Browns Fantasy News
Monday, July 28, 2014, 8:19pm
The Cleveland Browns on Monday signed WR Marlon Moore. General Manager Ray Farmer made the announcement.
Moore is a 6-0, 190-pound veteran entering his fifth NFL season out of Fresno State. Originally signed by Miami as an undrafted free agent in 2010, Moore has appeared in 43 games with two starts. He has totaled 19 receptions for 306 yards (16.1 avg.) with two touchdowns.
Sunday, July 27, 2014, 4:57pm
It took QB Brian Hoyer all of one day to move on from the excitement of the past and to focus on simply playing the position he’s always wanted -- quarterback of the Cleveland Browns. The change in Hoyer from Saturday to Sunday was marked, as he was decisive, quick, accurate and confident in the second training camp practice. Johnny Manziel? Not so much ... as his body language steadily deteriorated as the day went on.
The story said Hoyer had some first-day sloppiness, and that could have been for several reasons: getting cleared to practice fully following knee surgery, trying to win the job for his hometown team, the hype about Manziel and appearing for the first time in front of fans and media.
Sunday, July 27, 2014, 4:20pm
Though it sounds strange to see given their track record, the Panthers found themselves short at running back. So they solved that problem for the moment by bringing in former Browns running back/return man Fozzy Whittaker. The Panthers had an immediate need with Jonathan Stewart on the shelf with a hamstring and sixth-round pick Tyler Gaffney going on injured reserve with a knee injury.
Whittaker has some return ability, but has been looking for work since the Browns cut him in May.
Sunday, July 27, 2014, 4:19pm
The Browns worked out receiver Charles Johnson before the 2013 NFL Draft, but chose not to select him. They eventually poached him from the Green Bay Packers practice squad last season only to discover the small-college standout had a torn anterior cruciate ligament. The Browns finally are getting a look at Johnson on the field and general manager Ray Farmer finds him an "interesting prospect." Johnson made several nice catches Sunday during practice. The 25-year-old is competing for a roster spot in a wide-open receivers field.
Sunday, July 27, 2014, 3:34pm
With Miles Austin now in Cleveland, Cowboys WR Terrance Williams should see an even greater amount of opportunities with Scott Linehan calling plays. Williams says he isn’t feeling any pressure to be Austin, a two-time Pro Bowler.
When Austin was out last year, Williams put up high-end WR2 numbers. This year he comes in ranked 30th making him a low-end WR2, high end WR3. He really has a chance to produce in a pass-heavy Dallas offense as defenses will look to focus on TE Jason Witten and WR Dez Bryant.
Sunday, July 27, 2014, 1:26pm
Should Vikings FB Jerome Felton expect a different or decreased role with Norv Turner running the offense? It’s a fair question considering the Browns, whose offense Turner coordinated last season, used two-back formations on just 5.2 percent of their snaps in 2013, according to Pro Football Focus. That was one of the lowest figures in the league, though the Browns didn’t exactly have a bruiser like Felton -- or any established fullback for that matter -- and they also played from behind a lot. The Vikings used two backs on 24.1 percent of their snaps a season ago. That’s why Turner is saying that the Felton should still have a role here. “He is going to have to block and block,” Turner said. “We talked the other night to our team, we need to have a physical presence. Jerome brings that type of presence, and we are still going to have a certain percentage of two backs in the backfield, or spread out with the two backs in the backfield, that personnel group, if it gives the team problems. ... I think that there’s game situations where you need to have a fullback that can go pound it a little bit.”
The fantasy news here is Felton could help pave the way for Adrian Peterson.
Saturday, July 26, 2014, 5:07pm
Browns QB Brian Hoyer’s chemistry with tight end Jordan Cameron is one thing Browns fans should gloat about. The two are on the same page on all three kinds of routes – short, intermediate and deep. Hoyer lobbed a perfectly thrown ball to Cameron for a 30-yard touchdown in a one-on-one drill.
In a one-on-one passing drill going against linebackers, Browns RB Terrance West put on a clinic, so much so, that coach Mike Pettine wondered for a second whether if that was actually his running back. “I was a little shocked with Terrance today,” HC Mike Pettine said, pleasantly surprised. “I had to double check my roster card to make sure I was looking at the right number. He did some nice things in the one-on-one period. That’s always a bonus when you have a running back that’s not just one-dimensional.” While Pettine liked what he saw in West, he also reiterated that fellow running back Ben Tate is much more of an advanced pass blocker than the rookie.
West is battling with Tate for carries. Tate has the inside track to the starting job, but given his injury history, it would not be surprising if West got one or more starts in 2014. It sounds like the rookie has some receiving chops. If he can get his pass protection buttoned up, he could see a big role in the Browns' offense.
Friday, July 25, 2014, 8:34pm
Browns QB Johnny Manziel carried himself with the aura of a guy who had been dressed down after arriving for training camp. The team that had publicly supported him through so much evidently hit its limit when Manziel continued to post and pose for party photos throughout the offseason. Manziel admitted to rookie mistakes and said he had to do better when it came to acting like a professional. He'll still get a chance to earn the starting job; if he's the better player it would hurt the team not to play him. But the Browns sure seemed to convey the message that they truly believe in Brian Hoyer, and they did grow weary of constant questions about floating swans and spraying champagne bottles.
The Browns have been 'alarmed' by some of Johnny Manziel's antics since the draft -- especially a photo of him rolling up a $20 bill in the bathroom of a bar -- and some in the organization feel he's lost ground in the quarterback competition heading into camp, sources have told Northeast Ohio Media Group. After the suspicious photo of Manziel tightly rolling up the bill surfaced on July 7, Browns coach Mike Pettine called Manziel from his vacation in Hawaii and addressed it, he told NEOMG on Monday. The conversation was 'positive' but he also planned to talk to Manziel face-to-face when he arrived for the rookie portion of camp on Wednesday. Tightly-rolled bills are typically used to snort cocaine, and the Browns wanted some answers. In fact, NFL chemical dependency consultant and former Browns team physician Dr. Gregory Collins of the Cleveland Clinic told NEOMG that such a photo would warrant a league inquiry and drug test to make sure the player is okay, even though it's not proof of use.
If Manziel wins the starting job this summer -- and that's looking less likely, per reports -- he'll be an intriguing QB2 who should be available in the 9th-11th rounds given all the depth at quarterback. He has a good situation brewing with Josh Gordon and Jordan Cameron in his receiving corps, and the newly-signed Ben Tate as a threat in the running game. (Gordon’s looming suspension is an obvious concern.) Manziel’s durability is a question mark given his propensity for taking chances by leaving the pocket.
Cleveland Browns star wide receiver Josh Gordon spent two weeks in rehab in California following his driving while intoxicated arrest in North Carolina, according to reports. Gordon, who's facing a potential season-long suspension for a separate violation of the NFL substance-abuse policy, is scheduled to report to training camp today. Gordon is scheduled for an appeal hearing Aug. 1 in New York.
This is notable since its the first time (that we've seen) that Gordon has sought help for his problems with drugs and alcohol. It may encourage the NFL to show leniency when they review his appeal, though we're not optimistic that Gordon will play in 2014.
Terrance West’s stay on the Browns’ non-football injury list was a short one. The Browns announced Thursday that West, a rookie tailback from Towson, has been removed from the list, clearing the way for him to be on the practice field when Cleveland’s training camp practices begin Saturday. According to multiple reports, West’s inclusion on the list was related to the club’s conditioning test, but the matter looks to have been quickly squared away — good news for a rookie who could challenge for major work in Cleveland’s backfield.
West is expected to compete with Ben Tate for carries behind a good offensive line. Given Tate's injury history, there's a good chance that West will start at least one game in 2014.
The Browns’ agonizing wait is finally on the verge of ending because the appeal hearing of All-Pro wide receiver Josh Gordon is scheduled for Aug. 1. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported the date Thursday. Gordon will meet with NFL officials in New York in an effort to get a suspension reduced, according to the report. A repeat offender of the league’s substance-abuse policy, Gordon faces a potential ban from the league of at least a year after testing positive for marijuana, ESPN’s Outside the Lines first reported May 9.
We might be more optimistic about Gordon's appeal if not for his recent DUI, which might impact the leniency that the league shows when handling the appeal. We currently have him projected for an eight-game ban but are expecting he'll be out for a full year.
The Browns placed rookie running back Terrance West and five other players on the non-football injury list today. But West, a third-round pick in this year's draft, took to Twitter to assure fans he isn't dealing with anything serious. A league source, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the situation, expects West to practice this week when training camp begins.
Hopefully this situation will clear itself up this week, but for now West is unable to practice.
Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has been “cleared to play.” That was the short, sweet and easily biggest news to come out of Bill Belichick’s morning pre-training camp press conference at Gillette Stadium on Wednesday. Rehabbing his way back from a torn ACL suffered last Dec. 8 against the Browns, Gronkowski did not take part on the field in New England’s spring OTAs and mini-camp, instead working with the team’s medical staff. But he reported to Foxborough earlier this week with other injured players, rookies and quarterbacks and was cleared to return to the field. Therefore, PUP (physically unable to perform) is not an option either during the summer or the regular season.
Gronkowski has been hugely productive when healthy, but his health is still a concern heading into the 2014 season. He reportedly had surgery on Jan. 9 to reconstruct a torn ACL. It typically takes a full year to recover, though Adrian Peterson and Robert Griffin III have made quicker returns (with varying success). Given the news, Gronkowski is tentatively expected to be ready for the start of the season, and his return would be a big boost to Tom Brady and the entire New England offense. Don't expect him to practice fully right away, but it looks like Week 1 is a realistic possibility.
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