by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com (9/14/14) The Browns DST yielded too many points and yards to crank out big Fantasy numbers Sunday agaisnt New Orleans. But safety Tashaun Gipson and outside linebacker Paul Kruger made certain they scored something
Gipson snagged an overthrown pass in the second quarter and raced in for a touchdown. Kruger, who hurred quarterback Drew Brees on that throw, added one of two Clevelend sacks.
Browns list three on defense questionable
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (9/12/14) The Browns have three defenders listed on the injury report for Week 2 against the Saints, and all three are questionable for Sunday's game. Linebacker Barkevious Mingo headlins the group, along with defensive linemen Desmond Bryant and John Hughes.
Gilbert played 59 of the team's 71 defensive snaps despite not starting, but gave up a handful of big plays which cost the team in scoring drives. Still, Pettine stressed he is not benching the No. 8 overall pick this early in his career.
"You can't ease your way into NFL games,'' he said. "You have to be ready to go right away.''
Only sacks save Browns DST in Steel City
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com (9/7/14) The Browns DST pretty much mirrored the performance of the entire team Sunday in Pittsburgh - rotten first half, wonderful second half.
The defense held the Steelers to the game-winning field goal after intermission. But it allowed 27 points before that and was plagued by missed tackles and blown assignments. The result in the end was a whopping 490 yards allowed, no fumbles and an interception by Karlos Dansby.
The Browns did, however, register four sacks against hard-to-bring-down Ben Roethlisberger. They will try to come away with a win next Sunday against New Orleans.
Buster Skrine ditches hard cast for soft cast Thursday
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (8/29/14) Browns cornerback Buster Skrine is no longer wearing a hard cast on his right arm and hand, according to the Akron Beacon Journal. Skrine is just 10 days removed from thumb surgery and is wearing a soft cast. He is listed as week to week, leaving his status up in the air for Week 1 against Pittsburgh.
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Browns fans have gotten used to the notion of their defense changing schemes and personnel -- it's like the seasons changing. Maybe there will be some stability now that Mike Pettine, a disciple of Rex Ryan, is in charge of the team. Typically defenses associated with Pettine have played well, and this unit has a chance to do just that given the offseason upgrades made at middle linebacker (Karlos Dansby), safety (Donte Whitner) and cornerback (first-round pick Justin Gilbert). They'll join a team that's actually loaded with good players and some youngsters with high upside. If Pettine can put it all together then the Browns DST will actually be useful for Fantasy. Problem is that there are safer options out there, so owners can afford to take a wait-and-see approach with the Browns DST. They shouldn't be in your thought process when you're in the last two rounds of your draft.