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Browns coach Mike Pettine suggested Johnny Manziel will have to improve his "dedication" to be a serious competitor to start.

Browns camp hasn't even begun, but all signs point to the coaching staff favoring Brian Hoyer. "I think he knows that in order for him to compete well, he's going to have to probably be more dedicated than ever," Pettine said of Manziel. Pettine confirmed to ESPN Cleveland that Hoyer will "be with the ones" when full-squad practices begin Saturday. "I think at this point, right now, it’s more Johnny versus the playbook than it is (Johnny) versus Brian."
Jul 23 - 8:10 PM

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports Terrance West (NFI) will practice on Friday.

This appears to be a true non-story. West says he passed his conditioning test. If he does indeed practice Friday with the other Cleveland first-year players, he'll miss zero meaningful time. The Browns' full-squad workouts don't begin until Saturday. West versus Ben Tate is one of the biggest competitions of summer.
Jul 23 - 6:13 PM

Browns placed RB Terrance West (undisclosed) on the active/NFI list.

There's been no indication that West is dealing with anything serious, and we'll consider him day-to-day unless we hear otherwise. Ben Tate's stock gets a bit of a boost with this news, as he projects to open camp with the first-team offense. But West will be back to give Tate a run for his money. Coach Mike Pettine said Tuesday that the running back competition will be the "best" one in camp.
Jul 23 - 5:28 PM

Browns signed No. 8 overall pick CB Justin Gilbert to a four-year contract.

Cleveland and Gilbert were in a stalemate over offset language. The deal contains a fifth-year club option for 2018. Gilbert gets his contract done just in time for training camp. He's expected to open the season as the starter opposite Joe Haden. With Haden rounding into a shutdown corner, Gilbert is likely to be targeted heavily as a rookie. Buster Skrine will man the slot.
Jul 23 - 1:37 PM

New Browns G/C Nick McDonald is recovering from a broken wrist.

The Browns knew about McDonald's 4-6 week recovery timetable when they claimed him off waivers from the Chargers. His status for Week 1 is unclear.
Jul 23 - 11:15 AM

Coach Mike Pettine said the Browns "feel good about where Miles Austin is health wise."

Austin could've used offseason reps learning a new offense in Cleveland, but sat out all of OTAs and minicamp for maintenance purposes. So the Browns will have to see if he has any gas left in the tank when they get camp underway this weekend. Austin looked done during his final days in Dallas. We'd rather target Jordan Cameron and Andrew Hawkins in fantasy drafts.
Jul 23 - 8:53 AM

Coach Mike Pettine indicated the Ben Tate-Terrance West running back battle "might ... be the best competition" of Browns training camp.

The Browns see Tate-West as a battle to start; not a situation where veteran Tate is being handed the job. "The best competition might be Ben Tate and our guy Terrance West from Towson, who I really like," were Pettine's words. With Browns camp under a week away, Tate's fantasy ADP stands at the mid to late fifth round, while West is often available early in round eight. With an up-in-the-air depth chart, we'd prefer to gamble on the cheaper of the two Cleveland backs.
Jul 23 - 12:13 AM

The Browns have "no plans" to release Josh Gordon, and expect him to participate in training camp while his suspension appeal is heard.

"We're expecting him to report on Friday and be on the field," coach Mike Pettine said. "We have no plans to cut him. I know there's been a lot of debate over that, but I don't see us having that debate." Gordon's appeal is set to be heard before the end of the month. He's fully expected to earn a 16-game ban.
Jul 22 - 6:25 PM

The Cleveland Plain Dealer points to Browns WR Charles Johnson as the "most intriguing prospect" who could push Miles Austin and Nate Burleson for snaps.

As long as Johnson (ACL surgery) is healthy, get ready for a summer full of hype. At 6'2/215 with sub-4.4 jets, there's a good chance he's going to look special on the practice field next to washed-up vets like Austin and Burleson. Johnson underwent knee surgery in October and should be ready for the start of camp this week. He's a deep sleeper to keep an eye on throughout the preseason.
Jul 22 - 10:36 AM

Coach Mike Pettine said he'll name his starting quarterback by the third preseason game.

"I don’t know if I’ll set a date and kind of paint ourselves into a date, but it will be sooner than the third preseason game," Pettine said. The competition between Johnny Manziel and Brian Hoyer kicks off this week. The Akron Beacon-Journal recently predicted Hoyer will hold off Manziel, but Johnny Football brings the most to the table and should win the job as long as he performs and keeps his head on straight this summer. JFF has QB1 upside.
Jul 22 - 8:52 AM

Sources tell ESPN that Josh Gordon's blood-alcohol count was .09 when he was arrested on suspicion of DWI over July 4th weekend.

The legal limit in North Carolina is .08, so the Browns have reportedly been told that it's possible the charges will be reduced. That could help Gordon's case when he applies for reinstatement to the league following his impending suspension. Gordon's hearing on that marijuana-related suspension is scheduled for sometime in the next two weeks, at which point the 16-game ban is expected to become official.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 21 - 9:07 PM

Chargers waived G/C Nick McDonald.

The 27-year-old former UDFA was a roster long shot all along.
Jul 21 - 1:45 PM

The Akron Beacon-Journal expects Christian Kirksey to beat out Craig Robertson for a starting inside linebacker job.

Robertson ran with the first-stringers during the offseason program, but that was likely a case of easing the rookie in. Kirksey projects as a far superior player in coverage, and was hand-picked by new head coach Mike Pettine -- who helped turn Kiko Alonso into a star as a rookie last season. We like Kirksey as a late-round sleeper IDP pick.
Jul 21 - 10:22 AM

ESPN Cleveland says the Browns' "sorry situation at wideout" makes Jordan Cameron "a No. 1 read" in the passing game.

With Josh Gordon facing a 16-game ban, it's a no-brainer conclusion. Cameron trailed only Gordon in targets, receptions, touchdowns and 20-plus yard catches last season, establishing himself as weekly mismatch at 6'5/245. Even in what's expected to be a run-heavy attack, Cameron brings plenty of upside as the focal point of a passing game that "features" Andrew Hawkins and Miles Austin as its top wide receivers.
Jul 21 - 9:45 AM

The Akron-Beacon Journal's Nate Ulrich believes Brian Hoyer will hold off Johnny Manziel for the starting quarterback job in Cleveland.

Ulrich cites coach Mike Pettine's consistent support of Hoyer and the organization's desire to sign him to a contract extension as evidence the Browns are comfortable entering the season with Hoyer as their starter. While that may be the case, Manziel is clearly the future in Cleveland, and he will get the nod if he performs during camp. At the very latest, we see Manziel taking over Kyle Shanahan's offense by Week 5, following the Browns' Week 4 bye.
Jul 19 - 12:44 PM


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