Fantasy Football News & Views
Browns | Two rookies back on the field Wed May 23, 09:49 PM
Cleveland Browns CB Denzel Ward (hip) and WR Antonio Callaway (toe) participated in organized team activities Wednesday, May 23. Both players suffered injuries during rookie minicamp.Link to story
Browns | Howard Wilson still sidelined Wed May 23, 09:47 PM
Cleveland Browns CB Howard Wilson (knee) did not participate in organized team activities Wednesday, May 23.Link to story
Browns | Shon Coleman first at LT Wed May 23, 09:43 PM
Cleveland Browns OT Shon Coleman worked at left tackle with the first-team offense during organized team activities Wednesday, May 23. OTs Austin Corbett and Desmond Harrison also received some snaps at left tackle during practice.Link to story
Browns | Baker Mayfield struggles Wednesday Wed May 23, 09:42 PM
Cleveland Browns QB Baker Mayfield threw three interceptions during organized team activities Wednesday, May 23, with two of the three interceptions tipping off receivers' hands.
|Footballguys view: Mayfield has no problem with confidence, so this rough day is just going to be part of the journey. The rookie no.1 overall pick is competing to be the Browns starter this year as he's clearly the QB of the future. We'll see if Tyrod Taylor can hold off Mayfield for the starting job in training camp.|
Browns | Duke Johnson optimistic for extension Wed May 23, 08:40 PM
Cleveland Browns RB Duke Johnson said that he is in discussions with the team about a contract extension and he's 'very optimistic' the two sides will come to an agreement.
|Footballguys view: A third-round pick in 2015, Johnson is in the final year of his rookie contract. Johnson has around a $2.1 million cap hit in 2018, and the change-of-pace back could stay with the team after this year to continue his role. Carlos Hyde and rookie Nick Chubb will compete for the lead ball-carrier spot on the Browns in 2018.|
Duke Johnson player page
Browns | Baker Mayfield taking third-team reps Wed May 23, 01:46 PM
Cleveland Browns rookie QB Baker Mayfield was practicing with the third-team offense during organized team activities Wednesday, May 23. QBs Tyrod Taylor and Drew Stanton practiced ahead of Mayfield.
|Footballguys view: It's May, and we know the 2018 no.1 overall pick is not going to sit the bench for long. We'll see how long Tyrod Taylor can hold Mayfield off, and there's a chance the rookie could begin the regular season as the starter. Mayfield is hyper competitive and would not be comfortable sitting on the bench. We think he'll start sooner rather that later, and this is a battle to watch through training camp and the preseason.|
Browns | CLE signs two rookies Tue May 22, 05:32 PM
Cleveland Browns WR Antonio Callaway and DE Chad Thomas signed their four-year rookie contracts Tuesday, May 22. Financial terms were not disclosed.Link to story
Browns | David Njoku slated to be full-time starter Tue May 22, 04:05 AM
Cleveland Browns TE David Njoku is going to be the club's full-time starter, according to Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal.
|Footballguys view: Njoku can be a seam ripper for the Browns, and he should be the primary pass catcher at the position. He's a TE2 with TE1 upside that fantasy owners like taking late in drafts. Right now, Njoku has an ADP of TE17 (13.12) in 12-team PPR leagues.|
David Njoku player page
Browns | Cleveland claims Marcell Frazier Fri May 18, 05:07 PM
The Cleveland Browns claimed DE Marcell Frazier off waivers from the Seattle Seahawks Friday, May 18. The team also waived LB Austin Calitro.Link to story
Browns | Jamar Taylor dealt to Arizona Fri May 18, 02:01 PM
Cleveland Browns CB Jamar Taylor was traded to the Arizona Cardinals in exchange for a sixth-round pick Friday, May 18.Link to story
Jamar Taylor player page
Browns | Denzel Ward feeling good Wed May 16, 09:56 PM
Cleveland Browns CB Denzel Ward (hip) said his injured hip is feeling good and that he expects to participate in organized team activities next week.
|Footballguys view: Ward was held out of some practices during rookie minicamp, mainly as a precautionary move.|
Browns | Two players claimed by Browns Tue May 15, 05:11 PM
The Cleveland Browns claimed C Anthony Fabiano off waivers from the Indianapolis Colts and OL Avery Gennesy off waivers from the Jacksonville Jaguars Tuesday, May 15. P Michael Carrizosa and OL Christian Schneider were waived in corresponding moves.Link to story
Browns | Genard Avery signs contract Mon May 14, 01:20 PM
Cleveland Browns fifth-round draft choice LB Genard Avery signed a four-year contract with the Browns Monday, May 14, worth around $2.695 million.
|Footballguys view: During his time in college at Memphis, Avery played both as a weak-side linebacker and as a 'roving' pass rusher. He's got a high motor and knows how to find the ball. Avery is a 'tweener and may struggle to find a true position in the pros.|
Browns | Brogan Roback joins Browns Mon May 14, 10:51 AM
Undrafted free-agent QB Brogan Roback (Eastern Michigan) signed a three-year deal with the Cleveland Browns Monday, April 14. Financial terms weren't disclosed.Link to story
Browns | Austin Corbett may be option at OG Wed May 9, 11:22 PM
Cleveland Browns OT Austin Corbett likely will be an option at left guard if he is not able to handle the left tackle job, in the opinion of The Cleveland Plain Dealer's Mary Kay Cabot.Link to story
Browns | Denzel Ward should return to field Wed May 9, 10:58 PM
Cleveland Browns CB Denzel Ward (hip) should be on the field for offseason workouts later this month.
|Footballguys view: The Browns are excited to see the no.4 overall pick in action, but they want to be cautious with him since he was a little banged up. He suffered a hip injury during the rookie minicamp and missed two days of practice as a precaution.|
Browns | Corey Coleman not untouchable Tue May 8, 07:08 PM
Cleveland Browns WR Corey Coleman could be traded if the Browns were to receive a 'decent offer,' according to The Cleveland Plain-Dealer's Mary Kay Cabot.
|Footballguys view: The buzz about Coleman perhaps being on the trade block has been around seemingly most of this offseason, so this report should not come as any surprise. The Browns added Jarvis Landry via trade and he should be their top target. Behind Landry, we should see Josh Gordon produce as the no.2 wide receiver. A first-round pick in 2016 out of Baylor, Coleman has done little to impress as injuries and inconsistencies have held him back as a pro.|
Corey Coleman player page
Browns | David Jenkins promoted Tue May 8, 10:55 AM
Cleveland Browns executive vice president David Jenkins was promoted to executive vice president and chief operating officer Tuesday, May 8.Link to story
Browns | Joel Stave waived Mon May 7, 05:04 PM
Cleveland Browns QB Joel Stave was waived Monday, May 7. Free-agent P Justin Vogel (Packers) was claimed in a corresponding move.Link to story
Browns | Austin Corbett terms Mon May 7, 09:48 AM
Updating previous reports, Cleveland Browns OG Austin Corbett signed a four-year deal worth about $7.568 million, including a signing bonus of $3.584 million, according to Spotrac.com.Link to story
Browns | Baker Mayfield working under center Sun May 6, 09:37 PM
Cleveland Browns QB Baker Mayfield has spent the first two days of rookie camp taking a majority of his snaps from under center. 'We are going to hammer that until I am good and it feels natural,' Mayfield said. 'That is the way it should be because I can play out of the 'gun. Everybody here knows that.'
|Footballguys view: It's something Mayfield needs to work on as he only had three passing attempts from under center in 2017. Mayfield worked diligently on his footwork in the predraft process, and that should help when working from under center.|
Browns | Three ink rookie pacts with Cleveland Sun May 6, 04:39 PM
The Cleveland Browns signed second-round OL Austin Corbett as well as sixth-rounders WR Damion Ratley and CB Simeon Thomas to four-year undisclosed contracts on Sunday, May 6.
|Footballguys view: At 6'3" 190 pounds, Ratley has a great size/speed combination. He's a big-play guy who can cradle in deep passes with ease. Ratley does a good job of tracking passes over his shoulder and has the speed to run away from defenders. He's raw as a route runner and will look to develop on a deep Browns depth chart at the WR position.|
Browns | Cleveland signs two Sun May 6, 04:10 PM
The Cleveland Browns signed TE Julian Allen and DL Lenny Jones signed to undisclosed contracts after the pair participated in this weekend's rookie minicamp on a tryout basis.Link to story
Browns | Antonio Callaway injury update Sat May 5, 05:23 PM
Updating a previous report, Cleveland Browns WR Antonio Callaway (toe) suffered a toe injury during practice Saturday, May 5. The severity of the injury is uncertain at this point.
|Footballguys view: Cleveland is already hurting with first-round pick Denzel Ward battling a hip injury. Callaway is a pure speed wide receiver who doesn't lose much speed when making breaks on his routes. A toe injury could certainly hamper a guy with that skill set. The Browns will be wisely cautious moving forward.|
Browns | Antonio Callaway leaves practice Sat May 5, 04:36 PM
Cleveland Browns WR Antonio Callaway (leg) left practice early Saturday, May 5, after suffering an apparent leg injury.Link to story
Browns | Denzel Ward to miss practice Sat May 5, 12:54 PM
Cleveland Browns CB Denzel Ward (hip) will not participate in practice Saturday, May 5, because of a hip injury. The team said the move is precautionary.
|Footballguys view: Ward was the no.4 overall pick and he was somewhat of a controversial selection over Bradley Chubb. We'll see if the Ohio State product can get healthy and prove he's more than a feisty nickel corner in the pros.|
Browns | Tyrod Taylor still starter Sat May 5, 12:13 PM
Cleveland Browns QB Tyrod Taylor is still the team's starting quarterback even though they selected QB Baker Mayfield with the first overall pick, according to head coach Hue Jackson.
|Footballguys view: Saying 'for now' would be best for Jackson and the Browns. Mayfield is an intense competitor and he can start from day one. We'll see how quickly he acclimates to the pro game, but it wouldn't be a shock to see him beat out Taylor for the starting job in Week 1.|
Tyrod Taylor player page
Browns | Denzel Ward limited Fri May 4, 07:07 PM
Cleveland Browns CB Denzel Ward (undisclosed) did not participate in team drills Friday, May 4, because of a possible injury. Head coach Hue Jackson said the team will see how Ward feels Saturday, May 5.
|Footballguys view: Not a good way for Ward to begin his Browns career. The no.4 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft has the upside to be a starting corner in the league, and he could start from day one in Cleveland.|
Browns | Randall Telfer trade cancelled Fri May 4, 05:05 PM
Cleveland Browns TE Randall Telfer was waived Friday, May 4, after his scheduled trade to the Kansas City Chiefs was cancelled by both teams.Link to story
Randall Telfer player page
Browns | Two UDFAs signed by Cleveland Fri May 4, 02:39 PM
Undrafted free-agent RB Dontrell Hilliard (Tulane) and WR Derrick Willies (Texas Tech) were signed to undisclosed contracts Friday, May 4.Link to story
Browns | Damarious Randall to play safety Thu May 3, 09:55 PM
Cleveland Browns CB Damarious Randall will switch positions and be the starting free safety in 2018.
|Footballguys view: A first-round pick out of Arizona State in 2015, Randall played free safety during his time with the Sun Devils. The Packers tried him out at corner with little success, so they traded Randall to the Browns. Randall just had his fifth-year option picked up by Cleveland, but make no mistake this is a make-or-break year for him with his new team as the option is only guaranteed for injury.|
Damarious Randall player page
Browns | Corey Coleman not shopped to other teams Thu May 3, 04:01 PM
Cleveland Browns WR Corey Coleman did not appear to be on the trading block during the 2018 NFL Draft, according to sources.
|Footballguys view: The Browns can't depend on Josh Gordon and rookie Anthonio Calloway has his own off-field issues, so that's no surprise. Jarvis Landry can't do it all himself, so the Browns could use a guy like Coleman to come through at the WR position. Coleman is getting overlooked by fantasy GMs and shouldn't be. He's one of those WRs you can take a last-round flier on based on his current ADP.|
Corey Coleman player page
Browns | Jamar Taylor could still be moved Thu May 3, 03:56 PM
Cleveland Browns CB Jamar Taylor was on the trading block during the 2018 NFL Draft, and the team is expected to continue to shop him to other teams during the offseason.
|Footballguys view: With Denzel Ward getting selected, it makes sense the Browns were looking to move someone who he would replace. They can't expect much for Taylor though.|
Jamar Taylor player page
Browns | Denzel Ward to be top CB Thu May 3, 03:44 PM
Cleveland Browns CB Denzel Ward will serve as the team's No. 1 cornerback this upcoming season.
|Footballguys view: They paid a premium for him, so it's to be expected. We will very quickly discover if their hunch about Ward was wrong or right. We'll especially watch to see if he or Bradley Chubb (Broncos) has the more impactful rookie season.|
Browns | Two Browns released Thu May 3, 10:31 AM
Cleveland Browns LB Dominique Alexander (failed physical) and RB Darius X. Jackson were released Thursday, May 3.Link to story
Darius Jackson player page
Browns | Cleveland adds Jermaine Grace Wed May 2, 09:41 PM
The Cleveland Browns claimed LB Jermaine Grace off waivers from the Indianapolis Colts.Link to story
Browns | Cleveland trades Randall Telfer Wed May 2, 02:48 PM
Cleveland Browns TE Randall Telfer was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs Wednesday, May 2, in exchange for LB Dadi Nicolas.Link to story
Randall Telfer player page
Browns | Intangibles separated Baker Mayfield Mon Apr 30, 07:16 PM
Cleveland Browns QB Baker Mayfield's off-field intangibles gave him the edge in being viewed as the best quarterback in this year's class by the Browns, according to vice president of player personnel Alonzo Highsmith Sr.
|Footballguys view: Highsmith specifically noted Mayfield's intelligence, competitiveness and efficacy as favorable traits. Mayfield is certainly an alpha male and believes he's the one who can turn things around for the Browns. It's going to be interesting to watch and see if Mayfield can start from day one. He should as he has the accuracy and ability to do so, but the Browns may begin this season with Tyrod Taylor as their starter. Stay tuned...and pay close attention to which WRs Mayfield seems to form the strongest bond with leading up to the regular season.|
Browns | Damarious Randall's option exercised Mon Apr 30, 01:33 PM
Cleveland Browns CB Damarious Randall's fifth-year option was exercised Monday, April 30, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: A first-round pick for the Packers back in 2015, the Browns picked up Randall earlier this offseason in a trade. Word is the Browns plan to move Randall back to his college position of free safety.|
Damarious Randall player page
Browns | Three Browns players cut Mon Apr 30, 12:07 PM
Cleveland Browns WR Matt Hazel, FS Kai Nacua and WR Kasen Williams were waived Monday, April 30.Link to story
Matt Hazel player page
Kasen Williams player page
Browns | Cleveland signs Joel Stave Mon Apr 30, 12:04 PM
Free-agent QB Joel Stave (Jets) signed with the Cleveland Browns Monday, April 30. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.Link to story
Browns | Chad Thomas could move around Sun Apr 29, 06:47 PM
Cleveland Browns DE Chad Thomas could line up at defensive end on early downs and move to defensive tackle in passing situations to provide interior pass rush, according to vice president of player personnel Andrew Berry.
|Footballguys view: Thomas is big and physically gifted, but hasn't fully harnessed his tools yet. He also has a music career, so teams were unsure of his focus on football. The upside was too high to ignore for a Browns team with a ton of picks that took a few risky mid-round propositions.|
Browns | Austin Corbett an option at LT? Sun Apr 29, 06:33 PM
Cleveland Browns OT Austin Corbett could be a candidate for the starting left tackle job next season, in the opinion of ESPN.com's Pat McManamon.
|Footballguys view: Corbett, like fellow Nevada offensive lineman and Brown Joel Bitonio, played left tackle in college. It is probably too bold to trust a rookie at left tackle, but with some seasoning, Corbett could end up there.|
Browns | Joel Bitonio to be LT? Sun Apr 29, 05:38 PM
Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson did not rule out the possibility of OG Joel Bitonio starting at left tackle next season.
|Footballguys view: The Browns have great depth on the interior offensive line with second round pick Austin Corbett (Nevada) in tow, so they can afford to be creative in solving the problem created when Joe Thomas retired. Bitonio was a left tackle in college, coincidentally the same as Corbett - Nevada.|
Browns | Darvin Kidsy headed to Cleveland Sun Apr 29, 11:51 AM
Undrafted free-agent WR Darvin Kidsy (North Texas) reportedly agreed to terms with the Cleveland Browns Saturday, April 28.Link to story
Browns | Da'Mari Scott going to Cleveland Sun Apr 29, 11:48 AM
Undrafted free-agent WR Da'Mari Scott (Fresno State) reportedly agreed to terms with the Cleveland Browns Saturday, April 28.Link to story
Browns | Antonio Callaway joins Browns Sat Apr 28, 12:27 PM
The Cleveland Browns selected Florida WR Antonio Callaway with the 105th overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft Saturday, April 28.
|Footballguys view: Like new teammate Josh Gordon, his game speed is legitimate, and he's a playmaker. Also like Gordon, he's got some off-field issues. Lots of ability and some risk here.|
Browns | Nick Chubb fits the offense Sat Apr 28, 12:09 AM
Cleveland Browns RB Nick Chubb's physical running style 'exemplifies' what the offense needs, according to head coach Hue Jackson.
|Footballguys view: Chubb is an aggressive runner with a lot of talent, and could take a lot of carries away from the backs who are already there. Carlos Hyde and Duke Johnson are very good bags, Chubb has the possibility of being great.|
Browns | Chad Thomas heads to Cleveland Fri Apr 27, 09:25 PM
The Cleveland Browns selected Miami-Florida DE Chad Thomas with the 67th overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.
|Footballguys view: Versatile enough to play in multiple fronts, Thomas can get caught up too much on the outside, and doesn't use his hands well to move tackles out of his way. There's a lot of talent in Cleveland, so he can come along slowly, but this was a little early for him.|
Browns | Nick Chubb selected by Browns Fri Apr 27, 07:21 PM
The Cleveland Browns selected Georgia RB Nick Chubb with the 35th overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft Friday, April 27.
|Footballguys view: For those who felt that the Browns should have grabbed Saquon Barkley first overall and come back for a quarterback, Nick Chubb should help ease their pain. While nowhere near the back Barkley looks to be, Chubb is a big, talented back who does a lot well, if nothing completely outstandingly. He's going to have to learn how to work on passing downs, which he didn't have to often at Georgia, otherwise he will lose carries to guys like Duke Johnson and Carlos Hyde.|