Cleveland Browns

Stadium: FirstEnergy Stadium | Coach: Hue Jackson
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense30th107.0 (19th)204.0 (28th)
Defense31st142.7 (31st)249.8 (21st)

Schedule

1:00 pm EDT
Sun Sep 10
PIT
1:00 pm EDT
Sun Sep 17
at BAL
1:00 pm EDT
Sun Sep 24
at IND
1:00 pm EDT
Sun Oct 1
CIN
1:00 pm EDT
Sun Oct 8
NYJ
1:00 pm EDT
Sun Oct 15
at HOU
1:00 pm EDT
Sun Oct 22
TEN
9:30 am EDT
Sun Oct 29
MIN
1:00 pm EST
Sun Nov 12
at DET
1:00 pm EST
Sun Nov 19
JAC
1:00 pm EST
Sun Nov 26
at CIN
4:05 pm EST
Sun Dec 3
at LAC
1:00 pm EST
Sun Dec 10
GB
1:00 pm EST
Sun Dec 17
BAL
1:00 pm EST
Sun Dec 24
at CHI
1:00 pm EST
Sun Dec 31
at PIT

Standings

AFC
North
Overall
W-L-T
Division
W-L-T
Pittsburgh11-5-05-1-0
Baltimore8-8-04-2-0
Cincinnati6-9-13-3-0
Cleveland1-15-00-6-0
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Browns' DeShone Kizer: Getting extra attention from head coach
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Head coach Hue Jackson acknowledged he's been spending more time working with Kizer than with the team's other quarterbacks, The Cleveland Plain Dealer's Mary Kay Cabot reports. "I want to make sure I have my hand on [Kizer] as much as I can," said Jackson. "I have to find out probably more about (Kizer) than I do any of the guys. He's not going to get too far away from me, I know that."

2016 third-round selection Cody Kessler started eight games (all losses) last season and opened OTAs working with the first-team offense, making him the early favorite for the Week 1 starting job. Kizer, Brock Osweiler and Kevin Hogan are all expected to compete for the job and get some first-team reps throughout the offseason program and training camp, though it seems Hogan may be part of the competition in name only. Kizer and Osweiler, on the other hand, should both have real shot to unseat Kessler before the games start to count. Jackson is seemingly aware that his fate with the franchise ultimately could depend on the success of his rookie quarterback, even though Kizer fell to No. 52 overall in the draft. With Cleveland a long shot to compete for a playoff spot, the rookie is a good bet to make starts at some point in the season, if not by Week 1. Jackson is already preparing as if Kizer, rather than Kessler, holds the future of the team in his hands.

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Browns' DeShone Kizer: Opens OTAs with third-string offense
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kizer worked with the third-team offense at Wednesday's practice, Nate Ulrich of The Akron Beacon Journal reports.

As expected, Cody Kessler was with the first-string offense and Brock Osweiler led the second-stringers, while Kevin Hogan was relegated to fourth-team duty. Head coach Hue Jackson said all four quarterbacks will have a shot to compete for the starting gig, though it seems Kizer and Hogan are viewed more as developmental prospects, whereas Kessler and Osweiler are better candidates to start Week 1. It still wouldn't be surprising if Kizer makes starts this season, as the Browns probably won't challenge for a playoff spot and may want to see how their second-round pick (No. 52 overall) looks in a regular-season game.

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Browns' Brock Osweiler: Getting second-team reps
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Osweiler worked with the second-team offense at Wednesday's practice, Nate Ulrich of The Akron Beacon Journal reports.

Cody Kessler led the first-string offense, with DeShone Kizer getting third-team reps and Kevin Hogan working with the fourth-stringers. Kessler is the clear favorite to start Week 1, but Osweiler is optimistic he'll at least make a push for the job, even though he isn't quite a lock for the final roster. While the Browns wouldn't save any cap room by releasing the 26-year-old this year, the team could determine that the 24-year-old Hogan represents a better use of a roster spot for a rebuilding franchise. The more likely scenario features Kessler, Kizer and Osweiler all making the team, with the Browns then trying to put Hogan on the practice squad. Osweiler does seem like the best bet among the group to challenge Kessler for the Week 1 starting job.

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Browns' Cameron Erving: Sits out team drills
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Erving (knee) sat out team drills at Wednesday's OTAs, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

Erving sprained his MCL in the Browns' season finale last year and appears to still be recovering. He participated in position drills and did individual work Wednesday. It's unclear when he'll be back to full health, but Irving doesn't look to be at much risk of missing the start of the season.

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Browns' Desmond Bryant: Sits out Wednesday's OTA
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bryant (chest) sat out Wednesday's OTAs, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.

Bryant missed all of 2016 with a torn pectoral muscle, and it's unclear if he's still recovering from that injury. With the Browns selecting Myles Garrett with the No. 1 overall pick and likely expecting him to start in Week 1, Bryant could be a cap casualty if he fails to demonstrate both health and effectiveness once training camp arrives.

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