|Josh Gordon fails another drug test -- Sun Jan 25 4:00 pm --|
Browns receiver facing year-long ban
|Troubled Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon has violated the substance-abuse policy again and faces a minimum one-year ban from the NFL, according to multiple reports. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, who broke the story, and profootballtalk.com, Gordon tested positive for alcohol. If Gordon receives the minimum one-year ban, he'd be eligible to apply for reinstatement a year after the suspension begins. It would then be up to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to decide if he lets Gordon back in. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)|
FF Today's Take: The Browns were reportedly looking to shop Gordon this off-season but this latest news is going to make the wide receiver virtually worthless on the trade market. Gordon missed 10 games in 2014 for violating the substance-abuse policy. If this news holds up, Gordon's days in Cleveland are numbered.
|Browns hire John DeFilippo as OC -- Wed Jan 21 10:45 am --|
Former Raiders QB coach headed to Cleveland
|The Cleveland Browns have decided on Oakland Raiders quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo to be their new offensive coordinator, Northeast Ohio Media Group has confirmed. DeFilippo, a rising young offensive star in the NFL at the age of 36, worked with Mike Pettine in 2009 when both were with the New York Jets. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)|
FF Today's Take: DeFilippo got an interview for the same position last season before Cleveland decided to go with Kyle Shanahan. This will be DeFilippo's first job as OC and will have a challenge on his hands dealing with the Johnny Manziel circus show and a wide receiver corps that could be minus Josh Gordon.
|Browns, OC Kyle Shanahan part ways -- Thu Jan 8 5:15 pm --|
Split reportedly due to disagreement over Manziel
|The Cleveland Browns' tradition of change continues, as a team source told ESPN.com Thursday that OC Kyle Shanahan and QBs coach Dowell Loggains will not return next season. Shanahan resigned and Loggains was fired, according to a league source.
Both spent one year with the Browns, and both were under contract for 2015. Sources familiar with the situation said the split was caused because the pair did not see eye to eye with the front office about QB Johnny Manziel. The front office wants Manziel to be the starter, and the source said the coaches do not believe they can win with him. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: Good luck to the Browns finding another offensive mind that did what Shanahan did for their offense in 2014. The Browns were without three Pro Bowlers on offense for large portions of the season: C Alex Mack, TE Jordan Cameron and WR Josh Gordon. Despite that, the Browns scored at least 21 points in nine of the first 11 games. Shanahan's departure figures to have a significant impact on the fantasy values of every Cleveland player, particularly Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West.
|Josh Gordon suspended for violating team rules -- Sat Dec 27 2:15 pm --|
Missed Saturday's walk-through
|Receiver Josh Gordon was suspended by the Browns for violation of team rules after he missed today's mandatory walk-through, Northeast Ohio Media Group has confirmed. The Browns activated receiver Phil Bates from the practice squad to take Gordon's spot. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)|
FF Today's Take: Gordon will miss Week 17 and could be out of Cleveland this off-season. Gordon missed 10 games this season for violating the substance abuse policy. Interesting to note that Gordon will now be a restricted free agent (not unrestricted) at the end of the 2015 because he was active in only five games, falling one game shy of an accredited season. The Browns attempted to trade Gordon prior to last season's trade deadline.
| Hoyer focused on starting season finale -- Tue Dec 23 9:00 pm --|
Status to be determined Sunday
|BEREA, Ohio -- Quarterback Brian Hoyer doesn't want to end his season -- and possibly his Browns career -- on the sidelines with a shoulder injury.
"I'm focusing on trying to get as healthy as I can,'' he said. Hoyer sat out Tuesday's light practice with the shoulder injury suffered during Sunday's 17-13 loss to the Panthers. If he's not better by Sunday, practice squad rookie Connor Shaw will be elevated and start the game. (Cleveland.com)|
FF Today's Take: None of the Browns' offensive weapons are great fantasy plays for Week 17 against Baltimore, however TE Jordan Cameron and WR Josh Gordon would have better outlooks If QB Brian Hoyer (shoulder) was under center for Cleveland. Before plugging a Cleveland Brown into you starting lineup check in on the quarterback situation Sunday.
| TE Jordan Cameron practices -- Wed Nov 26 6:39 pm --|
Still considered day-to-day in return from concussion
|Josh Gordon and Jordan Cameron haven't played together in a game since last December. The Cleveland Browns hope to have both Pro Bowl pass-catchers on the field against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, but Cameron's health remains iffy. After the tight end practiced Wednesday, Browns coach Mike Pettine called him "still day-to-day" after missing the past four games with a concussion. It's worth noting that Cameron took part in last Friday's session, too, but he wasn't well enough to suit up for Sunday's win over the Falcons. (NFL.com)|
FF Today's Take: It looks like Jordan Cameron (concussion) may finally be able to return to the field this weekend. He hasn't played since week 8 and has not caught more than three balls in a single game this year. He brings plenty of upside when healthy and should help owners during the fantasy post-season.
| Jordan Cameron trending towards playing Week 13 -- Tue Nov 25 12:03 pm --|
Brown TE expected back in action versus Bills
|Tony Grossi of ESPN Cleveland is reporting that Browns TE Jordan Cameron (concussion) is probably playing in Week 13 against Buffalo. (Twitter/ESPN Cleveland)|
FF Today's Take: "All signs look like a go" is an encouraging thing to hear for frustrated Cameron owners, but it's better late than never. The Josh Gordon/Jordan Cameron thing was a boon to fantasy owners in 2013, and it could be again down the stretch.
|Josh Gordon cleared for Week 12 -- Mon Nov 17 3:35 pm --|
Reinstated from 10-game suspension
|The Browns lost Sunday, but Josh Gordon is reinstated today. He can return to facility and is cleared for normal activities without restriction. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Gordon has a strong chance to be a difference-maker in fantasy down the stretch after leading the lead in receiving last season despite playing only 14 games. With that said, the Browns are a run-heavy team this year, so owners would be wise to dial down expectations just a bit on Gordon. It is a safe assumption that Gordon should produce at a WR2 level right away, with WR1 status very possible.