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Browns signed WR Marlon Moore.

Moore, 27 in September, appeared in 14 games between the Dolphins and 49ers last season, catching seven passes for 62 yards. He was handed a one-game suspension in May and won't be available to play until Week 2. Jobs are up for grabs in Cleveland's jumbled receiver corps.
Jul 28 - 7:28 PM

Suspended WR Josh Gordon has hired the same attorney, Maurice Suh, that helped Richard Sherman win his suspension appeal in December 2012.

Sherman was facing a four-game ban two seasons ago, but won his appeal and was available for Seattle in the playoffs. Gordon has been participating in training camp, and was even running with the starters Monday after previously working with mostly backups. Hopefully for Gordon's sake, the Browns know something we don't. If Gordon simply wins and gets his 16-game ban chopped in half, it'd be a colossal victory. We should have a resolution within a week.
Jul 28 - 6:19 PM

Browns G Jason Pinkston (undisclosed) is not practicing.

There was some speculation Pinkston was holding out for financial reasons, but that wouldn't make sense for a player who appeared in three games last season. "Jason Pinkston has not been medically cleared to participate in football activities," the Browns and Pinkson's agents said in a joint statement. "The team has been in communication with Jason and his representatives and will respect their wishes to not provide any further details at this time."
Jul 28 - 9:53 AM

The Browns reportedly think they have "a keeper" in UDFA RB Isaiah Crowell.

Crowell appears to have a strong chance at securing No. 3 back duties behind Ben Tate and Terrance West. Crowell was a five-star recruit to Georgia who put up a 185-850-4.6-5 stat line in 2011 as a true freshman. Per ESPN Cleveland, the staff is "really high" Crowell and he's gotten "a lot of early looks."
Jul 28 - 9:36 AM

Charles Johnson has reportedly been a "revelation" in the first days of Browns camp.

Johnson is on our radar because he's 6'2/215 with 4.38 jets and the Browns are desperate at the wideout spot. ESPN Cleveland says he's "surprisingly up to speed on the Kyle Shanahan offense" and "could be the receiver that comes out of nowhere to lessen the impact of – if not offset" the Josh Gordon suspension.
Jul 28 - 9:07 AM

Browns coach Mike Pettine said rookie Terrance West has "shocked" him with his pass-catching ability, and "isn't far behind" Ben Tate.

"I think Ben is probably going to be a little bit ahead of him just naturally in the protection part of it, but Terrance isn’t far behind," were Pettine's words. West made noise during Sunday's practice in pass-catching periods. He caught 36 passes as a college senior, so it's not surprising West is showing well in that phase of the game early. Tate remains the slight favorite to start Week 1.
Jul 27 - 4:18 PM

Browns coach Mike Pettine revealed that he went on YouTube to watch highlights of second-year WR Charles Johnson.

Johnson is a fantasy sleeper because he has the best combination of size and athleticism on Cleveland's post-Gordon wideout depth chart. "I went on YouTube and watched his Grand Valley (State) highlights. They were impressive," said Pettine. "... It’s worth taking a peek at. He’s explosive. He’s a guy that is deceptively fast. He doesn’t look like he’s covering a lot of ground but he is. I think his catch radius is bigger than most. He’s got long arms and he’s got (big) hands. He’s a guy that we hope can emerge from this as a guy that can help us."
Jul 27 - 4:09 PM

Browns placed RG John Greco on the active/NFI list

Greco is dealing with an undisclosed injury, and doesn't have a timetable to return. The missed time will allow Garrett Gilkey to get the majority of first-team reps at right guard, with rookie Joel Bitonio getting snaps next to LT Joe Thomas. 29-year-old Greco made 14 starts and graded out positively in pass protection last season, but isn't a lock to keep his starting job in a new offense.
Jul 26 - 4:53 PM

Brian Hoyer took all the first-team reps during the opening practice of Browns camp.

Hoyer looked good, moving comfortably despite the brace on his surgically-repaired right knee. Johnny Manziel opened camp with second-team offense. For now, all signs point to Hoyer opening the season as the Browns' starting quarterback.
Jul 26 - 1:59 PM

Browns WR/PR Travis Benjamin (knee) is participating in training camp.

He's recovered from last year's ACL tear. Benjamin is a 4.3s speedster who will return punts for Cleveland, and try to earn a sub-package role on offense.
Jul 26 - 12:10 PM

Browns WR Charles Johnson (knee) is participating in training camp.

Johnson missed all pre-camp activities, but has been medically cleared. With top-notch measurables, Johnson is an attractive sleeper in Dynasty leagues.
Jul 26 - 12:08 PM

Sources tell the Cleveland Plain Dealer the Browns have been "alarmed" by the off-field actions of Johnny Manziel since trading up to select him with the 22nd overall pick in May's draft.

The Plain Dealer reports the team was particularly bothered by a picture that surfaced of Manziel rolling a $20 bill in a bar bathroom, suggestive of someone preparing to use snort cocaine. "Some in the organization feel he's lost ground in the quarterback competition heading into camp," adds beat reporter Mary Kay Cabot. Manziel reportedly "regressed in practice" this spring, and team brass believes it resulted from "not enough dedication to the playbook." Sources also told Cabot the Browns "have been stunned by his non-stop antics" off the field. All signs continue to point to Brian Hoyer starting Week 1 against the Steelers.
Jul 25 - 2:05 PM

According to ESPN's Bob Holtzman, the "feeling in the locker room" is the Browns will start Brian Hoyer in Week 1.

Holtzman expects coach Mike Pettine to make the announcement "well before" the third preseason game, which is when camp battles are usually decided. In other words, the Browns may have already internally chosen Hoyer over Johnny Manziel. "We're all expecting Hoyer to start," one player told Holtzman. There were murmurs after the draft that the coaching staff didn't want Manziel, and that he was essentially handpicked by owner Jimmy Haslam. Pettine suggested in an ESPN Cleveland interview earlier this week that Manziel could spend his rookie season as a "package quarterback," similar to how Colin Kaepernick opened his career in San Francisco, and how Donovan McNabb did in Philadelphia.
Jul 25 - 1:02 PM

According to NFL Network's Aditi Kinkhabwala, Andrew Hawkins is the only receiver to "distinguish himself" in Browns camp, so far.

Similar to what we read in the spring. Baby Hawk is going to see snaps all over the Josh Gordon-less Browns offense this season as a jitterbug playmaker. Brian Hoyer compared Hawkins' work ethic in the spring to Wes Welker's. Hawkins has more value in PPR as a volume pass-catcher. He's currently going in the late 13th round in fantasy drafts. Hawkins has some deep sleeper appeal.
Jul 25 - 11:36 AM

ESPN Cleveland's Tony Grossi predicts rookie Terrance West will handle 10 carries per game this season.

Grossi considers Ben Tate the favorite for Cleveland's lead back job, and we do, too. West is likely to be involved in a high-volume run game from the outset, however, and would take over as the Browns' primary runner in the event of a Tate injury, which based on Tate's history wouldn't be far-fetched. On ten carries a game, West could flirt with RB3/flex value even with Tate in the lineup.
Jul 24 - 8:57 PM


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