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

May 22, 01:32 PM Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel has impressed Browns offensive coordinator John DeFilippo since Manziel has returned from a stint in a treatment center. Cleveland's new play-caller said Manziel is spending every hour that he is allowed to spend in the building and is putting himself into a position to be an NFL quarterback. DeFilippo said he wouldn't sacrifice Manziel's athleticism to pigeonhole him into a scheme that doesn't fit his skill set.
May 21, 10:32 AM Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel will fully participate in organized team activities starting Tuesday, May 26.
May 16, 07:52 PM Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel intends to be the team's 2015 starter, according to teammate CB Joe Haden. 'He's a competitor. I think it's all about competition. We have Josh McCown. We have Johnny. We have (Connor) Shaw. All those guys. Just all of them feel like they can win the starting job,' said Haden.
May 16, 10:52 AM Cleveland Browns DT Phil Taylor (knee) said he expects to be ready for the start of training camp. Taylor said he should be able to do some things during the upcoming minicamp.
May 15, 12:02 PM Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel has turned off head coach Mike Pettine, while general manager Ray Farmer, owner Jimmy Haslam and offensive coordinator John DeFilippo believe Manziel can be salvaged, according to a source.
May 15, 12:02 PM Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel has turned off head coach Mike Pettine, while general manager Ray Farmer, owner Jimmy Haslam and offensive coordinator John DeFilippo believe Manziel can be salvaged, according to a source.
May 12, 05:03 PM Cleveland Browns QB Josh McCown has taken control of the Cleveland offense and the locker room, according to new offensive coordinator John DeFilippo. Head coach Mike Pettine has already said that McCown's experience has given him the advantage for the starting quarterback position.
May 11, 01:22 PM Cleveland Browns PKs Travis Coons and Carey Spear will compete for the kicker job this offseason, and the competition is wide open at this point, according to special teams coordinator Chris Tabor.
May 10, 05:12 PM Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine has declared that QB Josh McCown will enter the 2015 season as the No. 1 quarterback on the team's depth chart. 'We're not going to start talking competition,' Pettine said. 'Josh will more than likely be the starter going into camp, and in the foreseeable future I don't see that changing.'
May 09, 11:52 PM Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel is putting himself in positon to be an NFL quarterback, offensive coordinator John DeFilippo said Saturday, May 9.
May 09, 10:32 PM Cleveland Browns QB Josh McCown has 'taken command' of the offense, offensive coordinator John DeFilippo said Saturday, May 9.
May 06, 02:13 PM Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel has decided to move out of his downtown Cleveland apartment and will be living at a golf course community in one of the city's suburbs, according to a source. Manziel has been working on studying his playbook since leaving rehab, and his teammates have seen a change in his attitude. Manziel be been playing golf to help after leaving rehab.
May 05, 04:53 PM Cleveland Browns RBs Isaiah Crowell, Terrance West and Duke Johnson could be more involved in the passing game in 2015, according to offensive coordinator John DeFilippo. 'Let's see if they can catch the ball, run a slant, run a hitch, run a go, run a comeback,' DeFilippo said. 'I want to see if those guys can do those things because that's going to be a big part of the offense that I want to incorporate here.'
May 05, 04:53 PM Cleveland Browns RBs Isaiah Crowell, Terrance West and Duke Johnson could be more involved in the passing game in 2015, according to offensive coordinator John DeFilippo. 'Let's see if they can catch the ball, run a slant, run a hitch, run a go, run a comeback,' DeFilippo said. 'I want to see if those guys can do those things because that's going to be a big part of the offense that I want to incorporate here.'
May 05, 12:23 PM Cleveland Browns QB Josh McCown is the favorite to start training camp as the team's starting quarterback, with head coach Mike Pettine saying 'it's fair to say.' QB Johnny Manziel struggled last year as a rookie and was in rehab for 10 weeks. McCown is the most experienced quarterback the team has on roster.
May 05, 12:23 PM Cleveland Browns QB Josh McCown is the favorite to start training camp as the team's starting quarterback, with head coach Mike Pettine saying 'it's fair to say.' QB Johnny Manziel struggled last year as a rookie and was in rehab for 10 weeks. McCown is the most experienced quarterback the team has on roster.

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 New York Jets
2     Sep 20 1:00PM     Tennessee
3     Sep 27 1:00PM     Oakland
4     Oct 4 4:05PM     at San Diego
5     Oct 11 1:00PM     at Baltimore
6     Oct 18 1:00PM     Denver
7     Oct 25 1:00PM     at St Louis
8     Nov 1 1:00PM     Arizona
9     Nov 5 8:25PM     at Cincinnati
10     Nov 15 1:00PM     at Pittsburgh
-- Week 11 Bye --
12     Nov 30 8:30PM     Baltimore
13     Dec 6 1:00PM     Cincinnati
14     Dec 13 1:00PM     San Francisco
15     Dec 20 4:05PM     at Seattle
16     Dec 27 1:00PM     at Kansas City
17     Jan 3 1:00PM     Pittsburgh
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