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Josh Gordon, WR7/24/2014 12:14:00 PM
Description: Browns receiver Josh Gordon is set to appeal his suspension at an Aug. 1 hearing in New York, according to Ian Rapoport.
Insight: We think there is little chance of his one-year suspension being reduced, but at least the final answer will come before most fantasy leagues hold their draft. Gordon was a fantasy stud last season catching 87 balls for 1,646 yards and nine touchdowns.
Terrance West, RB7/23/2014 7:32:00 PM
Description: According to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Browns rookie running back Terrance West is expected to practice Friday.
Insight: West was placed on the NFI (Non-Football Injury) List Wednesday, but he tweeted that he passed his conditioning test and is healthy. West is expected to push Ben Tate for the starting job this season and could remain heavily involved even as a backup, as the Browns plan to use a run-heavy offense.
Terrance West, RB7/23/2014 5:38:00 PM
Description: Browns rookie running back Terrance West will open training camp on the active/NFI list, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.
Insight: The reason is undisclosed. The NFI (Non-Football Injury) List is for injuries suffered off the football field or for rookie who sustained an injury prior to the draft. West is expected to push Ben Tate for the starting job this season and could remain heavily involved even as a backup, as the Browns plan to use a run-heavy offense.
Charles Johnson, WR7/22/2014 10:54:00 AM
Description: A Cleveland Plain dealer report says the wide receiver to watch in Browns camp will be Charles Johnson.
Insight: With Josh Gordon out of the picture and journeymen Nate Burleson and Miles Austin penciled in as starters, Johnson might be the most exciting receiver on the practice field. He's got size (6-foot-2, 215) and speed (4.38 40). He needs to stay healthy, but he could be a player worthy watching this summer.
Ben Tate, RB7/18/2014 8:52:00 PM
Description: Vic Carucci of clevelandbrowns.com expects rookie running back Terrance West to push Ben Tate for the starting job in training camp.
Insight: The Browns signed Tate this offseason and drafted West in the third round. Tate backed up Arian Foster the past three years in Houston and had 1,992 yards and 10 touchdowns on 421 carries (4.7 ypc) and is the favorite to win the job. The Browns are expected to be a run-heavy team this season following Josh Gordon's expected suspension, so both Tate and West could see enough carries to make them fantasy options.
Josh Gordon, WR7/5/2014 3:33:00 PM
Description: Browns receiver Josh Gordon has reportedly been arrested for DWI in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Insight: If Gordon was hoping to catch a break from the league concerning his upcoming suspension he's certaining not behaving like a man who cares about his NFL future. Fantasy owners should not plan on Gordon stepping onto the field during the 2014-15 season.
Ben Tate, RB6/28/2014 9:43:00 PM
Description: Browns coach Mike Pettine says the team will use a "running back by committte" in 2014. SOURCE: Cleveland Plain Dealer
Insight: "I think in the AFC North, you have to be running back by committee," Pettine said. "You'd like to have a guy that can carry most of the load, but also be able to alternate guys." With one-back proponent Kyle Shanahan in the fold as offensive coordinator, free-agent signee Ben Tate looked to be in a great situation after backing up Arian Foster for a few years, but third-round pick Terrance West is going to be more involved than anyone expected.
Johnny Manziel, QB6/17/2014 7:59:00 PM
Description: Johnny Manziel and the Browns have agreed on a four-year contract.
Insight: The contract includes an option for a fifth season. Manziel will enter training camp as Brian Hoyer's backup though we suspect he'll do enough to win the starting job.
Vince Young, QB6/14/2014 9:30:00 PM
Description: Quarterback Vince Young has decided to call it a career.
Insight: Young won the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Award in 2006 and appeared on the cover of Madden 08, but he never lived up to the hype. He made just three starts after the Titans cut him following the 2010 season and will finish with 8,964 passing yards, 46 touchdown passes, 51 interceptions, 1,458 rushing yards and 12 rushing scores in 60 games. Despite the pedestrian numbers, Young went 31-19 in his 50 career starts.
Johnny Manziel, QB5/31/2014 8:19:00 PM
Description: Browns offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan sees similarities between Johnny Manziel and Robert Griffin III. SOURCE: ESPN
Insight: Shanahan, of course, coached Griffin during his first two seasons in Washington. Manziel's unique blend of speed and throwing accuracy makes him an interesting fantasy prospect.
Josh Gordon, WR5/30/2014 8:42:00 PM
Description: According to wkyc.com, Browns receiver Josh Gordon was issued a speeding ticket for going 74 mph in a 60-mph zone and his passenger was given a citation for possession of marijuana on May 25.
Insight: Obviously not a good move for a guy who is facing a one-year suspension for failing a drug test for marijuana and is hoping the NFL shows some leniency when it hears his appeal.
Josh Gordon, WR5/28/2014 3:44:00 PM
Description: According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Browns receiver Josh Gordon was already in Stage 3 of the NFL's substance-abuse program when he failed his latest drug test.
Insight: Stage 3 is the highest level of the program and requires multiple violations to reach. A violation by a player in Stage 3 results in a minimum suspension of one year.
Josh Gordon, WR5/21/2014 10:33:00 AM
Description: ESPN's Adam Schefter expects Josh Gordon's suspension to last the entire 2014 season.
Insight: That's not what fantasy owners want to hear. Gordon (87 catches, 1,646 yards, 9 TD in 2013) has filed an appeal but it sounds like the Browns are expecting the worst. His absence cerainly clouds quarterback Johnny Manziel's fantasy value heading into his rookie season.
Greg Little, WR5/16/2014 11:38:00 AM
Description: Browns receiver Greg Little was waived, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Insight: Considering the Browns are desperate for receivers and just signed the likes of Miles Austin and Earl Bennett they must really hate Little. Little's receptions and yardage had dropped over the past two seasons after a solid rookie compaign in 2011.
Earl Bennett, WR5/15/2014 9:57:00 PM
Description: The Browns have signed former Bears wide receiver Earl Bennett. SOURCE: Jake Jones, KFBB-TV Montana
Insight: Bennett had a promising rookie season in 2009 (717 yards, 2 TD) but has seen his yardage total drop each of the last four seasons. Going to Cleveland won't improve his already minimal fantasy value.
Miles Austin, WR5/15/2014 6:56:00 PM
Description: Former Cowboys wideout Miles Austin has caught on with the Browns.
Insight: With Josh Gordon (suspension) likely lost for the season, Cleveland needed to address their wide receiver situation. Austin was useless in Dallas last season (24 catches, 244 yards, zero touchdowns) but maybe a change of scenery will be good for him.
Joe Haden, CB5/13/2014 6:59:00 PM
Description: Joe Haden became the highest-paid cornerback in NFL history Tuesday when the Browns signed him to a five-year, $68 million contract extension. SOURCE: NBC Sports
Insight: Richard Sherman is still getting more annually ($14.35 million to Haden's $13.6 million) but Haden's deal includes more guaranteed money ($45 million to Sherman's $40 million). Haden intercepted four passes last season en route to his first Pro Bowl selection.
Ben Tate, RB5/12/2014 8:52:00 PM
Description: With Josh Gordon facing a lengthy suspension, the Browns will use a run-first offense in 2014. SOURCE: Pat McManamon, ESPN
Insight: Last season, the Browns led the NFL in passing attempts. This year, they might lead it in rushing attempts. Tate, a backup for his entire tenure in Houston, should be in for a special season as long as he can stay healthy.
Johnny Manziel, QB5/12/2014 8:46:00 PM
Description: According to Browns owner Jimmy Haslam, Johnny Manziel will serve as Brian Hoyer's backup quarterback during his rookie season. SOURCE: ESPN's SportsCenter
Insight: Nice try. It's good the Browns are trying to keep Manziel's ego in check but come on. Season ticket sales in Cleveland are at an all-time high and Manziel's jersey is flying off the shelves. If anyone other than Johnny Football starts Week 1 we'd be shocked.
Josh Gordon, WR5/12/2014 8:38:00 PM
Description: Peter King of Sports Illustrated believes Josh Gordon's suspension will fall somewhere in the range of 8-to-16 games.
Insight: Even if the ban is reduced to eight games on appeal, Gordon will still be missing a significant chunk of the season. Drug issues have followed Gordon throughout his career as this is the fifth drug test he's failed since college.
Vince Young, QB5/12/2014 8:34:00 PM
Description: The Browns have already cut quarterback Vince Young.
Insight: That leaves Cleveland with just four quarterbacks on its roster: Johnny Manziel, Brian Hoyer, Tyler Thigpen and Connor Shaw. Young hasn't played a snap since 2011 and at this point it would be surprising to ever see him play in the NFL again.
Josh Gordon, WR5/9/2014 6:19:00 PM
Description: According to ESPN's Outside the Lines, Browns receiver Josh Gordon could face a season-long suspension after failing a second drug test, this time for marijuana.
Insight: Cleveland was feeling good after the team drafted QB Johnny Manziel with the 22nd-overall pick Thursday night, but it didn't last. Gordon was suspended the first two games last year for using cough syrup that contained codeine, a banned substance in the NFL, and he was also suspended from Baylor's football team for failing a drug test for marijuana in 2011. He he ended up breaking out with 87 catches, 1,646 yards and nine touchdowns in 14 games last season.
Johnny Manziel, QB5/8/2014 10:51:00 PM
Description: Cleveland drafted former Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel with the 22nd pick in Thursday's NFL Draft.
Insight: This was reminiscent of the 2005 Draft when Aaron Rodgers fell to the Packers at pick No. 24 after being hyped as a potential No. 1 pick. It's not a bad landing spot for Manziel as he already has an established wide receiver in Josh Gordon and a productive tight end in Jordan Cameron. Of course, he'll need to beat out Brian Hoyer for the starting job first.
Vince Young, QB5/1/2014 9:27:00 PM
Description: The Browns have agreed to a one-year deal with former Titans quarterback Vince Young. SOURCE: Ian Rapoport, NFL.com
Insight: The team added him strictly for depth. Even if Young does make the team out of training camp, he's unlikely to see any snaps this season. The two-time Pro Bowler hasn't played in a game since 2011.
Nate Burleson, WR4/8/2014 8:24:00 PM
Description: The Browns have brought in receiver Nate Burleson on a one-year deal.
Insight: Burleson played just six games in 2012 due to a broken leg and nine last year with a broken arm (suffered in a car accident). The veteran averaged 4.3 receptions per game with the Lions over the last four seasons, but he'll likely be behind Josh Gordon, Greg Little and Andrew Hawkins on the depth chart in 2014 for a team with an unsettled QB situation.
Andrew Hawkins, WR3/18/2014 5:46:00 PM
Description: The Bengals chose not to match Cleveland's four-year offer sheet for wideout Andrew Hawkins. SOURCE: Adam Schefter, ESPN
Insight: The deal is worth $13.6 million. Hawkins will line up in the slot with Josh Gordon on the outside. In three seasons in Cincinnati, Hawkins was never a fantasy option (995 yards, 4 TD in 35 games).
Ben Tate, RB3/15/2014 5:25:00 PM
Description: Ben Tate's new two-year deal with Cleveland could pay him up to $7 million according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Insight: Tate fills a huge need for the Browns, who were forced to start ancient Willis McGahee at halfback last season. Now that he's out from Arian Foster's shadow, this will be a good chance for Tate to finally spread his wings. We smell a 1,000-yard season on the horizon.
Ben Tate, RB3/15/2014 10:33:00 AM
Description: Free agent Ben Tate will take a physical for the Cleveland Browns on Saturday and if he passes will sign with the team, according to a Cleveland Plain Dealer report.
Insight: Tate should immediately move to the top of the depth chart, ahead of the likes of Fozzy Whitaker, Edwin Baker, Dion Lewis and Jamaine Cook.
Jim Dray, TE3/13/2014 3:50:00 PM
Description: Former Cardinals tight end Jim Dray signed a deal with Cleveland.
Insight: Fantasy owners can scratch him off the list as he'll be behind Jordan Cameron. Dray posted career highs last season with 26 catches for 215 yards and a pair of scores. Jordan had that beat after Week 3 and finished with 80-917-7.
Jason Campbell, QB3/12/2014 4:24:00 PM
Description: Cleveland's roster purge continued Wednesday with the release of quarterback Jason Campbell. SOURCE: Browns on Twitter
Insight: Brian Hoyer and Alex Tanney are the only QBs remaining on the Browns' roster. There's a good chance Cleveland addresses this issue in the upcoming draft. Former Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel could be a possibility with the fourth pick.
Brandon Weeden, QB3/12/2014 4:06:00 PM
Description: The Brandon Weeden experiment has ended in Cleveland. SOURCE: Mike Silver, NFL.com
Insight: The Browns admitted defeat by cutting Weeden earlier today. With 26 interceptions and a 71.8 rating over his first 23 games, it's clear Weeden isn't starter material. He'll land a backup job this offseason ... if he's lucky.
Donte Whitner, S3/11/2014 8:21:00 PM
Description: Strong safety Donte Whitner will join the Browns on a four-year, $28 million contract. SOURCE: Adam Schefter, ESPN
Insight: Whitner produced 73 tackles, two forced fumbles and two interceptions last season with San Francisco. With Whitner and Joe Haden, the Browns should have one of the better secondaries in the league next season.
Karlos Dansby, LB3/11/2014 6:58:00 PM
Description: Karlos Dansby inked a four-year, $24 million deal with the Browns on Tuesday. SOURCE: Kent Somers, Arizona Republic
Insight: Dansby is coming off one of his best seasons. In 16 games for the Cardinals, the 6-foot-4 linebacker racked up 133 tackles, 6.5 sacks and four interceptions. He should have an immediate impact in Cleveland.
Davone Bess, WR3/5/2014 8:08:00 PM
Description: Cleveland has released troubled wideout Davone Bess.
Insight: Bess (42 catches, 362 yards, 2 TD in 2013) was just too much baggage for the rebounding Browns to handle. His arrest back in January was likely the last straw. It could be difficult for the 28-year-old to find work if teams think he's unstable.
Brandon Weeden, QB2/11/2014 8:19:00 PM
Description: Brandon Weeden wants the Browns to trade him. SOURCE: Chris Wesseling, NFL.com
Insight: Weeden lost his starting job multiple times last season and is unlikely to get it back in 2014. Brian Hoyer is the team's best option under center though Cleveland might still draft a quarterback with the fourth pick. Either way, it's going to be tough to drum up interest from other teams after Weeden's dismal 2013 campaign (70.3 QB rating, 52.8 completion percentage).
Alex Smith, TE12/30/2013 12:16:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati third string TE Alex Smith is out indefinitely with a dislocated wrist.
Insight: Hopefully the Bengals will have Tyler Eifert or Jermaine Gresham back in the lineup. If none can play Cincinnati will be forced to use fullback Orson Charles or tackle Dennis Roland at the tight end spot.
Buster Skrine, DB12/29/2013 2:00:00 PM
Description: Cleveland cornerback Buster Skrine hurt his shoulder Sunday against Pittsburgh and is questionable to return. SOURCE: Nate Ulrich, Akron Beacon Journal
Insight: He had one tackle before leaving. With Skrine and Joe Haden both out, the Steelers will have a chance to really hurt the Browns through the air. They're already leading 14-0 in the second quarter.
Joe Haden, CB12/29/2013 11:46:00 AM
Description: Browns cornerback Joe Haden will sit out Sunday's game against Pittsburgh.
Insight: He's been battling a hip injury for the last two weeks and with nothing to play for on Sunday, he'll get the afternoon off. With Haden gone, Steelers wideout Antonio Brown should put up huge numbers in Week 17.
Jordan Cameron, TE12/29/2013 11:43:00 AM
Description: Cleveland tight end Jordan Cameron will be available for Sunday's regular season finale against Pittsburgh.
Insight: Cameron (75 receptions, 848 yards, seven TD) missed last week's game with a concussion. The 25-year-old was invited to his first Pro Bowl earlier in the week.
Jordan Cameron, TE12/27/2013 12:52:00 PM
Description: Browns tight end Jordan Cameron (concussion) has been cleared to return to practice, according to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Insight: Cameron practiced Friday for the first time since suffering a concussion in Week 15. He has 75 catches, 848 yards and seven touchdowns in 14 games this season but has faded following the emergence of Josh Gordon as a bona fide star.
Edwin Baker, RB12/22/2013 5:38:00 PM
Description: Edwin Baker had 64 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries Sunday against the Jets to lead the Browns in rushing for the second straight game. Willis McGahee was active after missing Week 15 with a concussion but he didn't touch the football.
Insight: Baker has scored a touchdown in two straight games after being scooped off Houston's practice squad on Dec. 10.
Davone Bess, WR12/21/2013 3:40:00 PM
Description: Cleveland receiver Davone Bess has been placed on reserve/NFI list.
Insight: Bess will miss the final two games of the season to deal with a serious family issue. He finishes with a disappointing 42 catches for 362 yards and two scores.
Jordan Cameron, TE12/20/2013 1:20:00 PM
Description: Browns tight end Jordan Cameron missed every practice this week due to a concussion and will not play Sunday against the Jets.
Insight: Cameron is currently going through the league's concussion protocol. Gary Barnidge and MarQueis Gray will fill in for him, but neither has enough value to fantasy owners.
Jordan Cameron, TE12/19/2013 5:26:00 PM
Description: Browns tight end Jordan Cameron missed another practice Thursday due to a concussion.
Insight: Cameron is currently going through the league's concussion protocol and will need to gain clearance to play Sunday against the Jets. He missed the last two games last season due to a concussion.
Willis McGahee, RB12/18/2013 5:41:00 PM
Description: Browns running back Willis McGahee (concussion) has been cleared to play, according to Scott Petrak of chroniclet.com.
Insight: McGahee is averaging just 2.7 yards per carry this season and will return to a committee. Edwin Baker had 38 yards and a touchdown on eight carries in Week 15 against the Bears after being signed off Houston's practice squad and could remained involved in the offense, but no Browns RB is worth playing in Week 16 against the Jets.
Jordan Cameron, TE12/18/2013 11:16:00 AM
Description: Browns tight end Jordan Cameron wasn't at practice on Wednesday. He's dealing with a concussion. SOURCE: Tony Grossi, ESPN Cleveland
Insight: Cameron is currently going through the league's concussion protocol and will need to gain clearance to play Sunday against the Jets. His backup, Gary Barnidge, has 11 catches this season.
Willis McGahee, RB12/17/2013 8:15:00 PM
Description: Browns running back Willis McGahee expects to play Sunday against the Jets. SOURCE: The Chronicle-Telegram
Insight: He missed last week's game with a concussion. The veteran is averaging just 2.7 yards per carry this season and won't be an option for fantasy owners the rest of the way. If you're going to own someone from the Cleveland backfield, Chris Ogbonnaya is the better choice.
Joe Haden, DB12/15/2013 6:32:00 PM
Description: Cleveland cornerback Joe Haden suffered a hip pointer Sunday against the Bears, according to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Haden had his hands full with the bigger Brandon Marshall on Sunday but is one of the top coverage corners in the NFL.
Insight: It won't mean much if Haden has to miss Week 16 as few fantasy owners are starting Santonio Holmes anyway, but it would help Antonio Brown in Week 17.
Edwin Baker, RB12/15/2013 5:19:00 PM
Description: Edwin Baker led the Browns with eight carries and 38 rushing yards in Week 15 with Willis McGahee out with a concussion. Baker was signed off Houston's practice squad on Dec. 10 and was making his NFL debut.
Insight: Baker scored a two-yard touchdown in the third quarter and added 46 receiving yards to his total. The Browns may decide to keep him involved in the offense over the final two weeks.
Willis McGahee, RB12/11/2013 8:35:00 PM
Description: Cleveland halfback Willis McGahee has already been ruled out for Sunday's game. SOURCE: Adam Hoge, CBS Chicago
Insight: McGahee suffered a concussion Sunday against the Patriots. Fullback Chris Ogbonnaya and Fozzy Whittaker should split carries this week against the Bears.
Willis McGahee, RB12/11/2013 1:42:00 PM
Description: Browns running back Willis McGahee (concussion) "seems very doubtful" for Sunday's game against the Bears, according to Pat McManamon of espn.com.
Insight: McGahee suffered a concussion in the fourth quarter against the Patriots. The 32-year-old has rushed for just 2.7 yards per carry and two touchdowns on 138 carries in 11 games since joining the Browns. His absence will allow Fozzy Whittaker and Chris Ogbonnaya to see more playing time, but neither is a good fantasy option for the second round of the fantasy playoffs.
Jason Campbell, QB12/8/2013 6:56:00 PM
Description: Browns QB Jason Campbell had a fine afternoon Sunday against New England.
Insight: Campbell looked sharp in his first game back from a concussion, completing 29-of-44 passes for 391 yards and three touchdowns. He also ran twice for 27 yards. As long as superstar wideout Josh Gordon is around to throw to, Campbell should continue to have fantasy success.
Josh Gordon, WRHot12/8/2013 6:52:00 PM
Description: Browns wideout Josh Gordon set a team record for receiving yards in a season by racking up 151 yards through the air Sunday in a one-point loss to New England.
Insight: Gordon has been the best receiver in football over the last month, catching at least 125 yards worth of passes in each of his last four contests. Even superstar corner Aqib Talib was no match for Gordon on Sunday. Don't expect Gordon to slow down next week against Chicago.
Jordan Cameron, TE12/8/2013 6:50:00 PM
Description: Cleveland tight end Jordan Cameron enjoyed his second career 100-yard game Sunday against the Patriots.
Insight: Cameron finished with nine catches for 121 yards. Sunday marked the 25-year-old's first double-digit point total in fantasy since Week 7.
Jason Campbell, QB12/8/2013 12:15:00 PM
Description: Cleveland quarterback Jason Campbell will get the start Sunday against New England.
Insight: Campbell missed last week's game with a concussion. Brandon Weeden (concussion) will not be available for this week's game. Campbell's return is good news for owners of Josh Gordon.
Jason Campbell, QB12/6/2013 1:49:00 PM
Description: Browns quarterback Jason Campbell (concussion) has been upgraded to probable after getting through a second straight practice.
Insight: Josh Gordon owners can breathe easy with this news. Campbell is desperately needed in Week 14, because Brandon Weeden suffered a concussion against Jacksonville, leaving unknown Alex Tanney and recently signed Caleb Hanie as the other options.
Jason Campbell, QB12/5/2013 2:45:00 PM
Description: Browns quarterback Jason Campbell (concussion) has been cleared to practice Thursday and took the first team reps, according to beat writer Mary Kay Cabot.
Insight: Josh Gordon owners should be smiling with this news. Campbell is desperately needed in Week 14, because Brandon Weeden suffered a concussion against Jacksonville, leaving unknown Alex Tanney and recently signed Caleb Hanie as the other options.
Jason Campbell, QB12/5/2013 11:32:00 AM
Description: Browns quarterback Jason Campbell (concussion) has been cleared to practice Thursday.
Insight: Josh Gordon owners should be smiling with this news. Campbell is desperately needed in Week 14, because Brandon Weeden suffered a concussion against Jacksonville, leaving unknown Alex Tanney and recently signed Caleb Hanie as the other options.
Caleb Hanie, QB12/3/2013 7:01:00 PM
Description: Cleveland signed quarterback Caleb Hanie on Monday.
Insight: Brandon Weeden and Jason Campbell are both banged up, which would have left Alex Tanney as the only healthy quarterback on the Browns' roster. We won't know until later in the week who the Browns are planning to start Sunday against New England.
Jason Campbell, QB12/2/2013 2:32:00 PM
Description: Browns quarterback Jason Campbell (concussion) has begun activities, but has not been cleared to practice.
Insight: Campbell is desperately needed in Week 14, because Brandon Weeden suffered a concussion against Jacksonville, leaving unknown Alex Tanney as the last healthy quarterback on the roster.
Brandon Weeden, QB12/1/2013 6:44:00 PM
Description: Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden was diagnosed with a concussion after Sunday's game against the Jaguars, according to cleveland.com.
Insight: Weeden started Sunday's game because Jason Campbell was out with the concussion he suffered in Week 12. Alex Tanney, who was picked up from Dallas' practice squad this week, is Cleveland's other QB.
Brandon Weeden, QB12/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
Description: Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden had 370 passing yards, three touchdowns and three turnovers Sunday against the Jaguars.
Insight: Weeden targeted Josh Gordon 15 times and hit him on 10 for 261 yards and two touchdowns. He'll be a decent 12-team QB2 if he starts in Week 14 at New England.
Josh Gordon, WRHot12/1/2013 4:56:00 PM
Description: Browns receiver Josh Gordon became the first player in NFL history to have back-to-back 200-yard receiving games Sunday against Jacksonville.
Insight: Gordon dominated the Jaguars for 261 yards and two touchdowns on 10 catches, giving him 29 catches, 623 yards and four touchdowns on 47 targets over the last three games. Despite sitting the first two games due to a suspension, Gordon has recorded 1,249 receiving yards, second in the NFL to Calvin Johnson.
Josh Gordon, WRHot12/1/2013 3:35:00 PM
Description: Browns receiver Josh Gordon went to the locker room in the third quarter Sunday against Jacksonville due to a head injury but he later returned.
Insight: Gordon has absolutely exploded over the last three games so it's good to see him back in there so soon after taking a huge hit.
Josh Gordon, WRHot12/1/2013 3:14:00 PM
Description: Browns receiver Josh Gordon went to the locker room in the third quarter Sunday against Jacksonville due to a head injury.
Insight: Gordon caught seven passes for 149 yards and a touchdown prior to exiting. He has absolutely exploded over the last three games and would be a huge loss for fantasy owners heading into the playoffs.
Brandon Weeden, QB11/25/2013 6:45:00 PM
Description: Sports Illustrated reports Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden will start next week's game against Jacksonville.
Insight: It's not by choice. Starter Jason Campbell is out with a concussion. Weeden definitely shouldn't be your first choice but if your team is dealing with an injury, he could be worth a look against a Jaguars team that ranks 24th in yards allowed. Wideout Josh Gordon should see plenty of targets with Weeden under center.
Josh Gordon, WRHot11/24/2013 6:12:00 PM
Description: Browns receiver Josh Gordon had a career day Sunday versus Pittsburgh.
Insight: Gordon reeled in 14 catches for a career-high 237 yards. The yardage total was the highest in team history. The 22-year-old is quickly approaching must-start status.
Jason Campbell, QB11/24/2013 3:10:00 PM
Description: Browns quarterback Jason Campbell left Sunday's game with a head injury.
Insight: Campbell wasn't doing much anyway, throwing for just 124 yards before exiting. He's been replaced by second-year quarterback Brandon Weeden.
Josh Gordon, WR11/17/2013 5:21:00 PM
Description: Cleveland wideout Josh Gordon had his fourth game this season of at least 125 yards Sunday against the Bengals.
Insight: The big-play receiver caught a 74-yard bomb for a touchdown and finished with five catches for 125 yards on 15 targets. He's averaging 18.8 yards per reception this season. He has 751 yards and four touchdowns in just eight games.
Chris Ogbonnaya, RB11/17/2013 5:19:00 PM
Description: The Browns expanded running back Chris Ogbonnaya's role Sunday against the Bengals.
Insight: The Browns aren't getting much out of Willis McGahee. Ogbonnaya had eight carries for 69 yards and six catches (on 12 targets) for 30 yards against Cincinnati.
Travis Benjamin, WR11/15/2013 1:20:00 PM
Description: Browns KR/WR Travis Benjamin tore the ACL in his right knee and had surgery on Friday.
Insight: Benjamin wasn't of much help to fantasy owners having caught just five passes this season , but did amass 403 yards and a touchdown on kick return duty. He is expected to be ready for training camp.
Chris Ogbonnaya, RB11/8/2013 12:42:00 PM
Description: Browns fullback/running back Chris Ogbonnaya could become the primary ballcarrier when the team returns from their bye week if he can produce.
Insight: Starter Willis McGahee and his 2.6 ypc just isn't cutting it and the only option is Ogbonnaya.
Jason Campbell, QB11/5/2013 12:03:00 PM
Description: Browns quarterback Jason Campbell, who had another strong game in Week 9 against the Ravens, is back on the practice field Tuesday despite bruised ribs.
Insight: Campbell threw for 293 yards and two touchdowns to nearly upset the Chiefs last week and had 262 yards and three scores Sunday to knock off the defending Super Bowl champ Ravens Sunday. The Browns have a bye in Week 10 before playing at Cincinnati in Week 11.
Jason Campbell, QB11/3/2013 7:44:00 PM
Description: Browns quarterback Jason Campbell had another strong game in Week 9 against the Ravens.
Insight: Campbell threw for 293 yards and two touchdowns to nearly upset the Chiefs last week and had 262 yards and three scores Sunday to knock off the defending Super Bowl champs. The Browns have a bye in Week 10 before playing at Cincinnati in Week 11. Only owners in two-quarterback leagues should consider starting Campbell.
Travis Benjamin, WR10/28/2013 2:39:00 PM
Description: Browns KR/WR Travis Benjamin tore the ACL in his right knee in Sunday's game at Kansas City and will miss the remainder of the season, according to a Mary Kay Cabot report.
Insight: Benjamin wasn't of much help to fantasy owners having caught just five passes this season , but did amass 403 yards and a touchdown on kick return duty.
Jason Campbell, QB10/28/2013 2:32:00 PM
Description: After a solid effort against the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs, Browns QB Jason Campbell will get a second start in Week 9, according to Coach Rob Chudzinski.
Insight: Campbell threw for 293 yards and two touchdowns against a very good Chiefs defense and earned another opportunity. He has talented receivers in Josh Gordan and Jordan Cameron so could be a decent option in two QB leagues.
Willis McGahee, RB10/25/2013 2:46:00 PM
Description: Browns running back Willis McGahee missed Thursday's practice, but returned for Friday's session as expected.
Insight: Thursday was apparently just additional rest for the aging running back. The real issue is a 2.9 ypc average. Fantasy owners need a big improvement to make him viable.
Willis McGahee, RB10/24/2013 2:10:00 PM
Description: Browns running back Willis McGahee missed Thursday's practice, but should return for Friday's session.
Insight: Thursday was likely just a rest day for the aging running back. The real issue is a 2.9 ypc average. Fantasy owners need a big improvement to make him viable.
Brandon Weeden, QBCold10/23/2013 12:59:00 PM
Description: The Browns have seen enough. Brandon Weeden has been benched in favor of backup quarterback Jason Campbell for this week's game against Kansas City.
Insight: By every measure, Weeden has been one of the worst quarterbacks in football this year and at age 30, the odds of him improving down the line aren't very high. The Browns would be wise to draft a quarterback next May with Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater and Johnny Manziel from Texas A&M as the two best options. Unfortunately, Heisman frontrunner Jameis Winston from Florida State won't be eligible for the draft until 2015.
Jason Campbell, QB10/23/2013 12:53:00 PM
Description: Browns QB Jason Campbell will make his first start of the season Sunday versus the Chiefs. SOURCE: Mary Kay Cabot, Cleveland Plain Dealer
Insight: It appears the Brandon Weeden era in Cleveland is finally over. Campbell, Cleveland's third string quarterback at the start of the season, faces an impossibly tough task Sunday going against the undefeated Chiefs at their home stadium. He's not a recommended fantasy play.
Brandon Weeden, QBCold10/22/2013 11:32:00 AM
Description: The decision to start or sit Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden in Week 8 has yet to be made.
Insight: Coach Rob Chudzinski really doesn't have many options because we've all seen what backup Jason Campbell can and can't do, but Weeden was simply ugly against the Packers last Sunday. Heading into Arrowhead Stadium in Week 8 means fantasy owners should avoid the Browns offense at all costs no matter who is under center.
Willis McGahee, RB10/18/2013 1:26:00 PM
Description: Browns running back Willis McGahee missed Thursday's practice, but returned for Friday's session.
Insight: Thursday was likely just a rest day for an aging running back. He's expected to be ready for Sunday, but it should be noted that he's rushing at just a 2.8 ypc clip. Chris Ogbonnaya would be the team's option if McGahee can't play.
Willis McGahee, RB10/17/2013 3:30:00 PM
Description: Browns running back Willis McGahee missed Thursday's practice, though no reason was announced.
Insight: It could just be giving an old running back some extra time to rest. Chris Ogbonnaya would be the team's option if McGahee can't run.
Brandon Weeden, QB10/14/2013 2:06:00 PM
Description: Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden will start in Week 7, according to Coach Rob Chudzinski.
Insight: Chudzinski really doesn't have many options because we've all seen what backup Jason Campbell can and can't do. Weeden is 0-3 this season with a 71.4 QB rating.
Josh Gordon, WR10/13/2013 6:36:00 PM
Description: Cleveland wideout Josh Gordon had his second 100-yard game of the season Sunday against the Lions.
Insight: Gordon (25 receptions, 429 yards, 2 TD this season) hauled in seven of his nine targets from quarterback Brandon Weeden. The second-year receiver appears to be well on his way to his first 1,000-yard season.
Brandon Weeden, QB10/7/2013 2:45:00 PM
Description: Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden is expected to start Week 6 against Detroit, according to Browns beat writer Mary Kay Cabot.
Insight: The quarterback questions in Cleveland ended when Brian Hoyer's knee injury ended his season. Weeden isn't likely to get a challenge from Jason Campbell.
Chris Ogbonnaya, RB10/7/2013 2:40:00 PM
Description: Browns fullback/running back Chris Ogbonnaya (concussion) did not practice on Monday.
Insight: Ogbonnaya did some sprints, which is a good sign, but will ultimately be the blocking back for Willis McGahee and sometime backup with little to no fantasy value.
Montario Hardesty, RB9/30/2013 9:56:00 PM
Description: The Browns cut ties with injured halfback Montario Hardesty on Monday.
Insight: The two sides agreed on an injury settlement. Hardesty had his knee scoped in mid-August.
Jordan Cameron, TEHot9/29/2013 6:38:00 PM
Description: Browns tight end Jordan Cameron hauled in ten catches for 91 yards Sunday in a win over Cincinnati.
Insight: Cameron continues to revolutionize the tight end position. In four games this year, he's caught 30 passes for 360 yards and five touchdowns. If he keeps this up, Cameron may have a chance to break Rob Gronkowski's single-season record for yardage by a tight end (1,327 yards in 2010).
Josh Gordon, WR9/27/2013 5:51:00 PM
Description: Browns receiver Josh Gordon is a must-start in Week 4 given Cincinnati's injuries in the secondary.
Insight: Gordon, who hauled in 10 catches for 146 yards and a touchdown in his 2013 debut following a two-game suspension, was expected to face a tough matchup in Bengals shutdown cornerback Leon Hall. However, Hall, CB Dre Kirkpatrick and S Reggie Nelson are all doubtful for Week 4.
Willis McGahee, RB9/26/2013 3:57:00 PM
Description: Browns running back Willis McGahee says "there will be dramatic improvement" in his second game with the team. "I'm going to have more than eight yards," McGahee said. SOURCE: Mary Kay Cabot, Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Insight: McGahee played just 14 snaps against the Vikings after being signed late last week following Trent Richardson's trade to the Colts. He'll face a tough matchup against the Bengals in Week 4 and should only be used as a desperation flex play.
Josh Gordon, WR9/26/2013 11:40:00 AM
Description: According to the Akron Beacon-Journal, Browns receiver Josh Gordon said coach Rob Chudzinski told him the team does not plan to trade him.
Insight: After missing the first two games due to a suspension, Gordon caught 10 passes for 146 yards and a touchdown on 19 targets Sunday against the Vikings, but the Browns current regime is not the one that picked him in the second round of the 2012 supplemental draft. In fact, current Browns GM Mike Lombardi criticized the selection as a "waste" when he was an analyst for the NFL Network. If the Browns receive an offer they like, they won't hesitate to move the troubled Gordon, who is one infraction away from a season-long suspension.
Josh Gordon, WR9/22/2013 6:02:00 PM
Description: Josh Gordon thrived in his return to the lineup Sunday versus the Vikings.
Insight: The second-year Browns wideout tortured Minnesota all day, finishing with 146 yards on ten catches. Gordon was a late-round flier in most drafts because of his two-game suspension but those who kept him have to be pleased with the results so far.
Jordan Cameron, TEHot9/22/2013 6:01:00 PM
Description: Cleveland tight end Jordan Cameron had another mammoth fantasy day Sunday in a win against Minnesota.
Insight: Cameron exploded for 66 yards and three touchdowns including the game-winning score with less than a minute to play. With 269 yards and four touchdowns this year, Cameron has already surpassed his previous career-highs in almost every offensive category.
Billy Cundiff, K9/22/2013 3:20:00 PM
Description: Cleveland kicker Billy Cundiff will miss the rest of Sunday's game with a quad injury.
Insight: He booted a 38-yarder before exiting. Punter Spencer Lanning will handle the kicking duties for the rest of the afternoon.
Josh Gordon, WR9/22/2013 11:18:00 AM
Description: ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that the Browns are willing to trade Josh Gordon and Greg Little.
Insight: The new Browns regime is trying to burn down everything the previous group built in a short time. As an analyst for the NFL Network, new Browns VP of player personnel Mike Lombardi criticized Cleveland's selection of Gordon in the second round of the 2012 supplemental draft, so it's not surprising that he is putting the talented but troubled receiver on the block. As for Greg Little, he has the worst hands of any receiver in the NFL and isn't likely to draw much interest.
Willis McGahee, RB9/20/2013 8:08:00 PM
Description: New Browns running back Willis McGahee no doubt will be a popular pickup prior to Sunday's game, but coach Rob Chudzinski said Chris Ogbonnaya, Bobby Rainey and McGahee will share playing time in Week 3. SOURCE: Akron Beacon-Journal
Insight: McGahee is the best long-term option, but the committee situation makes all three players unattractive for Sunday's game against the Vikings.
Willis McGahee, RB9/20/2013 11:20:00 AM
Description: Browns newly-signed running back Willis McGahee will play in Sunday's game against the Minnesota, according to Adam Schefter.
Insight: Of course, that doesn't mean he'll get enough work to be fantasy worthy in the first week. He'll likely split carries with Bobby Rainey, leaving both players as low-end flex options. McGahee is a must-add player because he'll eventually become the lead back.
Brandon Weeden, QB9/19/2013 6:03:00 PM
Description: Brandon Weeden won't need surgery on his sprained thumb. SOURCE: Adam Schefter, ESPN
Insight: The Browns are expecting Weeden to miss only one game. Former Patriots signal caller Brian Hoyer will get the start Sunday against the Vikings.
Willis McGahee, RB9/19/2013 3:42:00 PM
Description: Willis McGahee passed his physical and has officially signed with the Cleveland Browns. He plans to play in Week 3, according to Jeff Darlington of NFL.com.
Insight: If he does play he'll likely split carries with Bobby Rainey, leaving both players as low-end flex options. McGahee is a must-add player because he'll eventually become the lead back, but his upside is limited.
Greg Little, WRCold9/18/2013 11:42:00 AM
Description: Browns receiver Greg Little will drop out of the starting lineup with the return of Josh Gordon from suspension.
Insight: Little has gone from "up-and-coming" to disappointing in a short period of time. He had a solid rookie season, catching 61 balls for 709 yards and two touchdowns, but regressed in his second year and continues to drop passes he should catch.
Brandon Weeden, QB9/18/2013 11:09:00 AM
Description: Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden, who left Sunday's game against the Ravens in the fourth quarter, has been diagnosed with a sprained right thumb, and will not play in Week 3
Insight: Weeden hit his thumb on a helmet and went to the locker room. Brian Hoyer and not Jason Campbell is expected to get the start. It will be Hoyer's second career start.
Josh Gordon, WR9/16/2013 1:46:00 PM
Description: Browns receiver Josh Gordon, who was for suspended two games for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy, is now eligible to return to the field for Week 3 versus Minnesota.
Insight: The second-year receiver has the talent to be a solid fantasy player but will have to grow up. He caught 50 balls for 805 yards and five TDs last season.
Brandon Weeden, QB9/16/2013 10:43:00 AM
Description: Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden, who left Sunday's game against the Ravens in the fourth quarter, has been diagnosed with a sprained right thumb, according to the Akron Beacon Journal.
Insight: Weeden hit his thumb on a helmet and went to the locker room. If he can't play next Sunday, Jason Campbell would be the Browns option. That's not good news for any fantasy owner. The last fantasy-worthy game out of Campbell came back in 2011.
Brandon Weeden, QB9/15/2013 4:07:00 PM
Description: Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden, who left Sunday's game against the Ravens in the fourth quarter, has been diagnosed with a sprained right thumb, according to the Akron Beacon Journal.
Insight: Weeden hit his thumb on a helmet and went to the locker room. If he can't play next Sunday, Jason Campbell would be the Browns option. That's not good news for any fantasy owner. The last fantasy-worthy game out of Campbell came back in 2011.
Trent Richardson, RB9/12/2013 12:51:00 PM
Description: Browns offensive coordinator Norv Turner said he wants running back Trent Richardson to get more than 20 carries in Week 2, according to Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon-Journal.
Insight: Brandon Weeden inexplicably threw the football 53 times, completing 26 and throwing three picks, against the Dolphins in a game that was within one score for all of the first three quarters and most of the fourth. Richardson finished with 13 carries for 47 yards and two receptions for 30. That happened after Turner and Browns coach Rob Chudzinski said all preseason how they wanted to use T-Rich as much as possible.
Jordan Cameron, TE9/8/2013 5:09:00 PM
Description: Browns tight end Jordan Cameron snagged nine passes for 108 yards and a touchdown in the opener against Miami on Sunday.
Insight: New Browns OC Norv Turner had great success in San Diego with an athletic tight end who used to play basketball in college (Antonio Gates, anyone?). Cameron is 6-foot-5, runs a 4.59 40-yard dash and played basketball at BYU so he should be a good match for Turner's offense.
Trent Richardson, RB9/8/2013 5:06:00 PM
Description: Despite what Browns coach Rob Chudzinski and OC Norv Turner indicated all preseason, running back Trent Richardson saw just 13 carries in the season opener versus Miami in what was a one-score game for the first 53 minutes.
Insight: Meanwhile, Brandon Weeden threw the football 53 times, completing 26 and throwing three picks. Richardson had 47 yards rushing and added two receptions for 30 yards even though Chudzinski said several days ago that he wanted to use Richardson "as much as possible."
Barkevious Mingo, LB9/7/2013 9:39:00 PM
Description: Brown rookie linebacker Barkevious Mingo (lung) will miss Week 1 against the Dolphins.
Insight: Mingo suffered a bruised lung during the preseason and the Browns will not rush their 2013 No. 6 overall pick. He's expected to return for the second game of the season. With Paul Kruger, Jabaal Sheard, Joe Haden, Desmond Bryant, Phil Taylor, D'Qwell Jackson and Mingo, the Browns defense has serious fantasy sleeper appeal this season.
Trent Richardson, RB9/3/2013 8:43:00 PM
Description: According to the Chronicle-Telegram, Browns coach Rob Chudzinski said he wants Trent Richardson "to be able to play as much as possible."
Insight: The Browns always planned to use Richardson as a three-down back this season, and after season-ending injuries to Montario Hardesty and Dion Lewis Cleveland will have to use him even more than it planned. Richardson is fully healthy for the first time since college and he also has dropped his weight to 225 pounds from 236-237 last year.
Jordan Cameron, TE8/27/2013 5:00:00 PM
Description: Browns tight end Jordan Cameron is dealing with a groin injury and didn't practice on Tuesday.
Insight: The team doesn't think its anything serious. If Weeden can progress in his second year as a starter, Cameron could end up with decent fantasy value.
Dion Lewis, RB8/26/2013 8:17:00 PM
Description: Browns halfback Dion Lewis is officially out for the season. SOURCE: Tony Grossi, ESPN Cleveland
Insight: Lewis suffered a broken leg last weekend versus Detroit. He probably would have been the backup for Trent Richardson if he had stayed healthy. Instead, that honor will go to Brandon Jackson (eight rushes, 54 yards in 2012).
Brandon Weeden, QB8/20/2013 12:50:00 PM
Description: Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden has finally been named the starter by coach Rob Chudzinski. It was never much of a contest between Weeden and Jason Campbell.
Insight: Weeden went 18-of-25 for 229 yards and three touchdown in the preseason. The Browns offense should be improved if they can a) keep Trent Richardson healthy, b) get the most out of Greg Little and Josh Gordon and c) use talented tight end Jordan Cameron.
Barkevious Mingo, LB8/16/2013 9:24:00 AM
Description: Brown rookie linebacker Barkevious Mingo bruised a lung and remained in the hospital overnight, according to Cleveland beat writer Nate Urich.
Insight: Mingo should not miss any regular season time because of the injury.
Dion Lewis, RB8/16/2013 9:20:00 AM
Description: Cleveland running back Dion Lewis, who was the leading candidate to back up Trent Richardson, suffered a fractured fibula in Thursday night's exhibition game against Detroit.
Insight: That's bad news for the Browns and good news for Brandon Jackson and Montario Hardesty. Jackson is the new favorite to win the backup role and Hardesty might make the final 53-man roster.
Montario Hardesty, RB8/14/2013 6:46:00 PM
Description: Cleveland halfback Montario Hardesty will have his knee scoped on Thursday. SOURCE: Mary Kay Cabot, Cleveland Plain-Dealer
Insight: This comes less than 24 hours after Hardesty was diagnosed with a dislocated thumb. With Hardesty banged up and Dion Lewis outperforming him, Hardesty is unlikely to make the Browns' final 53-man roster.
Montario Hardesty, RB8/14/2013 12:10:00 PM
Description: Browns backup running back Montario Hardesty has been diagnosed with a dislocated thumb.
Insight: The oft-injured Hardesty has fallen behind newcomer Dion Lewis on Cleveland's running back depth chart. Hardesty is likely now battling with Brandon Jackson for a roster spot as Lewis seems to be the handcuff option for starter Trent Richardson.
Brandon Weeden, QB8/13/2013 9:19:00 PM
Description: Even though Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden has taken every snap with the first-team offense throughout camp, coach Rob Chudzinski said he's not ready to name a starting quarterback and called the competition a tight race. "I think it’s still close and we’re finding out every game, and these games are important opportunities for guys to show what they can do," Chudzinski said.SOURCE: Akron Beacon-Journal (Ohio.com)
Insight: Weeden went 10-of-13 for 112 yards and a touchdown in the preseason opener against the Rams last week. There's virtually no chance he won't be under center Week 1, regardless of what Chudzinski says to keep his players motivated.
Trent Richardson, RB8/13/2013 8:47:00 PM
Description: According to Mary Kay Cabot of the Plain Dealer, Browns running back Trent Richardson (shin) will play a "couple series" in Thursday's preseason game.
Insight: Richardson missed the first preseason game and still hasn't played a preseason game since joining the Browns in 2012. T-Rich has been banged up often since entering the NFL, but he made it through 15 games as a rookie and is a lock for 300 carries and 50 receptions barring a major injury this season.
Trent Richardson, RB8/12/2013 11:49:00 AM
Description: According to a Akron Beacon Journal report, Browns running back Trent Richardson (shin) says he is 100 percent healthy.
Insight: Richardson missed the first preseason game and is questionable for the second. However, he's expected to be ready for Week 1. T-Rich has been banged up often since entering the NFL, but he made it through 15 games as a rookie and is a lock for 300 carries and 50 receptions barring a major injury this season.
Trent Richardson, RB8/11/2013 2:58:00 PM
Description: According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Browns running back Trent Richardson (shin) participated in some team drills Saturday.
Insight: Richardson missed the first preseason game and is questionable for the second. However, he's expected to be ready for Week 1. T-Rich has been banged up often since entering the NFL, but he made it through 15 games as a rookie and is a lock for 300 carries and 50 receptions barring a major injury this season.
Trent Richardson, RB8/7/2013 5:30:00 PM
Description: According to the Akron Beacon-Journal, Browns running back Trent Richardson (shin) will miss Thursday's preseason opener.
Insight: The number of preseason games Richardson has played in his NFL career will remain firmly at zero. He missed all four last year after undergoing knee surgery. The move to hold him out Thursday is considered precautionary, however. T-Rich has been banged up often since entering the NFL, but he made it through 15 games as a rookie and is a lock for 300 carries and 50 receptions barring a major injury this season.
Kenyon Coleman, DE8/7/2013 1:45:00 PM
Description: New Orleans left defensive end Kenyon Coleman has a torn pectoral and will miss the entire season, according to beat writer Larry Holder..
Insight: The Saints defense gave up 454 points last season (28.4 ppg) which put them next to last in that department. Obviously they can't afford to lose any talent on that side of the ball. Backup Akiem Hicks should slide into the starting role.
Montario Hardesty, RB8/7/2013 11:43:00 AM
Description: Browns backup running back Montario Hardesty is currently sidelined with a hamstring injury that may cause him to lose his spot as No. 2.
Insight: The oft-injured Hardesty has fallen behind newcomer Dion Lewis who has looked good in training camp. Hardesty is likely now battling with Brandon Jackson for a roster spot.
Dion Lewis, RB8/7/2013 11:35:00 AM
Description: Cleveland backup running back Dion Lewis might end up being the No. 2 guy behind Trent Richardson if he continues to impress.
Insight: That's bad news for Montario Hardesty, who was expected to win the backup role. Lewis didn't get much playing time last year in Philadelphia, stuck behind LeSean McCoy and Bryce Brown.
Trent Richardson, RB8/6/2013 6:26:00 PM
Description: According to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Browns running back Trent Richardson (shin) likely miss Thursday's preseason opener against the Rams.
Insight: Cabot said the move to hold Richardson out is mostly precautionary. T-Rich was kicked in the right shin last week. He suffered a strained muscle in that same shin back in May and missed part of OTAs and all of minicamp. Richardson has dealt with a variety of nagging injuries since entering the NFL last year but he played 15 games as a rookie and is slated to get 350 touches if he can stay healthy in 2013.


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