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Brian Hoyer (bicep/shoulder) is listed as doubtful for Week 17.

Connor Shaw will start against the Ravens. Hoyer, 29, finishes the 2014 season with a 12:13 TD-to-INT ratio and 55.3 completion rate. As most backup-caliber quarterbacks do, Hoyer got worse the more he played, and was ultimately benched for Johnny Manziel. Hoyer did play well enough in spurts to earn a backup job for 2015. He will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason.
Dec 26 - 1:50 PM

The Browns have informed Connor Shaw he will be their Week 17 starter at quarterback against the Ravens.

Johnny Manziel is on I.R. and Brian Hoyer is injured. Although Shaw is limited from a talent standpoint -- he went undrafted because of it -- he did post a 24:1 TD-to-INT ratio as a senior at South Carolina, and outplayed Manziel in preseason games. Based on how poorly Johnny Football played in his seven quarters of work, we believe Shaw has a realistic chance to be an upgrade for the likes of Josh Gordon and Jordan Cameron this week.
Dec 26 - 1:32 PM

Coach Mike Pettine said Johnny Manziel (IR, hamstring) will "have the chance to compete" for the starting job in 2015.

The Browns clearly aren't going to hand the starting gig to Manziel on a silver platter. How could they after he lost a camp battle to journeyman Brian Hoyer, appeared completely unprepared in his two starts and posted a 42.0 passer rating. Manziel knows he needs to grow up in a hurry if he's going to make an NFL impact. "It's a job for me now. I have to take it a lot more seriously than maybe I did at first," he admitted. With Hoyer currently an impending free agent, JFF's 2015 competition may come from outside the organization.
Dec 25 - 9:27 AM

Browns placed QB Johnny Manziel (hamstring) on injured reserve, ending his season.

It's merely a procedural move as Manziel was already ruled out of Sunday's finale at Baltimore. JFF finishes his rookie season 18-of-35 for 175 yards with zero touchdowns and two interceptions. He posted a 5.1 QBR and 42.0 passer rating, admitting that he didn't take the job seriously enough. Manziel will have a lot of ground to make up if he's going to start for the Browns in Week 1 of 2015.
Dec 24 - 11:37 AM

Johnny Manziel admits he has to take being a pro "a lot more seriously than maybe I did at (first)."

In expansive comments Tuesday, Manziel was both contrite and somewhat defiant. "This is a job for me now," Manziel said. "I haven't painted the greatest picture of me of being in here and staying on top of myself." Manziel also implored the Browns to stick with him, saying "I don't think it would be fair to give up on somebody after seven quarters of football." The Browns' commitment to Manziel for 2015 is very much an open question.
Dec 23 - 7:32 PM

Andrew Hawkins (thumb) sat out Tuesday's practice.

Hawkins' status for Sunday's finale is unclear. Even if he gives it a go, he'll be off the DFS radar with practice-squad QB Connor Shaw currently in line to start against the Ravens.
Dec 23 - 2:21 PM

Browns QB Connor Shaw took "all" the first-team reps in Tuesday's practice.

Shaw has yet to even be formally promoted to the 53-man roster, but is looking highly likely to start Sunday's finale against the Ravens. Johnny Manziel (hamstring) has already been ruled out, while Brian Hoyer (shoulder, biceps) isn't close to full health. Shaw had some preseason success, but would be a disaster waiting to happen against a Ravens team that must win to keep its playoff hopes alive.
Dec 23 - 1:51 PM

Brian Hoyer (biceps, shoulder) is sitting out Tuesday's practice, and highly uncertain for Sunday's finale.

"I don't know if (Hoyer) can get to 100 percent," were the words of coach Mike Pettine on Tuesday. "We don't know where we are at the quarterback position." Johnny Manziel (hamstring) has already been ruled out, leaving all of Tuesday's first-team reps to Connor Shaw. The undrafted rookie out of South Carolina will almost certainly start Sunday's game.
Dec 23 - 1:48 PM

Brian Hoyer suffered a biceps injury in addition to his shoulder issue.

Hoyer is day to day and hasn't been ruled out for Week 17, but should be considered highly questionable. The Browns signed Tyler Thigpen on Tuesday and are expected to give starter's reps to UDFA Connor Shaw this week
Dec 23 - 11:13 AM

Browns signed QB Tyler Thigpen.

Johnny Manziel (hamstring) is out, Brian Hoyer (shoulder, bicep) is very questionable and Rex Grossman didn't want to sign on. So the Browns settle on Thigpen, who will likely back up Connor Shaw in Sunday's finale against the Ravens. Thigpen was with the team for a few months of the offseason program before getting cut early in camp.
Dec 23 - 10:57 AM

The Browns will give starter's reps this week to UDFA Connor Shaw.

Shaw hasn't even been formally promoted off the practice squad yet, but likely will be on Tuesday. Johnny Manziel (hamstring) is done for the year, and Brian Hoyer is nursing a bum shoulder. The Browns may have to sign a free agent off the scrap heap to "compete" with Shaw in practice. Get ready to fire up the Ravens' fantasy defense if you're playing DFS in Week 17.
Dec 22 - 4:09 PM

Johnny Manziel (hamstring) is done for the season, Browns coach Mike Pettine announced Monday.

It ends a highly disappointing first NFL season for Manziel, who failed to beat out career journeyman backup Brian Hoyer in training camp and fell flat on his face when given late-season opportunities to play. Manziel's arm is average, and he loses all semblance of zip when he doesn't deliver passes with proper technique. He is also not close to being an even passable pocket quarterback. Barring dramatic offseason improvement, we don't see Manziel as particularly likely to open 2015 as the Browns' starter.
Dec 22 - 4:04 PM

CBS' Jason La Canfora reports Brian Hoyer suffered a shoulder injury in Sunday's loss to the Panthers, and is day to day.

The team has yet to confirm, but it would up the chances Johnny Manziel (hamstring) is back under center for Week 17. That, of course, would depend on Johnny Football's health. The Browns don't have a third quarterback, so it's uncertain what they'd do if neither Hoyer nor Manziel could go. The most likely option would be promoting Connor Shaw from the practice squad.
Dec 22 - 2:30 PM

The Cleveland Plain Dealer says Josh Gordon "continues to struggle with the plays and running the right patterns."

Gordon has a disappointing 24 catches, 303 yards and zero touchdowns in five games since coming off suspension. Some of that can be blamed on poor quarterback and offensive line play, but he's also admitted that the playbook has changed a lot since he was with the team in the preseason. There have also been whispers that he's not in the best physical condition. Gordon closes out the season against the Ravens in Week 17.
Dec 22 - 10:45 AM

Andrew Hawkins injured his right thumb during Sunday's Week 16 loss at Carolina.

Hawkins finished with just one catch for 28 yards and played on 48.9 percent of the snaps. He's headed for a Monday MRI.
Dec 22 - 9:25 AM

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