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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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  Browns | Josh McCown commanding offense    Sat May 9, 10:22 PM

Cleveland Browns QB Josh McCown has 'taken command' of the offense, offensive coordinator John DeFilippo said Saturday, May 9.

Footballguys view: Just as we expected, the journeyman is leading the way at the quarterback position. McCown should have no problem beginning the regular season as the starter. However, if Johnny Manziel stays out of trouble and performs well in practice then we'll see him challenge for the job at some point.

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  Browns | Johnny Manziel moves out of city    Wed May 6, 01:50 PM

Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel has decided to move out of his downtown Cleveland apartment and will be living at a golf course community in one of the city's suburbs, according to a source. Manziel has been working on studying his playbook since leaving rehab, and his teammates have seen a change in his attitude. Manziel be been playing golf to help after leaving rehab.

Footballguys view: We're hoping things turn out the best for Manziel off the field. On the field, he has to prove that he's more than a running quarterback who struggles to make quick decisions as a passer. Manziel also has to prove that he has the anticipation and accuracy to make defenses pay with his arm. He'll likely begin the season as a backup behind journeyman Josh McCown.

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  Browns | RBs to catch more passes?    Tue May 5, 04:51 PM

Cleveland Browns RBs Isaiah Crowell, Terrance West and Duke Johnson could be more involved in the passing game in 2015, according to offensive coordinator John DeFilippo. 'Let's see if they can catch the ball, run a slant, run a hitch, run a go, run a comeback,' DeFilippo said. 'I want to see if those guys can do those things because that's going to be a big part of the offense that I want to incorporate here.'

Footballguys view: Johnson can be used effectively as a receiver out of the backfield. Crowell is one of the most naturally instinctive runners in the league, and he should be the lead back in this RBBC. West is a power back and more of a reserve player behind Crowell. The Browns will use their running backs as much as possible to move the ball as they lack a quality quarterback and dangerous wide receivers.

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  Browns | Josh McCown the favorite to start for Browns    Tue May 5, 12:18 PM

Cleveland Browns QB Josh McCown is the favorite to start training camp as the team's starting quarterback, with head coach Mike Pettine saying 'it's fair to say.' QB Johnny Manziel struggled last year as a rookie and was in rehab for 10 weeks. McCown is the most experienced quarterback the team has on roster.

Footballguys view: Manziel's struggles on and off the field will have to be worked through. McCown can step in and start right away while Manziel continues to develop his game. We're not looking for the Browns to do much through the air, and even their top wide receiver, Dwayne Bowe, isn't much of a fantasy option. We see Bowe currently as a WR5 for your fantasy team that will rarely see your starting lineup in traditional leagues.

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  Browns | Johnny Manziel in second spot    Mon May 4, 11:12 PM

Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel is expected to open training camp as the No. 2 quarterback, as head coach Mike Pettine said Monday, May 4, 'I think it's fair to say' that QB Josh McCown will open camp atop the depth chart.

Footballguys view: Zero surprise here. Manziel has a lot to prove after a rookie season that was unproductive and unimpressive. He entered rehab this offseason to deal with his alcohol problem, and now he's out to prove that he can make it in the NFL. Manziel has a ton of work to do in order to climb above McCown on the depth chart.

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  Browns | Josh McCown starter right now    Mon May 4, 11:12 PM

Cleveland Browns QB Josh McCown is expected to enter training camp as the starting quarterback. 'I think it's fair to say,' head coach Mike Pettine said Monday, April 4, in a radio interview.

Footballguys view: McCown is a journeyman veteran, and he's no long-term answer for the Browns. He can be a caretaker for the position until Johnny Manziel is ready or the Browns draft another first-round quarterback.

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  Browns | QB still an issue in Cleveland?    Mon May 4, 05:42 PM

Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine doesn't seem overly concerned with the Browns' current state at quarterback. Pettine said the quarterback position isn't the only position that wins football games. QBs Josh McCown, Johnny Manziel, Thaddeus Lewis and Connor Shaw are currently on Cleveland's roster.

Footballguys view: Of course QB is still an issue for the Browns...go ahead and remove the question mark from the headline. McCown is a journeyman starter and no long-term answer for Cleveland. Manziel is a great unknown because of his unorthodox skill set, bad rookie season and entrance into rehab this offseason. Lewis and Shaw are no more than reserve players at best. This team is built to run the ball, and we're not expecting much fantasy value to be had from their passing game.

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  Browns | Duke Johnson could be weapon    Sun May 3, 08:15 AM

Cleveland Browns RB Duke Johnson will be used separately from RBs Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West, according to head coach Mike Pettine Friday, May 3. Browns general manager Ray Farmer compared Johnson to Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard and former Philadelphia Eagles RB Brian Westbrook.

Footballguys view: Johnson is a weapon, but his size and skill set makes him more of a change-of-pace option for the Browns. Crowell and West should hammer defenses, and Johnson can be brought in on some passing downs.

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  Browns | Cleveland picks up Duke Johnson    Fri May 1, 10:30 PM

The Cleveland Browns selected University of Miami (Fla.) RB Duke Johnson in Round 3 (No. 77 overall) in the 2015 NFL Draft Friday, May 1. The Browns had him in for a private pre-draft workout.

Footballguys view: A smaller guy, but super-fast and accelerates ridiculously fast. His patience, burst and ability to dodge tacklers will go a long way to help him make plays, though his size will hold him back from being a three-down back.

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  Browns | Cameron Erving selected 19th overall    Thu Apr 30, 10:14 PM

Florida State C Cameron Erving was selected 19th overall by the Cleveland Browns in the 2015 NFL Draft Thursday, April 30.

Footballguys view: Are we expecting Alex Mack to leave soon? Erving will probably start at guard or perhaps right tackle, then kick all the way inside if Mack moves on.


  Browns | Danny Shelton selected 12th overall    Thu Apr 30, 09:27 PM

Washington DT Danny Shelton was selected 12th overall by the Cleveland Browns in the 2015 NFL Draft Thursday, April 30.

Footballguys view: The Browns couldn't stop a running nose, much less a running back in 2014, so Shelton was the obvious pick. He should have a tremendous impact immediately, much like the impact he had on Roger Goodell when he hefted him in a giant bear hug.


  Browns | CLE not sold on Marcus Mariota    Thu Apr 30, 06:23 PM

Oregon QB Marcus Mariota reportedly doesn't have the backing of everyone on the Cleveland Browns, according to a source. Head coach Mike Pettine said opinions are varied on the quarterback. The Browns have already reportedly offered their No. 12 and No. 19 overall picks for the Tennessee Titans' No. 2 overall pick.

Footballguys view: The Browns have so many needs, it might be better if they go any direction than quarterback. The problem is many people think the answer long term isn't on the roster. They need a wide receiver and some defensive line help - both are equally high priorities - so they will focus on those over a big move for a quarterback.

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  Browns | Sam Bradford not fond of Browns    Thu Apr 30, 06:22 PM

Philadelphia Eagles QB Sam Bradford isn't thrilled about the possibility of being traded to the Browns and is resistant to the idea of signing a contract extension with Cleveland. Bradford wasn't thrilled when the Browns first asked about him when he was with the St. Louis Rams.

Footballguys view: Some Browns fans share the opinion. What he wants doesn't factor in a ton, save for the fact that the Browns could find themselves without him as he is in the last year of a contract. He could also be posturing in case the trade does happen, so they know they have to pay him. Bradford's health risks make him a shaky player behind that Browns offensive line though.

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  Browns | Sam Bradford could go to Browns    Thu Apr 30, 05:40 PM

Philadelphia Eagles QB Sam Bradford could be traded to the Cleveland Browns, according to sources.

Footballguys view: Our own Andrew Garda is at the draft and reported earlier today that this was a distinct possibility if Marcus Mariota slipped. Now that the Eagles appear to be moving up to get Mariota earlier, the reasons for the move would be different but still a good one for both teams.

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  Browns | CLE could move on from Johnny Manziel?    Wed Apr 29, 08:37 PM

Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine told NFL Media's Andrea Kremer Wednesday, April 29, drafting QB Marcus Mariota would indicate the Browns are willing to move on from QB Johnny Manziel.

Footballguys view: No surprise here. The Manziel hype train went off the rails quickly last season as he barely played, and he looked mostly terrible when he did. The Browns may want a quarterback in this draft, but at 12 and 19 they won't find one. They'll have to move up if they want Mariota.

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  Browns | No serious talks for No. 2 pick    Wed Apr 29, 08:26 PM

Updating a previous story, Cleveland Browns general manager Ray Farmer told NFL Media's Andrea Kremer Wednesday, April 29, he hasn't had any serious talks with Tennessee Titans general manager Ruston Webster about trading for the No. 2 pick in Thursday's draft.

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  Browns | Cleveland looking to add No. 2 pick    Wed Apr 29, 12:44 PM

Oregon QB Marcus Mariota is receiving a lot of interest from the Cleveland Browns, and the Browns have offered the Tennessee Titans both of their 2015 first-round draft picks for the No. 2 overall pick in order to select Mariota.

Footballguys view: The Browns QB coach, Kevin O'Connell, was Mariota's personal coach, so they know exactly what they'd be getting. This offer is not really new, and was part of a rumor recently that included the information that the Titans want the Browns second-round pick in addition to #12 and #19. This could be planted by the Titans to get another team (Philadelphia?) to pay a higher price.

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  Browns | Johnny Manziel committed in camp    Tue Apr 28, 08:35 PM

Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel's commitment is 'night and day' from last year, according to Browns OT Joe Thomas, Tuesday, April 28. Manziel has been participating in the Browns' voluntary offseason workout program since it began April 20. 'This year on a Saturday if you came in the building, you'd see him studying his playbook and watching film with his coach. It's pretty apparent he's realized how important football is to him, and he's realized that in the NFL you can't get away with maybe some of the things that you did in college because it's a big boys' game now,' said Thomas.

Footballguys view: Manziel could be joined by Marcus Mariota tomorrow, but he should still have a shot to win the job if he really has found the straight and narrow path this offseason. We wouldn't completely write him off, especially with his running ability enhancing any potential fantasy value he has.

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  Browns | Breshad Perriman visits    Tue Apr 28, 02:26 AM

Central Florida WR Breshad Perriman had dinner with Cleveland Browns executives recently, including general manager Ray Farmer.

Footballguys view: Perriman is the type of receiver the Browns need on their offense. They have two picks in the first round (12, 19) thanks to the Sammy Watkins deal with the Bills last year. Perriman is a big receiver who can be explosive off the line of scrimmage and dominate at the point of the catch.

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  Browns | Cleveland covets Marcus Mariota    Mon Apr 27, 07:32 PM

Oregon QB Marcus Mariota is receiving a lot of interest from the Cleveland Browns, and the Browns are looking to move up in the first round.

Footballguys view: The Browns have been in contact with most of the teams in the top 10 and have talked with the Washington Redskins over the past week. The Redskins have the fifth overall pick in the draft.

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  Browns | Cleveland GM talks Marcus Mariota    Thu Apr 23, 07:27 PM

Oregon QB Marcus Mariota could be pursued by the Cleveland Browns, according to general manager Ray Farmer. Farmer said it is possible that the Browns could package their No. 12 and No. 19 overall picks to trade up for Mariota. 'We think we know who he is, we think we know what he's capable of, we think we know where he would fit for us assuming that he was with us,' Farmer said.

Footballguys view: The Browns are too far back at this time to get Mariota as he could go off the board number two overall. We'll see if the team moves up to snare Mariota a year after they spent a first-round pick on QB Johnny Manziel.

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  Browns | Cleveland aggressive on Marcus Mariota    Wed Apr 22, 09:36 AM

Oregon QB Marcus Mariota is receiving the most attention from the Cleveland Browns, who are the front runners to land him, sources have led DraftInsider.net's Tony Pauline to believe. Last week, the Tennessee Titans' asking price for the No. 2 pick in the first round was the Browns' two first-round picks and a second-rounder. The Browns rejected the offer. The Browns may be willing to part with the first-rounders but want to keep the second-round pick to draft a receiver.

Footballguys view: Take all of this with a grain of salt. The Browns might have real interest - after all their new QB coach Kevin O'Connell was Mariota's private coach - but the Titans could also be trying to induce another team to trade up. Mariota is the biggest wildcard of the first round.

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  Browns | Two players sign tenders    Mon Apr 20, 05:44 PM

Cleveland Browns S Johnson Bademosi and LB Craig Robertson signed their exclusive rights free-agent tenders Monday, April 20.

Footballguys view: Bademosi totaled 12 tackles in 14 games last season while Robertson made 99 tackles with two interceptions and one touchdown in all 16 games.

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  Browns | Tashaun Gipson not at workouts    Mon Apr 20, 05:16 PM

Cleveland Browns FS Tashaun Gipson isn't present at the team's voluntary workouts Monday, April 20. He has yet to sign his restricted free agency tag.

Footballguys view: The Browns placed a second-round tender on Gipson earlier this year on March 9. If he were to play under the tender, he would be scheduled to make $2.3 million during the 2015 season. Gipson has made it known via social networking that he is not happy with that level of tender.

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  Browns | Johnny Manziel reports for workouts    Mon Apr 20, 01:42 PM

Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel reported for the first day of voluntary workouts Monday, April 20.

Footballguys view: Manziel is out of rehab and ready to get his football career on track. We'll see if he can turn his game around. Manziel was lost last season as a rookie, but putting more work in on the little things should make him a better player in 2015.

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  Browns | Tory Slater to visit    Mon Apr 20, 07:33 AM

West Georgia DL Tory Slater will meet with the Cleveland Browns during the week of Monday, April 20.

Footballguys view: A former high school wide receiver, Slater has drawn some interest from more than a few teams in the NFL. He's athletic, strong and has a good closing burst to the quarterback. The Division II standout recorded 69 tackles, 16.5 for losses and 10 sacks last season. He's a late-round sleeper in the draft, and perhaps he'll fall to the ranks of the undrafted.

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  Browns | Donovan Smith to visit    Mon Apr 20, 07:12 AM

Penn State OT Donovan Smith will visit the Cleveland Browns in the coming days.

Footballguys view: We should see Smith moved inside to guard as a pro. He's functionally strong and understands leverage as a run-blocker. Smith has athletic limitations that could be exposed on the outside against NFL-level rushers. He should be a third-round pick.

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  Browns | Zach D'Orazio works out    Sun Apr 19, 03:18 AM

Akron WR Zach D'Orazio worked out for the Cleveland Browns Saturday, April 18.

Footballguys view: D'Orazio is a priority free agent with a unique skill set. He's a 6'2" slot receiver who can thrive on passes over the middle. D'Orazio is not a burner, and he will lack separation in his routes. He mostly gets by using his size to win at the point of the catch.

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  Browns | Trevor Siemian to work out in CLE    Fri Apr 17, 09:13 AM

Northwestern QB Trevor Siemian will work out with the Cleveland Browns Tuesday, April 21.

Footballguys view: Why? Yes, the Browns need a quarterback but Siemian is not the answer. He's a camp arm at best in the NFL. Surprisingly, the Broncos have shown interest in him as well. This is the definition of SMH.

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  Browns | Cleveland meets with Amari Cooper    Thu Apr 16, 12:55 PM

Alabama WR Amari Cooper has met with the Cleveland Browns this offseason. The Browns likely would have to trade up in first round of the 2015 NFL Draft if they want to select him.

Footballguys view: Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on the Browns. Cleveland ignored the wide receiver position after learning Josh Gordon would be suspended last draft, but not now. Of course, if they want Cooper, they'll have to move up from 12. It won't be cheap but given how poor their wide receiver group is, it could be worth it.

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  Browns | Melvin Gordon will visit Browns    Tue Apr 14, 03:05 PM

Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon is scheduled to visit the Cleveland Browns Friday, April 17, according to a source.

Footballguys view: The Browns interest in running backs this year in the draft is a bit perplexing. We like Isaiah Crowell as the starter, and even Terrence West could be a decent starter if called upon. They might be showing interest to see if some team behind them in the draft will want to trade up.

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  Browns | Todd Gurley to visit Cleveland    Tue Apr 14, 02:59 PM

Georgia RB Todd Gurley will visit the Cleveland Browns this week.

Footballguys view: The Browns have a strong group of running backs in (former Georgia back) Isaiah Crowell and Terrence West. Both are second-year players with starters upside and ability. Gurley is an amazing talent, but we think the Browns are already set at running back with Crowell and West.

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  Browns | Johnny Manziel out of rehab    Sat Apr 11, 12:21 PM

Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel has been released from his rehab facility.

Footballguys view: It looks like Manziel has gotten his life back on track. We're glad that he's gone through this (likely humbling) process. Now, it's up to him to see if he can further develop as a pro quarterback. The Browns may have already moved on from Manziel, and they may select a quarterback in the first round of the 2015 NFL draft.

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  Browns | Rob Housler hopes for big role    Fri Apr 10, 05:24 PM

Cleveland Browns TE Rob Housler said hopes to receive a big role in the passing game next season, because he believes he can contribute on offense.

Footballguys view: Housler wasn't able to get a foothold in Arizona, but the Cardinals notoriously make little use of tight ends in their passing game. While some of the physical traits of a good NFL passcatcher are there, Housler hasn't really flashed in a way to instill confidence in a possible breakout this year in Cleveland.

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  Browns | Rob Housler joining Browns    Thu Apr 9, 12:29 PM

Free-agent TE Rob Housler (Cardinals) has agreed to terms with the Cleveland Browns on a one-year deal, according to a source. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: Housler caught a combined 84 passes for 871 yards during 2012 and 2013, but was barely used in 2014 by the Arizona Cardinals. If the Browns are looking for a playmaker to replace Jordan Cameron, they might have to keep looking. He has some ability, but little consistency.

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  Browns | Cleveland interested in Marcus Mariota    Thu Apr 9, 10:25 AM

Oregon QB Marcus Mariota is drawing legit interest from the Cleveland Browns, who are interested in trading their two first-round picks in order to move up and draft him, according to multiple league sources. The Browns have picks No. 12 and No. 19 in the 2015 NFL Draft.

Footballguys view: If you are someone who has followed the Cleveland Browns drafts the last few years, this might make you weep for Marcus Mariota, as this is not a team that has been doing all that well with their first round picks since they drafted Alex Mack in 2009. You also see a team which might not be patient with Mariota, a guy who is not quite ready to start day one. He's got a lot to learn, though he also has tremendous upside and his mobility could be a huge boon even for a team with a returning offensive line which should be pretty good.

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