Player News - Browns

Date: Team: Pos:

Browns acquired P Kasey Redfern in the Andy Lee trade.

Redfern is likely to now be the Browns' punter this season.
Aug 29 - 4:43 PM

Browns second-rounder Emmanuel Ogbah will switch back to outside linebacker following the release of Paul Kruger.

The Browns are extremely thin at outside linebacker, but that did not stop them from cutting one of their starters. Ogbah reportedly showed well on the outside during the offseason, but injury issues forced him to defensive end at the beginning of camp. Even before Kruger was cut, the Browns were set to field one of the worst front sevens in football. Cleveland will be a weekly target in DFS.
Aug 29 - 12:28 PM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports the Browns are likely to keep Josh McCown.

Dallas could use a veteran backup after losing Tony Romo for at least six weeks, but the Browns' asking price for McCown is too high. The Steelers are also expected to pass on McCown.
Aug 27 - 5:05 PM

Browns CB Tramon Williams expects to reclaim his starting job.

Williams missed Friday’s preseason game with a toe injury. He’s still listed as the starter on the Browns’ depth chart, but has been practicing in the slot. Jamar Taylor is the favorite open the season opposite Joe Haden.
Aug 27 - 4:21 PM

Browns CB Justin Gilbert suffered a concussion in Friday's preseason game.

Gilbert was having a solid preseason before going down, posting four tackles and two pass breakups. The injury is a setback, but he should still make the final roster. With K’Waun Williams sidelined, Gilbert is Cleveland's No. 4 corner.
Aug 27 - 3:09 PM

Browns WR Andrew Hawkins is in danger of getting cut.

Hawkins has had a nondescript training camp, but was Cleveland's No. 4 receiver in the third preseason game. He isn't a lock to make the team over Taylor Gabriel. Cleveland could save $1M in cap space from releasing Hawkins.
Aug 27 - 2:19 PM

Andrew Hawkins caught his lone target for two yards in the Browns' third preseason game.

Hawkins is clearly the Browns' No. 4 receiver behind Corey Coleman, Terrelle Pryor, and Josh Gordon, though he may open up the year as the No. 3 with Gordon suspended the first four games. That's if Hawkins makes the team. The Browns have been purging the roster of veterans, and Hawkins makes $2.5 million. His tight relationship with coach Hue Jackson may save him.
Aug 26 - 11:08 PM

Terrelle Pryor caught 2-of-4 targets for 15 yards in the Browns' third preseason game.

Even with Josh Gordon and Corey Coleman making their first appearances of the preseason, Pryor remained a starter in two-wide sets opposite Coleman. Gordon had the biggest night with a 2-87-1 line on a pair of targets, but all three figure to be heavily involved this season. Pryor was whistled for an offensive pass interference penalty on a Coleman screen. It's the little things like that Pryor is still learning about the position. He has big upside but also a very low floor.
Aug 26 - 11:02 PM

Corey Coleman caught 0-of-2 targets in the Browns' third preseason game.

Coleman had a tunnel-screen catch-and-run called back on a penalty on Terrelle Pryor. The two were later seen having words. It was Coleman's first action of the preseason after missing the first two games with a hamstring strain. The silver lining is Coleman lined up opposite Pryor in two-wide sets and continued to play on the outside in three-wide. It's uncertain if he'll play in the preseason finale, but Coleman enters Week 1 as a boom-or-bust WR3.
Aug 26 - 10:57 PM

Duke Johnson rushed three times for 22 yards and caught his lone target for nine yards in the Browns' third preseason game.

Johnson has looked better both as a ball carrier and pass catcher than backfield mate Isaiah Crowell this preseason. Johnson is averaging 5.0 YPC with a 3-19 receiving line, while Crowell bumped his YPC average up to 4.06 tonight, but has no catches out of the backfield. Still, look for Crowell to open the year handling early-down work, with Johnson getting third downs and hurry-up snaps.
Aug 26 - 10:45 PM

Isaiah Crowell rushed eight times for 39 yards in the Browns' third preseason game.

Crowell needed this one. Prior to Friday night, he had rushed eight times for 26 yards through two preseason games. Crowell ran as the clear-cut first-team running back on early downs and was able to bring his preseason yards-per-carry average up to a respectable 4.06 mark. Crowell will open the season as the guy on first and second downs and is decent value pick in the middle rounds.
Aug 26 - 10:36 PM

Josh Gordon caught 2-of-2 targets for 87 yards and one touchdown in the Browns' third preseason game against the Bucs.

It was Gordon's first game action of any kind since Week 16 of the 2014 season. On his first target, Gordon ran right by Brent Grimes on a double-move for a 44-yard pickup. He then closed out the first half with a 43-yard touchdown over the top of Grimes on a ball he fought to come back to over the smaller corner. Gordon worked as the No. 3 receiver behind Corey Coleman and Terrelle Pryor, but he vastly outperformed the two youngsters. Gordon will probably get some more run in the preseason finale before serving his four-game suspension to open the season. If Friday night is any indication, Gordon looked like his old self.
Aug 26 - 10:22 PM

Gary Barnidge caught 2-of-3 targets for six yards in the Browns' third preseason game.

With Josh Gordon and Corey Coleman making their first appearances of the preseason, Barnidge took a bit of a back seat. If Barnidge is done for the preseason, he ends it catching 6-of-9 targets for 39 yards and one touchdown. Once the Browns field all three of Gordon, Coleman, and Terrelle Pryor, Barnidge's targets may suffer. Barnidge is more of a mid-to-low TE1.
Aug 26 - 9:59 PM

Robert Griffin III completed 8-of-14 passes for 119 yards and one touchdown in the Browns' third preseason game Friday night.

The Bucs field one of the least-inspiring pass-rush groups in the league, but they recorded five sacks on RGIII in the first half, while knocking him down a number of other times. They especially got after the quarterback on third down, as coach Hue Jackson dialed up a lot of long-developing plays only to see his offensive line not hold its blocks. RGIII finished on a high note, however, hitting Josh Gordon deep for a 43-yard touchdown. Gordon did all the work, manhandling pint-sized CB Brent Grimes and adjusting to the ball in the air. Last week, RGIII looked phenomenal. Tonight, he was pummeled. The inconsistency is what keeps him a boom-or-bust QB2.
Aug 26 - 9:45 PM

Browns CB Tramon Williams (toe) will not play Friday night against the Bucs.

Williams suffered a toe injury during practice Wednesday. It is unclear if he is dealing with a serious injury, but any missed time is a blow for a player trying to reclaim his job. Jamar Taylor could lock up the starting job opposite Joe Haden with a strong showing Friday night.
Aug 26 - 7:10 PM


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