Cody Kessler - QBPosted 5/26/17 6:20am ET
Cleveland Browns QB Cody Kessler increased his arm strength this offseason and said the added strength will allow him to be more aggressive. 'Being able to push the ball down the field and having that confidence and knowing that you can get it there and put a little more on it is something that definitely helps you,' Kessler said.
Huddle Up: Kessler appears to be the favorite for the starting spot, but he merits very little fantasy appeal right now.
DeShone Kizer - QBPosted 5/26/17 6:27pm ET
Cleveland Browns QB DeShone Kizer said he has been glued to head coach Hue Jackson, and Jackson said he has to find out more about Kizer than any of the other quarterbacks on the roster. 'He's not going to get too far away from me, I know that,' Jackson said. 'He's done a good job. He just has to keep getting better. He's improved from day to day.'
Huddle Up: It still seems like a reach for Kizer to open the year as a starter, but he is going to have his chance to show his stuff at some point. He has all the physical traits you want in an NFL quarterback and is worth stashing in keeper formats.
DeShone Kizer - QBPosted 5/25/17 8:01pm ET
Cleveland Browns QB DeShone Kizer worked mainly with the third-team offense during OTAs Wednesday, May 24, but he did rotate in with the starters.
Huddle Up: Kizer is a longshot to start as a rookie, but his long-term potential makes him worth stashing in keeper formats.
Brock Osweiler - QBPosted 5/25/17 7:52pm ET
Cleveland Browns QB Brock Osweiler worked mainly with the second-team offense Wednesday, May 24, but he said his expectation is to start.
Huddle Up: Osweiler could overtake Cody Kessler for the starting job, but even as the starter, he wouldn't be more than a low-end QB2.
Andrew Hawkins - WRPosted 5/24/17 10:26am ET
Free-agent WR Andrew Hawkins (Browns) is close to signing a one-year deal with the New England Patriots, according to a source.
Huddle Up: It's hard to see a fit as anything more than a fifth or sixth receiver here, as Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola are the primary options in Hawkins' usual slot role, while Brandin Cooks, Chris Hogan and Malcolm Mitchell have the outside positions under wraps. It's possible Hawkins' arrival may be bad news for Amendola, but Hawkins is still highly unlikely to come across fantasy value as a Patriot.
Corey Coleman - WRPosted 5/24/17 12:09pm ET
Cleveland Browns WR Corey Coleman (undisclosed) suffered an undisclosed injury during organized team activities Wednesday, May 24, after he landed on the football hard during drills. Head coach Hue Jackson said Coleman will be fine.
Huddle Up: Coleman could miss a workout or two but should be back on the field in the near future. He likely will be the Browns' No. 1 receiver in 2017 and should receive a solid amount of targets. Owners in most fantasy leagues should consider Coleman a low-end No. 3 or No. 4 receiver.
Kenny Britt - WRPosted 5/24/17 3:14pm ET
Cleveland Browns WR Kenny Britt (undisclosed) did not participate in organized team activities Wednesday, May 24, but head coach Hue Jackson said he expects Britt will be back on the field next week.
Huddle Up: Britt likely will be one of the starting receivers for the Browns in 2017 and is coming off a solid 2016 season. The team's quarterback situation hurts Britt's fantasy value, but he could still be considered a No. 3 or No. 4 receiver for fantasy owners.
DeShone Kizer - QBPosted 5/13/17 2:20pm ET
Cleveland Browns QB DeShone Kizer will receive a lot of snaps during offseason workouts because he needs the work, according to head coach Hue Jackson.
Huddle Up: Kizer will have a chance to win the starting job but probably is at least a year away from playing. He should be avoided in all standard leagues but could be a late-round pick in keeper leagues because of his potential.
Cody Kessler - QBPosted 5/13/17 2:16pm ET
Cleveland Browns QB Cody Kessler will receive the first snaps during drills this offseason because he has earned the right, according to head coach Hue Jackson.
Huddle Up: Kessler is the leading candidate for the starting job but will have to compete for the job during training camp. He has some decent stats when he played in 2016 but should be avoided in all fantasy leagues if he is the starting quarterback.
Isaiah Crowell - RBPosted 5/13/17 3:07pm ET
Cleveland Browns RB Isaiah Crowell recently signed his restricted free-agent contract tender, but he was absent from the team's voluntary offseason program prior to the signing and may not return until mandatory minicamp in June.
Huddle Up: Crowell really doesn't need to be at voluntary OTAs given the fact he knows head coach Hue Jackson's offense already, so this protest - if it even is one - shouldn't have any effect on him for the upcoming season. Despite his fine overall numbers in 2016, Crowell was a bit inconsistent from week-to-week, so the upgrades the Browns made in the offseason - especially to their offensive line - should keep him firmly in the RB2 conversation.
Josh Gordon - WRPosted 5/11/17 8:40am ET
Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon's reinstatement petition was denied Thursday, May 11. He can reapply this fall.
Huddle Up: Gordon is a bit of an enigma and can't be trusted for fantasy purposes. He has all the talent in the world when he is on the field. He'd be a WR3 if reinstated, but that doesn't look promising in the interim.
Josh Gordon - WRPosted 5/11/17 6:28pm ET
Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon would be welcomed back if he is reinstated and is able to put his life back together, according to team sources.
Huddle Up: You can stash Gordon on the end of your bench in keeper formats if you want, but he is probably just dead weight.
Isaiah Crowell - RBPosted 5/10/17 4:53pm ET
Cleveland Browns restricted free-agent RB Isaiah Crowell signed his one-year tender offer Wednesday, May 10. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: Crowell should be the starting running back in 2017 but will share some of his snaps with Duke Johnson. He will see most of his work on first and second downs but may not be involved in the passing game. Owners in standard leagues should consider Crowell as a No. 3 fantasy running back.
Corey Coleman - WRPosted 5/6/17 2:04pm ET
Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson said he is happy that WR Corey Coleman has taken a leadership role among the wide receiver group this offseason.
Huddle Up: Coleman will be a starting receiver for the Browns and could become the No. 1 receiver with Terrelle Pryor no longer on the team. He was limited to 10 games as a rookie because of injuries and finished with 413 yards and three touchdowns. He should see a solid amount of targets in 2017 and can a low-end No. 3 or No. 4 option for owners.
Brock Osweiler - QBPosted 5/6/17 1:52pm ET
Cleveland Browns QB Cody Kessler appears to be the leading candidate for the starting quarterback at this point since he is the only quarterback on the roster with any experience in head coach Hue Jackson's offense. Kessler is expected to compete with QBs Brock Osweiler and DeShone Kizer for the job.
Huddle Up: Kessler had some success last season but struggled with injuries. Owners in all fantasy leagues should avoid whoever the starting quarterback is in 2017. Kizer will have some value in keeper leagues since there is a good chance that he will be the starting in a few years.
DeShone Kizer - QBPosted 5/4/17 7:47pm ET
Cleveland Browns QB DeShone Kizer is 'very coachable,' according to head coach Hue Jackson, and Kizer said he is confident he can become a more accurate thrower.
Huddle Up: Kizer has all the physical traits you look for in an NFL quarterback, and he should have a chance to start relatively soon. He is a boom-or-bust stash candidate in keeper leagues.
DeShone Kizer - QBPosted 5/2/17 4:42pm ET
Cleveland Browns rookie QB DeShone Kizer will be given time to adjust to the NFL and will not feel pressure to take over the starting job right away, according to executive vice president of football operations Sashi Brown. 'He's a young man and he's going to have a long time that he's with us and in this league,' Brown said. 'If things go the way I'm sure he's planning on [them going] and the way we hope it goes, we don't have to rush it.'
Huddle Up: Kizer has a relatively easy path to the Browns' starting position with the not-so-threatening likes of Cody Kessler, Brock Osweiler and Kevin Hogan standing in his way. He will need time to get used to the NFL though. Don't expect anything close to a Dak Prescott-like rookie campaign from Kizer.
Brock Osweiler - QBPosted 4/29/17 6:44am ET
Cleveland Browns QB DeShone Kizer will get the opportunity to compete for the team's starting quarterback job with QBs Cody Kessler, Kevin Hogan and Brock Osweiler, according to head coach Hue Jackson.
Huddle Up: Even if Kizer is named Cleveland's No. 1 quarterback, he should be avoided outside of keeper and dynasty fantasy formats. There is a good chance that the Browns will release Osweiler but the team is still on the lookout for a veteran QB to bridge the gap while Kizer gets accustomed to the offense.
Gary Barnidge - TEPosted 4/28/17 11:01am ET
Cleveland Browns TE Gary Barnidge has been informed he will be released, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Although the Browns drafted from Miami (Fla.) TE David Njoku last night, this news comes as a bit of a surprise and basically opens the door for the raw rookie to start right away if he shows enough in camp. The 31-year-old Barnidge is one year removed from a Pro Bowl nod and finished with 55 catches a season ago, so it shouldn't take long for him to find a new gig.
Gary Barnidge - TEPosted 4/28/17 12:23pm ET
Updating a previous report, Cleveland Browns TE Gary Barnidge was released Friday, April 28.
Huddle Up: Miami (Fla.) TE David Njoku is obviously the future in Cleveland, and the Browns needed less than 24 hours to decide that would be the case. The 31-year-old Barnidge should find another team in short order, while Njoku will probably split time with Seth DeValve early on until Cleveland is ready to trust him full-time. The 20-year-old Njoku is probably too raw to be worthy of redraft consideration in 2017, but he is a very intriguing late first-round option in rookie drafts.
Isaiah Crowell - RBPosted 4/21/17 6:19am ET
Cleveland Browns restricted free-agent RB Isaiah Crowell has yet to sign his tender, and the deadline to sign offer sheets with other teams was Thursday, April 20.
Huddle Up: Crowell doesn't have a lot of leverage here as he doesn't accrue any service time and will be a restricted free agent again next offseason if he doesn't play. He had a career-high 4.8 yards per carry, 952 rushing yards (one off his career high in TDs with seven), 40 catches and 319 receiving yards. He'd be a low-end RB2 in fantasy.
Isaiah Crowell - RBPosted 4/21/17 4:28pm ET
Cleveland Browns restricted free-agent RB Isaiah Crowell has not signed his tender offer at this point.
Huddle Up: Crowell likely will be back with the Browns next season and could receive most of the carries. He finished the 2016 season with 952 yards and seven touchdowns and can be a No. 3 running back for fantasy owners next season.
Brock Osweiler - QBPosted 4/19/17 10:33am ET
Cleveland Browns QB Brock Osweiler will compete for the starting job in camp, according to executive vice president Sashi Brown.
Huddle Up: Osweiler will presumably compete with Cody Kessler for the starting job, assuming the Browns don't select a quarterback on the first day of the draft next week. Regardless of whom Cleveland adds on offense in the draft, the winner of the quarterback competition will struggle to be anything more than than a low-end fantasy QB2.
Brock Osweiler - QBPosted 4/17/17 9:54pm ET
Cleveland Browns QB Brock Osweiler reported to team headquarters Monday, April 17, for the start of voluntary offseason workouts. Head coach Hue Jackson has not yet committed to Osweiler staying on the roster when the new season begins.
Huddle Up: The Browns have gone on record of saying that they plan on dumping Osweiler, so this is a pretty surprising development. Even so, even if he does manage to remain with the team going into the upcoming campaign, he probably wouldn't be starting under center. Thus, he'll have no worth for fantasy owners.
Brock Osweiler - QBPosted 4/4/17 7:11pm ET
The Cleveland Browns still plan on moving QB Brock Osweiler, 'whether in a trade or an outright release.' The club would like to continue to develop QB Cody Kessler, and as a result, Osweiler could be dealt on draft weekend, or the Browns could choose to cut him and try to recoup some of his $16 million salary.
Huddle Up: If Cleveland is to dispose of Osweiler, they'll have to cut him, as it seems extremely unlikely they'll find a trading partner. Either way, it appears to be definite that the former Houston Texans starting quarterback will have a new home in 2017. At this rate, he won't have any fantasy value entering the new season.
Corey Coleman - WRPosted 3/30/17 4:29pm ET
Cleveland Browns WR Corey Coleman would work from the slot if WR Josh Gordon is reinstated by the NFL, as the team envisions Gordon and WR Kenny Britt on the outside.
Huddle Up: Coleman might be a popular breakout candidate going into 2017 after a freshman campaign that saw him heavily involved, averaging more than seven targets per game in 10 contests as a rookie. The potential return of Gordon could cap his potential, but he'll still be someone worth watching in drafts regardless.
Josh Gordon - WRPosted 3/29/17 11:01am ET
Updating previous reports, Cleveland Browns general manager Sashi Brown said Cleveland may not release WR Josh Gordon. 'We're not in a position at wide receiver to turn down a guy like Josh if we feel like he's settled himself,' Brown said Tuesday, March 28, at the Annual League Meeting in Phoenix, per the Akron Beacon Journal. Head coach Hue Jackson previously said the Browns were expected to move on from Gordon.
Huddle Up: Gordon remains suspended and is nothing more that a late-round flier in fantasy until that changes.
Corey Coleman - WRPosted 3/29/17 7:07am ET
Cleveland Browns WR Corey Coleman is viewed as 'the guy,' according to head coach Hue Jackson, who wants Coleman to assume the role of No. 1 receiver.
Huddle Up: Coleman had a 33-413-3 season, but he missed six games due to a broken hand. He showed flashes early in the season with a 5-104-2 game against the Baltimore Ravens. He'll be a low-end WR3 option in fantasy with a good camp.
Brock Osweiler - QBPosted 3/26/17 10:20am ET
Cleveland Browns QB Brock Osweiler will remain a Brown 'until he's not', according to head coach Hue Jackson. 'He is (going to be part of the Browns). Obviously, he's a player on our team and we're going to treat him just like we do all of our other quarterbacks until he's not. ? He's a guy that's gonna come in and compete. We haven't had an opportunity to meet with him ? but once we start our offseason program, phase one, we'll get a chance to know him and he'll get to know us,' Jackson said.
Huddle Up: It is anyone's guess as to whether or not Cleveland will draft a quarterback on the first two days of the draft - a move that would probably signal the end of Osweiler's short stay - or if he'll eventually get a shot to start. Either way, owners can safely avoid him in fantasy in 2017.
Josh Gordon - WRPosted 3/25/17 7:09pm ET
Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon has been training with speed coach and former Olympian Tim Montgomery.
Huddle Up: Gordon's issues off the field have ruined a promising career. He will likely receive another shot in the NFL, but he is nothing more than a late-round lottery ticket.
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