Player News - Browns

Date: Team: Pos:

The Browns expect DE Emmanuel Ogbah (foot surgery) to be full-go for training camp.

Ogbah spent the final month of 2017 on IR. He was cleared for some offseason reps and is nearing 100 percent. Playing opposite Myles Garrett, Ogbah is a candidate for a third-year leap.
Jul 14 - 5:45 PM

Browns OT Donald Stephenson retired after six seasons in the NFL.

Stephenson is not yet 30, but his offseason suggested he might be done with football. Signed to a one-year deal in March, Stephenson skipped Cleveland's mandatory minicamp before being hit with a two-game ban for violating the substance abuse policy. The 2012 third-rounder spent his first four seasons with the Chiefs before a two-year stint in Denver.
Jul 6 - 1:30 PM

ESPN's Pat McManamon writes it "would not be surprising" if second-rounder Nick Chubb wins "the bulk" of the early-down carries.

Duke Johnson will keep his role on passing downs, but Chubb and free-agent addition Carlos Hyde will battle it out for early-down carries. A committee approach seems the most likely outcome, especially early in the season, but McManamon gives Chubb a chance to win the job outright in camp. If he does, his eighth-round ADP will be a value.
Source: ESPN
Jun 26 - 10:14 AM

Browns RBs coach Freddie Kitchens said the team will ride the "hot hand" in the backfield this season.

"If they are having success why would you change?" Kitchens said. "All three of those guys -- Carlos Hyde, Duke Johnson, and Nick Chubb -- can run our running game." Tyrod Taylor recently praised Hyde's deceptive ability in the pass game, while Kitchens noted how "violent" Chubb is as a runner, something the offense desires at the position. New OC Todd Haley rode Le'Veon Bell hard in Pittsburgh and would likely prefer one emerges from the pack. Hyde is expected to get the first crack at things, but Chubb is fully expected to challenge him at some point. This is one of the more intriguing position battles to watch this summer.
Jun 22 - 9:43 AM

Browns signed OT Greg Robinson.

The former No. 2 overall pick made six starts with the Lions last season before an ankle injury sent him to injured reserve. Unsurprisingly, he was not great at either guard or tackle in Detroit, but it makes sense for Cleveland to see what Robinson can do. The Browns have a hole at left tackle, but it would be disappointing if Robinson won the job.
Jun 19 - 11:38 AM

BrownsZone's Scott Petrak is "leaning toward" second-rounder Austin Corbett winning the left tackle job.

Corbett worked at multiple positions during the offseason program as Shon Coleman handled the first-team left tackle work, but Petrak does not "get the sense the coaches are satisfied with Coleman." OL coach Bob Wylie said as much last week, indicating Coleman needs to work on his footwork and fundamentals. While the rest of the line is solid, left tackle looks like it will be an area of concern no matter who wins the job.
Source: BrownsZone
Jun 19 - 9:48 AM

According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, No. 1 overall pick Baker Mayfield "did not look ready to compete" with Tyrod Taylor for the Browns' starting quarterback job at OTAs and minicamp.

The Boston Globe had a similar report on Sunday. The Plain Dealer doesn't detail where exactly Mayfield is so far behind, but Taylor is a three-year starter with a 22-20 record the past three seasons on poorly-assembled Bills teams. He should open training camp as the heavy favorite to start Week 1. Still, Taylor would be beating the odds to keep the job beyond Cleveland's Week 11 bye.
Jun 18 - 3:36 PM

According to Ben Volin of the Boston Globe, first-round QB Baker Mayfield has a "long way to go to unseat" starter Tyrod Taylor.

Mayfield has already surpassed Drew Stanton on the Browns' QB depth chart but remains a distant second to Taylor, who has handled all of Cleveland's first-team reps. "I made a commitment to [Taylor] and he has held up his end of the bargain with not just the way he works but the way he plays and the way he leads," said coach Hue Jackson. Obviously the contract-year Taylor is just a placeholder for Mayfield, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner and first overall pick in April's draft. Tyrod will likely be the Week 1 starter but there's a good chance we'll see Mayfield at some point in 2018.
Jun 17 - 10:28 AM

The Chronicle-Telegram's Scott Petrak reports "doubts remain" about Corey Coleman's work ethic.

Coleman has been injured his first two seasons, but he's done little when on the field — averaging 38 YPG and struggling with drops. With the additions of Jarvis Landry and Antonio Callaway, it's a make-or-break training camp for Coleman. We wouldn't be surprised if Coleman gets traded before Week 1.
Jun 16 - 12:14 PM

NFL suspended Browns OT Donald Stephenson two games for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

That's on top of being fined for an unexcused absence at this week's mandatory minicamp. The Browns could make an example out of Stephenson by cutting him, though we imagine he'll stick around as a backup for Shon Coleman and Chris Hubbard. The 29-year-old is coming off a rough season that saw him earn PFF's No. 51 tackle grade out of 83 qualifiers.
Jun 15 - 2:15 PM

Browns OC Todd Haley considers 2018 a make-or-break season for third-year pro Corey Coleman.

"He understands this is a big, big year in his career," Haley said of Coleman. "Year three is usually the make-or-break year of what kind of you're going to be. I've made that clear to him. He understands it, and he's working hard accordingly to try to be the best that he can be." A mega disappointment through two seasons thanks in part to hand injuries, Coleman faces stiff target competition this year, and might not even be guaranteed a spot in three-receiver sets if rookie Antonio Callaway has a strong camp. It's still possible Coleman is ultimately traded before Week 1.
Jun 14 - 3:56 PM

Browns OC Todd Haley said Tyrod Taylor is the "leader of [the] team."

It is one of the reasons Haley believes No. 1 overall pick Baker Mayfield has "a long way to go" in his quest for the starting job. Despite using the first pick on Mayfield, the Browns have consistently said Taylor will be their starter. It would be a surprise if the veteran did not get the nod Week 1.
Source: ESPN
Jun 14 - 1:08 PM

Browns OL coach Bob Wylie said Shon Coleman is penciled in at left tackle.

The Browns do not have any great options as they look to replace Joe Thomas. Coleman is the early favorite for the job, but Wylie made it clear he has to improve to keep his spot, saying the tackle needs to work on his footwork and fundamentals. Second-round rookie Austin Corbett should also get a look in camp.
Jun 14 - 12:13 PM

Browns coach Hue Jackson expects a "big jump" from second-year TE David Njoku.

Njoku split time with Seth DeValve last season, playing 48 percent of snaps. He'll have a larger role this year but is going to be behind Josh Gordon, Jarvis Landry, and potentially Antonio Callaway for targets. Njoku could see more red-zone looks after scoring four touchdowns as a rookie.
Jun 13 - 4:30 PM

Browns rookie WR Antonio Callaway (thigh) is sitting out minicamp.

Callaway has been shut down since late May with a soft-tissue injury. The missed time is disappointing for his development, but he should be fine for training camp. Callaway is competing with Corey Coleman for a role in three-wide sets.
Source: ESPN
Jun 13 - 9:19 AM


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