Player News - Browns

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Browns coach Mike Pettine said Dwayne Bowe is not in danger of being cut.

When asked if Bowe could be cut, Pettine responded with a curt, "No." Bowe played deep into the Browns' fourth preseason game, but he is owed $9.5 million guaranteed and would cost $4.5 million against the 2015 salary cap to cut. With the Browns low on wide receiver talent, there was never a real chance Bowe lost his job.
Sep 3 - 11:58 PM

Browns rookie WR Vince Mayle caught two passes for 17 yards in Thursday night's preseason finale.

The Browns' fourth-round pick has been awful this preseason, showing no ability to outrun defensive backs even against second- and third-team defenses. He was flagged Thursday night for an illegal block on a 54-yard punt return by Darius Jennings, wiping out a big play. Mayle also was the intended target on a 25-yard pick six. Mayle will enter the weekend squarely on the roster bubble.
Sep 3 - 11:05 PM

Terrance West rushed nine times for 35 yards and caught a 16-yard pass in the Browns' preseason finale.

Isaiah Crowell (rest) and Duke Johnson (concussion) did not play, and after the game coach Mike Pettine announced Crowell has the "edge" to start in Week 1 against the Jets. West has remained up-and-down in his second NFL preseason. He will probably mix in behind Crowell until Johnson gets healthy.
Sep 3 - 11:03 PM

Browns coach Mike Pettine said Isaiah Crowell has the edge over Terrance West for the starting running back job.

Neither player has had a particularly exciting preseason, but Crowell is the more talented runner with the higher ceiling. Both players should get carries against the Jets Week 1, and Duke Johnson (concussion) will be in the mix as well once he returns. This backfield will once again be difficult to project week to week.
Sep 3 - 11:01 PM

Dwayne Bowe played into the third quarter of Thursday's preseason finale, catching 1-of-2 targets for eight yards.

The grab was Bowe's lone catch of the summer. Despite the fact that Bowe missed Cleveland's first two preseason games with a hamstring injury, it's extremely bizarre for a nine-year veteran — one who received $9.5 million guaranteed in March — to play into the third quarter of the final preseason game. It lends some credence to the scuttlebutt that Bowe's roster is in danger, though Browns in-house analyst Nathan Zegura has insisted that's not the case. What is the case is that Bowe isn't going to be a fantasy option catching passes from Josh McCown.
Sep 3 - 10:55 PM

Terrelle Pryor wasn't targeted in Thursday's preseason finale, but rushed twice for nine yards.

Limited by a hamstring issue for the past month, Pryor was making his preseason debut. The Browns have insisted all summer that Pryor is a strict wideout, but both of his touches came as the quarterback on read options. Pryor did do some blocking as a wideout, and even served as the punt protector. Although Pryor has barely practiced this summer, and tonight's work came with deep reserves, he's looking like a good bet for the Browns' 53-man roster. A team with this little talent can't afford to let a blue-chip athlete like Pryor go. Pryor is currently off the re-draft radar, but that could change over the season's first few games.
Sep 3 - 10:39 PM

Browns RB Duke Johnson (concussion) is sidelined for Thursday's preseason finale.

Johnson was concussed last Saturday. He's likely to remain in the league's concussion protocol for at least another 2-3 days. The third rounder should be ready for next Sunday's opener, but it's not a guarantee. The Browns' first official practice report comes out in six days.
Sep 3 - 6:37 PM

Terrelle Pryor (hamstring) is active for Thursday's preseason finale, but will come off the bench.

Pryor is expected to be "limited" as a reserve. He shouldn't get more than a token series or two. If Pryor makes the 53-man roster, it will be because he was just that good in the offseason program. He's seen next to no live action since the start of training camp.
Sep 3 - 6:31 PM

Browns preseason broadcaster Solomon Wilcots believes Dwayne Bowe is on the roster bubble.

Wilcots came to that conclusion after speaking with Browns coaches. Per Wilcots, Bowe "needs to deliver" in Thursday's preseason finale to ensure his spot on the 53-man roster. Perhaps it's just a motivational tactic from Bowe's coaches, but it speaks volumes that he's playing at all on Thursday. Bowe has been active for just one preseason game, and was held without a catch.
Sep 3 - 5:28 PM

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports Terrelle Pryor (hamstring) is expected to be "limited" in Thursday's preseason game.

Pryor could end up playing only a series or two. That would be his most action of the preseason, of course, but it's not going to offer anything meaningful to his roster odds. Pryor's 53-man chances live and die with what he did in pad-less offseason practices.
Sep 3 - 1:54 PM

Browns WR Terrelle Pryor is expected to play in the team's fourth preseason game.

It will be Pryor's first NFL game action as a wide receiver. A good showing could earn him a spot on the final roster, though the Browns may decide to keep Pryor on the roster based on physical upside alone. With Josh Gordon suspended, Pryor has the most interesting athletic profile in the Browns' receiver corps.
Sep 3 - 8:29 AM

Browns placed OT Michael Bowie on injured reserve with a shoulder injury, ending his season.

Bowie initially hurt his shoulder last August with the Seahawks and was waived/injured, but the Browns claimed him and stashed him on I.R. in hopes of getting a return in 2015. That won't happen, as the shoulder is still a problem. Bowie made nine starts for Seattle in 2013 and excelled as a run blocker.
Sep 2 - 10:20 AM

Johnny Manziel describes his elbow injury as "tendinitis," and says it's something he's dealt with since his freshman year of college.

Manziel also reveals he received a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews, but that the famed orthopedic surgeon didn't recommend surgery. Both Manziel and coach Mike Pettine expect him to be ready to back up Josh McCown in Week 1.
Sep 1 - 4:56 PM

Johnny Manziel (elbow) has yet to resume throwing.

As expected, he'll miss Thursday's preseason finale. It's a missed opportunity to put something good on film, but Manziel's odds of making starts this year have more to do with Josh McCown's early-season effectiveness than anything else.
Sep 1 - 2:11 PM

Browns placed QB Connor Shaw (thumb) on injured reserve.

Shaw broke the thumb on his throwing hand in the first preseason game and underwent surgery in mid-August. He should be 100 percent for the offseason program. Cleveland also placed OT Michael Bowie (shoulder) on injured reserve. CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu (knee), TE Randall Telfer (foot) and RB Glenn Winston (knee) were placed on the reserve/NFI list.
Sep 1 - 9:42 AM


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