion was sustained. If he's diagnosed with a concussion, he'll likely sit in the Browns penultimate exhibition contest set for Saturday against the Rams. The timing is poor for Benjamin, who had gradually been seeing his role in the Cleveland offense grow.
Mon. Aug 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Updating a previous report, Gilbert did not sustain an injury in the second quarter of Monday's exhibition game, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Impact: Gilbert appeared to be getting checked out for a head injury, but it turned out to be just a contact lens. He should return to action during the Browns' next defensive series.
Mon. Aug 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gilbert was removed from Monday's game to be examined for a potential head injury, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. His return is questionable.
Impact: Gilbert saw an opportunity to start Monday, as Buster Skrine is considered week-to-week after having thumb surgery. Skrine had been the rookie's main competition for the starting job, so with him out of the mix in the short term, Gilbert was set to see a major uptick in playing time. However, a potential head injury has thrown a wrench into those plans. If Gilbert's cleared of concussion symptoms, he'll return to the game, but if diagnosed with a concussion, he'll likely miss the next preseason contest. If it turns out to be a concussion, look for Isaiah Trufant or Aaron Berry to see additional preseason reps.
Mon. Aug 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Burleson (hamstring) is inactive Monday at Washington, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Impact: Burleson continues to be beset by injury, as a hamstring issue will keep him sidelined for a second preseason game in a row. The incoming decision on Josh Gordon's suspension will inform potential owners of the receiver pecking order in Cleveland, but even when healthy, Burleson will have to compete with Miles Austin and Andrew Hawkins, among others, in the Browns' pass-catching corps.
Mon. Aug 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gordon is in uniform prior to Monday's preseason matchup with the Redskins, Tony Grossi of ESPN Cleveland reports.
Impact: After dealing with an abdominal concern last week, Gordon was able to partake in practice Saturday, and his presence Monday displays his level of health. No matter how he produces in concert with quarterbacks Johnny Manziel and Brian Hoyer, Gordon still awaits word on his potential season-long ban. Once the appeal process plays out, the extent, if any, of Gordon's availability will forecast his value.
Mon. Aug 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Skrine underwent thumb surgery Monday and is considered week-to-week moving forward, the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Impact: Skrine's absence figures to result in rookie Justin Gilbert claiming the Browns' starting cornerback position opposite Joe Haden to begin this season. Although coach Mike Pettine said he expects Skrine to be ready for Week 1, that may be an optimistic outlook, and the time off probably will prevent Skrine from being considered to start once he eventually returns.
Sat. Aug 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gilbert will start at cornerback opposite Joe Haden on Monday against the Redskins, the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Impact: With Buster Skrine (thumb) likely out of action, the first-round pick will make his first start after sitting out the team's opener due to a groin issue. While a healthy Skrine could open the regular season as the starter, Gilbert figures to take over the job at some point.
Sat. Aug 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Benjamin (knee) is hoping to return a few kicks during Monday's preseason matchup with the Redskins, the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.
Impact: Benjamin, who missed most of last season with a torn ACL, has impressed the Browns' coaching staff thus far in camp. While he's hoping to expand his role outside of special teams, he'll first need to prove he's healthy enough to handle kick-return duties. Benjamin sat out last weekend's preseason opener against Detroit.
Sat. Aug 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Grossman may sit out Monday's preseason game against the Redskins, the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Impact: The veteran signed with Cleveland this past week and figures to serve a mentoring role as the third quarterback behind Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel. Although he's familiar with offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan's system, Grossman will likely watch from the sidelines Monday as South Carolina product Connor Shaw takes the third-team reps.
Sat. Aug 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Skrine (thumb) could find out Saturday whether or not he'll need surgery, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Impact: Skrine, who is in position to compete with rookie Justin Gilbert for a starting cornerback spot opposite Joe Haden, injured his thumb during practice this week. While the Browns say they expect him to be ready for Week 1, it's difficult to imagine that being the case should he require surgery.
Sat. Aug 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gordon (abdomen) returned to practice Saturday, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Impact: Limited throughout most of the week by an abdominal injury, Gordon was back in pads Saturday morning and still has a chance to play in Monday's preseason game against the Redskins, according to coach Mike Pettine. Gordon suffered the injury in the Browns' first exhibition contest last weekend, but the team has said from the get-go that it's just a minor issue. Of more importance for prospective owners is the ruling on his suspension appeal, which could come down by the end of next week.
Fri. Aug 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Though Hoyer is starting Monday night's game against Washington over rookie Johnny Manziel, coach Mike Pettine indicated Friday that "all of our options are still on the table," the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Impact: While Hoyer is slated to start Monday night's contest, he and Manziel are expected to split time with the Browns' first-team offense throughout the first half. Pettine then plans to meet with offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, quarterback coach Dowell Loggains and GM Ray Farmer on Tuesday in advance of naming the team's Week 1 starter, an assignment that the coach acknowledges doesn't necessarily come with a season-long commitment from the team.
Fri. Aug 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Coach Mike Pettine indicated that he plans to meet with offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, quarterback coach Dowell Loggains and GM Ray Farmer on Tuesday to name the Browns' starter (between Manziel and Brian Hoyer) at QB, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Impact: Assuming the team sticks with that timetable, then the QB duo's efforts in Monday's preseason game against the Redskins figure to be a key part of the team's final evaluation on that front. While Hoyer is slated to start Monday night's game, he and Manziel are in line to split time with the Brown's first-team offense during the first half of the contest. When asked if Manziel can still win the job, Pettine noted, "sure he can. He just needs to go out and play. That's the bottom line. They both do." In any case, the report goes on to infer that once a Week 1 starter is declared, it's a decision that won't necessarily be considered a season-long commitment by the team.
Tue. Aug 12, 2014 | STATS
News: The Cleveland Browns have signed unrestricted free-agent quarterback Rex Grossman and waived Thigpen.
Impact: The 33-year-old Grossman is entering his 12th year in the NFL and joins a team where Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel are vying for the starting job.
Tue. Aug 12, 2014 | STATS
News: The Cleveland Browns have signed Grossman and waived quarterback Tyler Thigpen. The 33-year-old Grossman is entering his 12th year in the NFL and joins a team where Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel are vying for the starting job.
Impact: Grossman, a former first-round pick, has played for the Bears (2003-08), Texans (2009) and Redskins (2010-13). In the 2006 season, he led Chicago to the Super Bowl in his first full season as the starter.