Browns Fantasy News

NFL denies Josh Gordon's petition for reinstatement

Tuesday, April 12, 2016, 5:27pm - [Full Article]

Browns Josh Gordon's petition for reinstatement from his indefinite drug ban has been denied by the NFL, a league source told

He can apply for reinstatement later in the year.

PFT: Per source, Josh Gordon can apply for reinstatement August 1.

Fantasy Impact:

We'll know more in August, but we wouldn't recommend anyone hold their breath waiting for word that Gordon will play in 2016. It doesn't help that Gordon has reportedly moved in with known partier Johnny Manziel.

Browns WR Josh Gordon failed another drug test

Monday, April 11, 2016, 6:09pm

Fox Sports - [Full Article]

There's a reason why Roger Goodell hasn't reinstated Josh Gordon yet, and it has to do with a recent misstep that has muddled the process for Gordon.

The suspended Cleveland Browns wide receiver, who missed the entire 2015 season after testing positive for alcohol, failed an NFL-administered drug test last month, sources have told FOX Sports.

Gordon's sample, which was collected in early March, tested positive for marijuana and dilute, according to a source informed of the results of the test. The source added that both the "A" and "B" samples collected were positive for marijuana and dilute. Though the level of marijuana was below the 35 nanogRams per milliliter required for a positive test, the diluted sample is considered a positive test.

This development is a red flag for Gordon but it doesn't necessarily mean he will miss yet another season. He applied for reinstatement in February and, if all went well, could have been reinstated within 60 days. However, the league has said Goodell wasn't required to make a decision within that timeframe and it's clear now the positive test has at least given him and the experts who evaluate Gordon's case pause.

Fantasy Impact:

The article leaves open the possibility that Gordon won't be punished for another failed drug test, but it's hard to believe that the league will ignore yet another misstep. Even though the test was below the 35 nanogram threshold, the presence of the dilute is an automatic positive test. Gordon and his fantasy owners wait in limbo.

Sunday, April 3, 2016, 1:01pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

ESPN's Rich Cimini offered the following on the Jets-Ryan Fitzpatrick situation:

If a trade happens between Denver and San Francisco for QB Colin Kaepernick, Ryan Fitzpatrick would lose a potential suitor, perhaps the last one -- other than the Jets, of course.

Ideally, the Jets would like to resolve the contract stalemate by April 18, the start of the offseason program. Unless another team emerges from the weeds, Fitzpatrick's only options are to take the Jets' low-ball offer (about $7 million) or not play.

I don't think Fitzpatrick's pride would allow him to cave quickly; he could try to slow-play the Jets. They could try to pressure him by flirting with Brian Hoyer or Josh McCown, but they'd better be careful. If New York ends up with one of them and loses Fitzpatrick, it's a loss for the Jets, even if they save a few million bucks. They need him, he needs them. Get it done.

Browns sign QB Robert Griffin III

Thursday, March 24, 2016, 12:48pm

Cleveland Browns - [Full Article]

Robert Griffin III was sold on Cleveland as soon as his meeting with Browns head coach Hue Jackson and associate head coach Pep Hamilton was complete.

Now, the former Washington Redskins quarterback is focused on just one thing: Coming to the Cleveland and competing to become the team’s starting quarterback.

Griffin, a free agent, made it official Thursday when he signed with the Browns.

“I'm excited about the opportunity to join the Dawg Pound and help build something here in Cleveland,” Griffin said. “Coach Hue and Pep, I had a great meeting with them. I really believe in what they preach and how they can help not only me as a player but this team win games and that's what we're all about.

“I'm just excited to come in and compete. Nothing's ever been given to me in my life, so I just want to go out and compete with the guys and grow with this team. I feel like that's all I'm really focused on.”

Fantasy Impact:

RG3 will have the opportunity for a fresh start after an up-and-then-down stint in Washington. We're not immediately writing off the Browns potentially having a few quality fantasy players in 2016 with Griffin, Duke Johnson, Gary Barnidge and maybe Josh Gordon in the fold. Griffin's short-term upside depends largely on the presence of Gordon, who is a game-changer in the passing game.

Browns 'aren't counting on' WR Josh Gordon in 2016, 'no sure thing' that he's reinstated

Monday, March 21, 2016, 12:41pm - [Full Article]

The NFL is now clarifying that it can rule on Josh Gordon's reinstatement "when appropriate,'' and the Browns aren't counting on him for 2016.

First, he has to be reinstated, which is no sure thing. Then, they have to see where his head is at.

They know where his body has been -- in the same vicinity as Johnny Manziel's a lot lately, but they're claiming that's not an issue at this point.

And now, the NFL is making it clear that the 60-day timeframe to rule on Gordon's reinstatement from his indefinite drug ban is a guideline and not written in stone.

Fantasy Impact:

Owners drafting early may want to slow their roll with Gordon given this language. It sounds as if the team isn't terribly optimistic about his return, and there's no telling when the league will rule on his request for reinstatement. He's currently being drafted at the end of the 3rd round and that's a steep price to pay for a player surrounded by this much uncertainty.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016, 3:17pm

Jason La Canfora - [Full Article]

Browns announce that Dwayne Bowe has been finally released.

Friday, March 11, 2016, 11:40am

Ian Rapoport - [Full Article]

The Browns announce they've waived QB Johnny Manziel.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016, 7:28pm

Mercury News - [Full Article]

Journeyman Thad Lewis is joining the 49ers’ ever-curious quarterback corps, agreeing to a one-year contract, the NFL Network reported.

Still in that quarterback unit, for now, is Colin Kaepernick, the 49ers’ deposed starter who’s requested a trade through his agents last month. Blaine Gabbert is the presumed incumbent starter, while their other quarterback is Dylan Thompson, an undrafted rookie last year who got called up from the practice squad Nov. 21, upon Kaepernick getting placed on injured reserve.

Lewis, 28, has been with six teams and played sparingly since entering the league in 2010 as an undrafted free agent with the St. Louis Rams. He’s 2-4 all-time as a starter, including a 2-3 mark in 2013 with the Buffalo Bills. He’s also been with the Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions and Houston Texans.

Fantasy Impact:

Lewis spent time with the Eagles last year as well when Chip Kelly was the coach.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016, 7:14pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

A year after the Jaguars thought about pursuing Browns safety Tashaun Gipson as a restricted free agent, multiple reports say they’ve landed him on the open market.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported Gipson will sign a five-year deal worth up to $35.5 million with the Jaguars.

Gipson was named to the Pro Bowl in 2014, when he finished with six interceptions in 11 games. He had two interceptions in 13 games last season, when he played under a second-round restricted free agent tender.

Chargers to sign WR Travis Benjamin

Wednesday, March 9, 2016, 9:04am

Rand Getlin - [Full Article]

I’m told WR Travis Benjamin plans to sign with the Chargers when the market officially opens tomorrow. San Diego gets a dangerous weapon.

Fantasy Impact:

With Malcom Floyd's retirement, the Chargers are losing a field stretcher and they found a good replacement in Benjamin, who managed to produce 68 catches for 966 yards and five touchdowns with a three-headed quarterback throwing to him in Cleveland. He averaged 7.8 targets per game, however, while Floyd averaged just 5.2 T/G after the arrival of Keenan Allen. Stevie Johnson is also under contract and the team figures to re-sign Antonio Gates and/or Ladarius Green, so Benjamin's targets are likely to have a lower ceiling that they did in Cleveland. On the plus side, his quarterback situation will be much better, so he'll certainly be fantasy relevant heading into 2016 fantasy drafts.

49ers hire Jim O'Neil to run the defense

Tuesday, January 26, 2016, 8:29pm

CSN Bay Area - [Full Article]

Former Cleveland Browns defensive coordinator Jim O’Neil has agreed to take over in the same role on Chip Kelly's staff with the 49ers, a league source told on Tuesday.

O'Neil, 37, takes over the position that Eric Mangini held on Jim Tomsula's staff last season. The 49ers ranked 29th in the NFL in yards allowed last season and 18th in the league in points allowed at 24.2 points per game.

Fantasy Impact:

O'Neil served as the defensive coordinator in Cleveland for the last two seasons. In 2014, his unit finished 9th in scoring and 23rd in yards allowed. Last season, the Browns defense finished 29th and 27th, respectively. Given Kelly's penchant for up tempo offense, his defense is usually one to target in fantasy matchups.

Browns 'so done' with Johnny Manziel

Monday, January 4, 2016, 8:50pm - [Full Article]

The Browns are "so done" with Johnny Manziel after he missed his concussion treatment on Sunday because while he was reportedly in Las Vegas, according to a report.

Peter King of The Monday Morning Quarterback said the Browns have reached the end of their rope with Manziel after the events of the weekend, when he reportedly went to Las Vegas on Saturday night and missed his Sunday morning concussion treatment.

King reported that Manziel couldn't be reached by phone all day, which is consistent with what several sources told on Sunday: that Manziel was not responding to texts or calls and no one knew for sure where he was.

Fantasy Impact:

Manziel did show up Monday morning for exit meetings, in which Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and new Executive Vice President of Football Operations Sashi Brown addressed the team and laid out plans for the future. But he did not come into the locker room to talk to reporters.

DeAngelo Williams (ankle) considered day-to-day

Monday, January 4, 2016, 8:45pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Steelers running back DeAngelo Williams will be considered day to day due to a sprained ankle, Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette tweeted Monday night.

Williams was injured while being tackled by Browns defensive lineman John Hughes Sunday. He was carted to the locker room and though he soon returned to the sideline, he did not return to the game and left the stadium wearing a protective boot.

Fantasy Impact:

Williams had an MRI Monday, but Dulac’s report indicates it revealed no serious damage. The Steelers play at the Bengals Saturday night.

Monday, January 4, 2016, 11:56am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Robert Woods revealed Monday that he played 14 games this season with a torn groin after injuring himself in a training camp joint practice with the Cleveland Browns last August.

"I battled through it pretty much all year, and then it finally went out," he said.

Asked how much it limited his performance this season, Woods responded, "I think a lot. I wasn't able to really run too much or open up."

DeAngelo Williams (ankle) to get MRI

Monday, January 4, 2016, 10:19am

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

The Steelers got the help they needed from the Bills and took care of their own business against the Browns, leaving them with a Saturday Wild Card game against the Bengals in Cincinnati.

Now they just need to figure out if running back DeAngelo Williams will be available to help in the effort to extend their season at least another week. Williams left Sunday’s game with an ankle injury that had him standing in the tunnel in a walking boot congratulating his teammates after the game.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Williams will have an MRI on Monday to determine the severity of the injury and help determine whether he will be able to play on Saturday night.

Fantasy Impact:

If Williams can’t go, the Steelers would turn to Fitzgerald Toussaint and Jordan Todman in the backfield. It very well may mean the Steelers turn to a pass-heavy attack against division rival Bengals in the opening round of the playoffs.

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