Cleveland Browns

Stadium: FirstEnergy Stadium | Coach: Mike Pettine
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense17th86.4 (26th)252.5 (9th)
Defense9th111.3 (15th)221.1 (9th)
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Terrance West a legit threat to Ben Tate's job
by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer

Terrance West has looked like anything but a small school rookie running back through the Browns' offseason practices. According to ClevelandBrowns.com's Vic Carucci, "it wouldn't be the least bit surprising" if West ousted Ben Tate from the starting role to begin the season. Carucci also suggests that West could see a significant amount of work even if Tate starts. 

Tate totaled 911 yards and four touchdowns for the Texans last year but dealt with rib injuries that ultimately cost him the last few games of the season. At Towson last year, West had 2,509 yards rushing last season with a ridiculous 41 touchdowns.

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Miles Austin ready to go for training camp
by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer

Browns receiver Miles Austin, who was held out of OTA and minicamp exercises, said he will be ready to go when training camp opens on July 26, reports The News-Herald.

Austin, who was cut by the Cowboys this offseason, is looking forward to the new challenge with the Browns.

"I'm fortunate to be in this situation and have another opportunity to go out and prove myself again," said Austin. "I'm looking forward to the challenge."

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Hoyer has faith in Browns receiving corps
by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer

Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer said he's confident in the team's receivers even if Josh Gordon is suspended for the year as expected, reports the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

"Yeah, no doubt," he said. "I look at the guys that we have and I've talked about the guys I throw with but you throw in Nate Burleson, Anthony Armstrong -- I was shocked to know that he didn't play last year,'' said Hoyer. "If you watched him in our spring, he was awesome. Not to mention our tight ends and our skill guys. I feel really confident with who we have and going forward we know that we have what it takes to win games. We know that the guys that are on this team right now are what we're going to have for this season and that's what we're going with, and I feel confident with what we have."

Hoyer's top targets sans Gordon will be tight end Jordan Cameron and receivers Miles Austin, Andrew Hawkins, Burleson and Armstrong.

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Brian Hoyer cleared for 11-on-11 work
by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer

Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer (knee) has been cleared for 11-on-11s when training camp begins July 26, reports the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

"It's exciting for me," Hoyer said. "It's something I've worked really hard to get back to and I'm just looking forward to getting going once everybody gets there next Friday and then obviously the first practice is next Saturday, so it's an exciting time for us."

Hoyer, who will start out No. 1 on the depth chart ahead of Johnny Manziel, hopes he'll be full-go for all 13 practices of camp.

"It hasn't been discussed yet," he said. "All I know is that when I left and I was begging them to let me practice, they said once training camp comes there won't be any limitations, so we'll see how it goes and take it day-by-day. Obviously we're going to see how the knee's feeling, but I'm geared up and ready to go and excited. I can't wait for next Saturday."

Hoyer, who suffered the torn ACL against the Bills Oct. 3, acknowledged it's rewarding to finally get the green light. The medical staff limited him in 11-on-11s during minicamp and organized team activities.

"It feels good to know that I put the work in and now it's time to go," he said. "You don't think about it. You just go out and play football."

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Report: Josh Gordon's appeal hearing coming soon
by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer

Drew Rosenhaus, the agent for Browns receiver Josh Gordon, said Thursday he'll meet with the team before training next week to discuss how the two parties can best help Gordon in the face of his looming drug suspension, reports the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Rosenhaus also confirmed that the appeal hearing is coming up soon.

"I'm sure I'll get together with the Browns at some point before training camp to talk to them some more about all of our clients," Rosenhaus said. 

Rosenhaus declined to say much about Gordon's anticipated indefinite ban for violating the league's substance abuse for at least the third time. He reportedly tested positive for marijuana.

"Let's just say (the appeal hearing is) some point in the near future," Rosenhaus said. "I'm not permitted to divulge that."

He also declined to comment on how Gordon's recent DWI in Raleigh, North Carolina might impact the appeal hearing and when he expects a resolution.

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