Player News - Browns

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Davis Njoku caught 1-of-2 targets for 3 yards in Sunday's Week 14 loss to the Packers.

After back to back games which saw an uptick in use for Njoku, he blocked on 20 of his 34 snaps and ran just 14 pass routes on the day per Pro Football Focus, his lowest total in a game since Week 11. Njoku will look to get back on track next week against the Ravens, but is nothing more than a hopeful TE2 fantasy option.
Dec 10 - 5:54 PM

Corey Coleman caught 5-of-6 targets for 62 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's Week 14 loss to the Packers.

After getting shut out a week ago on just four targets, Coleman bounced back to match Josh Gordon for the team lead in targets on Sunday. He reeled in a 2-yard touchdown in the third quarter to put Cleveland ahead 21-7, his first touchdown since Week 1. Coleman will be a boom or bust option next week when the Browns host the Ravens.
Dec 10 - 5:46 PM

Duke Johnson caught all four of his targets for 41 yards and a touchdown with eight yards rushing on six carries in Sunday's Week 14 loss to the Packers.

Johnson had a 7-yard touchdown on a shovel pass in the second quarter to give the Browns their first lead of the game. The touchdown was Johnson's fifth of the season after scoring three times over his first two seasons in the league. Johnson has four or more receptions in six of his past seven games, but has had fewer than 70 yards from scrimmage in five of those games, keeping in weekly flex status despite his overall fantasy numbers. The Browns host the Ravens in Week 14.
Dec 10 - 5:41 PM

Isaiah Crowell rushed 19 times for 121 yards with three receptions for 10 yards in Sunday's Week 14 loss to the Packers.

It was Crowell's first 100-yard rushing game since Week 17 of last season. The highlight of his day was a 37-yard scamper that set up the Browns' final touchdown of the afternoon. Crowell has gotten his season on track with 95 yards or more from scrimmage in four of his past six games while averaging 5.2 yards per carry over that span. Despite his increased output, Crowell will still only be a lower-end RB2 option against the Ravens next week as he has low odds for touchdown production with limited work in the passing game.
Dec 10 - 5:33 PM

Josh Gordon caught 3-of-6 targets for 69 yards and touchdown in Sunday's Week 14 loss to the Packers.

In his first home game in three years, Gordon wasted no time getting going early. He had a 38-yard catch and run on a crossing route on the first play from scrimmage and capped that drive off with an 18-yard touchdown over the middle that showcased his catch radius. Despite the hot start, Gordon managed just one more grab of 13 yards the rest of the way, even with Davon House leaving the game with an injury in the second half. Gordon will be in the WR2 mix next week versus a Ravens team that will be without Jimmy Smith.
Dec 10 - 5:25 PM

DeShone Kizer completed 20-28 passes for 214 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions in Sunday's Week 14 loss to the Packers.

This was by far Kizer's best game, but he did nearly all of his work early. Kizer completed 15-of-18 passes for 174 yards and two touchdowns in the first half. He hit Josh Gordon for an 18-yard touchdown over the middle on the Browns’ opening drive and tacked on a 7-yard shovel pass score to Duke Johnson before the half. He then led an 88-yard scoring drive in third quarter that was capped off by a 2-yard score to Corey Coleman to put the Browns up 21-7. Despite his best day as a passer, Kizer threw two awful interceptions, the latter of which came in overtime to set up the game-ending score by the Packers. On a third and two at his own 33-yard line, Kizer fled the picket backwards, attempted to spin and throw the ball downfield, only to get hit and have the pass go further in the air upwards than it did down the field, falling into Josh Jones' arms. Kizer has now been a fantasy QB1 in four of his past six games, but will only be a QB2 option Week 15 against Baltimore.
Dec 10 - 5:22 PM

Browns declared DT Danny Shelton (chest) inactive for Sunday's Week 14 game versus the Packers. QB Cody Kessler, WR Bryce Treggs, CB Briean Boddy-Calhoun, FS Jabrill Peppers, OL Marcus Martin and TE Matt Lengel have also been declared inactive for Sunday's game.

Rookie defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi will start in place of Shelton on the defensive line. Ogunjobi has played well on limited snaps on the season, but this is still a positive for the Green Bay run game against a Cleveland defense that has gotten progressively leaky against the run to close the season. The Browns have allowed 119 rushing yards per game to opposing backfields over the past three weeks.
Dec 10 - 11:44 AM

Browns hired ex-Chiefs GM John Dorsey as general manager.

The hiring — announced just 11 hours after the Browns fired executive vice president Sashi Brown — must have been in the works for some time. The Browns claimed Thursday evening that they had also satisfied the Rooney Rule by interviewing a minority candidate. It's arguably the best-case outcome for the Browns after they panicked and pulled the plug on their outside-the-box analytical approach (bad process). Aside from some salary cap issues in Kansas City, Dorsey had emerged as one of the league's top general managers before his stunning June firing. With Brown stockpiling draft picks and young talent, Dorsey has the skill to put the project over the top. His first order of business will be deciding on a 2018 quarterback plan.
Dec 7 - 9:10 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Browns have "eyes on" former Chiefs GM John Dorsey.

Surprisingly fired by the Chiefs in June, Dorsey has already been linked with the Giants and now the Browns. Rapoport reports Cleveland has been "privately" vetting general manager candidates over the last few weeks, so it is possible they will move quickly if they have decided Dorsey is their guy. Owner Jimmy Haslam has already said Hue Jackson will remain the coach in 2018, so the incoming general manager will have to be comfortable with Jackson.
Dec 7 - 11:11 AM

Browns owner Jimmy Haslam confirmed Hue Jackson will return for the 2018 season.

Browns fired EVP Sashi Brown on Thursday. "Hue Jackson will remain our coach and will return for the 2018 season," Haslam said in a statement, "but we feel it is necessary to take significant steps to strengthen our personnel department." The moves suggest Jackson has won some sort of internal power struggle, likely indicating he will have an important voice in personnel decisions moving forward. If that is true, it could hinder Cleveland's search for a new general manager.
Dec 7 - 10:54 AM

Browns S Jabrill Peppers underwent an MRI on his knee Monday.

An every-down player as a rookie, Peppers made it 56 snaps Sunday before going down. Coach Hue Jackson is "hopeful" it's not serious. Peppers has been a liability both on defense and special teams.
Dec 4 - 2:40 PM

DeShone Kizer completed 15-of-32 passes for 215 yards with a touchdown and an interception, adding 46 yards rushing in Sunday's Week 13 loss to the Chargers.

This was a matchup where we expected to Kizer to struggled passing the ball and that held true as he has now failed to complete over 60 percent of his passes in every game since Week 1. Despite continuing to struggle with accuracy, Kizer played a clean game until the final two possessions, which both resulted in turnovers. Down nine points with five minutes left in the game, Kizer was hit and fumbled at the Chargers 15-yard line on a play where he scrambled out of the pocket and was oblivious to a closing Joey Bosa from behind. Despite the pedestrian output passing and the turnovers, Kizer's rushing ability alone has him on the board as a streaming option next week when the Browns host the Packers.
Dec 3 - 8:34 PM

David Njoku caught 4-of-6 targets for 74 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's Week 13 loss to the Chargers.

After setting a season-high in snaps a week ago, Njoku posted a season high in receiving yardage this week. Njoku scored the only touchdown for the Browns, flexing out wide left for a 28-yard strike, setting a Cleveland rookie tight end record with his fourth score on the year. Njoku later added a 33-yard reception down the seam. It's been egregious that the Browns haven't found a way to get Njoku more snaps and opportunities while their offense was lacking receiving options all year long, but they seem to making good on getting him involved down the stretch. With that said, Njoku is still just a TE2 against the Packers in Week 14.
Dec 3 - 8:26 PM

Duke Johnson rushed seven times for two yards while catching 2-of-4 targets for 10 yards in Sunday's Week 13 loss to the Chargers.

Johnson still played 54 percent of the team snaps, his exact total from a week ago, but his 12 total yards were his fewest in a game since Week 1 and his four targets were his lowest total since Week 5. Johnson has managed to hit 70-yards from scrimmage in just one of his past five games after hitting that mark in four his previous six games. A reception-driven fantasy option, Johnson is still a flex option in PPR formats in Week 14 against the Packers.
Dec 3 - 8:15 PM

Isaiah Crowell rushed 10 times for 41 yards while tacking on one reception for three yards in Sunday's Week 13 loss to the Chargers.

It was another game where the Browns failed to establish and stay with the running game, a common concern for Crowell despite his recent success over the past month of action. Crowell has totaled 95 yards from scrimmage or more in three of his past five games, but also has games of 18 and 54 total yards over that span. A volatile option for touches, Crowell is at best a lower-end RB2 option for the remainder of the season, but with Green Bay coming into Cleveland next week, the game script may set up to get him the requisite touches to be a usable RB2 in Week 14.
Dec 3 - 8:04 PM


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