|Offense||27th||75.6 (31st)||260.2 (12th)|
|Defense||30th||138.8 (30th)||268.5 (26th)|
|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||T||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|
|83||Hartline, Brian||WR||6-2||200||11/22/1986||7||Ohio State|
|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.)|
|42||Johnson, Malcolm||FB||6-1||231||8/11/1992||R||Mississippi State|
|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|
|13||McCown, Josh||QB||6-4||218||7/4/1979||13||Sam Houston State|
|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|
|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|
|61||Bowie, Michael (IR)||T||6-5||320||9/25/1991||3||Northeastern State (Okla.)|
|42||Lundy, Luke (IR)||RB||6-0||230||8/23/1988||R||Ottawa (Kans.)|
|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|
|DiManche, Jayson||LB||6-1||244||9/22/1990||3||Southern Illinois|
|Gerhart, Garth||C||6-1||310||10/21/1988||2||Arizona State|
|Patrick, Ronald||G||6-1||310||11/1/1991||1||South Carolina|
|40||Saunders, De'Ante||CB||5-9||187||9/19/1992||R||Tennessee State|
|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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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.”
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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).
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.
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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