2014-10-31 National Football League roundup (Reuters) - (The Sports Xchange) - Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo missed his third straight day of practice with a back injury on Friday and could be a game-time decision. Coach Jason Garrett said Romo will need to move around better before Sunday's game against the Arizona Cardinals in order to be able to play. The Cowboys have a short walkthrough Saturday. Romo has been receiving treatment on his back all week but has not done any football activities. Brandon Weeden would start at quarterback if Romo can't go, with undrafted free agent Dustin Vaughan as the backup. ... Yahoo Sports - Philadelphia Eagles
    2014-10-31 Friday infirmary: NFL Week 9 injury report - The AFC West is dealing with a pile of injuries that is keeping some significant talent sidelined. Here is this week’s NFL injury report. Scout - NFL
    2014-10-31 Brandian Ross fined for hit that concussed Jordan Cameron http://t.co/S2mtbtgZbE - None twitter
    2014-10-31 Brandian Ross fined for hit that concussed Jordan Cameron - Browns tight end Jordan Cameron will miss Sunday’s game after suffering a concussion last week. The Raiders safety who gave Cameron the concussion has now been disciplined by the NFL. The league office has confirmed that Brandian Ross was fined $22,050 for hitting a defenseless receiver in the head and neck area. The hit also… Pro Football Talk
    2014-10-31 RT @SI_Wire: Raiders safety Brandian Ross fined $22,050 for hit that concussed Browns TE Jordan Cameron http://t.co/PORT2rvvqu http://t.co/… - None twitter
    2014-10-31 Raiders safety Brandian Ross fined $22,050 for hit that concussed Browns TE Jordan Cameron http://t.co/PORT2rvvqu http://t.co/9yDgJJIns3 - None twitter
    2014-10-31 Raiders safety Ross fined for hit that concussed Browns' Cameron - Sporting News
    2014-10-31 #Raiders S Brandian Ross fined for illegal hit on TE Jordan Cameron (via @BairCSN) http://t.co/K3m0HxeHyA #NFL http://t.co/yqYdscWaGo - None twitter
    2014-10-31 Browns rule out TE Cameron - Cleveland Browns tight end Jordan Cameron will miss Sunday's home game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with a concussion. … Click to Continue » Sports News | The Kansas City Star & KansasCity.com
    2014-10-31 Fast Lane -- Tampa Edition #1 - TE Jordan Cameron does not appear to be in the plan for the Browns against Tampa Bay.Cameron coming off a concussion against the Raiders this past Sunday has yet to be cleared through the concussion protocol process and the Browns have been readying Jim Dray and Gary Barnidge for the increased workload. Scout - NFL
    2014-10-31 RT @MaryKayCabot: #Raiders Brandian Ross fined $22,050 for hitting #Browns Jordan Cameron (concussion) in head and neck area when defensele… - None twitter
    2014-10-31 Raiders S Ross fined $22,050 for hit - Oakland safety Brandian Ross has been fined $22,050 for his hit on Browns tight end Jordan Cameron that gave Cameron at least his third concussion in three seasons on Sunday. … Click to Continue » Sports News | The Kansas City Star & KansasCity.com
    2014-10-31 RT @AP_NFL: Raiders S Brandian Ross fined $22,050 for hit on Browns TE Jordan Cameron http://t.co/tJoQGXwVdG - None twitter
    2014-10-31 Raiders S Brandian Ross fined $22,050 for hit on Browns TE Jordan Cameron http://t.co/tJoQGXwVdG - None twitter
    2014-10-31 Raiders S Ross fined $22,050 for hit - Raiders S Brandian Ross fined $22,050 for hit on Browns TE Jordan Cameron          USA Today
    2014-10-31 #Raiders Brandian Ross fined $22,050 for hitting #Browns Jordan Cameron (concussion) in head and neck area when defenseless. - None twitter
    2014-10-31 @thatdudegus Depends what you're looking for. Brown gives you blowup potential. Hawkins has a really nice floor with Jordan Cameron out. - None twitter
    2014-10-31 RT @AdamSchefter: Bucs list RB Doug Martin as doubtful; Browns list TE Jordan Cameron as out. - None twitter
    2014-10-31 RT @SI_Fantasy: Browns TE Jordan Cameron (concussion) out Sunday vs. Buccaneers: http://t.co/kTczFFiS4C - None twitter
    2014-10-31 Doug Martin Ruled Doubtful, Jordan Cameron Out - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers head to take on the Cleveland Browns on Sunday but both teams may be without one of their bigger NFL assets. The NFL is getting ready for week 9 action but the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Cleveland Browns will be without some of their offensive weapons. With the two teams set […] Doug Martin Ruled Doubtful, Jordan Cameron Out - FanSided - FanSided - Sports News, Entertainment, Lifestyle & Technology - 280+ Sites FanSided NFL
    2014-10-31 Cleveland Browns injury report and lineup changes - Jordan Cameron has been ruled out with a concussion Cleveland Browns
    2014-10-31 Jordan Cameron will miss this week with his third concussion http://t.co/RY3zYY7n9d - None twitter
    2014-10-31 Jordan Cameron out this week after his third concussion - The Browns will be without tight end Jordan Cameron for at least another week, as coach Mike Pettine said he’d miss this week’s game against the Buccaneers because of his concussion. According to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Pettine said “we’ll see about next week” when asked about Cameron for next Thursday night against… ProFootballTalk.com
    2014-10-31 Browns' Jordan Cameron ruled out vs. Buccaneers - As expected, Cleveland Browns tight end Jordan Cameron won't play Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.Cameron is recovering from a concussion suffered last weekend against the Oakland Raiders. Earlier this week, it was reported that the injury could keep him on the sideline for at least two weeks. Copyright © 2014 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserved. Certain content reproduced under license. theScore NFL
    2014-10-31 RT @MaryKayCabot: Cleveland Browns' Jordan Cameron ruled out of Bucs game with a concussion http://t.co/fmnSGzy7XL - None twitter
    2014-10-31 Cleveland Browns' Jordan Cameron ruled out of Bucs game with a concussion http://t.co/fmnSGzy7XL - None twitter
    2014-10-31 Rainey a strong RB2, Sims a risk/reward flex RT @AdamSchefter Bucs list RB Doug Martin as doubtful; Browns list TE Jordan Cameron as out. - None twitter
    2014-10-31 Bucs list RB Doug Martin as doubtful; Browns list TE Jordan Cameron as out. - None twitter
    2014-10-31 Browns TE Jordan Cameron (concussion) out vs. Buccaneers - Cleveland Browns tight end Jordan Cameron has been ruled out for Sunday game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with a concussion. Cameron suffered the concussion in last Sunday's win over the Raiders. He has suffered three concussions over the last two years, and he will need to be medically cleared to return to practice and game action, per NFL rules. SI.com Fantasy
    2014-10-31 Raiders' Ross fined $22,050 for Cameron hit - Oakland safety Brandian Ross has been fined $22,050 for his hit on Browns tight end Jordan Cameron that gave Cameron at least his third concussion in three seasons on Sunday. ESPN.com - NFL
    2014-10-31 Cleveland Browns' Jordan Cameron ruled out of Bucs game with a concussion - Browns tight end Jordan Cameron will sit out Sunday's game against the 1-6 Bucs with his concussion. It was his third in less than two years. The Cleveland Plain Dealer
    2014-10-31 Injury report for Browns vs. Buccaneers (Week 9) - Browns Out: Tight end Jordan Cameron (concussion) and defensive lineman Phil Taylor (arthroscopic knee surgery Oct. 8). Questionable: Wide receiver Rodney Smith (hamstring). Probable: Defensive ends Desmond Bryant (wrist) and Billy Winn (quadriceps), safety Jim Leonhard (ankle), outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo (shoulder), nose tackle Ahtyba Rubin (ankle) and cornerback K'Waun Williams (shoulder/neck). Buccaneers Out: Wide receiver Trindon Holliday (hamstring) and linebacker Brandon Magee (knee). Doubtful: Offensive tackle Anthony Collins (foot) and running back Doug Martin (ankle). Questionable: Defensive end Michael Johnson (hand). Probable: Center Evan Dietrich-Smith (knee) and wide receiver Vincent Jackson (rib). Akron Beacon Journal
    2014-10-31 Raiders S Ross fined $22,050 for hit (The Associated Press) - NEW YORK (AP) -- Oakland safety Brandian Ross has been fined $22,050 for his hit on Browns tight end Jordan Cameron that gave Cameron at least his third concussion in three seasons on Sunday. Yahoo Sports - Oakland Raiders
    2014-10-31 Buccaneers vs. Browns injury report: Jordan Cameron out, Doug Martin doubtful http://t.co/qFn8OPzatN - None twitter
    2014-10-31 RT @MaryKayCabot: #browns te Jordan cameron out for Bucs with concussion. - None twitter
    2014-10-31 RT @MaryKayCabot: #Browns TE Jordan Cameron (concussion) misses practice third straight day. Safe to assume he'll sit out Bucs game. - None twitter
    2014-10-31 #Browns rule out TE Jordan Cameron (concussion) for Sunday. - None twitter
    2014-10-31 Injury roundup: Bengals RB Gio Bernard not expected to play; Browns TE Jordan Cameron ruled out http://t.co/pUaLCVqakW - None twitter
    2014-10-31 #Browns HC Mike Pettine: we'll see about TE Jordan Cameron's status for Thur. at #Bengals. Out Sun. w/concussion. Quick turnaround a concern - None twitter
    2014-10-31 #browns te Jordan cameron out for Bucs with concussion. - None twitter
    2014-10-31 Jordan Cameron (concussion) has been ruled out for Sunday's game vs. Bucs. #Browns - None twitter
    2014-10-31 #Browns rule out TE Jordan Cameron (concussion) for Sunday vs. #Bucs. - None twitter
    2014-10-31 Browns TE Jordan Cameron not on practice field Friday http://t.co/gcawPtDcl1 - None twitter
    2014-10-31 Jordan Cameron not present at Friday practice - The Browns seem likely to be without one of their key passing game targets in Week Nine. Tight end Jordan Cameron wasn’t spotted at practice on Friday, Browns beat writer Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reported. Cameron, who suffered a concussion in Sunday’s win vs. Oakland, has yet to participate in any practices… Pro Football Talk
    2014-10-31 #Browns TE Jordan Cameron (concussion) misses practice third straight day. Safe to assume he'll sit out Bucs game. - None twitter
    2014-10-31 #Browns TE Jordan Cameron (concussion) & DL Phil Taylor (knee, on bike) are only players on active roster not practicing today. #Bucs - None twitter
    2014-10-31 Cleveland Browns TE Jordan Cameron (concussion) out Sunday vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Browns tight end Jordan Cameron will not play Sunday against the Buccaneers espn
    2014-10-31 Numbers say Browns not spreading out Jordan Cameron too often - BEREA, Ohio -- Jordan Cameron will likely be an attractive long-term option as the Cleveland Browns cement their 2015 plans. A look at the Browns' usage of Cameron on the field, however, suggests that he faces a steep climb to post big numbers entering his first crack at free agency. Cameron, who is questionable for Sunday’s game against Tampa Bay with a concussion, thrived in last season’s pass-often offense with 80 catches for 917 yards and seven touchdowns. ESPN - Cleveland Browns
    2014-10-31 Daily Dawg Chow: Browns news (10/30/14) - Cleveland Browns: "Jordan Cameron’s replacements bring own styles to TE" (C-T) - "Browns tight end Jim Dray has played five solid seasons in the NFL, while Gary Barnidge is in his seventh year in the league. Though they are filling in for Pro Bowler Jordan Cameron (concussion), neither has any illusion of playing at his level." "Mike Pettine 'gets it' when it comes to quarterbacks" (WKNR) - "As the quarterbacks turn: I can make the case that an NFL head coach is only as good as his quarterback. Which makes a coach’s handling of his quarterback probably his most important task." "Could Tampa Bay's Cover 2 scheme help Browns' run game?" (ESPN) - "Most every Football 101 Manual has the chapter: How to beat the Cover 2. In its most simplistic definition, it's a defense that places two safeties deep in the middle of the field, with a middle linebacker buzzing..." "Whitner's presence felt on Browns defense" (FSO) - "Donte Whitner was a signature signing for Ray Farmer and the Browns as free agency opened. The Browns chose to allow T.J. Ward leave via in free agency and replace him with the former Pro Bowler from the 49ers." "It's Time for Johnny Football" (Sports on Earth) - "The Cleveland Browns may be at the bottom of the AFC North, but at 4-3 and just one game back, that's not a bad place to be. The Browns have won a steady stream of games by playing solid defense, moving the chains and avoiding turnovers." "Kyle Shanahan: Every Play In The NFL Is 'Crucial'" (Browns.com) - VIDEO NFL: "Saints-Panthers: 10 things to know from New Orleans' 28-10 win" (CBS) - "For first place in the NFC South, to end the team's seven-game regular-season road losing streak, to continue to show that -- even after a slow start to the season..." "Seahawks hurting at center as Stephen Schilling misses practice Thursday" (PFT) - "The Seattle Seahawks could be short-handed at center this week for their game against the Oakland Raiders." "Hardy trial moved to after season" (ESPN) - "Greg Hardy will look into the possibility of immediate reinstatement to play for Carolina after learning his domestic violence appeal trial set for November is being postponed..." Dawgs By Nature
    2014-10-31 The Walking Dead: Fantasy Football's Top 8 Zombies of 2014 - There is no better time to talk about zombies than on Halloween, and then there is no better time to talk about fantasy football zombies than halfway through the NFL season. There have been some players this year who have played like they have been in a trance. They appear a couple steps slower, or they have been so quiet in games that you forget they are on the field. And unfortunately many of them were supposed to be mainstays on millions of fantasy squads across the country. Here are fantasy football’s top-eight zombies of 2014:   Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (RB) “The Muscle Hamster” should be called “The Muscle Zombie.” Martin had 1,454 rushing yards, 472 receiving yards and a dozen touchdowns during his rookie campaign just two years ago. Then he plummeted to 522 combined yards and a touchdown in 2013. And now Martin has sunk so low no deep-sea diver in the world could find his fantasy value. Martin has played in five games this season and failed to break the 50-rushing-yard barrier in any of them. He is averaging 2.9 yards per carry and has had trouble finding holes and hitting holes when he does find them. Tampa Bay’s offensive line has been subpar on many occasions, but Martin’s legs seem sapped of their speed. Martin’s other problem has been that he has been perpetually injured the past two years. His 2013 season was ended prematurely due to injury and a knee injury cost him some time earlier this year, and now he has a bum ankle that could sideline him again, per Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times. Martin was not dealt at the trade deadline, so he is going to be fighting with playmaker Bobby Rainey and rookie Charles Sims for carries from here on out. Martin is going to need a miracle cure to prevent him from a fantasy zombie the rest of the way.   Chris Johnson, New York Jets (RB) Johnson’s streak of consecutive 1,000-yard years is in as much jeopardy as Rex Ryan’s head coaching job. After six straight seasons topping the 1,000-yard mark, Johnson is on pace to run for 536 yards. He has not made many big plays and has not received many carries (32 over last five weeks) while Chris Ivory has been impressing everyone with his hard-charging, hard-running style and earning himself twice the playing time. Johnson’s fantasy worth will stay stagnant unless Ivory’s violent running gets him injured. Until Johnson shows some explosiveness and does something with the few touches he has been afforded, he will continue to be the fastest running back on the bench in the NFL.   Montee Ball, Denver Broncos (RB) Ball entered the 2014 campaign as the top tailback in the most explosive offense in the NFL. He should have been able to stumble into 1,200 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns and been the luckiest man in football. Fast forward a month. Ball runs like he has 330-pound teammate Terrance Knighton tied to him. He runs for 172 yards and one lone touchdown in four games and then proceeds to injure his groin. Fast forward another month. Ball still is not back yet and has witnessed Ronnie Hillman run 10 times better than Ball did. At best Ball will split time with Hillman when he returns, and at worst he will get knocked down a peg on the depth chart in favor of Hillman. Ball was ranked as a top-10 or top-15 running back by most fantasy experts when we were having our drafts. He may be ranked 40th or 50th next August if things keep going this way.   Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals (QB) Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger threw six touchdown passes this past weekend. Dalton has thrown six touchdown passes all season. That is all fantasy owners really need to know. By the way, “Big Ben” accomplished his feat against an Indianapolis Colts defense that shut down Dalton and shut out Cincinnati, just to add insult to more insult. Dalton has gone from throwing 33 touchdown passes last year to having thrown fewer TD passes than Geno Smith, Mike Glennon and Brian Hoyer this year. Heck, he only has one more touchdown toss than Charlie Whitehurst! The “Red Rifle” has been hamstrung because his top two wide receivers, A.J. Green and Marvin Jones, have been injured for most of the year with foot and ankle injuries. Jones is not coming back, and no one really knows when Green is returning. And with star running back Giovani Bernard dealing with a myriad of injuries, Dalton is losing more weapons than he is gaining. Dalton’s zombie-like performance so far is not fully his fault, but that does not make his fantasy owners feel better. There are other quarterbacks in the NFL who have done more stats-wise with less of a supporting cast.   Jordan Cameron, Cleveland Browns (TE) Who would have thought fantasy owners would have been better off drafting Tennessee’s Delanie Walker in the late rounds or picking up New York’s Larry Donnell on the waiver wire than having Cameron as their tight end coming off his 917-yard season in 2013? Cameron was ranked in the top five in many if not most lists of fantasy tight ends at the start of the season, but his year got off to an ominous start when he suffered a shoulder injury that limited him. And things have not gotten better. Cameron has had one great game and five bad-to-mediocre games for his fantasy owners. He only has one touchdown and only one game where he has had more than 50 yards. His sore shoulder, his inaccurate quarterback and having defenses keying on him have caused his slump. Unfortunately, Cameron was concussed in his last contest, and because this is not his first one he is in danger of missing a game or two and being set back even further. When Cameron returns it is more likely he will keep putting up 40-yard games than returning to his 2013 form.   Vernon Davis, San Francisco 49ers (TE) Speaking of top tight ends who have been sleepwalking through the season, Davis has been a fantasy non-factor. No games with more than four catches, no games with more than 45 yards and no touchdowns since Week 1. Davis has also been banged up as he has been dealing with nagging back, ankle and knee injuries that have surely slowed him down. Davis just had 850 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns just last year, so it is hard to blame Father Time for slowing him down, even though Davis is 30. San Francisco has more experienced pass-catchers than most teams in the NFL with Michael Crabtree, Anquan Boldin, Stevie Johnson and Brandon Lloyd all in the fold, and the 49ers still run the ball more than most teams. This has not been helping Davis get targeted a ton. Hopefully Davis gets healthier as the season goes on and quarterback Colin Kaepernick remembers to look his way more often during the second half of the season, but for now Davis is a fantasy zombie. Keenan Allen, San Diego Chargers (WR) Allen was scintillating during his rousing rookie season when he racked up 1,047 receiving yards and eight touchdown receptions. Now he is the king of the eight-yard out. Allen is averaging a paltry 9.9 yards per catch this year after going for 14.7 yards per catch last year. You cannot blame the quarterback. Philip Rivers is having no trouble getting the ball downfield to Antonio Gates, Malcom Floyd and Eddie Royal. There really is no reason for this other than Allen has become the underneath receiver in the Chargers offense. The good news is that Allen is not being ignored. He leads San Diego in targets and has 15 more than his closest competition, Gates. So it is not like Rivers is giving him the coldest shoulder this side of Antarctica. Rivers and Allen are just not hooking up on deeper routes, sort of like what is happening in Miami between Ryan Tannehill and Mike Wallace. Allen is the perfect buy-low candidate, but he better not have another eight games with just one 100-yard effort and one touchdown or else he will be a finalist for Fantasy Zombie of the Year.   Hakeem Nicks, Indianapolis Colts (WR) Eli Manning and the New York Giants have been absolved of any blame for Nicks’ terrible 2013 season after what fantasy owners have witnessed in 2014. While T.Y Hilton has been targeted by quarterback Andrew Luck more often than Selena Gomez has by the paparazzi, Nicks has been aimed at half the time. That is the first problem. The second problem is Nicks has successfully caught passes on only 18 of his 39 targets. The rest of the Colts receiving group has caught 67 percent of the passes thrown in their directions. Give Hicks some credit. The man somehow caught 56 passes in 2013 without finding the end zone. He was the anti-Magellan. But even though he only has 168 yards in eight games, Nicks does have two touchdowns to his credit this year. Nicks looks like he has lost 15 steps. He is averaging 9.3 yards per catch and has not had a reception of 30 yards or more. When a receiver cannot prosper in a passing attack led by Luck, he is on the verge of washing out of the NFL. Bleacher Report
    2014-10-31 Matchups: Silva's Week 9 Matchups - Evan Silva breaks down every fantasy option's matchup in every Week 9 game. Fantasy Football Articles - Rotoworld.com
    2014-10-31 Silva's Week 9 Matchups (Rotoworld) - Evan Silva breaks down every fantasy option's matchup in every Week 9 game. Yahoo Sports - San Diego Chargers
    2014-10-31 Buccaneers vs. Browns: What Are Experts Saying About Cleveland? - The Cleveland Browns added to their injury woes during the win over Oakland in Week 8 by losing their top offensive weapon in star tight end Jordan Cameron. ESPN.com's Pat McManamon explains his status: Cameron missed practice Wednesday because he is part of the NFL's concussion protocols. He was injured in the win over the Raiders on a penalized hit at the end of a diving catch. "I don't know where he was today, as far as symptoms," coach Mike Pettine said before practice started, "but you don't even start the clock [on practicing] until [players are] 'symptom-free.' ... That'll be a day-to-day thing based on where he is." He missed two games at the end of the '12 season, and another at the end of '13 with concussions. Cameron's season of health problems continues. The bum shoulder has been replaced by a concussion, and as Coach Pettine said, timelines for symptoms to subside are hard to predict. More concerning is that this is the third head trauma in two years for No. 84. While losing a Pro Bowl-caliber TE is obviously not ideal, it's not as a big a problem as it would seem on paper. Jim Dray is 6'5" and has been surprisingly effective as an under-the-radar free-agent signing in 2014 with nine receptions on 11 targets, averaging 13.1 yards per completion and a touchdown. When called upon to catch passes, the 6'6" Gary Barnidge is also a reliable big body who's shown over the past two years with the Browns that he can rattle off large chunks. Both of them are very good blockers as well. No one will say that Dray or Barnidge have anywhere near the exceptional athleticism of Cameron, but they can move the chains and rarely drop a pass. In my opinion, Cleveland can definitely get by in the short term without Cameron, especially against a Buccaneers pass defense ranked 30th in the NFL. The loss of Cameron just might force OC Kyle Shanahan to get a little more creative in his play-calling this weekend. Bleacher Report
    2014-10-31 Week 9 Start 'Em, Sit 'Em: Assessing Sunday's Toughest Fantasy Decisions - Many fantasy football owners are reaching a critical juncture of the season, and as a result, handling their teams with the utmost of care is pivotal. The 2014 NFL season is at the midpoint, which means that the playoffs are inching ever closer in many fantasy leagues. For those on the outside looking in, and especially those near the bottom of the standings, time is slowly running out to get into a postseason position. All is not lost, but these next two or three weeks are critical. Owners should read every bit of information they can. Below are six different players who fall under one of two designations: start 'em or sit 'em. Each player could be the difference between a win and a loss in this important weekend.   Quarterback Start 'Em: Ryan Tannehill vs. San Diego Chargers This is the classic matchup advantage. Ryan Tannehill remains an infuriatingly inconsistent quarterback, but it's hard to disagree with how mediocre the San Diego Chargers pass defense is. By the numbers, San Diego isn't that bad, giving up an average of 219.1 yards a game and 6.6 yards an attempt, both of which are impressive. However, the Chargers secondary has also allowed 14 touchdowns (tied for 23rd) and intercepted only four passes (also tied for 23rd). Football Outsiders ranks the Chargers 26th in pass defense. Maybe Dan Marino can be the guy to help coax out Tannehill's best traits. The two have been going over tape together in order to help the current Miami Dolphins QB, per Jameson Olive of Fox Sports Florida. "Dan's been great. He's been around a lot, as of recent," the third-year starter said. "I've watched tape with him. He's been in the TV room, he's a great resource to have around with his knowledge of the game and, obviously, with the success he's had in his career." Tannehill likely won't have a monster day fantasy-wise, but he should do more than enough to crack the top 10 QBs in Week 9.   Sit 'Em: Ben Roethlisberger vs. Baltimore Ravens Perhaps it's crazy to put Ben Roethlisberger here. Last week, he threw for 522 yards and six touchdowns without a single interception. Roethlisberger was Week 8's best performer, and now he's not even worth starting? Surprisingly, yes. One of the traps fantasy owners sometimes fall into is getting lost in one great game and failing to look ahead. The Baltimore Ravens rank seventh in pass defense, according to Football Outsiders, and have surrendered an average of 15 fantasy points a game to opposing QBs on ESPN.com (23rd in the league). Historically, Roethlisberger has struggled a bit against the Ravens, averaging 223.1 yards, 1.4 touchdowns and 1.1 interceptions over 15 games.   Running Back Start 'Em: Ronnie Hillman vs. New England Patriots Ronnie Hillman fantasy owners had a bit of a scare on Wednesday when the Denver Broncos running back picked up a shoulder injury. ESPN.com's Jeff Legwold reported that Hillman was limited in practice on Thursday but should be on the field when the Denver Broncos take on the New England Patriots. As tough as the Patriots have been against the pass this year, that's about how bad they are against the run. New England's giving up an average of 129.6 yards a game, which ranks 29th. The Pats are also allowing an average of 4.6 yards a carry. Running backs have a lot of success against New England, posting 20.3 points a game on ESPN.com. Hillman should have his best performance of the season.   Sit 'Em: Giovani Bernard vs. Jacksonville Jaguars Things could change between now and Sunday, but all signs are pointing to Giovani Bernard missing the Cincinnati Bengals' matchup with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Paul Dehner Jr. of The Cincinnati Enquirer reported that Bernard missed his second day of practice this week, which casts serious doubt over his availability: In the event Bernard does play, he's unlikely to be 100 percent. That would mean the Bengals coaching staff leans a little heavier on Jeremy Hill, who's averaging a respectable 3.9 yards a carry. Having Hill be the primary ball-carrier wouldn't be a bad thing for Cincinnati. The incentive isn't strong for the Bengals to push Bernard too hard given his current status, and you should alter your fantasy lineup accordingly.   Wide Receiver Start 'Em: Andrew Hawkins vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers The one thing really holding back Andrew Hawkins' fantasy potential this year is his lack of touchdowns. He has 36 receptions and 470 yards, and for so long, his failure to find the end zone was a glaring problem. Now that Hawkins has gotten over the hump, he should become a much more reliable option. Hawkins couldn't have asked for a better opponent to continue his momentum. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are giving up the most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers, according to ESPN.com. Opposing QBs are throwing for an average of 286 yards against the Bucs, which means Brian Hoyer's due for a big day. Mary Kay Cabot of The Plain Dealer in Cleveland reported that Jordan Cameron remains out of practice following a concussion: That should mean more targets for Hawkins, making him a strong start for Week 9.   Sit 'Em: Emmanuel Sanders vs. New England Patriots The Patriots secondary is where fantasy points go to die. New England is second-best in the league in points allowed to opposing wide receivers. That could spell bad news for one or more of the Broncos' cadre of talented wideouts. The player who looks most likely to lay an egg is Emmanuel Sanders. He may be coming off his best performance of the season, but his numbers have been somewhat sporadic in 2014. Sanders hasn't yet reached that kind of category where he's absolutely undroppable no matter the circumstances. He's still capable of a bad performance here and there, and one could very well arrive on Sunday. You wouldn't be foolish to start him, but don't be surprised if his final numbers are underwhelming. brvideo
    2014-10-30 Browns Lose Jordan Cameron To Concussion-Related Issues - Cleveland Browns TE Jordan Cameron will be out indefinitely after sustaining a hard hit during last week’s win over the Oakland Raiders Two things have been givens in Cleveland this fall: an overwhelming excitement over the return of LeBron James (as if ESPN doesn’t remind you every 21 seconds) to the Cavaliers and an injury […] Browns Lose Jordan Cameron To Concussion-Related Issues - FanSided - FanSided - Sports News, Entertainment, Lifestyle & Technology - 280+ Sites FanSided NFL
    2014-10-30 Jordan Cameron remains out of practice, will not be a fantasy option this week - Jordan Cameron remains out of practice, will not be a fantasy option this week The Palm Beach Post
    2014-10-30 #Browns TE Jordan Cameron (concussion) and DL Phil Taylor (arthroscopic knee surgery Oct. 8) not practicing today. Taylor was on bike again. - None twitter
    2014-10-30 #Browns Jordan Cameron (concussion) still absent, DE Phil Taylor (knee) on bike and WR Rod Smith (hammy) back practicing - None twitter
    2014-10-30 #Browns TE Jordan Cameron (concussion) still not on field during portion open to media; DL Phil Taylor (knee) was on bike again - None twitter
    2014-10-30 Fantasy: Week 9 Rankings - Analysis - theScore's Justin Boone is currently ranked number one in FantasyPros' Most Accurate Expert Competition and is the top-ranked pro over the last three seasons. Scroll down to see his rankings for Week 9.A final rankings update will be available on Sunday morning.Quarterbacks RkPlayerOpp 1Peyton Manning - DENat NE2Andrew Luck - INDat NYG3Drew Brees - NOat Car4Tom Brady - NEvs. Den5Russell Wilson - SEAvs. Oak6Philip Rivers - SDat Mia7Colin Kaepernick - SFvs. StL8Cam Newton - CARvs. NO9Nick Foles - PHIat Hou10Tony Romo - DALvs. Ari11Ben Roethlisberger - PITvs. Bal12Carson Palmer - ARIat Dal13Ryan Tannehill - MIAvs. SD14Andy Dalton - CINvs. Jac15Alex Smith - KCvs. NYJ16Eli Manning - NYGvs. Ind17Joe Flacco - BALat Pit18Teddy Bridgewater - MINvs. Was19Ryan Fitzpatrick - HOUvs. Phi20Brian Hoyer - CLEvs. TB21Michael Vick - NYJat KC22Robert Griffin - WASat Min23Mike Glennon - TBat Cle24Austin Davis - STLat SF25Derek Carr - OAKat Sea26Blake Bortles - JACat Cin The highest over/under of the week goes to the Broncos vs. Patriots, which will feature two future Hall of Fame quarterbacks who have been absolutely eviscerating their opponents recently. Over the last four games, Tom Brady is averaging 317 yards and 3.5 touchdowns per outing, while Peyton Manning is averaging 330 yards and 3.5 touchdowns. After a slow start to the year, Brady has come on strong and is a top-five play this week. Another potential quarterback duel may not materialize as Tony Romo is looking like a game-time decision against the Cardinals. On the other side of the field, Carson Palmer is over his own injury woes and has been a solid, but not spectacular, fantasy quarterback since returning. Palmer has a plethora of weapons and is an excellent bye-week fill-in if he's available in your league. Speaking of Romo, if he is held out against the Cardinals, Brandon Weeden will not only be a scary fantasy option, but he'll drag the value of the Cowboys' other fantasy stars down. Maybe his time on the bench in Dallas has helped him develop, but I just keep having flashbacks to some of the baffling throws he made while starting for the Browns. One of the mistakes owners often make is overvaluing a player based on his performance the week before. This week's example would be Ben Roethlisberger, who threw for 522 yards and six touchdowns last Sunday. The Steelers quarterback's value is definitely rising, especially with the emergence of Martavis Bryant. However, prior to that massive stat line Roethlisberger had just one game with 20-plus fantasy points. Keep your expectations in check as he goes up against the division rival Ravens, as they have allowed the third fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks. Michael Vick is still fun to watch when he scrambles around, but don't be tempted to start him in fantasy based on his name and the good times you may have enjoyed with him in your lineup in years past. Trying to right the Jets offense on the road in Kansas City is not an easy task.Running Backs RkPlayerOpp 1Marshawn Lynch - SEAvs. Oak2Arian Foster - HOUvs. Phi3DeMarco Murray - DALvs. Ari4Jamaal Charles - KCvs. NYJ5LeSean McCoy - PHIat Hou6Le'Veon Bell - PITvs. Bal7Andre Ellington - ARIat Dal8Ronnie Hillman - DENat NE9Mark Ingram - NOat Car10Lamar Miller - MIAvs. SD11Giovani Bernard - CINvs. Jac12Ahmad Bradshaw - INDat NYG13Branden Oliver - SDat Mia14Jerick McKinnon - MINvs. Was15Alfred Morris - WASat Min16Frank Gore - SFvs. StL17Justin Forsett - BALat Pit18Andre Williams - NYGvs. Ind19Chris Ivory - NYJat KC20Ben Tate - CLEvs. TB21Shane Vereen - NEvs. Den22Denard Robinson - JACat Cin23Jeremy Hill - CINvs. Jac24Trent Richardson - INDat NYG25Darren McFadden - OAKat Sea26Jonathan Stewart - CARvs. NO27Bobby Rainey - TBat Cle28Lorenzo Taliaferro - BALat Pit29Travaris Cadet - NOat Car30Carlos Hyde - SFvs. StL31Charles Sims - TBat Cle32DeAngelo Williams - CARvs. NO33Tre Mason - STLat SF34Jonas Gray - NEvs. Den35Knile Davis - KCvs. NYJ36Terrance West - CLEvs. TB37Roy Helu - WASat Min38Darren Sproles - PHIat Hou39Juwan Thompson - DENat NE40Matt Asiata - MINvs. Was41Benny Cunningham - STLat SF42Daniel Thomas - MIAvs. SD43Isaiah Crowell - CLEvs. TB44Zac Stacy - STLat SF45LeGarrette Blount - PITvs. Bal46Robert Turbin - SEAvs. Oak47Peyton Hillis - NYGvs. Ind48Chris Johnson - NYJat KC49Toby Gerhart - JACat Cin50Joseph Randle - DALvs. Ari51Alfred Blue - HOUvs. Phi52Robert Hughes - ARIat Dal53Ronnie Brown - SDat Mia54Kyle Juszczyk - BALat Pit55Lance Dunbar - DALvs. Ari56Maurice Jones-Drew - OAKat Sea57De'Anthony Thomas - KCvs. NYJ58Marcel Reece - OAKat Sea59Bilal Powell - NYJat KC60Christine Michael - SEAvs. Oak After scoring six touchdowns in his first four games of the year, Marshawn Lynch hasn't found the end zone in three weeks. Beast Mode will definitely put an end to that drought this week, as the Seahawks welcome the Raiders to Seattle. The Raiders run defense leaves a lot to be desired and I expect Lynch to break the 100-yard mark with at least one touchdown. DeMarco Murray may have to carry the offense all by himself this week if Romo sits out. Murray is in the midst of a  monster season, but this week he faces a tough test against the Cardinals, who have allowed the fewest fantasy points to opposing rushers this year. That isn't a reason to consider benching Murray, just an explanation for why he is ranked third and not first this week. Murray's outstanding campaign has overshadowed a pretty impressive first half from Arian Foster. While Murray has rushed for 100 yards in every game, Foster has done so in six of the seven contests he's played in. That trend should continue at home against the Eagles. Coming off a 172-yard, one-touchdown effort, Mark Ingram has another quality matchup versus the Panthers on Thursday night. He will continue to receive the vast majority of snaps with Pierre Thomas and Khiry Robinson likely out. Cadet will be used in the passing game, but he only had one carry last week. Ingram is a fantasy RB1 for Week 9. Giovani Bernard is reportedly dealing with a hip pointer and his clavicle is still an issue for him. With that in mind,  it might be smart for the Bengals to hold him out of a winnable game at home versus the Jaguars, especially since the team plays the Thursday nighter in Week 10. If Bernard doesn't suit up, Jeremy Hill will be ranked in the top 10 for this excellent matchup. The Browns running game hasn't been the same since center Alex Mack was lost to injury. Ben Tate, Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell are all seeing snaps, but they haven't been able to do much with them in recent weeks. Until the team decides to give the bulk of the carries to one player, it's a dangerous situation to flirt with. If you have to rely on the Buccaneers backfield this week, I would play Bobby Rainey over the rookie Charles Sims. It's Sims' first game since suffering an ankle injury before the season and Tampa's rushing attack doesn't exactly inspire confidence. Sims is an interesting pickup for the stretch run, but not someone I would want to roll the dice on Sunday. Wide Receivers RkPlayerOpp 1Antonio Brown - PITvs. Bal2Dez Bryant - DALvs. Ari3Demaryius Thomas - DENat NE4T.Y. Hilton - INDat NYG5Jeremy Maclin - PHIat Hou6Emmanuel Sanders - DENat NE7Mike Wallace - MIAvs. SD8Kelvin Benjamin - CARvs. NO9Steve Smith - BALat Pit10Andre Johnson - HOUvs. Phi11Vincent Jackson - TBat Cle12Rueben Randle - NYGvs. Ind13DeAndre Hopkins - HOUvs. Phi14DeSean Jackson - WASat Min15A.J. Green - CINvs. Jac16Keenan Allen - SDat Mia17Michael Floyd - ARIat Dal18Brandin Cooks - NOat Car19Larry Fitzgerald - ARIat Dal20Doug Baldwin - SEAvs. Oak21Mohamed Sanu - CINvs. Jac22Brandon LaFell - NEvs. Den23Odell Beckham - NYGvs. Ind24Michael Crabtree - SFvs. StL25Julian Edelman - NEvs. Den26Terrance Williams - DALvs. Ari27Pierre Garcon - WASat Min28Mike Evans - TBat Cle29Denard Robinson - JACat Cin30Andrew Hawkins - CLEvs. TB31Allen Robinson - JACat Cin32Marques Colston - NOat Car33Eric Decker - NYJat KC34Cordarrelle Patterson - MINvs. Was35Torrey Smith - BALat Pit36Anquan Boldin - SFvs. StL37Dwayne Bowe - KCvs. NYJ38Donte Moncrief - INDat NYG39Andre Holmes - OAKat Sea40Malcom Floyd - SDat Mia41Percy Harvin - NYJat KC42John Brown - ARIat Dal43Greg Jennings - MINvs. Was44Cecil Shorts - JACat Cin45James Jones - OAKat Sea46Wes Welker - DENat NE47Martavis Bryant - PITvs. Bal48Riley Cooper - PHIat Hou49Kenny Britt - STLat SF50Reggie Wayne - INDat NYG51Jermaine Kearse - SEAvs. Oak52Miles Austin - CLEvs. TB53Eddie Royal - SDat Mia54Kenny Stills - NOat Car55Jordan Matthews - PHIat Hou56Jarvis Landry - MIAvs. SD57Louis Murphy - TBat Cle58Andre Roberts - WASat Min59Markus Wheaton - PITvs. Bal60Jerricho Cotchery - CARvs. NO61Taylor Gabriel - CLEvs. TB62Paul Richardson - SEAvs. Oak63Brandon Tate - CINvs. Jac64Jarius Wright - MINvs. Was65Steve Johnson - SFvs. StL66Allen Hurns - JACat Cin67Tavon Austin - STLat SF68Brian Hartline - MIAvs. SD69Preston Parker - NYGvs. Ind70Hakeem Nicks - INDat NYG Demaryius Thomas may have to deal with Darrelle Revis on Sunday, meaning Emmanuel Sanders could once again be the more productive Broncos receiver. In Week 8, Sanders caught all nine of his targets, finishing with 120 yards and three touchdowns. The Patriots have done a good job versus the pass this season, but the Denver defense is far more potent than anything New England has had to deal with this season.  With so many teams on bye, the rankings get really interesting at wide receiver after the top five. Players like Kelvin Benjamin and Rueben Randle are higher than usual, but are very capable of posting big weeks in front of national audiences. Benjamin will get to showcase his talents on Thursday night, going up against a very generous Saints secondary. Randle has a tougher matchup on Monday Night Football (though it will get easier if Vontae Davis is ruled out), but he is now Eli Manning's top target with Victor Cruz out for the season. Larry Fitzgerald has posted a couple solid games in the last few weeks, but the Cardinals have remained adamant that they will throw to the open receiver, regardless of whether it's Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd or John Brown. Head coach Bruce Arians knows how to build a quality passing game, but I worry fantasy owners may have a hard time guessing which receiver will benefit in a given week. Despite his zero-catch performance last week, Floyd is still a player I want to own. Just a reminder that Denard Robinson is ranked under both running back and wide receiver because in Yahoo leagues he is eligible at both positions. His matchup on the road in Cincinnati isn't great, but Robinson has established himself as the clear lead back in Jacksonville with back-to-back 100-yard performances. Terrance Williams will be an intriguing start if Romo is under center, but right now Williams is ranked outside of the top 20. Brandon Weeden won't be able to support two fantasy receivers and Dez Bryant will get his yards regardless of who is passing him the ball. Brandon LaFell has emerged as Tom Brady's favorite receiver on the outside, with tight end Rob Gronkowski being his top option overall. LaFell caught all 11 of his targets for 124 yards and a score last week. Even in a tougher matchup against the Broncos secondary, LaFell is in the low-end WR2, high-end WR3 conversation now. I could probably copy and paste this every week, but if A.J. Green doesn't return to action, Mohamed Sanu will get a significant bump up the rankings into WR1 territory. Much like Golden Tate, Sanu has excelled during the absence of his team's top receiver.Don't be afraid to start rookies like Mike Evans, Allen Robinson, Donte Moncrief, John Brown or Martavis Bryant. They have lower floors than most receivers, but each is capable of outproducing their current ranking. Tight Ends RkPlayerOpp 1Rob Gronkowski - NEvs. Den2Julius Thomas - DENat NE3Jimmy Graham - NOat Car4Antonio Gates - SDat Mia5Greg Olsen - CARvs. NO6Larry Donnell - NYGvs. Ind7Dwayne Allen - INDat NYG8Jordan Reed - WASat Min9Travis Kelce - KCvs. NYJ10Zach Ertz - PHIat Hou11Jason Witten - DALvs. Ari12Vernon Davis - SFvs. StL13Heath Miller - PITvs. Bal14Jared Cook - STLat SF15Charles Clay - MIAvs. SD16Clay Harbor - JACat Cin17Tim Wright - NEvs. Den18Coby Fleener - INDat NYG19Jace Amaro - NYJat KC20Jermaine Gresham - CINvs. Jac21Austin Seferian-Jenkins - TBat Cle22John Carlson - ARIat Dal23Luke Willson - SEAvs. Oak24Chase Ford - MINvs. Was25Lance Kendricks - STLat SF26Crockett Gillmore - BALat Pit27Ladarius Green - SDat Mia28Gavin Escobar - DALvs. Ari29Mychal Rivera - OAKat Sea30Jeff Cumberland - NYJat KC Jimmy Graham contributed last week with five receptions for 59 yards and a touchdown. It's clear he's getting healthier and he remains one of the best options at the position even on limited snaps.  Rob Gronkowski was back to running defenders over and sometimes carrying them downfield with him last week. The Broncos are a favorable matchup for any tight end, so expect Gronk to carve them up. Larry Donnell should be set for a strong second half, starting with Monday night's matchup against the Colts. Prior to the bye, Donnell hauled in seven passes for 90 yards, which is more than you can ask for from most players at his position. Eli Manning loves throwing to Donnell and Indianapolis gives up the sixth most fantasy points to tight ends. Jordan Cameron isn't ranked, as he deals with a concussion. Unfortunately, Cameron has a history of concussions, putting not only his next few weeks in doubt, but perhaps the rest of his season. If there is a suitable waiver wire replacement, you can feel free to drop Cameron. Players like Travis Kelce and Zach Ertz have the talent to be impact fantasy players, but their teams just aren't using them as feature options. They still have high ceilings each week, but unfortunately that comes with very low floors as well. Tim Wright has touchdowns in his last three games and gets the same quality matchup as Gronkowski. It wouldn't surprise me if Bill Belichick acquired Wright simply to try and exploit Denver's weakness against tight ends. Defense/Special Teams RkPlayerOpp 1Cincinnati Bengals - Cinvs. Jac2Seattle Seahawks - Seavs. Oak3Kansas City Chiefs - KCvs. NYJ4San Francisco 49ers - SFvs. StL5Cleveland Browns - Clevs. TB6Dallas Cowboys - Dalvs. Ari7Minnesota Vikings - Minvs. Was8Philadelphia Eagles - Phiat Hou9Baltimore Ravens - Balat Pit10Arizona Cardinals - Ariat Dal11Indianapolis Colts - Indat NYG12Miami Dolphins - Miavs. SD13Denver Broncos - Denat NE14Houston Texans - Houvs. Phi15Pittsburgh Steelers - Pitvs. Bal16Tampa Bay Buccaneers - TBat Cle17New York Jets - NYJat KC18San Diego Chargers - SDat Mia19New Orleans Saints - NOat Car20New England Patriots - NEvs. Den21New York Giants - NYGvs. Ind22Washington Redskins - Wasat Min23Jacksonville Jaguars - Jacat Cin24Carolina Panthers - Carvs. NO25St. Louis Rams - StLat SF26Oakland Raiders - Oakat Sea Kickers RkPlayerOpp 1Stephen Gostkowski - NEvs. Den2Steven Hauschka - SEAvs. Oak3Dan Bailey - DALvs. Ari4Justin Tucker - BALat Pit5Adam Vinatieri - INDat NYG6Cody Parkey - PHIat Hou7Phil Dawson - SFvs. StL8Nick Novak - SDat Mia9Shayne Graham - NOat Car10Chandler Catanzaro - ARIat Dal11Mike Nugent - CINvs. Jac12Shaun Suisham - PITvs. Bal13Brandon McManus - DENat NE14Blair Walsh - MINvs. Was15Cairo Santos - KCvs. NYJ16Caleb Sturgis - MIAvs. SD17Billy Cundiff - CLEvs. TB18Graham Gano - CARvs. NO19Nick Folk - NYJat KC20Sebastian Janikowski - OAKat Sea21Josh Brown - NYGvs. Ind22Randy Bullock - HOUvs. Phi23Patrick Murray - TBat Cle24Kai Forbath - WASat Min25Greg Zuerlein - STLat SF26Josh Scobee - JACat Cin Copyright © 2014 Score Media Ventures Inc. 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    2014-10-30 Repost: #Browns notes: Barnidge, Dray counted on to produce as Cameron deals with concussion. via @GeorgeThomasABJ: http://t.co/EHHQdqjMPy - None twitter
    2014-10-30 On Further Review: #Browns prepare for life without Cameron http://t.co/U8ckqElABO via @FoxSports - None twitter
    2014-10-30 Sad but true: Third straight year w/ a concussion will cost Jordan Cameron a lot of $ in free agency. Why some guys hide them. - None twitter
    2014-10-30 On Further Review: Will #Browns Cameron Play? @TheOBR http://t.co/aM3Dq7h5Wn - None twitter
    2014-10-30 Week 9: Player Downgrades - Every week, Fantasy Football Expert Rusty Reeves predicts a heaping handful of players who will decline in the coming weeks. They should be downgraded at least one tier. Indianapolis Colts WR Reggie Wayne (pictured above) has lost a step, so don't let it affect your Fantasy squad. Scout - Pittsburgh Steelers
    2014-10-30 Buccaneers vs. Browns Preview - The Cleveland Browns play the third game in a trio of games that are, generously stated, against struggling teams. The Browns lost to winless Jacksonville and beat winless Oakland. Now the 1-6 Tampa Bay Buccaneers come to Cleveland. The Bucs are like the Browns in that they are adjusting to a new coach. They are like the Browns used to be in that they are searching for a quarterback. Cleveland is at home, where the temperature is expected to be a decidedly non-Tampa Bay like 40-some degrees. ESPN - Cleveland Browns
    2014-10-30 Week 9 Tight End Rankings - Looking for for a TE to start this week with Martellus Bennett and Delanie Walker on a bye? Check out our TE rankings to see who you should start. Now entering the back half of the fantasy season, where injuries and bye weeks are starting to become more of a problem for fantasy owners.  This week there are six teams on bye, but only two of them have Tight Ends you could have been starting in Martellus Bennett and Delanie Walker.  That is the good news, but the bad news is the injuries to Owen Daniels and Jordan Cameron.  The waiver wire for Tight Ends probably doesn't look great for this week, but a few guys might surprise you, which I try to identify below.  Yesterday we covered the QB, RB, and WR, positions, so now it is time to tackle the TE's.  Below are the top 32 TE's in order for week nine, and some added commentary below on a few guys.  Without dragging this intro longer, let's dive right into the commentary and rankings. Clay Harbor - Harbor would be the main guy I would target to start this week if you own Bennett or Walker.  Harbor has a great matchup against the Bengals, as they have allowed the second most points per week to opposing TE's behind only the Bears.  Harbor has been a little hit or miss this season with Bortels under center, but I see him taking advantage this week.  Allowed 4 TD's the last four games, and I see that jumping up to 5 in 5 weeks with Harbor getting one here. Jason Witten - I am still not sure what to think about Jason Witten.  Last week he had his best outing yet, but got his score very late in the game.  The matchup this week against the Cardinals isn't bad, and I think he should get about 5 catches, but a TD may not be likely.  If you are looking for an upside play out of your TE this week, I would look elsewhere. Mychal Rivera - My other pickup special this week is Mychal Rivera.  I wrote about him a couple of times earlier in the season, noting how the offense needed to start to shift its philosophy for him to become playable in a given week.  Well last week he finally had a mini breakout game with 7 catches for 83 yards on 9 targets.  Carr and the coaching staff have started to send him out on more routes lately, and I see that trend continuing forward.  Another reason for his high ranking is that Seattle is susceptible to TE's in the passing game this year. Tim Wright - He is the ultimate upside risk/reward play at the TE position.  He could put up an outing like last week with 7 catches and a score, or he could have zero catches.  Tom Brady has been flinging the ball all over the field lately, so expecting Wright to at least score a TD is not too far fetched.  If you choose to start him just remember that he could help you win a week, or tear you down. Vernon Davis - I'm done with Davis at this point as a stater, and even taking up a roster spot in shallow 10 team leagues.  Deeper leagues you should keep him around as there is still a chance he can perform at a starter level, but still look elsewhere for a guy this week.  Tough matchup with the Rams, and he has been nonexistent for most of the year lead to this low ranking. Crockett Gillmore - It is now time for the third-string TE's turn in Baltimore.  With Daniels out indefinitely now, Gillmore figures to step into the starting role, but does that mean he will be successful?  I'm hesitant to say so, as Gillmore was the third-string TE for a reason on this team.  I need to see him get targeted a good amount before I can advocate you picking him up and using him. Teams On Bye: Atlanta, Buffalo, Chicago, Detroit, Green Bay, Tennessee Rank Player Team Opponent 1 Rob Gronkowski New England Patriots Broncos 2 Julius Thomas Denver Broncos Patriots 3 Jimmy Graham New Orleans Saints Panthers 4 Antonio Gates San Diego Chargers Dolphins 5 Travis Kelce Kansas City Chiefs Jets 6 Dwayne Allen Indianapolis Colts Giants 7 Larry Donnell New York Giants Colts 8 Greg Olsen Carolina Panthers Saints 9 Jordan Reed Washington Redskins Vikings 10 Clay Harbor Jacksonville Jaguars Bengals 11 Jason Witten Dallas Cowboys Cardinals 12 Zach Ertz Philadelphia Eagles Texans 13 Heath Miller Pittsburgh Steelers Ravens 14 Mychal Rivera Oakland Raiders Seahawks 15 Tim Wright New England Patriots Broncos 16 Jace Amaro New York Jets Chiefs 17 Austin Seferian-Jenkins Tampa Bay Buccaneers Browns 18 Jermaine Gresham Cincinnati Bengals Jaguars 19 Vernon Davis San Francisco 49ers Rams 20 Jared Cook St. Louis Rams 49ers 21 Lance Kendricks St. Louis Rams 49ers 22 Crockett Gillmore Baltimore Ravens Steelers 23 Coby Fleener Indianapolis Colts Giants 24 Luke Wilson Seattle Seahawks Raiders 25 John Carlson Arizona Cardinals Cowboys 26 Jim Dray Cleveland Browns Buccaneers 27 Daniel Fells New York Giants Colts 28 Charles Clay Miami Dolphins Chargers 29 Niles Paul Washington Redskins Vikings 30 Josh Hill New Orleans Saints Panthers 31 Anthony Fasano Kansas City Chiefs Jets 32 Chase Ford Minnesota Vikings Redskins Fake Teams
    2014-10-30 Football Daily Dose: Dose: RGIII will start Week 9 - Raymond Summerlin checks in on Robert Griffin III, Tony Romo, Giovani Bernard and more in Thursday's Daily Dose. Fantasy Football Articles - Rotoworld.com
    2014-10-30 Halfback Ben Tate believes problems in the run game can 'be fixed': Cleveland Browns Insider - Other notes include updates on Jordan Cameron and other injury news. The Cleveland Plain Dealer
    2014-10-30 Game Review: Browns' Defense Holds Strong in 23-13 Win Over Raiders - The Browns avoided falling to two winless teams in a row in defeating the Raiders by a score of 23-13 this past Sunday. Cleveland's defense took advantage of facing a rookie quarterback for the second week in a row, and Oakland failed to capitalize on some mistakes by QB Brian Hoyer. Let's get to the complete game review. Oakland Raiders vs. Cleveland Browns 1st 2nd 3rd 4th FINAL 0 6 0 7 13 6 3 0 14 23 WEEK 8 - OAKLAND RAIDERS VS. CLEVELAND BROWNS(COMPLETE GAME REVIEW) Awarding the Game Ball: SS Donte Whitner - We'll look at it a little later, but the play of the day came when Whitner put his shoulder into the gut of RB Darren McFadden at the end of the third quarter, forcing a fumble that helped secure a win for the Browns. Whitner also knifed in for a 3rd-and-short stop earlier in the game, and those are the type of impact plays I've been waiting to see from Whitner. Goat of the Game: QB Brian Hoyer - For much of the game, Hoyer got the job done, and he was a lot more accurate than he was the previous week against the Jaguars. However, there were at least three mind-numbing plays in terms of decision-making, and you all know that the reason I've remained a big advocate of Hoyer's is the fact that he knows where to go with the football. Fortunately, the Raiders are so bad that they didn't even capitalize on one of Hoyer's mistakes. Had it been just about any other defense, we might have lost this game. McFadden Starts With a Big Run: Oakland entered the game with the worst rushing offense in football at 69.3 yards per game. On cue, the first run play of the game by RB Darren McFadden went for 15 yards. QB Derek Carr tucks the ball into the gut of McFadden, but CB K'Waun Williams is playing the possibility of a quarterback keeper. ILB Karlos Dansby is doing the same. With DE Jabaal Sheard rushing inside, McFadden will find the cutback lane. There's the lane. McFadden's next carry went for 8 yards. After the Raiders began with 2 carries for 22 yards, their next 20 carries went for just 49 yards. Oakland finished the game with 71 yards, making it the run defense's best game of the season. It's a low bar considering the opponent, but it still counts for something, right? Wildcat Leads to McFadden Pass: This past week, I did not write my typical "The Sunday Five" article because I was busy putting the finishing touches on our "DBN Visits the Berea Headquarters" post. When I had drafted bullet points that I would have used for "The Sunday Five," though, one of them was going to mention that Cleveland should look out for either of the Raiders' running backs throwing a pass. Facing a 1st-and-10 from the 37 yards line, RB Darren McFadden lined up at quarterback. McFadden takes the snap and fakes a handoff before rolling out to his right. OLB Paul Kruger sheds a block and darts in for McFadden. CB Buster Skrine has coverage on QB Derek Carr at the top of the screen. At first, Skrine is tempted to go in and try to tackle McFadden in case he is just running the ball here. Once Skrine sees Carr taking off from the corner of his eye, he retreats. If Kruger doesn't get in on McFadden as quickly as he does, there's always a chance that McFadden could've gotten off a nice sideline throw to Carr. Instead, the throw is well to Carr's inside. On first glance, it looks like Skrine interfered with Carr, and the officials even threw the flag (but later picked it up). On replay, you can see that the contact was more so initiated by Carr, who gave a half-hearted effort to come back to the ball. The Most Telegraphed Fake FG Ever: I wonder who thought this would be a good idea? Facing a 56-yard field goal attempt, the Raiders send the kicking team out. K Sebastian Janikowski lines up to kick, and QB Matt Schaub is the holder. The Browns are already playing off the line in anticipation of a possible fake. Janikowski goes in motion, and one of the ends shift out. When I first saw this, I thought to myself, "surely they are going to pooch punt it." Not so. The target on the play is TE Mychal Rivera, who starts off on the right of the formation and then curls behind the line of scrimmage and up the left seam. The big problem for Oakland? The long snapper snaps the ball at the knees of Schaub, and the ball bounces off of the veteran quarterback for a fumble. CB Buster Skrine darts in while S Jim Leonhard and FS Tashaun Gipson stay in coverage. Schaub picks up the ball and just has to heave it to where Rivera should be. Gipson has to cover a lot of ground still. If this had been more of a rocket throw, Rivera is open enough on this play to where it might have been completed. Gipson sees the ball is overthrown though and makes the interception just before Rivera reaches it. If this were a normal fourth down, you'd want Gipson to drop this. When you have a bunch of slow offensive linemen and tight ends as the people you need to beat, though, go ahead and take a chance. Gipson's interception netted 13 more yards than if he had let the ball go. Cameron Drops Two Passes: The Browns' first offensive play was a 14-yard catch-and-run by WR Andrew Hawkins. Then facing a 1st-and-10 from the 34 yard line, QB Brian Hoyer is threw a pass to TE Jordan Cameron over the middle. It was a tough catch in tight coverage, but the ball was right on the money and Cameron couldn't haul it in. After RB Ben Tate's first carry was stuffed for no gain, the Browns then faced a 3rd-and-10. TE Jordan Cameron was lined up in the center of the trips formation to the left. He'll run over the middle, and with the cyan defenders playing man coverage, they will pick each other a bit. The pick leads to separation, and Hoyer lets it loose. Hoyer wasn't facing that much pressure, and higher elevation on the throw would have allowed Cameron to have a nice catch-and-run here. Nonetheless, the ball is still in front of Cameron and very catchable, but he drops it. K Billy Cundiff connects on a 52-yard field goal to give the Browns a 3-0 lead. Carr Stares Down Target on 3rd Down: I think people are more enamored with QB Derek Carr than I am. In no way am I placing a ceiling on him, but I just think he's getting a little more acclaim right now than he deserves. Facing a 3rd-and-1, the Raiders had been running the ball fairly well on their first couple of carries, so I figured a run was coming. Oakland opts to pass, but the routes being run create a ton of traffic right at the hashmarks beyond the first down marker. The routes do more harm than good for the Raiders. Right from the snap, Carr is locked on to WR Andre Holmes, who was the receiver running the opposite direction of everyone else. Although the defender trailing him is beat, ILB Karlos Dansby is sitting in the green circle the entire time. In the magenta circle, DL Ahtyba Rubin is hovering in Carr's throwing lane as well. Rubin sticks a paw up and bats the pass away. If he hadn't, Dansby was in position to undercut the pass and log an interception. I'll take the tip, and facing a 4th-and-1, Oakland was forced to punt. Browns' Running Game Stuffed: The Browns' running game was awful against Oakland, and it can't be pinned on the running backs. In Jacksonville, the Jaguars' defensive line owned our offensive line. Against the Raiders, the script was flipped a bit, but still not in our favor: Oakland's outside linebackers owned our tight ends, fullback. Oakland doesn't have a lot to look forward to, but OLB Khalil Mack and OLB Sio Moore look to be a very good tandem. When RB Ben Tate gets the handoff above, TE Jordan Cameron gets the initial (but very brief) chip on Mack. Mack will then release Mack and try to block on the outside...but I don't know who he was releasing Mack to. Making matters worse, C Nick McDonald watches a man go free on the backside. Two Raiders converge on Tate, stopping him for a loss one one yard. WR Screen w/ Downfield Blocks: Facing a 2nd-and-11, the Browns had their longest offensive play of the game. WR Taylor Gabriel is in the slot to the bottom of the screen. At the snap, RB Ben Tate (at the bottom of the screen) and TE Jordan Cameron (tight to the right of QB Brian Hoyer) will set up their blocks. Several offensive linemen will leak out downfield, and the Raiders are completely unprepared for this play. Cleveland clearly has the numbers, now it's all about whether they can hit their blocks. On a swing screen to RB Terrance West last week, we couldn't. The blocks are magnificent on this play. OG John Greco flattens a guy and keeps on trucking, and C Nick McDonald is reaching the next level as well. Gabriel has good open field moves, which makes you wonder if it's only a matter of time before he takes over the punt return duties. Now you can see more teammates contributing with downfield blocks, including OG Joel Bitonio and WR Travis Benjamin. The play goes for 48 yards and gives the Browns the ball 24 yards away from the end zone on their second offensive series of the game, up 3-0. [VIEW VIDEO] Browns' Running Game Stuffed (Rinse & Repeat): Cleveland wants to establish the running game. On the first play after the 48-yard pickup, RB Ben Tate will get stuffed again, though. Tate will be running to the right. Once again, TE Jordan Cameron is no match for OLB Khalil Mack, and C Nick McDonald gets no push. The defenders converge on Tate for no gain. Cutback Fails Due to TE Block: The Browns picked up a first down off of a defensive penalty. On 1st-and-10 from the 19 yard line, TE Gary Barnidge is going to run across the action to set up a cutback block for RB Ben Tate. TE Jordan Cameron is lined up to the left of LT Joe Thomas, lined up over DE Benson Mayowa. Mayowa tosses Cameron like a ragdoll... ...and then single-handedly grabs Tate and throws him to the ground. If Cameron had been able to sustain a block, Tate had a really nice cutback lane; one that could have gone the distance. Instead, it's a loss of one yard. Greco Takes His Turn: Now facing a 2nd-and-11, it was RG John Greco's turn for a bad play. Cleveland stays with the running game, handing the ball off to RB Ben Tate to the right. Greco gets tossed aside, allowing for two Raiders defenders to have a free shot at Tate. OLB Sio Moore drops him for a loss of three yards, leading to a 3rd-and-14 and eventually a 33-yard field goal by K Billy Cundiff to make it a 6-0 game mid-way through the first quarter. [VIEW VIDEO] Hoyer Misses Benjamin Deep, Nearly Picked: After the Browns' defense forced a three-and-out, QB Brian Hoyer wanted to go deep to WR Travis Benjamin. The play is going to start with a fake handoff to RB Terrance West and then a fake an end around to WR Andrew Hawkins. TE Jordan Cameron runs a simple route over the middle, but Benjamin is the target downfield. Benjamin is running is route at the angle shown in yellow. If QB Brian Hoyer leads him with a throw at that angle, S Charles Woodson isn't going to get there in time. Hoyer's throw is more toward the middle of the field -- in fact, when Benjamin reaches the right hashmarks, you can visibly see him alter his path upfield to adjust to the ball. Here is the shot from Hoyer's perspective. Hoyer seems to step into this throw a bit off balance. Woodson would've had an interception had it not been for Benjamin going after the ball and breaking it up. I continue to love how offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan is using Benjamin's speed from sideline to sideline, but Hoyer needs a better throw here. West's Cutback a Rare Positive Run: On the next play, the Browns finally got a positive run. You can see the cutback lane forming for RB Terrance West, who will take advantage of it. TE Jim Dray is in position to block OLB Khalil Mack. Whiff! West picks up seven yards, but it might have had enough burst to get a first down had Dray been able to even get a chip on Mack. On the next play, a 3rd-and-3, QB Brian Hoyer hit TE Jordan Cameron on a quick out for a gain of one yard; he was stopped short due to a nice open field tackle by S Charles Woodson. Whitner Knifes In on 3rd-and-Short: On Oakland's next drive, they got the ball to near midfield. Facing a 3rd-and-short, the Raiders bring out a heavy run formation. SS Donte Whitner starts off a little deeper... ...but is starting to sprint forward at the snap. Because of the momentum he's built up, No. 69 (OL Khalif Barnes) can't get over to stop Whitner at the snap. QB Derek Carr hands the ball off to the fullback, but RB Maurice Jones-Drew was an option on the pitch. OLB Jabaal Sheard would've been ready had the ball been pitched to Jones-Drew. Whitner dives in and stops the fullback for no gain. Down 6-0 near the beginning of the second quarter, the Raiders opt to punt instead of going for it. [VIEW VIDEO] Kiero's Turn to Get Blown Up: On the Browns' next offensive drive, they moved the ball to their own 38 yard line and were facing a 2nd-and-4. OLB Sio Moore is going to shoot through the gap, and new Browns FB Kiero Small will fill the gap... ...and he doesn't win the battle. Moore gets right past RB Terrance West... ...and hits him for a loss of one yard while Small looks on. [VIEW VIDEO] Quick Passing Game: The drive continued after a 7-yard completion to WR Andrew Hawkins. On the very next play, now facing a 1st-and-10, QB Brian Hoyer is going to hit Hawkins for a gain of 17 yards. Throughout the game, the Browns opted not to go with the bootleg rollouts off of playaction they have been doing all season. Instead, Hoyer would snap his head around and look for his first read. Hoyer's first read is Hawkins, and he's open. Imagine when WR Josh Gordon gets back for these! Cameron Decked After Great Catch: Facing a 2nd-and-10 from the 39 yard line, QB Brian Hoyer connects with TE Jordan Cameron for a big (but costly) play over the middle. It's not the most creative looking play design, but Cameron is going to get behind the linebackers and in between the safeties. Some people have said that Hoyer let Cameron hang out to dry, but he throws it right to green spot. Cameron makes an excellent catch, but his hang time while his body is going sideways ends up being pretty ridiculous. It leads to a nasty collision, and one that will likely cost Cameron his next two games. Long-term, you have to be concerned about a player who has now suffered three concussions in a little over two years. The 21-yard gain, plus the 15-yard penalty, set up a 1st-and-goal from the 9 yard line for Cleveland. The Browns settled for a 23-yard field goal to go up 9-0 with under 6 minutes to go in the second quarter. Gleeful Catch by Rivera: If you watched the game personally, you probably would've been sick of me bringing up how the brother of a character from Glee was making catches all over the field against us. Not known as a prolific receiver, TE Mychal Rivera came up with a heck of a catch here for 22 yards to put the Raiders in field goal range. Rivera lines up to the left of QB Derek Carr with OLB Barkevious Mingo over him. Mingo gives Rivera a chip, but doesn't seem to think he'll be able to run much of a route down the field. The inside linebacker behind Mingo stays shallow the whole play. The throw has to be outside to avoid a hit from the safety and it can't be underthrown so Mingo can make a play on it. To see Rivera use one hand to bring this ball in was pretty surprising. Kruger Gets to Carr: On Oakland's next play, OLB Paul Kruger got his first of three sacks on the afternoon. Kruger lines up wide and is simply going to race around the right tackle. Kruger gets to Carr just before he tries to pass, dropping him for a loss of two yards. [VIEW VIDEO] Gilbert Showing More Awareness: On 3rd-and-5 from the 27 yard line, QB Derek Carr liked the matchup of CB Justin Gilbert against WR James Jones. With Cleveland crowding the line of scrimmage, Carr knows he has a one-on-one matchup with Gilbert and Jones. Jones streaks up the sideline and Gilbert shadows him. Knowing he has help over the middle, Gilbert plays the sideline. He makes sure he doesn't contact Jones' body here... ...and then breaks up the pass. Oakland does not pick up another first down, but they do get a 46-yard field goal from K Sebastian Janikowski to cut the Browns' lead to 9-3. Hoyer's Near Pick Six Before Half: With under two minutes to play, the Browns had a false start that made it 1st-and-15. TE Gary Barnidge lines up at the bottom of the screen to run a crossing route. CB Carlos Rogers, circled in green, is going to stay exactly where he's at. A linebacker also runs toward the area of Barnidge (cyan arrow). OLB Sio Moore is also going to get a free rush on QB Brian Hoyer. Hoyer looks to his right at first and spots Moore coming free. He then looks left and fires toward Barnidge. Rogers has a step on the play, and when I'm seeing this live, a pick six is flashing before my eyes. Rogers has the ball go through him for an incompletion, though. The Browns go three-and-out, punt, and let Oakland get in range for another field goal. Cleveland enters the half up 9-6. Tate Stopped on Safety Blitz: The Browns got the ball to begin the second half. On their first play, the handoff goes to RB Ben Tate. Once again, Oakland gets a free rusher in -- this time S Charles Woodson -- to stop Tate for no gain. It figures: Kyle Shanahan has taken deep shots at the beginning of the second half several times this season. If that had been the call here, WR Travis Benjamin would've had a one-on-one opportunity downfield. Mack Gets Free Release on 3rd Down: After both teams went three-and-out, the Browns had the ball again, now facing a 3rd-and-1. This is a designed rolling pocket, with pretty much the only receiver being WR Andrew Hawkins. The blue line is where Cleveland needs to get to for a first down. Hawkins beats his man with ease. The problem is that RT Mitchell Schwartz ignores OLB Khalil Mack. Mack gets a free release right in the area where QB Brian Hoyer is rolling. Hoyer still gets off a throw while he's being drilled by Mack, but it's before Hawkins can get out of his break. The Browns have to punt. Raiders Return the Favor for Kruger: After an offensive holding penalty, Oakland faced a 1st-and-20, and then apparently wanted to return the favor of a free rush at the quarterback to OLB Paul Krguer. First off, I don't know what the hell the Raiders were trying to do on this play. They have three receivers going out for a route, but two of their receivers set up for blocks, yet there is no option for a screen pass. QB Derek Carr is looking left the whole time, and no one even pays attention to OLB Paul Kruger. I'd love to ask Kruger what is going through his mind here. Kruger hits Carr, and the empty hand leads to a fumble. An Oakland lineman falls on top of it, but it makes it 2nd-and-23 from the 9 yard line. The Raiders eventually punt. Sloppy Drive for Browns: Cleveland's next two minutes on special teams and offense were a disaster. WR Travis Benjamin fumbled a punt while trying to return it. (Aside: a bonus game ball goes to OLB Eric Martin, who somehow clawed for the recovery). The screwup by Benjamin cost the Browns 10+ yards in field position.On the first offensive play, QB Brian Hoyer and WR Miles Austin banged into each other in the backfield. Hoyer then dumped the ball to Austin for 22 yards. Had the drive then gone well, maybe you can laugh about it. On the next play, RB Terrance West was hit for a loss of one yard. Facing a 2nd-and-11 from midfield, C Nick McDonald snaps the ball over the head of Hoyer. Hoyer reaches up and tips the ball with one hand. Hoyer then waits for the ball to come down before firing a quick incomplete pass to WR Travis Benjamin. Thankfully, the pass protection was good enough on the play to allow Hoyer to gather the ball and avoid a fumble. McDonald was called for a false start on the next play. Cleveland had to punt after not converting a 3rd-and-16. Reece Gets Wide Open for Carr: The Raiders' next drive began at the 9 yard line, but it would end up being their best-looking drive of the game to this point. On 2nd-and-9, QB Derek Carr found FB Marcel Reece wide open for a gain of 19 yards. How'd he get so open? In the screenshot above, you can see OLB Jabaal Sheard initially in coverage on Reece. Carr is going to roll to his left. As Carr rolls left, Sheard starts paying attention to the backfield, probably thinking there is no way Carr will come back to Reece. Carr then steps to the right and quickly lets loose. This was Carr's most impressive play of the game in my opinion. Being a fullback, Reece catches the ball and steps out of bounds instead of trying to gain more yards upfield. Whitner Saves the Day: Facing a 2nd-and-6 from the 29 yard line, Oakland was already in field goal range with 0:35 left in the third quarter. Oakland had the momentum, in position to either tie the game or go ahead. With OLB Paul Kruger paying attention to QB Derek Carr, RB Darren McFadden uses the cutback lane. At a minimum, he's got the first down. Only SS Donte Whitner stands in his path, with CB Joe Haden on the outside. Whitner sticks his shoulder into the gut of McFadden... ...and the ball pops out... ...right into the arms of CB Joe Haden! I'm sure a ton of Browns fans breathed a collective sigh of relief with this play, which allowed Cleveland to re-take the lead in the battle for field position. [VIEW VIDEO] Hawkins Gets Open in Isolation: Out of all of the plays in this game, this was the one I was most looking forward to seeing on the All-22. How did WR Andrew Hawkins gets so open? This was the final play of the third quarter, and it went for 32 yards. To my surprise, Hawkins is the only receiver running a route! He's going to beat the secondary all by himself. The defense must have really been expecting run, and QB Brian Hoyer literally has all day to throw. WR Miles Austin does start to go into a route very late, but notice that both defenders near Hawkins are going one way... ...which allows Hawkins and Hoyer to connect the other way, as if it was scripted all along (heck, it probably was). Have you ever seen a team be able to get these type of plays so wide open as often as Cleveland does? Hoyer Connects Under Pressure: On the first play of the fourth quarter, the Browns finally ran a bootleg off of playaction with QB Brian Hoyer. TE Gary Barnidge fakes a block on the right and then goes toward the corner of the end zone. TE Jim Dray starts on the left, but comes back toward the right. OLB Khalil Mack gets the free release on Hoyer. Hoyer knows he's going to take a hit, but he lofts the ball toward Dray... ...and it is right on target. Dray's catch-and-run goes for 16 yards, setting up 1st-and-goal from the 5 yard line. TD Drought Ends: The Browns went seven quarters without a touchdown, but at last, the drought ended! Facing a 2nd-and-goal from the 4 yard line, QB Brian Hoyer is going to have a rolling pocket to his left. WR Miles Austin sets a pick from the center of the trips left formation, which springs WR Andrew Hawkins wide open. RB Ben Tate is available as extra protection in case Hoyer needs it. Unlike the last rolling pocket, Hoyer is well protected... ...and Hawkins is wide open for his first touchdown as a member of the Browns. Cleveland took a 16-6 lead with 14:21 left in the game. That type of lead seemed mammoth, given how things were going. [VIEW VIDEO] Worst QB Decision of the Season: After picking up one first down, the Raiders were forced to punt. With a 16-6 lead, QB Brian Hoyer just needed to avoid turning the ball over. Instead, facing a 2nd-and-14 in his own territory, Hoyer made his worst quarterbacking decision of the season. TE Jim Dray is going to run a five-yard route over the middle. Three defenders are around Dray. Would in the world could possess Hoyer to think Dray was open here? The ball goes right into the hands of OLB Sio Moore. Because Oakland is Oakland... ...the ball bounces up into the air for Dray, who rumbles downfield for 11 yards. Just like we planned it. Haden Steps Up Late: The Raiders were starting to run out of time, so it was time for QB Derek Carr to let it loose, even if that meant going after CB Joe Haden. Big mistake. We've seen Haden beat before on some stop-and-gos, but WR Kenbrell Thompkins does a straight go route down the right sideline here. Haden stays with him and then dives to slap the ball away at the last second. [VIEW VIDEO] Two plays later, Carr goes after Haden again, and he breaks up the slant to WR James Jones. I was a bit surprised the Raiders punted here with under seven minutes to play, but that's on them. [VIEW VIDEO] More Penetration from Raiders' D: The Browns moved the chains once to drain some clock. Now, they faced a 1st-and-10 from the 40 yard line. QB Brian Hoyer pitches the ball out to RB Ben Tate. OLB Khalil Mack blows up the play again, pushing TE Jim Dray back to where Tate received the pitch. Tate cuts back in just to get back to the line of scrimmage. Final Browns TD: The Browns drained the clock down to under four minutes to play before they punted, and then QB Derek Carr fumbled inside his own ten yard line with OLB Barkevious Mingo reocvering. On 1st-and-goal from the 9 yard line, RB Ben Tate gained four yards. With both mascots behind the end zone, the Browns are going to get their biggest hole of the game on a cutback run. WR Taylor Gabriel and TE Jim Dray both seal the right edge. There is the progression of the hole. Both masocts signal touchdown. The Browns took a 23-6 lead. [VIEW VIDEO] On Oakland's final drive, OLB Paul Kruger got his third sack of the game, but QB Derek Carr found WR Andre Holmes for a 10-yard touchdown with 0:07 left in the game, leading to the final score of 23-13. Special Teams Tackles: There were five special teams tackles, with one each from WR Marlon Moore, ILB Craig Robertson, and CB K'Waun Williams. There were four assists, with one each from ILB Craig Robertson, ILB Tank Carder, CB Johnson Bademosi, and LS Christian Yount. Snap Counts on Offense & Defense: If you missed them, here are the links to our snap count trackers for offense (link) and defense (link). On offense, S Donte Whitner played a snap in the victory formation. On defense, S Jim Leonhard played nearly half the game in a nickel role. Brownies: The Browns were a putrid 2-of-12 (17%) against the worst 3rd down defense in the NFL. ... Oakland converted on 6-of-19 (32%) of their 3rd downs. ... The Raiders won the time of possession battle 34:52 to 25:08. ... The Browns' defense was on the field for 82 plays. ... The decision by head coach Mike Pettine to kick the field goal to go up 9-0 paid off this week. ... The "win" in "winning ugly" is key, but the run blocking still needs to be patched up for Cleveland to sustain success. Up next, the Browns take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at home. Keep it tuned to Dawgs By Nature for our coverage leading up to the game! Dawgs By Nature
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    2014-10-29 Personnel Is Not the Only Issue for the Struggling Cleveland Browns Run Game - The Cleveland Browns won on Sunday, and that is all that really matters in the end. Unfortunately, if the same problems persist week to week then that will prohibit them from winning in the future. That is what is happening with their run game. The Browns rushed for 39 yards on Sunday and have a grand total of 108 yards combined the last two games. This is not the type of output you would expect from the team that had the third-ranked rushing offense entering Week 7. It is the type of struggles you would expect from a team that lost its Pro Bowl center for the year, however. Last week I wrote a film breakdown showing just how poorly John Greco and Paul McQuistan played in his place. Greco had to start at center for the first time ever in his football life, and McQuistan stepped in for Greco at guard. It was a disaster. On Sunday against the Oakland Raiders, the Browns started Nick McDonald at center. Never heard of him? Don’t worry, very few people had. In fact, McDonald had just two starts at center in his career and hadn’t played a snap in over a year. It helped improve the pass protection slightly with Greco sliding back over to guard, but the run blocking was still abysmal. So the issue has to be strictly the loss of Mack, right? It runs much deeper unfortunately. As you will see in the plays below, the Browns have far more problems on their hands than just a lineman playing poorly. They have missed pre-snap reads, blown blocks by other positions and offensive linemen other than McDonald have struggled as well. The line is like a ballet, and losing one piece can throw off the synchronization of the unit. It will take time to get back to a respectable level, and luckily the Browns have had some cupcake opponents to start that process. After Sunday, however, those cupcakes disappear, and the Browns have their one and only nationally televised game of the season in Cincinnati with a division win on the line. Let’s take a look at some of the issues the Browns had when trying to run the football on Sunday.   Jordan Cameron As much as it hurts to have Jordan Cameron injured with a concussion and probably missing a few weeks, it may end up helping the running game. He was a huge liability on Sunday. It is no secret that Cameron is a pass-catcher and not a blocking tight end, but he has to do better than the drubbing he took on Sunday. Here are three examples in the first quarter alone of defenders tossing him to the side before they made a tackle against the run. The Browns were awarded tight end Ryan Taylor off waivers from the Baltimore Ravens. You’ll never guess what he does best. That’s right; he is a blocking tight end. They desperately need better blocking from whoever is in the game because the offensive line took a dramatic step back with Mack gone for the year. The past two weeks offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan has increased the number of plays where the tight end stays in to block. This is to help compensate for the learning curve of the new lineman. Whether Taylor, Jim Dray or Gary Barnidge is in the game they have to finish blocks and give the runners a chance.   Losing one-on-one battles The Browns have also been losing a ton of one-on-one battles the past two weeks. Despite the fact that everyone thinks John Greco is a great guard, the reality is that he just serviceable. He struggled mightily last season and still gets beat from time to time in 2014. Here the Browns have lined up in a jumbo package with tight ends on each side of the line to help run block. They have seven men up front, and the Raiders have just eight in the box. They should be able to get a helmet on every defender and leave the running back with just one man to beat. As the play starts to develop the linemen pick up their blocks, and everything seems fine. The only man not accounted for is the linebacker who is tracking the play down the line of scrimmage. He will have to fight through traffic just to make sure this is not a big gain for Ben Tate. Everything is going as designed. Unfortunately, Greco cannot hold his block and is thrown to the ground. His man is now right in the face of Tate. If he had been able to hold his block for a split second longer then Tate would be in the hole and have at least gained a few yards if not scored. Instead, this was a tackle for loss.   Missed pre-snap reads Sometimes it is not the line or blockers who are at fault when a run play doesn’t work. Sometimes it is the quarterback. In the picture above you can see that the Browns are going to run a dive to the right. Because the nose tackle is lined up on the right shoulder of the center, McDonald, Greco will have to pick up that block to seal the inside part of the hole for Tate. The right tackle, Mitchell Schwartz, will be responsible for the outside edge-rusher. You can see that Charles Woodson is showing a blitz, and there is no one else there to pick it up. To the right side of the picture there is a tight end on the line and a receiver in motion to help block. Brian Hoyer could have audibled the run to the opposite side of the formation or had Miles Austin continue his motion to the other side of the line. He could have also had Cameron shift from the other side of the line to the side of the run to help as well. All these were options, but instead he just snapped the ball and left his running back one-on-one with a blitzing safety. As Tate receives the handoff Woodson is already in the backfield and forces him to change direction into traffic. He doesn’t make it anywhere and is tackled for a loss. Even if this was a designed counter play Hoyer still has to get a body on Woodson. Even a chip block would work, but he cannot be left to run free. So while McDonald did not have a very good game at center and the Browns will continue to struggle with their personnel, there are other areas which can be cleaned up to help the run game. Simple execution of blocks or pre-snap reads is essential to moving the ball effectively. The Browns failed in all aspects of the run game, and it showed on Sunday. If they don’t clean up the little things it doesn’t matter who plays center or guard.Read more Cleveland Browns news on BleacherReport.com B/R - Cleveland Browns
    2014-10-29 Cameron likely out, Manziel frustrated - The big TE will probably miss at least Sunday's game, while the rookie QB waits his turn Scout - Cleveland Browns
    2014-10-29 Browns notebook: Barnidge, Dray counted on to produce as Cameron deals with concussion - BEREA: Browns Pro Bowl tight end Jordan Cameron is being guided through the NFL’s concussion protocol.Cameron left the game Sunday with a concussion —his third documented one in less than two years — with 7:31 left in the second quarter. He caught a 21-yard pass over the middle from Brian Hoyer and took a shot from safety Brandian Ross. “I don’t know where he was today, as far as symptoms, but you don’t even start the clock until they’re ‘symptom-free,’ ” Pettine said. “I know he won’t go today, and that’ll be a day-to-day thing based on where he is.”Though the team will miss Cameron’s skillset at the position, two guys on the roster can and have combined to take up some of the slack.Jim Dray, a fifth-year player acquired through free agency who played for the Arizona Cardinals, has caught nine balls for 118 yards for 13.1 yards per catch with a touchdown. Gary Barnidge, who the Browns signed prior to last season, has five catches for 56 yards for 10.8 yards per catch. “Gary and I have been around for a long time and hopefully, collectively, we can pick up some of the slack, but it’s going to be hard to,” Dray said Wednesday afternoon at the team’s practice facility.Pettine expressed confidence in the duo when asked about them. “He and Gary [Barnidge] both mean a lot, and Jim’s been the ultimate professional,” Pettine said. “He’s come in, hardly says a word and just all he does is work. He’s very interactive, very intelligent, very interactive with the staff; I think does a real good job with his preparation.”Each has delivered big for the team. Dray came up with a 16-yard catch-and-run Sunday against the Oakland Raiders to help set up a touchdown. “It’s easy when you’re wide open. That was [offensive coordinator] Kyle [Shanahan] scheming and game planning,” Dray said. “I just ran the route that he called and no one was around and Gary was blocking down field for me. It wasn’t anything crazy.”Earlier in the season, Barnidge delivered a 10-yard catch on fourth-and-6 from the Browns’ 38 to keep alive a drive for a game-winning field goal against the New Orleans Saints. Cameron also missed that game, so the team has shown it can win without him on the field.Pettine said Dray and Barnidge are similar players, but Barnidge said all three tight ends share similarities.“Everybody can catch the ball and block,” Barnidge said. “People try to put roles on everybody. They think Jim’s a blocker or I’m a blocker. Jordan’s a catcher. But everybody can do everything. That’s what a lot of people don’t understand.”Barnidge said camaraderie exists in the tight end position room and that will extend to Ryan Taylor, a 6-foot-4, 254-pounder the team claimed off waivers from the Baltimore Ravens earlier this week.“We all help each other in everything that we can do because we want to make each other better,” he said. “We want to be the best tight end room. It’s not about one person. I don’t think we have any guys who care about numbers. We just want to win. We want to enjoy ourselves. We want to enjoy what we’re doing. If everybody in your room is doing well, you can’t be upset with it.”In the meantime, there’s a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for which they must prepare. Given Cameron’s status, there might be some pressure involved, correct?“I’ve been around long enough to know if that if you don’t do your job, you’re out of here anyway,” Dray said, “so all I can worry about is doing my job.”Winn says he’s readyThe Browns could get some much needed defensive line help this weekend with the return of Billy Winn, who sat out the past three games with a quadriceps injury he suffered against the Tennessee Titans on Oct. 5. Pettine said the defensive end is at full strength, and Winn could have a significant role in Sunday’s game against Tampa Bay. “I wouldn’t say they need me to fill a prominent role, but they know they’re going to get my best,” Winn said. “They know that I’m going to go out there and do what’s asked of me and hopefully we come out with a W.”Given that the Browns are without injured defensive ends Phil Taylor, Armonty Bryant and John Hughes, his return is welcomed. After Wednesday’s practice, the 6-foot-4, 300-pound Winn pronounced himself 100 percent. “It just feels good to get back out there and fly around with the guys and talk a little smack, have a little fun in practice,” he said. “Everything felt good. It felt really good.”While Winn is expected to return, Taylor is making progress toward coming back, hitting the exercise bike for the first time since undergoing knee surgery.Taylor called it a positive step, but said he’s still taking things day by day. When asked if he knew when he would return, he said that was a question for the coaches.Run game targetedBrowns starting running back Ben Tate said he can see what other teams are doing to stop the team’s running game. Both Jacksonville and the Oakland Raiders sold out to stop the run, and were extremely successful. The Jaguars held the Browns to 69 rushing yards in a 24-6 victory on Oct. 19 and the Raiders allowed just 39 in the Browns’ 23-13 win last weekend.“I definitely think they have an emphasis on not letting us run the ball. I could tell they were very focused on that, especially Oakland,” Tate said. “It’s going to be hard with a team coming in focusing on the run, but I still believe you have to find a way.”Would he abandon the running game?“I’m not sure. Honestly if we’re not getting it done running and we’re getting it done passing the ball it doesn’t bother me one bit,” Tate said. “As long as we are moving the ball and putting up points. “I can understand as a coordinator if you run 20 run plays and you’re averaging one yard per carry. Because I’d be like, ‘forget it,’ too.”Browns sign DBThe Browns signed defensive back Marcus Cromartie to the practice squad, the team announced Wednesday.The 6-foot, 195-pound Cromartie is in his first NFL season out of Wisconsin.Cromartie signed with the San Diego Chargers as an undrafted free agent in 2013 and spent the first 15 weeks of his rookie season on their practice squad. He was elevated to the active roster for the final two games but was inactive.He is a cousin of Arizona Cardinals cornerback Antonio Cromartie and New York Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.Rep chosenThe Browns elected cornerback Johnson Bademosi as the team’s representative to the NFLPA. Inside linebacker Craig Robertson and outside linebacker Paul Kruger were selected as alternates.Injury reportCameron (concussion), wide receiver Rodney Smith (hamstring), Taylor (knee) and left tackle Joe Thomas (rest) did not participate in practice. Defensive tackle Ahtyba Rubin (ankle) was limited.George M. Thomas can be reached at gmthomas@thebeaconjournal.com. Read the Zips blog at www.ohio.com/zips. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/GeorgeThomasABJ and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/abj.sports. Akron Beacon Journal
    2014-10-29 #Browns prepare for life without Cameron http://t.co/U8ckqElABO via @FoxSports - None twitter
    2014-10-29 Browns Daily 10/29 Part 5 - Browns Tight Ends - Michael Reghi and Matt Wilhelm discuss what the new game plan could be with Jordan Cameron likely out this Sunday against the Buccaneers. Cleveland Browns
    2014-10-29 Browns tight ends Jim Dray and Gary Barnidge ready to step up - With Jordan Cameron’s concussion, veteran players know they are needed Cleveland Browns
    2014-10-29 Browns tight ends Jim Dray and Gary Barnidge ready to step up - With Jordan Cameron’s concussion, veteran players know they are needed Cleveland Browns
    2014-10-29 Jordan Cameron misses practice due to concussion - BEREA, Ohio -- The Cleveland Browns may not have tight end Jordan Cameron when they play the Tampa Bay Bucs on Sunday. Cameron missed practice Wednesday because he is part of the NFL’s concussion protocols. He was concussed in the win over the Raiders on a penalized hit at the end of a diving catch. Cameron was not on the field for the portion of practice open to the media. “I don’t know where he was today, as far as symptoms,” coach Mike Pettine said before practice started, “but you don’t even start the clock (on practicing) until (players are) ‘symptom-free. ESPN - Cleveland Browns
    2014-10-29 Browns Prepared If TE Jordan Cameron Is Not Available Sunday - The Cleveland Browns are preparing not to have Pro Bowl tight end Jordan Cameron available Sunday against Tampa Bay. CBS Local
    2014-10-29 Why Has Jordan Cameron Seemingly Disappeared from Browns Offense? - Cleveland Browns tight end Jordan Cameron is expected to miss at least two games after suffering his third concussion in two years in Sunday's win over the Oakland Raiders. The previous concussions have cost him three games, and he has already missed one game this season with a sprained AC joint in his shoulder. Because of the concussion, the Browns won't have Cameron's services this week against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and potentially next Thursday night against the Cincinnati Bengals. But his absence will feel even more familiar because Cameron has been such a non-factor in the Browns offense this season. Cameron was expected to be the centerpiece of a passing offense that lacked top playmaker Josh Gordon and didn't boast much receiving depth. Instead, that honor has been passed on to receivers Andrew Hawkins, Taylor Gabriel and Miles Austin, while Cameron ranks fourth in receiving yardage for the team. In 2013, Cameron was the Browns' second-leading receiver and second-leading scorer, with 80 receptions on 117 targets for 917 yards and seven touchdowns. He had four games with 90 or more yards and caught an average of 68.4 passes thrown his way, by three different quarterbacks. This year, Cameron's quarterback situation has been stable, with Brian Hoyer starting every game. But Cameron's production has reflected neither this stability nor the hopes hung on him that he'd have a strong season.  Perhaps this can be explained away by the shoulder sprain, which Cameron conceded in September will linger through the season. In speaking with Tom Reed of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Cameron said, "You do a lot of strengthening work, but it's one of those injuries that's going to be there for a while. It's just a nagging thing... You can take some hits, but it's just an AC sprain. It's a nagging injury and that's pretty much it." So far this season, Cameron has caught just 13 of his 31 targets for 250 yards and one touchdown. Though he's averaging 19.2 yards per reception, up from 11.5 a season ago, he's catching only 41.9 percent of the passes thrown to him. And, according to Pro Football Focus (subscription required), dropped passes aren't the issue—he has only one recorded drop this year. The shoulder could be a culprit based on where he's been targeted on the field the most this year—over the middle, where tight ends in particular are asked to contest for passes and take on the brunt of the most physical coverages. Cameron is aware of this, as well, saying to Reed, "You can't really protect [the shoulder]. I can't tell a guy not to hit me over here. It's just one of those things... You can't be thinking about it because it'll affect the way you play." Fear of taking hits to the already injured shoulder could have resulted in many of his missed catches. Combine that fear with a quarterback in Hoyer who can throw deep better than any quarterback in the league, yet is overall the second-worst passer in the league when it comes to accuracy, and a perfect storm is formed. It's no wonder Cameron is having a down season. But now, with his latest concussion, Cameron's health is going to be a question for the rest of the year. The shoulder was an issue—compound that with his third concussion suffered in two years, and his workload might be limited for the remainder of his season once he returns. The Browns have already shown this season that they have enough weapons in the passing game to more than make do, regardless of Cameron's status. They also have two other tight ends, Jim Dray and Gary Barnidge, who can take Cameron's snaps, though maybe not his passing targets. Dray has played 228 snaps thus far, but he has only 11 passing targets, with nine receptions for 118 yards and one score. Barnidge has played 152 snaps and has been thrown to eight times, with five catches for 54 yards. The Browns also signed some insurance this week in the form of Baltimore Ravens practice-squad tight end Ryan Taylor. Taylor, originally a seventh-round draft pick of the Green Bay Packers, is in his fourth season and has played in 50 games with two career starts. He has eight catches for 45 yards and a touchdown. Whether he'll dress on game days is unknown, but the addition of Taylor to the 53-man roster clearly indicates that the Browns are prepared for any possibility as far as Cameron's health is concerned. Cameron's slow start to the 2014 season seems to be caused by his shoulder injury, though Hoyer's accuracy issues could not have helped. And now that he could miss two games, if not more, with his latest concussion, it doesn't look like Cameron will be the heart of Cleveland's passing offense as had been anticipated.  The only saving grace is that the Browns haven't needed Cameron to be the cornerstone of the offense, with Hawkins, Austin and Gabriel playing well, Travis Benjamin scoring three receiving touchdowns and the run game performing well behind the trio of Ben Tate, Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West. Gordon will return to the lineup in November, as well. Yes, a healthy Cameron would be welcomed, and if he'd entered the season at 100 percent, it's likely his catches, yards and touchdowns would be increased as a result. But the saving grace here is that the Browns don't need Cameron at full health or even on the field for the offense to be effective. The Browns are actually better-equipped to handle the loss of Cameron, for any period of time, than anyone had thought. brvideo
    2014-10-29 Jordan Cameron (concussion) not practicing or on bikes. Jim Leonhard (ankle), K'Waun Williams (neck), Billy Winn (quad) all practicing . . . - None twitter
    2014-10-29 #Browns not practicing today: TE Jordan Cameron (concussion), DL Phil Taylor (knee, on bike), WR Smith (hammy, on bike) & LT Thomas (rest). - None twitter
    2014-10-29 RT @jimmie_dimmick: @SiriusXMFantasy Jordan Cameron. Held on to him 5 weeks too long. - None twitter
    2014-10-29 RT @Red07SS: @SiriusXMFantasy Jordan Cameron #deadtome - None twitter
    2014-10-29 #Browns HC Mike Pettine: TE Jordan Cameron still in concussion protocol. Won't practice today. - None twitter
    2014-10-29 #Browns Pettine said Cameron hasn't been cleared and is still in the NFL's protocol for concussions - None twitter
    2014-10-29 #Browns Pettine said Jim Dray fills a great role for us and he and Gary will have to step up if Cameron can't play - None twitter
    2014-10-29 #Browns HC Mike Pettine: TEs Jim Dray & Gary Barnidge mean a lot to team. They'll need to step up if Jordan Cameron (concussion) is out. - None twitter
    2014-10-29 Michael Beller: Week 8 Target Report: Watkins leading an impressive rookie class - The Target Report is primarily concerned with how many times and where on the field receivers are thrown the ball. However, a receiver can?t get a... SI.com Writers
    2014-10-29 #Browns who won't practice or will be limited today: TE Cameron (concussion), S Leonhard (ankle), WR Smith (hamstring), DL Taylor (knee) ... - None twitter
    2014-10-29 #Browns pre-practice inj w 6 listed as limited: Cameron (concussion) Taylor (knee) Williams (neck) Leonhard (ankle) Smith (ham)Thomas (rest) - None twitter
    2014-10-29 Fantasy Football 2014: 5 Week 9 Sleepers to Start in a Pinch - The fantasy football 2014 bye-week schedule is vastly different than in years past. Only two teams total missed some weeks, while up to six sit out others. Atlanta, Buffalo, Chicago, Detroit, Green Bay and Tennessee are taking a break this week, which is brutal news to some fantasy owners. Fortunately, Brandon LaFell, Ronnie Hillman and Alex Smith are available to bail you out. Injuries never take a bye, of course, so Jordan Cameron, A.J. Green and Calvin Johnson owners will find some 11th-hour relief if their guys are late scratches. A sleeper in this context is any player available in approximately 50 percent or more of ESPN fantasy leagues with a favorable matchup per ESPN’s fantasy points against statistic. B/R NFL
    2014-10-29 "Jordan Cameron is not important at all to the Cleveland O...last year was last year, you need to stop starting him this year!" -@Jeff_Mans - None twitter
    2014-10-29 Football Daily Dose: Dose: Another Dull Deadline - Nick Mensio recaps the trade deadline and checks in on Calvin Johnson, Jordan Cameron, Tony Romo and others in Wednesday's Dose. Fantasy Football Articles - Rotoworld.com
    2014-10-29 Browns Injury Update: Jordan Cameron's status uncertain - Cleveland Browns tight end Jordan Cameron left Sunday's game against the Oakland Raiders after suffering a concussion in the second quarter. Raiders safety Brandian Ross led with his head - illegally - and hit Cameron above the shoulders, leading to the concussion. Cameron has a history of concussions and could be out for an extended period of time.#457525182 / gettyimages.comThis concussion is Cameron's third over the last three seasons, although even more troubling, they all occurred over a period of less than two years. It is unclear how much time Cameron will miss, but with his previous two concussions, he missed at least the next game both times. Further complicating the issue is that the Browns play on Thursday night on November 6th, meaning Cameron will have even less time to get healthy and could potentially miss two games.Cameron had three catches for 40 yards before leaving Sunday's game and looked to be a focal point of the Browns' passing attack. Besides Cameron, the only tight end YardBarker
    2014-10-28 Kruger living up to expectations - A year after joining the Cleveland Browns, Paul Kruger is delivering quarterback sacks. Scout - NFL
    2014-10-28 Browns' Jordan Cameron could miss next 2 games after suffering concussion - As Jordan Cameron goes through the NFL's concussion protocol, the Cleveland Browns are bracing for the possibility of being without their starting tight end for the next two games.Cameron suffered a concussion - his third in as many years - after getting drilled by Oakland Raiders safety Brandian Ross in the first half of Sunday's game. Ross was given for a personal foul for hitting a defenseless receiver.The Browns' next two games take place in an 11-day span, which makes it likely Cameron will miss at least one of the matchups. Cleveland claimed tight end Ryan Taylor off waivers from the Baltimore Ravens on Monday, presumably as insurance."The league, as they should be, is very deliberate with the (concussion) protocol,'' head coach Mike Pettine said, according to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. "You just take each day and see where he is symptom-wise. I haven't gotten the full medical report yet today. I'll probably know a little bit more later this afternoon."Cameron has 13 receptions for 250 yards and one touchdown so far this season. Copyright © 2014 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserved. Certain content reproduced under license. theScore NFL
    2014-10-28 Targets and Touches: Week 8 Target Watch: AFC - Chet Gresham takes you through all the AFC Targets and Touches from Week 8. Fantasy Football Articles - Rotoworld.com
    2014-10-28 2015 NFL Mock Draft: Matt Miller's Midseason Predictions - The Pick: WR Devin Funchess, Michigan The Cleveland Browns—and specifically offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan—deserve credit for getting production out of a wide receiver corps that seriously lacks talent with Josh Gordon suspended. But looking ahead to 2015, assuming Gordon is able to stay on the field, what's the biggest need for this team? It's still at wide receiver. The idea is to pair Gordon and slot receiver Andrew Hawkins with another threat to give the Browns a true three-deep at wide receiver. Plug in tight end Jordan Cameron and the quarterbacks in Cleveland have a much more balanced passing attack at their disposal. The best receiver on the board after Amari Cooper is Michigan's Devin Funchess. Fans may be confused because Funchess played tight end until his senior season, but he was always viewed as a Jimmy Graham-type tight end who would transition to wide out in the NFL. His big body, ability to high-point the ball and strong hands will remind fans of Kelvin Benjamin or Alshon Jeffery. With Gordon's future unstable at best, adding a go-to wide receiver makes plenty of sense with Cleveland's first pick in Round 1. Bleacher Report
    2014-10-28 Browns' snap counts vs. Raiders, and what they mean - A look at the Cleveland Browns' snap counts in their 23-13 win over the Oakland Raiders: OFFENSE (56 snaps) Quarterback: Brian Hoyer 56 Running back: Ben Tate 31, Terrance West 22, Isaiah Crowell 3 Fullback: Kiero Small 25 Receiver: Andrew Hawkins 42, Miles Austin 39, Taylor Gabriel 38, Travis Benjamin 15 Tight end: Gary Barnidge 24, Jim Dray 23, Jordan Cameron 17 Offensive tackle: Joe Thomas 56, Mitchell Schwartz 56 Guard: John Greco 56, Joel Bitonio 56 Center: Nick McDonald 56 Wild card: Donte Whitner 1 Thoughts: Whitner's one play? ESPN - Cleveland Browns
    2014-10-28 Browns' Jordan Cameron could miss next 2 games after suffering concussion http://t.co/dBAHKkXwhr http://t.co/9CvPW9jGFH - None twitter
    2014-10-28 Browns are very concerned with Jordan Cameron’s concussions - Cleveland Browns tight end Jordan Cameron was a beast last year, but he has been having problems with concussions. Cameron suffered a concussion in December of 2012 and another in December of 2013 and missed a total of three games late in the last two seasons as a result. Now Cameron may need to miss […] The post Browns are very concerned with Jordan Cameron’s concussions appeared first on NFL Draft Diamonds. YardBarker
    2014-10-28 Browns are very concerned with Jordan Cameron’s concussions - Cleveland Browns tight end Jordan Cameron was a beast last year, but he has been having problems with concussions. Cameron suffered a concussion in December of 2012 and another in December of 2013 and missed a total of three games late in the last two seasons as a result. Now Cameron may need to miss […] The post Browns are very concerned with Jordan Cameron’s concussions appeared first on NFL Draft Diamonds. YardBarker
    2014-10-28 Browns are very concerned with Jordan Cameron’s concussions - Cleveland Browns tight end Jordan Cameron was a beast last year, but he has been having problems with concussions. Cameron suffered a concussion in December of 2012 and another in December of 2013 and missed a total of three games late in the last two seasons as a result. Now Cameron may need to miss […] The post Browns are very concerned with Jordan Cameron’s concussions appeared first on NFL Draft Diamonds. YardBarker
    2014-10-28 Browns are very concerned with Jordan Cameron’s concussions - Cleveland Browns tight end Jordan Cameron was a beast last year, but he has been having problems with concussions. Cameron suffered a concussion in December of 2012 and another in December of 2013 and missed a total of three games late in the last two seasons as a result. Now Cameron may need to miss […] The post Browns are very concerned with Jordan Cameron’s concussions appeared first on NFL Draft Diamonds. YardBarker
    2014-10-28 Browns' Jordan Cameron could miss next 2 games after suffering concussion - As Jordan Cameron goes through the NFL's concussion protocol, the Cleveland Browns are bracing for the possibility of being without their starting tight end for the next two games.Cameron suffered a concussion - his third in as many years - after getting drilled by Oakland Raiders safety Brandian Ross in the first half of Sunday's game. Ross was given for a personal foul for hitting a defenseless receiver.The Browns' next two games take place in an 11-day span, which makes it likely Cameron will miss at least one of the matchups. Cleveland claimed tight end Ryan Taylor off waivers from the Baltimore Ravens on Monday, presumably as insurance."The league, as they should be, is very deliberate with the (concussion) protocol,'' head coach Mike Pettine said, according to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. "You just take each day and see where he is symptom-wise. I haven't gotten the full medical report yet today. I'll probably know a little bit more later this afternoon."Cameron has has 13 receptions for 250 yards and one touchdown so far this season. Copyright © 2014 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserved. Certain content reproduced under license. theScore NFL
    2014-10-28 Jordan Cameron in doubt for next two games http://t.co/yUchx3DUil - None twitter
    2014-10-28 Jordan Cameron in doubt for next two games http://t.co/WX6K3OvCs6 - None twitter
    2014-10-28 Jordan Cameron's concussions a concern in Cleveland http://t.co/JSMsBWyHg9 - None twitter
    2014-10-28 Jordan Cameron’s concussions a concern in Cleveland - The health of Browns tight end Jordan Cameron is increasingly becoming a concern after he suffered his third concussion in the last two years on Sunday. Cameron suffered a concussion in December of 2012 and another in December of 2013 and missed a total of three games late in the last two seasons as a… ProFootballTalk.com
    2014-10-28 Multimedia: Week 9's Top Pickups - Adam Levitan examines the best players to pick up heading into Week 9. Fantasy Football Articles - Rotoworld.com
    2014-10-28 repost: #browns Jordan Cameron's status uncertain for 2 games in next 9 days after 3rd concussion in less than 2 yrs http://t.co/0cQXtya7c3 - None twitter
    2014-10-28 Waiver Wired: Waiver Wire: Week 9 - Adam Levitan has notes on 31 players to consider adding to your squad. Michael Vick is back in the saddle. Fantasy Football Articles - Rotoworld.com
    2014-10-28 Fantasy football waiver wire, Week 9: Injuries and potential replacements - Fantasy football waiver wire, Week 9: Injuries and potential replacements The Palm Beach Post
    2014-10-28 Jordan Cameron (concussion) owners should have some concerns right now: http://t.co/1s1LeRmB7f - None twitter
    2014-10-28 Nick McDonald to remain at center for Browns - BEREA, Ohio -- Nick McDonald played well enough in his first start for the Cleveland Browns that he will be the team's center going forward. The Browns did not run the ball well, but coach Mike Pettine had enough appreciation for McDonald's effort to say it is the right move to keep him at center with John Greco at right guard. "Solid," Pettine said of McDonald. Solid for McDonald should have a bit of a curve. He had not played in a game since 2012, and did not have a training camp practice with the Browns. ESPN - Cleveland Browns
    2014-10-28 Risers and Fallers: Stock Up, Stock Down: Week 8 - Raymond Summerlin examines players who saw their fantasy football stock rise or fall during Week 8 of the NFL season. Fantasy Football Articles - Rotoworld.com
    2014-10-28 Daily Dawg Chow: Browns news (10/28/14) - Cleveland Browns: "Culture Change: Browns implement dog collars to strengthen the defense" (Browns.com) - "Need an example of how the culture has changed inside the Cleveland Browns’ building? Go take a peek inside the locker room." "Browns' Pettine satisfied with 'ugly' win" (AP) - "As he was leaving the stadium following Sunday's win over Oakland, Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer took some playful teasing from assistant coach Dowell Loggains about a cap he was wearing." "Jordan Cameron's status uncertain after suffering 3rd concussion" (Plain Dealer) - "Browns tight end Jordan Cameron suffered his third concussion in less than two years, and his status for the next two games is uncertain. With the Browns playing two games over the next 11 days..." "ReFo: Raiders @ Browns, Week 8" (PFF) - "A week after giving the Jacksonville Jaguars their first win of the season, the Cleveland Browns needed a bounce-back game against the Oakland Raiders in order to keep pace in the suddenly competitive AFC North." NFL: "Jets to start Michael Vick vs. Chiefs" (ESPN) - "The New York Jets have a new starting quarterback -- Michael Vick. In a desperate move to save face in an ugly season, Rex Ryan..." "Aaron Rodgers injures hamstring vs. Saints" (SI.com) - "Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers injured his left hamstring during Sunday night's game against the New Orleans Saints but doesn't expect to miss any time." "Lions' Nick Fairley to miss month with MCL, PCL sprain" (NFL.com) - "The Detroit Lions avoided a worst-case scenario with the knee injury that knocked defensive tackle Nick Fairley out of Sunday's game versus the Atlanta Falcons." "Redskins end Cowboys' 6-game streak, 20-17 in OT" (AP) - "Colt McCoy's successful return to Texas trumped Tony Romo's dramatic return to the game. McCoy directed Washington to Kai Forbath's 40-yard field goal in overtime..." Dawgs By Nature
    2014-10-28 Leading questions about Cleveland Browns' QB Brian Hoyer (and other non-issues) -- Bud Shaw's You Said It - Cleveland sports fans wonder about Brian Hoyer's arm and the proper celebration for LeBron James' return Thursday in Bud Shaw's You Said It. CLEVELAND, Ohio -- You Said It is based on the premise that the only thing Cleveland sports fans need more than a championship is a sense of humor... YOU SAID IT (The Expanded Midweek Edition) Bud: If one can lead a horse to water, will Brian Hoyer learn to lead a receiver? – Chas K Jordan Cameron might tell you Hoyer has learned to lead a receiver, and that it's not all it's cracked up to be. Bud: At the rate the World Series is going, will we see Mr. November? – Tom Hoffner, Broadview Heights One of these seasons. But judging by the last 50 years, probably not in an Indians' uniform. Bud: As a professional sportswriter, which one have you swallowed more of, aggression or pepperoni pizza? – Jim Corrigan, Fairview Park Mostly my words. But why do I get the idea you're a fan of the movie "Stripes?" Bud: Is it considered poor manners to not write thank you notes for divorce gifts? – Jason Cooper, University Heights Sounds like she got the house and you got the bobblehead collection. Hey Yankee: Jerry Jones is looking like a genius for signing Brandon Weeden. Tony Romo's protection has never been better -- Bubba Kiln, Mississippi. All it takes is one  blitz as we saw Monday night. Knowing Jerry, I expect to see Romo play the rest of the season encased in bubble wrap. Bud: Word on the street is the aluminum plates stolen from the PD and scrapped contained your 1,500 best columns! – O. Bill Stone Any collection of 1,500 of my columns is bound to include one good one. This obviously isn't a candidate. Bud: I'm planning our dinner for Thursday's Cavs' opener and have been unable to find a fatted calf anywhere in NE Ohio --  George Dascoulias First-time You Said It winners receive a T-shirt from the Mental Floss collection Bud: Is football still considered a varsity sport at Michigan? -- Jim Lefkowitz, Pepper Pike Repeat winners know a second T-shirt is a losing proposition. The Cleveland Plain Dealer
    2014-10-28 NFL Notes for Tuesday - The Associated Press Richmond Times Dispatch
    2014-10-27 Cleveland Browns' Jordan Cameron's status uncertain after suffering 3rd concussion in less than two years http://t.co/EQi9hgCZTn - None twitter
    2014-10-27 Cleveland Browns' Jordan Cameron's status uncertain after suffering 3rd concussion in less than two years - Cleveland Browns' Jordan Cameron suffered his third concussion in less than two years vs. the Raiders, and it remains to be seen if he'll play against Tampa Bay and Cincinnati over the next 11 days. The Cleveland Plain Dealer
    2014-10-27 Browns claim tight end off the waiver wire - Today the Cleveland Browns placed defensive and John Hughes on the injured reserve. In a corresponding move the team signed Ryan Taylor off the waiver wire from the Baltimore Ravens. @RavensInsider: Browns awarded tight end Ryan Taylor off waivers from the Ravens This likely means that Jordan Cameron is struggling with the concussion protocol. Do […] The post Browns claim tight end off the waiver wire appeared first on NFL Draft Diamonds. YardBarker
    2014-10-27 With running game failing, can Brian Hoyer carry Browns with arm? - BEREA, Ohio -- The quarterback job in Cleveland was difficult enough after the Browns drafted the most polarizing first-rounder since Tim Tebow. Now remove these three things from Brian Hoyer’s collection: A potent running game (gone the last two weeks), Cleveland’s top pass-catching target (Jordan Cameron, who has a concussion), and the two easiest games on the schedule (Jacksonville and Oakland). It’s about to get real. Hoyer must win games with his arm. ESPN - Cleveland Browns
    2014-10-27 With running game failing, can Brian Hoyer carry Browns? - BEREA, Ohio -- The quarterback job was difficult enough after the Cleveland Browns drafted the most polarizing first-rounder since Tim Tebow. Now remove these three things from Brian Hoyer's collection: A potent running game (gone the last two weeks), Cleveland’s top pass-catching target (Jordan Cameron, who has a concussion), and the two easiest games on the schedule (Jacksonville and Oakland). It’s about to get real. Hoyer must now win games with his ability to throw. ESPN - Cleveland Browns
    2014-10-27 Browns TE Cameron suffers third concussion - Browns Pro Bowl tight end Jordan Cameron is following NFL protocol after sustaining at least his third concussion in three seasons on Sunday. … Click to Continue » Sports News | The Kansas City Star & KansasCity.com
    2014-10-27 #Browns HC Mike Pettine: TE Jordan Cameron diagnosed with concussion, take each day & see where he is symptom wise. Thinks he was here today - None twitter
    2014-10-27 Hoyer fends off the doubters - The Browns quarterback wasn't spectacular, just steady. But on Sunday that was good enough. Scout - Cleveland Browns
    2014-10-27 Fantasy Football Week 9: Rankings, Projections and Waiver-Wire Tips - After weeks of relative silence on the bye front—Week 4 has been the only major wave of off days thus far—Week 9 has arrived like a swift kick to the stomach. Aaron Rodgers, Julio Jones, Matt Forte and about 800 others who don't qualify for the rule of three are off.    Gone are players from three of the four NFC North teams and basically all of the usable players from a fantasy perspective in that division. Also sitting out next Sunday are teams featuring promising young players in Tennessee and Buffalo, along with disappointing but still usable ones in Atlanta.For once, the waiver wire will be used to atone for an NFL-related absence rather than injuries of our own futility. It might actually feel cathartic to drop an underperforming player while knowing an actual good one will be returning a week from now. OK, check that—I know waiving goodbye to Zac Stacy will be among the happiest moments of my year.But before we get to the whole waiver craziness, it's time to check in on the guys who will actually take the field this coming week. Let's hope I can find enough of them to fill out these rankings.(Note: Please keep in mind any highlighted players when checking out the rankings; it means they're either an injury risk heading into Week 9 or are on the schedule for Monday night.) Top Dog: Peyton Manning, Denver BroncosManning is the human fantasy football cheat code. After Thursday's 35-21 thrashing of San Diego, Manning is on pace to throw for 50 touchdowns and seven interceptions this season. Keeping that pace would make the five-time MVP the first player in league history with multiple 50-touchdown seasons—a fitting record in a campaign full of them.It's befuddling to think three years ago we were worried about whether Manning would ever play football again. Now defensive coordinators wonder if he'll ever stop. The Broncos have surrounded him with top-level skill-position talent, and Manning somehow places lame-duck throws more accurately than players who spin Aaron Rodgers-level spirals.The dude is just incredible. As we head into Manning vs. Brady XXLXXLELXWAYTOOMANY (I'm bad at Roman numerals), it'll be fun to marvel at these greats one more (last?) time.  Sleeper: Carson Palmer, Arizona CardinalsPutting Carson Palmer in your starting lineup is a one-way ticket to avoiding the Cardinals game at all costs. Nothing Palmer does on a football field is pretty at this point. Everything from a 30-yard post to a six-yard slant looks like it takes painstaking effort. Palmer, who was drafted five years after Manning, looks five years older.But the results speak for themselves. Palmer has thrown two touchdowns in each of his four starts this season and hasn't dipped below the 250-yard mark. While much of his 329-yard day in Week 8 can be attributed to a semi-flukish 80-yard Larry Fitzgerald touchdown, it was also a byproduct of the Eagles' mistake-prone secondary.Arizona takes on a Dallas defense that is far shakier than point totals and yardage numbers suggest. Football Outsiders' DVOA metric had the Cowboys 19th in overall defense coming into this week. Palmer should be a solid bye-week play available in most leagues. Beware: Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh SteelersAlways beware of the typically middling player a week after he goes God Mode. Prior to Sunday's 522-yard, six-touchdown bonanza at Heinz Field, Roethlisberger was averaging 265 yards and a little under 1.5 touchdowns per game. He was a perfectly middle-of-the-road option, someone thrown in whenever a star went down with an injury or during a bye.Bake in his numbers from Sunday and suddenly Roethlisberger looks like an MVP candidate. His pace numbers suggest he'll thrown for 4,760 yards and 32 touchdowns against six interceptions, an expectation wildly out of line with historical context. Big Ben will regress to his career mean going forward. Treat the win over Indy as an unexpected boon rather than a marker of what to expect. Top Dog: DeMarco Murray, Dallas CowboysIt's possible Murray's wheels fall off Monday night against Washington and this ranking looks silly by the time you open the page. Assuming Murray gets through his eighth straight game healthy, though, there is no reason to switch up the status quo.The former Oklahoma star leads the NFL in nearly every major rushing category, with the most important being carries and yards. Scott Linehan is feeding his running back at a 1975-level clip at a time when running back carries are disappearing faster than Barnes & Noble stores. There are legitimate long-term concerns here about Murray's workload, but those don't apply to fantasy owners.As long as the Cowboys and Murray are happy with the record workload, nothing will change atop the running back rankings. Sleeper: Mark Ingram, New Orleans SaintsIngram used to be a sleeper only in the context that his running style was a leading cause of narcolepsy. The former first-round pick spent his first three NFL seasons deep in the depths of Bustville, rarely breaking runs longer than a handful of yards and struggling to carve out a role.While injuries robbed him of a three-game stretch earlier this season, Ingram is 3-for-4 turning in solid performances in 2014. He had a career-high 172 yards and a touchdown in Sunday night's win over the Packers, running with a style reminiscent of his days at Alabama. For the season, Ingram is averaging 5.7 yards per carry and is already one away from matching his career-high touchdown mark.It's not quite a breakout on the level of Murray, but the Saints appear to have found a competent "lead" back. New Orleans heads to Carolina on Thursday. The Panthers defense, among the most ferocious attacks in 2013, has been reduced to a pack of kitty cats. This should be the week where Ingram emerges as an every-week start. Beware: Any Tampa Bay Running BackBecause:A) The Buccaneers are bad at football.B) Doug Martin left Sunday's game with an ankle injury.C) Doug Martin has not been good when healthy.D) Bobby Rainey and Mike James are listed as the backups, which engenders exactly zero faith.E) Charles Sims, the Bucs' talented third-round pick, could make his NFL debut this week. Sims has the highest upside of this trio but might work his way back into the fold slowly.F) The Buccaneers are bad at football. Top Dog: Demaryius Thomas, Denver BroncosThe first three weeks of 2014 saw Demaryius look like the second Thomas in command in Denver's offense. His subsequent three performances have made him look like the best receiver in football. Thomas has gone over 100 yards each game and has five total touchdowns since the Broncos' Week 4 bye, including games of 226 and 171 yards.As we've established, Peyton Manning remains good at football. For as long as he's upright Thomas will be a top-five option. Plus, wide receiver is a horror show this week because of byes. Putting him and Antonio Brown atop the rankings was the easiest decision of my Monday morning. Sleeper: Brandon LaFell, New England PatriotsGleaning fantasy information from a Bill Belichick team is a weekly migraine. It's almost as if Belichick uses the regular season as his own personal playground designed specifically to prod analysts and reporters. Case in point: Welcome to relevance, Brandon LaFell. The offseason signee made 11 receptions for 124 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's rout of Chicago, marking yet another seemingly random Patriots breakout. LaFell had seen ramped-up duty of late, but there seemed to be a clear hierarchy between him and Julian Edelman.That may no longer be the case. Edelman was targeted four times to LaFell's 11 and has had four or fewer fantasy points in four of his last five games. With Rob Gronkowski back at close to 100 percent, there may only be room for one relevant New England wideout. Sunday hinted that person will be LaFell. Beware: The Entire Wide Receiver PositionNo, seriously. Wide receiver is a post apocalyptic hellscape. For funsies, here's a list of notable players who aren't available in Week 9: Calvin Johnson, Golden Tate, Sammy Watkins, Julio Jones, Roddy White, Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery, Jordy Nelson, Jerry Rice, Randall Cobb, Michael Irvin, Tim Brown and Kendall Wright.Only three of those players are retired. Top Dog: Rob Gronkowski, New England PatriotsIn 58 career games, Rob Gronkowski has scored 49 touchdowns. To put that in perspective, only nine tight ends since the merger have 50 or more receiving touchdowns, per Pro-Football-Reference.com. All of those players except Antonio Gates have scored on average a touchdown in less than half of their games.Gronkowski would have to go without a touchdown for his next 40 games to even reach the 50 percent mark. When healthy, he's among the greatest red-zone threats in NFL history. With his snaps ramping up and his body appearing as close to full strength as it'll get, Gronkowski may separate himself from Julius Thomas and Jimmy Graham going forward.At the very least, everyone who rolled the dice on him in August is in a constant state of Gronk Spike. Sleeper: Mychal Rivera, Oakland RaidersTight end isn't nearly as depleted as wideout this week, so it's unlikely anyone is desperate enough to start a Raiders tight end. But if by some miracle you're in a league where masochism earns extra points, Rivera might be worth a roll of the dice.The Tennessee product had the best game of his career in Week 8, grabbing seven passes for 83 yards in Oakland's loss to the Browns. Having made only five receptions for 39 yards in his previous four games, odds are this is an outlier. But the Seahawks have been killed by opposing tight ends on the red zone this season, allowing an NFL-high eight touchdowns heading into this week. (The Jets already tied the mark and the Cowboys have their chance later Monday.) Rivera is a sneaky play in super-deep leagues. Beware: Jordan Cameron, Cleveland BrownsFrom Pro Bowler in 2013 to fantasy irrelevance in 2014. Not only has Cameron's season been riddled with injuries but he's not been all that effective when on the field. He's not eclipsed three receptions in a game yet and has only one game where he's put up more than four fantasy points.The tight end isn't used the same in Kyle Shanahan's system as it was under Norv Turner. With ESPN.com's Jeremy Fowler reporting Cameron suffered a concussion against Oakland, there's no good reason to have him in your lineup. He's probably droppable in standard formats. Top Dog: Cincinnati BengalsBlake Bortles is, umm, [tries to think of a proper way to context this while giving him leeway because he's a rookie] mistake prone. Yes. That's it. Prone to one or two (or six) throws per game that make you wonder if he'd played football before that particular Sunday.The third overall pick has 12 interceptions over his first 208 pass attempts, good for by far the highest interception rate in football. Kirk Cousins, who was benched for Colt Freaking McCoy, throws picks significantly less often. As does Geno Smith. Samesies for Teddy Bridgewater, Nick Foles and Ryan Fitzpatrick.The Bengals, meanwhile, are tied for the fifth-most interceptions in football. This is not going to end well for Mr. Bortles. Sleeper: Cleveland BrownsAvailable in nearly 80 percent of ESPN.com leagues, the Browns get to play the Buccaneers this week. That sentence is all the justification I need. Beware: Houston TexansThe Texans have struggled defending the pass most of the season, ranking near the bottom in every major statistical category. Their opponent in Week 9, the Eagles, have thrown the ball more often than all but three teams despite already having their bye.Nick Foles hasn't been great making those throws, mind you. On average, though, Philly should take advantage of enough breakdowns in the Houston secondary to make this an untenable setup from a fantasy perspective.  (Weekly reminder that you have a SLIGHTLY better chance at predicting kicker production than winning the Powerball. Again: SLIGHTLY. We'll keep this quick.) Top Dog: Stephen Gostkowski, New England PatriotsIf it isn't broke, don't fix it. Gostkowski is the best kicker in football. The Patriots offense is going to play a Denver team that will be satisfied holding them to field goals rather than stopping them outright.  Sleeper: Chandler Catanzaro, Arizona CardinalsHe's been among the top-scoring kickers all season and is still available in a ton of leagues. The Cardinals offense has been consistent enough that he's an every-week start. Still haven't figured out how to say his last name, though. Beware: Of Haunted HousesThey're a rip-off. Also, beware of kickers on bad teams. But whatever. The important lesson is do not pay $25 to walk through a poorly lit barn with some poorly hung fake spider webs and your neighbor Sue dressed up as a witch. I don't care if it benefits the local church. Get better at your jobs, haunted house organizers. Waiver-Wire AdviceHere is a list of players owned in 50 percent or less of ESPN.com standard leagues who deserve a roster spot:Grab Him Now: Ronnie Hillman (RB, Denver Broncos)If Montee Ball regains his starting role when he returns from injury, someone needs to put John Fox through an intervention. The Denver offense, which soared the early part of the season despite its sputtering running game, has looked markedly better with Hillman behind Manning.Hillman has rushed for 283 yards and two touchdowns over the last three weeks, mixing in pass-catching skills as a safety valve underneath. The Broncos are averaging 37.25 points in the games where Hillman has received a majority of the work against 25 per contest when Ball totes the rock more.The only issue from a fantasy perspective is goal-line carries, which appear headed the way of players other than Ronnie Hillman. Juwan Thompson scored twice from the fullback spot Thursday, and Ball will probably get most short-yardage looks when he returns. That said, this isn't 2004. Running backs can have value now even if they're not scoring a ton if they get a consistent volume of work.Hillman has done enough to earn the starting job in Denver. Stash Him While You Can: Charles Sims (RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers)We already alluded to the mess that is the Buccaneers running back situation. Doug Martin is ineffective and was on the trade block before getting injured, per ESPN's Adam Schefter. Rainey has been shaky during his limited run with Martin out of the lineup, and Lovie Smith appears to have no interest in putting James in his backfield.All of this lines up perfectly for Sims, who is a second-half breakout candidate. The versatile speedster, who split his collegiate days between Houston and West Virginia, is a perfect fit on paper for Smith's preferred offensive style. He showed soft hands and a patient, albeit still explosive running style, which drew comparisons to Matt Forte even before his former coach drafted him.Tampa lacks a coherent offensive structure, so it's hard to see him blasting out of the gate into top-10 status. There are too many variables here, most critically with the Bucs' struggling offensive line. With an ankle injury keeping him on short-term injured reserve for the first half, it's best to take a hands-off approach and see how he's deployed.If you have a free roster spot, though, Sims is one of the best stash candidates available. Wondering who to drop? Here is a list of players owned in 50 percent or more of ESPN.com leagues you can feel free throwing back into the waiver pool: Top Drop of the Week: Percy Harvin (WR, New York Jets)Since it appears we're in the midst of Persecute Percy October (that would be so much better if there were a month starting with P), let us join in on the party.Harvin made his Jets debut Sunday and it went largely as expected. He was on the field for 44 offensive snaps, per Rich Cimini of ESPN.com, and was given the ball in low-risk situations, with the Jets hoping he'd make something out of nothing.Those nothings were largely kept as just that. You've probably already seen the hilariously failed trick kickoff return. Harvin also managed to gain only 50 yards from scrimmage on his seven offensive touches, continuing a run of ineffectiveness dating back to his Seattle days.For the season, Harvin's 25 receptions have resulted in 155 yards. His 15 rushing attempts have been more successful at eight yards a clip, but a good amount of that production came on one 51-yard run in Week 2.Things aren't suddenly going to get better in New York. I'm not sure if you're aware, but going from Russell Wilson to Geno Smith/Michael Vick/Fireman Ed/Random Guy on the Street is a downgrade. Harvin is a dynamic player who can affect the game in myriad ways when he's being used correctly.I have zero faith that anything will happen correctly with this Jets team. Follow Tyler Conway (@tylerconway22) on TwitterRead more NFL news on BleacherReport.com B/R NFL
    2014-10-27 Injuries: Houston tore ACL celebrating - Bears lineman ruptured ACL after basking in sack. Giants' Beason also done.          USA Today
    2014-10-27 Browns TE Cameron suffers third concussion (The Associated Press) - BEREA, Ohio (AP) -- Browns Pro Bowl tight end Jordan Cameron is following NFL protocol after sustaining at least his third concussion in three seasons on Sunday. Yahoo Sports - Oakland Raiders
    2014-10-27 Trojans in the NFL: Carson Palmer leads Cardinals to victory - Former USC quarterback Carson Palmer connected with receiver John Brown on a 75-yard touchdown pass play with 1:21 left, giving the Arizona Cardinals a 24-20 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday at University of Phoenix Stadium. Los Angeles Times
    2014-10-27 Raiders vs. Browns: Analyzing the Snap Counts (Offense) - Looking at the offensive snap counts in the Browns' 23-13 victory over the Raiders. The Browns' offense wasn't pretty, but they avoided turning the ball over and came through with two touchdowns in the fourth quarter against an Oakland team that was ready to defend the run. Check out the snap distributions below for the offense, and let us know what your reactions are in the comments section. Offensive Line Joe Thomas Joel Bitonio Nick McDonald John Greco Mitchell Schwartz 100%56/56 plays 100%56/56 plays 100%56/56 plays 100%56/56 plays 100%56/56 plays Thoughts: All five starters played the entire game. C Nick McDonald made his first start of the season (and his first since 2011), as the Browns took OG Paul McQuistan out of the lineup and returned OG John Greco to right guard. The unit allowed just one sack on the day but still clearly had issues, particularly with their run blcoking. Running Back / Fullback Ben Tate Kiero Small Terrance West Isaiah Crowell Donte Whitner 55%31/56 plays 45%25/56 plays 39%22/56 plays 5%3/56 plays 2%1/56 plays Ben Tate: 15 carries, 26 yards, 1.7 YPC, 1 touchdown. 1 catch, 8 yards (1 target).Kiero Small: No stats registered.Terrance West: 7 carries, 11 yards, 1.6 YPC. 1 catch, 10 yards (2 targets).Isaiah Crowell: 1 carry, 1 yard, 1.0 YPC. 1 catch, 8 yards (1 target). Thoughts: When you factor in all of the Browns' rushes, the team averaged 1.56 yards per carry against a poor Raiders run defense. The 39 yards rushing were the fewest the Browns had since Week 3 of the 2012 season, when they had just 33 yards rushing against the Bills (but their YPC average was a little better that day). Unlike last week, I don't pin the blame on the running backs this week: the run blocking has gone to hell since Alex Mack's injury. FB Kiero Small played his first game of the season replacing Ray Agnew, and he played nearly half the game. The Browns let SS Donte Whitner be the deep back on the final play of the game (victory formation kneeldown). Wide Receiver Andrew Hawkins Miles Austin Taylor Gabriel Travis Benjamin 75%42/56 plays 70%39/56 plays 68%38/56 plays 27%15/56 plays Andrew Hawkins: 7 catches, 88 yards (9 targets), 1 touchdown.Miles Austin: 2 catches, 34 yards (2 targets).Taylor Gabriel: 2 catches, 60 yards (3 targets).Travis Benjamin: 0 catches (2 targets). Thoughts: This was a week of redemption for the wide receivers, as this unit did not have any dropped passes that I can recall and caught most of the targets thrown their way. Even though Travis Benjamin didn't have a catch, he did a great job breaking up a would-be interception on a deep ball. Miles Austin made a couple of clutch catches, Taylor Gabriel is a waterbug on the catch-and-runs, and Andrew Hawkins continues to get the most separation due to his quickness. Tight End Gary Barnidge Jim Dray Jordan Cameron 43%24/56 plays 41%23/56 plays 30%17/56 plays Jordan Cameron: 3 catches, 40 yards (5 targets).Jim Dray: 2 catches, 27 yards (2 targets).Gary Barnidge: 0 catches (1 target). Thoughts: The Browns used both Gary Barnidge and Jim Dray equally after the concussion suffered by Jordan Cameron. Clearly, a big part of Cleveland's gameplan this week was to throw the ball to Cameron. Out of Brian Hoyer's first 12 pass attempts, Cameron was targeted on five of them. He left at the beginning of the second quarter. Quarterback Brian Hoyer 100%56/56 plays Brian Hoyer: 19-of-28 (67.86%) for 275 yards, 1 touchdown. 2 carries, 1 yard. Thoughts: Statistically, Brian Hoyer appears to have had a sharp day. He had his second highest completion percentage of the season and didn't turn the ball over. His completion rate was a true indicator that he was more accurate this week, but it also conceals the fact that Hoyer made more bad throws or decisions than I've seen all season. The Raiders easily dropped what most defenses would have turned into 3 or 4 interceptions. It can't be easy not having the support of a running game, though, and Hoyer continues to demonstrate that he can mentally move on from the mistakes that he makes. Dawgs By Nature
    2014-10-27 Cameron Suffers Concussion In Week 8 - Browns tight end Jordan Cameron was held to three catches for 40 yards and left the game with a concussion.Fantasy Spin:We keep thinking Cameron will do more and get disappointed. It's time to lower expectations. YardBarker
    2014-10-27 Mary Kay Cabot talks about the defense, Brian Hoyer and more: Podcast - Mary Kay Cabot talked about the Browns' win over the Raiders on Sunday in her weekly podcast. > > Mary Kay Cabot Podcast Oct. 27, 2014 CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Is the defense actually improving? Does Brian Hoyer still have a long leash? Browns beat reporter Mary Kay Cabot answered those questions and more during today's podcast with cleveland.com’s Dan Labbe. Among other topics discussed: • Where was Isaiah Crowell on Sunday? • How safe will Jordan Cameron and the Browns play it with his concussion? • Was this Donte Whitner's best game as a Brown? You can download the MP3 or listen with the player above. The Cleveland Plain Dealer
    2014-10-27 Gio Bernard, Jordan Cameron ... here's what we know so far about the biggest injuries in Week 8 http://t.co/JSTVr3WdQB - None twitter
    2014-10-27 Obviously, Jordan Cameron was a major part of the game plan and once he went down things changed. #Browns - None twitter
    2014-10-27 Fantasy football aftermath: The injuries of Week 8 - We've gone a few weeks now without any super-dramatic fantasy-relevant injuries. Either we're due for something, or the fantasy gods are getting nicer. We didn't see any trajectory-changing injuries in Week 8 of the NFL. In fact, very few players were even lost for their game. Most of the week's injury concerns were holdover injuries from weeks before. But they matter, too, so let's give it a look: Running back injuries in Week 8 The Bengals were without Giovani Bernard for the game's last eight minutes Sunday as he dealt with a hip injury. It didn't come up much after the game, so it doesn't sounds as though Bernard's injury is anything to worry too much about. Keep an eye on his reports over the next week, though unless the rest of the Bengals come back healthy, they're likely going to continue to lean on the second-year back. It's clear now that Reggie Bush probably shouldn't have played in Week 7, and likely only did because it was his former team on the other side of the field. He missed Week 6 with his ankle injury and was held out of Sunday as well, with the Lions having a Week 9 bye. We know have two weeks to wonder about Bush's status, so there aren't any real conclusions to draw about him yet, but if he misses more time, Theo Riddick looks very interesting. Doug Martin left Sunday's game in the third quarter with an ankle injury, and was pretty far from effective even before that. Initial reports on Martin's injury didn't make it sounds serious, but with Bobby Rainey outproducing Martin and rookie Charles Sims eligible to return from injured reserve as early as Week 9, Martin's not worth the fantasy roster spot anymore. The Chargers were only supposed to be without Ryan Mathews for four or so weeks, and he's now been gone for six. Rumors say he could return from his MCL sprain this week, and with the Chargers on a losing streak and Branden Oliver losing effectiveness, the team could use its starter. We'll learn more about Mathews' status over the next couple days, but if he was dropped, it's time to go get him. Technically, Trent Richardson was active for the Colts Sunday despite his hamstring injury, but he wasn't really, as Richardson never saw a touch. He was a "break glass in case of emergency" player for the Colts. The team has a Week 10 bye, so there's a chance Richardson will be inactive for Week 9 to give him extra rest. Either way, he's not someone you want to be starting any time soon. When Darren Sproles first hurt his knee, he was supposed to miss at least two weeks, and then suddenly it looked like he'd play Sunday. So when he was declared inactive, some were disappointed, even though that's exactly what he was supposed to do from the beginning. There's not much reason to expect Sproles to miss Week 9, as close as he was to playing Sunday. Wide receiver injuries in Week 8 The Bengals have now been without, or basically without, A.J. Green four times in seven games, after he missed Week 8 with his toe injury. The wide receiver spoke confidently about being active for Week 9, though he said the same about Week 8 seven days earlier. Still, all signs point to him being active next week, and an active A.J. Green is a fantasy starter. From here, it never really looked like Calvin Johnson would play Sunday, especially with the Lions' bye waiting in Week 9. Fantasy owners have to deal with another week without their first-rounder -- though at least it's a planned one this time -- but there's at least some reason to expect his return in Week 10. Word hasn't yet come out as to exactly what the injury was to Brian Quick that forced him from the game in the second quarter and had him leaving the stadium with his left arm in a sling. So it's even harder than normal to give a real prognosis on Quick going forward. Still, with his performance already dropping and the way Sunday went, fantasy owners should plan to be without Quick as a starter for the time being. Look outside St. Louis for a replacement. Everyone knew Reggie Wayne was banged up early in the week, but the news kept getting worse, until he was officially ruled out Friday with his elbow injury. For now, the veteran is expected back in Week 9. In his absence, rookie Donte Moncrief had a big game, and there's no reason to think that will stop if Wayne misses more time. Tight end injuries in Week 8 The Browns lost Jordan Cameron with a concussion Sunday. For a player with a history of concussions, like Cameron has, this is always worrying news. There's no way to know yet when Cameron might be able to play again, but as spotty as his 2014 production has been even when healthy, he's not someone fantasy owners absolutely have to hold on to. The reports on Owen Daniels went from "the Ravens are not concerned" Wednesday to "knee scoped" Thursday last week, and suddenly the veteran tight end was going to miss at least a game, and indefinite time after that. He's safely droppable unless we hear very soon that he's expected back. The worries about Jimmy Graham faded away with his five-catch, 59-yard, one-score game Sunday night. Sure, he's not the Jimmy Graham we're all used to, but that's the kind of performance a banged-up star tight end can offer. He'll probably still be on the injury report for Week 9, but it's Jimmy Graham. You're playing him. SB Nation
    2014-10-27 Fantasy football aftermath: The injuries of Week 8 - Fantasy football aftermath: The injuries of Week 8 The Palm Beach Post
    2014-10-27 2015 NFL Mock Draft: Post-Week 8 Breakdown - The 2015 NFL draft doesn't commence until late April, but it's late enough in the current calendar year to get a feel for how the first round will look. A number of teams are halfway through their seasons, with some out of contention to the point that their fanbases are already eying the next campaign for optimism. Part of that perpetual phenomenon that some fans are more accustomed to than others deals with the draft and the prospect of hitting on those ever-critical higher picks. There is now a lot of college game tape for evaluators to sift through, too. The following is a complete mock of the first round, with the draft order determined by the latest odds to win the Super Bowl from Odds Shark. Featured extended analysis will focus on the top quarterback prospects.   1. Oakland Raiders: Cedric Ogbuehi, OT, Texas A&M Ogbuehi is the next College Station product in line to be chosen near the top of the draft, following the likes of Luke Joeckel and Jake Matthews in the previous two years. This will ensure that Raiders prospective franchise quarterback Derek Carr is aptly protected on his blind side.   2. Jacksonville Jaguars: Leonard Williams, DT, USC Loading up the trenches will boon Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley's bid to impose his team's will with tenacious defense. Even though Jacksonville has several strong contributors across the front four, the addition of Williams will only make the rotation that much more intimidating.   3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon The Bucs are reeling. Even within a weak NFC South division, they aren't remotely competitive this year. A big reason why is an unpromising quarterback depth chart headed by second-year signal-caller Mike Glennon. Despite throwing his first interception of 2014 in Oregon's game this last Friday, Mariota's stock isn't plummeting by any means. He still threw for five scores in a 59-41 win, and Ducks coach Mark Helfrich wasn't concerned. "It's almost funny," said Helfrich of the rare Mariota miscue, per Tyson Alger of The Oregonian. "You expect him to be perfect ... Marcus is such a stud, and it's great that he's got another year-and-a-half left." Helfrich may be presuming too much regarding Mariota's eligibility. It's highly likely Mariota will forgo his senior year in Eugene and make the jump to the pros. That's much to the delight of the fortunate franchise that is in position to secure him. ESPN College Football highlighted the dual-threat Mariota's prowess as a passer: In an NFL cluster that features Cam Newton, Drew Brees and Matt Ryan, Tampa Bay brings up the rear at the most important position by a long shot. If the organization is lucky enough to see Mariota on the board here, pulling the trigger on the pick is a must.   4. New York Jets: Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State The raging dumpster inferno that prompted Geno Smith's first-quarter yank in Week 8 should lead the Jets to look elsewhere for a QB of the future—not to mention a new general manager. ESPN Stats & Info provided Smith's dismal QB rating prior to being replaced: Although Winston is a risk due to some of his off-field issues, he has been groomed in a pro-style offense at Florida State. Amid all the distractions and negative criticism he's experienced, Winston has still excelled on the gridiron as a Heisman winner and national champion. He seems cut out to handle the New York media market. Jets coach Rex Ryan shouldn't field the blame for how anemic his team's offense has been. Ryan hasn't had a competent quarterback since he took over in New York. Winston at least gives him a chance at having that, provided the polarizing QB's character concerns check out.   5. Minnesota Vikings: Brandon Scherff, OT, Iowa An investment in the offensive line is still the priority, even after QB Teddy Bridgewater was sacked just once in Week 8's overtime win over the Bucs. Scherff is a suitable option, given his ability to play both guard and tackle.   6. Tennessee Titans: Landon Collins, SS, Alabama Current starter George Wilson is a free agent after the season, and injured veteran Bernard Pollard has just one year left on his contract. That makes Collins a logical option to inject some youth into the Titans' defensive backfield as someone who can start immediately if need be.   7. Washington Redskins: Marcus Peters, CB, Washington The Huskies star goes to a different Washington in this scenario. If veteran DeAngelo Hall can return and play at a high level in 2015 in addition to Peters' arrival, the nation's capital's professional football club would have a strong secondary for the rest of the NFC East to deal with.   8. St. Louis Rams: Randy Gregory, DE, Nebraska This may not be the position to address on the surface. However, Chris Long's injury has exposed the lack of depth across the Rams' defensive front. Bleacher Report draft expert Matt Miller thinks highly of Gregory and sees him perhaps going even higher in Round 1: Throwing Gregory into the mix with Long, Robert Quinn and Aaron Donald among others is a tantalizing proposition for the Rams to consider.   9. Houston Texans: Brett Hundley, QB, UCLA Hundley may be viewed as a reach this high in the draft. A big reason the Texans brought coach Bill O'Brien in was to develop a franchise quarterback, though. The arm talent and athleticism Hundley possesses are undeniable. What the UCLA star needs to work on is speeding up his processing of information, decision-making and overall mechanics from within the pocket. The threat to run would aid Hundley's ability to succeed in the NFL while he digests the complex O'Brien playbook. O'Brien has done a commendable job getting Houston to 4-4 with Ryan Fitzpatrick under center. Until or unless Ryan Mallett turns out to be the long-term answer, look for the Texans to grab a QB like Hundley toward the top of the 2015 draft.   10. Atlanta Falcons: Shawn Oakman, DE, Baylor Traveling across the pond in Week 8 did nothing to amend Atlanta's defensive woes. That triggers the decision to select Oakman, a freakishly athletic behemoth whose upside is too grand for the Falcons to pass up.   11. Cleveland Browns: Kevin White, WR, West Virginia Schematic concerns from the Mountaineers' simplistic, spread attack aside, White has proven enough to establish himself as the premier talent in the 2015 receiver class. The Browns could pair White opposite Josh Gordon and create a lethal tandem on the outside to complement slot dynamo Andrew Hawkins and tight end Jordan Cameron. Combined with play-caller Kyle Shanahan's penchant for the run, Cleveland's offense has the makings of a balanced juggernaut.   12. Chicago Bears: Shilique Calhoun, DE, Michigan State The Bears failed to sack Tom Brady amid the New England Patriots' 51-point blitz on Sunday that has Chicago in a tailspin. That creates a need on the front four, where Calhoun would thrive as a contributing member to a group that could use depth.   13. Cleveland Browns (via Buffalo): Vic Beasley, OLB, Clemson The spotty play of Barkevious Mingo should lead Browns coach Mike Pettine to lobby for an outside linebacker who might be a more consistent pass-rusher. That's where Clemson's all-time sack leader in Beasley comes in.   14. New York Giants: Shaq Thompson, OLB, Washington Playmaking is sorely needed in the Giants' front seven. That is the precise strength Thompson brings to the table with his hard-hitting, speedy style of play. Joining forces with Jon Beason and Jameel McClain in New York's linebacker corps figures to be a great place for Thompson to develop.   15. Miami Dolphins: Dante Fowler Jr., DE, Florida Exploring alternative options at defensive end to combat the apparent first-round misfire on Dion Jordan isn't a bad move for Miami to make. Acquiring a Sunshine State product in Fowler creates a nice storyline and a promising, deep Dolphins defensive line.   16. Pittsburgh Steelers: Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama After Ben Roethlisberger threw for over 500 yards in Week 8, wide receiver seems low on the Steelers' list of needs. However, adding a weapon like Cooper to join with Antonio Brown and another strong youngster in Markus Wheaton would make Pittsburgh's offense a true load to handle.   17. Carolina Panthers: Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford It wasn't a pretty Week 8 outing for Carolina's offense in a 13-9 home loss to Seattle. Peat is as pro-ready as any offensive lineman in this 2015 class, and he has the chops to fill the need at left tackle, providing Cam Newton with necessary help in protecting him in the pocket.   18. Kansas City Chiefs: P.J. Williams, CB, Florida State A complementary cornerback to Sean Smith is a wise choice for Kansas City in its 2015 draft. Williams is a press-coverage specialist who, paired with Smith, helps anchor an extremely physical secondary that already features safety Eric Berry.   19. New Orleans Saints: Benardrick McKinney, ILB, Mississippi State Something needs to change on defense for New Orleans to meet gaudy expectations. Whether coordinator Rob Ryan is still in the fold is irrelevant to the Saints' need for an inside linebacker prospect like McKinney to be an enforcer and take charge of the team's maligned side of the ball.    20. Cincinnati Bengals: Eddie Goldman, DT, Florida State The former 5-star recruit, according to 247Sports, is coming into his own as a junior, commanding double-teams and allowing the Seminoles to compete with college football's elite. Teaming Goldman's strength against the run with Geno Atkins' prowess as an inside pass-rusher generates a new dynamic for Cincinnati's defense.   21. Detroit Lions: Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan State Thanks to the tremendous play of the defensive line, Detroit's secondary hasn't been exposed despite a lack of supremely talented personnel at cornerback. Waynes has a shot to start in Week 1 and gets to stay in-state if the Lions go with him on draft day.    22. San Diego Chargers: Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia Gurley breaks the spell of running backs not being chosen in the first round the past two drafts by taking his talents to San Diego. The perpetual injury concerns about Ryan Mathews and a lack of workhorse alternatives leads the Chargers to bolster a rushing attack that ranked 30th entering Sunday's games.   23. Baltimore Ravens: Devin Funchess, WR, Michigan Steve Smith may have one or two more years left as a productive NFL receiver, and the Ravens will be counting on Torrey Smith to be the No. 1 option thereafter. Bringing along Funchess, a converted tight end, to learn from the Smiths and catch passes from Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco seems like a good recipe for sustained success through the air in Baltimore.   24. Arizona Cardinals: Arik Armstead, DE, Oregon This team may be a shocking 6-1, but the league-worst pass defense was torched once more in Week 8 to the tune of 411 yards by Philadelphia's Nick Foles, who also wasn't sacked. Armstead hails from the program Eagles coach Chip Kelly built. He is therefore accustomed to practicing against uptempo offenses and should thus be in ideal condition to be the spark-plug pass-rusher the Cardinals despierately need.   25. Philadelphia Eagles: Shane Ray, DE, Missouri Sacks hadn't been hard to come by for Philadelphia until Week 8, when it failed to get to Cardinals QB Carson Palmer at all. There is an evident need for a pressure-inducing force like Ray, and in a draft littered with talent at his position, the Eagles get great value with this possible selection.   26. San Francisco 49ers: Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, CB, Oregon A merciful bye week will help the 49ers heal and figure out how to scheme to mask the lack of cornerbacks in San Francisco. Jimmie Ward and Ekpre-Olomu would make two defensive backs in two years in the first round, but it makes sense with the Niners' current roster makeup.   27. Indianapolis Colts: Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin Ahmad Bradshaw has played well as an all-purpose back for Indianapolis. As injury-riddled as he's been in the past, though, it would be wise to take a chance with a special player in Gordon. The electric Badgers ball-carrier hasn't slowed down this year and ran for another three touchdowns this past weekend to give him a whopping 16 scores on the ground in 2014.   28. New England Patriots: Ty Montgomery, WR, Stanford It doesn't appear to matter who Tom Brady throws to, because the Patriots are always rolling. Nevertheless, someone with Montgomery's knowledge in pro-style schematics and route trees makes him an intriguing option for New England to bolster a thin cast of mostly castoff receivers.   29. Seattle Seahawks: Mike Davis, RB, South Carolina The report by ESPN's Chris Mortensen that Marshawn Lynch is leaving Seattle before the 2015 campaign means the Seahawks need another back. Davis fits the bill as a compact, downhill runner with the ability to catch passes out of the backfield as well. Lack of proof that Christine Michael and Robert Turbin could be feature backs leads Seattle to choose Davis. The hunt for a second, viable starting cornerback should see the Seahawks splurge in free agency on a proven player.   30. Dallas Cowboys: Michael Bennett, DT, Ohio State The offense is no problem for America's Team in either dimension. A front on defense featuring Bennett, who can get to the opposing QB quite well, Henry Melton, 2014 second-round pick Demarcus Lawrence and others ensures the Cowboys will continue to be as complete as they look through seven games.   31. Green Bay Packers: Danny Shelton, DT, Washington The Packers can't stop the run, so Shelton emerges as the new candidate to fill the nose tackle position. GM Ted Thompson will have spent four straight first-round picks on defense if Shelton is the man here. It is on Dom Capers to make it work.   32. Denver Broncos: A.J. Cann, G, South Carolina Orlando Franklin hasn't done a great job filling in for the departed Zane Beadles at left guard, mostly since it isn't his usual position. Perhaps Franklin can slide back to right tackle if the Broncos elect to go with the top guard prospect in Cann. What's nice about having such a sensational signal-caller like Peyton Manning is that deficiencies up front can be masked. As Manning gets later into his career, though, he can use all the help Denver can muster to protect him and pave running lanes for Broncos running backs. It's hard to argue with Denver as the Super Bowl favorite after its 35-21, Week 8 victory over San Diego on Thursday Night Football. As long as Manning is directing the offense, the Lombardi Trophy is a realistic possibility for the Broncos. The question is how long Manning will play. Denver can't get enough insurance to extend Manning's sensational run in the Mile High City.Read more NFL news on BleacherReport.com brvideo
    2014-10-27 Daily Dawg Chow: Browns news (10/27/14) - Cleveland Browns: "Going forward, good enough won't be good enough for Browns" (FSO) - "A Cleveland Browns win Sunday erased a weeklong cloud that hung over a still young season and bought a week of smiles and hope as the utterly hopeless Tampa Bay Buccaneers visit Cleveland next Sunday. And that's all it did." "Donte Whitner Wakes Up Browns With Big Hit" (92.3) - "One hit can change a game. Donte Whitner delivered one of his patented big hits Sunday late in the third quarter which woke the Browns from their slumber as they moved to 4-3 on the season with a 23-13 win over the hapless Oakland Raiders." "Browns' defense rises to the occasion in win over Oakland" (Plain Dealer) - "Some quick thoughts from the Browns' 23-13 win over the Raiders at FirstEnergy Stadium. Day for the defense: The oft-maligned unit delivered another good performance at home." "Injury roundup: Jordan Cameron suffers concussion" (NFL.com) - "The Lions were paper-thin along their beastly defensive line Sunday. Behemoth tackle Nick Fairley prematurely left Detroit's 22-21 victory in London against the Atlanta Falcons with a right knee injury, the team announced." "Sunday Blitz: Raiders-Browns Recap" (ESPN) - "Jim Basquil and Eric Allen break down the Browns' 23-13 win over the Raiders." - VIDEO NFL: "Dalton's sneak rallies Bengals over Ravens 27-24" (AP) - "Andy Dalton looked over the spread-out Ravens defense and decided there was enough room for a quarterback sneak. With a push from his linemen, he surged into end zone for a last-minute win." "Report: Bears player threw helmet 'in disgust' after Jay Cutler fumble" (SI.com) - "A Chicago Bears player threw his helmet 'in disgust' after quarterback Jay Cutler fumbled at the end of the first half of the Bears' 51-23 loss to the New England Patriots, Fox reporter Pam Oliver said on air." "X-rays taken on Geno Smith’s shoulder" (PFT) - "Ten days after Jets quarterback Geno Smith had an encouraging performance in a close loss, he had a miserable performance in a blowout loss." Dawgs By Nature
    2014-10-27 Hoyer, Browns grind out 23-13 win over Raiders - Brian Hoyer knew the noise was out there. He knew following his worst start in the NFL that the drumbeat for Johnny Manziel was growing louder. … Click to Continue » Sports News | The Kansas City Star & KansasCity.com
    2014-10-27 Hoyer, Browns grind out 23-13 win over Raiders - Hoyer quiets noise about Manziel with steady performance in 23-13 win over winless Raiders          USA Today
    2014-10-27 Hoyer, Browns grind out 23-13 win over Raiders (The Associated Press) - Brian Hoyer knew the noise was out there. He knew following his worst start in the NFL that the drumbeat for Johnny Manziel was growing louder. Hoyer and the Browns rebounded from an embarrassing loss last week in Jacksonville by making just enough plays Sunday in a 23-13 victory over the Oakland Raiders, who remain the NFL's only winless team. Taking advantage of a turnover caused by a big hit from Cleveland safety Donte Whitner, Hoyer threw a 4-yard touchdown pass early in the fourth quarter to Andrew Hawkins as the Browns (4-3) matched their win total from last season with nine games left and stayed in step with the rest of the AFC Central. Yahoo Sports - Cleveland Browns
    2014-10-27 $8 million man’s 1st pass with Raiders not worth a penny - CLEVELAND — Matt Schaub’s first pass as a Raider was surely one that neither he nor general manager Reggie McKenzie ever imagined when the Raiders gave Schaub $8million in March to be their starting quarterback. “It was my call,” Raiders interim head coach Tony Sparano said. Cornerback DJ Hayden didn’t play much in his first game back from a broken foot, but he was on the field for Andrew Hawkins’ 4-yard touchdown catch. “We didn’t want to just throw him out there and let him play a ton of plays,” Sparano said of last year’s first-round pick. Twice in the first quarter, Oakland had 3rd-and-1 and chose not to run the ball against the NFL’s worst run defense. Browns tight end Jordan Cameron (three catches, 40 yards) was a big part of the game plan but left with a concussion early in the second quarter after he was struck in the head by safety Brandian Ross. San Francisco Chronicle
    2014-10-27 Sunday Rundown: Celebrating 14 hours of football fun across 2 continents - Sunday Rundown recaps the most important developments from the day's action and examines their significance moving forward.Has everyone caught their breath yet?The longest day of action in NFL history also produced what was probably the most fun day of football we've seen this season. The football started earlier than ever, with fans setting their alarms for 9:30 a.m. ET, and the action didn't let up until almost midnight.There was live football on TV from before sunrise on the West Coast, until after sunset. That really happened.It started overseas, where British fans attending their first American football game must have been bewildered by what they saw at London's Wembley Stadium. Fans in North America were surely confused, too, as the Atlanta Falcons bungled a 21-0 lead and turned what should've been a boring blowout into a thrilling comeback win for the Detroit Lions.The game ended with Lions kicker Matt Prater icing himself by taking a delay-of-game penalty with four seconds on the clock before nailing a game-winning kick from 48 yards out. How does one explain that sequence of events to a football novice?The final whistle in London marked the start of a furious afternoon of action here on home soil. What we saw:The Cincinnati Bengals out-dueled the Baltimore Ravens in an AFC North heavyweight fight that ended with a Steve Smith touchdown called back on a disputed offensive pass interference callThe Seahawks saved their season with a last-second touchdown drive (more on that later)Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski remembered they're the most dominant quarterback-receiver pairing in the leagueGeno Smith and Michael Vick combined to turn the ball over six times in an embarrassing rout at the hands of the Buffalo BillsTeddy Bridgewater's impressive composure on a game-tying drive, and the Minnesota Vikings' subsequent win in overtime on a fumble return touchdownAnd those were just the early afternoon games.The late afternoon slate of games was highlighted by a historic performance at the hands of Ben Roethlisberger, who became the first quarterback in NFL history to top 500 yards passing twice in his career. Roethlisberger's big day buoyed the Pittsburgh Steelers to a 50-34 win over the Indianapolis Colts in a game that produced over 900 combined passing yards.While Roethlisberger was drawing all the attention, the Arizona Cardinals were dispatching the Philadelphia Eagles in a battle of 5-1 teams out to prove they're legitimate Super Bowl contenders. The Cardinals are for real.Then, for a nightcap, we were able to watch future Hall of Famers Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees flex their offensive muscle in a game that would have been a shootout if not for an untimely injury to Rodgers.Some people say the NFL risks over-saturation by putting so many games on television. Those people are crazy. We had the opportunity to watch 14 hours of football Sunday, and almost every minute was entertaining. It was wonderful.Are you listening, Roger Goodell? Let's make this morning-to-night football thing an annual tradition. Heck, maybe we should do it a few times a year.Wilson shrugs off critics, saves Seahawks' seasonFor the third straight season, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson rallied his team from a second-half deficit on the road in Carolina to defeat the Panthers.This time, he saved the Seahawks' season in the process.Wilson struggled for much of the game Sunday. A week after he became the first quarterback in NFL history to pass for over 300 yards, rush for 100 and account for three touchdowns - in a loss to the St. Louis Rams that dropped the Seahawks to .500 and created panic in the Northwest - he and the Seahawks were held to a pair of field goals until late in the fourth quarter.Surely, he heard the critics in his head for a moment or two.Wilson was under fire all week, with allegations of a rift between him and teammates (perhaps centered on his closeness with his coaches, or maybe his perceived lack of blackness) and a report that Seahawks brass are displeased with his many endorsement deals.When it mattered most Sunday, Wilson shrugged aside those distractions and marched his team down the field for a  a nine-play, 80-yard drive capped by a game-winning touchdown pass to Luke Willson with 47 seconds on the clock. In the process, he did all he could to quiet criticism of his leadership qualities."We're more together than ever," Wilson told reporters after the game. If that wasn't true before, Wilson made it so.At 4-3, the Seahawks remain within reach of the playoffs. They probably won't cruise to an NFC West title like most predicted before the season, but they're still alive.And they can thank their quarterback for that.Three teams at crossroadsThe Bears, Falcons and Jets all lost Sunday, each in characteristic fashion. All three teams are headed in the wrong direction and facing tough decisions that will shape their future.The Bears (3-5) hit a low point in the Marc Trestman era, getting blown off the field by the Patriots. With losses mounting, Bears fans are calling for the heads of Trestman and quarterback Jay Cutler.Even if moving on from the pair is the right call, the Bears will be hard-pressed to do it.The team's decision to give Jay Cutler a seven-year, $126.7 million contract ($54 million guaranteed) in the offseason was always a curious one. After all, the Bears were at their best in 2013 when Cutler was hurt.Cutler remains the player he's been throughout his career, which is to say he continues to rack up fantasy stats, but also kill his team with inopportune turnovers. The latest reports out of Chicago suggest his teammates have had enough of it and are about ready to revolt.The Bears' roster beyond Cutler can compete with any team in the league. Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery and Matt Forte are a skill-position trio as good as any, and the defense has some quality pieces to build around.Will the Bears admit their mistake with Cutler? Even if they do, can they find a way out from under his contract? If Cutler goes, does Trestman go, too? There are no easy answers to the questions before the Bears.Like the Bears, the Falcons (2-6) believe they have a franchise quarterback and the studly wide receivers needed to succeed. The difference is the Falcons are right - Matt Ryan is rock-solid, as are Julio Jones and Roddy White.The Falcons' problem is that years of trading draft picks and failing to find impact free agents has left Ryan, Jones and White surrounded by perhaps the NFL's most shallow, talent-poor roster.In Sunday's collapse in London, it became clear that coaching is a major problem for the Falcons, too. Head coach Mike Smith deserves credit for rescuing the Falcons from the wreckage left behind by erstwhile quarterback Michael Vick, but he can't save the team from the mess he and general manager Thomas Dimitroff have created. Smith's focus this summer - as we saw on HBO's Hard Knocks - was to transform the Falcons from a soft team to a hard-nosed unit, but the Falcons continue to get pushed around on both sides of the ball every week.The Falcons can't right this ship overnight. It may take years of strong drafts to rebuild their depth to the point that it can compete with the NFL's best teams. Dimitroff and Smith won't be afforded those years. It would be a shock to see the pair dismissed before the end of the season, but they almost certainly won't be back in 2015.The Jets (1-7) don't need a new head coach. They just need a new everything else.Geno Smith remains the disaster he was as a rookie. The only thing keeping him on the field is backup Michael Vick who, frankly, doesn't seem interested in playing for the Jets.Aside from an otherworldly defensive line, the Jets don't have the players to consistently win battles at any position on the field. The responsibility for that falls on the shoulders of their general manager, not their head coach.It seems inevitable the Jets will make Rex Ryan the scapegoat and let him go at some point this season, but doing so may be a significant mistake. Ryan remains one of the league's best defensive minds and a master motivator. It's not crazy to suggest he's getting maximum value out of a woeful Jets roster.The Jets need a full rebuild, but first, they need to figure out who's the right person to lead it.Stray ThoughtsFormer Raiders coach Dennis Allen was fired after a disastrous loss in London. Falcons coach Mike Smith may have sealed a similar fate for himself Sunday. The Dallas Cowboys and Jacksonville Jaguars face off overseas in Week 10. Should Jason Garrett and Gus Bradley be worried?The Cardinals haven't started a season 6-1 since 1974. Relish this, Cardinals fans.Weeks after Lions linebacker Stephen Tulloch tore his ACL celebrating a defensive stop, Bears defensive end LaMarr Houston suffered an apparent leg injury doing the exact same celebration. They say bad things come in threes...Jeremy Maclin's day included blood, sweat and ... Gatorade. He overcame an early hit to the head that reportedly left him bleeding from his ears, as well as a humorous moment that saw him knock over a table of Gatorade and get drenched in the stick substance, to finish with 187 yards receiving and two touchdowns.Bears fans calling for Jay Cutler to be benched would be wise to take a moment and contemplate the fact that their team's backup is Jimmy Clausen. That's right, this guy.Injury WardRecapping the day's most significant injuries. Jake Long, LT, RamsSuspected torn ACL. Likely done for the season.Long tore his ACL and MCL in Week 16 last season and is believed to have suffered a similarly devastating injury. Long is only 29 years old, but it's hard to believe he'll ever return to his previous All-Pro form. He's a candidate to be released by the Rams in the offseason.Patrick Peterson, CB, CardinalsReported concussion. Prognosis unknown.Peterson was but one of many star cornerbacks who left Sunday's games with injuries. Jimmy Smith, Vontae Davis and Kyle Fuller were also forced from their games.Jordan Cameron, TE, BrownsReported concussion. Prognosis unknown.Cameron exited the game after taking a hit to the head and didn't return. It's particularly worrisome considering his history of concussions. The Browns may be without their best two receivers in Cameron and Josh Gordon (and arguably only two true offensive weapons) for the next few weeks.Stat of the WeekBig Ben is 4th QB of SB era to win at least 100 of 1st 150 career starts, joining Brady & HOFers Montana & Bradshaw— Jon Zimmer (@NFLhistory) October 27, 2014 Copyright © 2014 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserved. 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    2014-10-27 Football Daily Dose: Injury Roundup: Week 8 - Chet Gresham rounds up all the NFL injuries from Sunday's games. Fantasy Football Articles - Rotoworld.com

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