Player News - Browns

Date: Team: Pos:

Browns OC Pep Hamilton said Cameron Erving has "stepped up" at center.

Erving is back at his college position after spending his rookie year at guard. He was a disaster in four spot starts last season, but the Browns are counting on second-year improvement. Cleveland’s offensive line currently projects as LT Joe Thomas, LG Joel Bitonio, C Erving, RG John Greco, and RT Alvin Bailey.
May 28 - 2:59 PM

Browns signed fourth-round S Derrick Kindred to a four-year contract.

Kindred figures to have a chance to start after the Browns let FS Tashaun Gipson walk in free agency and released SS Donte Whitner. He'll be in the mix with Rahim Moore, Ibraheim Campbell, and Jordan Poyer for the two spots.
May 27 - 11:53 AM

Browns coach Hue Jackson believes Duke Johnson "does so many different things that gives your offense a boost."

Jackson also said Johnson has "suddenness and quickness and he can go catch the ball with anybody." ESPN's Pat McManamon believes the Browns could be grooming Johnson as an every-down back. Johnson was cast as a Gio Bernard type as a rookie, but was a three-down player in college. For now, Isaiah Crowell is the Browns' primary early-down thumper.
May 26 - 6:20 PM

Browns signed second-round OLB Emmanuel Ogbah to a four-year contract.

Ogbah is making the transition from 4-3 defensive end to 3-4 outside linebacker. Extremely productive in the Big 12, Ogbah tore up the Combine. Ogbah needs to work on his run defense and expand his pass rushing repertoire, but he offers a ton of upside for the tanking Browns.
May 26 - 5:27 PM

Browns CB Justin Gilbert has received some first-team reps in OTAs.

A bust as a rookie and a total non-factor as a sophomore, Gilbert has been given a clean slate by the new coaching staff. "He's a talented young man that we need to get the talent from inside of him out onto the football field," DC Ray Horton said. "There's a verse in the Bible from Luke that 'much is given, much is expected,' and he falls into that category. He has a ton of God-given ability that we, as coaches, have to get out." The No. 8 overall pick of the 2014 draft, Gilbert is still only 24. The Browns have a barren group at cornerback with Joe Haden (ankle surgery) sidelined. Gilbert will at least be given the opportunity to earn snaps.
May 26 - 2:22 PM

RBs coach Kirby Wilson said the Browns will be a "run-oriented football team."

"Everything starts with the run game, our offensive line and our backs," Wilson continued. "As coach told us, we are going to be a physically dominant, running football team." Hue Jackson-led offenses have not finished worse than 7th in rushing attempts since he took over as offensive coordinator for Oakland in 2010. With the quarterback situation in flux, there is no reason to change that formula this year. Even in a timeshare, Isaiah Crowell and Duke Johnson should see plenty of work.
May 26 - 9:25 AM

Browns LT Joe Thomas says he did not ask to be traded this offseason.

"Since I got here it's been my goal to turn the Browns into a winner," Thomas said, "and I think [coach Hue Jackson] is just the guy to do that." Despite moving on from several veterans over the past couple months, the Browns have shown no desire to end their relationship with Thomas. The six-time All-Pro will turn 32 in December.
Source: ESPN
May 26 - 9:16 AM

Terrelle Pryor said he's feeling much more comfortable at receiver this season.

Asked about the transition from quarterback, Pryor said he doesn't even feel like it's one anymore. "I feel like I'm there," he said, adding he feels "10 times better" at the position after spending much of the offseason with Randy Moss. Pryor has been one of the main hype pieces through the first couple days of OTAs around the league. Following the release of Brian Hartline, a starting job is totally up for grabs in Cleveland. Pryor has the talent to grab it opposite Corey Coleman.
May 25 - 2:14 PM

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


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