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Charles Johnson | Wide Receiver

Team: Cleveland Browns
Age / DOB:  (25) / 2/27/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 215
College: Grand Valley State
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Browns signed WR Charles Johnson to their practice squad.
He obviously passed through waivers unclaimed -- no other NFL teams wanted him -- but the Browns still see potential here. If LaRon Byrd or Taylor Gabriel fails to impress this regular season, Johnson could get an in-season callup. Sep 1 - 5:20 PM

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Browns waived WR Charles Johnson.

It initially appeared that Johnson made Cleveland's final 53, but the Browns cut him after utilizing waiver claims. Johnson has a great blend of size and speed, but is already 25 years old, and was generally quiet in preseason games despite playing a ton of snaps. He should still get one more opportunity elsewhere. It's also possible the Browns sign him to their practice squad.
Aug 31 - 2:48 PM

Second-year WR Charles Johnson made the Browns' 53-man roster.

At 6'2/215 with 4.38 wheels, we wouldn't rule out an impact for Johnson as long as his reconstructed knee holds up. He'd give the Browns' receiving corps something they currently lack -- natural size/speed ability. They are currently set to start Miles Austin and Andrew Hawkins. Johnson had six catches for 65 yards on 115 preseason snaps.
Aug 31 - 11:41 AM

Charles Johnson caught 1-of-2 targets for 13 yards in Saturday's preseason game.

His grab came deep into garbage time with the second-team offense. Johnson has lots of theoretical upside, but just five catches for 46 yards through three preseason games. He should have a spot on the 53-man roster, but is unlikely to make a re-draft impact this season.
Aug 24 - 12:14 AM

Charles Johnson caught three passes for 30 yards in the Browns' preseason opener.

Drawing raves in Browns camp, Johnson also drew a pass-interference penalty. Johnson's longest reception was a 15-yard screen, where he made a nice cut and displayed some serious quickness. Standing in at 6-foot-2, 215 pounds with 4.38 wheels, Johnson is someone to keep a close eye on as the Browns attempt to fill out their barren receiver corps. The prime takeaway from Saturday night's game is Johnson is healthy after last year's ACL tear. He should be owned in all Dynasty leagues.
Aug 9 - 11:15 PM

Charles Johnson has reportedly been a "revelation" in the first days of Browns camp.

Johnson is on our radar because he's 6'2/215 with 4.38 jets and the Browns are desperate at the wideout spot. ESPN Cleveland says he's "surprisingly up to speed on the Kyle Shanahan offense" and "could be the receiver that comes out of nowhere to lessen the impact of – if not offset" the Josh Gordon suspension.
Jul 28 - 9:07 AM

Browns coach Mike Pettine revealed that he went on YouTube to watch highlights of second-year WR Charles Johnson.

Johnson is a fantasy sleeper because he has the best combination of size and athleticism on Cleveland's post-Gordon wideout depth chart. "I went on YouTube and watched his Grand Valley (State) highlights. They were impressive," said Pettine. "... It’s worth taking a peek at. He’s explosive. He’s a guy that is deceptively fast. He doesn’t look like he’s covering a lot of ground but he is. I think his catch radius is bigger than most. He’s got long arms and he’s got (big) hands. He’s a guy that we hope can emerge from this as a guy that can help us."
Jul 27 - 4:09 PM

Browns WR Charles Johnson (knee) is participating in training camp.

Johnson missed all pre-camp activities, but has been medically cleared. With top-notch measurables, Johnson is an attractive sleeper in Dynasty leagues.
Jul 26 - 12:08 PM

The Cleveland Plain Dealer points to Browns WR Charles Johnson as the "most intriguing prospect" who could push Miles Austin and Nate Burleson for snaps.

As long as Johnson (ACL surgery) is healthy, get ready for a summer full of hype. At 6'2/215 with sub-4.4 jets, there's a good chance he's going to look special on the practice field next to washed-up vets like Austin and Burleson. Johnson underwent knee surgery in October and should be ready for the start of camp this week. He's a deep sleeper to keep an eye on throughout the preseason.
Jul 22 - 10:36 AM

Browns coach Mike Pettine is optimistic WR Charles Johnson (ACL surgery) will be healed in time for training camp.

"Those two would be the only ones that potentially could start (camp) on PUP," Pettine said, grouping Johnson with WR/PR Travis Benjamin (ACL). "But at this point, I think it looks pretty good that they’ll both be able to start training camp." Johnson is believed to have torn his ACL last June, though it wasn't discovered until October. That delay set back his recovery. He's a super-deep sleeper.
May 28 - 8:03 PM

Browns second-year WR Charles Johnson (knee) hasn't been participating in OTAs.

Johnson tore his ACL last summer at some point, though it went undiscovered until an October physical for the Browns. He has a golden opportunity to earn major playing time with Josh Gordon facing a lengthy suspension, but Johnson can't stay off the trainer's table. He's a height-weight-speed freak at 6-foot-2 and 215 pounds with 4.39 jets. Johnson will compete for a roster spot in camp.
May 25 - 10:29 AM

Second-year WR Charles Johnson (ACL surgery) is working on the side with trainers at Browns pre-draft minicamp.

We're keeping tabs on Johnson because he's a physical freak with 4.39 wheels and an insane 11-foot-1 broad jump. The Browns also have an opening at No. 2 wideout, although they may address it early in May's draft. Johnson tore his ACL sometime between June and October of last year. He's 6'2/215.
Apr 30 - 9:30 PM

Browns WR Charles Johnson (knee) is expected to be ready for training camp.

Johnson was signed off the Packers' practice squad in October. When given his physical, the Browns discovered he had a torn ACL. The 2013 seventh-rounder passes the eye test at 6-foot-2 and 215 pounds with 4.38 wheels. With nothing set in stone behind Josh Gordon and Andrew Hawkins on the receiver depth chart, Johnson could be a player to monitor again this summer.
Mar 23 - 11:37 AM

The Browns discovered that newly signed WR Charles Johnson has a torn ACL.

Cleveland noticed the issue in Johnson's intro physical after he was signed off the Packers' practice squad over the weekend. It's a bit odd. He's obviously done for the season. The Browns will place Johnson on the reserve/non-football injury list. The seventh-round rookie sprained his MCL in June.
Wed, Oct 16, 2013 03:41:00 PM

Browns signed WR Charles Johnson.

Johnson, a seventh-round pick in this year's draft, suffered a sprained MCL in June and spent the first five weeks on Green Bay's practice squad. An intriguing height-weight-speed prospect, he'll immediately step in as Cleveland's No. 5 receiver and should push for playing time in four-wide sets.
Sat, Oct 12, 2013 04:07:00 PM

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QB1Brian Hoyer
2Johnny Manziel
3Connor Shaw
RB1Ben Tate
2Terrance West
3Isaiah Crowell
4Glenn Winston
GLB1Ben Tate
2Terrance West
3RB1Ben Tate
2Terrance West
FB1Ray Agnew
2Kiero Small
WR11Miles Austin
2Charles Johnson
3Taylor Gabriel
4LaRon Byrd
WR21Andrew Hawkins
2Travis Benjamin
3Marlon Moore
WR31Travis Benjamin
TE1Jordan Cameron
2Jim Dray
3Gary Barnidge
K1Billy Cundiff