Player News - Browns

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Browns signed No. 25 overall pick S Jabrill Peppers to a four-year, $10.3 million contract.

The deal was reportedly held up by guaranteed money and offset language, but the Browns now have all of their draft picks under contract. Peppers nabbed a $5.6 million signing bonus as part of the deal. Like all first-rounders, Peppers' contract comes with a fifth-year option.
Jul 23 - 9:04 PM

According to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Duke Johnson is the "leading candidate" to replace Andrew Hawkins as the Browns' primary slot receiver.

Johnson was surprisingly profiled in Cabot's preview of the team's wide receivers. The 23-year-old has emerged as one of the more polished receiving backs in football, topping 500 yards receiving in each of his two seasons. Cabot believes he has a "good chance" of taking over the Hawkins role and it stands to reason that his receiving output would increase under those conditions. Johnson hasn't been used much in the running game anyway, logging a mere 177 carries since arriving as a third-round pick in 2015.
Jul 23 - 10:47 AM

The Browns' official website expects second-year TE Seth DeValve to have a "significant role" this season.

"I see Seth as a guy who is important to us and emerging," were the words of TEs coach Greg Seamon. The Browns' site joins coach Hue Jackson, the Cleveland Plain Dealer and Akron Beacon-Journal in predicting a DeValve step forward. The No. 138 overall pick of last year's draft, DeValve caught 10 passes on 92 snaps as a rookie. Despite the offseason praise, both his re-draft and Dynasty upside are capped by the presence of first-rounder David Njoku.
Jul 20 - 6:10 PM

The Cleveland Plain Dealer gives Shon Coleman a slight edge for the starting right tackle job.

Coleman and Cam Erving split OTA reps. It’s a bad sign for Erving’s turnaround, but there’s been positive offseason reports on Coleman. The Browns’ right tackle competition should go deep into training camp.
Jul 15 - 10:15 AM

The Cleveland Plain Dealer's Mary Kay Cabot said second-year TE Seth DeValve "jumped out" at Browns OTAs and minicamp.

Mary Kay joins fellow beat writer Nate Ulrich and coach Hue Jackson as those who have heaped praise on DeValve in the past month, adding DeValve was one of "the most improved players" from 2016. DeValve was a little-known fourth-rounder out of Princeton but tore up his Pro Day and obviously had a big jump in competition coming into the NFL. Cabot thinks the Browns will use plenty of two-TE sets.
Jul 12 - 10:42 AM

The Cleveland Plain Dealer expects the Browns to choose their starting quarterback by the second preseason game.

Longtime beat writer Mary Kay Cabot believes coach Hue Jackson will want to "get on with it." Cabot reported last month that DeShone Kizer had "considerably narrowed the gap" on favorite Cody Kessler. We still consider Kessler the favorite to be under center in Week 1, but Kizer is likely to make 2017 starts.
Jul 11 - 2:22 PM

The Cleveland Plain Dealer does not expect Browns coach Hue Jackson to be on a short leash this season.

Jackson's 1-15 first season in Cleveland was a disaster, but that was always the plan. Thus far, the Browns have been patient as they execute a top-to-bottom rebuild. They understand what Jackson is dealing with. The odds are extremely high that no matter what happens this year, Jackson will be back in 2018.
Jul 11 - 2:19 PM

Pro Football Talk reports guaranteed money is holding up No. 25 overall pick Jabrill Peppers' contract with the Browns.

Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer thinks offset language is holding up the deal. Either way, Peppers is the only first rounder taken outside the top 10 who has yet to sign aside from Gareon Conley, who is dealing with a legal issue. It would be surprising if this situation was not resolved prior to training camp.
Jul 10 - 8:35 AM

Browns second-year OL Shon Coleman is in the mix for the right tackle job.

Coleman split first-team OTA reps with Cam Erving. He was active for only seven games as a rookie, but held his own on limited snaps. The Browns improved their interior line with the addition of Kevin Zeitler, but right tackle remains a weak spot.
Jul 8 - 4:02 PM

Browns WRs coach Al Saunders praised second-year pro Ricardo Louis during minicamp.

"There's not a guy in that room that prepares any more diligently off the field at home than Ricardo," Saunders said. "He's really helped himself understanding what he has to do. ... He goes a hundred miles an hour and he is a talented young man." Saunders' words echo coach Hue Jackson, who said the No. 114 overall pick of last year's draft has "really improved." Louis caught 18 rookie passes on 36 targets/94 snaps. He's competing with all manner of riff raff for the No. 3 job.
Jul 8 - 9:35 AM

Myles Garrett said his injured foot is "doing alright."

When a fan on Twitter asked him about his lateral foot sprain, Garrett shared a video of himself doing leg presses at the gym. Garrett was seen sporting a walking boot at the conclusion of OTAs last month but seems to be healing nicely. The Browns are likely to limit his workload early in camp but Garrett should be a full-go well in advance of Week 1.
Jul 7 - 3:11 PM

According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, rookie DeShone Kizer made the "biggest leap" of all the Browns' quarterbacks over the course of the offseason program.

Since joining the Browns as the 52nd overall pick, Kizer has made noticeable strides in both accuracy and touch while flashing improved mechanics. He's quickly closing the gap on Cody Kessler, though the true test for Kizer will come in the preseason. Ex-Texan Brock Osweiler is running a distant third in Cleveland's quarterback race.
Jul 2 - 10:11 AM

Browns DE Nate Orchard is fully recovered from last year's ankle injury.

Orchard was healthy enough to play late in 2016, but the Browns designated Robert Griffin III as their IR return player. An outside linebacker his first two seasons, Orchard is moving to his more natural end position in Gregg Williams’ 4-3 defense. Orchard should open the season in a sub-package role behind Myles Garrett, Carl Nassib, and Emmanuel Ogbah.
Jun 30 - 7:07 PM

Browns OL John Greco (foot) is questionable for training camp.

Greco missed the offseason recovering from Lisfranc surgery. He's unlikely to be cleared for training camp and isn't a lock to be ready for Week 1. ESPN Cleveland believes the "odds are stacked against" Greco making the final roster.
Jun 30 - 6:59 PM

Browns WRs coach Al Saunders was "disappointed" by Corey Coleman's (hamstring, side) missed time during the offseason program.

"I'm disappointed for him that he can't continue to grow in the fundamentals and skills at his position," were Saunders' exact words, hinting Coleman was falling behind. "He missed a significant amount of time last training camp (with a hamstring). He missed significant amount of time during the season and his growth and development, he was having a terrific OTA session and then he got hurt." The Browns are clearly ready for Coleman to get off the training table. Coleman's hamstring has been an issue going back to his freshman year at Baylor. Coleman has a ton of upside, but is a dice-roll WR4 in re-draft leagues.
Jun 29 - 2:52 PM


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