Player News - Browns

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The Cleveland Plain Dealer's Terry Pluto reports Browns coach Hue Jackson "has drawn up plays" for WR Terrelle Pryor.

Pluto says the plays are designed to get the ball in Pryor's hands and "let him run." With a receiver corps devoid of playmaking ability outside of rookie Corey Coleman, Jackson is making the right call by attempting to use Pryor's game-breaking traits to full effect. Now the former quarterback just needs to show well enough in camp to earn the role. In addition to Pryor, the Browns should be looking to utilize sophomore RB Duke Johnson's talents in the passing game.
Jul 23 - 10:01 AM

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports suspended WR Josh Gordon can be reinstated after August 1.

Gordon met with Roger Goodell in New York on Monday. The meeting was initiated by Goodell, potentially a sign that Goodell is at least considering reinstating Gordon before Week 1. Gordon can formally submit for reinstatement on August 1. Gordon's initial reinstatement application was denied on April 12, and "he was told to come back and try again on August 1." Gordon hasn't played in an NFL football game since December of the 2014 season.
Jul 22 - 7:22 PM

Browns signed DT Nick Hayden.

30-year-old Hayden adds depth following the loss of Desmond Bryant. He was a starter for Dallas the last three seasons, but played a major role in their run defense struggles. Hayden's 53-man spot isn't guaranteed.
Jul 22 - 6:04 PM

ESPN Cleveland's Tony Grossi believes Terrell Watson's familiarity with coach Hue Jackson's offense gives him "an advantage" for the No. 3 running back job.

Watson is competing with Glenn Winston and Raheem Mostert behind Isaiah Crowell and Duke Johnson. "I feel here was my best opportunity to play," Watson said. "Hue wanted me here." Watson admits he chose the Browns for those reasons of knowing the offense already and Jackson's desire to bring him with him from Cincinnati. Watson is a sleeper to push Crowell for carries.
Jul 22 - 9:38 AM

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports commissioner Roger Goodell would not have met with suspended WR Josh Gordon unless he was "taking the necessary steps to get back into the NFL."

The meeting was just a preliminary step, but one that wouldn't have happened unless Gordon appeared to be on the straight and narrow. The next step will be Gordon formally applying for reinstatement on August 1. Even if Gordon is allowed to play in 2016, he could still be slapped with a shorter ban. It's also not a guarantee the Browns will take him back, but reporter Mary Kay Cabot believes they will.
Jul 21 - 5:49 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports suspended WR Josh Gordon met with Roger Goodell on Wednesday "regarding his return to football."

Gordon is eligible to apply for reinstatement on August 1. While it is difficult to see this development as anything but a good sign, Rapoport cautioned this type of meeting is "a normal step in the process." Gordon did himself few favors by hanging out with Johnny Manziel for a good portion of the offseason, but it looks like he at least has a shot to play this season. The Cleveland Plain Dealer's Mary Kay Cabot believes the Browns would welcome Gordon back if he gains reinstatement.
Jul 21 - 1:00 PM

Browns DE Desmond Bryant (torn pec) is "hopeful" he can return this season.

The Browns have all but ruled him out for the season, but Bryant is holding out hope. "The timetable for rehab is 4-6 months, so it's possible," Bryant said. "I'll do everything I can to get back as soon as I can." Xavier Cooper is expected to take over for Bryant in the starting lineup with rookie Carl Nassib in the mix as well.
Jul 21 - 8:39 AM

ESPN Cleveland's Tony Grossi expects second-year RB Duke Johnson to catch 70-plus passes this season.

Grossi expects coach Hue Jackson to run an "offensive line-friendly offense" that focuses on the running game and up-tempo, high-percentage passing game. That should lead to a ton of dump-offs and quick-type passes to Johnson out of the backfield. Only Theo Riddick, Danny Woodhead, and Devonta Freeman caught 70-plus passes at running back last season, and all three were top-18 fantasy backs in PPR. Johnson is a high-upside, mid-round pick.
Jul 20 - 9:24 AM

Browns third-round DL Carl Nassib (calf) will be ready for training camp.

Nassib, who didn't sign until the final days of June, missed minicamp. His health has taken on much greater importance after the Browns lost DE Desmond Bryant (pectoral) for the season. Nassib should see time both on the outside and in the interior.
Jul 19 - 10:34 PM

The Cleveland Plain Dealer believes the Browns could welcome suspended WR Josh Gordon back if he's reinstated when first eligible in August.

ESPN's Pat McManamon guessed in May that the team would move on from the troubled wideout, but beat writer May Kay Cabot believes new coach Hue Jackson will be "surprised" by Gordon. Cabot expects Jackson to "look (Gordon) in the eyes and try to determine if he's as committed as he needs to be." For all the headaches he's caused, it's hard to believe the Browns would move on from a player as talented as Gordon. Unlike Johnny Manziel, he's an actual star, and his transgressions have been less serious.
Jul 19 - 7:02 PM

Per ClevelandBrowns.com, second-year UDFA RB Terrell Watson had a "strong offseason."

Watson followed Bengals OC Hue Jackson to Cleveland, and is battling for No. 3 duties behind Duke Johnson and Isaiah Crowell. Watson was the complete package at Azusa Pacific, but is the kind of player who will really have to shine in the preseason to avoid the practice squad. He's a sleeper, but a long-shot.
Jul 19 - 4:40 PM

The Browns' official website considers second-year UDFA RB Raheem Mostert "firmly in the mix" for a spot on the 53-man roster.

Per Browns.com's Patrick Maks, Mostert "especially" proved his "worth" this offseason. The team employee also believes Mostert's "speed and versatility" could make him a weapon on special teams. Mostert will battle Glenn Winston and Terrell Watson for No. 3 duties. Returning kicks is his best chance to make the team.
Jul 19 - 4:29 PM

Isaiah Crowell attended fallen Dallas police officer Patrick Zamarripa's funeral over the weekend and was commended by the Dallas Fallen Officers Foundation for doing it.

It's been a handful of days since Crowell became the story of the league for all the wrong reasons, but since his unfortunate, distasteful Instagram post, he's done and said all the right things. At Zamarripa's funeral, Crowell met with several police officers from around the country, educated himself, and expressed his deepest condolences. Crowell's spot on the Browns' roster looked a bit shaky at one point last week, but he seems to be on firmer ground now.
Jul 18 - 9:48 PM

Browns NT Danny Shelton expects to have a three-down role this year.

Shelton is down to 335 pounds after rookie-year conditioning issues. With the loss of Desmond Bryant, the Browns are counting on Shelton as a defensive line anchor. Shelton graded near the bottom of Pro Football Focus' 2015 ratings, but last year's No. 12 overall pick is a candidate for a sophomore leap.
Jul 16 - 2:27 PM

The Cleveland Plain Dealer's Terry Pluto expects Browns sophomore Xavier Cooper to start at defensive end.

The season-ending injury to Desmond Bryant opened up a huge hole along the defensive line. A third-round pick last year, Cooper should get the first crack at filling it, but he will likely share time with rookie Carl Nassib. John Hughes should start at the other end spot. The Browns are going to get run all over this year.
Jul 16 - 10:37 AM


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