Player News - Browns

Date: Team: Pos:

Browns CB E.J. Gaines was carted off with a right knee injury at Sunday's practice.

It looked to be serious as Gaines was seen grabbing his right knee in pain following an incomplete pass intended for Jarvis Landry. He was down for several minutes before being carted off. Now playing for his third team in three years, Gaines could be facing a lengthy absence. He's coming off a good year that saw him earn PFF's No. 24 coverage grade out of 121 qualifiers at cornerback.
Aug 19 - 4:34 PM

Browns coach Hue Jackson said there's "a chance" Josh Gordon will be ready for the team's season opener against the Steelers on September 9.

He reported to the Browns facility on Saturday after missing the first few weeks of camp while tending to his "overall health." Gordon trained on his own in Florida during his time off, though it might take a week or two of practice reps for him to get back into playing shape. "His focus is going to be on meetings and conditioning and then we'll just kind of go from there," said Jackson. "Hopefully, we can get him up and running by the first game." The 27-year-old is unlikely to suit up against the Eagles on Thursday night, though he could see action next week in Cleveland's preseason finale versus Detroit. Now that he's back, Gordon is safe to draft as a borderline WR2 in all leagues.
Aug 19 - 9:32 AM

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy reports Josh Gordon hasn't been cleared to practice.

Gordon is still in Stage 3 of the league's substance abuse program and needs to pass certain conditions before practicing. It's possible not meeting the conditions are why Gordon delayed reporting to training camp. The league "doesn't have a timetable" on Gordon's next step. Gordon can attend meetings and do off-field work, but he's not out of the woods yet.
Aug 18 - 1:16 PM

Josh Gordon has reported to the Browns' training camp.

Gordon is expected to attend practice Sunday after skipping the first three weeks of camp for health reasons. The Browns have supported Gordon throughout the process and are welcoming him back. It's a strange situation that Gordon didn't get help before the preseason, but there's been nothing to suggest he's in trouble with the league. Gordon will be moved slowly but has enough time to be on the field for Week 1. Gordon's return should end Cleveland's pursuit of Dez Bryant.
Aug 18 - 12:26 PM

Antonio Callaway was held without a catch in Cleveland's second preseason game.

It's a step back after Callaway went off for 87 yards and a touchdown in the preseason opener. Callaway has a chance for a big role with Josh Gordon's status up in the air, but his outlook is clouded by Cleveland's interest in Dez Bryant and a potential suspension. The Browns have stood behind Callaway and believed he's stayed clean despite his latest off-field setback.
Aug 18 - 9:49 AM

Browns RB Nick Chubb rushed 11 times for 53 yards and a touchdown in Friday's preseason game versus the Bills.

Chubb added two receptions for zero yards in the receiving game. A week after finding no room to run, Chubb still ran into offensive issues on Friday, having runs of 14 and 17 yards surround a handful of carries where he was hit in the backfield. Chubb's best run came on a 17-yard scamper off the left side where he went out of bounds at the 1-yard line, setting up his own touchdown plunge three plays later. Chubb is the clear backup to Carlos Hyde and is even behind Duke Johnson for rushing volume. Chubb is nothing but a late-round stash at this stage for fantasy purposes.
Aug 17 - 10:43 PM

Browns QB Baker Mayfield completed 7-of-13 passes for 75 yards with nine yards rushing on four attempts in Friday's preseason game versus the Bills.

Mayfield's 5.6 yards per attempt were a far cry from his 10.6 yards per attempt in his debut a week ago. Although he started the game slowly, the Browns' second-team offensive line did him no favors early on. Mayfield and the Browns went three-and-out on his first three possessions before he led scoring drives on each of his final two drives of the night. He also lost potential passing scores to an offensive pass interference penalty and another on a replay review. With Tyrod Taylor the unquestioned starter entering the season, Mayfield will look to build on an overall positive start to the preseason next Thursday versus the Eagles.
Aug 17 - 10:24 PM

Brown RB Carlos Hyde rushed 9 times for 64 yards and a touchdown in Friday's preseason game versus the Bills.

After playing just three snaps in the preseason opener a week ago, Hyde got four possessions with the first team offense. Hyde set the tone early, rushing five times for 41 yards on the opening drive of the game, capped off with a 4-yard touchdown run. Five of his nine carries went for five or more yards, including a 26-yard jaunt in which he bullied Jordan Poyer to the ground with a stiff arm. Hyde is clearly the starting running back for the Browns entering the season, providing a discounted fantasy option for owners looking for RB help in the middle of the draft.
Aug 17 - 8:48 PM

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports the Browns still expect Josh Gordon to return for the 2018 season, "possibly" by Week 1.

The report comes amidst renewed Twitter innuendo about Gordon's status. Free agent Dez Bryant also visited the Browns on Thursday. Just 24 days away from the Browns' opener, a "believe it when you see it" attitude is probably the best course of action in fantasy leagues.
Aug 16 - 4:54 PM

Browns OC Todd Haley said Baker Mayfield has "made consistent progress."

"I thought it wasn’t too big for him," Haley said of the preseason opener. "He was by no means perfect, but he kept his cool. He was never flustered. I think it’s clear to everybody he can really throw the football." Despite the strong showing in the first preseason game, the Browns have vowed to stick to the plan at quarterback, and Haley tempered his praise by saying Mayfield has to "keep working" and "keep learning from the older guys in the room." Tyrod Taylor is going to start Week 1, but Mayfield should see the field at some point as a rookie.
Aug 16 - 10:57 AM

Joel Bitonio said he is "getting there" at left tackle.

A guard to this point in his career, Bitonio has been tasked with replacing Joe Thomas on the blindside. He said he felt "a little like a fish out of water" in his first start at the new position, but he is settling in. With Bitonio at tackle, rookie Austin Corbett started the preseason opener at left guard.
Aug 14 - 10:32 AM

Browns QBs coach Ken Zampese said the team has their plan for Baker Mayfield and are "sticking to it."

Mayfield made some noise with an impressive preseason opener, but it has not changed the Browns thinking at quarterback. Zampese said any talk about Mayfield winning the starting job was "national hype," and coach Hue Jackson said "nothing's changed" at quarterback. Tyrod Taylor is going to start Week 1, but it will be difficult for the coaching staff to keep Mayfield on the bench all season.
Aug 13 - 12:04 PM

Browns DB coach DeWayne Walker said CB Denzel Ward could open the season playing left cornerback then begin to match up with opposing No. 1 receivers as the season progresses.

This is hardly a shock as Ward's one-on-one matchup ability in college is what gave him the highest ceiling of any corner in this class. He showed to be a 98th-percentile SPARQ athlete at the combine, destroying the forty (4.32), vertical (39"), and broad (11’4") jump tests. The Browns' defense will see Antonio Brown (twice), A.J. Green (twice), Michael Thomas, Julio Jones, Keenan Allen, DeAndre Hopkins, and Mike Evans this season.
Aug 12 - 2:09 PM

Browns RB Nick Chubb rushed 15 times for 11 yards while catching one pass for 12 yards in Thursday's preseason opener versus the Giants

Chubb's longest rush of the night was just four yards, but his low-yardage total was largely not his fault. The Browns backup line was dominated in the run game as Chubb frequently was hit in the backfield on the majority of his carries, forcing him to break tackles and fight back to the line of scrimmage on his attempts. Chubb however appears to be well behind Carlos Hyde for the early-down role in the offense as Hyde played just three snaps in the game before being put on ice. Chubb will look for more room to run next week against the Bills.
Aug 9 - 9:56 PM

Browns WR Antonio Callaway caught 3-of-7 targets for 87 yards and a touchdown in Thursday's preseason opener versus the Giants.

After his week began on an ominous note when it was revealed that Callaway was cited for marijuana possession a week earlier, Callaway suited up and played well in his first NFL action. Callaway was the favorite target for Baker Mayfield, particularly on third downs. Callaway made a sensational 24-yard catch on the sideline early in the third quarter to extend a drive and then on a 3rd & 5 in the 4th quarter, Callaway caught a slant and beat the Giants' defense the rest of the way down the middle of the field for a 54-yard touchdown. Callaway's talent level has never been in question as he looks to put his off-field transgressions in the rear view as his rookie season begins.
Aug 9 - 9:49 PM


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