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

Jul 21, 09:52 PM Free-agent LB Quentin Groves (Browns) worked out for the New York Jets Monday, July 21, according to a source.
Jul 18, 01:52 PM Cleveland Browns QB Brian Hoyer (knee) said he's been fully cleared to participate in training camp, confirming Hoyer's belief that he wouldn't be limited.

Fantasy Impact: Hoyer might be the favorite to start in Cleveland right now. We'll know more when camp opens.
Jul 18, 12:22 PM Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, said he plans to meet with the team next week to discuss how they can help Gordon as he waits on his looming drug suspension. If Gordon loses his appeal, he's likely to be suspended by the NFL for the entire 2014 season, and he'd only be eligible for reinstatement after the season is up. The Browns have reached out to several professionals to try and get Gordon some help for his substance-abuse problems.
Jul 17, 10:12 PM Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon will have a suspension appeal hearing soon, his agent said Thursday, July 17. However, he would not comment further.
Jul 17, 10:12 PM The Cleveland Browns and the representation for LB Jabaal Sheard have been working on a contract extension, but his agent said the two sides are not close yet.
Jul 17, 06:02 PM Updating a previous report, Cleveland Browns WR Travis Benjamin (knee) hopes to be ready for the start of the regular season but is not sure if he will play in any preseason games.
Jul 17, 05:52 PM Cleveland Browns CB Joe Haden said he has recently talked with WR Josh Gordon but would not go into detail about the conversation.
Jul 17, 05:52 PM Cleveland Browns QB Brian Hoyer (knee) said he does not expect to be limited once training camp begins.
Jul 17, 05:42 PM Cleveland Browns WR Travis Benjamin (knee) said he expects to able to practice when training camp starts and does not think he will be placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list.
Jul 12, 06:02 PM Cleveland Browns QB Brian Hoyer (knee) said he knows that he will be pushed by QB Johnny Manziel for the starting quarterback job but is looking forward to competing during training camp.
Jul 12, 06:02 PM Cleveland Browns QB Brian Hoyer (knee) said he will be able to fully participate in practice when training camp begins.
Jul 11, 09:22 PM Cleveland Browns SS Donte Whitner said the team should not release WR Josh Gordon, because the players and coaches need to help him out with off-field issues. 'We have to help him collectively. It's not going be one person that helps him, it's not going to be two people that help him. It's gonna come from the front office, the coaching staff, the players and his whole family. We have to help him - not only for football purposes, but for life purposes to get his life in order,' Whitner said. Whitner said he is one of several teammates that have reached out to Gordon, who is very remorseful for what has happened.
Jul 11, 06:32 PM Cleveland Browns SS Donte Whitner said the team's offense will be based on running the football heavily. 'I'm going to stand back and let this competition develop and may the best man win, but our offense is gonna be predicated on running the football and being physical in the run game also,' Whitner told SiriusXM NFL Radio. 'You can't just ask both quarterbacks to stand back there and throw the ball 35, 40 times a game.'

Fantasy Impact: It makes sense for the Browns to take this approach with the passing game lacking quality options.
Jul 10, 01:22 PM The Cleveland Browns are not expected to release WR Josh Gordon because of his off-field problems but have not ruled out the possibility, according to a source.

Fantasy Impact: We doubt they release him at this point but you never know, especially if he has another off the field incident.
Jul 09, 05:43 PM Cleveland Browns TE Jordan Cameron's contract extension talks could last well into training camp. There is a chance the team will have to use a franchise tag on Cameron next offseason.
Jul 07, 03:03 PM People close to Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon are urging him to seek professional help for his substance-abuse issues. Gordon has been dealing with his issues since high school.

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 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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