Player News - Browns

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Browns signed fourth-round WR Antonio Callaway to a four-year contract.

Third-round DE Chad Thomas has also signed his rookie deal. Callaway's talent is undeniable but so are his off-the-field issues. On tape, Callaway looks like a young Santonio Holmes, and he blazed a 4.41 forty in Indy. Multiple scouts suggested before the draft Callaway was this year’s most-talented receiver. He could put heat on Corey Coleman for the Browns' third wideout job behind Josh Gordon and Jarvis Landry right away.
May 22 - 5:25 PM

Browns DE Myles Garrett wants to play more snaps this season.

On top of missing five games as a rookie, Garrett played more than 80 percent of the defensive snaps in just one contest. He wants that to change this year. "I wanted to get in better condition, so I can be out there and make plays, create turnovers," Garrett said. "That’s my goal — to be on the field as much as possible, so I can make as big of an impact as possible." Despite a good rookie season in which he recorded seven sacks in 11 games, Garrett still has a lot of room to grow.
May 22 - 10:16 AM

The Akron Beacon Journal's Nate Ulrich writes the Browns "plan" to use sophomore TE David Njoku as a "full-time starter."

A first-round pick last year, Njoku played just 46.8% of the offensive snaps as a rookie and ceded targets to Seth DeValve. While free-agent addition Darren Fells will have a role as a blocker, Njoku should get the bulk of the passing-game work this season. He faces stiff competition for targets from the likes of Josh Gordon and Jarvis Landry, but Njoku has the talent to put up a TE1 season if he gets the looks.
May 21 - 9:32 AM

The Akron Beacon Journal's Nate Ulrich believes fourth-round WR Antonio Callaway will push Corey Coleman for the No. 3 receiver job.

Clearly out of favor with the new front office, Coleman is reportedly on the trading block, and it would not be surprising if he is dealt this summer. Even if he sticks around, he will face stiff competition from Callaway, a talented receiver who fell in the draft because of off-field concerns. With Josh Gordon and Jarvis Landry atop the depth chart, Coleman's Dynasty owners should hope he gets moved.
May 21 - 9:28 AM

Browns second-round OL Austin Corbett practiced at left tackle during rookie minicamp.

Corbett also worked on snapping the ball after practices. Cleveland's biggest need is at left tackle after losing future Hall of Famer Joe Thomas to retirement this offseason. Corbett's biggest competition at that position will come from Shon Coleman, who earned PFF's No. 68 grade out of 83 qualifiers at tackle last year.
May 19 - 12:25 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Browns have been selected for this season of Hard Knocks.

The Browns were one of six teams -- the Ravens, Broncos, Chargers, 49ers, and Redskins were the other five -- who could have been forced to do the show. With two new quarterbacks including the No. 1 overall pick and a coach with a 1-31 record over the last two years, it is not a surprise HBO went with the Browns.
May 17 - 9:48 AM

The Cleveland Plain Dealer believes the Browns would trade Corey Coleman for a "decent offer."

There was talk of Coleman's Browns future being "uncertain" after the 2017 season, but he's had a quiet offseason. The Browns have since acquired Jarvis Landry and taken a draft flier on the talented-but-troubled Antonio Callaway. Coleman should still get an opportunity to make an impact this season, but he's officially on the spot. If Coleman was going to get traded, it probably would have happened before the draft.
May 8 - 5:32 PM

Browns CB Denzel Ward's (hip) absence from the final two days of rookie minicamp was just a precaution.

Teams don't take chances this time of year. Ward's hip issue is not a concern.
May 8 - 5:30 PM

The Cleveland Plain Dealer believes the Browns are serious starting Tyrod Taylor in Week 1, and that Baker Mayfield will begin his career on the bench.

Coach Hue Jackson has insisted as such but there is little reason to believe when a coach says such things. We are still dubious that the No. 1 overall pick will begin his rookie year riding the pine, but Taylor is a legitimate obstacle. Mayfield will need to light up camp and the preseason to give himself a shot.
May 8 - 5:19 PM

Browns claimed P Justin Vogel off waivers from the Packers.

Much of Cleveland's new front office comes from Green Bay. Vogel will get an opportunity to compete with Britton Colquitt for the Browns' punting job.
May 7 - 4:45 PM

Browns signed sixth-round DB Simeon Thomas to a four-year, $2.561 million contract.

The deal includes a $146,878 signing bonus. Thomas has good size and was productive when on the field in college, but he missed games in four seasons because of academic issues including all of the 2014 season. He was also arrested on charges of felony theft last April, although the charge was later reduced to a misdemeanor. It is somewhat surprising he was drafted, and he is by no means a lock to make the final roster.
May 7 - 9:39 AM

Browns signed sixth-round WR Damion Ratley to a four-year, $2.575 million contract.

The deal includes a $160,119 signing bonus. Ratley caught just 47 passes in college, but he lit up Texas A&M's Pro Day with a 4.39 forty and 38-inch vertical jump at 6-foot-2, 196 pounds. He will need to show well on special teams to earn a roster spot, but his athleticism gives him some long-term upside.
May 7 - 9:30 AM

Browns signed second-round OL Austin Corbett to a four-year, $7.568 million contract.

The deal includes a $3.584 million signing bonus. With Joe Thomas retired, Corbett is a candidate to start at left tackle, but he is a limited athlete who might be better suited to guard in the NFL. He will compete with Shon Coleman for the job in camp.
May 7 - 9:24 AM

Browns first-round QB Baker Mayfield has been practicing taking snaps under center.

Mayfield saw most of his snaps out of the shotgun formation at Oklahoma, so playing under center will be an adjustment. "We are going to hammer that until I am good and it feels natural," said the reigning Heisman Trophy winner. To ease his transition, the Browns have brought in Mayfield's college center, Erick Wren, on a tryout basis.
May 6 - 8:52 AM

Browns first-round CB Denzel Ward is sidelined at minicamp with a strained hip flexor.

Ward went down the first day of the rookie camp. This shouldn't impact his status for OTAs. Ward is expected to open the season at one of Cleveland's outside spots, with E.J. Gaines and Jamar Taylor competing opposite him in base sets.
May 5 - 2:10 PM

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