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 20, 06:13 PM Cleveland Browns QB Brian Hoyer completed only 39 percent of his passes in the team's Week 7 game, which is the worst completion percentage by any quarterback this season.
Oct 20, 05:53 PM Carolina Panthers DB Robert Lester, Cleveland Browns TE Gerell Robinson, Dallas Cowboys DT Ken Bishop and LB Korey Toomer and Miami Dolphins DT Deandre Coleman cleared waivers and became free agents Monday, Oct. 20.
Oct 20, 04:53 PM Cleveland Browns QB Brian Hoyer is still the team's starting quarterback even though he struggled in Week 7, according to head coach Mike Pettine.

Fantasy Impact: He is going to be on a shorter leash going forward, though.
Oct 20, 04:43 PM Cleveland Browns DE Ahtyba Rubin (ankle) received a second option on his injured ankle. Head coach Mike Pettine said surgery for Rubin has not been ruled out.
Oct 20, 10:43 AM Cleveland Browns FB Kiero Small was added to the 53-man roster, and FB Ray Agnew III was waived Monday, Oct. 20.
Oct 18, 01:22 PM The Cleveland Browns promoted DL Jacobbi McDaniel to the active roster from their practice squad and waived TE Gerell Robinson Saturday, Oct. 18.
Oct 18, 12:32 PM Cleveland Browns CB Buster Skrine will line up at nickel back on passing downs because of the injury to CB K'Waun Williams (concussion). CB Justin Gilbert or CB Robert Nelson would line up on the outside when Skrine moves to the slot.
Oct 17, 07:02 PM Free-agent OG Jason Pinkston (lung) said he has been medically cleared to start working out and would like to try to play again in the NFL. Pinkston suffered a blood clot in his lung during the offseason and was waived by the Cleveland Browns with an injury settlement.
Oct 17, 03:12 PM Cleveland Browns DE Billy Winn (quadriceps), DE Phil Taylor (knee) and WR Rodney Smith (hamstring) all did not practice Friday, Oct. 17, and have been ruled out for Week 7. DE Desmond Bryant (wrist), FS Tashaun Gipson (shoulder), OT John Greco (knee), LB Barkevious Mingo (shoulder) and CB Buster Skrine (thumb) all fully practiced and are probable. CB Joe Haden (hip) was limited in practice and is probable. LB Paul Kruger (back) did not practice and is questionable. LB Eric Martin (personal) did not practice. OL Joe Thomas (non-injury) fully practiced.
Oct 17, 03:02 PM Cleveland Browns RB Ben Tate (finger) fully practiced Friday, Oct. 17, and is probable for Week 7.
Oct 17, 03:02 PM Cleveland Browns TE Jordan Cameron fully practiced Friday, Oct. 17, and is probable for Week 7.
Oct 17, 02:12 PM Cleveland Browns FS Tashaun Gipson (thigh) said he expects to play in the team's Week 7 game, despite being listed as questionable.
Oct 17, 12:12 PM Cleveland Browns C Alex Mack (leg) will miss the rest of the season after undergoing surgery to fix a broken left fibula Thursday, Oct. 16. Mack was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Friday, Oct. 17. Mack could also be dealing with ligament damage in his left, although it hasn't officially been disclosed. OT John Greco will slide from right guard to center in Mack's absence, and the team promoted OG Ryan Seymour from the practice squad to take Mack's spot on the roster.
Oct 16, 06:32 PM Cleveland Browns C Alex Mack (fibula) and DE Phil Taylor (knee) have been ruled out for Week 7. WR Rodney Smith (hamstring), CB K'Waun Williams (concussion) and DE Billy Winn (quadriceps) did not practice Thursday, Oct. 16. S Tashaun Gipson (thigh), LB Paul Kruger (back) and DT Ahtyba Rubin (ankle) were limited. DE Desmond Bryant (wrist), LB Barkevious Mingo (shoulder) and OT Joe Thomas (non-injury related) practiced fully.
Oct 16, 06:22 PM Cleveland Browns RB Ben Tate (finger) practiced fully again Thursday, Oct. 16.
Oct 16, 01:43 PM Cleveland Browns CB Joe Haden (hip) received praise for playing through a hip injury in the team's Week 6 game by defensive coordinator Jim O'Neil.

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 Chandler JonesWR
 Undrafted Isaiah CrowellRB
 Undrafted Taylor GabrielWR
 Undrafted Glenn WinstonRB

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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