Duke Johnson - RBPosted 7/23/17 10:34am ET
Cleveland Browns RB Duke Johnson is the leading candidate to replace Andrew Hawkins as the team's top slot receiver and has a good chance to land the job, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer's Mary Kay Cabot.
Huddle Up: The notion of Johnson being a pass-catching role isn't surprising - he has at least 53 catches and 514 yards receiving in each of his first two seasons - but Cabot is suggesting he may actually move to receiver. Not only would this make Isaiah Crowell a true featured back, but it might give owners some rare dual-position eligibility in fantasy this season. For now, he's a RB4 in most leagues, but stay tuned.
Isaiah Crowell - RBPosted 7/13/17 7:46pm ET
Cleveland Browns RB Isaiah Crowell is capable of a 1,300-yard season in 2017, according to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, because of upgrades to the offensive line and an improved defense that should keep games closer.
Huddle Up: Crowell almost ran for 1,000 yards last season, and he looks set to see most of the early-down work this year. He should at least be a quality flex play, and Crowell could be a sneaky RB2.
Cody Kessler - QBPosted 7/12/17 7:53am ET
Cleveland Browns QB Cody Kessler could begin the season as the starter, but he doesn't fit the mold head coach Hue Jackson likes as a starting quarterback, according to beat writer Mary Kat Cabot. Jackson likes a tall, mobile quarterback with a big arm and quick decision-making skills. Kessler falls below Jackson's 6-foot-2 threshold and doesn't have the deep-ball skills Jackson covets.
Huddle Up: Kessler will have to hold off DeShone Kizer in camp, and it's possible he could beat out the rookie. Kessler has improved his arm strength this offseason. However, Kessler doesn't have a lot of fantasy appeal except in deeper two-QB leagues.
DeShone Kizer - QBPosted 7/12/17 8:18am ET
Cleveland Browns QB DeShone Kizer could play early in the season as beat writer, Mary Kay Cabot, believes head coach Hue Jackson wants to throw Kizer into the fire and let him learn on the fly. With an improved defense and running game, Jackson could devise gameplans to take some of the pressure off Kizer early on. Kizer will have to perform in the preseason to win the job.
Huddle Up: Kizer has tools, and there is always the possibility of a rookie making a big splash like Dak Prescott last year or RG III several years ago. However, the supporting cast around Kizer doesn't provide as much excitement as some of the other successful rookies in previous years. He could be worth a flyer as a backup if you land a stud QB, but he's better served in dynasty formats.
Brock Osweiler - QBPosted 7/11/17 11:46am ET
Cleveland Browns QBs Cody Kessler and DeShone Kizer are in an apparent two-man race for the starting quarterback position, according to Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer. Kessler and Kizer split first-team repetitions throughout minicamp, with QB Brock Osweiler working with the second team. Furthermore, Cabot expects head coach Hue Jackson to name a starter shortly after the preseason begins.
Huddle Up: Quarterback competitions are usually enticing, but it's hard to be excited about the Browns' current situation at the position. Kessler seems to have a slight edge on the rookie Kizer, but who knows how this will play out during training camp and the preseason. All three can be avoided in traditional leagues.
DeShone Kizer - QBPosted 7/8/17 6:48pm ET
Cleveland Browns TE David Njoku caught everything thrown his way during OTAs, and QB DeShone Kizer said Njoku is an athletic 'freak' and an easy target to throw to.
Huddle Up: Njoku is raw, but he should still see plenty of reps as a rookie thanks to a lack of competition. He is worth a flier in the final rounds of redraft leagues, and he needs to be stashed in all keeper formats.
Corey Coleman - WRPosted 6/29/17 1:16pm ET
Cleveland Browns WR Corey Coleman (hamstring) is currently recovering from a strained hamstring -- a problem that has plagued him back to his collegiate days at Baylor. Browns wide receivers coach Al Saunders said he is disappointed for Coleman since he cannot continue his on-field growth, but Saunders added he expects Coleman to return for training camp July 26, if he can improve the strength of the hamstring.
Huddle Up: Coleman has impressive speed (4.37-second 40 time) but is a major injury liability. There was a careful distinction on Saunders' part to say he is disappointed 'for' Coleman and not 'in' the second-year receiver. He feels bad for him, in other words. All of that may be moot if Coleman returns to health for camp and continues where he left off following a strong showing in OTAs. He's a WR3 because of the injury and quarterback concerns.
DeShone Kizer - QBPosted 6/25/17 1:06pm ET
Cleveland Browns QB DeShone Kizer has a chance to be the Week 1 starter if he can perform well during training camp practices and preseason games, in the opinion of The Cleveland Plain Dealer's Mary Kay Cabot.
Huddle Up: Owners will need to monitor the situation to see if Kizer moves up to the top of the depth chart. Kizer should start some games this season even if he does not win the job out of camp. Owners in standard leagues should avoid whoever is the starting quarterback for the Browns this season, but Kizer should have value in keeper leagues if he is the starter.
Seth DeValve - TEPosted 6/23/17 12:35pm ET
Cleveland Browns TE Seth DeValve may be the team's most improved player after becoming noticeably bigger, faster and stronger this offseason, according to the Akron Beacon Journal's Nate Ulrich.
Huddle Up: DeValve was reportedly putting on 'clinics' during OTAs. Ulrich writes the second-year Princeton product could become a go-to option in part because the receiving corps has done little to inspire confidence this offseason. While rookie David Njoku is obviously a better long-term investment, DeValve should be the better option at tight end investment this season and possesses TE2 upside. Consider him with a late-round pick on draft day.
Corey Coleman - WRPosted 6/18/17 11:27am ET
Cleveland Browns WR Corey Coleman (shoulder, hamstring) hurt his shoulder and hamstring on an awkward fall in OTAs, and the team is expected to 'err on the side of caution' early in training camp.
Huddle Up: Coleman has gotten off to a bit of a rough start in his NFL career in terms of injuries. The second-year wideout will be counted on to be the Browns' top receiver this season, so the team would be wise to make sure he is completely healthy before pushing him hard in camp. Coleman has WR3 upside, but many owners may be able to get him on the cheap this summer considering his injury history and current quarterback situation.
Isaiah Crowell - RBPosted 6/17/17 6:44pm ET
Cleveland Browns RB Isaiah Crowell has only 'scratched the surface' of his potential, according to running backs coach Kirby Wilson.
Huddle Up: Crowell flirted with 1,000 yards last year and scored eight times, and after the Browns upgraded their offensive line in the offseason, he could improve across the board. Consider him a quality flex option with RB2 potential.
Duke Johnson - RBPosted 6/17/17 7:10pm ET
Cleveland Browns RB Duke Johnson is one of the 'better playmakers' for the offense and 'big things' are expected from him this season, according to running backs coach Kirby Wilson.
Huddle Up: Isaiah Crowell will handle most of the work on early downs, but Johnson's ability to catch the ball out of the backfield makes him a RB4 candidate in PPR formats.
David Njoku - TEPosted 6/15/17 12:01pm ET
Cleveland Browns TE David Njoku signed his four-year rookie deal Thursday, June 15. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: Njoku is expected to start right away for the Browns as he takes over for Gary Barnidge. The Browns passing offense will struggle this year, so expectations should be tempered for Njoku. He is not in TE1 territory yet in his inaugural season.
Corey Coleman - WRPosted 6/13/17 3:51pm ET
Cleveland Browns WR Corey Coleman (hamstring) is nearing his return from a hamstring injury, according to head coach Hue Jackson.
Huddle Up: Coleman has a good opportunity to lead the Browns in receiving this year as he starts opposite Kenny Britt. A less-than-ideal quarterback situation will likely lower his ceiling, but Coleman does have weekly flex allure.
DeShone Kizer - QBPosted 6/13/17 6:52pm ET
Cleveland Browns QB DeShone Kizer was the third quarterback in the rotation during drills Tuesday, June 13, but worked with the first-team offense during his snaps. Kizer has displayed excellent physical skills and is picking up the offense quickly.
Huddle Up: Kizer will compete for the starting quarterback job during training camp but probably needs more time before he is ready to be the full-time starter. There is a chance that Kizer starts at some point in 2017, but he should only have value in keeper leagues.
DeShone Kizer - QBPosted 6/12/17 3:22pm ET
Cleveland Browns QB Cody Kessler likely will continue to be the leading quarterback during drills at the upcoming minicamp even though head coach Hue Jackson said he considered changing the quarterback rotation. Kessler has been followed by QBs Brock Osweiler, DeShone Kizer and Kevin Hogan during offseason workouts.
Huddle Up: Kessler appears to still be the leading candidate for the starting job but will continue to compete with Osweiler and Kizer during training camp. Kizer appears to be performing well so far and could be the starter at some point this season. Owners in all leagues should avoid the Browns quarterback situation no matter who starts.
Corey Coleman - WRPosted 6/10/17 7:27pm ET
Cleveland Browns WR Corey Coleman has improved this offseason and put in the work to become an impact player for the offense, according to head coach Hue Jackson.
Huddle Up: Injuries derailed Coleman's rookie season, but he should see all the targets he can handle as the most explosive weapon for an unproven receiving corps. He is worth a look as a WR3.
Corey Coleman - WRPosted 6/1/17 10:28am ET
Cleveland Browns WR Corey Coleman (undisclosed) may be out until training camp as he recovers from an undisclosed injury suffered during organized team activities. The extent of the injury doesn't seem serious, but the Browns don't want to take any chances with their sophomore receiver, especially since he missed six games last year with a broken hand.
Huddle Up: Coleman will need to step his game up this season with Terrelle Pryor out of town. Kenny Britt and Coleman should start on the outside, but both players' ceilings are lowered due to subpar quarterback play. As of now, Coleman is best drafted as a low-end WR3 to high-end WR4.
Corey Coleman - WRPosted 6/1/17 6:15pm ET
Updating a previous report, Cleveland Browns WR Corey Coleman (hamstring) is dealing with multiple injuries, including a sore hamstring, according to a league source.
Huddle Up: With Terrelle Pryor now in Washington, Coleman should be set for plenty of targets in 2017 as long as he can stay healthy. He could be a volume-based WR3.
Corey Coleman - WRPosted 5/31/17 10:56am ET
Cleveland Browns WR Corey Coleman (undisclosed) is expected to be out a 'little while' after reportedly playing out to make a catch in practice last week and landing on the ball. Head coach Hue Jackson intends on having Coleman back by training camp.
Huddle Up: Coleman was limited to 10 games as a rookie last year due mostly to injury, flashing on occasion when the stars lined up correctly for him to be healthy and have decent quarterbacking at the same time. The second-year wideout is poised to be the team's new No. 1 receiver if can stay on the field, but that obviously has been a challenge for him so far. He's worth a shot as a WR4 in fantasy with WR3 upside.
Isaiah Crowell - RBPosted 5/31/17 12:57pm ET
Cleveland Browns RB Isaiah Crowell could receive more carries in 2017 because head coach Hue Jackson said the Browns have to run the ball more this upcoming season than they did in 2016.
Huddle Up: Crowell will be the starting running back this season and should see more than the 198 carries he received in 2016 as long as he can stay healthy. He rushed for 952 yards and eight touchdowns this past season and as a chance to reach the 1,000-yard mark in 2017. He should be considered a low-end No. 2 or a No. 3 running back in leagues.
DeShone Kizer - QBPosted 5/31/17 12:45pm ET
Cleveland Browns QB DeShone Kizer has received some snaps with the first-team offense during organized team activities because the coaching staff needs to see more of him on the field than the other quarterbacks, according to head coach Hue Jackson.
Huddle Up: Kizer is expected to compete for the starting job during training camp but likely is a year or two away from starting. He would not have a lot of value even if he wins the job, so owners can avoid him in standard leagues. He will have some value in keeper leagues since he could be the quarterback of the future for the Browns.
DeShone Kizer - QBPosted 5/27/17 12:02pm ET
Cleveland Browns QB DeShone Kizer plans to work with throwing coach Tom House leading up to training camp.
Huddle Up: Kizer is expected to compete for the starting quarterback job but likely will be an underdog in the competition. Owners in fantasy leagues probably should avoid him even if he wins the starting job. Kizer could have some value in keeper leagues because he appears to be the quarterback of the future for the Browns.
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.
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