Player News - Browns

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Before his child was born, Brock Osweiler had been working to organize throwing sessions with his wide receivers.

When the Browns traded for Osweiler last month, the expectation was that he would never play a down for Cleveland. But the Browns have yet to trade him and Osweiler seems fully committed, even showing up for the start of OTAs. The Browns are still on the hook for Osweiler's $16 million salary, so it wouldn't hurt to see what he can do. Osweiler is trying to be on his best behavior after burning tons of bridges on his way out of Houston.
Apr 19 - 6:30 PM

Browns EVP Sashi Brown said Wednesday that Brock Osweiler will compete for the starting job in Cleveland.

As NFL.com's Conor Orr points out, it's a pivot from previous comments coming out of Cleveland. The thinking since the Browns acquired Osweiler was that they would try to trade him for anything or simply release him and eat the contract for the Texans. Osweiler has been present for the start of voluntary workouts and, for right now, is the current No. 2 behind sophomore Cody Kessler.
Apr 19 - 12:25 PM

Cody Kessler hopes to improve his deep ball as a second-year pro.

"I definitely spent countless hours in the weight room and out on the field and really, really emphasized pushing the ball down field and different things with my mechanics," Kessler said. Kessler's arm strength was a known issue coming out of USC. There's really not much he can do to meaningfully improve it. Currently penciled in as the Browns' No. 1, Kessler will be getting competition, if not an outright replacement, in the draft.
Apr 18 - 6:33 PM

Browns CB Joe Haden (groin surgery) said he feels healthy and is good to go.

While he did not say it plainly, it sounds like Haden will be a full-go for the offseason program. Haden was limited to five games in 2015 and struggled as he attempted to play through multiple groin injuries last year. A full offseason would be a good start to what he and the Browns hope will be a bounce-back season.
Apr 18 - 12:50 PM

The Chronicle-Telegram reports Brock Osweiler was present at the beginning of the Browns' offseason workouts.

Osweiler is reportedly expected to be traded or released, so it is interesting he showed up for a voluntary workout. That said, coach Hue Jackson recently promised to "treat him just like we do all of our other quarterbacks" and expects him to "come in and compete." The Browns are likely just leaving their options open until the draft to see if any team comes in with a trade offer. It will still be surprising if Osweiler is on the roster when OTAs begin.
Apr 17 - 9:44 PM

Browns re-signed RB George Atkinson III to a one-year, $615,000 contract.

An exclusive rights free agent, Atkinson appeared in all 16 games as a special teamer last season. He's not a candidate for an expanded role in the Browns' backfield.
Apr 17 - 3:13 PM

Browns re-signed CB Marcus Burley to a one-year, $1.797 million contract.

Burley was a restricted free agent who was somewhat surprisingly tendered. The ex-Seahawk played only 29 snaps on defense last season. The Browns must like his projection/work on special teams.
Apr 17 - 3:10 PM

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports the Browns are still planning to trade or release Brock Osweiler.

Per reporter Mary Kay Cabot, the Browns "don't have much interest in a $16 million backup." It's a bit of a silly statement since the Browns will still be on the hook for the money if they cut Osweiler loose. That's infinitely more likely than finding a trade partner.
Apr 4 - 7:05 PM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports second-year Browns WR Corey Coleman would man the slot if suspended WR Josh Gordon is reinstated for 2017.

Per Rapsheet, the plan would be to have Gordon and Kenny Britt man the boundaries. At 5-foot-11, 185 pounds, Coleman is built like a slot receiver, but like Odell Beckham, he has an outside game. Perhaps coach Hue Jackson views the slot as a soft landing after Coleman's injury-marred rookie season, not that it's an easy position. Gordon's return — something the Browns have hinted they wouldn't welcome — would seriously dent Coleman's breakout appeal.
Mar 30 - 7:18 PM

Browns EVP Sashi Brown wouldn't rule out suspended WR Josh Gordon being welcomed back to the team.

"We’re not in position at wide receiver to turn down a guy like Josh if we feel he’s settled himself," Brown said. It goes against what coach Hue Jackson has preached since Gordon was hit with another suspension last year. At the time, Jackson said, "We need to close that chapter right now." Gordon doesn't turn 26 for another two weeks and was a mega-talent the last time he was on the field full time, producing an 87-1,646-9 line in 2013. The Browns need playmakers, and Gordon fits the bill. By most accounts, Gordon has his life on track.
Mar 29 - 12:08 PM

Coach Hue Jackson said the Browns need more out of their tight ends in 2017.

"That position needs to upgrade, whether we do that with the guys that are there and continue to get better, or if there's somebody in the draft," Jackson said. Jackson's eyes "lit up" when reporters asked him about Alabama TE O.J. Howard. Viewed as the top tight end in a loaded class, Howard is in play for the Browns at No. 12 overall. Gary Barnidge had a career 2015, but predictably fell back to Earth last year. He failed to top 42 yards in each of the final nine games.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 29 - 10:04 AM

Coach Hue Jackson said 2016 first-rounder Corey Coleman is now seen as "the guy" as the Browns' No. 1 receiver following the departure of Terrelle Pryor.

"He’s now seen as the 'the guy,'" Jackson said. "We see the potential of what he can be and what he will be and he’s doing the work right now that it takes to get there." Jackson seems confident Coleman will rebound following a down rookie season. Coleman started hot with a monster 5-104-2 against the Ravens in Week 2, but he broke his hand in practice the next week and missed six games. He failed to top 41 yards in any of the final eight contests, and ESPN Cleveland's Tony Grossi suggests the cold weather affected Coleman mentally. Coleman is a strong buy-low candidate in Dynasty.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 29 - 9:52 AM

Former first-rounder Cameron Erving will head into Browns offseason practices as a right tackle.

Erving, the 19th overall pick in 2015, has bounced all over the offensive line early in his career, getting reps at center, guard, and right tackle. He started the first 15 weeks at center last season before manning right tackle in the finale. Erving figures to compete with Shon Coleman on the right side. Last year's starting right tackle Austin Pasztor remains unsigned as a free agent.
Mar 28 - 10:02 PM

Browns re-signed DL Jamie Meder to a one-year, $615,000 contract.

A 2014 UDFA, Meder was an exclusive rights free agent. Meder started 15 games last season, playing 721 snaps. He aligned primarily at nose tackle, but also saw some time at end. Despite the versatility and 2016 starting job, Meder isn't a core piece for the rebuilding Browns. He turns 26 next month.
Mar 28 - 2:28 PM

Browns signed OT Matt McCants, formerly of the Bears.

A 2012 sixth-rounder by the Giants, McCants has appeared in 30 career games, making three starts as a rookie. He spent time with the Raiders, Browns, and Bears last season and will compete for a reserve job this summer.
Mar 27 - 11:04 AM


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