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  Browns | Dwayne Bowe excited for opportunity    Sat Jul 4, 01:57 PM

Cleveland Browns WR Dwayne Bowe said he's excited to be on a new team and in a new atmosphere. He added that he wants to fill the shoes of standout WR Josh Gordon, who is serving a season-long suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy. Bowe said it's his job to replace Gordon in Cleveland's offense and he believes he can do just that. Bowe implied that he'd like to score more touchdowns this season after not scoring any with the Kansas City Chiefs last year. 'I got us down in scoring range and with our offense, it was based on running back to the tight end and my job was to play football,' Bowe said.

Footballguys view: Bowe may be excited, but fantasy owners need to proceed with caution when considering Bowe in drafts--even late. The career underachiever has done little to give fantasy owners confidence that he'll actually play up to his potential. The QB situation in Cleveland leaves a lot to be desired as well. We're recommending avoiding Bowe unless he's a WR6, late-round flier in your league.

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  Browns | Three TEs to platoon for Browns?    Tue Jun 30, 02:58 PM

Cleveland Browns TEs Gary Barnidge, Rob Housler and Jim Dray could all end up taking over for TE Jordan Cameron, who is now with the Miami Dolphins. Head coach Mike Pettine said the three tight ends provide some diversity and can be used in different ways.

Footballguys view: We're intrigued by Cameron (so long as he's healthy) now that he's with the Dolphins, but this Browns TE situation is one to avoid. There's not much fantasy value from any of these guys--even from a dynasty perspective.

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  Browns | Too soon to write off Johnny Manziel?    Sun Jun 28, 08:42 PM

Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel just 'needs more time' to develop and learn how to play from the pocket in order to become an effective NFL quarterback, according to Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Paul Guenther.

Footballguys view: Of course it's too soon. Manziel didn't do himself any favors last year as a rookie. However, he's entered rehab (of course exited rehab) and seems to have a better grasp on what it takes to be a good pro. We'll see if he can make a push for the starting job in training camp. If not, Manziel will back up Josh McCown in 2015--and perhaps replace him if (when?) McCown struggles.

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  Browns | Former QB praises Johnny Manziel    Sat Jun 27, 09:28 PM

Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel is trending in the right direction, former QB Elvis Grbac said. 'It's obviously a learning experience,' Grbac said. 'I think he's going in the right direction. He's on the right path. I think it'll be somewhat of a rude awakening the first couple games of the season and he will have to adjust.'

Footballguys view: Manziel should be a buy-low target for fantasy owners in dynasty leagues. Yes, he's a longshot to ever be what the Browns thought he could be as a first-round pick in 2014. However, running quarterbacks are valuable fantasy assets--and it's too soon to write off Manziel. He'll likely start the season as a backup behind Josh McCown, but he could get a chance to start if McCown struggles.

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  Browns | Cleveland in contact with Josh Gordon    Wed Jun 24, 05:34 PM

Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon has been in contact with an official from the team this offseason, according to a source. Gordon is serving a one-year suspension for multiple violations of the NFL's drug and alcohol policy but is allowed to be in contact with a front office member.

Footballguys view: Gordon has wasted his talent--and he's wasting time that he could be starring in the NFL. When he's not suspended, Gordon is one of the best receivers in the game. He served a 10-game suspension last year, came back and looked great for the first couple of games, then he was suspended by the team again for the season finale in Week 17. His contract with Cleveland is up after the 2015 season, and he's set to be a restricted free agent. Who knows if Cleveland will be interested in bringing him back after all they've endured with Gordon.

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  Browns | Terrelle Pryor claimed    Mon Jun 22, 04:25 PM

Cincinnati Bengals WR Terrelle Pryor was claimed off waivers by the Cleveland Browns Monday, June 22, according to a source.

Footballguys view: Pryor wasn't going to find a home in the NFL had he stayed at quarterback. Moving to wide receiver might not work out in the long run, but teams are interested in him enough at a new position. The Browns need all the WR talent they can get, so taking a chance on Pryor makes sense. At 6'5" 230 pounds, Pryor is a fine athlete who could create mismatches.

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  Browns | Cleveland awarded Shane Wynn    Sun Jun 21, 11:44 PM

The Cleveland Browns were awarded WR Shane Wynn (Falcons) off waivers Friday, June 19. In a corresponding move, the team waived WR Paul Browning.

Footballguys view: At 5'6" 167 pounds, Wynn is a diminutive receiver who will have to make his name as a return man for the Browns. He's a longshot to make the final roster, but he grew up in Cleveland and playing for the Browns has been a lifelong dream. He went to the same high school as Browns safety Donte Whitner.

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  Browns | Phil Taylor misses minicamp    Sun Jun 21, 02:51 PM

Cleveland Browns DT Phil Taylor (knee) did not participate during the team's minicamp last week, but the team believes he will be ready for the start of training camp.

Footballguys view: Taylor is a talented and disruptive player in the middle of the defensive line when healthy. The problem is he hasn't been able to stay healthy in recent years. Over the last three seasons, Taylor has missed a total of 20 games. He's due over $5 million this year, but none of that is guaranteed. Taylor could get cut if he doesn't impress in training camp.

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  Browns | Two roster moves made    Fri Jun 19, 04:51 PM

Free-agent WR Shane Wynn (Falcons) was claimed off waivers by the Cleveland Browns Friday, June 19. WR Paul Browning was subsequently released.

Footballguys view: Wynn, a 5-6, 167-pound rookie from Indiana, goes to Cleveland after spending the offseason with the Falcons, who signed him as an undrafted free agent following the 2015 NFL Draft. He's a native of Cleveland, and Wynn is obviously a return specialist and not much of a pro receiving threat.

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  Browns | Johnny Manziel struggling with accuracy    Fri Jun 19, 01:25 PM

Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel continues to struggle with throwing accuracy, but he showed improvement in little things, such as getting the plays called and off on time.

Footballguys view: Well, everything has to start somewhere. Manziel is far from the starting lineup at this point, and we'll see if he can become a more accurate passer with preseason and training camp reps. He'll likely begin the season as a backup, but the team might give him one more (last?) chance if/when Josh McCown struggles.

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  Browns | Isaiah Crowell could be lead back    Fri Jun 19, 01:18 PM

Cleveland Browns RB Isaiah Crowell could be the workhorse back if his ball security improves, according to offensive coordinator John DeFilippo.

Footballguys view: Fumbling is the big issue Crowell needs to overcome. He's a naturally instinctive runner with the power to wear down an opponent as the game goes on. However, Crowell is not much of a receiving threat and that's why rookie Duke Johnson is going to be in the mix here as a change-of-pace back.

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  Browns | Duke Johnson playing some WR    Thu Jun 18, 11:05 AM

Cleveland Browns RB Duke Johnson has been receiving repetitions at wide receiver, and offensive coordinator John DeFilippo said that's part of the plan for Johnson.

Footballguys view: Johnson has surprisingly soft hands and is good when he has the ball in space, so this actually is less strange than some think. It also might tell you how excited the Browns are for Johnson and give us a real indication that he could be a player for fantasy owners this season. Currently going in Round 11 of early drafts, we should see him rise over the summer, especially in PPR leagues. Right now, he's a RB3 or RB4 but that will change if his role is larger than we think.

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  Browns | Tashaun Gipson sitting out    Wed Jun 17, 12:09 PM

Cleveland Browns FS Tashaun Gipson (hamstring) is not participating in practice Wednesday, June 17, because of a hamstring injury.

Footballguys view: Gipson skipped voluntary workouts earlier this year after being upset with only a second-round tender as a restricted free agent. He ended up signing his one-year contract, but there are some Browns beat writers who think he'll get a long-term deal with the team in the near future. Either way, the Browns know he's got talent and they're not going to risk further injury by pushing him back with this hamstring injury.

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  Browns | Duke Johnson signed    Tue Jun 16, 06:24 PM

Cleveland Browns RB Duke Johnson signed his four-year rookie deal Tuesday, June 16. Financial terms were undisclosed.

Footballguys view: Johnson plays with a lot of burst and quickness. His foot frequency is among the best of any back in this draft class. Johnson is dangerous as a receiver in open space out of the backfield, and he can change direction instantly and with ease. He's best used as a part-time player, and that's what the Browns will do this season. Johnson should be a complementary runner/receiver behind starter Isaiah Crowell.

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  Browns | Duke Johnson seen as three-down player    Tue Jun 16, 03:20 PM

Cleveland Browns RB Duke Johnson is viewed as a three-down running back by the Browns' coaching staff as he continues to draw rave reviews.

Footballguys view: Johnson can be used effectively as a receiver out of the backfield, but we think he could wear down if used frequently in a full-time role. He's certainly a three-down player, but Johnson is best used in a RBBC. Johnson will split time with Isaiah Crowell this season.

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  Browns | Duke Johnson impressing    Sat Jun 13, 01:41 PM

Cleveland Browns RB Duke Johnson has been performing well this offseason, showcasing his explosiveness and versatility.

Footballguys view: This is consistent with what has been reported out of Cleveland several times. Johnson is a change-of-pace back who can work well as the Browns primary receiver out of the backfield. The Browns will use some form of RBBC with Isaiah Crowell as the likely starter. Johnson and Terrance West will compete for touches behind him.

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  Browns | Duke Johnson to move around    Sat Jun 13, 10:06 AM

Cleveland Browns RB Duke Johnson will not be an every-down back this season but will be moved around on offense so he can create matchup problems for the defense.

Footballguys view: That's a smart move for the Browns. Johnson is a change-of-pace back who will get some carries behind Isaiah Crowell and/or Terrance West. The rookie is good in space, and he can be used effectively as a receiver out of the backfield. We're interested to see how he handles this versatile role in the preseason.

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  Browns | Tashaun Gipson signs tender    Fri Jun 12, 07:02 PM

Cleveland Browns restricted free-agent FS Tashaun Gipson signed his one-year tender offer Friday, June 12, and is expected to participate in the team's minicamp next week. He is scheduled to make $2.356 million this season.

Footballguys view: Gipson was skipping voluntary workouts, but he ended up signing his one-year tender anyway. The Browns put a second-round tender on him, and Gipson would have risked losing $1.7 million had he not signed by Monday's deadline. Some beat writers feel that Gipson will get a new long-term deal from the Browns, but that seems a tad outlandish at this time. If Gipson hits the open market, several teams should be interested in this elite cover safety with the ability to flip the field.

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  Browns | Johnny Manziel living with former coach    Fri Jun 12, 05:26 PM

Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel is living in the Cleveland area with former high school coach Julius Scott since Scott had a big influence in Manziel earlier in his career. Scott was considered the disciplinarian on Manziel's high school team, and Manziel said Scott made the biggest impact on his development as a player.

Footballguys view: Manziel is staying out of trouble for the most part this offseason as he tries to get his life and his career back on track. We applaud the young quarterback for taking these steps, and we'll be curious to see if he can show improvement on the field this preseason.

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  Browns | Johnny Manziel not being ruled out    Thu Jun 11, 09:17 PM

Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel is not being counted out by quarterbacks coach Kevin O'Connell. When asked if there's a chance Manziel can beat out QB Josh McCown, O'Connell replied, 'Yeah, I think right now coach (Mike) Pettine's been very clear that Josh is here for a reason, but we build everything around here on competition and that's how everybody gets better. And that's why it's important that this spring that we've been able to install our offense and give these guys the tools they need come the fall that we can have a competitive environment,' O'Connell said Thursday, June 11.

Footballguys view: O'Connell is right. Manziel as the backup isn't a given this year as we'll have to see how he does in training camp and the preseason. Plus--no disrespect--but he's only behind Josh McCown...it's not like he's backing up Aaron Rodgers. If (when?) McCown struggles, the team could turn to Manziel in what seems like a make-or-break season for the second-year quarterback.

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  Browns | Isaiah Crowell and David Johnson paired    Thu Jun 11, 07:35 PM

Cleveland Browns RBs Isaiah Crowell and David Johnson were lined up in the backfield together Thursday, June 11, during organized team activities.

Footballguys view: Fantasy owners should be expecting Johnson to cut in on Crowell's playing time. Johnson is more of the change-of-pace back, and he's a better receiver out of the backfield. Crowell is a naturally instinctive runner who can dominate on the ground. The Browns want to be a run-heavy offense because of the shaky quarterbacks on the roster.

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  Browns | Dwayne Bowe practicing     Thu Jun 11, 12:08 PM

Cleveland Browns WR Dwayne Bowe (knee) is participating in organized team activities Thursday, June 11.

Footballguys view: The Browns really need help at wide receiver and while Bowe has fallen short of his potential, he's an upgrade over what they had last year when Josh Gordon was suspended. Right now, Bowe is tracking as a late pick (14th round) which puts him at depth and no more for fantasy players. Part of that is Bowe (and his lack of focus), but a lot of it is also the messy quarterback situation.

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  Browns | Josh McCown praised by coach and GM    Sat Jun 6, 09:52 PM

Cleveland Browns QB Josh McCown was praised for his mentorship of younger players by general manager Ray Farmer, and head coach Mike Pettine said the team couldn't do better than McCown until they find a 'long-term solution' under center.

Footballguys view: Pettine is correct about McCown. He's a good veteran leader, and he's no "long-term solution" for the team at quarterback. That solution could be Johnny Manziel, but the 2014 first-round pick has to stay out of trouble and improve his play on the field. We'll be watching Manziel closely in the preseason to determine whether or not he's making progress.

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  Browns | Acquire Andy Lee    Sat Jun 6, 01:29 PM

San Francisco 49ers P Andy Lee has been acquired by the Cleveland Browns Saturday, June 6. The Browns gave up a 2017 seventh-round pick for Lee.

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  Browns | Duke Johnson making up for lost time    Wed Jun 3, 09:02 PM

Cleveland Browns RB Duke Johnson turned heads at organized team activities Tuesday, June 2, according to head coach Mike Pettine. "(If) we weren't playing flag football," said Pettine, "that would have been a 40- or 50-yard chunk," Pettine said in reference to one big run by Johnson. The Browns' rookie expects to be a change-of-pace back in 2015, but he added, 'I'm looking forward to the different ways they use me as a receiver or the backfield. Whatever it takes."

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  Browns | Terrance West works with first team    Tue Jun 2, 10:38 PM

Cleveland Browns RB Terrance West had the first rep with the first-team offense in organized team activities (OTAs) Tuesday, June 2.

Footballguys view: Last week, Isaiah Crowell was working with the first-team offense. We'll see this go back and forth as the offseason continues. The battle will continue into training camp.

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  Browns | Dwayne Bowe tweaks knee    Tue Jun 2, 09:47 PM

Cleveland Browns WR Dwayne Bowe (knee) left practice Tuesday, June 2, due to a tweaked knee, but the injury is not believed to be serious. He limped off the field midway through the two-hour organized team activities (OTAs) practice. Head coach Mike Pettine said he might be sidelined until Thursday, June 4.

Footballguys view: The injury is considered minor at this time. Currently coming off the board at WR66 (14.01), Bowe is a value for fantasy owners as he's the Browns top receiving threat.

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  Browns | Vince Mayle not catching passes    Tue Jun 2, 09:46 PM

Cleveland Browns WR Vince Mayle (thumb) is still wearing a cast on his surgically repaired thumb. He was lining up and running routes Tuesday, June 2, at organized team activities (OTAs), but not catching passes.

Footballguys view: Mayle is on the road to recovery, but he isn't going to stay out of practice for long. He is expected to be a full participant in training camp.

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  Browns | Duke Johnson back at OTAs    Tue Jun 2, 09:45 PM

Cleveland Browns RB Duke Johnson (personal) returned to organized team activities (OTAs) Tuesday, June 2, after missing last week due to a family matter.

Footballguys view: Johnson is going to be playing an interesting role for the Browns offense this year. We'll see either Terrance West or Isaiah Crowell as the lead back for the Browns, and Johnson will work as a change-of-pace back.

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  Browns | Two Browns in red jerseys    Tue Jun 2, 12:12 PM

Cleveland Browns OLB Barkevious Mingo (shoulder) and WR Vince Mayle (undisclosed) are practicing with red, non-contact jerseys Tuesday, June 2.

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  Browns | Two Browns WRs sitting out    Tue Jun 2, 11:42 AM

Cleveland Browns WR Brian Hartline (undisclosed) and WR Travis Benjamin (undisclosed) are riding bikes Tuesday, June 2, at organized team activities.

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  Browns | Josh McCown likes his situation    Sun May 31, 08:01 PM

Cleveland Browns QB Josh McCown said the lack of quarterback competition helps the team overall. 'More than anything, for me, I just believe it takes away from any kind of distraction that you can have and the team can just move in one direction, regardless of who that guy is,'' McCown said. 'It's helpful to just say, 'this is our guy until something happens and he's not our guy.''

Footballguys view: McCown is pretty much locked in as the starter right now, but we'll see if Johnny Manziel can change that during training camp and preseason. The seasoned veteran will be running what likely will be a run-heavy offense for the Browns. We're not expecting anyone from the Browns' passing game to be much of a fantasy factor in 2015.

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  Browns | Johnny Manziel Incident    Sun May 31, 06:29 PM

Mary Kay Cabot, from the Cleveland Plain Dealer, reports Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel was harassed by a fan at the Byron Nelson Classic on Saturday, but he handled it appropriately, his agent Erik Burkhardt told Northeast Ohio Media Group.

Footballguys view: Apparently, Manziel was getting harassed by an 18-year old "fan" and allegedly the Browns quarterback threw a water bottle at the kid. There was no sign of alcohol according to some reports. Manziel has been staying out of trouble this offseason after getting released from rehab earlier this year. We have a feeling that nothing will come of this.

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  Browns | Josh Lenz signed     Sat May 30, 11:35 AM

Free-agent WR Josh Lenz (Colts) signed with the Cleveland Browns Saturday, May 30. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: Lenz has bounced around to three different teams (Bears, Seahawks, Colts) since coming out of Iowa State as an undrafted free agent in 2013. He's a speedy receiver who can work out of the slot. Lenz is a long-shot to make the final roster.

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  Browns | Josh McCown may not face competition    Fri May 29, 02:14 PM

Cleveland Browns QB Josh McCown appears to have been anointed the starting quarterback, and it does not look like he will be facing any competition during training camp. The team is looking for a quarterback that is willing to play within the offense and not do anything daring to make a play on their own.

Footballguys view: Reporters around the team seem to believe that McCown is locked in as the starter. Johnny Manziel has been impressing during OTAs, but he may have to wait for McCown to struggle during the regular season before he gets a chance to start. We'll see if Manziel can change minds in training camp.

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  Browns | Josh McCown appears set    Fri May 29, 09:42 AM

Cleveland Browns QB Josh McCown appears firmly entrenched as the starting quarterback as the team's goal is to control the ball on the ground and have the quarterback manage the game.

Footballguys view: Meh, we're not buying the "firmly entrenched" in May. McCown should be the team's starter in Week 1, but Johnny Manziel has been impressing in offseason workouts. It's not outlandish to think he could put up a fight for the starting job in training camp. Fantasy owners should avoid McCown, but watch out for Manziel if he gets a shot as scrambling quarterbacks can be valuable fantasy assets.

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  Browns | Alex Mack limited at OTAs    Tue May 26, 07:00 PM

Cleveland Browns C Alex Mack (leg) was limited at organized team activities Tuesday, May 26, as he continues to recover from a broken leg he suffered last season. 'Alex is ready to go,' head coach Mike Pettine said. 'He'll be able to do anything where there's no risk of a collision or getting tripped up.'

Footballguys view: Mack is one of the best centers in the league when healthy. Last year after he was knocked out with this leg injury, the Browns really struggled offensively. The Browns know that Mack is crucial to success up front, and they'll be cautious with him as he recovers.

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  Browns | Johnny Manziel impressing OC    Fri May 22, 01:20 PM

Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel has impressed Browns offensive coordinator John DeFilippo since Manziel has returned from a stint in a treatment center. Cleveland's new play-caller said Manziel is spending every hour that he is allowed to spend in the building and is putting himself into a position to be an NFL quarterback. DeFilippo said he wouldn't sacrifice Manziel's athleticism to pigeonhole him into a scheme that doesn't fit his skill set.

Footballguys view: You always want to take these offseason stories with a grain of salt, but this is the type of thing you like to hear coming out of Browns camp. Manziel doesn't lack talent--but as a rookie he lacked polish and focus as a professional. Now, the young quarterback seems to have things on the right track. He's still a long way from being the starter, but he could push Josh McCown more than some think in training camp.

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  Browns | Johnny Manziel a full-go in OTAs    Thu May 21, 10:20 AM

Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel will fully participate in organized team activities starting Tuesday, May 26.

Footballguys view: Manziel is trying to work his way back after a disastrous rookie season. He checked out of rehab a while ago, and now Manziel will have to compete with veteran Josh McCown for the starting job. McCown has the leg up at this time, but Manziel could make his case with a strong performance in training camp and the preseason.

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  Browns | Vince Mayle signs    Mon May 18, 05:20 PM

Cleveland Browns WR Vince Mayle signed an undisclosed contract Monday, May 18. Terms were undisclosed.

Footballguys view: The Browns liked Mayle enough to select him in the fourth round of the 2015 NFL draft. He's your classic possession receiver with a big frame (6'2" 225 pounds), and he can win at the point of the catch because of his strength. Drops are a problem for Mayle (14 drops in 2014), so he has to improve his concentration if he wants to have a good pro career.

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  Browns | Johnny Manziel intends to start    Sat May 16, 07:37 PM

Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel intends to be the team's 2015 starter, according to teammate CB Joe Haden. 'He's a competitor. I think it's all about competition. We have Josh McCown. We have Johnny. We have (Connor) Shaw. All those guys. Just all of them feel like they can win the starting job,' said Haden.

Footballguys view: We love the confidence, but we have serious questions about Manziel's ability to play at the pro level. He's a running quarterback--and that always has fantasy value--but he needs to prove that he can decipher defenses as he's dropping back. Manziel looked horrible as a rookie, and the team may be moving on from him as their potential franchise quarterback. He has a long way to go before he's even a halfway decent starter.

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  Browns | Randall Telfer may not play in 2015    Sat May 16, 10:49 AM

Cleveland Browns TE Randall Telfer (foot) is recovering from foot surgery, and the team is not sure if he will be able to play in 2015. Head coach Mike Pettine said there is a chance Telfer could play near the end of the season.

Footballguys view: Look for him to either be put on season-ending Injured Reserve or on the PUP list to begin the season. Even when healthy, Telfer is not a fantasy factor as he's mainly a run-blocking tight end.

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  Browns | Phil Taylor should be ready for camp    Sat May 16, 10:45 AM

Cleveland Browns DT Phil Taylor (knee) said he expects to be ready for the start of training camp. Taylor said he should be able to do some things during the upcoming minicamp.

Footballguys view: We've always had an appreciation for the player Taylor is and could be....but injuries have taken his career off track. The Browns gave themselves fantastic depth (and a potential star) at the position when they selected Danny Shelton (Washington) in the first round of the 2015 NFL draft.

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  Browns | Cameron Erving agrees to terms     Fri May 15, 03:59 PM

Cleveland Browns C Cameron Erving has agreed to terms with the team Friday, May 15, according to a source. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: Erving's best position is also one the Browns have stocked with the best in the NFL, Alex Mack. He won't play center right away, but Mack can void his contract next year. In the meantime, look for Erving at guard or right tackle, even though it is not where he shines.

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  Browns | Coach not on board with Johnny Manziel    Fri May 15, 11:57 AM

Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel has turned off head coach Mike Pettine, while general manager Ray Farmer, owner Jimmy Haslam and offensive coordinator John DeFilippo believe Manziel can be salvaged, according to a source.

Footballguys view: That sounds in line with Pettine's no nonsense style and attitude. At least one of Farmer and Haslam was pushing for Manziel, so their continued hope makes sense, and DeFilippo was just hired by them, so his support makes sense. Manziel has a high fantasy ceiling as a running QB if he can win the job, that is a long ways away.

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  Browns | Josh McCown showing leadership    Tue May 12, 05:01 PM

Cleveland Browns QB Josh McCown has taken control of the Cleveland offense and the locker room, according to new offensive coordinator John DeFilippo. Head coach Mike Pettine has already said that McCown's experience has given him the advantage for the starting quarterback position.

Footballguys view: McCown is a seasoned veteran, and he's the type of player who will take control on a team without an overwhelming leader on offense. He'll likely be able to hold off Johnny Manziel for the starting job in Week 1. However, if Manziel can clean up his game then the team might want to take a look at him as the starter later in the regular season.

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  Browns | Cleveland to have PK competition    Mon May 11, 01:16 PM

Cleveland Browns PKs Travis Coons and Carey Spear will compete for the kicker job this offseason, and the competition is wide open at this point, according to special teams coordinator Chris Tabor.

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  Browns | Garrett Hartley cut    Mon May 11, 01:09 PM

Cleveland Browns PK Garrett Hartley was released Monday, May 11.

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  Browns | Josh McCown declared starter    Sun May 10, 04:48 PM

Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine has declared that QB Josh McCown will enter the 2015 season as the No. 1 quarterback on the team's depth chart. 'We're not going to start talking competition,' Pettine said. 'Josh will more than likely be the starter going into camp, and in the foreseeable future I don't see that changing.'

Footballguys view: Everyone expected this move. McCown can lead this team, but there is a question about whether or not he can hold onto the starting job. If second-year pro Johnny Manziel impresses enough in camp and in practice, we could see him take over if (when) McCown struggles.

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  Browns | Johnny Manziel praised by OC    Sat May 9, 11:45 PM

Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel is putting himself in positon to be an NFL quarterback, offensive coordinator John DeFilippo said Saturday, May 9.

Footballguys view: We're hoping that Manziel can get his life back together off the field. On the field, there are still huge question marks about whether or not his style of quarterbacking can work at the pro level. Manziel must prove that he can make plays with his arm from the pocket. Everyone under the sun already knows he can keep plays alive and run around to pick up yards. That's an awesome attribute to have, but in order to have pro success we must see improved play as a pocket passer.

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