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Browns DST facing solid matchup in Week 5


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/30/2014) The Browns DST unit has not had an impressive start to the season, scoring double figures in just one of their first three games before the bye. However, they could be worth a look for Fantasy purposes in Week 5, with the Titans on the schedule.

The Colts notched just their second double-digit scoring effort of the season last week against the Titans, with an assist to backup quarterback Charlie Whitehurst. Whitehurst started in Jake Locker's place last week, and though Locker is expected back this Sunday, the Browns might still find some success on defense against him.

Opposing DST units have racked up at least 12 points in three of four games against the Titans, including each of Locker's two starts. The Titans have had trouble protecting the quarterback, so the Browns will look to feast in Week 5. Consider them a solid weekly fill-in.  


Browns not looking to change defensive playcalling plan


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/23/2014) The Browns head into their Week 4 bye looking to work on some things defensively, as they are allowing 425.7 yards (31st) and 25.7 points (t-24th) per game. 

Though, head coach Mike Pettine -- who is a former defensive coordinator -- said he won't become more active in calling plays on gameday and first-year defensive coordinator Jim O'Neil will continue to work from the sidelines.

"We collaborate on (the calls)," Pettine said, per Cleveland.com. "The most important thing that we do is we build the game plan together. We build the call sheet together. Sometimes, calling the game is -- for us defensively the way we're set up -- it is very overrated because in a lot of way the call sheets are like a flow chart.

"(O'Neil) has a really good feel for it, and at this point, I don't see any need to change it. As we go on this week and do our self-scout and evaluate a little bit and Jim and I get a chance to spend a little time together, we'll discuss it. At this point, I would say he's calling the majority of it, but like I said, it's something that I'm very involved with, very much on board with. If he doesn't feel good about a call he'll ask me for one or I'll overrule him if I have to."


Browns DST all but blanked Sunday against Baltimore


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/21/2014) The Browns DST didn't exactly rack up big points Sunday against Baltimore. The defense allowed 23 points and 377 yards without recording a sack. The lone points recorded for Fantasy teams were courtesy of safety Tashaun Gipson, who managed his second pick in two games.

Browns DST salvages something in Fantasy play


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/14/2014) 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
(9/12/2014) 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

Justin Gilbert's role should be scaled back


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/8/2014) Browns coach Mike Pettine told reporters Monday he will likely scale rookie corner Justin Gilbert's role back a bit beginning in Week 2 against the Saints, according to Cleveland.com.

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
(9/7/2014) 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
(8/29/2014) 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.

Joe Haden sits out with foot soreness


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/23/2014) Browns defensive back Joe Haden did not suit up for Saturday's preseason game against the Rams, due to a sore foot. He was able to practice throughout the week, and is day to day, with his absence considered a precaution. 

Justin Gilbert might sit out Saturday against Detroit


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/7/2014) Browns coach Mike Pettine said rookie cornerback Justin Gilbert is "a little bit nicked" and isn't sure if Gilbert will play during Saturday's preseason opener against the Lions.

Browns select Justin Gilbert after trade


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/8/2014) With the No. 8 pick in the NFL Draft, the Browns traded up and selected defensive back Justin Gilbert from Oklahoma State.

The Browns swapped first-round choices with the Vikings. In addition to receiving the Browns' No. 9 selection, the Vikings now have Cleveland's 2014 fifth-round pick (145th overall).

Gilbert is 6-foot, 202 pounds, and he ran a 4.31 40-yard dash. He will likely start opposite Joe Haden, and the Browns defense and Browns DST now have a formidable defensive backfield. 

Gilbert will also provide the Browns help in the return game. In 2013, Gilbert had six interceptions, including two for touchdowns, and a 100-yard kickoff return.


Joe Haden's extension 'imminent'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/27/2014) A contract extension for Browns No. 1 cornerback Joe Haden is "imminent," reports ESPNCleveland.com. Haden is entering the final year of his contract and could command $12 million annually in a new deal.

Browns release eight-year vet D'Qwell Jackson


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/26/2014) The Browns released inside linebacker D'Qwell Jackson, the longest-tenured member of the team. Cleveland cut Jackson rather than pay him a $4.1 million roster bonus due March 15.

“We had positive discussion with D’Qwell and his agent over the last several days, and we came to the mutual agreement to go in different directions," general manager Ray Farmer said. "D’Qwell is the epitome of class, leadership and professionalism. Every day of his NFL career, D’Qwell has been a solid representative of the Browns and the city of Cleveland, both between the lines on Sundays and off the field in our area community."


Browns facing big decision on D'Qwell Jackson


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/11/2014) New Browns general manager Ray Farmer must decide by March 11 whether to keep inside linebacker D'Qwell Jackson and pay him a $4 million roster bonus or release him. Jackson, 30, made 139 tackles last season.

If the Browns retain Jackson, he'll count $9.4 million against the cap in 2014.


Barkevious Mingo asked to bulk up


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/6/2014) New Browns coach Mike Pettine wants outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo (6-4, 241) to gain weight and says he believes he can get last year's No. 6 overall pick to play like it, reports the Akron Beacon Journal. Mingo had 42 tackles and five sacks as a rookie.

Report: Browns might franchise T.J. Ward


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/2/2014) The Browns might be considering using the franchise tag on safety T.J. Ward, reports ESPN. Ward, 27, is an impending free agent who had 112 tackles, two interceptions and 1.5 sacks this season.

James Ihedigbo: Terrell Suggs might be fit in Cleveland


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1/31/2014) Ravens safety James Ihedigbo has speculated that teammate Terrell Suggs could reunite with fellow outside linebacker Paul Kruger with the Browns next season.

Suggs' contract expires after next season. He is due to earn $7.8 million in 2014 and would represent a $12.4 million cap hit for his team. His performance down the stretch this season is a concern, leading to speculation that he could be cut to save the team money.

Ihedigbo believes defensive-minded Browns coach Mike Pettine, who served as a Ravens defensive coach from 2002 to 2008, will seek to snap up Suggs.

"You gotta think Mike Pettine got the head-coaching job in Cleveland," he told the team website "Are they going to come in and try to get Terrell Suggs, and put him right opposite Paul Kruger like he was before?"

The Browns are still looking to ramp up their outside pass rush. Kruger and rookie Barkevious Mingo proved disappointing in 2013. But Suggs also struggled, managing just two sacks in the last eight games after posting eight in the first eight games.


T.J. Ward talks like guy remaining with Browns


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1/24/2014) Pro Bowl strong safety T.J. Ward will be a free agent if the Browns don't sign him long-term or slap the franchise tag on him. But he didn't sound like he was moving on when asked Thursday about the hiring of head coach Mike Pettine.

"It's just good to know who we're working with now," he told the team website. "The sooner, the better, so we can get to work and start with a new system. I'm excited and eager to get ready. We've got a good nucleus of players, and I'm just ready to get to work.

"Defensive-minded coaches always have a special place with me being a defensive guy, but I'm very excited to meet him and get going."

Ward is coming off his healthiest and finest season. He registered 112 tackles, two interceptions and his first career pick-six.


Browns land two on All-Pro first team


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1/3/2014) The Browns have landed two first-teamers on the Associated Press All-Pro team despite their 4-12 record. Tackle Joe Thomas and wide receiver Josh Gordon both earned spots. Cornerback Joe Haden, safety T.J. Ward and center Alex Mack are all second-teamers.

Browns force two turnovers in loss


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12/29/2013) The Browns DST unit forced two turnovers in Week 17 against the Steelers, but got little help from the offense in a 20-7 loss.

The Browns intercepted Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger twice in the game, and held the offense to just 292 total yards on 61 plays. The offense was unable to take advantage of those turnovers, leaving the defense on the field longer than needed. The Browns pass rush was largely nonexistent in the game as well, sacking Roethlisberger just once.

The defense was the best unit for the Browns this season, though short fields often proved too much to overcome. This is a young, talented unit, but probably will enter next season as a low-end Fantasy option.  


Joe Haden sidelined for finale


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12/29/2013) The Browns will be without arguably their best defensive player in Week 17, as defensive back Joe Haden will not play against the Steelers due to a hip injury. Haden was considered questionable, but was not among the team's active players for kickoff. 

Browns place eight probables on Friday injury report


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/27/2013) The Browns list a whopping 16 players on their Friday injury report, but half are probable for the Week 17 battle in Pittsburgh, including All-Pro tackle Joe Thomas (back). The other offensive players among them are running back Willis McGahee (knee) and tackle Mitchell Schwartz (toe).

The four defensive probables are linebackers Paul Kruger (illness) and Tank Carder (shoulder), safety Jordan Poyer (toe) and safety T.J. Ward (shoulder, illness). Punter Spencer Lanning (knee) is also probable.


Browns quartet 50/50 for game against Steelers


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/27/2013) Four Browns have been designated as questionable for the Sunday clash at AFC North rival Pittsburgh, including tight end Jordan Cameron (concussion) and cornerback Joe Haden (hip). The others are offensive linemen Jason Pinkston (thigh) and John Greco (knee).

Two Browns linemen scratched for Sunday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/27/2013) Browns guard Jason Pinkston and nose tackle Phillip Taylor have been ruled out for Sunday at Pittsburgh with concussions. Taylor will be missing his first game this season, but the injury-plagued Pinkston played in just three.

Joe Haden game-time decision for second straight week


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/27/2013) Browns cornerback Joe Haden (hip) will be a game-time decision for Sunday at Pittsburgh. He sustained the injury in Week 15, but played last week against the Jets. He has yet to practice this week, however.