Player News - Browns

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ESPN Browns reporter Pat McManamon believes coach Hue Jackson sees Duke Johnson "as an every-down back."

McManamon believes the previous regime in Cleveland saw Johnson as an every-down back as well, but a hamstring injury in training camp held him back. Despite his size (5'9, 210), Johnson had the look of a three-down back in college and could certainly handle more than the 104 carries he saw last season. If Isaiah Crowell falters, Johnson could find himself in a workhorse role.
Source: ESPN
May 23 - 11:16 PM

ESPN Browns reporter Pat McManamon called RB Terrell Watson "a legitimate dark horse" for carries.

Signed by the Bengals as an UDFA out of D-2 Azusa Pacific last year, Watson followed Hue Jackson to Cleveland. Watson put up huge numbers in college, but he is an upright runner who developed bad habits playing against inferior competition. His chances of making a fantasy impact this season remain remote.
Source: ESPN
May 23 - 11:05 PM

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports Browns WR Terrelle Pryor has been "flashing" in OTAs.

Per reporter Mary Kay Cabot, Pryor has progressed by "leaps and bounds," and made "dozens of nice catches in practice." Cabot goes as far as to say that Pryor "belongs on the 53-man roster." It's not exactly surprising that an athletic freak is shining in shorts and t-shirts, but it's better than getting reports that Pryor is lost at his new position. The ex-quarterback turns 27 next month.
May 19 - 4:08 PM

Browns RBs Isaiah Crowell and Duke Johnson said they are "excited" to play for new coach Hue Jackson.

Jackson said his running back duo is as talented as any he has seen "in a while," and Crowell took that praise to heart. "I wish we could have had more of that during the whole season but we're off to a good start now," he said. "I feel like Hue will do a better job." Crowell admits he "missed a lot of opportunities last year," but a better coaching situation should help unlock his potential. Currently going outside the top 40 running backs, Crowell is a sneaky upside pick.
May 19 - 8:57 AM

Alvin Bailey is working as the first-team right tackle during Browns OTAs.

Bailey was not tendered by the offensive-line needy Seahawks, but the Browns will give him every opportunity to win a starting job. "He has a lot of the characteristics that we want in a tackle, and he’s done a good job thus far," coach Hue Jackson said. "He’s a tough guy and wants to do well. So we’re going to give him an opportunity." After losing Alex Mack and Mitchell Schwartz, Cleveland's offensive line will likely take a step back this season.
May 18 - 5:10 PM

Robert Griffin III said he is approaching the Browns' quarterback competition as if it is his job to lose.

"If they name you the starter, you’ve still got to go out there and work and beat out anybody that’s coming for your spot," Griffin said, "so the way I look at it is it is my spot and I have go out and defend that." Griffin's approach is probably not far from the reality of the situation. Although rookie Cody Kessler and Josh McCown should apply pressure all offseason, it would be surprising if Griffin is not the starter Week 1.
May 18 - 5:04 PM

Joe Haden (ankle) shed his walking boot on Tuesday, but remains without a timetable for return.

Haden, talking for the first time since ankle surgery, said he aggravated his preexisting ankle injury in a workout earlier this offseason, forcing him to go under the knife. Haden assured he won't miss any regular-season time.
May 18 - 1:54 PM

Browns coach Hue Jackson said "it's too soon" to select a starting quarterback.

While there's no timeline for making a decision, Jackson did say the team will know who the starter is "way before we play." The Browns passed on Carson Wentz at the No. 2 pick, trading down to eighth and again to 15th where they selected Corey Coleman. That leaves Robert Griffin III as the odds-on favorite to start Week 1. Rookie Cody Kessler and veteran Josh McCown are also in the mix, though Cleveland will probably look to trade McCown if possible.
May 15 - 8:21 AM

Browns EVP Sashi Brown said the team may keep Josh McCown even if he does not win the starting job.

The Browns want to keep up the impression there is a competition at quarterback, but Robert Griffin III is the odds-on favorite to start Week 1. Cleveland could keep three quarterbacks on the final roster, but McCown would lose his roster spot to third-round pick Cody Kessler if the Browns decide to carry just two signal callers. Cleveland would probably like to trade McCown before Week 1.
May 14 - 1:47 PM

Browns EVP Sashi Brown said third-round DE Carl Nassib can be a "nightmare" inside.

Brown praised Nassib's motor, which he said is as good or better than No. 3 overall pick Joey Bosa's. While that comment deserves an "OK" emoji, Nassib is a relentless pass rusher who has the height (6'7) and length (34 1/2-inch arms) to develop into a quality five-tech if he can add some weight, which Brown thinks he can do. Nassib may not play a big role early, but it is clear the Browns view him as an eventual starter on the defensive line.
May 14 - 12:41 PM

Browns coach Hue Jackson said third-round QB Cody Kessler "did some outstanding things" at rookie minicamp.

Jackson also kept up the appearance -- some might say charade -- Kessler has a chance to earn the starting job. "It's too soon to say that he can't," said Jackson. "It's too soon to say that he will." It would be surprising if Kessler emerged from training camp as the starter, but Jackson is clearly enamored with the young quarterback.
May 14 - 10:08 AM

Browns coach Hue Jackson said first-round WR Corey Coleman reported to minicamp out of shape.

"He's one of the guys that has to get in shape," said Jackson. It’s obviously not a great look for Coleman, though Jackson added he still "looked explosive" and doesn't see him needing a big learning curve. With Josh Gordon suspended indefinitely, the Browns are counting on Coleman as their No. 1 receiver. Coleman should see heavy rookie-year targets.
May 13 - 6:31 PM

Browns signed Georgia Tech FB Patrick Skov.

Skov (6'1, 235) has some versatility, having been a traditional NFL-type fullback at Stanford and then a do-it-all B-back in Georgia Tech's triple-option offense. With the Yellow Jackets last year, Skov rushed 93 times for 377 yards with six rushing touchdowns while being limited to eight starts due to injury. A pulled hamstring suffered at the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl kept him from running the forty at his Pro Day, though Skov did throw up a superb 31 reps on the bench. Cleveland wants its fullback Marcel Reese-versatile and 2015 sixth-round Malcolm Johnson is the only other FB on the roster, so Skov has at least a puncher's chance here.
May 13 - 2:35 PM

Browns signed Kentucky S A.J. Stamps.

Stamps (5’11, 193) transitioned from CB to S in 2014, when the Wildcats called him up from the JUCO ranks. That move suited his lack of speed (4.79 second 40 at the Combine, 4.63 seconds at UK's Pro Day), but amplified questions about his frame and toughness. During the pre-draft process, an AFC area scout questioned Stamps’ desire in the more physical aspects of the game. The Browns have a handful of uninspiring free safety prospects that they'll take to camp to compete for the right to be Rahim Moore's caddie. Our money is on the field over Stamps.
May 13 - 1:02 PM

Browns signed Texas A&M C Mike Matthews.

Matthews (6'2/290) is the son of Hall of Famer Bruce Matthews, brother of 2014 Falcons first-round pick Jake Matthews and cousin of Pro Bowl linebacker Clay Matthews. He's flattered by the conflation, but that doesn't mean Mike's NFL dreams are DOA. He can't fix the poor athleticism (5.45 forty, 8.09 3-cone, 24.5-inch vertical), but he's as smart, technically sound and tough (has played through a broken foot) as you'd expect from an apple shaken off the Matthews tree. For those reasons, NFL Media's Gil Brandt believes he'll develop into a long-time NFL starter. Matthews received a signing bonus of $7,500 from the Browns. He'll head to summer camp No. 3 on the center depth chart behind Cam Erving and Garth Gerhart. Party on.
May 13 - 12:40 PM


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