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

Apr 11, 12:22 PM Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel has been released from his rehab facility.

Fantasy Impact: Let's hope he gets his life straightened out and starts to take football more seriously.
Apr 10, 05:32 PM Cleveland Browns TE Rob Housler said hopes to receive a big role in the passing game next season, because he believes he can contribute on offense.
Apr 09, 12:42 PM Free-agent TE Rob Housler (Cardinals) has agreed to terms with the Cleveland Browns on a one-year deal, according to a source. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Fantasy Impact: Housler could see a bump in production in an offense that features the tight end a lot more than the Cardinals.
Apr 06, 01:02 PM Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel will need to earn back the trust of his teammates and prove that he's dedicating to winning after a voluntary rehab treatment, according to Browns OT Joe Thomas. 'I think he's going to have to prove to the team that football is important and being the man, being the starting quarterback for the Cleveland Browns, is important, it is his goal, his single goal in his life,' Thomas said.
Apr 04, 09:32 PM Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel played golf with his father Saturday, April 4, and is likely to be discharged from his rehab facility soon, possibly even next week.
Apr 03, 12:12 PM Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel may be out of time with the Browns, as ESPN insider Chris Mortensen indicated the team is ready to move on. 'I think about 90% that they have moved on (from Manziel) in their own minds except that they really don't know who they're going to get when Johnny leaves rehab, which has been an extended stay,' Mortensen said on ESPN's 'Mike and Mike in the Morning' Friday, April 3. 'He should be getting out sometime in the first week of April if they're satisfied that he's ready to go out and get into society and that whatever deep-rooted problems that he had has been addressed. The bottom line is that Johnny Manziel's future with the Browns has been in question. When they were putting together half of a new offensive staff, Manziel's name barely even came up in conversation.'
Apr 01, 01:13 AM The Baltimore Ravens have held talks with free-agent TE Rob Housler (Cardinals). The Cincinnati Bengals are also interested in his services.
Apr 01, 01:13 AM The Cincinnati Bengals are interested in free-agent TE Rob Housler (Cardinals), and he is hopeful of deciding on a team in the next week. The Baltimore Ravens have also discussed adding Housler.
Mar 31, 05:03 PM Cleveland Browns WR Dwayne Bowe, who had zero touchdowns in 2014 with the Kansas City Chiefs, vows to be more productive with his new team in 2015. He said he has plans of 'going back to the Dwayne Bowe of 2010' when he scored 15 touchdowns in a breakout season. He has scored only 13 touchdowns in four years since. Bowe said the Browns plan to use him more downfield. Bowe hasn't topped 801 receiving yards since 2012 and has dropped 31 passes in the last four years.
Mar 26, 02:02 PM Cleveland Browns C Alex Mack (leg) said he may be limited during offseason workouts because his goal is to be ready for the start of the regular season.
Mar 25, 02:53 AM The Cleveland Browns may draft a kicker at the next NFL Draft in April. The kicking team currently includes K's Garrett Hartley, Travis Coons, and Carey Spear.
Mar 25, 02:53 AM The Cleveland Browns may draft a kicker at the next NFL Draft in April. The kicking team currently includes K's Garrett Hartley, Travis Coons, and Carey Spear.
Mar 24, 08:52 AM Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel is expected back with the team for offseason workouts April 20 after completing more than two months of treatment.
Mar 23, 03:52 PM Free-agent TE Rob Housler (Cardinals) has had talks with the Cleveland Browns, but no deal is imminent and no visit has been scheduled, according to a source. Housler is believed to be interested in joining the Browns.
Mar 22, 10:52 AM Cleveland Browns OT Michael Bowie (shoulder) should be ready to participate once training camp begins, according to head coach Mike Pettine. He is expected to compete for the right tackle job if he is healthy.
Mar 19, 01:52 PM Free-agent WR Dwayne Bowe (Chiefs) is signing with the Cleveland Browns, according to a source.

Fantasy Impact: This probably isn't a bad spot for Bowe to try to revive his career. He could be the No. 1 receiver for the Browns.

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
 # 6  8 Kendall JamesDB
 Undrafted Connor ShawQB
 Undrafted Travis CoonsK
 Undrafted K'Waun WilliamsDB
 Undrafted Isaiah CrowellRB
 Undrafted Carey SpearK
 Undrafted Glenn WinstonRB
 Undrafted Phil BatesWR
 Undrafted Taylor GabrielWR

2014 Schedule

WeekDateTimeOpponent
1     Sep 13 1:00PM     at Pittsburgh
2     Sep 20 1:00PM     New Orleans
3     Sep 27 1:00PM     Baltimore
-- Week 4 Bye --
5     Oct 11 1:00PM     at Tennessee
6     Oct 18 1:00PM     Pittsburgh
7     Oct 25 1:00PM     at Jacksonville
8     Nov 1 4:25PM     Oakland
9     Nov 8 1:00PM     Tampa Bay
10     Nov 12 8:25PM     at Cincinnati
11     Nov 22 1:00PM     Houston
12     Nov 29 1:00PM     at Atlanta
13     Dec 6 1:00PM     at Buffalo
14     Dec 13 1:00PM     Indianapolis
15     Dec 20 1:00PM     Cincinnati
16     Dec 27 1:00PM     at Carolina
17     Jan 3 1:00PM     at Baltimore
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