2014 DRAFT GUIDE
Team Grade:
Cleveland Browns
Quarterbacks: Running Backs:
Wide Receivers: Tight Ends:
Defense: Kickers:

Outlook

The Browns have an underrated defense so don't discount them to win some games if the offense can produce a little. The offense is the big concern, though, with few weapons offensively and a likely rookie starting at quarterback. The Browns could use a run-first approach with new running back Ben Tate and rookie Terrance West. Cleveland is likely a few years away from making the playoffs but should make some progress this year. Things are trending upward for the most part.
FANTASY BREAKOUT
With Josh Gordon's status up in the air, the Browns are going to be looking for options in the passing game. We think Andrew Hawkins could be the most targeted receiver on the team. He could be a real good find in PPR leagues. Don't expect big touchdown or yardage totals but he'll get a ton of catches. Hawkins also can make plays after the catch, which is another plus for the coming season. Someone has to catch passes in this offense, and Hawkins seems like the best guy to do so.
FANTASY DUD
Receiver Miles Austin is likely to be a starter for the Browns but don't expect him to play like he did during his best days in Dallas. He has been very injury prone the last few seasons and likely has a rookie quarterback throwing him passes. Austin might be worth a spot start or two but the days of him being a sure fantasy thing are over.

Team Notes

Oct 29, 07:43 PM Cleveland Browns WR Rodney Smith (hamstring), DE Phil Taylor (knee) and OT Joe Thomas (non-injury related) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 29. DT Ahtyba Rubin (ankle) was listed as a limited participant, while DE Desmond Bryant (wrist), SS Jim Leonhard (ankle), LB Barkevious Mingo (shoulder), CB K'Waun Williams (shoulder, neck) and DE Billy Winn (quadriceps) were full participants in practice.
Oct 29, 03:23 PM Cleveland Browns TE Jordan Cameron (concussion) still hasn't been cleared to practice and the timetable for his return is unknown. Speculation is that he may miss at least the next two games after suffering a concussion in Week 8. It was his third concussion in about two years.
Oct 29, 02:53 PM Cleveland Browns DT Phil Taylor (knee) is not expected to play in the next two games, according to head coach Mike Pettine.
Oct 29, 01:13 PM Cleveland Browns TE Jordan Cameron (concussion) will not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 29, because he is still going through the concussion protocol.
Oct 28, 03:03 PM Cleveland Browns RB Isaiah Crowell could be on the field more if he could protect the ball better, according to head coach Mike Pettine. Pettine said part of the team's decision to stick with Ben Tate late in Sunday's game against the Oakland Raiders was because of Crowell's fumble issues. Pettine added that he would like Crowell to get more touches this week.

Fantasy Impact: Crowell might be the most talented of the backs on the roster, so it would be good for him to improve his ball security.
Oct 27, 05:53 PM The Cleveland Browns placed DE John Hughes (undisclosed) on Reserve/Injured with a designation to return and claimed TE Ryan Taylor off waivers Monday, Oct. 27.
Oct 27, 11:53 AM Cleveland Browns RB Isaiah Crowell had one rush for one yard in Week 8, while RB Terrance West had seven carries for 11 yards. Beat writer Tony Grossi speculated that West must have had better performances in practice than Crowell in the week leading up to the game.

Fantasy Impact: We would just avoid both these guys right now. They are a risk for fantasy teams.
Oct 26, 06:32 PM Updating a previous report, Cleveland Browns TE Jordan Cameron (concussion) suffered a concussion in the Week 8 game against the Oakland Raiders and he will not return.
Oct 26, 05:33 PM Cleveland Browns TE Jordan Cameron (head) left the Week 8 game against the Oakland Raiders in the second quarter after an apparent head injury. He was shaken up after a long reception and taken to the locker room.
Oct 26, 03:32 PM Cleveland Browns C Nick McDonald will start at center in Week 8. OG John Greco has been starting at center but will move to right guard.
Oct 25, 03:02 PM The Baltimore Ravens waived TE Ryan Taylor and promoted TE Phillip Supernaw from their practice squad to the active roster Saturday, Oct. 25.
Oct 24, 05:52 PM Cleveland Browns WR Rodney Smith (hamstring) and DT Phil Taylor (knee) have been ruled out for Week 8. DE Billy Winn (quadriceps) and SS Jim Leonhard (ankle) are listed as questionable, while DE Desmond Bryant (wrist), DT Ahtyba Rubin (ankle), LB Barkevious Mingo (shoulder) and CB K'Waun Williams (concussion) are listed as probable. Leonhard, Smith and Taylor did not participate in practice Friday, Oct. 24. Winn was limited during practice, while Bryant, Mingo Rubin and Williams fully participated in practice. Joe Thomas (non-injury) also participated in practice and is no longer on the injury report.
Oct 23, 06:12 PM Cleveland Browns WR Rodney Smith (hamstring) and DE Phil Taylor (knee) did not practice Thursday, Oct. 23. DT Ahtyba Rubin (ankle) and DE Billy Winn (quadriceps) were limited. DE Desmond Bryant (wrist), LB Barkevious Mingo (shoulder), OT Joe Thomas (non-injury related) and CB K'Waun Williams (concussion) participated fully.
Oct 23, 03:12 PM Cleveland Browns OG Paul McQuistan and OT Vinston Painter are options to start at right guard in Week 8 if OG John Greco starts at center.
Oct 23, 03:02 PM Cleveland Browns OG John Greco started at center in Week 7, but head coach Mike Pettine has not said if Greco will stay at the position or if C Nick McDonald will receive the starting job.
Oct 22, 05:33 PM Cleveland Browns DE Desmond Bryant (wrist) and LB Barkeveous Mingo both fully participated in practice Wednesday, Oct. 22. DE Ahtyba Rubin (ankle) and CB K'Waun Williams (concussion) were both limited in practice. WR Rodney Smith (hamstring), DE Phil Taylor (knee), OL Joe Thomas (non-injury) and DE Billy Winn (quadriceps) all did not practice.

Offseason Keys

Additions:
Donte Whitner, S; Karlos Dansby, LB; Miles Austin, WR; Ben Tate, RB. 

Losses:
Jason Campbell, QB; Brandon Weeden, QB; T.J. Ward, S; D'Qwell Jackson, LB. 

2014 Draft Class

RoundPickPlayerPos
 # 1  8 Justin GilbertDB
 # 1  22 Johnny ManzielQB
 # 2  3 Joel BitonioOL
 # 3  7 Christian KirkseyLB
 # 3  30 Terrance WestRB
 # 4  27 Pierre DesirDB
 # 7  12 Kiero SmallRB
 Undrafted Isaiah CrowellRB
 Undrafted L'Damian WashingtonWR
 Undrafted Glenn WinstonRB
 Undrafted Taylor GabrielWR
 Undrafted Chandler JonesWR

2014 Schedule

WeekDateTimeOpponent
1     Sep 7 1:00PM     at Pittsburgh
2     Sep 14 1:00PM     New Orleans
3     Sep 21 1:00PM     Baltimore
-- Week 4 Bye --
5     Oct 5 1:00PM     at Tennessee
6     Oct 12 1:00PM     Pittsburgh
7     Oct 19 1:00PM     at Jacksonville
8     Oct 26 4:25PM     Oakland
9     Nov 2 1:00PM     Tampa Bay
10     Nov 6 8:25PM     at Cincinnati
11     Nov 16 1:00PM     Houston
12     Nov 23 1:00PM     at Atlanta
13     Nov 30 1:00PM     at Buffalo
14     Dec 7 1:00PM     Indianapolis
15     Dec 14 1:00PM     Cincinnati
16     Dec 21 1:00PM     at Carolina
17     Dec 28 1:00PM     at Baltimore
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