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Browns RE Desmond Bryant underwent wrist surgery and is out indefinitely.

Coach Mike Pettine is unsure if Bryant will be ready for Week 1, but did say injured reserve is not on the table. Bryant remains an underrated 3-4 lineman, as he can push the pocket and play stout run defense. He'll be missed. With Bryant out, Phil Taylor will man the nose with Ahtyba Rubin and Billy Winn flanking him. Armonty Bryant and Ishmaa'ily Kitchen are quality reserves.
Aug 20 - 2:48 PM

Johnny Manziel is struggling -- and continues to struggle -- with the Browns' playbook.

We all got a glimpse of it when Manziel was asked by Jon Gruden in a sit-down interview during Monday night's telecast to spit out a play from OC Kyle Shanahan's playbook. He stumbled over his words before eventually getting it out. It's to be expected from a rookie like Manziel, who is coming from a spread offense with simple, one-, two-, or three-word plays. Receiver Andrew Hawkins admitted the players in the huddle "are still helping him a little bit." Manziel can focus on the playbook as Brian Hoyer's backup. It's going to take time.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 20 - 2:17 PM

Browns first-round QB Johnny Manziel will open the season as a backup to Brian Hoyer.

Unlike fellow rookie Blake Bortles, Manziel was given a fair shot to win the starting gig. He didn't seize it, showing immaturity on and off the field while averaging just 4.74 yards per attempt in two preseason games. "We're confident that Johnny is going to have a great future, but felt that Brian still had a decided edge on him," coach Mike Pettine said. While it's somewhat disappointing Manziel couldn't beat out a 29-year-old (in October) journeyman coming off an ACL tear, the future will likely come sooner than later. A QB change could come immediately following the Week 4 bye, especially if the Browns start 0-3. Their first three games are at PIT, vs. NO and vs. BAL.
Aug 20 - 8:33 AM

The Browns named Brian Hoyer their Week 1 starter.

"He was the clear leader from the beginning. We've maintained all along that if it was close, I would prefer to go with the more experienced player," explained coach Mike Pettine. Johnny Manziel was unable to close the gap, starting with off-field distractions during OTA season and culminating with a pair of uninspiring preseason performances. Hoyer, who will turn 29 in October and is coming off an ACL tear, will now serve as a bridge starter until the Browns deem Manziel ready. We suspect that will come as soon Week 5, as Cleveland faces Pittsburgh, New Orleans and Baltimore before its Week 4 bye. Hoyer will be a decided underdog in each of those games.
Aug 20 - 8:18 AM

Profootballtalk reports there have been no settlement talks in the Josh Gordon case.

It's been two-plus weeks since Gordon's appeal was heard, but the sides have yet to come to the bargaining table. They still could, but it would seem to grow less likely by the day. Absent a settlement, Gordon is looking at an all-or-nothing proposition (16 games if the ruling is upheld, zero if it's not). Reports from last week suggested the case should be settled before the end of this week.
Aug 19 - 9:36 PM

Browns coach Mike Pettine criticized Josh Gordon's effort in Monday's preseason game.

Gordon noticeably loafed on two targets against the Redskins. "There were a couple plays where I think ... that we would have definitely wanted better effort," Pettine said. "We would want regular season effort to match preseason effort." It's a convenient excuse, but it's quite possible Gordon's impending suspension is weighing on him. His appeal will supposedly be decided before the end of the week.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 19 - 8:15 PM

Browns rookie RB Isaiah Crowell has two carries for three yards through two preseason games.

It's not a good sign for the ballyhooed UDFA, who is running behind Ben Tate, Terrance West, and Dion Lewis, while Chris Ogbonnaya is an impact special teamer. We've seen it suggested the Browns want to "hide" Crowell in an effort to stash him on the practice squad, but everyone in the NFL knows who Crowell is. (And no one drafted him.) He seems like a roster long shot in Cleveland.
Aug 19 - 7:37 PM

Coach Mike Pettine is willing to wait until after the Browns' third preseason game to name a starting quarterback.

The team had been targeting Tuesday to make an announcement, but gained little clarity after both Johnny Manziel and Brian Hoyer struggled against the Redskins on Monday. Pettine did say he "(doesn't) sense a lot of division" amongst the coaching staff about who to name. That suggests it will be journeyman Hoyer over rookie Manziel.
Aug 19 - 4:28 PM

Coach Mike Pettine said he's still undecided about who the Browns' starting quarterback will be Week 1.

Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel didn't make things easy for Pettine with their ugly performances Monday. "Neither guy really distinguished himself, and we’ll have to go back and study the tape and figure out who to go with," Pettine said. Signs point toward Hoyer being the slight favorite, but his leash will be short if he indeed is named the starter. Pettine had originally planned to name the winner of the competition on Tuesday. He may wait another week.
Aug 19 - 11:12 AM

Johnny Manziel was caught on camera giving the Redskins' bench the middle finger during Monday night's preseason game.

Following a third-quarter incompletion, Manziel flipped the bird and it immediately spread all over Twitter. Manziel said he had "words exchanged" with the Redskins all night, and CB Joe Haden defended his rookie quarterback, saying he took a lot of abuse from Washington's players and fanss Per Redskins FS Ryan Clark, what set off Manziel was Washington players telling him "this isn't college anymore, we're faster than you." Still, Manziel needs to keep his composure. It didn't sit well with coach Mike Pettine, and certainly won't win Manziel any points in the quarterback derby. "You have to be able to maintain your poise," Pettine said.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 19 - 8:52 AM

Terrance West rushed for 31 yards on eight carries in the Browns' second preseason game Monday night versus Washington.

West was the second back through the Browns' rotation behind Ben Tate, but didn't see meaningful work until the second half. Tate played the majority of the snaps in the first half and out-touched West 10-1 before the break. Tate is the clear leader here, but West has a ton of talent. He had a couple nice runs against the Skins, one barreling head-on into and running over a defensive back and another where he spun off the back of one of his linemen and picked up a good chunk of yards. If Tate were to go down, West would be next man up.
Aug 19 - 12:07 AM

Brian Hoyer completed 2-of-6 passes for 16 yards in Cleveland's second preseason game against the Redskins on Monday night.

Hoyer got the start and rotated every two series throughout the first half with Johnny Manziel. Hoyer was bad, missing a wide-open Andrew Hawkins in the end zone for a would-be touchdown and throwing at his receiver's feet on his first throw of the night. Luckily for Hoyer, Manziel was equally bad. Through two preseason games, Hoyer is 8-of-20 passing for 108 yards. If we were to guess, Hoyer is still in the lead to be the Browns' starter come Week 1. He'll likely get the start in the Browns' third preseason game later this week.
Aug 18 - 10:54 PM

Johnny Manziel completed 7-of-16 passes for 65 yards and one touchdown in Cleveland's second preseason game against the Redskins on Monday night.

Starter Brian Hoyer wasn't any better. He and Manziel struggled throughout the first two quarters, rotating every two drives. The duo combined to go 4-of-13 for 45 yards in the first half, and each had a QB rating under 45. Manziel played a couple series in the second half against the Redskins' backups, leading a 16-play touchdown drive that was finished off by a Dion Lewis eight-yard catch-and-run score. Manziel misfired on a number of passes. Coach Mike Pettine will certainly need another look at these two before naming his starter.
Aug 18 - 10:50 PM

Ben Tate rushed for 51 yards on ten carries in Cleveland's second preseason game against the Redskins on Monday night.

Tate got the vast majority of the work in the first half; Terrance West saw just one carry in the first two quarters. Tate was Cleveland's entire offense, as both Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel struggled mightily. Tate is a natural in OC Kyle Shanahan's zone-blocking scheme, and has a big lead on West for the starting job. Through two preseason games, Tate has rushed for 76 yards on 16 carries (4.75 YPC). He has value at his late-fifth-round ADP.
Aug 18 - 10:04 PM

Browns nickel CB Buster Skrine is recovering from thumb surgery, but expected to be ready for Week 1.

Barring a setback, Skrine will man the slot with Joe Haden and rookie Justin Gilbert lining up outside.
Aug 18 - 5:37 PM


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