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Profootballtalk reports there have been no settlement talks in the Josh Gordon case.

It's now been over two weeks since Gordon's appeal was heard, but the sides have yet to come to the bargaining table. They still could, but it would seem to grow less likely by the day. Absent a settlement, Gordon is looking at an all-or-nothing proposition (16 games if the ruling is upheld, zero if it's not). Reports from last week suggested the case should be settled before the end of this week.
Aug 19 - 9:36 PM

Browns coach Mike Pettine criticized Josh Gordon's effort in Monday's preseason game.

Gordon noticeably loafed on two targets against the Redskins. "There were a couple plays where I think ... that we would have definitely wanted better effort," Pettine said. "We would want regular season effort to match preseason effort." It's a convenient excuse, but it's quite possible Gordon's impending suspension is weighing on him. His appeal will supposedly be decided before the end of the week.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 19 - 8:15 PM

Browns rookie RB Isaiah Crowell has two carries for three yards through two preseason games.

It's not a good sign for the ballyhooed UDFA, who is running behind Ben Tate, Terrance West, and Dion Lewis, while Chris Ogbonnaya is an impact special teamer. We've seen it suggested the Browns want to "hide" Crowell in an effort to stash him on the practice squad, but everyone in the NFL knows who Crowell is. (And no one drafted him.) He seems like a roster long shot in Cleveland.
Aug 19 - 7:37 PM

Coach Mike Pettine is willing to wait until after the Browns' third preseason game to name a starting quarterback.

The team had been targeting Tuesday to make an announcement, but gained little clarity after both Johnny Manziel and Brian Hoyer struggled against the Redskins on Monday. Pettine did say he "(doesn't) sense a lot of division" amongst the coaching staff about who to name. That suggests it will be journeyman Hoyer over rookie Manziel.
Aug 19 - 4:28 PM

Coach Mike Pettine said he's still undecided about who the Browns' starting quarterback will be Week 1.

Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel didn't make things easy for Pettine with their ugly performances Monday. "Neither guy really distinguished himself, and we’ll have to go back and study the tape and figure out who to go with," Pettine said. Signs point toward Hoyer being the slight favorite, but his leash will be short if he indeed is named the starter. Pettine had originally planned to name the winner of the competition on Tuesday. He may wait another week.
Aug 19 - 11:12 AM

Johnny Manziel was caught on camera giving the Redskins' bench the middle finger during Monday night's preseason game.

Following a third-quarter incompletion, Manziel flipped the bird and it immediately spread all over Twitter. Manziel said he had "words exchanged" with the Redskins all night, and CB Joe Haden defended his rookie quarterback, saying he took a lot of abuse from Washington's players and fanss Per Redskins FS Ryan Clark, what set off Manziel was Washington players telling him "this isn't college anymore, we're faster than you." Still, Manziel needs to keep his composure. It didn't sit well with coach Mike Pettine, and certainly won't win Manziel any points in the quarterback derby. "You have to be able to maintain your poise," Pettine said.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 19 - 8:52 AM

Terrance West rushed for 31 yards on eight carries in the Browns' second preseason game Monday night versus Washington.

West was the second back through the Browns' rotation behind Ben Tate, but didn't see meaningful work until the second half. Tate played the majority of the snaps in the first half and out-touched West 10-1 before the break. Tate is the clear leader here, but West has a ton of talent. He had a couple nice runs against the Skins, one barreling head-on into and running over a defensive back and another where he spun off the back of one of his linemen and picked up a good chunk of yards. If Tate were to go down, West would be next man up.
Aug 19 - 12:07 AM

Brian Hoyer completed 2-of-6 passes for 16 yards in Cleveland's second preseason game against the Redskins on Monday night.

Hoyer got the start and rotated every two series throughout the first half with Johnny Manziel. Hoyer was bad, missing a wide-open Andrew Hawkins in the end zone for a would-be touchdown and throwing at his receiver's feet on his first throw of the night. Luckily for Hoyer, Manziel was equally bad. Through two preseason games, Hoyer is 8-of-20 passing for 108 yards. If we were to guess, Hoyer is still in the lead to be the Browns' starter come Week 1. He'll likely get the start in the Browns' third preseason game later this week.
Aug 18 - 10:54 PM

Johnny Manziel completed 7-of-16 passes for 65 yards and one touchdown in Cleveland's second preseason game against the Redskins on Monday night.

Starter Brian Hoyer wasn't any better. He and Manziel struggled throughout the first two quarters, rotating every two drives. The duo combined to go 4-of-13 for 45 yards in the first half, and each had a QB rating under 45. Manziel played a couple series in the second half against the Redskins' backups, leading a 16-play touchdown drive that was finished off by a Dion Lewis eight-yard catch-and-run score. Manziel misfired on a number of passes. Coach Mike Pettine will certainly need another look at these two before naming his starter.
Aug 18 - 10:50 PM

Ben Tate rushed for 51 yards on ten carries in Cleveland's second preseason game against the Redskins on Monday night.

Tate got the vast majority of the work in the first half; Terrance West saw just one carry in the first two quarters. Tate was Cleveland's entire offense, as both Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel struggled mightily. Tate is a natural in OC Kyle Shanahan's zone-blocking scheme, and has a big lead on West for the starting job. Through two preseason games, Tate has rushed for 76 yards on 16 carries (4.75 YPC). He has value at his late-fifth-round ADP.
Aug 18 - 10:04 PM

Browns nickel CB Buster Skrine is recovering from thumb surgery, but expected to be ready for Week 1.

Barring a setback, Skrine will man the slot with Joe Haden and rookie Justin Gilbert lining up outside.
Aug 18 - 5:37 PM

Browns coach Mike Pettine says Tuesday is the target date to name Cleveland's Week 1 starting quarterback.

The Browns play the Steelers in Week 1. Pettine said a group consisting of OC Kyle Shanahan, QBs coach Dowell Loggains, and GM Ray Farmer will have say in naming the starter. PFT's Mike Florio also expects owner Jimmy Haslam to have some say, which could work in rookie Johnny Manziel's favor. The Week 1 starter will likely hinge on the performances of Brian Hoyer and Manziel in Monday's second preseason game. Cleveland visits Washington on MNF.
Aug 15 - 4:54 PM

Coach Mike Pettine conceded Friday the Browns' Week 1 starting quarterback won't necessarily be permanent.

"I don’t know if you can make a permanent commitment," Pettine said. "So much can change over the course of an NFL season." Brian Hoyer-Johnny Manziel still seems 50:50, but there are indications that the Browns have begun leaning back in Hoyer's direction, after Manziel showed up late to an early-week team meeting. It would make much more sense for the Browns to start Hoyer in Week 1 if they don't anticipate him being a permanent starter. Teams try to avoid benching rookies. Hoyer is a 28-year-old journeyman.
Aug 15 - 3:06 PM

After visiting Browns camp, ESPN's Adam Caplan came away believing the team envisions LG Joel Bitonio as a future "star."

The 35th overall pick in May's draft, Bitonio was selected by receiver-needy Cleveland over the likes of Marqise Lee, Paul Richardson, and Allen Robinson. They loved his college tape, and Bitonio graded out as a top-eight run-blocking guard in the first week of preseason, per Pro Football Focus. Bitonio was facing the Lions' star-studded defensive line. It was an impressive debut.
Aug 15 - 1:28 PM

After visiting Browns camp, ESPN's Adam Caplan believes Cleveland's passing game will be "dominated" by Jordan Cameron this season.

It makes sense with Andrew Hawkins and Miles Austin as the team's top wideouts. Josh Gordon is facing an eight-game ban in a best case scenario, per multiple reports. The Browns will play run-heavy football in 2014, but Cameron should be a target monster and either Brian Hoyer or Johnny Manziel's obvious go-to guy in the red zone. He's a steal at his current late-fifth-round ADP.
Aug 15 - 1:25 PM


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