Fantasy Football News & Views
Browns | Emmanuel Ogbah signs Thu May 26, 06:58 PM
Cleveland Browns DE Emmanuel Ogbah signed his four-year rookie contract Thursday, May 26. Financial terms were undisclosed.Link to story
Browns | Terrelle Pryor much improved Thu May 26, 03:07 PM
Cleveland Browns WR Terrelle Pryor said he is much improved as a receiver compared to where he was last year. '(I'm) 10 times (better than last year),' Pryor said after an OTA practice. 'I look at the film and it amazes me, and I give that to (receivers coach Al) Saunders, because just sitting there and doing the extra meeting time with him and him really breaking down certain routes to me and how he wants them run, it's awesome.' At 6-4, Pryor towers over most cornerbacks. He's playing with confidence in practices and is showing full effort.
|Footballguys view: That's good, but he still has a ways to go. He's transitioning from quarterback, so the slow improvement isn't a shock. We think Cleveland holds onto him because of the size and athleticism, but it could be some time before he is relevant as a fantasy option.|
Terrelle Pryor player page
Browns | Sign David Richards Tue May 24, 06:21 PM
Free-agent WR David Richards (Falcons) was signed by the Cleveland Browns Tuesday, May 24.
Browns | Duke Johnson an every-down back? Mon May 23, 09:22 PM
Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson believes RB Duke Johnson can be an every-down running back in the NFL. Johnson had a chance to win the starting job in 2015 but suffered a hamstring injury.
|Footballguys view: Johnson may have the ability to be a full-time RB in the NFL, but he may be best suited playing a change-of-pace role. He's an explosive player who can be used similarly to the way Jackson used Gio Bernard when he was OC with the Bengals. Isaiah Crowell may be the lead back with Johnson working behind him.|
Duke Johnson player page
Browns | Brian Hartline released Mon May 23, 01:15 PM
Cleveland Browns WR Brian Hartline was released Monday, May 23, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: No surprise here...especially after the Browns added four WRs in the 2016 NFL draft. Hartline compiled 523 yards on 46 receptions, with two touchdowns in 12 games last season. There may be a team interested in adding a veteran WR that could add Hartline as training camp gets closer.|
Brian Hartline player page
Browns | Corey Coleman Cleveland's top target? Sun May 22, 11:06 PM
Cleveland Browns WR Corey Coleman should see the ball early and often, according to beat writer Mary Kay Cabot, and she believes he will take over as the No. 1 receiver immediately.
|Footballguys view: Coleman should take the place of Travis Benjamin in the Browns offense, but it's unknown whether or not he'll be able to match Benjamin's production. Last year, Benjamin was WR29 in standard-scoring leagues with 68 catches for 966 yards and five receiving touchdowns.|
Browns | Josh McCown performing well Fri May 20, 03:20 PM
Cleveland Browns QB Josh McCown has performed well during organized team activities this week and appears to have a good grasp on the new offense.
|Footballguys view: Robert Griffin III won't be handed the starting job. McCown was actually solid as a streaming quarterback last year, and if he wins out to start Week 1, he will be a viable fantasy option in the season opener at Philadelphia.|
Josh McCown player page
Browns | Dennis Parks signed Fri May 20, 03:10 PM
Free-agent LB Dennis Parks (Packers) signed with the Cleveland Browns Friday, May 20. Terms of the contract were not disclosed. The Browns also placed PK Jaden Oberkrom on the Reserve/Retired list.Link to story
Browns | Terrelly Pryor getting better Wed May 18, 07:20 PM
Cleveland Browns WR Terrelle Pryor has flashed the past few days in organized team activities and head coach Hue Jackson said Pryor is working hard and getting better every day.
|Footballguys view: Even though there are a multitude of new rookie wide receivers in Cleveland, Pryor could still stick as his athleticism is intriguing. He has to improve more rapidly though, as it really is getting crowded in those receivers meetings.|
Terrelle Pryor player page
Browns | Joe Haden optimistic on status Wed May 18, 07:12 PM
Cleveland Browns CB Joe Haden (ankle) said he believes he'll return in time for the regular season. Haden wasn't so sure about training camp, but said he'll try to be ready in time when that starts in late July. As reported earlier, Haden shed his walking boot Tuesday, May 17.
|Footballguys view: The Browns are in full rebuild mode, but they still need a good defense and Haden is a key piece of it. In a tough division, they have to have Haden in the secondary.|
Joe Haden player page
Browns | Joe Haden sheds walking boot Wed May 18, 05:56 PM
Cleveland Browns CB Joe Haden (ankle) said he got rid of his walking boot Tuesday, May 17, and is progressing well.Link to story
Joe Haden player page
Browns | Brad Craddock cut Wed May 18, 05:18 PM
Cleveland Browns PK Brad Craddock was released Wednesday, May 18, in light of the signing of PK Jaden Oberkrom.
Browns | Claim Jaden Oberkrom Wed May 18, 05:04 PM
Free-agent PK Jaden Oberkrom (Jaguars) was claimed by the Cleveland Browns Wednesday, May 18.Link to story
Browns | Hue Jackson not rushing QB decision Sun May 15, 08:58 PM
Cleveland Browns QB Robert Griffin III or any other player won't be named the starting quarterback until they earn it, according to head coach Hue Jackson, but Jackson said that he expects to name the Week 1 start well before the season opener.
|Footballguys view: We're expecting Griffin to be the team's starter. Rookie Cody Kessler is making a strong impression in Browns camp, but training camp and the preseason will be able to separate the two.|
Robert Griffin III player page
Browns | Josh McCown could still be kept Sat May 14, 03:32 PM
Cleveland Browns QB Josh McCown could still stay with the Browns if he does not win the starting quarterback position, according to director of football operations Sashi Brown.
|Footballguys view: The draft has come and gone, so any QB-needy team has already filled the void. McCown is just a "bridge" QB for a franchise in transition at the position. Perhaps if there is an injury in training camp, the Browns would be able to deal the veteran quarterback. Robert Griffin III should start, McCown should be his primary backup and rookie Cody Kessler should be the team's third-string, developmental QB.|
Josh McCown player page
Browns | Ricky Stanzi trying out Sat May 14, 11:22 AM
Free-agent QB Ricky Stanzi (Lions) is participate in the Cleveland Browns' rookie minicamp this weekend on a tryout basis.
|Footballguys view: Stanzi has a huge arm, but he can't throw it in the ocean standing on the beach. He's a camp arm if he's able to latch on.|
Ricky Stanzi player page
Browns | Coach happy with Cody Kessler Sat May 14, 11:09 AM
Cleveland Browns QB Cody Kessler performed well during practice Friday, May 13, but it is too early to say if Kessler will compete for the starting quarterback job, according to head coach Hue Jackson. Kessler showed good accuracy and footwork during practice and was comfortable under center and in the shotgun formation.
|Footballguys view: Kessler was an...interesting...pick for the Browns in the third round of the 2016 NFL draft. He had intriguing upside and potential in college at USC, but Kessler never seemed to fully flourish in his skill set. He's a safe QB who does not like to challenge the edge of a defense. Kessler is accurate in the pocket (70.4 percent) on intermediate routes, and he could be Hue Jackson's new version of Andy Dalton. If he works out, we see Kessler as a poor man's version of Dalton.|
Browns | Corey Coleman not in shape Fri May 13, 07:21 PM
Cleveland Browns WR Corey Coleman must get into better shape for his rookie season, according to head coach Hue Jackson 'He's got to get in shape,' Jackson said. 'He's explosive and he can catch the ball. He's extremely talented and gifted. (But) he's one of the guys that has to get in shape. He saw himself, 'whoa, this is different.' And it is. But we'll get him to where he needs to be.'
|Footballguys view: Early on, rookies have to shape their bodies for the pro game. We're not worried about Coleman's physique right now. He's a speedy WR who should be able to take the top off the defense and fill in for the departed Travis Benjamin (Chargers).|
Browns | Corey Coleman signs first deal Fri May 13, 12:15 PM
Cleveland Browns WR Corey Coleman signed his rookie four-year deal Friday, May 13. All first-round picks have fifth-year options in their contracts.
|Footballguys view: Coleman's game is all about speed, speed and more speed. With Travis Benjamin moving on in free agency (Chargers), Coleman should take over as the team's primary downfield target. Last year, Benjamin was WR29 in standard-scoring leagues and we think Coleman should be more in the 35-40 range.|
Browns | Cody Kessler will practice Thu May 12, 07:53 PM
Cleveland Browns rookie QB Cody Kessler will still practice at the rookie minicamp even if he doesn't sign by the start of camp Thursday, May 12, due to the injury protection clause.
|Footballguys view: Kessler is who he is - a guy who won't make a lot of mistakes but who is risk averse to a fault. He's unlikely to be a threat to Robert Griffin III in his rookie year, and we're not sure we expect much of him down the road either. That said, Hue Jackson has made decent quarterbacks look great before, so we have some hope.|
Browns | Two rookies sign Thu May 12, 07:48 PM
Cleveland Browns rookie WR Jordan Payton and LB Scooby Wright III signed their four-year rookie deals Thursday, May 12.
|Footballguys view: Payton is an interesting later round addition. Given the lack of veteran receivers in Cleveland, and his skillset (possession receiver), Payton could turn into a decent WR3 or WR4 in a PPR league.|
Browns | Josh Gordon phased out in Cleveland? Wed May 11, 09:56 AM
Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon may not have a roster spot to return to if he's reinstated after the team drafted four wide receivers in the 2016 NFL Draft. The new regime in the front office has also said that high-character players were something they stressed in the draft.
|Footballguys view: Nobody can deny Gordon's talent, but his off-field antics may have cost him his spot with the Browns. The team selected four WRs in the 2016 NFL draft, and there's some real talent added at the position. Even their fifth-round pick, Rashard Higgins (CSU), has the upside to be a quality starter. If Gordon does play in 2016, it might not be for the Browns. Stay tuned.|
Josh Gordon player page
Browns | Hue Jackson talks up running back duo Thu May 5, 04:17 PM
Cleveland Browns RBs Isaiah Crowell and Duke Johnson were recently lauded by the head coach Hue Jackson. 'Those two guys are as good as I've seen in a while,' Jackson said. 'Their talent is extreme.' As reported earlier, Jackson has pointed to Crowell, mainly, as the reason for the Browns not selecting a running back in the draft. 'I really think Isaiah Crowell is a really good running back. I think he's going to have a sensational season, I really do.'
|Footballguys view: Jackson dealt with a RB duo in Cincinnati with Jeremy Hill and Gio Bernard. It will be interesting to see how he does with Crowell and Johnson. We think Crowell could play the Hill role while Johnson plays the Bernard role for the Browns in 2016. We'll have a clearer picture of what is going to happen when camp gets close.|
Isaiah Crowell player page
Duke Johnson player page
Browns | Hue Jackson really likes Ike Thu May 5, 01:50 AM
Cleveland Browns RB Isaiah Crowell has a fan in head coach Hue Jackson, and his confidence in Crowell and RB Duke Johnson is why the team did not select a running back in the 2016 NFL draft. Crowell led the team with 185 carries, 706 yards and four touchdowns in 2015. Jackson sees Crowell as a bellcow who can carry the load, and he is confident Crowell can find holes quicker this season.
|Footballguys view: Crowell is Jackson's new Jeremy Hill. The team can lean on Crowell as their lead back in 2016 with Duke Johnson coming onto the field as a change-of-pace back.|
Isaiah Crowell player page
Browns | Duke Johnson praised by HC Thu May 5, 01:49 AM
Cleveland Browns RB Duke Johnson has been praised by new head coach Hue Jackson, who sees Johnson as an elusive runner and dynamic receiver in a mold similar to Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard. 'I think he's going to have a great year as well,' Jackson said Wednesday, May 4. 'Duke has suddenness and quickness and he can go catch the ball with anybody. He does so many different things that gives your offense a boost.'
|Footballguys view: We're excited to see how Jackson is going to use Johnson in his offense. There are a lot of similarities between Johnson and Bengals RB Gio Bernard. When Jackson was coaching the Bengals offense, he may not have used Bernard as much as some would've liked.|
Duke Johnson player page
Browns | Seth DeValve can present mismatches Tue May 3, 11:44 AM
Cleveland Browns TE Seth DeValve can present mismatches, according to executive vice president of football operations Sashi Brown. DeValve, who the Browns took in the fourth round in 2016, was a wide receiver that moved all across the field in college. The team termed him an 'H-back adjuster.' DeValve had two surgeries in college to correct a condition he had at birth, but it's not expected to hinder him as he prepares for rookie minicamp.
|Footballguys view: This wasn't a great TE class, but DeValve is a player to monitor as he progresses as a rookie. Brown said the team was prepared to take him in the third round, but the fact he went to Princeton made him fall a round.|
Browns | Scott Solomon released Mon May 2, 02:49 PM
Cleveland Browns LB Scott Solomon was released Monday, May 2.Link to story
Browns | Cleveland inks several UDFAs Mon May 2, 02:15 AM
Undrafted free-agents LB Dominique Alexander (Oklahoma), CB Kenya Dennis (Missouri), TE J.P. Holtz (Pittsburgh), RB Paul James (Rutgers) and DT Kyle Rose (West Virginia) agreed to terms with the Cleveland Browns Sunday, May 1.Link to story
Browns | Cody Kessler will get chance to start Sun May 1, 01:16 AM
Cleveland Browns QB Cody Kessler will have a legitimate shot to beat out QB Robert Griffin III for the starting job in training camp and the preseason. 'It's a competition. We'll let it play out,' executive vice president of football operations Sashi Brown said Saturday, April 30.
|Footballguys view: This seems ludicrous on its face, but an open competition is probably best for everyone. If Kessler somehow wins, it's a terrible sign for Griffin's career at this point.|
Robert Griffin III player page
Browns | Mike Matthews heads to Cleveland Sat Apr 30, 09:38 PM
Undrafted free-agent C Mike Matthews (Texas A&M) signed a deal with the Cleveland Browns Saturday, April 30. He will receive a $7,500 signing bonus, and $2,500 of his base salary is guaranteed.Link to story
Browns | Jamar Taylor headed to Browns Sat Apr 30, 05:31 PM
Miami Dolphins CB Jamar Taylor was shipped to the Cleveland Browns, along with pick No. 250, in exchange for pick No. 223 Saturday, April 30.Link to story
Jamar Taylor player page
Browns | Cleveland takes Rashard Higgins Sat Apr 30, 03:38 PM
Former Colorado State WR Rashard Higgins was selected by the Cleveland Browns with the 172nd pick in the fifth round of the NFL draft Saturday, April 30.
|Footballguys view: Higgins is criminally underrated according to Footballguys' own Cecil Lammey. An incredibly confident receiver whose work in 2014 was ridiculously good and that's what the Browns are hoping for even if his 2015 production took a step back. His speed is average at best, and he needs to improve his route-running, with some issues getting off the press, but he upside is huge.|
Browns | Teams positioning to land Connor Cook? Sat Apr 30, 11:59 AM
The Cleveland Browns have been receiving interest for the first pick in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL draft, and Ian Rapoport of NFL.com believes teams could be trying to move up to select Michigan State QB Connor Cook.Link to story
Browns | Cody Kessler was the right fit Sat Apr 30, 12:04 AM
Cleveland Browns QB Cody Kessler was the 'right fit' for the team, according to head coach Hue Jackson.
|Footballguys view: This actually makes more sense than you think. He's a game manager who won't make a lot of mistakes, though he is limited in arm strength and not aggressive enough to really carry an offense. It's a very "Moneyball" pick - Kessler is a low-risk, middle-reliever guy who will keep the offense moving while you rely on other players to make big plays. He's a good backup when your starter is likely Robert Griffin III.|
Browns | Cody Kessler nabbed by Cleveland Fri Apr 29, 11:06 PM
The Cleveland Browns selected University of Southern California QB Cody Kessler with the No. 93 overall pick in the third round of the 2016 NFL draft Friday, April 29.
|Footballguys view: Shocking considering Cook is still around and Kessler is such a limited prospect. He makes good decisions but doesn't have a very strong arm and plays a little too conservative at times. He's a safety net but no more than that.|
Browns | Emmanuel Ogbah kicks off second round Fri Apr 29, 07:14 PM
The Cleveland Browns selected Oklahoma State DE Emmanuel Ogbah with the No. 32 overall pick in the second round of the 2016 NFL draft on Friday, April 29.
|Footballguys view: The Browns almost traded out, but they decided to work on their pass-rush and Ogbah is a great addition to build on.|
Browns | Cleveland unsure about 32nd pick Fri Apr 29, 06:41 PM
Cleveland Browns director of football operations Sashi Brown has not decided if the team will keep the 32nd overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft or trade the pick away.Link to story
Browns | Saalim Hakim released Fri Apr 29, 06:19 PM
Cleveland Browns WR Saalim Hakim was released Friday, April 29.Saalim Hakim player page
Browns | Corey Coleman to bring big plays Thu Apr 28, 11:38 PM
Cleveland Browns WR Corey Coleman has the speed to turn short plays into long plays and will be a dynamic weapon in the offense, according to general manager Sashi Brown.
|Footballguys view: While perhaps not the guy we'd have expected them to pick, he still adds a much-needed element to a very thin receiving corps. The Browns have a long way to go to make us feel good about the passing offense for fantasy purposes, but it's a good start.|
Browns | Corey Coleman drafted by Browns Thu Apr 28, 09:57 PM
The Cleveland Browns selected Baylor WR Corey Coleman with the 15th overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft on Thursday, April 28.
|Footballguys view: Most would have gone with Laquon Treadwell which could make this the most Browns pick ever, as they got the position they needed but the wrong guy. On the plus side, he's a dangerous vertical talent with the ability to get over the top of defenders who fail to recognize his speed off the line of scrimmage. on the downside, he has focus drops and is undersized.|
Browns | Cleveland moves down in first round Thu Apr 28, 09:15 PM
The Cleveland Browns traded the eighth overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft as well as a 2016 sixth-round pick to the Tennessee Titans in exchange for the 15th overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft, a 2016 third-round draft choice and a 2017 second round pick. The Titans selected OT Jack Conklin with the pick.Link to story
Browns | Cleveland interested in Connor Cook Thu Apr 28, 07:50 PM
The Cleveland Browns could be looking to trade back in the first round in order to select Michigan State QB Connor Cook, according to NFL sources.
|Footballguys view: So the Browns got rid of a quarterback with attitude issues and might draft another with character issues. Cool story, bro. Cook has the physical skill set but we aren't sold on him as the answer to the Browns' problems. Especially since they could have had Carson Wentz.|
Browns | Joe Thomas won't be dealt Thu Apr 28, 12:56 PM
Cleveland Browns OT Joe Thomas said that team officials told him they have no plans to trade him.
|Footballguys view: They can't risk having him leave when Alex Mack already departed. They need to protect Robert Griffin III or whatever other unlucky sod ends up under center.|
Browns | Cleveland could pick Jack Conklin Wed Apr 27, 06:04 PM
Michigan State OT Jack Conklin is being considered by the Cleveland Browns with their eighth overall selection. Conklin had an extensive meeting with the Browns at Michigan State's pro day.
|Footballguys view: Conklin seems to be in play more in the mid-first than top 10, but with Ronnie Stanley (Notre Dame) having higher expectations lately, he might ride a wave of tackles up the board. Cleveland is just as likely to trade down and still get Conklin, so the rumored trade down with Miami is in play if they covet him.|
Browns | Ezekiel Elliott at No. 8 by way of CLE? Wed Apr 27, 10:56 AM
Ohio State RB Ezekiel Elliott has a number of teams calling the Cleveland Browns trying to move up to their eighth pick to select him in the 2016 NFL Draft.
|Footballguys view: The Miami Dolphins, who originally had the #8 pick, are likely to be willing to pay the most to get him because of their need at running back. The Giants (10), Bears (11) and Raiders (14) could also be teams interested in Elliott, or being used as pawns by the Browns to wring more out of the Dolphins. If Elliott doesn't go to the Cowboys at #4 or Ravens at #6 (both of which seem unlikely), he'll be there for the Browns.|
Browns | Cleveland high on Connor Cook? Tue Apr 26, 10:14 PM
Michigan State QB Connor Cook might be the target of the Cleveland Browns at the end of Round 1 of the 2016 NFL Draft, according to league sources. The team could move down from the No. 8 overall pick and select the former Spartan.
|Footballguys view: Cook and Christian Hackenberg (Penn State) are both trending towards getting into the first round as the quarterback stocks have been inflated by trade-ups to #1 and #2. The Browns have Robert Griffin III and Josh McCown on the roster, but McCown could get traded if the team takes a quarterback early.|
Browns | Darrian Miller not retained Tue Apr 26, 04:56 PM
Cleveland Browns OT Darrian Miller was released Tuesday, April 26. His minimum tender was withdrawn.
Browns | Cleveland open to trade Tue Apr 26, 04:01 PM
Mississippi WR Laquon Treadwell could be a target of the Cleveland Browns if the Browns trade down from their eighth overall selection.
|Footballguys view: Treadwell is arguably the best receiver in this draft class. He's what Matt Waldman calls a "plus possession" receiver, and Treadwell has a skill set similar to that of DeAndre Hopkins (Texans).|
Browns | Saalim Hakim signs Mon Apr 25, 02:53 PM
Free-agent WR Saalim Hakim (Lions) signed an undisclosed deal with the Cleveland Browns Monday, April 25.
|Footballguys view: Hakim tried out for the Browns last week at their voluntary minicamp. Undrafted out of Tartleton in 2011, Hakim began his pro career in the UFL with the Las Vegas Locomotives. The Browns are the sixth NFL team he's been on, and Hakim will be hard-pressed to make the roster...even on a WR-needy team like the Browns.|
Saalim Hakim player page
Browns | Derrick Henry a target of Browns? Sun Apr 24, 02:10 PM
Alabama RB Derrick Henry could be targeted by the Cleveland Browns with their No. 32 overall pick in the NFL Draft, according to Steve Doerschuk of the Canton Repository. Doerschuk views Henry as a potential upgrade over current RB Isaiah Crowell.
|Footballguys view: The Browns moved down in the first round to assemble more picks. Their draft plan could include taking Henry at the top of the second round. He should be there as we only see one RB (Ezekiel Elliott) going off the board in the first. Henry reminds us of former Giants RB Brandon Jacobs. Like Jacobs, Henry is a tall/large back who has build up power and speed. He's a two-down player, and that limits his value in the NFL and for fantasy owners.|
Isaiah Crowell player page