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Browns DL Phil Taylor (knee) is not expected to play this week.

Taylor is progressing after undergoing a knee scope on Oct. 8, but isn't quite ready yet. The Browns are getting wrecked by the run heading into Sunday's game against a somewhat resurgent Darren McFadden.
Oct 21 - 9:57 AM

Browns DL Ahtyba Rubin may need surgery on his ankle.

Rubin went down during a practice two weeks ago and has gone for a second opinion. It's another starter down on a defensive line struggling badly to stop the run. Phil Taylor (knee) is not expected back for Sunday's game against the Raiders.
Oct 21 - 9:53 AM

Terrance West was benched after failing to pick up a first down on a pair of second-quarter carries in Sunday's loss at Jacksonville.

West was actually playing ahead of Isaiah Crowell to open the game. He had room to run in both critical short-yardage situations, but tried to do too much. "I missed it," he said. "Wish I could get it back. ... I know I've got limited reps. So I know when I'm in a game, I'm trying to get a big play." On Monday, coach Mike Pettine lamented trying to get three running backs into the rotations. We wouldn't be surprised if West goes back to healthy scratch status this week, leaving Crowell to pick up all the work behind Ben Tate against the Raiders.
Oct 21 - 9:45 AM

Coach Mike Pettine said Brian Hoyer is "still firmly our starter."

Hoyer laid an egg in a loss to the previously winless Jaguars in Week 7, looking uncomfortable in the pocket and displaying concerning inaccuracy. But he earned enough leash early in the year to get another start, this time against the 0-6 Raiders. If Hoyer loses that game, the calls for Johnny Manziel will become deafening.
Oct 21 - 8:35 AM

Coach Mike Pettine said the Browns "briefly" considered benching Brian Hoyer in favor of Johnny Manziel in Cleveland's 24-6 loss to Jacksonville.

How could they not have thought about it? Hoyer dropped the worst game of his career on the Jaguars, going 16-of-41 passing, turning it over twice, and taking three sacks. He missed a number of throws. "It was discussed briefly, but it was a situation where we still wanted to at least try to end the game with Brian on a positive note,'' Pettine said. Pettine went on to say Hoyer is "firmly our starter," but that's hard to believe. Once you start thinking about going to the backup, it's just a matter of time. Hoyer can't afford to lose to the 0-6 Raiders.
Oct 20 - 7:00 PM

Browns signed FB Kiero Small off their practice squad.

Seattle, the team that drafted Small in the seventh round, is in need of a fullback after Derrick Coleman's pre-game injury Sunday. So the Browns protect themselves by calling Small up and waiving Ray Agnew.
Oct 20 - 10:21 AM

Browns WR Travis Benjamin was held catch-less on four targets in Cleveland's Week 7 loss to Jacksonville.

Although Benjamin has made some critical early-season plays for the Browns on the field, the rotational wideout offers no value in re-draft leagues.
Oct 19 - 5:04 PM

Browns WR Taylor Gabriel secured 3-of-7 targets for 39 yards in Cleveland's Week 7 loss to Jacksonville.

A situational player in Cleveland's offense, Gabriel shares time with Travis Benjamin behind starters Miles Austin and Andrew Hawkins. Gabriel has great speed, but isn't consistently utilized on a run-first team, leaving him without re-draft fantasy value. He's also not a great Dynasty prospect at 5-foot-7, 170.
Oct 19 - 5:03 PM

Jordan Cameron secured just 1-of-6 targets for five yards in the Browns' Week 7 loss to Jacksonville.

On an awful day by Brian Hoyer, Cleveland's biggest gaffe was an early-game miss by Hoyer to a wide-open Cameron for a would-be four-yard touchdown. Cameron didn't record his lone reception until fourth-quarter garbage time. Cameron should theoretically be a lot more consistent as a featured player in the Browns' passing attack, but obviously hasn't been to this point. Look for Cameron to get back on track against the Raiders' weak defense in Week 8, but he will be more low-end TE1 than top-shelf starter.
Oct 19 - 4:58 PM

Miles Austin secured 3-of-8 targets for 53 yards in the Browns' Week 7 loss to the Jaguars.

He finished second on the team in targets behind Andrew Hawkins' nine. Austin has been a somewhat useful role player in Cleveland's run-first attack, but offers zero fantasy upside. He's, at best, a WR5 in PPR leagues.
Oct 19 - 4:55 PM

Terrance West rushed five times for eight yards and had no gain on his one reception in the Browns' Week 7 loss to Jacksonville.

The entire Cleveland ground game was bottled up by the Jags, as Ben Tate managed 16-36 on the ground while Isaiah Crowell went 7-18. The Browns did not score a touchdown in the 24-6 defeat. West remains an RB4 in fantasy leagues as a rotating change-of-pace back with Crowell behind clear-cut starter Tate.
Oct 19 - 4:53 PM

Isaiah Crowell rushed seven times for 18 yards and caught a five-yard pass in the Browns' Week 7 loss to Jacksonville.

Crowell rotated with Terrance West behind Ben Tate, with the undrafted rookie seeing eight touches to third-rounder West's six. Although Crowell has passed West on the depth chart, he really needs a Tate injury to become a reliable fantasy starter. Crowell will be an RB3/4 against the Raiders in Week 8.
Oct 19 - 4:50 PM

Andrew Hawkins secured 5-of-9 targets for 112 yards in the Browns' Week 7 loss to the Jaguars.

He chipped in an eight-yard rushing attempt. Catch-less in Week 6, Hawkins bounced back for a big Sunday, leading Cleveland in receiving. He remains an every-week WR3 in PPR leagues, but leaves something to be desired in standard scoring at 5-foot-7 and 180 pounds. Hawkins and the Browns will take on the Raiders' weak defense next.
Oct 19 - 4:43 PM

Ben Tate rushed 16 times for 36 yards and caught a pass for a loss of two in the Browns' Week 7 loss to Jacksonville.

Without C Alex Mack, the Browns were unable to move the Jaguars' defensive front and frequently allowed backfield penetration. Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West mixed in for 14 touches off the bench, limiting Tate's workload. Expect the Browns' rushing attack to get back on track in Week 8 against the Raiders. Not involved much in Cleveland's passing game, Tate is shaping up as more of an RB2 than RB1, although he his upcoming schedule is quite favorable.
Oct 19 - 4:40 PM

Brian Hoyer completed just 16-of-41 passes for 215 yards and an interception in the Browns' Week 7 loss to Jacksonville.

He was sacked three times and lost a fumble. Browns coach Mike Pettine admitted after the game that Cleveland's offense took a "huge step backwards" against the Jaguars, getting dominated in both the run and pass games. Hoyer was terribly inaccurate, most notably missing Jordan Cameron for a wide-open touchdown early in the game. It'll be interesting to see if Hoyer can afford another game like this before the Browns consider Johnny Manziel. It's a good thing for Hoyer that the Browns take on the Raiders next.
Oct 19 - 4:36 PM

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