Browns Fantasy News

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 CSNBayArea.com 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

Cleveland.com - [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 cleveland.com 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.

Browns fire HC Mike Pettine, GM Ray Farmer

Sunday, January 3, 2016, 7:17pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

The Cleveland Browns are rebooting the machine once again.

Coach Mike Pettine and general manager Ray Farmer have been fired following the team's loss to the Steelers, the team announced in a statement. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport first reported the Farmer news.

Pettine posted a 10-22 overall record after taking over as Cleveland's head coach prior to the 2014 season. Before joining the Browns, Pettine served as the defensive coordinator with the Buffalo Bills (2013) and New York Jets (2009-2012).

Fantasy Impact:

The story went on to say Pettine's defense collapsed and the offense struggled to run the ball until late in the year. Farmer will be most remembered for his sour relationship with Pettine and for texting the Browns coaches last year during games, which resulted in a four-game suspension for violating league rules prohibiting electronic communication about competitive or strategic information during games. Farmer had four first round picks in two years, and three of them (Johnny Manziel, cornerback Justin Gilbert, offensive lineman Cameron Erving) struggled to live up to expectations.

Sunday, January 3, 2016, 7:09pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

Browns wide receiver Taylor Gabriel suffered a fractured orbital socket and was transported to the hospital during the Browns' loss to the Steelers. He might require surgery, Browns coach Mike Pettine said.

Friday, January 1, 2016, 6:26pm

Browns QB Johnny Manziel (concussion, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 17. Austin Davis will get the start this week.

Friday, January 1, 2016, 6:26pm

Browns WR Travis Benjamin (ankle, questionable) took limited practice reps again Friday and is questionable for Week 17. This is a new injury for Benjamin, who seems legitimately questionable for Week 17. The Browns play early on Sunday.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015, 6:13pm

Browns QB Johnny Manziel (concussion) did not practice Wednesday. Manziel is iffy, so Austin Davis may get the start this week.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015, 6:13pm

Browns WR Travis Benjamin (ankle) did not practice Wednesday.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015, 6:13pm

Browns WR Marlon Moore (concussion) did not practice Wednesday.

Sunday, December 27, 2015, 8:34pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

Browns running back Raheem Mostert (ankle) and wideout Marlon Moore (concussion) did not return in the 17-13 loss to the Chiefs.

Friday, December 25, 2015, 10:17pm

Browns RB Isaiah Crowell (not injury related, probable) took full practice reps Friday after missing practice earlier in the week and is probable for Week 16. Crowell should see extra work if Duke Johnson (hamstring, questionable) can’t play. The Browns play early on Sunday.

Friday, December 25, 2015, 10:17pm

Browns RB Duke Johnson (hamstring, questionable) took limited practice reps again Friday and is questionable for Week 16. Johnson should be able to play against the Chiefs, though this is looking like a game-time decision. The Browns play early on Sunday.

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