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Cleveland Browns

Stadium: FirstEnergy Stadium | Coach: Mike Pettine
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense27th75.6 (31st)260.2 (12th)
Defense30th138.8 (30th)268.5 (26th)
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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 ILB6-325111/3/198112Auburn
7Davis, Austin QB6-22216/2/19894Southern Mississippi
26Desir, Pierre CB6-22069/8/19902Lindenwood
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
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
35Jones, Don DB5-112055/14/19903Arkansas 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
98Meder, Jamie DT6-32954/12/19911Ashland
64Miller, Darrian T6-53074/8/1993RKentucky
51Mingo, Barkevious OLB6-424010/4/19903Louisiana State
15Moore, Marlon WR6-01909/3/19876Fresno State
44Orchard, Nate OLB6-32551/5/1993RUtah
67Pasztor, Austin T6-730811/26/19903Virginia
33Poyer, Jordan FS6-01914/25/19913Oregon State
53Robertson, Craig ILB6-12342/11/19884North Texas
72Schwartz, Mitchell T6-53206/8/19894California
71Shelton, Danny NT6-23398/20/1993RWashington
94Starks, Randy DE6-430512/14/198312Maryland
86Telfer, Randall TE6-42505/16/1992RUSC
73Thomas, Joe T6-631212/4/19849Wisconsin
31Whitner, Donte SS5-102087/24/198510Ohio State
22Williams, Tramon CB6-01923/16/19839Louisiana Tech
36Williams, K'Waun FS5-91837/12/19912Pittsburgh
28Winston, 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
54Solomon, Scott (IR) LB6-326011/5/19884Rice
Practice Squad
 Casey, Chance DB5-111903/11/19911Baylor
 DiManche, Jayson LB6-12449/22/19903Southern Illinois
 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
 Patrick, Ronald G6-131011/1/19911South Carolina
40Saunders, De'Ante CB5-91879/19/1992RTennessee State
 Wynn, Dylan DT6-22836/1/1993ROregon State
Suspended Players
12Gordon, Josh WR6-32254/13/19913Utah
Roster Analysis
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Position Listing
Don Jones
The Saints made a number of changes to their roster on Saturday, per ESPN.com.

Running back Tim Hightower and offensive lineman Mike McGlynn were cut. Linebacker Davis Tull, who is nursing a shoulder injury, was put on the injured reserve.

New Orleans also added safety Don Jones , wide receiver Seantavius Jones and fullback Toben Opurum to the active roster from the practice squad.

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
Benjamin had seven catches on 11 targets for a team-high 113 yards Sunday against the Steelers.

Benjamin has shown great chemistry with quarterback Johnny Manziel, who started Sunday in place of the injured Josh McCown (ribs), as he had 115 yards and two touchdowns back in Week 2 when Manziel was under center. Benjamin has reached double-digit targets five times this season, though Sunday's activity was his first time over 10 since Week 6. Browns head coach Mike Pettine said earlier this week that McCown would start as long as he is healthy, which means he could be under center in Week 12 against the Ravens, following the Browns' Week 11 bye.

Duke Johnson
Johnson rushed four times for 10 yards and caught all four targets for 18 receiving yards Sunday against the Steelers.

Johnson led the Browns' backfield in rushing yards despite the low total, as starter Isaiah Crowell rushed six times for minus-5 yards. Johnson's ability to contribute in the passing game keeps him in the fantasy conversation, though his upside continues to be limited because of Crowell. Next up is a Week 12 trip to Baltimore following the Browns' Week 11 bye.

Travis Coons
Coons went two for three on extra points in Sunday's loss to the Cardinals, missing his first attempt of the season.

Coons was perfect from the field going into Sunday's game, but nobody is perfect - especially in sports. The Browns' offense rarely allows Coons to put points on the board, but when he does get a shot, he more often than not sinks his attempts. However, Coons' missed extra point attempt doesn't change much - because the Browns don't put him in a position to score often - Coons is not as valuable as many other kickers from a fantasy standpoint.

Glenn Winston
Winston (knee) will be activated from the Reserve/Non-Football Injury list this week, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.

Winston returned to practice in late October, and it appears he is ready for game action after a couple weeks of practice. The Browns cleared the road for him to return by waiving fellow running back Robert Turbin on Tuesday. Head coach Mike Pettine has been impressed by Winston's work in practice, but Winston will slot in as the third running back on the Browns' depth chart, and will have to earn a regular role in the offense.

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
McCown (ribs) will start Monday's game against the Ravens, with Johnny Manziel demoted to third on the depth chart, NFL Network's James Palmer reports.

Manziel is getting demoted because he was photographed at a bar in Austin, TX during the Browns' bye week. It's not entirely clear that the demotion will last all season, but at the very least, McCown makes for a nice streaming option against a Baltimore defense that he picked apart for 457 passing yards back in Week 5. There should be further updates regarding Cleveland's quarterback situation in the coming days.

Ribs - Missed Week 10 at Pittsburgh
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.

Chris Kirksey
Kirksey had eight total tackles in Sunday's loss to the Rams.

Kirksey had five solo tackles and three assisted tackles in Sunday's loss to the Rams. This puts him at 37 total tackles for the season, making him Cleveland's third leading tackler. Should he keep up his solid production, Kirksey is at very least worth a look in many fantasy leagues.

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."

Knee - NFI. Out for season
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
Whitner (concussion) returned to the practice field on Wednesday, Nate Ulrich of Ohio.com reports.

Whitner has missed the last two games due to a concussion he suffered in a Week 8 loss to the Cardinals. His status for Sunday is still unknown, but returning to practice is a good sign for Browns' fans. An official decision on his status for Sunday should be made on Friday.

Concussion - Missed Week 10 at Pittsburgh
E.J. Bibbs
No Updates
Tramon Williams
Williams had six solo tackles and three assisted tackles in Sunday's loss to Arizona.

This was easily Williams' best game of the season, as he climbed to fourth on the Browns in tackles. Cleveland's defense isn't exactly an example to the league, but Williams is a valuable part of the Browns' game plan.

Chance Casey
The Colts have made several minor moves, including the signing of cornerback Chance Casey and guard Will Corbin, per Indysportscentral.com. They have also waived-injured cornerback Josh Mitchell.

Casey has played in four NFL games in two seasons. He totaled six tackles with Oakland a year ago.

Corbin and Mitchell are undrafted rookie free agents. If the latter clears waivers, he will revert to injured reserve.

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).

Taylor Gabriel
Gabriel (concussion) did not participate in Wednesday's practice, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

Gabriel sat alongside fellow wideout Andrew Hawkins, who is also dealing with a concussion. The presumed absence of Hawkins, who is dealing with his second concussion of the season, could have been a big opportunity for Gabriel, but it now appears Brian Hartline could be the main beneficiary. The health of this position group is surely worth monitoring following Cleveland's Week 11 bye.

Concussion - Left Week 10 at Pittsburgh
Jim Dray
Dray had two receptions on two targets for 10 receiving yards in Sunday's loss to the Rams.

Dray has been a reserve at tight end thus far, tallying just four receptions on six targets through seven games. With 30 total receiving yards on the season, it is safe to say that Dray doesn't hold much fantasy value at his point.

Armonty Bryant
Bryant had five combined tackles (two solo), two tackles for loss and one sack in Sunday's win over the Ravens.

Bryant saw an uptick in snaps Sunday, partially due to the fact that fellow linebacker Scott Solomon had to exit the game early with a knee injury. If Solomon has to miss time, Bryant could provide some sneaky IDP utility as one of the top outside linebackers on the depth chart. Outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo hardly saw the field Sunday, while Paul Kruger was limited primarily to passing downs.

Dwayne Bowe
Bowe (coach's decision) is inactive Sunday against the Steelers.

Bowe had his best game of the season Week 9, catching three of his five targets for a total of 31 yards. This was likely due to the absence of both Andrew Hawkins and Brian Hartline, who were inactive for that contest due to concussions. With both of the aforementioned options active for Week 10's matchup, Bowe will return to the bottom of the depth chart and likely fantasy obscurity.

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
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
Haden (concussion) has been ruled out for Sunday's game.

The Florida alum didn't practice all week after suffering his second concussion of the season against the Cardinals in Week 8, so it's not surprising to see him ruled out. In his place, Pierre Desir or Justin Gilbert will likely get the start at corner opposite of Tramon Williams.

Concussion - Missed Week 10 at Pittsburgh
Craig Robertson
Robertson (ankle) was limited in Tuesday's practice, the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram's Scott Petrak reports.

He was questionable in advance of last week's game and ended up playing and recording six tackles, so there is probably a solid chance that he will suit up again Thursday against the Bengals.

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
Hawkins (concussion) did not practice Wednesday, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

Hawkins was forced to exit Sunday's contest with a concussion, and considering that this was his first game back since dealing with a prior concussion, the slot receiver is likely to be dealing with a multi-week absence. As such, it's no surprise to see him take a day off from practice as he works through the league's concussion protocol. Fortunately for Hawkins, the Browns have a Week 11 bye before returning to face the division-rival Baltimore Ravens.

Concussion - Left Week 10 at Pittsburgh
Gary Barnidge
Barnidge had six catches on eight targets for 65 yards and a touchdown Sunday against the Steelers.

Barnidge's excellent season continues to roll, as he's now scored seven touchdowns in 10 games after coming into the season with three in his first six years in the league. The Browns trailed for most of the game, which forced them to throw quite a bit, and Barnidge was able to take advantage once again. Up next is a Week 12 home game against Baltimore following the Browns' Week 11 bye.

Dylan Wynn
No Updates
De'Ante Saunders
No Updates
Desmond Bryant
Bryant had two solo tackles and one assisted tackle, including a sack and a stuff in Sunday's loss to the Cardinals.

Bryant has 15 total tackles on the season, along with two sacks and four stuffs. He may not be taking the league by storm, but he is a reliable and solid player on a struggling Browns team.

Ronald Patrick
The Cowboys have sliced their roster down to 53 with a slew of moves on Saturday.

The have released the following offensive players: wide receivers Jamar Newsome, LaRon Byrd and Dezmon Briscoe, guards Stephen Goodin and Uche Nwaneri, running backs Ryan Williams, Phillip Tanner and D.J. Adams, tackle Josh Aladenoye, center Ronald Patrick and tight end Asa Watson.

Among the defenders they let go are linemen Kenneth Boatright, Dartwan Bush and Caesar Rayford, cornerback Terrance Mitchell, safety Ryan Smithl and linebackers Dontravis Sapp, Will Smith and Keith Smith.

The Cowboys also waived/injured linebacker Orie Lemon and defensive tackle Zach Minter while placing safety Jakar Hamilton and cornerback Orlando Scandrick on the reserve/suspended list.

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
Crowell rushed six times for minus-5 yards and caught one pass on two targets for four receiving yards during Sunday's 30-9 loss to the Steelers.

The Steelers led 21-3 at the half, forcing the Browns to all but forget about the run, and with Crowell not a prolific pass-catcher, he put up a dud. He's now failed to reach even 50 rushing yards in six consecutive games, and he has just two scores on the season, coming in Week 2 against the Titans and Week 5 against the Ravens. Backup Duke Johnson didn't do much on the ground either, rushing four times for 10 yards, but he was at least a little more active in the passing game, catching all four targets for 18 receiving yards. The Browns have done little this season to warrant much fantasy consideration in the backfield, though those that have will have to come up with an alternative next week during Cleveland's bye.

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
Dansby recorded a team-high six tackles in Sunday's loss to the Steelers.

With 79 tackles, two picks and a forced fumble in 10 games to date, Dansby has been an asset in IDP formats, though the Browns' Week 11 bye will require those who have been relying on him to find a substitute at the linebacker position for this week.

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
Poyer had 11 total tackles and a stuff in Cleveland's Sunday loss to the Rams.

The third-year corner filled in for an injured Tashaun Gipson, proving his worth with five solo tackles and six assisted tackles on the day. Despite the solid performance, the reserve has yet to prove himself as a starter in the Browns' defense, meaning that he will most likely not be a strong fantasy option just yet.

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
Hartline had six catches on nine targets for 77 yards in Sunday's loss to the Steelers.

Hartline took advantage of increased looks following the early exit of Andrew Hawkins, who suffered a concussion in the matchup. This is Hawkins' second concussion in just four games, so a multi-week absence is a highly likely scenario this time around (his first concussion forced him out two weeks). With Hawkins on the shelf, Hartline is next in line on the Cleveland wide receiver depth chart, and should serve as the No. 2 wideout behind Travis Benjamin. The 28-year-old Hartline is comfortable playing in the slot, and the extra looks he expects to receive give him some fantasy upside, especially in PPR formats.

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.

Pierre Desir
Desir will start at cornerback in place of the injured Joe Haden (concussion).

Desir drew the start last week against the Broncos, and ended up tallying a career-best 12 combined tackles. Despite some struggles defending Peyton Manning and the Denver passing attack, the Browns will once again turn to Desir to start opposite Tramon Williams.

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
Gipson (illness) is active Sunday against the Steelers.

Just as Gipson started to get over an ankle injury that plagued him for most of the early part of the season, he came down with an illness that put his Week 10 status in jeopardy. It looks like he's healthy enough, though, and will suit up and start alongside Jordan Poyer, who gets the start in place of Donte Whitner (concussion).

Jayson DiManche
The Bengals will be without the services of linebackers Vontaze Burfict (knee) and Jayson DiManche (forearm) for Week 14 against Pittsburgh. Burfict and DiManche were the only two players ruled out for the game, but defensive end Margus Hunt (ankle) and wide receiver James Wright (knee) could join them come Sunday. Both Hunt and Wright were labeled as doubtful for the game.

Meanwhile, defensive tackle Domata Peko (elbow) was the only player on the report deemed questionable, while defensive end Robert Geathers (hip), wide receiver A.J. Green (thigh), tight end Ryan Hewitt (illness), cornerback Adam Jones (concussion), tackle Marshall Newhouse (hip) and guard/center Mike Pollak (knee) were listed as probable.

Forearm - IR. Out for season
Johnny Manziel
Manziel has been demoted to third on the depth chart, NFL Network's James Palmer reports.

Manziel had a promising performance in Week 10 against the Steelers, but Cleveland brass clearly isn't pleased that he was photographed at a bar in Austin, TX during the bye week. The team's statement does mention that Manziel has otherwise met expectations this season, noting that his improvement since last year has been "tremendous". It won't be too surprising if Manziel gets another shot this season, but Josh McCown will be the starter for Monday's game against the Ravens.

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