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

Aug 21, 08:22 AM Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel will not have a package of plays created for him to run off the bench, according to head coach Mike Pettine. Manziel has been slow to adjust to taking snaps under center and the new playbook.

Fantasy Impact: This makes sense as Manziel is more of a scrambling quarterback than a running one.
Aug 20, 02:53 PM Cleveland Browns DE Desmond Bryant (wrist) recently underwent wrist surgery. Head coach Mike Pettine said he is not sure if Bryant will be available to play Week 1.
Aug 20, 01:23 PM Cleveland Browns WR Travis Benjamin (ribs) is participating in practice Wednesday, Aug. 20.
Aug 20, 10:03 AM Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon's appeal hearing for his one-year suspension had no settlement talks. There has yet to be a ruling on the matter, but it appears to be an all-or-nothing case.
Aug 20, 08:53 AM Cleveland Browns QB Brian Hoyer has been named the starting quarterback over QB Johnny Manziel. Head coach Mike Pettine wrote the announcement in an e-mail and said Manziel made great strides, but Hoyer had a decided edge.

Fantasy Impact: This isn't a huge surprise. Manziel got his chance but didn't win the job. He struggled with his opportunities.
Aug 19, 10:03 PM Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel's obscene gesture will play a factor in the competition for the starting quarterback job, according to head coach Mike Pettine.
Aug 19, 04:43 PM Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon could have shown more effort on a couple plays during the team's Monday night game against the Washington Redskins, according to head coach Mike Pettine.

Fantasy Impact: Gordon didn't do much in the game. His mind could be in another place right now, though.
Aug 19, 12:03 AM Cleveland Browns QB Brian Hoyer completed two of his six pass attempts for 16 yards during the team's preseason game Monday, Aug. 18, and QB Johnny Manziel completed seven of his 16 passes for 65 yards and a touchdown. Manziel was also sacked three times, and gave the middle finger to the Washington Redskins' bench.

Fantasy Impact: It was not a good showing for either quarterback. We aren't sure who is winning the race right now.
Aug 18, 10:53 PM Cleveland Browns RB Terrance West (undisclosed) was helped off the field at the end of the third quarter of the team's preseason game Monday, Aug. 18.
Aug 18, 10:53 PM Cleveland Browns WR Travis Benjamin (head/ribs) does not have a concussion, but he will not return to the team's preseason game Monday, Aug. 18, because of a rib injury.
Aug 18, 10:33 PM Cleveland Browns WR Travis Benjamin (head) is being treated for a possible concussion after leaving in the third quarter of the team's preseason game Monday, Aug. 18.
Aug 18, 09:23 PM Cleveland Browns CB Justin Gilbert (head) left the team's game Monday, Aug. 18, and is having his head looked at by trainers on the sidelines.
Aug 18, 05:43 PM Cleveland Browns CB Buster Skrine (thumb) recently underwent surgery on his injured thumb. He is still slated to play Week 1 against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Aug 16, 04:42 PM Cleveland Browns CB Buster Skrine (thumb) is out for the remainder of the preseason. He's expected to be ready for Week 1 if he doesn't require surgery.
Aug 16, 01:52 PM Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel said he doesn't feel ready for the team's regular season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Manziel added he can get ready, though, as it's only the second week of the preseason.
Aug 16, 01:32 PM Cleveland Browns QBs Johnny Manziel and Brian Hoyer could find out who's starting by Tuesday, Aug. 19, according to head coach Mike Pettine. Pettine wants close to an equal amount of snaps between the two quarterbacks in their preseason game against the Washington Redsksins Monday, Aug. 18.

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
 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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