Player News - Browns

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Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealers believes offset language is holding up contract talks with first-round S Jabrill Peppers.

Cabot is just speculating but it's become fairly common place for teams to quibble over offset language in negotiations with incoming players. First overall pick Myles Garrett was able to avoid offset language in his deal and Peppers is hoping for the same treatment. As the 25th pick, Peppers is locked into a four-year, $10.3 million contract with a $5.6 million signing bonus whenever he chooses to sign it. The deal should be finalized before training camp opens on July 27.
Jun 23 - 4:02 PM

Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon-Journal said it's "not farfetched to believe" second-year TE Seth DeValve could be the Browns' most improved player in 2017.

Ulrich said DeValve was putting on "clinics" during OTAs and looks like he could emerge as a "go-to target for whichever Browns quarterback wins the starting job." "Most of his development in the offseason was that he put on a little weight, he is noticeably stronger, he is faster and he is healthier," said TEs coach Greg Seamon. "He continues to work hard technically." DeValve should see more snaps this year with Gary Barnidge gone, but he'll still face competition from first-round rookie David Njoku.
Jun 23 - 3:19 PM

Browns coach Hue Jackson said sophomore WR Ricardo Louis "has really improved."

The second of four wide receivers the Browns drafted last year, Louis made some noise while first-rounder Corey Coleman was sidelined, but he finished with just 18 catches for 205 yards as a rookie. That total could grow if he is able to win the No. 3 job in camp, but he will still be locked behind Coleman and Kenny Britt if everyone stays healthy. Still, this praise plus Louis' plan to train with Brandon Marshall this summer are all good signs for his future.
Source: ESPN
Jun 22 - 10:41 AM

The Browns are missing the third most targets in the NFL (285) from last season.

Only the Ravens (345) and Rams (297) are missing more. Expected to fill the void for Cleveland are Kenny Britt, Corey Coleman, and David Njoku, among whom only Britt is a proven NFL producer. Britt topped 1,000 yards with Case Keenum and Jared Goff at quarterback in 2016. You can read more about Britt and the Browns in Evan Silva's Team Fantasy Preview at the link below.
Jun 20 - 11:54 PM

Corey Coleman appears to have avoided charges in his December assault case.

Coleman's brother and another man have been charged on the recommendation of a grand jury. Authorities caution that the matter remains under investigation, but it's obviously good news that Coleman has remained in the clear so far. "Corey has cooperated with the authorities," Coleman's attorney said. "He continues to cooperate with the authorities. And he’s maintained he was not involved in a physical altercation at that incident whatsoever." Coleman ultimately seems likely to avoid trouble in the matter.
Jun 20 - 3:37 PM

Browns RB Darius Jackson is on the team's injured reserve list with a knee injury.

Jackson was waived/injured earlier in the offseason and went unclaimed, putting him on the Browns' I.R. Jackson figures to be cut with an injury settlement before camp. He was a hyped sixth-round pick of the Cowboys last year.
Jun 20 - 2:25 PM

The Cleveland Plain Dealer's Mary Kay Cabot reports Browns second-round QB DeShone Kizer "has considerably narrowed the gap" to Cody Kessler.

Cabot adds the rookie will push "hard" for the starting job in camp, which is not surprising after Kizer saw first-team reps in minicamp. That said, QBs coach David Lee bluntly said Kizer is "not ready to play" last week, so he clearly still has work to do. Kessler is still the slight favorite to open Week 1 as the starter, but his spot atop the depth chart is precarious at best.
Jun 20 - 11:07 AM

Browns ST coordinator Chris Tabor is comparing first-round pick Jabrill Peppers to Josh Cribbs.

From both a return and coverage standpoint, Cribbs is one of the best special teamers of this generation. Peppers worked on punt and kickoff returns at spring practices. Last year's Browns ranked 26th in punt return average and 28th on kick returns. On defense, the Browns hope to use Peppers as a strong safety who moves to linebacker in sub-packages a la Deone Bucannon.
Jun 19 - 3:01 PM

Corey Coleman (hamstring) is expected to be eased into training camp.

A similar approach is expected with Myles Garrett (foot). Coleman is positioned to be the Browns' go-to receiver and the team needs him healthy for the regular season. The Plain Dealer expects the Browns to "err on the side of caution," so don't be surprised if Coleman and Garrett are brought along slowly.
Jun 18 - 1:03 PM

Browns first-round DE Myles Garrett has been diagnosed with a lateral foot sprain.

It's good news after Garrett got a second opinion from Dr. Robert Anderson. Garrett is in a walking boot, but he shouldn't need more than six weeks to recover. The Browns expect Garrett to be ready for training camp.
Jun 17 - 4:39 PM

Browns first-round S Jabrill Peppers worked with the third-team defense at OTAs.

It’s not a huge concern with most of the Browns' rookies relegated to third-team duty. Peppers is repping at strong safety, but he could also have a role on offense and special teams.
Jun 16 - 6:52 PM

Browns RBs coach Kirby Wilson believes Isaiah Crowell has only "scratched the surface" and isn't "even in his prime yet."

"He saw what happens last year; when you work extremely hard, good things happen for you," said Wilson. "I think he enjoyed that limited success, and he’s hungry and eager and looking for even more." Crowell had some weeks where he disappeared due to game flow, but he still set a career high with 952 rushing yards while finishing ninth in the league in yards per carry (4.81). The 24-year-old has been going near the third-/fourth-round turn in early drafts.
Jun 16 - 4:37 PM

Myles Garrett has been wearing a walking boot on his injured left foot.

Garrett was spotted in a walking boot Friday at Cleveland Hopkins Airport and has reportedly been wearing it since injuring his foot on the second day of mandatory minicamp. It's hard to speculate on his availability for training camp until the Browns update his status. Garrett has a history of foot issues dating back to his college days at Texas A&M.
Jun 16 - 3:32 PM

Browns second-year WR Ricardo Louis will train with Brandon Marshall this summer.

A Miami native, Louis also hopes to link up with Andre Johnson and Antonio Brown over the six-week break. Louis played just 316 snaps as a rookie and was phased out of the offense almost completely once Corey Coleman was back healthy, but he hopes to win a top-three job at camp this year. Beat writers have mentioned Louis several times as someone who looks a lot better in Year 2.
Jun 16 - 11:03 AM

Browns QBs coach David Lee bluntly stated after minicamp Thursday that DeShone Kizer is "not ready to play."

It's conceivable Kizer could become "ready to play" after a full training camp in Lee's eyes, but it's clear the Browns' position coach doesn't see Kizer as the starter just yet, despite Kizer's first-team minicamp reps. "He's not ready to play but he's climbing on it, making progress," Lee said of Kizer. "He's gotten better every day." Kizer and Cody Kessler are essentially splitting first-team reps. Brock Osweiler has mostly quarterbacked the twos.
Jun 15 - 4:28 PM


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