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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

Coach Mike Pettine said he'll name his starting quarterback by the third preseason game.

"I don’t know if I’ll set a date and kind of paint ourselves into a date, but it will be sooner than the third preseason game," Pettine said. The competition between Johnny Manziel and Brian Hoyer kicks off this week. The Akron Beacon-Journal recently predicted Hoyer will hold off Manziel, but Johnny Football brings the most to the table and should win the job as long as he performs and keeps his head on straight this summer. JFF has QB1 upside.
Jul 22 - 8:52 AM

Sources tell ESPN that Josh Gordon's blood-alcohol count was .09 when he was arrested on suspicion of DWI over July 4th weekend.

The legal limit in North Carolina is .08, so the Browns have reportedly been told that it's possible the charges will be reduced. That could help Gordon's case when he applies for reinstatement to the league following his impending suspension. Gordon's hearing on that marijuana-related suspension is scheduled for sometime in the next two weeks, at which point the 16-game ban is expected to become official.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 21 - 9:07 PM

The Akron Beacon-Journal expects Christian Kirksey to beat out Craig Robertson for a starting inside linebacker job.

Robertson ran with the first-stringers during the offseason program, but that was likely a case of easing the rookie in. Kirksey projects as a far superior player in coverage, and was hand-picked by new head coach Mike Pettine -- who helped turn Kiko Alonso into a star as a rookie last season. We like Kirksey as a late-round sleeper IDP pick.
Jul 21 - 10:22 AM

ESPN Cleveland says the Browns' "sorry situation at wideout" makes Jordan Cameron "a No. 1 read" in the passing game.

With Josh Gordon facing a 16-game ban, it's a no-brainer conclusion. Cameron trailed only Gordon in targets, receptions, touchdowns and 20-plus yard catches last season, establishing himself as weekly mismatch at 6'5/245. Even in what's expected to be a run-heavy attack, Cameron brings plenty of upside as the focal point of a passing game that "features" Andrew Hawkins and Miles Austin as its top wide receivers.
Jul 21 - 9:45 AM

The Akron-Beacon Journal's Nate Ulrich believes Brian Hoyer will hold off Johnny Manziel for the starting quarterback job in Cleveland.

Ulrich cites coach Mike Pettine's consistent support of Hoyer and the organization's desire to sign him to a contract extension as evidence the Browns are comfortable entering the season with Hoyer as their starter. While that may be the case, Manziel is clearly the future in Cleveland, and he will get the nod if he performs during camp. At the very latest, we see Manziel taking over Kyle Shanahan's offense by Week 5, following the Browns' Week 4 bye.
Jul 19 - 12:44 PM

Browns.com's Vic Carucci considers Ben Tate "at least a slight favorite" for the team's starting tailback job, but expects third-round pick Terrance West to pose serious competition.

Carucci expects a "spirited" battle, stating West has "quickly emerged as a formidable challenger." Carucci notes West is a "natural" in OC Kyle Shanahan's outside-zone scheme, and it "wouldn’t be the least bit surprising if he ends up winning the starting job or at least getting a significant number of carries in what is expected to be a run-oriented offense." Tate's Average Draft Position is the middle of the fifth round; West generally lasts until early in the eighth.
Jul 18 - 4:57 PM

The player rep for suspended Browns WR Josh Gordon confirms his appeal hearing is coming up "soon."

It's expected to take place before the end of the month. Gordon is facing at least a 16-game ban, while his appeal has been complicated by his recent DWI arrest. Regardless of the result of his appeal, it's going to be a long road back to the gridiron for last year's receiving champ.
Jul 17 - 9:34 PM

Walk-year OLB Jabaal Sheard's player rep says he's had "extensive" long-term talks with the Browns, but that the sides are "not close yet."

The No. 37 overall pick of the 2011 draft is currently due just $994,125 in the final year of his rookie contract. Coming off a huge season, Sheard's numbers could shoot up even more in 2014 as he rushes the passer more for new coach Mike Pettine. Sheard could be well served by betting on himself, but would then be in danger of getting franchise tagged next offseason.
Jul 17 - 9:30 PM

Brian Hoyer (knee) expects to practice without limitation in training camp.

"Obviously we're going to see how the knee's feeling, but I'm geared up and ready to go and excited," Hoyer said. "I can't wait for next Saturday." It's good news for Hoyer in his battle with Johnny Manziel, as he'll have little room for error as he attempts to hold off the league's most buzzed about prospect.
Jul 17 - 8:59 PM

Browns WR/PR Travis Benjamin (knee) expects to be "full go" for training camp.

Benjamin went down last Week 8. Benjamin is a mere role player on offense, but a difference-maker on special teams. He should get every opportunity to reclaim punt-return duties.
Jul 17 - 5:57 PM

ESPN's Kevin Seifert expects Josh Gordon to eventually get another chance to play in the NFL.

Gordon is facing at least a 16-game ban for repeated substance-abuse related infractions. But Seifert points out that players who committed far worse crimes -- Donte Stallworth, Michael Vick, Plaxico Burress -- eventually made their way back into the league. At just 23 years old, Gordon has plenty of time to get his head on straight and start living clean. Assuming the Browns stick by him during his suspension, the two years remaining on his contract will be tolled aka paused. They could have an elite talent at salaries of $825K in 2015 and $1.06M in 2016.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 17 - 8:36 AM

Browns owner Jimmy Haslam's Pilot Flying J company has reached an agreement with federal investigators and will be not prosecuted.

Pilot Flying J will pay a $92 million penalty over the next two years as part of the plea deal. It also must cooperate with the terms of the agreement. The CEO of Pilot Flying J, Haslam stood accused by the IRS and FBI of engaging in a fraud scheme to keep millions of dollars owed to customers on gas rebates. It was once feared that Haslam's ownership of the Browns might be tenuous.
Jul 14 - 1:24 PM

Brian Hoyer (knee) confirmed he's ready for training camp.

"No doubt," Hoyer said. "I'm ready to go, can't wait for Day 1." Hoyer was limited in OTAs, but will open camp as the Browns' tentative starter. Johnny Manziel will also see first-team reps as the two battle to start in Week 1.
Jul 12 - 9:34 PM

In a radio interview, Browns WR Andrew Hawkins said Johnny Manziel is "all business" on the football field.

"I can't speak for all the other stuff because all I know is the Johnny I see in his playbook all day, trying to learn the plays and pick up an NFL offense," said Hawkins. "He worked his butt off, and I think that is all you can ask of him." Manziel has faced criticism all offseason about his off-field activities, but all will be forgiven if he performs on the football field come September.
Jul 12 - 1:11 PM


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