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Mon. July 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Benjamin (knee) is projected to be the primary return man on both kickoffs and punts this season, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Impact: Although Benjamin received a planned day off Monday morning, the 5-10 receiver has repeatedly declared himself fully healthy for the upcoming season following a torn ACL last October. He's logged just six kick returns over his first two seasons with the Browns but is expected to jump into the primary return role once he's ready to be deployed at full capacity. Buster Skrine is expected to back him up on kick returns, while Jordan Poyer will be his backup on punts.
Mon. July 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gray is a candidate to start at fullback this season for the Browns, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Impact: Gray was a quarterback in college but was converted to a tight end upon his arrival in the league. He's now taking reps at fullback and even caught a pass out of the backfield during Monday morning's practice. Under the new coaching regime in Cleveland, the plan is for the fullback to do more than just block, and the athletic Gray certainly fits this profile. His skill set will help his chances of making the final roster, but it's unlikely that he sees enough targets to warrant much fantasy consideration in 2014.
Mon. July 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bryant could be in line "to take a major step forward" in the new defensive scheme of coach Mike Pettine, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Impact: Bryant has shown impressive speed for his 265-pound frame, a trait Pettine views favorably in his pass-rushing defensive ends. As a rookie, Bryant recorded 12 combined tackles and two sacks, but these numbers could be in line to grow in his sophomore campaign. However, he'll need to improve his rank on the depth chart if he's going to warrant IDP consideration in 2014.
Mon. July 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Kirksey put forth a strong showing during Monday's practice, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Impact: Kirksey is competing with Craig Robertson for the starting inside linebacker job alongside Karlos Dansby, and although it's early, the third-round pick seems to have the slight edge. The rookie was drafted in part due to his strong pass coverage ability, and he put that on display Monday by picking off a Johnny Manziel pass. If Kirksey is able to lock down the starting spot, he'll definitely be worth some IDP consideration due to the potential for high tackle counts and the occasional interception.
Mon. July 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Barnidge was activated from the non-football injury list Monday, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Impact: A failed conditioning test landed Barnidge on the list, but his presence there didn't last long. He'll return to full-contact practice, where he's set to compete with Jim Dray and MarQueis Gray for a roster spot backing up starting tight end Jordan Cameron.
Mon. July 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gordon (suspension) is seeing reduced reps during the first few days of training camp, ESPN Cleveland reports.
Impact: Gordon will meet with commissioner Roger Goodell this weekend, where he'll likely receive a ruling on his potential suspension for a failed drug test. Facing a year-long ban, the star wideout is hoping to have the suspension reduced in order to see the field this season. In the meantime, the Browns look to be preparing for life without Gordon, as he's often been taking reps with the second-team offense. This clearly wouldn't be the case had he not entered camp facing suspension.
Mon. July 28, 2014 | STATS
News: The Browns say Pinkston has not been medically cleared to practice. The team and Pinkston's agents released a joint statement Monday saying the four-year veteran has been in communication with the Browns. The team says it will respect Pinkston's privacy and not provide further details "at this time."
Impact: Pinkston started 16 games as a rookie in 2011. The next year he was sidelined with blood clots in his lungs, threatening his career. The fifth-round draft pick from Pittsburgh played only three games last season because of an ankle injury. On Sunday, first-year coach Mike Pettine said there was a "possibility" Pinkston will return to the team. Pinkston said on Twitter he has not considered retiring.
Mon. July 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Crowell is getting "a lot of early looks" during training camp, ESPN Cleveland reports.
Impact: Crowell, who enters camp behind both Ben Tate and Terrance West on the depth chart, appears to be one of the early favorites to make the team. The 21-year-old Crowell wasn't a full participant during OTAs but appears to be over any nagging ailment that may have hampered him in the past. He'll still have to hold off the likes of Dion Lewis and Edwin Baker to secure the job, but the Browns' brass has so far been pleased with the progress of the undrafted free agent. Even if he does make the team, Crowell will likely need an injury to Tate or West to warrant much fantasy consideration in the coming season.
Mon. July 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gilbert will only return kicks for the Browns this season in an emergency situation, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Impact: Gilbert was seen catching kicks and punts over the first few days of training camp, but it sounds as if Mike Pettine doesn't intend for him to be a primary return option. Pettine is simply getting the rookie familiar with the special-teams unit in case an emergency situation happens to arise. Gilbert has made a few plays so far in camp to display his athleticism, but the first-round pick still has some ground to cover in his position battle with Buster Skrine.
Mon. July 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Barnidge was placed on Cleveland's non-football injury list after failing the team's conditioning test, Ohio.com reports.
Impact: Barnidge served as a blocking tight end last season, only recording 13 grabs. If he makes the roster this season, he isn't likely to be a factor in the passing game.
Mon. July 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Benjamin (knee) didn't take part in Monday's padded practice, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Impact: Benjamin instead worked out on the side along with fellow receiver Charles Johnson, both of whom suffered torn ACLs last season. The Browns will likely continue to schedule regular off-days for the duo, but both should be back in pads in the near future.
Mon. July 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Johnson (knee) didn't take part in Monday's padded practice, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Impact: Johnson instead worked out on the side along with fellow receiver Travis Benjamin, both of whom suffered torn ACLs last season. The former had been participating in team drills over the weekend, so this was likely just a planned rest day for the wideout.
Mon. July 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Carder was back on the practice field Monday after starting camp on the non-football injury list, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Impact: Carder worked out on the side with trainers for the first few days of camp due to an undisclosed injury, but was back in action Monday morning. The 25-year-old is competing to make the team as a reserve inside linebacker.
Mon. July 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hawkins has consistently impressed the Browns' coaching staff over the first few days of camp, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Impact: Hawkins has drawn praise so far for both his professionalism and his consistency on the field. The 5-7 slot receiver is preparing to become a key component of Kyle Shanahan's offensive scheme and should help the winner of the Browns' quarterback battle move the chains during the regular season. While the team awaits an announcement on the pending Josh Gordon suspension, Hawkins is one of several candidates that may warrant increased attention during the star wideout's absence. Injuries have plagued him in the past, but as long as Hawkins can stay healthy, he could wind up a serviceable late-round sleeper, especially in PPR formats.
July 27, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Tate is practicing with the team during 11-on-11 drills, and remains confident that he's the frontrunner to win the No. 1 running back job, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Impact: Tate was a little banged up during minicamp, but so far doesn't appear to be limited in any capacity during the Browns' first few days of training camp. Brought in as a free agent this offseason to help improve the Browns' 27th-ranked rushing offense (in terms of yardage), Tate entered camp as the projected starter in the Cleveland backfield. Although Tate remains confident that he'll win the job, rookie Terrance West intends on giving him a run for his money. West has impressed the coaching staff with his ability to catch passes out of the backfield, and both backs have demonstrated the ability to run between the tackles. During 11-on-11 drills Sunday, each back was able to find space for short gains, but neither truly stood out. Head coach Mike Pettine will likely form a better idea of his backfield's potential once the pads go on Monday.
Sat. July 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Manziel worked with the second-team offense during the Browns' first full-go day of training camp Saturday, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Impact: No surprises here, as Mike Pettine and the Browns coaching staff continues to tout Brian Hoyer as the team's starter to enter the season. Manziel may be the one drawing all the crowds at practice, but he has an uphill battle to climb before threatening Hoyer's status as the starter. The rookie certainly brings more mobility than Hoyer to the table, but Manziel still has some work to do with the playbook, in addition to earning the respect of his teammates following a highly publicized offseason. Manziel should get a chance to show off his playmaking ability during the preseason (potentially even starting a game), but until the Cleveland staff is able to see how he adjusts to the speed of an NFL contest, the No. 22 overall pick will be entrenched in a backup role.
Sat. July 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hoyer plans on wearing a knee brace for the entirety of the 2014 season, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Impact: Hoyer is coming off a torn ACL last season, but the injury hasn't limited him so far in camp, as he continues to take reps with the first-team offense. The projected starter admitted that he's not the most mobile quarterback anyway, so he doesn't plan on it having much of an effect on his game. As a primary pocket passer, Hoyer provides the Browns with experience and consistency, which has so far caused Cleveland brass to tout him as the starter entering the season.
Sat. July 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Winn was placed on the non-football injury list earlier this week with a hamstring injury, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Impact: Winn's exact condition remains largely unknown, but he'll likely miss a handful of practices during the team's first week of minicamp. Even when healthy, there's not much IDP value to find here, as he's projected to earn a backup role this season, and hasn't racked up significant tackle numbers over his career.
Sat. July 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Austin made an impression on head coach Mike Pettine during the first day of camp, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Impact: Austin was held out of team drills during the spring due to minor health concerns, and though the Browns plan on limiting his reps out of the gate, seeing the 30-year-old on the practice field building rapport with his teammates is certainly encouraging. Austin has the potential to see significant targets in 2014 due to the uncertain Josh Gordon situation, but health has been his main obstacle over the past few seasons. He's missed 11 games over the last three years, but there's definitely some sleeper potential here, as Austin could put up big numbers if he's able to see the field for 16 games.
Sat. July 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Johnson (knee) practiced with the team Saturday morning, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.
Impact: Johnson remains a relative unknown to first-year head coach Mike Pettine, who admitted to having to look up old highlight film on the internet. There's a crowded group of wide receivers at camp, but Johnson will attempt to stand out, taking advantage of being fully healthy for the first time in nearly a year.
Sat. July 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Greco was placed on the non-football injury list Friday, the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Impact: Greco is projected to secure one of the Browns' starting offensive guard spots, but will have to pass his conditioning test before he sees the practice field. Garret Gilkey should see first-team reps until Greco is ready to go.
Sat. July 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Taylor has been placed on the non-football injury list, the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Impact: Taylor came into camp as the projected starter at nose tackle, but he'll have to pass his conditioning test before being allowed to take the practice field. The move could prove irrelevant down the stretch, but being unable to complete the set of sprints certainly can't make a good impression on new head coach Mike Pettine, who admittedly made the test difficult. Taylor will look to retake the test this weekend.
Sat. July 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Mingo came into Browns camp lighter than last season with the hopes of improving his pass coverage skills, the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Impact: Mingo was used primarily as a pass rusher for the Browns last season, but he hopes that by expanding his skill set, he'll be able to see the field more often. He showed off his past coverage capability during the first day of camp, recording one interception off rookie Connor Shaw, and nearly picking off starter Brian Hoyer on a play where he made a skilled deflection. Browns brass had reportedly encouraged Mingo to gain weight during the offseason, but the team doesn't appear to be disappointed with his improved physical condition entering camp. If defensive coordinator Jim O'Neil can trust the outside linebacker in pass coverage this season, he should earn more snaps, which can only improve his value as an IDP.
Sat. July 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: West was impressive during the first day of Browns minicamp Friday, the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Impact: West failed to properly complete his conditioning test Wednesday, but had no problems passing it the next day and was on the field for the first day of camp. He impressed both onlookers and the coaching staff with one-handed catches out of the backfield, an aspect of his game that he was unable to show off much during his time at Towson. Head coach Mike Pettine admitted that he was "shocked" by the outstanding performance of West, praising both his work during one-on-one periods, as well as his elusiveness in team drills. West will look to carry this momentum as camp rolls on, with his sights set on overtaking veteran Ben Tate for the team's No. 1 running back job. It's still early, but if West continues to impress like he did on the first day, his chances of earning a more prominent role in Cleveland's backfield can only improve.
Sat. July 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Burleson (arm) is participating in Saturday's practice, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.
Impact: Burleson, who broke his left arm last September, finally had his cast removed in early June. With Josh Gordon facing a suspension, Burleson has a shot to head into Week 1 as a starter. Soon to be 33 years old, Burleson will be competing for targets with the likes of Miles Austin, Andrew Hawkins and Travis Benjamin (knee). Hawkins seems to have the most secure role, as he was signed for four years and $13.6 million to work as the team's main threat out of the slot.
Sat. July 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Benjamin (knee) is practicing Saturday morning, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.
Impact: Despite suffering a torn ACL last October, Benjamin does not expect to be placed on the PUP list. His practice participation is a promising sign for the Browns, who may need Benjamin to play a significant role on offense, with Josh Gordon facing a lengthy suspension. While he's caught just 22 passes for 403 yards through his first two seasons, Benjamin has proven to be an explosive punt returner, and could perhaps emerge as a deep threat.
Fri. July 25, 2014 | STATS
News: Gordon has reported to training camp as he awaits an appeal hearing with the NFL on a possible suspension.
Impact: Gordon is scheduled to meet with the league on Aug. 1. He's facing an indefinite suspension for violating the substance abuse policy for at least the third time. Gordon was suspended for the first two games last season. He entered the league with a history of marijuana abuse after failing two drug tests in college. Gordon reportedly entered a rehab clinic following a recent DUI arrest in North Carolina.
Thu. July 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Jones signed with the Browns on Thursday, The Baltimore Sun reports.
Impact: Jones has accounted for 38 tackles (32 solo) across his seven-year NFL career. The Browns will hope he can help their special teams units and add depth at outside linebacker this season.
Thu. July 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gordon (suspension) will still report to training camp, despite checking himself into a rehab facility following his July 5 DWI arrest, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Impact: Gordon, if anything, will help his image in the eyes of both the public and the league by deciding to seek help after his recent arrest. He reportedly spent two weeks at the facility, but plans to report to training camp as expected on Friday. Gordon has an appeal hearing with NFL officials on Aug. 1 due to a previously failed drug test, and the ruling will determine whether or not the 2013 receiving yards leader will play in the upcoming season. His recent behavior at least suggests a turnaround, and couldn't hurt his chances of receiving a slight break from the ruling committee.
Thu. July 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Manziel's biggest opponent during camp may be the playbook, according to ESPN Cleveland.
Impact: Manziel is set to compete with Brian Hoyer for the Browns' starting quarterback job during minicamp that opens Friday, but head coach Mike Pettine has made it no secret that Hoyer is the frontrunner out of the gate. Just like any rookie, Manziel will have to perfect his knowledge of the playbook before having a legitimate chance of overtaking Hoyer. As it currently stands, Hoyer will start the Browns' first preseason game, and will continue to do so until Manziel earns starter consideration. If Hoyer performs as expected and wins the starter's job by Week 1, it doesn't necessarily mean Manziel won't see the field. Pettine acknowledged that he'll have "special packages" for Manziel during the season, which could be designed to take advantage of his ability as a runner. However, this won't do much for his projected fantasy value until Manziel is able to take over the starting job. The Browns open the season against the Steelers, Saints and Ravens, and if Hoyer manages to look good over that tough stretch, the job may end up proving more difficult to take than anticipated.
Thu. July 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Westerman agreed to a deal with the Browns on Thursday, the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Impact: Westerman has plenty of experience under new Browns coach Mike Pettine, as the linebacker appeared in 12 games for the Bills last season when Pettine was their defensive coordinator. He also played under Pettine with the Jets from 2009-11. The outside linebacker has a total of five NFL season under his belt, accumulating a total of 62 tackles and six sacks over that span. He'll compete for a roster spot as a reserve linebacker and special teams player.
Thu. July 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gordon is slated to meet with NFL officials on Aug. 1, at which time he'll reportedly appeal his one-year suspension, ESPN.com reports.
Impact: Gordon, who racked up 87 catches for 1,646 yards in 14 games for the Browns last season, is believed to be facing a year-long suspension in the wake of a failed drug test earlier this offseason. Since then, Gordon was arrested and charged with DWI in North Carolina earlier this month. In any case, the Browns, and in turn, fantasy owners, should gain clarification of the wideout's 2014 playing status some time early next month, but at this stage a scenario in which Gordon does not play a regular season snap this year remains plausible.
Thu. July 24, 2014 | STATS
News: A person with knowledge of the meeting tells The Associated Press that Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon will have a hearing with NFL officials in New York on Aug. 1.
Impact: Gordon was arrested this month on charges of driving while intoxicated after speeding down a street in Raleigh, North Carolina. He was released on bail. The 23-year-old player was suspended for two games last season for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. He still led the league with 1,646 yards receiving.
Thu. July 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: West, who had been placed on the Browns' non-football injury list, has been added back to the team's active roster, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Impact: Now that he is on track to practice, West is in line to battle with Ben Tate for the Browns' starting running back job. It's a scenario that coach Mike Pettine has suggested could emerge as the "best competition" among the team's unsettled job situations as training camp/the preseason rolls along.
Wed. July 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: West was placed on the non-football injury list due to "conditioning-test issues," Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Impact: West denied that he had failed a conditioning test via his personal Twitter account, but it appears that if something related to the test will land him on the NFI list to start camp. If the personal declarations about his health prove to be valid, this designation should be relatively meaningless once camp opens Friday. The rookie has his sights set on challenging Ben Tate for the No. 1 running back job, but he'll need to prove his physical health before starting this battle.
Wed. July 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Skrine will enter camp as the projected starter at cornerback opposite Joe Haden, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.
Impact: Skrine may enter camp as the starter, but he'll surely receive a heavy push for reps from first-rounder Justin Gilbert, who signed his rookie deal with the Browns on Wednesday. Regardless of who enters the season with the starting job, there's a good chance both players will see relatively equal reps opposite Haden. This news doesn't bode well for either player's value as an IDP.
Wed. July 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gilbert will enter camp behind Buster Skrine on the depth chart, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.
Impact: Gilbert signed his four-year rookie contract with the Browns on Thursday, but the first-round draft pick won't be guaranteed any playing time during his rookie campaign. Even if Gilbert manages to overtake Skrine for the starting job opposite Pro-Bowler Joe Haden, the two may end up splitting reps at the position. None of this news bodes well for either player's outlook as an IDP in fantasy.
Wed. July 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Johnson (knee) has been cleared for camp with the Browns, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.
Impact: Johnson didn't participate in team drills during OTAs, and was originally thought to be a candidate to start the year on the physically unable to perform list, but it finally appears as if he's heard a bit of good news. The team discovered that Johnson had a torn ACL when they signed him off the Packers' practice squad last October, so they have yet to see him in action, even on the practice field. If he can prove he's fully healthy, Johnson may eventually end up in the mix for targets, especially if Josh Gordon is handed a lengthly suspension.
Wed. July 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Coach Mike Pettine stated Wednesday that Hoyer will enter training camp as the Browns' starter, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.
Impact: Both Hoyer and rookie Johnny Manziel will see reps with the first-team offense when training camp opens Friday, but Pettine seems to have hinted that Hoyer will have the edge out of the gates. The quarterback battle is expected to continue on into the preseason, where Pettine expects to make the official announcement on his starter by the third preseason game at the latest. Despite all the hype surrounding the rookie Manziel, it sounds like the job is Hoyer's to lose. Hoyer may be the more experienced option and slightly better pocket passer, but it will certainly be tough to hold off the x-factor that Manziel brings to the table. Unless one candidate is able to drastically separate themself during camp, it seems as if both quarterbacks will make at least one preseason start, after which Pettine should finally announce a decision.
Wed. July 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Manziel could be a candidate to make a start during the preseason, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.
Impact: With Browns training camp set to open Friday, Manziel is anticipating a grueling battle with Brian Hoyer to earn the team's starting quarterback job. Coach Mike Pettine will give both candidates several reps with the first-team offense during practice, and in order to keep a level playing field, it seems as if Manziel will get the chance to make at least one start in the preseason. This should give the rookie a chance to adjust to the speed of the game in as close to a regular season scenario as possible. Pettine anticipates making an official announcement regarding the starting job by the third preseason game at the latest.
Wed. July 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: West (unspecified issue) -- who is set to open training camp on the Browns' non-football injury list -- will reportedly be practicing Friday, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Impact: While the reason for West's inclusion on the list has yet to be clarified, this nugget indicates that it's a short-term issue that shouldn't impact the rookie back's chances of challenging Ben Tate for the Browns' top RB job.
Wed. July 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: West (unspecified issue) will reportedly start training camp on the Browns' non-football injury list, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.
Impact: It remains to be seen how long West will be stalled, but so far there is nothing to indicate any long-term concerns with the rookie back. Once West returns to the practice field, he figures to be in line to challenge Ben Tate for the Browns' top RB job.
Wed. July 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gilbert has signed a four-year contract with the Browns worth $12.83 million, the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Impact: Gilbert, the eighth overall pick in May's NFL Draft, projects as a starter at cornerback out of the gate opposite Joe Haden, assuming he overtakes Buster Skrine on the Browns' depth chart, as expected.
Tue. July 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Coach Mike Pettine indicated Monday that the Browns expect to name their starting quarterback by the team's third preseason game, ESPN.com reports. "It's definitely still up in the air," Pettine said with regard to the upcoming job battle between Manziel and Brian Hoyer.
Impact: Pettine noted that a decision could come sooner than the team's third preseason tilt (8/23), indicating that he wants to hold a "fair" competition between Manziel and Hoyer. Meanwhile, Pettine added that Manziel's off-field activity will be "a non-story" once training camp starts, while suggesting that the rookie QB has worked hard this offseason and is "ahead of the learning curve" at this stage. Of course, in order to hold off Manziel out of the gate, Hoyer will need to re-prove his health coming off an ACL injury. In the long term though, Manziel is clearly the upside play, both in real and fantasy terms.
Tue. July 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Coach Mike Pettine indicated Monday that the Browns expect to name their starting quarterback by the team's third preseason game, ESPN.com reports. Pettine added that he wants to hold a "fair" competition between Hoyer (knee) and Johnny Manziel before making the decision on who will start at QB for the team in Week 1.
Impact: With that in mind, the Browns' third preseason contest takes place on Aug. 23, though the report notes that a call on the team's starting QB front could potentially come sooner than that date. In any case, Hoyer (who is bouncing back from a torn ACL) will need to re-prove his health in the coming weeks in order to hold off the promising Manziel, who was selected by the Browns with the 22nd pick in May's NFL draft.
Mon. July 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: The Browns have no plans to cut Gordon, and the team expects him to report to training camp Friday, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. "We're expecting him to report on Friday and be on the field," coach Mike Pettine said. "We have no plans to cut him I know there's been a lot of debate over that, but I don't see us having that debate."
Impact: After a number of run-ins with the law this offseason, Gordon is facing an indefinite suspension from the league for multiple violations of the substance abuse policy. He intends to appeal the suspension, but if he loses, he'll need to wait a full year before applying for reinstatement. Regardless, despite the distraction, the Browns appear committed to holding onto Gordon and helping him through his off-the-field issues. "If any of our players are in need of help, we'll do our best to provide it for them and also that we're going to do what we feel is best for the organization," Pettine said. "By league guidelines, whatever help we can provide him, we're going to do it. A Cleveland Brown is a Cleveland Brown. If we feel we can help him, let's help him. Sometimes you're handcuffed by the situation, so until it plays out then there's really nothing tangible we can do at this point."
Mon. July 21, 2014 | STATS
News: Manziel is No. 2 on Cleveland's depth chart but No. 1 as the NFL's top-selling jersey.
Impact: The league said Monday the rookie quarterback's No. 2 jersey outsold all others from April 1 to July 17 on NFLShop.com. The Browns drafted the former Texas A&M star with the No. 22 pick. He'll enter his first training camp as Brian Hoyer's backup.
Fri. July 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gordon's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, confirmed Thursday that his client is appealing his suspension and has a hearing coming up, the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Impact: Gordon's agent failed to confirm the exact date of the hearing, nor did he comment on how his client's recent DWI arrest may have an effect on the appeal process. The reigning NFL receiving yards leader reportedly tested positive for marijuana in early May, and is facing a year long suspension from the league. A resolution on the case -- including any pending suspension -- is expected to be announced before the start of Browns training camp in late July.
Thu. July 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Benjamin (knee) said Thursday that he doesn't expect to be placed on the physically unable to perform list, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Impact: Benjamin endured a torn ACL during the 2013 season, and was previously considered to be a candidate for the PUP list at the beginning of camp. Although nothing is set in stone just yet, Benjamin is optimistic that the team will allow him to practice once training camp starts in late July. The 2012 fourth-rounder showed big-play upside prior to going down with the injury, and is a potential candidate to see targets this season due to the uncertainty surrounding Josh Gordon, but will first have to prove himself to the new coaching staff in camp.