|Offense||25th||95.6 (22nd)||236.4 (21st)|
|Defense||27th||128.4 (27th)||250.8 (21st)|
|11||Benjamin, Travis||WR||5-10||175||12/29/1989||4||Miami (Fla.)|
|88||Bibbs, E.J.||TE||6-2||258||8/28/1991||R||Iowa State|
|80||Bowe, Dwayne||WR||6-2||222||9/21/1984||9||Louisiana State|
|95||Bryant, Armonty||OLB||6-4||265||5/20/1990||3||East Central (OK)|
|59||Carder, Tank||ILB||6-2||235||1/18/1989||4||Texas Christian|
|96||Cooper, Xavier||DT||6-4||300||11/30/1991||R||Washington State|
|34||Crowell, Isaiah||RB||5-11||225||1/8/1993||2||Alabama State|
|7||Davis, Austin||QB||6-2||221||6/2/1989||4||Southern Mississippi|
|74||Erving, Cameron||G||6-5||313||8/23/1992||R||Florida State|
|18||Gabriel, Taylor||WR||5-8||167||2/17/1991||2||Abilene Christian|
|21||Gilbert, Justin||CB||6-0||202||11/7/1991||2||Oklahoma State|
|85||Hall, Rannell||WR||6-1||200||1/30/1992||R||Central Florida|
|47||Hughlett, Charley||LS||6-4||248||5/16/1990||1||Central Florida|
|29||Johnson, Duke||RB||5-9||210||9/23/1993||R||Miami (Fla.)|
|35||Jones, Don||DB||5-11||205||5/14/1990||3||Arkansas State|
|2||Manziel, Johnny||QB||6-0||210||12/6/1992||2||Texas A&M|
|51||Mingo, Barkevious||OLB||6-4||240||10/4/1990||3||Louisiana State|
|15||Moore, Marlon||WR||6-0||190||9/3/1987||6||Fresno State|
|33||Poyer, Jordan||FS||6-0||191||4/25/1991||3||Oregon State|
|17||Pryor, Terrelle||WR||6-4||233||6/20/1989||4||Ohio State|
|53||Robertson, Craig||ILB||6-1||234||2/11/1988||4||North Texas|
|31||Whitner, Donte||SS||5-10||208||7/24/1985||10||Ohio State|
|22||Williams, Tramon||CB||6-0||192||3/16/1983||9||Louisiana Tech|
|75||Bitonio, Joel (IR)||G||6-4||305||10/11/1991||2||Nevada|
|61||Bowie, Michael (IR)||T||6-5||320||9/25/1991||3||Northeastern State (Okla.)|
|77||Greco, John (IR)||G||6-4||318||3/24/1985||8||Toledo|
|23||Haden, Joe (IR)||CB||5-11||195||4/14/1989||6||Florida|
|83||Hartline, Brian (IR)||WR||6-2||200||11/22/1986||7||Ohio State|
|16||Hawkins, Andrew (IR)||WR||5-7||180||3/10/1986||5||Toledo|
|42||Johnson, Malcolm (IR)||FB||6-1||231||8/11/1992||R||Mississippi State|
|42||Lundy, Luke (IR)||RB||6-0||230||8/23/1988||R||Ottawa (Kans.)|
|13||McCown, Josh (IR)||QB||6-4||218||7/4/1979||13||Sam Houston State|
|9||Shaw, Connor (IR)||QB||6-1||210||9/19/1991||1||South Carolina|
|54||Solomon, Scott (IR)||LB||6-3||260||11/5/1988||4||Rice|
|Baker, Sean||DB||6-0||209||11/6/1988||2||Ball State|
|France, Dan||T||6-5||315||4/1/1991||1||Michigan State|
|Gerhart, Garth||C||6-1||310||10/21/1988||2||Arizona State|
|Hamlett, Connor||TE||6-7||266||4/12/1992||R||Oregon State|
|27||Richardson, Daryl||RB||5-10||196||4/12/1990||3||Abilene Christian|
|Scott, Tim||DB||5-11||195||1/25/1993||R||North Carolina|
|Wynn, Dylan||DT||6-2||283||6/1/1993||R||Oregon State|
|Team||OLine Avg. Ht||OLine Avg. Wt||DLine Avg. Ht||DLine Avg. Wt||Avg. Age||Youngest||Oldest|
Moreover, offensive tackle Vinston Painter suffered a neck injury, which also forced him to leave practice early.
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."
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.”
Orchard was limited in practice all week, but will suit up and presumably take on a meaningful snap count from the outside linebacker spot in the Week 13 contest.
Benjamin's agent, Ronald Butler, said that Browns coach Hue Jackson "loves Travis" and is excited about Benjamin's explosive skillset. Benjamin caught 68 balls for 966 yards and five touchdowns and is will be one of the Browns' most talented players if they can reach a deal before the March 9 roster deadline.
Although the early-down reps were typically given to starter Isaiah Crowell, Johnson was used on most passing downs and ended up collecting the third most receiving yards on the team. His usage was limited early in the year, but he gradually found his role in the offense in a respectable rookie campaign. His production was often a bit too inconsistent for Johnson to be considered a reliable fantasy option, and that will seemingly be the case again in 2016, as the team will retain the services of Crowell. That being said, Johnson showed steady improvement this season, and one could certainly make a case that he deserves more touches in his sophomore campaign.
Pryor had competed for a roster spot in camp, but was ultimately let go in favor of more experienced wide receiver options. When those options were severely depleted towards the end of the season, the team brought Pryor back to provide depth. He ended up with eight total targets over the three games in which he was active, but Sunday's catch proved to be the only play of the season in which he produced positive yardage. The converted quarterback will likely be a fringe roster option in 2016, whether it be in Cleveland or elsewhere. He has the size and skills to be a successful receiver in the league, but lacks experience at the position at this point in his career.
Coons has a solid rookie campaign in Cleveland, as it took him until Week 8 against Arizona to miss his first kick of the year. Even with 28 made kicks, Coons did not have a single field goal over 50 yards, with a 47-yard make representing his season long. The overall offensive struggles of the Browns likely limited his fantasy potential, and prospective owners can expect to see more of the same in 2015.
To make matters worse, that single attempt resulted in Winston losing a fumble. The 26-year-old back was active for three games this season, primarily to provide an emergency option behind Isaiah Crowell and Duke Johnson following the release of Robert Turbin. Winston is on a team-friendly contract for another season, one in which he'll likely serve a similar role.
McCown endured an avalanche of ailments in the most recent campaign, missing one game due to a concussion, two more due to a rib injury, and the final five outings with a broken collarbone. Despite the misfortune on the injury front, he completed 186 of 292 passes for 2,109 yards, 12 touchdowns, and four interceptions in just eight games. With the troubles befalling Johnny Manziel, McCown appears to be the Browns' starting quarterback, especially with a contract in hand through the 2017 season.
Meanwhile, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has 60 days in which to make a determination on Gordon's request for reinstatement. In the event that Gordon is reinstated within that time-frame, the talented young wideout would be able to participate in the Browns' offseason program, which opens up in April. Per the report, Gordon "has been doing well" in his time away from the team and is confident that he will be reinstated. In the event that he is, NFL spokesman Greg Aiello notes that Gordon would still "be in Stage 3 of the NFL's substance abuse program and will be subject to indefinite banishment again -- a minimum of a year -- with another positive test." In any case, there should be some degree of clarity with regard to the 24-year-old's prospects of seeing NFL action in 2016 before the Browns next take the field, with Gordon's status of course of import to fantasy owners, given the production and upside that he offers when he is able to play.
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.
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.
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."
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).”
Whitner may have been able to flirt with last season's team-leading total, but he missed two games earlier in the year due to a concussion. He broke a streak of recording an interception in five straight seasons, but still managed a career-best sack total, as the Browns seemingly had to get more creative with their pass rush scheme. At 30 years old, he'll have several more seasons under contract to cement his legacy in the league, though his year's as a productive IDP option may be dwindling.
Bibbs was able to make some noise during camp, but it was clear early on that Gary Barnidge would be the top pass catching option at the position. As such, Bibbs was inactive for nine of the first 10 games of the season, but did make the active roster for each game after the team's bye. Like fellow tight end Jim Dray, the 260-pound Bibbs is arguably just as useful as a blocker, so perhaps his time will come over the next couple seasons.
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.
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.
Jennings was promoted from Cleveland's practice squad in early December, taking advantage of the opportunity provided by the placement of Brian Hartline (collarbone) and Andrew Hawkins (concussion) on IR. He was active for four total games and targeted in three, proving useful at a depleted slot position. The Browns will presumably add other wide receiver options during the draft, and that will factor in to whether or not Jennings is brought back in 2016.
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.
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.
Williams was limited in practice all week, but that won't prevent him from suiting up for the season finale. The team will certainly welcome his service, having already lost Joe Haden (concussion) for the year and being without fellow corner Tramon Williams (concussion) on Sunday as well.
Gabriel may need surgery to repair his orbital socket, but this isn't an issue that's likely to impact his availability for offseason activities. Following a surprisingly effective rookie season in 2014, the former undrafted free agent caught just 28 passes for 241 yards on 48 targets in a miserable and injury-plagued sophomore campaign. Gabriel should have the inside track to a roster spot next season, though it's nearly impossible to say what the Cleveland offense might look like.
Dray saw 17 or more offensive snaps in every game this season for Cleveland, but was used primarily as a blocking tight end and on special teams. He provides substantial real-life value for an organization, but won't be a factor in fantasy any time soon.
However, special teams coordinator Kevin O'Dea isn't as eager to just hand the job over to the rookie, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
"First of all, we're not going to hand it to Clay," O'Dea said. "We've got other guys that are undrafted that look pretty special to me, as well."
The Bucs were eighth in the league in 2014 in punt returns (10.8 yards per return). O'Dea said the only things missing were longer blocks and a dynamic returner.
"If you stay on your guy, he'll get to the house," O'Dea said. "That's the bottom line."
Bryant has registered career highs in tackles, sacks, and forced fumbles this season, so it's an unfortunate turn of fortune as the Browns take on the Chiefs. It remains to be seen if he receives any further discipline from his team or the league.
Bowe not only produced what was by far the worst statistical season of his NFL career, but made over one million dollars per catch to do so. Time and time again, Bowe was a healthy scratch in favor of younger receivers that were willing to contribute on special teams as well. It's unclear if this is the end of the road for the 31-year-old, who is due to make $9 million next season. Despite the expected cap hit, it wouldn't be hard to imagine Cleveland's new front office personnel simply cutting their losses with this high-profile free agent signing.
Haden suffered two concussions during the 2015 campaign, limiting him to just five appearances. He intends to resume his career in 2016, but another concussion or two could perhaps change his outlook, especially after he needed more than 10 weeks to recover from the latest incident. Prior to 2015, Haden didn't have any reported concussions during his NFL career.
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.
Hawkins saw three or more targets in each of the team's first seven games before sustaining his first concussion. The slot receiver then sat the next two contests before returning for his best game of the year Week 10 against Pittsburgh, where he caught seven passes for 69 yards before sustaining yet another concussion. He'll presumably be cleared from concussion protocol for the start of the 2016 season, where Hawkins will remain under contract with the organization. The veteran will compete to earn back a starting job as a slot receiver next year.
Barnidge was one of the few bright spots in Cleveland in 2015, as his size relative to the other pass-catching options earned him plenty of targets in the offense (125). He made the most of those targets, shattering career-best marks in nearly every offensive category en route to earning a three-year contract extension in December. Regardless of the direction the new front office regime in Cleveland takes the franchise, Barnidge will once again be dealing with a young quarterback commanding the offense. That didn't prevent him from producing solid fantasy numbers in his age-31 season, however, and Barnidge will still presumably enter 2016 as a top-10 tight end option.
Mostert was a non-factor in Baltimore's offense and made only a marginal impact in the return game, so the team decided to remove him from the roster and add fellow running back Terrence Magee. The Ravens did activate him for seven games this season, so they may look to keep him around.
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.
Crowell also hauled in 19-of-22 targets for 182 yards and one receiving touchdown, but his pass-catching prowess was largely limited by the presence of rookie Duke Johnson, who was used much more frequently on passing downs. The 22-year-old Crowell racked up nearly 100 more rushing yards than he did in 2014, but reached the endzone on the ground half as many times. The presence of Johnson can partially explain that reduction, but a more significant factor is likely the overall offensive ineptitude, as Cleveland simply couldn't get any consistent quarterback play. Crowell remains under contract with the Browns through 2017, but will presumably be employed in a timeshare yet again next season, placing a limit on his overall fantasy upside.
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.
Dansby has always been a valuable IDP due to his tackling prowess from the inside linebacker position, but 2015 was especially productive, as two of those interceptions were ran back for scores. After missing four games last year due to various ailments, Dansby appeared in all 16 contests for the fourth time in the last five seasons. Look for Dansby to once again be a strong IDP option when he serves a similar role in his age-35 season.
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.”
Davis failed to throw a touchdown while getting picked off three times in his two starts for Cleveland this season. The former Rams quarterback struggled mightily in place of Johnny Manziel (concussion) this week, and his ineptitude allowed Pittsburgh to sneak into the playoffs.
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.
Johnson appeared in all 12 games for the Browns this year, but his season will come to an early end due to a groin injury suffered in Sunday's loss to the Bengals. Offensive lineman Darrian Miller was signed to take Johnson's place on the roster.
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.
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.
Hartline spent his first seven professional seasons in Miami, and despite inconsistent quarterback play in Cleveland, he still managed to improve from his 2014 numbers. Although he started out slow, Hartline caught exactly eight passes in three straight weeks following the team's bye. He'll presumably be ready for offseason activities in advance of his age-30 season, where he'll compete for steady snaps out of the slot for the Browns.
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.
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.''
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.
Among those moves was the placement of guard Trey Hopkins on the reserve/injured list with a leg issue. Rookie quarterback AJ McCarron was put on the reserve/non-football injury list with a shoulder problem.
The Bengals also cut the following offensive players: tackles Dan France and Will Svitek, wide receivers Colin Lockett and Cobi Hamilton, center Trevor Robinson and running backs James Wilder and Nikita Whitlock.
Cornerback Chris Lewis-Harris will begin serving a two-game drug suspension handed dowsn by the league.
Moore may have set a career mark with seven total receptions, but his main contributions to the Browns came on special teams. He was frequently active over the likes of Dwayne Bowe for that reason. Moore will return to Cleveland for his seventh professional season in 2016, where he appears in line to serve in a similar role.
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."
Gipson led the team in interceptions a season ago, but opposing quarterbacks were a bit more careful with him in 2015. Furthermore, he missed three straight games in the first half of the season to an ankle injury. One bright spot on Gipson's season is the fact he was able to surpass his 2014 tackle total (52), but the lack of turnovers left fantasy owners with much to be desired. He's worth a flier in IDP drafts next season, with prospective owners banking on the fact he'll be able to get his turnover total back up in 2016.
On Friday, the department received a complaint of the alleged assault, spurring a renewed effort to determine if anything criminal occurred during the encounter. As the listed suspect, Manziel could now be facing legal concerns in addition to any discipline that the NFL may hand down.
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