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

Nov 25, 05:03 PM The Cleveland Browns re-signed free-agent LB Keith Pough and released L'Damian Washington Tuesday, Nov. 25.
Nov 25, 01:53 PM Cleveland Browns QB Brian Hoyer was never in danger of being benched in favor of QB Johnny Manziel in the team's Week 12 win over the Atlanta Falcons, according to head coach Mike Pettine. Hoyer threw three interceptions in the game. Pettine praised Hoyer for shaking off his mistakes and leading the team to a game-winning drive.
Nov 25, 01:53 PM Cleveland Browns QB Brian Hoyer was never in danger of being benched in favor of QB Johnny Manziel in the team's Week 12 win over the Atlanta Falcons, according to head coach Mike Pettine. Hoyer threw three interceptions in the game. Pettine praised Hoyer for shaking off his mistakes and leading the team to a game-winning drive.
Nov 25, 11:53 AM Cleveland Browns TE Jordan Cameron (concussion) is expected to play in Week 13.
Nov 24, 02:13 PM Cleveland Browns FS Jordan Poyer and SS Jim Leonhard are expected to play free safety while FS Tashaun Gipson (knee) is out of the lineup.
Nov 24, 02:13 PM Cleveland Browns FS Jordan Poyer and SS Jim Leonhard are expected to play free safety while FS Tashaun Gipson (knee) is out of the lineup.
Nov 24, 01:33 PM Cleveland Browns FS Tashaun Gipson (knee) suffered a Grade 3 medial collateral ligament injury in Week 12 but did not suffer any damage to his anterior cruciate ligament, according to a source. Gipson could be ready if the team makes the playoffs and he remains on the active roster.
Nov 23, 09:33 PM Cleveland Browns QB Brian Hoyer is the first Cleveland quarterback with back-to-back 300-yard passing games since QB Brian Sipe in 1983.
Nov 23, 06:12 PM Cleveland Browns PK Billy Cundiff booted a game-winning 37-yard field goal as time expired in the Week 12 game against the Atlanta Falcons. He finished with four field goals and a pair of extra points. It was his 10th career game-winning field goal, and second this season.
Nov 23, 06:12 PM The Cleveland Browns have 14 rushing touchdowns this season, which is the most by the franchise since it had 14 in the 1989 season. The team had just four rushing touchdowns last season. Rookie RB Isaiah Crowell leads the way with seven touchdowns, while fellow rookie Terrance West has three. Departed RB Ben Tate (Vikings) also had four.
Nov 23, 06:12 PM The Cleveland Browns have 14 rushing touchdowns this season, which is the most by the franchise since it had 14 in the 1989 season. The team had just four rushing touchdowns last season. Rookie RB Isaiah Crowell leads the way with seven touchdowns, while fellow rookie Terrance West has three. Departed RB Ben Tate (Vikings) also had four.
Nov 23, 05:02 PM Cleveland Browns QB Brian Hoyer completed 23 of his 40 pass attempts for 322 yards, no touchdowns and three interceptions in the Week 12 win against the Atlanta Falcons.

Fantasy Impact: Not a good showing for Hoyer but he did lead his team on a game-winning drive late in the game. He should keep the starting job for now.
Nov 23, 05:02 PM Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon posted eight receptions for 120 yards in his regular season debut in Week 12 against the Atlanta Falcons. He was targeted a game-high 16 times in the win.

Fantasy Impact: Gordon is going to be a huge factor for fantasy teams down the stretch this year.
Nov 23, 05:02 PM Cleveland Browns RB Isaiah Crowell carried 12 times for game-high 88 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the Week 12 game against the Atlanta Falcons.

Fantasy Impact: Crowell is the back to own in this offense now and should be a solid No. 2 back the rest of the way.
Nov 23, 03:42 PM Cleveland Browns FS Tashaun Gipson (knee) was carted off the field after suffering an apparent knee injury in the team's Week 12 game.
Nov 23, 11:42 AM Cleveland Browns LB Jabaal Sheard (foot) is active for the team's Week 12 game. Earlier in the week, the team thought Sheard could miss the rest of the season because of the injury.

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 Glenn WinstonRB
 Undrafted Isaiah CrowellRB
 Undrafted K'Waun WilliamsDB
 Undrafted Chandler JonesWR
 Undrafted L'Damian WashingtonWR
 Undrafted Phil BatesWR
 Undrafted Taylor GabrielWR

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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