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Cleveland Browns

Stadium: FirstEnergy Stadium | Coach: Mike Pettine
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense25th86.3 (24th)230.3 (20th)
Defense25th158.3 (30th)237.3 (14th)
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24Bademosi, Johnson CB6-02007/23/19904Stanford
82Barnidge, Gary TE6-62509/22/19858Louisville
11Benjamin, Travis WR5-1017512/29/19894Miami (Fla.)
88Bibbs, E.J. TE6-22588/28/1991RIowa State
75Bitonio, Joel G6-430510/11/19912Nevada
80Bowe, Dwayne WR6-22229/21/19849Louisiana State
95Bryant, Armonty OLB6-42655/20/19903East Central (OK)
92Bryant, Desmond DE6-631012/15/19857Harvard
30Campbell, Ibraheim SS5-112085/13/1992RNorthwestern
59Carder, Tank ILB6-22351/18/19894Texas Christian
6Coons, Travis K6-12002/6/19921Washington
96Cooper, Xavier DT6-430011/30/1991RWashington State
34Crowell, Isaiah RB5-112251/8/19932Alabama State
56Dansby, Karlos MLB6-325111/3/198112Auburn
7Davis, Austin QB6-22216/2/19894Southern Mississippi
26Desir, Pierre CB6-22069/8/19902Lindenwood
20Draughn, Shaun RB5-1120512/7/19873North Carolina
81Dray, Jim TE6-525512/31/19866Stanford
25Ekpre-Olomu, Ifo CB5-91947/10/1993ROregon
74Erving, Cameron T6-53138/23/1992RFlorida State
18Gabriel, Taylor WR5-81672/17/19912Abilene Christian
43Gaines, Charles CB5-1018010/3/1992RLouisville
21Gilbert, Justin CB6-020211/7/19912Oklahoma State
39Gipson, Tashaun FS5-112058/7/19904Wyoming
77Greco, John G6-43183/24/19858Toledo
23Haden, Joe CB5-111954/14/19896Florida
83Hartline, Brian WR6-220011/22/19867Ohio State
16Hawkins, Andrew WR5-71803/10/19865Toledo
84Housler, Rob TE6-52503/17/19885Florida Atlantic
93Hughes, John DE6-23204/27/19884Cincinnati
47Hughlett, Charley LS6-42485/16/19901Central Florida
29Johnson, Duke RB5-92109/23/1993RMiami (Fla.)
42Johnson, Malcolm FB6-12318/11/1992RMississippi State
58Kirksey, Chris ILB6-22358/31/19922Iowa
99Kruger, Paul OLB6-42702/15/19867Utah
8Lee, Andy P6-11858/11/198212Pittsburgh
55Mack, Alex C6-431111/19/19857California
2Manziel, Johnny QB6-021012/6/19922Texas A&M
13McCown, Josh QB6-42187/4/197913Sam Houston State
66Meder, Jamie DT6-32954/12/19911Ashland
51Mingo, Barkevious OLB6-424010/4/19903Louisiana State
15Moore, Marlon WR6-01909/3/19876Fresno State
48Orchard, Nate LB6-42551/5/1993RUtah
67Pasztor, Austin T6-730811/26/19903Virginia
33Poyer, Jordan CB6-01914/25/19913Oregon State
53Robertson, Craig ILB6-12342/11/19884North Texas
72Schwartz, Mitchell T6-53206/8/19894California
71Shelton, Danny NT6-23398/20/1993RWashington
54Solomon, Scott LB6-326011/5/19884Rice
94Starks, Randy DE6-430512/14/198312Maryland
86Telfer, Randall TE6-42505/16/1992RUSC
73Thomas, Joe T6-631212/4/19849Wisconsin
32Turbin, Robert RB5-1022212/2/19894Utah State
31Whitner, Donte SS5-102087/24/198510Ohio State
22Williams, Tramon CB6-01923/16/19839Louisiana Tech
36Williams, K'Waun DB5-91837/12/19912Pittsburgh
41Winston, Glenn RB6-22204/29/19892Northwood
Injured Players
61Bowie, Michael (IR) T6-53209/25/19913Northeastern State (Okla.)
42Lundy, Luke (IR) RB6-02308/23/1988ROttawa (Kans.)
9Shaw, Connor (IR) QB6-12109/19/19911South Carolina
Practice Squad
 Gerhart, Garth C6-131010/21/19882Arizona State
37James, Kendall CB5-111806/29/19911Maine
10Jennings, Darius WR5-101696/28/1992RVirginia
 Johnson, Cam DE6-32605/24/19903Virginia
 Ladson, Erle T6-634611/27/1991RDelaware
64Miller, Darrian T6-53074/8/1993RKentucky
52Pullard, Hayes ILB6-12404/18/1992RUSC
40Saunders, De'Ante CB5-91879/19/1992RTennessee State
97Wynn, Dylan DT6-22836/1/1993ROregon State
Suspended Players
12Gordon, Josh WR6-32254/13/19913Utah
Roster Analysis
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Position Listing
Luke Lundy
Browns running back Luke Lundy had to leave Sunday's practice after sustaining a concussion, reports the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram.

Moreover, offensive tackle Vinston Painter suffered a neck injury, which also forced him to leave practice early.

Xavier Cooper
Browns rookie defensive tackle Xavier Cooper has opened eyes in training camp and through two preseason games. Those eyes opened wider when he registered sacks two and three Thursday night against Buffalo.

The Browns selected Cooper late in the third round because they were intrigued by his quick first step, according to the team website. His success hasn't surprised fellow Browns rookie lineman Dylan Wynn, who played against Cooper in college.

"Coop's been killing it," Wynn said. "He's a monster. He was just like that at Washington State ... He's a special player. He definitely got slept on in the draft and that's why he went third round. ... He just gets it done."

Danny Shelton
Browns defensive tackle Danny Shelton has been absent from organized team activities, but he had a very good reason. The first-round pick was finishing his course work at the University of Washington and graduated.

Shelton is now back to the Browns and will participate in the veterans minicamp next week. It was important for him to acquire his degree before joining the NFL because of a promise he made to his mother.

“It's something on my checklist I need to do and it's something my mom required for me,” Shelton said. “She wanted me to have a degree before I went into the NFL. This is my way of kind of making her even more happy.”

Though Shelton’s last on-field action was the week after the draft, he's confident he won't miss a step as he begins to acclimate himself with the team. 

“Coming in, I'm going to be mentally prepared,” Shelton said. “I'll have my plays down for sure and as far as being there physically, I'm not going to rush into things and start trying to dominate, create a dominant force right away. I'm going to work with the team.”

Nate Orchard
The Browns have announced the signing of linebacker and second-round pick Nate Orchard, Newsnet5 has reported.

It is hoped Orchard can help a pass rush that has struggled to make a major impact in recent years. He recorded 18.5 sacks for Utah a year ago.

Travis Benjamin
Browns wide receiver Travis Benjamin (ribs) is listed as probable for Sunday's game against Chargers, ESPN.com reports.

After having recorded 10 catches for 249 yards and four receiving TDs through the Browns' first three games, to go along with a return score, Benjamin's fantasy stock is on the rise these days. That said, it remains to be seen how sustainable his current pace is, especially if Dwayne Bowe starts being incorporated into the Browns' offense in the coming weeks.

Ribs - Probable for Week 4 at San Diego
Duke Johnson
Browns running back Duke Johnson had just three rushing yards on four carries, but added 32 receiving yards on six receptions in Sunday's loss to Oakland. 

Johnson is a better receiver out of the backfield than Isaiah Crowell, and he got to showcase some of his receiving skills in a contest in which the Browns trailed throughout.

Each of the two running backs got exactly 10 touches, and it appears they are locked in a nearly even platoon, with Johnson holding an edge in passing situations while Crowell gets more carries.

That should remain true next Sunday when the Browns play at San Diego.

Travis Coons
Browns kicker Travis Coons converted both field goal attempts (41, 24) and went 2 for 2 on extra points in Sunday's loss to the Raiders.

Coons continues to prove he was the man for the job in Cleveland after fighting for it during camp, as he has yet to miss any kick this year. Sunday afternoon represented his best scoring output of the season, as the 23-year-old was able to rack up eight total points.

Glenn Winston
The battered Browns list three injured players on their inactive list for their Sunday game at Carolina, including Pro Bowl cornerback Joe Haden (shoulder). Also hurt and out are fellow corner K'Waun Williams (hamstring) and tight end Gary Barnidge (rib).

The healthy scratches are wideout Rodney Smith , running back Glenn Winston and offensive linemen Vinston Painter and Andrew McDonald.

Undisclosed - NFI. Out until at least early November
Shaun Draughn
The Browns elevated running back Shaun Draughn from the practice squad to the active roster on Saturday, the team announced.

Draughn signed with Cleveland in December of last season, and appeared in four games.

Back - Questionable for Week 4 at San Diego
Kendall James
The Chargers have waived guard Jeff Baca from their active roster and cornerback Kendall James from their practice squad.

Baca was released by Dallas in mid-November and played in just one game for San Diego.

Paul Kruger
The Browns have cleared all their probables for the Sunday game against Indianapolis. That group includes linebacker Barkevious Mingo (shoulder) and Paul Kruger (illness), as well as center Nick McDonald (ankle/knee).

Garth Gerhart
The following players have been deemed inactive for the Packers in Sunday's NFC Championship Game: DuJuan Harris, Demetri Goodson, Carl Bradford, Garth Gerhart, Justin Perillo, Jeff Janis and Bruce Gatson.

The Packers are currently 8-point underdogs against the Seahawks Sunday.

Josh McCown
Although Browns quarterback Josh McCown's right hand was banged up following Sunday's loss to the Raiders, he won't miss any practice time, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Though the report relays McCown was spotted in the locker room Monday with "a swollen right hand, a gash on the top of it and a wrapped ring finger," the quarterback's Week 4 status does not appear to be in any danger at this stage.

Right hand - Probable for Week 4 at San Diego
Josh Gordon
Browns receiver Josh Gordon is serving a suspension for repeated violations of the NFL drug policy, but his agent promises that he has plenty of football left. 

"He's hanging in there," Drew Rosenhaus said, per Cleveland.com. "He's biding his time. It's a difficult process and it's meant to be difficult obviously. But I've got faith in him and he'll get through this tough time and he still has a very bright future in the NFL in my opinion."

Rosenhaus said that Gordon is doing well, and he is confident that he can remain clean. "It's been about four months and we're just trying to get him through this year,'' Rosenhaus said.

Suspension - Suspended indefinitely
Charley Hughlett
Quarterback Brian Hoyer (shoulder) and cornerback Justin Gilbert, who is being disciplined, headline the inactives posted by the Browns for their Sunday game in Baltimore. Also hurt and out are defensive tackle Ahtyba Rubin (ankle) and tackle Ryan Seymour (hamstring).

A trio of healthy scratches include long snapper Charley Hughlett, offensive lineman Andrew McDonald and wideout Phil Bates.

John Greco
Browns coach Mike Pettine said Thursday offensive lineman John Greco will likely start at center and offensive lineman Paul McQuistan will start at right guard Week 7 at Jacksonville. The starting lineup along the offensive line is undergoing changes in the wake of center Alex Mack's leg injury. 
Justin Gilbert
Browns cornerback Justin Gilbert (hamstring) is active for the first time this season Sunday against the Raiders.

With K'Waun Williams on the shelf due to a concussion, Gilbert will take the field to provide the team with depth in the secondary. He has a seemingly good chance of seeing a noteworthy amount of snaps, especially in dime packages and other passing situations.

Hamstring - Probable for Week 4 at San Diego
Chris Kirksey
Browns rookie linebacker Chris Kirksey managed a breakthrough game Sunday at Jacksonville despite the team's lopsided loss.

Kirksey led the team with a career-best seven solo tackles and registered one of their two sacks. It was his first sack since the season opener.

Ifo Ekpre-Olomu
Browns coach Mike Pettine said the team plans to have cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, their seventh-round pick, sit out the 2015 season as the player recovers from a serious knee injury he suffered at the end of his college career, per Cleveland.com. 

Ekpre-Olomu was considered a first-round pick before tearing his ACL and dislocating his knee during practice for the college football playoffs. The recovery period is 7-10 months. 

"Players that have had this injury before, it's rare that you would return that season,'' Pettine said. "Given our depth, we're very comfortable with him sitting out. That's just one that we felt it was a low-risk, high-reward move when we took him in the seventh round."

Undisclosed - NFI. Out until at least early November
Cameron Erving
Browns rookie offensive lineman Cameron Erving has a lot of potential. The team recognized that and selected him with the 19th pick in this year's draft, but he's also receiving high praise from another first-round pick, per the team website.

Erving, who played at Florida State, is highly touted by former teammate and top-overall pick Jameis Winston.

“Not only was he my center, but he was my blindside as well,” said Winston at the NFC Rookie Symposium Play 60 event in Berea. “He’s a great player. He works hard. He is very excited to be (in Cleveland). I was FaceTiming the other day. He’s such a great person. I thank God every day he was protecting me at Florida State.

“Cam’s just a versatile player. He wanted to be able to show all of his talents. I think he played a big role, we had some young guys step up and he played a big role (in their development).”

Donte Whitner
Mike Pettine has expressed good news on the injury and illness front for the Browns.

He said that linebacker Karlos Dansby (knee), who has missed the last three games, is on the verge of returning, and that safety Donte Whitner (illness) has returned to practice. Pettine added that tight end Gary Barnidge (ribs) is getting closer to a comeback and he's optimistic that free safety Tashaun Gipson (knee) will be back to game action at some point this season.

E.J. Bibbs
No Updates
Robert Turbin
Browns running back Robert Turbin (ankle) saw limited action during individual drills at Thursday's practice, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Coach Mike Pettine indicated Turbin is still a couple of weeks away from a return to action, as the running back continues to bounce back slowly from the high ankle sprain he sustained as a member of the Seahawks.

Ankle - Out for Week 4 at San Diego
Tramon Williams
Former Packers cornerback Tramon Williams agreed to a three-year deal with the Browns, reports ESPN's Adam Schefter. The deal is for $21 million, per NFL Network.

Williams will vie with second-year pro Justin Gilbert for the starting spot opposite Joe Haden. Williams, 32, has spent his entire eight-year career with Green Bay, racking up 28 interceptions and 115 passes defensed.

Darius Jennings
No Updates
Johnson Bademosi
The Browns have reportedly re-signed safety Johnson Bademosi and inside linebacker Craig Robertson, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Caplan.

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

Tank Carder
The Browns list a whopping 16 players on their Friday injury report, but half are probable for the Week 17 battle in Pittsburgh, including All-Pro tackle Joe Thomas (back). The other offensive players among them are running back Willis McGahee (knee) and tackle Mitchell Schwartz (toe).

The four defensive probables are linebackers Paul Kruger (illness) and Tank Carder (shoulder), safety Jordan Poyer (toe) and safety T.J. Ward (shoulder, illness). Punter Spencer Lanning (knee) is also probable.

Barkevious Mingo
Less than a month after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery, Browns linebacker Barkevious Mingo returned to practice Monday, per Ohio.com.

Mingo participated in drills, but is not expected to play in the team's final preseason game. Browns coach Mike Pettie was optimistic, however, that Mingo could play in the regular season opener on Sept. 13. 

"I think that target is still up in the air, but it could be for the opener," he said. 

Charles Gaines
The Browns signed quarterback Austin Davis and placed cornerback Charles Gaines on injured reserve on Monday, per Ohio.com.

Davis was cut by the Rams earlier this week. Gaines will be eligible to return to practice in Week 6 and play in Week 8.

Hamstring - IR. Designated for return
K'Waun Williams
Four key Browns defenders deemed questionable for the Sunday game in Baltimore are ready to roll. Included are cornerbacks Joe Haden (shoulder) and K'Waun Williams (hamstring). The others are end Desmond Bryant (thumb) and linebacker Jabaal Sheard (foot).

Concussion - Out for Week 4 at San Diego
Taylor Gabriel
Browns wide receiver Taylor Gabriel caught three passes on five targets for 28 yards in Sunday's loss to the Raiders.

Gabriel has seen 10 targets over the Browns' first three games, but he remains merely a role player at this point. The 24-year-old would likely need an injury to occur above him on the depth chart to see any kind of significant increase in targets.

Jim Dray
Rather than play a standout role, Browns wideout Josh Gordon merely led a small group of minor contributors to a Sunday loss against the host Panthers.

Gordon finished with four catches for 45 yards. Also chipping in were tight end Jim Dray and wideout Taylor Gabriel, both of whom caught just one short pass.

Armonty Bryant
Browns DE Armonty Bryant said he won't be a full participate during organized team activities or the team's minicamp in June, but he expects to be ready for training camp, reports Ohio.com.

Bryant played in five games last season before he tore his ACL and MCL in his knee.

Dwayne Bowe
Brownscoach Mike Pettine indicated that wide receiver Dwayne Bowe is expected to be active Sunday against the Chargers, the Akron Beacon-Journal reports.

Bowe was inactive last Sunday against the Raiders despite not being listed on the Browns' injury report. That said, offensive coordinator John DeFilippo suggested that Bowe -- who dealt with a hamstring issue before his season debut in Week 2 -- was held out because of an injury.

In any case, while Bowe could end up providing the Browns with some return on their $9 million (guaranteed) investment in time, we'd like to see the wideout get a full and productive game in before recommending him as more than a roster stash.

Alex Mack
Browns center Alex Mack has been cleared to participate in training camp drills, reports ESPN.com. Mack is recovering from a broken leg, which ended his season in Week 6.
Randall Telfer
No Updates
Rob Housler
Free-agent tight end Rob Housler signed a one-year deal Thursday with the Browns, per the team's website. 

Housler, who spent four seasons with the Cardinals, visited with the Falcons and Bengals before agreeing to the one-year deal with Cleveland. Housler's role in the Cardinals' passing game was reduced last year, as he only caught nine passes for 129 yards, but finished his four seasons in Arizona with 1,133 yards. 

Erle Ladson
The Browns signed offensive lineman Erle Ladson , the team announced on Tuesday. Ladson was a member of Oakland last season. 

To make room, Cleveland released defensive back Micah Pellerin. The team signed him earlier this offseason after he played for Dallas last year. 

Joe Haden
Browns top cornerback Joe Haden (ribs/finger) has been designated as probable for the Week 4 game at San Diego.

Haden was limited at practice this week, but looks like a go against the Chargers. He has struggled against premier wide receivers all season, however.

Ribs, finger - Probable for Week 4 at San Diego
Craig Robertson
The Browns have reportedly re-signed safety Johnson Bademosi and inside linebacker Craig Robertson, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Caplan.

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

Ankle - Out for Week 4 at San Diego
Mitchell Schwartz
One of the reasons Johnny Manziel was such a spectacular player in college was because he was able to extend a play and throw to a big receiver down the field. Landing with the Browns is a total win for Johnny Football because he'll have Josh Gordon, Jordan Cameron, Greg Little and Nate Burleson as down-field targets along with Andrew Hawkins as a quick, short-area weapon. Ben Tate rumbling in the backfield doesn't hurt either.

Another impressive factor is the Browns O-line, which has two studs in left tackle Joe Thomas and center Alex Mack. If the line can improve from last season (we're looking at you, Mitchell Schwartz), then Manziel will have time to make good throws.

Of all the places he could have gone in the draft, Cleveland's the best fit. Not only should he inject life into the franchise but he should end up starting in Week 1 against the Steelers. Expect Manziel to get taken late in every single seasonal draft as a combo backup Fantasy QB/sleeper who could get some serious trade value. He'll get picked in the middle rounds in dynasty/keeper leagues and should be considered a Top 5 choice in rookie-only drafts.
Andrew Hawkins
Browns wide receiver Andrew Hawkins caught just 2 of 6 targets for 18 yards in Sunday's loss to the Raiders.

Hawkins finished fourth on the team in total targets during the loss, which isn't particularly encouraging for Fantasy owners. As a slot receiver, the 5-foot-7 Hawkins has been limited to a total of eight catches for 85 yards during the first three weeks of 2015.

Gary Barnidge
Browns tight end Gary Barnidge led the Browns with six catches, 105 yards and a touchdown on 10 targets in the Sunday loss to the Raiders.

Barnidge has clearly established himself as the team's top pass-catching tight end and he managed to get himself open consistently against the Raiders. Defenses will have to start paying more attention to Barnidge as the season progresses, but he and quarterback Josh McCown appear to have enough chemistry to make him worth a good look in most formats.

It remains to be seen if he can approach that production in Week 4 at San Diego.

Dylan Wynn
No Updates
De'Ante Saunders
No Updates
Desmond Bryant
Browns defensive end Desmond Bryant (shoulder) is inactive Sunday with his former teammates from Oakland in town.

His absence will adversely affect the Cleveland pass rush depth, and could bump John Hughes into a starting role. Rookie Xavier Cooper is also expected to be involved in the defensive scheme and might even start.

Shoulder - Out for Week 4 at San Diego
Jamie Meder
The Browns announced several roster moves on Saturday, per FOX Sports Ohio. The team promoted quarterback Connor Shaw and defensive lineman Jamie Meder from the practice squad to the 53-man active roster. In a corresponding move, Cleveland waived linebacker Eric Martin and tight end Ryan Taylor.
Isaiah Crowell
Browns running back Isaiah Crowell rushed for just 36 yards on 10 carries and was not targeted in the passing game Sunday against the Raiders.

Crowell was never able to get in rhythm as the Browns trailed throughout and were forced to abandon the run. The team would like to control the clock and run the ball, but it appears Crowell won't hold much value in games in which they fall behind early.

Duke Johnson is a better receiving back, so he sees more action than Crowell in passing situations. It remains to be seen if that's how it plays out in Week 4 at San Diego.

John Hughes
The Browns and defensive end John Hughes have reached a deal on a contract extension. Hughes will sign a four-year deal worth $14.4 million in new money, pending a physical, a source told Ian Rapoport of NFL Media on Friday.

Hughes, 26, was taken in the third round (87th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft. He was limited to only five games (three starts) last season due to an MCL injury. He has tallied 44 tackles and four sacks in his first 36 career games with the Browns.

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Karlos Dansby
Browns linebacker Karlos Dansby collected nine tackles (five solo) in Sunday's loss to the Raiders.

Dansby continues to be effective as an IDP in his age-33 season and is the most likely candidate to lead the Browns in tackles, if he stays healthy all year.

Ankle - Probable for Week 4 at San Diego
Hayes Pullard
The Browns signed fourth-round pick Vince Mayle and seventh-round selection Hayes Pullard, the team announced

Mayle is a receiver who played college football at Washington State. Pullard is an inside linebacker from USC. 

Andy Lee
The Browns have traded their seventh-round pick in 2017 to the 49ers for three-time Pro Bowl punter Andy Lee, the team announced on Saturday.

The team sent their seventh-round pick to the 49ers in order to secure Lee. In a corresponding move, the Browns released punter Spencer Lanning to make room on the roster for Lee.

“We’ve said all along that we are going to be deliberate in our pursuit to acquire talent that we feel can improve our roster,” Browns general manager Ray Farmer said. “Andy Lee has consistently been a top punter in this league. We are excited to be able to add a punter of his caliber to our team.

“We wish Spencer the best. He has done a solid job for our team and has also been an outstanding representative for our organization off the field.”

Lee has averaged at least 46.2 yards per punt in every season since 2007, peaking at 50.9 in 2011. He had served in that capacity with San Francisco for the last 11 years, but the team used a fifth-round selection in the 2015 draft to take Clemson punter Bradley Pinion, signaling the end of Lee's tenure with the 49ers.

“I'm excited about my new start and becoming a member of the Cleveland Browns,” Lee said. “I've heard so many good things about the city of Cleveland and the loyalty and passion of the fans from my former teammate Phil Dawson. I've also heard some very positive things about the type of organization and team the Browns are building so my family and I are very much looking forward to becoming a part of it.”

Austin Davis
Quarterback Austin Davis has signed a two-year, $4.17 million contract extension with the Browns through 2017, ESPN's Field Yates reports.

Davis, who currently fills in as a reserve quarterback behind Josh McCown and Johnny Manziel, saw time as a starter for the Rams during the 2014 season before a slew of turnovers forced him into a backup role. Given the injury history of McCown and Manziel, it wouldn't be surprising to see Davis take the field for the Browns at some point before his new contract expires following the 2017 season.

Randy Starks
One attribute that defensive lineman Randy Starks is looking to bring to the Browns is leadership. 

Coming from Miami, Starks is hoping to be an outspoken leader to the younger members on the defensive line. Starks added that he doesn't necessarily want to try and assert his authority over the whole defense. 

“I’m not trying to come here and take over the whole defense," Starks said on Sirius XM radio, via ClevelandBrowns.com. "I’m just trying to take care of the defensive line, and that will help take care of the defense itself. Because we have (Karlos) Dansby and Joe Haden to take care of their respective positions.”

Starks recorded 28 tackles and 4 1/2 sacks in 15 games in 2014. In 11 seasons, Starks has only been to the playoffs twice. He's hoping that changes with the Browns. 

“That’s the same thing I told (coach Mike Pettine): I’m trying to win games," Starks said. "I’m trying to get to the playoffs. And we’re on the same page.”

Cam Johnson
Colts linebacker Cam Johnson, an exclusive rights free agent, re-signed with the team for one year, reports RTV6 in Indianapolis. He suffered a season-ending triceps injury in the 2014 opener after playing in 12 games the year before.
Joel Bitonio
With the No. 35 pick in the NFL Draft, the Browns selected offensive lineman Joel Bitonio from Nevada.

Bitonio is 6-foot-4, 302 pounds. He was a tackle in college, but he could also play guard for the Browns if needed.

Bitonio started his last 38 games, including 26 at right tackle and 12 at left tackle. According to one stats service, since the beginning of the 2012 season, he gave up only one quarterback pressure and two sacks and was penalized only five times through a span of 2,054 snaps.

He has the chance to compete for a starting job in training camp and could play left guard for the Browns this year.

Malcolm Johnson
The Browns have signed third-round pick Xavier Cooper and sixth-round pick Malcolm Johnson, the team announced on Tuesday.

Cooper, a defensive tackle out of Washington State, totaled 121 tackles with 13 sacks in his career in college. Johnson, a fullback from Mississippi State, had 79 career receptions for 1,148 yards and 10 touchdowns in his college career.

Jordan Poyer
The Browns list a whopping 16 players on their Friday injury report, but half are probable for the Week 17 battle in Pittsburgh, including All-Pro tackle Joe Thomas (back). The other offensive players among them are running back Willis McGahee (knee) and tackle Mitchell Schwartz (toe).

The four defensive probables are linebackers Paul Kruger (illness) and Tank Carder (shoulder), safety Jordan Poyer (toe) and safety T.J. Ward (shoulder, illness). Punter Spencer Lanning (knee) is also probable.

Michael Bowie
Browns offensive lineman Michael Bowie is not required to report to training camp until the end of July. But never mind that - he's heading out after the last Independence Day firework explodes in the sky.

Bowie is itching to get started. He missed all of last season due to a shoulder injury after starting for Seattle on its Super Bowl title team in 2013. He is seeking to stay in tip-top shape in an attempt to land a starting spot on a Cleveland line that is the strength of the team.

"It's up to them to decide who is the best five," Bowie told the team website. "All I can do is take care of my business. Hopefully I can get a shot. That's what I'm working for."

Bowie participated fully in the offseason program, working mostly with the second team at right tackle. That will likely be the spot at which he competes for a starting job. Incumbent Mitchell Schwartz has not performed particularly well there and Mike Pettine has vowed there will be competition all over the field in camp.

Brian Hartline
Browns wide receiver Brian Hartline secured five of his seven targets for 96 yards Sunday against Oakland. 

Hartline picked up 51 more yards than fellow receiver Travis Benjamin on three less targets, although Benjamin came away with a receiving touchdown.

The return of quarterback Josh McCown (concussion) makes the whole Browns passing game more fantasy-friendly, but the team may not throw the ball enough every week for Hartline to consistently put up lines like this one.

Darrian Miller
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Ibraheim Campbell
The Browns signed fourth-round draft pick Ibraheim Campbell , a safety out of Northwestern. The deal was a reported $2.79 million salary with a $512,010 signing bonus, per Ohio.com.

That leaves Miami running back Duke Johnson , the Browns' third-round pick, as the only one of their twelve draft picks that is still unsigned. 

Austin Pasztor
The Jaguars have re-signed exclusive rights free agent right tackle Austin Pasztor on Tuesday, per the team's official website. Pasztor, 24, started in all eight of his appearances last season before going down with a ruptured hamstring, cutting his 2014 campaign short.
Joe Thomas
Browns left tackle Joe Thomas left Monday's pratice after he had his leg rolled up on by rookie defensive lineman Danny Shelton, per Cleveland.com.

Thomas had his right knee and ankle examined on the sidelines before walking off the field and into the training room. The injury is not expected to be serious, and an MRI was ruled to be unnecessary.

"Uh, yeah, we'll know more,'' coach Mike Pettine said. "I don't think it's any serious. Yeah, normal (tests). Just getting checked.''

Scott Solomon
Browns linebacker Scott Solomon, who suffered what is likely a high ankle sprain in Week 1 loss against the Jets, is expected to miss 4-6 weeks, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

Solomon's injury occurred on the fourth play from scrimmage Sunday, and he was later carted from the sideline to the locker room. With the loss of their run-stopping linebacker, the Browns went on to give up 154 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 36 carries. In the wake of Solomon's absence, Barkevious Mingo, Nate Orchard, and Armonty Bryant could see more action.

Ankle - Out for Week 4 at San Diego
Pierre Desir
Browns defensive coordinator Jim O'Neil was asked during a radio appearance Thursday about which two returning players is he most excited to see next season. His response was outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo and cornerback Pierre Desir.

O'Neil indicated Mingo likely would have made a bigger impact last season, but he injured his shoulder in the first game and played hurt all season. He underwent surgery in February.

“It was so disappointing because I really liked how he was coming on through the preseason and all of training camp,” O’Neil said, per the team's official website. “I see him downstairs every day rehabbing his [tail] off.”

As for Desir, he got reps late in the season and impressed in a limited amount of playing time. The 2014 fourth-round pick wasn't expected to play a down as a rookie.

“I’m really excited about him because he has such a pro mentality,” O’Neil said. “We called on him at the end of the season and he was kind of a guy that we were counting on redshirting the entire year.

“One of the big questions marks about Desir: Was he going to stick his face in the run game? And he showed that he would. And he did a (darn) good job at the line of scrimmage pressing some receivers.”   

Marlon Moore
Browns wide receivers Dwayne Bowe and Terrelle Pryor are buried on the depth chart heading into the season opener against the Jets, according to Cleveland.com.

Bowe is listed as a third-string wide receiver on the right side behind Brian Hartline and Travis Benjamin, while Pryor is listed as the fourth-string wide receiver on the opposite side behind Andrew Hawkins, Taylor Gabriel and Marlon Moore.

Connor Shaw
Browns quarterback Connor Shaw will be out an extended amount of time after sustaining a thumb injury, the team announced Sunday.

Shaw suffered the injury during Thursday's preseason game and he will need surgery to correct the issue.

"I feel for Connor because he has worked extremely hard," Browns coach Mike Pettine said. "He's a competitor and has had a great offseason and a good camp so far. He is good for the quarterback room and it's unfortunate that this injury won't allow him to compete."

Thumb - IR. Out for season
Tashaun Gipson
Browns safety Tashaun Gipson (groin) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against Chargers, ESPN.com reports.

Gipson is dealing with a groin pull that reduced him to limited practice sessions both Thursday and Friday. Through three games, the safety -- who racked up six interceptions in 2014 -- has recorded 19 tackles and a pick for the Browns.

Groin - Questionable for Week 4 at San Diego
Johnny Manziel
Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel (elbow) will serve as the Browns' backup quarterback in Week 3 after coach Mike Pettine announced Wednesday that Josh McCown (concussion) will start Sunday's game against the Raiders.

Manziel shined in a Week 2 victory over the Titans with McCown sidelined by a concussion, but that was not enough to earn him the starting quarterback job moving forward. While Manziel will move back into a backup role for now, he figures to keep the heat on McCown in the coming weeks, and could reclaim the starting role at some point.

Right elbow - Probable for Week 4 at San Diego
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