|Offense||24th||107.1 (17th)||201.8 (21st)|
|Defense||14th||97.9 (7th)||230.2 (19th)|
|50||Bello, B.J.||LB||6-2||229||10/31/1994||2||Illinois State|
|Bullough, Max||LB||6-3||245||2/11/1992||3||Michigan State|
|59||Carder, Tank (FA)||LB||6-2||235||1/18/1989||7||TCU|
|93||Coley, Trevon||DT||6-1||310||7/13/1994||2||Florida Atlantic|
|51||Collins, Jamie||LB||6-3||250||10/20/1989||6||Southern Mississippi|
|39||Currie, Justin||SAF||6-2||212||9/19/1993||2||Western Michigan|
|27||Dayes, Matt||RB||5-8||205||9/3/1994||2||NC State|
|92||Edwards, Lavar (FA)||DE||6-4||271||4/29/1990||5||LSU|
|Escobar, Gavin||TE||6-6||260||2/3/1991||5||San Diego State|
|Faulk, Jeremy||DT||6-2||305||9/13/1993||R||Garden City CC KS|
|95||Garrett, Myles||DE||6-4||272||12/29/1995||2||Texas A&M|
|5||Gonzalez, Zane||K||6-0||202||5/7/1995||2||Arizona State|
|79||Gray, Geoff||OL||6-5||315||11/8/1994||1||Manitoba (Canada)|
|83||Hazel, Matt||WR||6-1||195||1/23/1992||3||Coastal Carolina|
|81||Higgins, Rashard||WR||6-1||198||10/7/1994||3||Colorado State|
|Howard, Bug||WR||6-4||214||11/28/1994||1||North Carolina|
|Hyde, Carlos||RB||6-0||235||9/20/1990||5||Ohio State|
|35||Jackson, Darius||RB||6-0||221||12/1/1993||3||Eastern Michigan|
|29||Johnson, Duke||RB||5-9||210||9/23/1993||4||Miami (Fla.)|
|78||Johnson, Roderick||T||6-6||300||11/28/1995||2||Florida State|
|41||Jordan, Michael||CB||6-1||200||10/21/1992||3||Missouri Western State|
|6||Kessler, Cody||QB||6-1||215||5/11/1993||3||Southern California|
|49||Keyes, Josh||LB||6-2||227||1/23/1993||3||Boston College|
|89||Lengel, Matt||TE||6-7||266||12/27/1990||3||Eastern Kentucky|
|63||Martin, Marcus (FA)||C||6-3||310||11/29/1993||5||Southern California|
|43||Nacua, Kai||SAF||6-0||205||3/3/1995||2||Brigham Young|
|94||Nassib, Carl||DE||6-7||275||4/12/1993||3||Penn State|
|85||Njoku, David||TE||6-4||246||7/10/1996||2||Miami (Fla.)|
|90||Ogbah, Emmanuel||DE||6-4||275||11/6/1993||3||Oklahoma State|
|65||Ogunjobi, Larry||DT||6-2||305||6/3/1994||2||North Carolina-Charlotte|
|Pinkard, Larry||WR||6-0||196||2/25/1992||2||Old Dominion|
|Randall, Damarious||DB||5-11||196||8/29/1992||4||Arizona State|
|62||Reiter, Austin||C||6-2||300||11/27/1991||3||South Florida|
|Rice, Denzel||DB||6-0||196||3/31/1993||2||Coastal Carolina|
|Salako, Victor||T||6-6||335||11/4/1993||1||Oklahoma State|
|36||Smith, Derron||SAF||5-10||200||2/4/1992||4||Fresno State|
|35||Smith, C.J.||CB||5-11||189||5/10/1993||2||North Dakota State|
|21||Taylor, Jamar||DB||5-11||192||9/29/1990||6||Boise State|
|Taylor, Tyrod||QB||6-1||215||8/3/1989||8||Virginia Tech|
|86||Telfer, Randall||TE||6-4||250||5/16/1992||3||Southern California|
|42||Williams, Marquez||FB||5-11||260||7/16/1994||2||Miami (Fla.)|
Per the report, Randall -- who was traded from the Packers in return for DeShone Kizer -- is open to the position switch and will slot in opposite of Jabril Peppers in the secondary. This move, however, is dependent on whether or not the Browns can improve their current cornerback situation via free agency and/or the 2018 NFL Draft. If the team fails to make an upgrade, Cleveland may decided to keep Randall at corner.
Reiter ended last season on Injured Reserve after he tore his ACL, but he's since recovered and is looking to bounce back. He played in almost half of Cleveland's offensive snaps during the first preseason game and will likely be one of the team's top backups.
With dynamic edge rusher Myles Garrett (ankle) sidelined for at least the next two weeks, the Browns will expect Orchard to take on a bigger role on the defensive line. However, he hasn't been able to practice at full capacity since injuring his groin, although his limited participation in the last two days lends some optimism for his Week 1 status.
Impressive in a part-time role his first two seasons, the 2015 third-round pick enjoyed a mini-breakout in 2017 despite essentially filling the same role. He'll be part of an improved offense featuring Tyrod Taylor this upcoming season, though it could be tough to duplicate last year's 74 catches and 93 targets with Josh Gordon and Jarvis Landry on the roster. There's also some chance the Browns use one of their many early draft picks on a running back, though the desire to sign Johnson to an extension suggests that's no sure thing. We'll have a better read on Johnson's future once the draft is complete.
For a brief moment this season, Hogan replaced DeShone Kizer as Cleveland's starting quarterback, though that was short-lived, as the former Standford signal-caller three interceptions against the Texans before handing the reins back to Kizer the following week. Hogan has been inconsistent at best to start his career, with four touchdowns passes and seven interceptions on only 101 pass attempts. The Browns -- who have two of the first four picks of the 2018 NFL Draft -- are likely to draft another quarterback in April, and with Kizer essentially a lock to make the team's final roster, Hogan -- along with Cody Kessler -- could be shown the door.
A 2013 second-round pick, Escobar is a veteran of 64 career games in his five NFL seasons, though he only made two appearances in 2017, both of which came with Baltimore. The 26-year-old was lauded for his pass-catching skills coming out of college, but his lack of speed and unrefined blocking have limited his on-field opportunities up to this point in his career. He'll do well to win a roster spot with Cleveland as a depth tight end coming out of training camp in 2018.
Mitchell, a 2014 seventh-rounder, easily had his best statistical season as professional last year with the Chiefs but proved to be somewhat of an on-field liability -- so much so he was ultimately benched in Week 8. He didn't see significant playing time again until Week 12 before getting benched again in Week 16, and then once again for Kansas City's postseason loss to the Titans on Jan. 6. Fortunately, he'll now get a fresh start in Cleveland and will compete for slotting on the depth chart underneath undisputed top cornerback Jason McCourty.
The move doesn't come as any surprise after Barker spent the entire 2017 campaign on injured reserve due to a preseason Achilles injury. Considering he's coming off a major injury and has practically spent his entire career bouncing from practice squad to practice squad, it wouldn't be a total surprise if he opens the 2018 campaign unaffiliated with any NFL team.
Tretter sat out the first two practices of the week, but toughed it out and got in a full day of work Friday. He'll suit up Sunday as a result, taking on his regular role as the starting center against one of the toughest defensive fronts in the league.
Taylor landed on the injury report with a foot ailment that limited his practice time this week, but he'll suit up for the Browns nonetheless, as the team looks to avoid a winless season. Should Taylor suffer a setback or find himself limited at any point, Briean Boddy-Calhoun is returning from a knee injury this week and would be available to fill in.
Jackson was waived Thursday after the 2016 sixth-round pick injured his knee. Unless he reaches an injury settlement with the team, he'll likely be stuck on injured reserve for the entire season.
This is a mere formality, as Gordon has only accrued two years of NFL service time and thus can't become a restricted free agent until next offseason. He returned from his lengthy run of suspensions in December, catching 18 of 43 targets for 335 yards and a touchdown in five games. Gordon will turn 27 in April, shortly before the Browns begin their offseason workout program. He'll have more competition for targets following the trade for Jarvis Landry, but it's also fair to expect a boost in efficiency with Landry and Tyrod Taylor now in Cleveland.
Hazel missed the last four games with this hamstring ailment. The fourth-year pro played a total of 11 offensive snaps this season for the Colts, making one catch for one yard. Being listed as the No. 6 wideout in Cleveland keeps Hazel off fantasy radars.
Kirksey was once again a force on Cleveland's defense in 2017. He finished tied for second in the NFL in combined tackles and tied a career high in sacks. The 25-year-old linebacker is under contract until after the 2021 season, so expect him to continue to be a dominant source of tackles for the Browns next year.
Hyde's three-year, $15 million contract with Cleveland is a minor surprise, as the team already had Duke Johnson on the roster and owns two of the first four picks in a draft in which Barkley almost certainly will be a top-five selection. It does seem Hyde took a discount to return to his home state, perhaps giving the Browns a bargain that was too good to pass on. Both he and Browns general manager John Dorsey have acknowledged that the signing doesn't rule out the possibility of the team drafting Barkley. It would be tough to envision Hyde getting more than 5-10 touches per game in such a scenario, unless the team decided to trade Johnson in a corresponding move. Entering the final year of his rookie contract, Johnson reportedly was discussing an extension prior to the start of free agency. We'll have a much better read on the Cleveland backfield once the draft is complete. A Hyde-Johnson combo would make a lot of sense, as Johnson's impressive work on passing downs corresponds with Hyde's weakness.
Cleveland had room on its 53-man roster after 2016 first-round pick Corey Coleman (hand) was moved to injured reserve. Porter will slot in as a depth cornerback, but he'll probably see most of his snaps on special teams.
Carder, a special teams' captain last season, was competing with Joe Schobert for the starting middle linebacker role. He has played in 77 games with the team since 2012, but will now be sidelined until next season.
Ogunjobi was unable to return to full strength during the Browns' bye week, so he'll miss his second consecutive tilt due to the groin injury. Danny Shelton and Trevon Coley figure to assume their starting roles at defensive tackle once again.
For now, Cody Kessler and Kevin Hogan remain on the Browns' roster, but it seems likely that the team will add another QB in April's draft, possibly with one of its two first-round picks. Taylor doesn't buy into the notion that he's simply a bridge QB, destined to to helm the offense while the Browns groom their next franchise QB, but that will be the perception if the team does indeed select a high-profile young signal-caller next month. For the foreseeable future, however, Taylor is in line to work with an intriguing collection of pass-catchers, featuring wideouts Josh Gordon, Jarvis Landry and Corey Coleman, as well as promising tight end David Njoku and change-of-pace back Duke Johnson. Assuming Taylor clicks with his new teammates, he brings some fantasy upside to the table in 2018, considering the points that he can rack up with his wheels, as well as his tendency to log a low turnover rate.
Lengel gets the call-up from the practice squad and will step in as the No. 4 tight end on the depth chart. However, he isn't worth fantasy consideration at this juncture.
Board has spent time with the Ravens and Titans since going undrafted out of Tennessee-Chattanooga last spring but didn't appear in any games in 2017. He ultimately finished the year on the Browns' practice squad and will now look to carve out a role on special teams this offseason.
The rookie seventh-round pick went through training camp with the Jaguars, but he ultimately was waived due to an injury. He's yet to make his NFL debut but may get a chance Sunday against the Steelers, since all four other running backs on the Browns' roster are nursing an injury of some sort. Williams fills the roster spot that opened up upon the Thursday release of B.W. Webb.
Carrie started all 16 games for the Raiders last season, totaling 84 tackles and nine pass breakups while logging over 1,000 defensive snaps. Given the financial outlay, Carrie will likely occupy a starting role in a revamped Browns secondary that added Terrance Mitchell in free agency and acquired Damarious Randall via trade from the Packers. Carrie has also played safety in the past and could move over to the position if the Browns require more depth at that position.
Howard went undrafted out of North Carolina last spring only to spend the preseason with the Colts. However, he didn't survive final roster cuts in Indianapolis and latched on with the Browns' practice squad in September. Standing six feet and four inches tall while weighing in at a lanky 210 pounds, Howard offers appealing size for his position and will compete for slotting at the bottom of the receiver depth chart.
With Ogbah on the shelf for the rest of the 2017 season with a broken foot, Nassib -- a second-year defensive end out of Penn St. -- will be inserted into the starting lineup. Ogbah was tied for the team lead with four sacks, while Nassib has accumulated two of his own off the bench. He'll try to add to that against the Bengals on Sunday.
Despite missing five games due to injury, Garrett managed to show why the Browns took him with the first overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. He had sacks in back-to-back games to close out the year, which included a forced fumble in the finale. Health will continue to be a key factor for Garrett's productivity and improvement, but big things should be on the horizon for the defensive end.
Edwards has yet to play in an NFL game in 2017, but has accrued 22 appearances across stops with four teams the past four seasons. The 27-year-old should fill a depth role for the Browns along the defensive line.
Through the first seven games of the season, Coley earned the second-highest share (62 percent) of the defensive snaps among Browns defensive linemen, which translated to 19 tackles, one sack and one fumble recovery. He's joined by fellow defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi (groin) on the inactive list, thereby allowing Danny Shelton and Jamie Meder to man the starting spots at the position in Week 8.
Louis set career highs in receptions (27), targets (61) and yards (357), but ended the season as the Browns' fourth wideout behind Josh Gordon, Corey Coleman and Rashard Higgins. He hauled in just one pass over the final six games of the season, and will most likely have to battle for a roster spot in 2018.
Alexander left Sunday's loss to the Bengals with the knee injury and was unable to return, and it looks like he'll be done for the remainder of the regular season. The Browns promoted Deon King from their practice squad Tuesday for added depth to their linebacking unit.
Though Telfer was listed as Cleveland's first-string tight end week in and week out, that was never really the case. Seth DeValve and David Njoku dominated the tight end snaps and were heavily involved in the offense, while Telfer was mainly used in run-blocking situations. The 25-year-old has just five receptions in his first two years in the NFL, and doesn't merit any fantasy consideration.
The rookie out of NC State made the Browns roster out of training camp as the team's third-string running back, but was mainly limited to special teams duty, which included serving as the kickoff returner. Dayes returned 18 kicks for 437 yards, with his longest return going for 71 yards. Isaiah Crowell is set to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason and isn't expected to return. His departure may open up more opportunities for Dayes, though his likelihood of making any kind of significant impact in 2018 remains miniscule.
Schobert was thrust into a starter's role after linebacker Tank Carder (knee) tore his ACL before the season began, and the Wisconsin product was one of the stars on Cleveland's defense. He finished seventh in the NFL in tackles, and with Carder set to be an unrestricted free agent, Schobert should once again be an excellent IDP option in 2018.
The rookie offensive tackle was injured during the preseason finale against the Bears and was subsequently placed on IR. The Browns' fifth-round pick (160th overall) was expected to back up and learn from Joe Thomas, but that will have to wait until at least the 2018 season.
Peppers finished the season strong, earning his first interception of his career in Week 17. However, he had a rough rookie season as a whole. Pro Football Focus gave him a 45.5 grade, which placed him 77th among qualified safeties. The 2017 first-round pick will have to improve his play if he wants to live up to his hype coming out of college, though it's far too early to give up on him.
The nine tackles ties the second-best tackle total of Burgess' career, and he also totaled three tackles for a loss in the contest. The 23-year-old has put together a solid season, but his IDP value is a bit limited by fellow linebackers Joe Schobert and Christian Kirksey, who are tied for second in the NFL with 132 total tackles apiece.
Jordan went down last week against the Seahawks. However, his full participation Thursday suggests he isn't in line to miss any time.
Smith sat out last week's loss to the Bengals, but he finished this week as a full participant to avoid the questionable tag. The 25-year-old has two tackles in two game since joining the Browns in early November.
Mainly valued for his work as a run blocker, Fells proved to be a respectable pass-catching complement behind starting tight end Eric Ebron in Detroit last season, hauling in 17 of 26 targets for 177 yards and three scores. With David Njoku and Seth DeValve both ranking as higher priorities in the passing game at tight end for new quarterback Tyrod Taylor, it's likely that Fells will see his involvement as a receiver decline in Cleveland. Fells should still log plenty of snaps on early downs when the Browns look to pick up chunks of yardage on the ground.
Stephenson was brought on board in case 10-time Pro Bowler Joe Thomas (triceps) retires. However, Stephenson was only healthy for seven games in 2017, and the 29-year-old only started in four of those outings, so he'll likely have to compete for starting job if Thomas does call it quits.
Calitro agreed to terms with San Francisco after the team placed Malcolm Smith (pectoral) on injured reserve. In all likelihood, Calitro will see most of his duties on special teams if he makes the 53-man roster out of training camp.
Vitale rarely touched the ball as the fullback in the Browns' current offensive system and is almost exclusively used for blocking purposes. He wasn't particularly effective in that role, either, considering he graded out as Pro Football Focus' 12th-graded fullback from a blocking standpoint (out of 18 qualifiers). The 2016 sixth-rounder will now be an exclusive-rights free agent at the end of the league year.
Collins may have to sit out a few weeks. The fifth-year linebacker has played just six games this season, compiling 31 tackles (21 solo), one sack and one interception. In the event of an absence, James Burgess will be called upon to pick up Collins' duties for the time being.
The high-ankle sprain Meder suffered in Sunday's loss to the Jaguars was likely to keep him sidelined for at least one game, so the Browns decided to shut down the reserve lineman for good in order to free up a roster spot for a healthy player. Meder finishes the 2017 campaign with 13 tackles across 10 games.
Landry signed his franchise tender Thursday to pave the way for an inevitable trade. He figures to continue working out of the slot upon joining Cleveland, where Josh Gordon and Corey Coleman will handle most of the outside reps. The Browns figure to operate as a three-wide base offense to take advantage of their talented receiver group, though there's only so much that can be done without a competent passer to feed Landry and his teammates. The Browns surely will address their quarterback room in free agency and/or the draft, but they first intend to give Landry the type of multi-year contract he'd long been seeking in Miami, per Schefter. Meanwhile, the Dolphins presumably want 2015 first-round pick DeVante Parker to absorb some of Landry's vacated targets, and they also figure to add playmaking talent in the coming months.
Though Coleman appears to have cleared concussion protocol after logging a limited practice Friday, he's not in line for many snaps as the team's backup offensive tackle.
Pinkard, who missed the final few weeks of the 2017 season with a concussion, was waived by the Jaguars late last week. The Browns, however, are opting to kick the tires on the 26-year-old wide receiver and will likely bring him to training camp. Pinkard saw action in four games last season, mostly on special teams, and would likely have a tough time seeing significant playing time if he were to make the Browns' final roster.
Bitonio looks to be on track to play Sunday against the Steelers after practicing on a limited basis Wednesday and Thursday.
It was a breakout year of sorts for the second-year tight end, as he was much more involved in the offensive game plan than he was during his rookie campaign. Though he shared time with David Njoku, DeValve's 33 receptions were second most on the team, as were his 395 receiving yards. With Njoku expected to be more of a centerpiece in Hue Jackson's offense in 2018, DeValve's production may tail off a bit, so continue to stay away from him in the majority of fantasy formats.
Just one day after returning from a finger injury, Brantley is out again. Thankfully, the team thinks he'll be fine and expects him to return soon.
Njoku and fellow tight end Seth DeValve spent much of the year splitting offensive snaps, yet Njoku showed numerous flashes that he is capable of being Cleveland's No. 1 tight end in 2018. He led the team with four touchdowns and was just one reception shy of tying for the second most. The rookie has a bright future, and his outlook will only improve if the Browns improve their offense this offseason.
White landed on IR earlier last week with a back injury. When healthy, he's free to sign elsewhere.
Bullough's suspension has likely been a major reason he's been unable to sign with a team since being cut by the Texans in June. The 25-year-old linebacker may find work with a team facing injuries to the position midseason, when he'll finally be eligible to play.
The Browns are putting a great deal of confidence in Smith, who has just 7.5 sacks over four seasons in the league. The 2017 season was the first one where Smith played all 16 games, and he posted 26 tackles and three sacks while averaging just 25 defensive snaps per game for the Bengals. Smith will compete with Myles Garrett and Emmanuel Ogbah for reps at defensive end.
Cajuste, who went undrafted out of Stanford in 2016, wasn't affiliated with any team in 2017 after spending time with both the 49ers and Packers during his rookie season. However, he's a capable blocker who doubled as a serviceable receiver during his college days and has a chance to stick with the Browns if he can prove himself on special teams this offseason.
It was another lost season for Coleman, as the wideout missed seven games with a broken hand and was unable to find his footing when healthy. During his first two years in the NFL, Coleman has appeared in just 19 games and has caught just 56 of 130 targets for 718 yards and five touchdowns. The 23-year-old will enter 2018 as Cleveland's No. 2 receiver behind Josh Gordon, and hopefully, with better and more consistent quarterback play, Coleman will take a big step forward, though that was the expectation heading into this season.
Hubbard started just 14 games in a four-year stint with the Steelers, but the Browns hope his arrival will be steady insurance in case 10-time Pro Bowler Joe Thomas (triceps) decides to retire.
Though he showed flashes of competency behind center during the 2016 season, Kessler began this year as Cleveland's third-string quarterback behind DeShone Kizer and Kevin Hogan. His only extended period of playing came on Oct. 22 against the Titans after Kizer was benched to start the second half. The Browns are expected to add yet another quarterback in the 2018 NFL Draft, and that could mean the end of Kessler's time in Cleveland. The 24-year-old improved his arm strength over the offseason last year, and even if he's cut loose by the Browns, another team might be willing to take a flier on the former USC product.
Colquitt has booted 54 punts this season, landing 16 inside the 20 yard line for an average of 48.9 yards per punt. Kicker Zane Gonzalez has taken over the punting duties and will continue to until Colquitt can return.
Ogbah is on the mend from surgery to repair a fractured right foot. Considering he went down in mid-November and his injury was accompanied by a 3-to-4 month timetable for recovery, Ogbah is seemingly well on track to be recovered in time for OTAs in late April.
Zeitler is expected to start at right guard Sunday, but don't be surprised if there's some sort of extra protection for his thumb.
Williams appeared in seven games for the Browns in 2017, accruing nine catches and 84 receiving yards in seven games. Although he ended the season on the practice squad injury list due to an unspecified knee injury, Williams has plenty of time to recover in time for offseason workouts in April.
Boddy-Calhoun only managed two limited practices this week, which weren't enough for the Browns to sign off on the cornerback returning from a two-game absence. It's expected that Mike Jordan will serve as the Browns' No. 3 corner with Boddy-Calhoun sidelined again.
Kindred sustained the wrist injury in Sunday's 27-10 loss to the Ravens, with the team's medical staff determining soon after it was best to shutter the defensive back for the season. With Kindred sidelined for the final two games, Jabrill Peppers could slide over to his more natural strong safety spot, in which case Kai Nacua and Derron Smith would likely fight for time at free safety. Kindred wraps up the 2017 campaign with 54 tackles, six pass breakups and one interception across 14 games (10 starts).
Rice is entering his fourth year in the NFL but didn't appear in a regular-season game in 2017, though he did spend time on the Colts' practice squad during the second half of the season. He slots in as the 10th member of the Browns' current cornerback corps and faces an uphill battle to secure a roster spot in advance of the 2018 campaign.
Gonzalez beat out Cody Parkey during training camp and struggled mightily to start his career. He missed three of his first five field goals, and there were rumors that the Browns would be trying out kickers to replace him. That never happened, and Gonzalez showed more consistency toward the end of the season, making seven of his last eight attempts.
Wilson, who broke his kneecap in rookie minicamp, was never removed from the preseason PUP list. He won't be eligible to return to game action until Week 7.
Higgins began the year on the practice squad but was soon promoted after Corey Coleman was shelved with a hand injury. He finished tied for fourth on the team in receptions and should be considered for a roster spot in 2018, depending on what the Browns do in the draft and free agency.