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

Sep 29, 07:03 PM The Carolina Panthers will sign free-agent RB Chris Ogbonnaya (Browns).

Fantasy Impact: He could play a role right away with the Panthers very banged up at receiver.
Sep 29, 02:13 PM Cleveland Browns QB Brian Hoyer will remain the starting quarterback after the team evaluated the position during their bye week.

Fantasy Impact: Hoyer deserves to keep starting. He has played well this season.
Sep 24, 10:53 PM Cleveland Browns RB Terrance West has been getting starts with RB Ben Tate (knee) on the sidelines, but Tate is healthy and RB Isaiah Crowell is looking for more touches. West received the second reps in the media portion of practice Wednesday, Sept. 24, following Crowell. Running backs coach Wilbert Montgomery also indicated Tate was brought in to be the starter and that Tate is 'the No. 1 running back in this offense.'

Fantasy Impact: We aren't sure how this is going to shake out right now, making all three backs kind of a risk for fantasy teams.
Sep 24, 10:43 PM Cleveland Browns RB Ben Tate (knee) is expected to return to a starting role when he is healthy enough to play, according to running backs coach Wilbert Montgomery. However, RB Isaiah Crowell seems destined for a bigger role. 'That's what we brought Tate here for, to be the starter,' Montgomery said. 'He's the No. 1 running back in this offense. Right now, you can say we miss him. We miss his experience. We miss his leadership with the group. Speaking from that standpoint, we'll be open arms and welcome to have Ben back into the fold.'

Fantasy Impact: We are still worried about Tate once he returns. You would thin his carries could decrease some with the other backs playing well.
Sep 24, 10:43 PM Cleveland Browns wide receivers coach Mike McDaniel is convinced WR Josh Gordon's most recent suspension made him realize he must stay on the straight and narrow to return to the field. 'There's no question in my mind,' McDaniel said Wednesday, Sept. 25. 'Now do I think originally he understand the ramifications of his actions before he ever had a slip-up? Probably not, but it happens as it goes. That's one thing I've really been taken aback by is how much responsibility he's definitely taking, and he needs to continue to take.'

Fantasy Impact: We'll see. We wouldn't count on anything with him at this point.
Sep 24, 10:43 PM Cleveland Browns RB Isaiah Crowell is looking for more work, and head coach Mike Pettine suggested the rookie might get his wish. In practice Wednesday, Sept. 25, Crowell worked with the first team for a portion of practice open to the media, with RB Terrance West going second and RB Ben Tate (knee) riding a stationary bike. 'If a guy's been productive, you find ways to get him on the field more,' Pettine said. 'That's a good problem to have. When you have a back, who before the season you weren't factoring in on being a big part of what you're doing, and he's being productive, you find ways to get him out there.'

Fantasy Impact: The impressive rookie needs to be owned in all formats. He is getting work in this offense and it could increase going forward.
Sep 23, 05:53 PM Cleveland Browns WR Andrew Hawkins is tied for third among wide receivers in targets (33) through three weeks.
Sep 22, 05:53 PM Cleveland Browns RB Ben Tate may not regain his starting job when he returns from his injury because RBs Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell have performed well, according to head coach Mike Pettine. Pettine said the team is eager to have Tate back on the field.

Fantasy Impact: This is going to be a dicey situation going forward.
Sep 21, 09:42 PM Cleveland Browns TE Jordan Cameron (shoulder) was able to play in the Week 3 game against the Baltimore Ravens. He was limited to just one target, and that was good for a 43-yard reception.

Fantasy Impact: Cameron should get better going forward. This offense hasn't been too bad, so don't rule out Cameron to start posting big numbers once again.
Sep 21, 11:42 AM The Cleveland Browns have declared RB Ben Tate, DL Eric Martin, TE Gerell Robinson, DL Ish Kitchen, WR LaRon Byrd, CB Pierre Desir, DB Robert Nelson inactive for Week 3.
Sep 21, 11:32 AM Cleveland Browns TE Jordan Cameron (shoulder) is active for the Week 3 game Sunday, Sept. 21.
Sep 21, 10:22 AM Cleveland Browns TE Jordan Cameron (shoulder) is expected to play Sunday, Sept. 21.
Sep 20, 09:32 AM Cleveland Browns LB Barkevious Mingo (shoulder) could be a game-time decision for the team's Week 3 game. He was limited during practice the entire week and is listed as questionable.
Sep 19, 09:42 PM Updating a previous report, Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon is eligible to return from his suspension to play in Week 12 against the Atlanta Falcons Sunday, Nov. 23.
Sep 19, 04:02 PM Cleveland Browns LB Barkevious Mingo (shoulder) was limited in practice Friday, Sept. 19, and is questionable for Week 3. WR Travis Benjamin (knee), DE Desmond Bryant (wrist), DT John Hughes (hamstring), P Spencer Lanning (shoulder), OL Paul McQuistan (ankle) and CB Buster Skrine (thumb) all fully practiced and are probable.
Sep 19, 03:32 PM Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon avoided an additional two-game suspension by pleading guilty to a driving while intoxicated charge in Raleigh, N.C., Tuesday, Sept. 16. Gordon's guilty plea will not be disciplined under the new drug policy.

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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