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UDFA RB Isaiah Crowell rushed 13 times for 102 yards with a touchdown in Thursday's preseason finale against the Bears.

With Ben Tate and Dion Lewis playing sparingly, Crowell finally got an extensive chance in the preseason. The former five-star recruit made the most of it, thoroughly outplaying a disappointing Terrance West (six carries, 13 yards). The Browns may have shot themselves in the foot now though, as Crowell will be almost impossible to sneak onto the practice squad. They have some hard decisions to make at the running back spot before Saturday.
Aug 29 - 12:03 AM

Terrance West managed 13 yards on six carries, lost a fumble, and was not targeted in the passing game in Cleveland's preseason finale.

Ben Tate started and rushed three times for eight yards with a touchdown. Tate is locked in as Cleveland's starter entering the year, after clearly outplaying West this preseason. West finishes the exhibition season with 31 carries for 83 yards (2.68 YPC). He's no more than a handcuff for Tate at this stage, albeit a relatively attractive one based on Tate's injury history.
Aug 28 - 10:09 PM

Johnny Manziel completed 6-of-17 passes for 83 yards with a touchdown and ran four times for 55 yards in Thursday's preseason finale against the Bears.

Brian Hoyer started and led the team down the field on an 85-yard touchdown drive. He then gave way to Manziel for five possessions. Manziel wasn't particularly accurate once again, but made up for it with his trademark improvisational ability and legs. Through four preseason games, Manziel is 30-of-58 for 296 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. He's also rushed 12 times for 88 yards with another score. It's going to be very difficult for the Browns to keep Johnny Football on the bench for long -- especially if Hoyer struggles during the first three games (at PIT, vs. NO and vs. BAL).
Aug 28 - 10:06 PM

Sources tell ESPN that suspended Josh Gordon is exploring the possibility of playing the rest of the year in the Canadian Football League.

The Browns would have to give Gordon permission to do this, which the Cleveland Plain Dealer says they will not do. Understandably so, as they'd be exposing their most talented player -- one they have under contract very cheaply through 2016 -- to injury without any on-field benefit. Furthermore, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport says CFL rules don't allow players under NFL contracts to play in the CFL -- only cut players can go north of the border. It's a nice idea for Gordon to stay in shape and have some structure during his suspension, but this one is not going to happen.
Aug 28 - 10:06 AM

Suspended Josh Gordon will not accrue a season toward free agency in 2014.

When a player is suspended for a full year, his contract tolls. So instead of becoming a free agent in 2016, he won't be eligible until 2017. It's a sliver of good news for the Browns, as they'll still have an elite talent under contract cheaply for two seasons. Gordon doesn't turn 24 years old until April.
Aug 28 - 9:12 AM

The Chronicle-Telegram confirms Jordan Cameron is set for a "much larger role" with Josh Gordon suspended for the entire season.

In the two games that Gordon was banned from last year, Cameron totaled 14 catches for 203 yards and one touchdown. Now he'll be the centerpiece of the Browns' passing attack for all 16 games, as Andrew Hawkins/Miles Austin/Nate Burleson are complementary players. Cameron, who ranked third among tight ends in targets last year with 117, will see that number push even higher this season. He's a value pick in the middle rounds.
Aug 28 - 8:58 AM

A source told the Cleveland Plain Dealer that Josh Gordon has "no shot" to have his season-long suspension reduced.

Another source told the Plain Dealer Gordon is pursuing all of his legal options, but a league source familiar with NFL cases like Gordon's stated "he has no shot of having the suspension overturned in court. It's over." It's believed the CBA will "trump any involvement" from the courts. The Plain Dealer suggests Roger Goodell could let Gordon apply for reinstatement shortly after the 2014 season if he's a "model citizen." Of course, Gordon was popped for DUI this summer, which isn't going to help his cause.
Aug 27 - 9:47 PM

Suspended WR Josh Gordon can apply for reinstatement at the end of the 2014 season.

It's technically just a season-long ban for Gordon, not a calendar-year suspension. It's a glimmer of good news. Gordon will be away from the Browns for roughly 5-6 months, as long as he keeps his nose clean. Gordon took and passed over 70 drug tests, but failed the one that led to this suspension by 0.01 nanograms per milliliter. Gordon's agent needs to surround him with good people while he's away from the game. He has a ton of football ahead of him.
Aug 27 - 1:38 PM

Josh Gordon's one-year suspension for violations of the NFL's substance abuse policy has been upheld on appeal.

Gordon's one-year suspension begins today, which technically means he won't be allowed around the Browns for 2015 OTAs, minicamp and most of training camp. Perhaps the NFL will grant him reinstatement earlier, based on good behavior and the absurd delay with the appeal ruling. Regardless, the Browns will now have to go to battle for the whole 2014 season with Jordan Cameron as the centerpiece of their passing game and Andrew Hawkins/Miles Austin as complements. We're confident Gordon, still just 23 years old and brimming with truly special talent, will be back with a vengeance. He's just got some growing up to do.
Aug 27 - 12:38 PM

The Cleveland Plain Dealer is "hearing rumblings" that the Josh Gordon decision could come down Wednesday.

The lengthy delay has "baffled" the Browns, infuriated fans and confounded fantasy drafters. Hopefully, we'll know exactly how many games Gordon is going to miss this season before nightfall tonight. Given how long the process has taken, it's reasonable to think arbitrator Harold Henderson has been allowing the sides to negotiate some kind of settlement. That would be fantastic news for Gordon, as he's facing a one-year ban from the league.
Aug 27 - 12:08 PM

Browns sources tell ESPN's Adam Schefter that the team is "baffled as to why Josh Gordon ruling has taken so long."

It's been nearly four months since news of Gordon's latest failed drug test broke and almost four weeks since his appeal hearing. Yet all we know is that the decision is expected "soon" -- possibly today according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer. The lengthy delay in the process has not only jammed up fantasy owners, but is also unfair to the Browns and Gordon. A Stage 3 violation results in a one-year ban, not a 16-game ban. NFL Network's Albert Breer relayed this nugget Wednesday morning: "One theory I've heard that makes sense on the Josh Gordon delay -- Arbitrator would much rather the sides settle than make a call himself." Any settlement would be good news for Gordon.
Aug 27 - 11:37 AM

Josh Gordon's DWI hearing has been pushed back to November 18.

This DWI has nothing to do with the year-long ban Gordon is facing for failing at least his third drug test. This is a separate incident, as Gordon was pulled over at 3am on July 5th in North Carolina and recorded a .09 BAC. The legal limit is .08. Since the case has not been finalized, it should have no impact on the pending appeal. Somehow, Harold Henderson and the NFL still haven't announced their decision.
Aug 27 - 10:46 AM

Third-round ILB Chris Kirksey was named the most impressive rookie of Browns camp by the Cleveland media.

Kirksey doesn't get quite the attention with first-rounders Johnny Manziel and Justin Gilbert also in camp. But he's been a star in coach Mike Pettine's 3-4 defense. Through three weeks of the preseason, Kirksey is atop the pass-coverage ranks at Pro Football Focus among inside linebackers. He has a chance to put up LB1 numbers in IDP formats as Pettine's new Kiko Alonso.
Aug 26 - 1:25 PM

Second-year DE Armonty Bryant will open the season as a starter.

With Desmond Bryant and Billy Winn injured, Bryant will step in alongside NT Phil Taylor and fellow DE Ahtyba Rubin. Bryant has been on a tear this preseason, registering one sack, three hurries, and three QB hits across 99 defensive snaps. He's Pro Football Focus' top-ranked 3-4 DE in pass rushing.
Aug 26 - 10:43 AM

Coach Mike Pettine conceded Sunday the Browns are "fairly certain" Josh Gordon's suspension will cost him time during the 2014 season.

In other words, the Browns don't anticipate appeals officer Harold Henderson letting Gordon entirely off the hook. The initial belief was that Gordon's suspension appeal was an "all-or-nothing" proposition. The Browns likely remain hopeful he will at least be available for some portion of the season, but there's still no word from the NFL. "We're fairly certain that we’re not going to have him for at minimum some part of the year," Pettine said.
Aug 24 - 5:36 PM


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