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Cleveland Browns

Stadium: FirstEnergy Stadium | Coach: Hue Jackson
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense25th95.6 (22nd)236.4 (21st)
Defense27th128.4 (27th)250.8 (21st)
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Roster
NoPlayerPosHeightWeightBirthdateExpCollege
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
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
3Devlin, Pat QB6-32204/12/19884Delaware
81Dray, Jim TE6-525512/31/19866Stanford
25Ekpre-Olomu, Ifo CB5-91947/10/1993ROregon
74Erving, Cameron G6-53138/23/1992RFlorida 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
85Hall, Rannell WR6-12001/30/1992RCentral Florida
93Hughes, John DE6-23204/27/19884Cincinnati
47Hughlett, Charley LS6-42485/16/19901Central Florida
10Jennings, Darius WR5-101696/28/1992RVirginia
29Johnson, Duke RB5-92109/23/1993RMiami (Fla.)
57Johnson, Cam DE6-32605/24/19903Virginia
65Johnson, Kaleb G6-43162/22/1993RRutgers
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
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
41Mostert, Raheem RB5-101954/9/1992RPurdue
44Orchard, Nate OLB6-32551/5/1993RUtah
67Pasztor, Austin G6-730811/26/19903Virginia
33Poyer, Jordan FS6-01914/25/19913Oregon State
17Pryor, Terrelle WR6-42336/20/19894Ohio 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
75Bitonio, Joel (IR) G6-430510/11/19912Nevada
61Bowie, Michael (IR) T6-53209/25/19913Northeastern State (Okla.)
77Greco, John (IR) G6-43183/24/19858Toledo
23Haden, Joe (IR) CB5-111954/14/19896Florida
83Hartline, Brian (IR) WR6-220011/22/19867Ohio State
16Hawkins, Andrew (IR) WR5-71803/10/19865Toledo
42Johnson, Malcolm (IR) FB6-12318/11/1992RMississippi State
42Lundy, Luke (IR) RB6-02308/23/1988ROttawa (Kans.)
13McCown, Josh (IR) QB6-42187/4/197913Sam Houston State
9Shaw, Connor (IR) QB6-12109/19/19911South Carolina
54Solomon, Scott (IR) LB6-326011/5/19884Rice
Practice Squad
 Baker, Sean DB6-020911/6/19882Ball State
 Boffeli, Conor G6-43048/29/19911Iowa
 Casey, Chance DB5-111903/11/19911Baylor
 France, Dan T6-53154/1/19911Michigan State
 Gerhart, Garth C6-131010/21/19882Arizona State
 Hamlett, Connor TE6-72664/12/1992ROregon State
 Ladson, Erle T6-634611/27/1991RDelaware
27Richardson, Daryl RB5-101964/12/19903Abilene Christian
 Scott, Tim DB5-111951/25/1993RNorth Carolina
 Wynn, Dylan DT6-22836/1/1993ROregon State
Suspended Players
12Gordon, Josh WR6-32254/13/19913Utah
Roster Analysis
TeamOLine Avg. HtOLine Avg. WtDLine Avg. HtDLine Avg. WtAvg. AgeYoungestOldest
Cleveland6-5313.26-3304.126.12236
 
 
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Don Jones
News
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
News
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.

Injury
Xavier Cooper
News
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
News
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
News
Orchard (groin) is active Sunday against the Bengals.

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.

Travis Benjamin
News
Benjamin and Cleveland have "made strides in terms of getting him back in a Browns uniform," Benjamin's agent told Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer on Wednesday.

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.

Duke Johnson
News
Johnson, who ran the ball four times for 11 yards and caught 4-of-6 targets for 34 yards in Sunday's loss to Pittsburgh, finished the season with 379 rushing yards, 61 receptions for 534 receiving yards and two receiving touchdowns.

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.

Terrelle Pryor
News
Pryor recorded his only reception of the season in Sunday's loss to Pittsburgh, a 42-yard fade from Austin Davis.

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.

Travis Coons
News
Coons converted four field goals (29, 39, 33, 29) in Sunday's loss to the Steelers, and finished the 2015 season 28-for-32 on field goals and 22-for-24 on extra points.

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.

Glenn Winston
News
Winston, who did not play Week 17 due to a concussion, finished the season with one rushing attempt for a loss of eight yards.

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.

Paul Kruger
News
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
News
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
News
McCown is recovering well from his broken collarbone and is hopeful that he'll receive clearance to work out in the near future, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

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.

Injury
Shoulder - IR. Out for season
Josh Gordon
News
Gordon -- who was suspended by the NFL for a minimum of a year under the league's substance-abuse policy back on Feb. 3, 2015, -- has applied for reinstatement, according to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

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.

Injury
Suspension - Suspended indefinitely
Charley Hughlett
News
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
News
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. 
Injury
Justin Gilbert
News
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
News
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
News
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."

Injury
Knee - NFI. Out for season
Cameron Erving
News
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
News
Whitner, who had just one tackle in Week 17, finished the year second on the team with 81 combined tackles (58 solo), 1.5 sacks and a forced fumble.

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.

E.J. Bibbs
News
Bibbs finished his rookie season with one catch on two targets for seven yards.

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.

Tramon Williams
News
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
News
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
News
Jennings, who caught six passes on 10 targets for 45 yards in Sunday's loss to the Steelers, finished the season with 14 catches for 117 yards.

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.

Johnson Bademosi
News
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
News
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
News
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
News
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.

K'Waun Williams
News
Williams (shoulder) is active Sunday against the Steelers.

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.

Taylor Gabriel
News
Gabriel suffered a fractured orbital during Sunday's loss to the Steelers.

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.

Jim Dray
News
Dray, who was not targeted in the Week 17 loss to Pittsburgh, finished the season with a total of six catches for 61 yards.

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.

Rannell Hall
News
When the Buccaneers drafted Utah wide receiver Kaelin Clay in the sixth round, general manager Jason Licht indicated the team's kick returner job would be Clay's to lose.

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."

O'Dea said fifth-round pick Kenny Bell and undrafted receivers Donteea Dye, Adam Humphries and Rannell Hall could all battle for the position.

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." 

Pat Devlin
News
The Browns have signed Devlin, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

With Johnny Manziel out with a concussion this week, Devlin will back up starter Austin Davis in the 3-12 Browns' 2015 season finale.

Armonty Bryant
News
Bryant was arrested at a traffic stop Friday morning and will be inactive for Sunday's game while tending to that legal matter.

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.

Dwayne Bowe
News
Bowe, who was a healthy scratch in Week 17's loss to Pittsburgh, finished the season with five catches on 13 targets for 53 receiving yards.

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.

Alex Mack
News
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
News
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
News
Haden (concussion) said he has been cleared for 2016, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.

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.

Injury
Concussion - IR. Out for season
Craig Robertson
News
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
News
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
News
Hawkins (concussion) finished the year with 27 catches for 276 yards. He missed eight games after sustaining multiple concussions.

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.

Injury
Concussion - IR. Out for season
Gary Barnidge
News
Barnidge, who caught 8-of-13 targets for 66 yards Sunday against Pittsburgh, finished the season with a total of 79 catches for 1,043 yards and nine touchdowns.

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.

Tim Scott
No Updates
Raheem Mostert
News
Mostert was released by the Ravens on Tuesday.

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.

Dylan Wynn
No Updates
Daryl Richardson
News
Richardson has signed a reserve/future contract with the Steelers.

Richardson thus joins the team's backup RB depth corps behind Le'Veon Bell, with DeAngelo Williams and Fitzgerald Toussaint also under contract with the team for the 2016 season.

Desmond Bryant
News
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.

Jamie Meder
News
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
News
Crowell, who carried the ball 15 times for 53 yards in Sunday's loss to Pittsburgh, finished the season with 185 carries for 706 yards and four rushing touchdowns.

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.

John Hughes
News
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
News
Dansby, who had seven combined tackles in Sunday's loss to Pittsburgh, finished the season with 108 tackles (62 solo), three interceptions and two forced fumbles.

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.

Andy Lee
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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
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Davis threw two interceptions without a touchdown while completing 24-of-46 passes for 240 yards against the Steelers on Sunday. He also rushed for 22 yards on three carries, and lost a fumble.

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.

Randy Starks
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Starks (knee) is active Sunday against the Bengals.

Starks isn't a big name in IDP circles, but his presence could help provide depth to a Browns run defense that has struggled mightily this season.

Cam Johnson
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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
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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.

Injury
Malcolm Johnson
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The Browns placed Johnson on injured reserve Tuesday with a groin injury.

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.

Injury
Jordan Poyer
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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.

Sean Baker
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The Falcons have signed safety Sean Baker to the practice squad. Baker was waived from the active roster earlier in the week.
Michael Bowie
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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.

Injury
Brian Hartline
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Hartline (collarbone) finished the season with 46 catches for 523 yards and two touchdowns. He finished the season on injured reserve due to a broken collarbone.

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.

Injury
Shoulder - IR. Out for season
Darrian Miller
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Connor Hamlett
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Ibraheim Campbell
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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
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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.
Conor Boffeli
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The Texans announced Tuesday that they have waived/injured linebacker Paul Hazel and wide receiver Anthony McClung while also releasing guard Conor Boffeli.
Joe Thomas
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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.''

Kaleb Johnson
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Scott Solomon
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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.

Injury
Pierre Desir
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Desir is inactive Monday against the Ravens.

As a result, Justin Gilbert will draw the start at left cornerback for the Browns in place of Desir on Monday.

Dan France
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The Bengals made a slew of moves Saturday to pare their roster down to the required 53 for the regular season.

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.

Defenders waived by the Bengals include safety Danieal Manning, cornerbacks Onterio McCalebb and Victor Hampton, tackles Devon Still and David King and ends Sam Montgomery and Dontay Moch.

Cornerback Chris Lewis-Harris will begin serving a two-game drug suspension handed dowsn by the league.

Marlon Moore
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Moore, who did not play Week 17 due to a concussion, finished the season with seven catches for 81 yards and a touchdown.

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.

Connor Shaw
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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."

Injury
Thumb - IR. Out for season
Tashaun Gipson
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Gipson, who recorded three solo tackles in Sunday's loss to the Steelers, finished the season with 60 combined tackles (42) solo) and two interceptions.

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.

Johnny Manziel
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Manziel won't be charged by either the Fort Worth or Dallas police departments in connection to an alleged domestic violence incident from Saturday morning, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

Manziel's exit from NFL circles seems to be more assured by the week, especially after details emerged from his most recent brush with the law. On Saturday, an argument with an ex-girlfriend turned into a harrowing experience in which he "restrained" and struck her multiple times across two separate jurisdictions. Eventually, he ran from her residence, but not before police were called and a helicopter dispatched in search of the quarterback. Although he has avoided criminal charges, the NFL is investigating the matter to determine whether discipline is in order.

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