2015 DRAFT GUIDE
Team Grade:
Cleveland Browns
Quarterbacks: Running Backs:
Wide Receivers: Tight Ends:
Defense: Kickers:

Outlook

The Browns offense should be better this year, which isnā??t saying much, but still a positive. The defense is going to keep them in most games. Cleveland just needs the offense to take it up a notch, which seems likely this season. Cleveland probably isnā??t a playoff team just yet but could be sooner than later. The team has plenty of good pieces on both sides of the ball. The one thing holding the Browns back is a franchise quarterback. Once the Browns get that quarterback in place, good things can happen for Cleveland. Until then, expect around a .500 season.
FANTASY BREAKOUT
The Browns are handing over the quarterback duties to veteran Josh McCown. He will make some mistakes but he is always capable of the big game. He should get plenty of chances to throw the ball because of a suspect running game. The Browns really upgraded at receiver during the offseason, which should help McCown produce in a starting role. And the offensive line is solid, giving McCown another plus for the coming year. McCown could surprise and be worth some spot starts along the way in this offense. Heā??ll get his chances to produce some big games.
FANTASY DUD
You might be surprised but many still think Johnny Manziel will turn into something great. Donā??t get caught up in the hype, though. Manziel has some talent but last year proved he has a long ways to go to be a starter in this league. This isnā??t going to happen overnight. So while you canā??t totally give up on him now, it seems the chances of him turning it around are likely to come down the road. He needs to put the work in during practice and the offseason. So please donā??t waste a draft pick on Manziel this season. You know there are going to be owners that pick him. Donā??t be that owner.

Team Notes

Jul 25, 11:12 AM Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel recently worked with former NFL head coach Jon Gruden in hopes of improving his film work and mechanics, according to a source.
Jul 24, 07:02 PM Cleveland Browns RB Duke Johnson will play a prominent role in Cleveland's offense in his rookie year, but RB Isaiah Crowell is still the favorite to start. Johnson is also the most capable pass-catcher in the trio of Johnson, Crowell and RB Terrence West, according to Nate Ulrich of The Akron Beacon Journal.

Fantasy Impact: Crowell has the most fantasy value right now but Johnson could be the back to own before the season is out.
Jul 16, 05:02 PM Cleveland Browns RBs Isaiah Crowell, Terrance West and Duke Johnson are expected to make up a three-headed committee this season in the backfield. Offensive coordinator John DeFilippo has said there won't be a specific method for how touches are distributed, but Crowell is expected to begin the season as the starter.

Fantasy Impact: We should have a better idea about this running back situation once training camp gets going. There is a lot to sort out.
Jul 16, 05:02 PM Cleveland Browns RBs Isaiah Crowell, Terrance West and Duke Johnson are expected to make up a three-headed committee this season in the backfield. Offensive coordinator John DeFilippo has said there won't be a specific method for how touches are distributed, but Crowell is expected to begin the season as the starter.
Jul 16, 04:32 PM Cleveland Browns RB Isaiah Crowell said he feels more confident heading into his second season. The second-year running back said he felt too anxious last year and that he can be more relaxed now that he has a year of professional under his belt.
Jul 13, 06:53 PM Cleveland Browns DT Phil Taylor (knee) said he will be able to fully participate once training camp begins. Taylor is coming off a major knee surgery he had last season.
Jul 12, 10:33 AM Cleveland Browns WR Andrew Hawkins could have an impact this season since offensive coordinator John DeFilippo's offense features more catch-and-run opportunities.
Jul 04, 02:03 PM Cleveland Browns WR Dwayne Bowe said he's excited to be on a new team and in a new atmosphere. He added that he wants to fill the shoes of standout WR Josh Gordon, who is serving a season-long suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy. Bowe said it's his job to replace Gordon in Cleveland's offense and he believes he can do just that. Bowe implied that he'd like to score more touchdowns this season after not scoring any with the Kansas City Chiefs last year. 'I got us down in scoring range and with our offense, it was based on running back to the tight end and my job was to play football,' Bowe said.
Jun 30, 03:13 PM Cleveland Browns TEs Gary Barnidge, Rob Housler and Jim Dray could all end up taking over for TE Jordan Cameron, who is now with the Miami Dolphins. Head coach Mike Pettine said the three tight ends provide some diversity and can be used in different ways.

Fantasy Impact: Housler is our favorite fantasy target out of these options but nothing is certain with the situation right now.
Jun 30, 03:13 PM Cleveland Browns TEs Gary Barnidge, Rob Housler and Jim Dray could all end up taking over for TE Jordan Cameron, who is now with the Miami Dolphins. Head coach Mike Pettine said the three tight ends provide some diversity and can be used in different ways.
Jun 30, 03:13 PM Cleveland Browns TEs Gary Barnidge, Rob Housler and Jim Dray could all end up taking over for TE Jordan Cameron, who is now with the Miami Dolphins. Head coach Mike Pettine said the three tight ends provide some diversity and can be used in different ways.
Jun 28, 08:52 PM Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel just 'needs more time' to develop and learn how to play from the pocket in order to become an effective NFL quarterback, according to Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Paul Guenther.
Jun 27, 09:32 PM Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel is trending in the right direction, former QB Elvis Grbac said. 'It's obviously a learning experience,' Grbac said. 'I think he's going in the right direction. He's on the right path. I think it'll be somewhat of a rude awakening the first couple games of the season and he will have to adjust.'
Jun 24, 05:43 PM Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon has been in contact with an official from the team this offseason, according to a source. Gordon is serving a one-year suspension for multiple violations of the NFL's drug and alcohol policy but is allowed to be in contact with a front office member.
Jun 22, 04:33 PM Cincinnati Bengals WR Terrelle Pryor was claimed off waivers by the Cleveland Browns Monday, June 22, according to a source.

Fantasy Impact: He'll try to win a roster spot with his new team as a receiver.
Jun 21, 03:02 PM Cleveland Browns DT Phil Taylor (knee) did not participate during the team's minicamp last week, but the team believes he will be ready for the start of training camp.

Offseason Keys

Additions:
Dwayne Bowe, WR; Brian Hartline, WR; Rob Housler, TE; Thad Lewis, QB; Randy Starks, DT; Tramon Williams, CB. 

Losses:
Miles Austin, WR; Jordan Cameron, TE; Brian Hoyer, QB; Ahtyba Rubin, NT; Jabaal Sheard, LB; Buster Skrine, CB. 

2015 Draft Class

RoundPickPlayerPos
 # 1  12 Danny SheltonDL
 # 1  19 Cameron ErvingOL
 # 2  19 Nate OrchardLB
 # 3  13 Duke JohnsonRB
 # 3  32 Xavier CooperDL
 # 4  16 Ibraheim CampbellDB
 # 4  24 Vince MayleWR
 # 6  13 Charles GainesDB
 # 6  19 Malcolm JohnsonRB
 # 6  22 Randall TelferTE
 # 7  2 Hayes PullardLB
 # 7  24 Ifo Ekpre-OlomuDB

2015 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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