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    2014-10-25 Repost: Production of #Browns TE Jordan Cameron has dipped but his confidence has not: "I think I’m an elite player": http://t.co/On8UO7E37A - None twitter
    2014-10-25 Week 8 Start 'Em, Sit 'Em: Highlighting Matchups to Exploit and Avoid - The race toward the fantasy football postseason is heating up, and it's becoming easier to tell which NFL stars are able to be counted on for big numbers on a weekly basis. Week 8 serves up some juicy matchups for several of the league's biggest stars, while others will likely disappoint fantasy owners due to their opponents. This phenomenon creates so many fantasy dilemmas as it is, but certain players stand out on the upcoming schedule and are worth highlighting. Here is a look at the top fantasy studs with the most favorable circumstances to succeed, along with a breakdown of those who aren't in position to put a lot of points on the board. Note: Fantasy scoring information courtesy of ESPN.com standard leagues.   Start 'Em Other than perhaps Denver Broncos legend Peyton Manning, no quarterback in the NFL can claim to be playing quite as well as Aaron Rodgers. The Green Bay Packers star has thrown 18 touchdowns to one interception this year. Although he enters a hostile Superdome environment this Sunday, Rodgers faces the New Orleans Saints' 28th-ranked pass defense. Scott Hanson of the NFL Network outlines the history Rodgers has the chance to make in New Orleans: With explosive targets to throw to like Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb, it stands to reason Rodgers' ridiculous run can continue even on the road. Packers head coach Mike McCarthy recently weighed in on his premier signal-caller, per Paul Imig of Fox Sports Wisconsin: Aaron is a much better player today than he was in 2011. His responsibility level has increased a lot since then. So, what he does during the course of the week, during the course of the game, at the line of scrimmage, the communication between (quarterbacks coach) Alex Van Pelt and myself, he is, in my opinion, watching him grow throughout his career, he's clearly a better player. Jamaal Charles is in a bit of a timeshare situation with Knile Davis in the Kansas City Chiefs' backfield, but he is still the home-run hitting feature back and a surefire RB1. The Chiefs play host to the St. Louis Rams, whose front four has struggled this season without Chris Long at defensive end. St. Louis is last in the league in sacks with just four and is 28th versus the run. Kansas City's game plan should revolve around the rushing attack. Despite coach Andy Reid's penchant for passing, it would be wise to exploit the Rams' defensive front and force young Rams quarterback Austin Davis to try to mount a comeback against the Chiefs' second-ranked pass defense. It seems everything has clicked into place for Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant. ESPN Stats & Info noted how he and quarterback Tony Romo were on the same page in Week 7: Fantasy owners should be bullish on Bryant since he faces a Washington secondary at home on Monday Night Football and won't have to match up with the injured DeAngelo Hall. At the tight end position, it is worth counting on the steady production put forth by Indianapolis Colts tight end Dwayne Allen. The third-year riser's draft classmate, Andrew Luck, directs the Colts' No. 1 passing attack, which encounters the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field in Week 8. Per ESPN.com, Pittsburgh yields the ninth-most points to tight ends. Another of Allen's fellow 2012 draftees, Coby Fleener, attended Stanford with Luck and competes with Allen for targets. However, it can't be ignored that Allen has scored a touchdown in four of his last five games. That should continue this week. Cutting back to the Cowboys, they have an extremely favorable opposing passer in Washington's Colt McCoy. That should lend to big points for their defense, as McCoy has never been NFL starter material. If fantasy owners deploy Dallas' defense in their lineups, they ought to get a nice points boost on Monday that may be the difference between winning and losing this week. With the way the New England Patriots' Tom Brady-led offense has been rolling, kicker Stephen Gostkowski figures to be a fantasy stud once again. He leads all kickers with a whopping 86 points and shouldn't slow down against a struggling Chicago Bears team at Gillette Stadium.   Sit 'Em The Atlanta Falcons are having a bit of a nightmarish season. Their Week 1 win over the Saints in an overtime thriller suddenly looks insignificant. A porous defense and lackluster play from the offensive line have put all the pressure on Matt Ryan to carry the team. Now he has to travel to London with the Falcons and face a terrifying Detroit Lions front seven. NFL.com's Chris Wesseling weighed in, further cementing Ryan as a Week 8 fantasy sit: Lamar Miller is among the quietest fantasy stars of the 2014 season thus far, posting double-digit point totals in all but one of his six games. Going against the 1-6 Jacksonville Jaguars would appear to be an indication that trend of at least 10 would continue. But the underrated Miami Dolphins ball-carrier is facing an opposing front four that is no joke. It held Cleveland's top-flight rushing attack to 69 yards on 30 carries in Week 7, and the young Jags have to be brimming with confidence after their first win over the Browns. Former Seahawks Red Bryant and Chris Clemons deserve credit, but so does Jacksonville defensive tackle Sen'Derrick Marks. Bleacher Report's Matt Miller and NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah spotlighted him: Pro Football Focus alluded to how Marks can impact both dimensions of the opposing offense: Other than how turnover-prone Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler tends to be, there is one main reason to avoid his favorite target in Brandon Marshall for now. Darrelle Revis. The New England Patriots superstar will likely draw Marshall the majority of the time in Foxborough due to the unique chemistry Cutler and Marshall have enjoyed. Browns tight end Jordan Cameron has had an underwhelming 2014 campaign to say the least, with just 10 receptions. His 210 yards show how explosive he can be, yet it's alarming he doesn't get the ball more. It has NFL Network fantasy guru Michael Fabiano in a bit of a repetitious frenzy: Cameron's quarterback, Brian Hoyer, is coming off his worst game of the year against Jacksonville and hasn't gotten his big target too involved as it is. The pair of Hoyer and Cameron connected on just one out of six targets in Week 7. Thus, don't expect anything transcendent when Cleveland hosts the winless Oakland Raiders, who have the 11th-ranked pass defense. For reasons mentioned before about Rodgers, New Orleans' defense isn't in the best position to succeed. Sunday's prime-time affair should be a shootout, as Saints star Drew Brees tries to salvage the season in a thrilling duel with Rodgers. And in a similar manner, Washington kicker Kai Forbath won't build on Week 7's stellar performance in which he booted through all four of his field-goal attempts. Washington will be hard-pressed to get on the scoreboard in Dallas, so avoid Forbath despite his strong outing against Tennessee. brvideo
    2014-10-25 Jordan Cameron remains confident despite dip in production: 'I'm an elite player' - Cleveland Browns TE Jordan Cameron hasn't been the dominant force wreaking havoc on opposing defenses that he was last season. But if you ask him and head coach Mike Pettine, he's still an 'elite' player.' Cameron was an integral part of former OC Norv Turner's offense just one year ago. He was targeted 117 times, and hauled in 80 catches for 917 yards (7 TDs). But he's been playing through and recovering from shoulder and ankle injuries throughout his 2014 campaign, and has been targeted only 26 times with only 10 catches (1 TD) thus far. The Browns TE attributed his dip in production to new OC Kyle Shanahan's scheme change. Last season he showcased his dynamic playmaking ability and was a focal point of the offense, as well as a serious threat in the red zone. But he said he's now being utilized more as a ... YardBarker
    2014-10-25 Jordan Cameron attributes dip in production to scheme change: 'I'm an elite player' - Cleveland Browns TE Jordan Cameron hasn't been the dominant playmaker running up the seam and wreaking havoc on opposing defensive backs in the red zone like he was last season. But if you ask him and head coach Mike Pettine, he's still an 'elite' player.' Cameron was an integral part of former OC Norv Turner's offense just one year ago. He was targeted 117 times, and hauled in 80 catches for 917 yards (7 TDs). But he's been playing through and recovering from shoulder and ankle injuries throughout his 2014 campaign, and has been targeted only 26 times with only 10 catches (1 TD) thus far. The Browns TE attributed his dip in production to new OC Kyle Shanahan's scheme change. Last season he showcased his dynamic playmaking ability on a weekly basis and was a focal point of the offense. Cameron managed to produce even with the team's quarterback carousel making it extremely difficult on him. But he said he's now being utilized in a more passive role as a YardBarker
    2014-10-25 Browns' Jordan Cameron certainly isn't lacking confidence: 'I think I'm an elite player.' http://t.co/VNq335xcVF http://t.co/v2MfhO5A9n - None twitter
    2014-10-25 Browns tight end Jordan Cameron’s production has dipped, but his confidence has not: ‘I think I’m an elite player’ - BEREA: Jordan Cameron’s production has decreased dramatically early in the final season of his rookie contract, but he insisted Friday his confidence is intact.Browns coach Mike Pettine has similar feelings. He called Cameron an “elite” tight end after the Browns (3-3) wrapped up practice in preparation for their home game against the Oakland Raiders (0-6) at 4:25 p.m. Sunday.“More importantly, I think I’m an elite player,” Cameron said when told about Pettine’s compliment. “It helps confidence-wise when it’s your head coach saying that, but it’s all about me. I’ve got to believe that in everything I do, and that’s really the most important thing.”Cameron finished last season with 80 catches for 917 yards and seven touchdowns in 15 games, earning his first Pro Bowl selection.But his faith has been tested as of late.He suffered a sprained AC joint in his right shoulder Aug. 2 during an intrasquad scrimmage in Akron, aggravated the injury in the Sept. 7 regular-season opener and sat out Week 2 against the New Orleans Saints.He has 10 catches for 210 yards and one touchdown in five games this season. According to ProFootballFocus.com, he has been targeted 21 times and has yet to drop a pass.Through his first five games last season, Cameron had 33 catches for 396 yards and five touchdowns. He was targeted 42 times in that span, according to ProFootballFocus.com, twice as much as his first five games this season.The 6-foot-5, 249-pound Cameron said he feels good and refuses to use his shoulder as an excuse. He doesn’t believe opponents are defending him differently this season with All-Pro wide receiver Josh Gordon serving a 10-game suspension.Instead, Cameron cites the difference between the scheme of new Browns offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan and Norv Turner, who held the same position during Cameron’s breakout season last year.“This scheme is not what it was last year, so it’s not realistic to think that I’m going to have the same numbers when the targets are different,” said Cameron, a fourth-round pick in the 2011 draft. “We run the ball more. You can say that I’m a more well-rounded tight end now. I block more, and I’ve been improving on that. It shows in the tapes, so it’s just one of those things.”The Browns led the league in passing attempts (681) last season and finished 30th in rushing attempts (348). This season, they’re ranked 30th in passing attempts (191) and ninth in rushing attempts (195).Meanwhile, Cameron is tied for the fewest receptions by any player with at least 200 receiving yards this season, according to STATS. Those numbers reflect his big-play ability but suggest he isn’t being made a focal point of the offense.In a world where fantasy football is ubiquitous and contract money is tied to statistics, Cameron tries not to worry about numbers. That could be especially challenging because his four-year, $2.52 million deal is scheduled to expire in March.“People put so much stock into numbers,” Cameron said. “You can get caught up in that and really go, ‘Oh, this guy has this. He has that. Why am I not up there?’ We all run different systems. We’re asked to do different things. So that’s just the way it is.“People are going to talk, but on the outside, they don’t know what’s going on. ... They don’t know what the scheme is and why we do this.“You can’t let that affect you because it can really get to you if you really put stock into what people are saying.”Pettine would like to see Cameron, 26, become more involved without quarterback Brian Hoyer feeling pressured to target him.“If he’s open in the read and the ball gets thrown to him, he needs to catch it, but we’re not going to force a ball to somebody to try to reverse-engineer it — like if he gets more catches we’ll be successful,” Pettine said. “If teams are taking him away, then we have to go elsewhere. If he’s open and we get the ball to him, then that’s what we want. You hope over time that happens because he is an elite player at that position, but you don’t want to force it.”Cameron had just one catch for 5 yards on six targets this past weekend in a 24-6 loss to the previously winless Jacksonville Jaguars. During the second quarter, Hoyer missed him wide open in the end zone with a high throw.“This is the NFL. You don’t get many opportunities,” Cameron said. “You get certain looks, and if you don’t capitalize on those looks, you’re not going to get it again. Defenses will adjust.“The last game, if we would’ve hit that touchdown, it would’ve had a huge effect on the game. And it shows each play counts.”Nate Ulrich can be reached at nulrich@thebeaconjournal.com. Read the Browns blog at www.ohio.com/browns. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/NateUlrichABJ and on Facebook www.facebook.com/abj.sports. Akron Beacon Journal
    2014-10-25 Browns' Cameron: 'I think I'm an elite player' - Injuries have all but destroyed Jordan Cameron's chances of replicating his breakout campaign of 2013.The Pro Bowl tight end has struggled through a sprained AC joint in his left shoulder and his 10 receptions for 210 yards and a touchdown are a far cry from the 80 receptions, 917 yards and seven touchdowns he piled up last season.Despite his slow start, Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine thinks Cameron is an elite tight end. A notion the fourth-year pro agrees with.“More importantly, I think I’m an elite player,” Cameron told The Akron Beacon Journal's Nate Ulrich. “It helps confidence-wise when it’s your head coach saying that, but it’s all about me. I’ve got to believe that in everything I do, and that’s really the most important thing.”To be fair to Cameron, the aforementioned injury makes it mostly impossible to assess his performance. He's also dealing with a different scheme cooked up by new offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan.“This scheme is not what it was last year, so it’s not realistic to think that I’m going to have the same numbers when the targets are different,” said Cameron. “We run the ball more. You can say that I’m a more well-rounded tight end now. I block more, and I’ve been improving on that. It shows in the tapes, so it’s just one of those things.”Copyright © 2014 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserved. Certain content reproduced under license. theScore NFL
    2014-10-24 Although production of #Browns TE Jordan Cameron has dipped, his confidence has not: "I think I’m an elite player" -- http://t.co/On8UO7E37A - None twitter
    2014-10-24 Although production of Browns tight end Jordan Cameron has dipped, his confidence has not: ‘I think I’m an elite player’ - BEREA: Jordan Cameron’s production has decreased dramatically early in the final season of his rookie contract, but he insisted Friday his confidence is intact.Browns coach Mike Pettine has similar feelings. He called Cameron an “elite” tight end after the Browns (3-3) wrapped up practice in preparation for their home game against the Oakland Raiders (0-6) at 4:25 p.m. Sunday.“More importantly, I think I’m an elite player,” Cameron said when told about Pettine’s compliment. “It helps confidence-wise when it’s your head coach saying that, but it’s all about me. I’ve got to believe that in everything I do, and that’s really the most important thing.”Cameron finished last season with 80 catches for 917 yards and seven touchdowns in 15 games, earning his first Pro Bowl selection.But his faith has been tested as of late.He suffered a sprained AC joint in his right shoulder Aug. 2 during an intrasquad scrimmage in Akron, aggravated the injury in the Sept. 7 regular-season opener and sat out Week 2 against the New Orleans Saints.He has compiled 10 catches for 210 yards and one touchdown in five games this season. According to ProFootballFocus.com, he has been targeted 21 times and has yet to drop a pass. Through his first five games last season, Cameron tallied 33 catches for 396 yards and five touchdowns. He was targeted 42 times in that span, according to PFF, twice as much as his first five games this season. The 6-foot-5, 249-pound Cameron said he feels good and refuses to use his shoulder as an excuse. He doesn’t believe opponents are defending him differently this season with All-Pro wide receiver Josh Gordon serving a 10-game suspension.Instead, Cameron cites the difference between the scheme of new Browns offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan and Norv Turner, who held the same position during Cameron’s breakout season last year.“This scheme is not what it was last year, so it’s not realistic to think that I’m going to have the same numbers when the targets are different,” said Cameron, a fourth-round pick in the 2011 draft. “We run the ball more. You can say that I’m a more well-rounded tight end now. I block more, and I’ve been improving on that. It shows in the tapes, so it’s just one of those things.”The Browns led the league in passing attempts (681) last season and finished 30th in rushing attempts (348). This season, they’re ranked 30th in passing attempts (191) and ninth in rushing attempts (195).Meanwhile, Cameron is tied for the fewest receptions by any player with at least 200 receiving yards this season, according to STATS. Those numbers reflect his big-play ability but suggest he isn’t being made a focal point of the offense.In a world where fantasy football is ubiquitous and contract money is tied to statistics, Cameron tries not to worry about numbers. That could be especially challenging because his four-year, $2.52 million deal is scheduled to expire in March.“People put so much stock into numbers,” Cameron said. “You can get caught up in that and really go, ‘Oh, this guy has this. He has that. Why am I not up there?’ We all run different systems. We’re asked to do different things. So that’s just the way it is.“People are going to talk, but on the outside, they don’t know what’s going on. ... They don’t know what the scheme is and why we do this.“You can’t let that affect you because it can really get to you if you really put stock into what people are saying.”Pettine would like to see Cameron, 26, become more involved without quarterback Brian Hoyer feeling pressured to target him.“If he’s open in the read and the ball gets thrown to him, he needs to catch it, but we’re not going to force a ball to somebody to try to reverse-engineer it – like if he gets more catches we’ll be successful,” Pettine said. “If teams are taking him away, then we have to go elsewhere. If he’s open and we get the ball to him, then that’s what we want. You hope over time that happens because he is an elite player at that position, but you don’t want to force it.”Cameron had just one catch for 5 yards on six targets this past weekend in a 24-6 loss to the previously winless Jacksonville Jaguars. During the second quarter, Hoyer missed him wide open in the end zone with a high throw.“This is the NFL. You don’t get many opportunities,” Cameron said. “You get certain looks, and if you don’t capitalize on those looks, you’re not going to get it again. Defenses will adjust.“The last game, if we would’ve hit that touchdown, it would’ve had a huge effect on the game. And it shows each play counts.”Nate Ulrich can be reached at nulrich@thebeaconjournal.com. Read the Browns blog at www.ohio.com/browns. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/NateUlrichABJ and on Facebook www.facebook.com/abj.sports. Akron Beacon Journal
    2014-10-24 Change In Offensive Scheme Means Fewer Targets For Browns TE Jordan Cameron - Cameron, a fourth round pick of the Browns in 2011, isn't sweating a training camp shoulder injury or a lack of targets and catches this season because he sees the bigger picture. CBS Local
    2014-10-24 Cameron: Each Week Is A Different Battle - Tight End Jordan Cameron addressed the media following practice on 10/24. Cleveland Browns
    2014-10-24 Cleveland Browns lineup changes and injury report - Who is starting and sitting against the Raiders? Cleveland Browns
    2014-10-24 Week 8 Start 'Em, Sit 'Em: Projections for Top 10 Players at Each Position - A handful of fantasy football studs went off on Thursday Night Football. If that's any indication of how Week 8 of the NFL season is going to go for the rest of the game's top stars, then your fantasy team is likely in for a pretty good week. Peyton Manning, Emmanuel Sanders, Philip Rivers and Antonio Gates all had big nights, while even guys like Ronnie Hillman and Branden Oliver performed well. Will even more stars follow suit? There are multiple intriguing matchups this week that point to some potentially big performances. It's never an easy choice deciding whom to start and whom to sit, but hopefully the following rankings will help you make the tough decisions prior to kickoff on Sunday.   Quarterbacks Start: Russell Wilson at Carolina There's really nothing in Russell Wilson's way this Sunday. The Carolina Panthers defense ranks 27th in yards allowed per game, second-worst in yards per play allowed and first in total touchdowns allowed. He's also coming off his best game of the year. He tossed two touchdowns and racked up 313 yards in the air against the St. Louis Rams. Following the performance, NFL RedZone's Scott Hanson tweeted that Wilson made history: The Panthers defense won't be able to shut down the Seattle offense given how well Wilson has been playing. Get him active, and ride him to victory.   Sit: Andy Dalton vs. Baltimore On the other side of the spectrum, we have Andy Dalton. Don't start him. The Baltimore Ravens have allowed just seven passing touchdowns on the year, and Dalton still could be without top wideout A.J. Green, as he sat out practice on Tuesday, reports Mike Wilkening of NBC Sports. Dalton posted just five fantasy points last weekend against the Indianapolis Colts. That's easily his worst output of the season. The Ravens defense is better against the pass in terms of allowing touchdowns, so that means bad news for Cincinnati's signal-caller.   Running Backs Start: Ben Tate vs. Oakland Ben Tate was effective in Weeks 5 and 6 against the Tennessee Titans and Pittsburgh Steelers, but he ran into a tough matchup against the Jacksonville Jaguars last week. Kevin Jones of ClevelandBrowns.com tweeted a quote from Tate regarding his mindset moving forward: He should turn the tide in Week 8 against the Oakland Raiders, who just allowed the Arizona Cardinals to run for over 200 yards. Overall, Oakland is 29th against the run. And following last week's performance from Brian Hoyer, the Cleveland Browns could put the ball on the ground a lot. That means good news for Tate owners.   Sit: Chris Ivory vs. Buffalo Chris Ivory has been the lone successful runner for the New York Jets, but he's in for a tough week. The Buffalo Bills front line of Mario Williams and Marcell Dareus won't make things easy. Ivory is a bruiser who loves to push through the trenches and get into the second level of defenses. That likely won't happen much against the Bills. You can beat Buffalo with quickness, as Jerick McKinnon proved last week, but Ivory's lateral quickness isn't on the same level. He's a good play against most defenses, as he's always capable of getting in the end zone. But the Bills won't make things easy for him in short-yardage situations.   Wide Receivers Start: Doug Baldwin at Carolina Start Doug Baldwin for the same reasons you're starting Russell Wilson. This Panthers defense is horrible. In fact, it has allowed the most fantasy points to wide receivers in the NFL. Without Percy Harvin in the fold, Baldwin emerged as Wilson's top weapon in the offense. He hauled in seven passes for 123 yards and a touchdown. He leads the team in targets, which means a steady diet of passes will come his way against the porous Carolina secondary. You should feel safe starting him as a No. 2 receiver this week. His role in the offense will only continue to grow.   Sit: Kelvin Benjamin vs. Seattle On the flip side of this contest, it's not a smart decision to start Kelvin Benjamin. The rookie wideout has been a stud for Cam Newton and the Panthers, but he draws his toughest assignment yet in Richard Sherman. Sherman is 6'3". Benjamin is 6'5". That's not too much of a difference, but Benjamin is used to going up against smaller cornerbacks. That makes this a tough matchup. Plus, Newton has said that he's not going to push it against Sherman, via ESPN.com's David Newton: If the play is called for me to read it to Richard's side, by all means I'm going to do it. And I'm going to give each and every receiver an opportunity to make plays. I'm not going to force it. I'm not going to be an idiot. I'm going to do a great job of protecting the football and be aggressively patient in taking what the defense gives me. Well, the defense might not give him too much.   Tight Ends Start: Scott Chandler at New York Scott Chandler hasn't scored a touchdown this season, so it's understandable to be weary about plugging him into your starting lineup. But the Jets do not play tight ends well, allowing seven touchdowns to the position on the season. That makes Chandler a candidate to find pay dirt for the first time. He didn't play particularly well last week, but that's because Sammy Watkins stole the show. Chandler might not rack up the yardage that you'd like to see from a tight end. He only has two games over 50 yards receiving this year. That said, the frequency with which tight ends score against the Jets makes him a good play.   Sit: Jason Witten vs. Washington Is Jason Witten losing targets to Gavin Escobar? Escobar grabbed two touchdowns against the New York Giants last week, prompting many to question Witten's role in the offense. Witten was targeted just twice in that game. He has just four catches for 51 yards and a touchdown in his last two games, but that's also the only touchdown he has scored this season. Washington plays tight ends pretty well, allowing the 14th-most points to the position. Witten could potentially break out, but the chances of that are slim. Leave him on the bench until he starts to pick it back up.   D/STs Start: Miami at Jacksonville The Miami Dolphins defense is coming off a great game against the Chicago Bears, as it held the potent offense to just two touchdowns. The Jaguars may have exploded for 24 points last week, but that won't happen against Miami. Blake Bortles has thrown at least two picks in four of his five games. The offensive line has done him no favors, as he has been sacked 13 times. As a team, the Dolphins have recorded 17 sacks. They also rank fourth in the league in total defense, allowing just 313.7 yards per game. They do have to be on the lookout for Denard Robinson and his speed, but stacking the box should help to contain the young running back. Because of the potential for multiple sacks and interceptions, the Dolphins are a must-start.   Sit: Cleveland vs. Oakland The Browns were considered a smart play last week against the Jaguars. Then they allowed 24 points and lost the game. That should make owners feel uneasy about giving them another chance against the Oakland Raiders. Cleveland isn't super-talented defensively, but the thought of playing a low-ranking team made it an appealing option. The Raiders are 0-6 for a reason, but Derek Carr has shown a bit more offensive explosiveness than Bortles has in their rookie seasons. A decent showing isn't out of the question, but most owners (or those scouring the waiver wire) should have lost nearly all confidence in this unit after last week's debacle.   Kickers Start: Caleb Sturgis at Jacksonville Ryan Tannehill has been playing great (521 yards, four touchdowns) over his last two games. Against a below-average Jaguars defense, he should give the Dolphins plenty of opportunities to score. That should give Caleb Sturgis opportunities to kick plenty. Extra points are good for tacking on a point here or there, but a kicker's value obviously lies in how often he converts field-goal tries. Sturgis was just 2-of-4 last week against Chicago, but he had previously made nine of 10 on the year. Given how many opportunities he'll have to kick in some capacity, Sturgis is a must-start.   Sit: Matt Bryant vs. Detroit Matt Bryant is not a good play. The Atlanta Falcons offense is inconsistent, and the stifling defense of the Detroit Lions won't make life easy for Matt Ryan. Moving the ball is going to be extremely difficult, meaning there will be limited field-goal attempts. Heck, he might only get a chance to convert an extra point or two. Drop him, and pick up another kicker off the waiver wire. Almost every kicker in the league is a better play than Bryant this week.   Follow Kenny DeJohn on Twitter: @kennydejohnRead more NFL news on BleacherReport.com brvideo
    2014-10-24 Fantasy Football Week 8: Updated Rankings for Sunday's Action - Believe it or not, most fantasy football leagues will already be halfway done after the weekend. And that's just for the lucky managers who make it to the fantasy championships, which usually occur during Week 16. The chances to chalk up wins before the playoffs are dwindling, and Week 8 presents October's last opportunity to wrestle away a victory. These rankings are missing plenty of key players, as the Denver Broncos and San Diego Chargers already performed on Thursday night. That leaves several managers with one or two less decisions to make for the weekend, while others are now staring at an early deficit. Let's dive into the remaining slate to provide position-by-position fantasy football rankings for Week 8.   Quarterback Since Peyton Manning took the Thursday night shift this week, everyone gets a crack at the top quarterback ranking he often monopolizes throughout the season. Even if these rankings were released on Wednesday, however, Aaron Rodgers would reign supreme as Week 8's No. 1 quarterback. The New Orleans Saints rank No. 28 with 270.5 passing yards allowed per contest. They just relinquished 299 yards and a pair of touchdowns to Matthew Stafford sans Calvin Johnson, and Rodgers shares no such shortage of top wideouts. Jordy Nelson leads the NFC with 47 receptions while Randall Cobb's eight touchdowns tops the conference. Of course, you're starting Rodgers if you own him and cursing the fantasy gods if you're facing him. Tony Romo may not be regarded in such must-start terrain, but he should be. The criminally underrated signal-caller has registered a 69.2 completion percentage, which tops the NFL. Since his three-interception season debut against the San Francisco 49ers, Romo has tossed 13 scores to just three picks, averaging 278.8 passing yards in his past four games. Per ESPN Stats & Info, only Manning has a higher active streak of consecutive games with at least one touchdown pass: Monday night's matchup is also ripe for picking, as Washington is tied with the New York Jets for most fantasy points surrendered to quarterbacks in ESPN leagues. They haven't exactly faced a murderer's row of passers either, having played Ryan Fitzpatrick, Chad Henne and Charlie Whitehurst. QB sleeper: Kyle Orton, Buffalo Bills (at New York Jets)   Running Back Attention fantasy gamers: Jerick McKinnon demands your attention. Shaking free from Matt Asiata's shadow, the 22-year-old has generated 381 total yards through his past four games. He's done so at an efficient rate, averaging 5.5 yards per carry compared to Asiata's 3.7 over the same stretch. McKinnon is the superior Minnesota Vikings rusher, and it's not particularly close. According to The Associated Press' Dave Campbell, he has the full support of rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. "Whenever the ball is in his hand, he's going to make a play. The first guy doesn't usually bring him down in the open field," Bridgewater said. "He's a guy who's very exciting to watch and very exciting to be in the backfield with. He's going to do some great things for this team." Campbell also noted that McKinnon ranks third with 2.6 yards per carry after contact with 6.8 yards per run up the middle. Both are phenomenal signs from a 5"9" back cast as a speedster, so Minnesota has no excuse to keep using the bigger Asiata in goal-line work. He should continue to pry away most of Minnesota's touches, and fantasy owners will hope that transition develops this weekend. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers rank No. 25 in rushing defense, and McKinnon could pull double duty as a pass-catcher against the NFL's worst passing defense. Start the newcomer with confidence. RB Sleeper: Travaris Cadet, New Orleans Saints (vs. Green Bay Packers)   Wide Receiver All Sammy Watkins needed was a quarterback change to springboard from fringe flex play to top-10 wideout given the right matchup. Take at look at what the rookie has accomplished in three games with Kyle Orton under center and consider that the New England Patriots employ Darrelle Revis at cornerback: Just like that, Watkins is now pushing for 1,000 receiving yards during his rookie campaign. While EJ Manuel frequently targeted the highly-touted first-round pick, the duo successfully connected on an inefficient 17 of 32 targets.  The New York Jets no longer roster Revis, and they did not locate a suitable replacement to play man coverage. It's important to note Gang Green has endured a brutal schedule where they have ran into Rodgers, Manning, Philip Rivers and Tom Brady, so maybe the secondary deserves some slack. But Watkins is too talented to halt those struggles completely on Sunday. Going forward, treat the Buffalo Bills' electric receiver as a starting mainstay. WR Sleeper: Davante Adams, Green Bay Packers (at New Orleans Saints)   Tight End The top of this list looks awfully thin with Thursday participants Julius Thomas and Antonio Gate ineligible and a hobbled Jimmy Graham playing limited snaps. That makes Greg Olsen an elite option against the Seattle Seahawks, who have already surrendered eight touchdowns to opposing tight ends. Later on the board, Jordan Reed and Owen Daniels are both juicy options to play against vulnerable opponents. Reed gets the Dallas Cowboys, who have yielded a league-high 50 receptions to tight ends along with seven touchdowns. Daniels get the Cincinnati Bengals, whose 609 yards tops the leaderboard versus the position. After a hamstring injury cost him a month, Reed has returned strong with 13 catches for 146 yards. Considering the 26 targets sent Niles Paul's way in his absence, Reed would probably be appraised shortly outside the top five tight ends had he remained healthy. Health has rarely helped Owen Daniels in the past, and it's rearing its ugly head again. The 31-year-old did not attend the Baltimore Ravens' practice yesterday with a knee ailment, per the team's official Twitter account: If he suits up, Daniels is a starting play given a strong matchup and his prominence since Dennis Pitta went down for the season. The veteran has stockpiled 205 receiving yards in the last four games, scoring a touchdown last Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons. Monitor his status heading into Sunday and start him if he's a go. TE Sleeper: Jermaine Gresham, Cincinnati Bengals (vs. Baltimore Ravens)   Defense Even in the Jacksonville Jaguars' first winning effort of the season, Blake Bortles fired three interceptions and got sacked twice. Leading the way with 15 giveaways and 29 sacks, Jacksonville remains a primary source of fantasy points for its opposition. Otherwise a fringe option, the Miami Dolphins catapult to a must-start. Yet most fantasy managers know that. If you're too late to scoop up Miami, aim for the Kansas City Chiefs, who sport the NFL's second-best passing defense despite having encountered Peyton Manning, Tom Brady and Philip Rivers. Although the St. Louis Rams are riding high after upsetting the Seattle Seahawks, they have yielded the third-most fantasy points to opposing defenses in ESPN standard-scoring formats. They're not last year's touchdown-scoring juggernaut, but the Chiefs are a solid Week 8 play nonetheless. D Sleeper: Baltimore Ravens (at Cincinnati Bengals)   Kicker Chandler Catanzaro has converted all 15 field-goal attempts during his inaugural season. If he makes his first try on Sunday, he'll set a new rookie record for most consecutive makes to start a career. While he's nailed just one 50-plus yarder, he's displayed superb mid-range accuracy with five field goals between 40-49 yards. Although the Philadelphia Eagles shut out the New York Giants before enjoying their Week 7 bye, they still possess the No. 24 overall defense. The young kicker, owned in just 17.4 percent of ESPN leagues, should get some chances to boot home a few points for his few fantasy owners. K Sleeper: Cairo Santos, Kansas City Chiefs (vs. St. Louis Rams)Read more NFL news on BleacherReport.com brvideo
    2014-10-24 Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Week 8: Choosing Top Fantasy Football Locks and Flops - For all the folks on Twitter/Facebook/in your group text message with friends who say "no one cares about your fantasy team," that's not necessarily true. People care about other people's fantasy teams if and only if it will then allow them to talk about their own fantasy roster. Case in point: Friend asks you if you should sell high on DeMarco Murray. If you do not have DeMarco Murray or an opportunity to acquire Murray, odds are you'll offer some halfhearted advice that's forgotten 10 seconds after it's said. If you own Murray, though? Suddenly you're six adult beverages and two hours deep into a theoretical conversation, poring over historical trends for high-usage running backs. I bring this up because not all fantasy football articles, like conversations, are created equal. For one-size-fits-all conversations, analysts have our weekly rankings where every relevant player is put into a position-by-position order. By their very nature, start 'em, sit 'em columns are different. They're meant to highlight small advantages we see that others might not. Meaning, some may read through and not see a player relevant to their team. That's OK; it just means you'll have to sift through rankings to decide whether Jerick McKinnon or Anthony Dixon should start for you this week. (It's McKinnon.) For everyone else, though, let's take a look at the most glaring market inefficiencies from which to reap rewards.   Quarterback: Start Carson Palmer Over Andy Dalton, Matt Ryan and Jay Cutler Yep. We've reached this part of proceedings. Where Carson Palmer, lord of the wobbly eight-yard out route that gets returned for a pick-six, gets thrown into lineups over three guys whose franchises have deemed them worthy of leading a Super Bowl team. Palmer, though he's been limited to three games due to injuries, has been excellent when in the lineup. He's thrown with just enough arm strength and velocity to execute Bruce Arians' offense, while mixing in a heaping pile of underneath throws to running backs. After consecutive six-catch weeks, Andre Ellington has two fewer targets on the season than Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd. It's hard to argue with the results. Palmer is completing his highest percentage of passes (66.1) in nearly a decade and has gone 112 pass attempts with a single interception. While there is some mean regression coming—Palmer is a regular in the three-plus percent interception rate—it's unlikely to come against Philadelphia. The Eagles have picked off only three passes this season. Meanwhile, Dalton, Ryan and Cutler are all going through their own respective nightmares.  Dalton is learning what life would be like without A.J. Green. It's not so great. Dalton's receivers dropped a ton of passes and he was abysmal himself in last week's loss to the Colts, throwing for 126 yards on 38 attempts without a touchdown or interception. Green is unlikely to play this week, and with the Bengals hosting a red-hot Baltimore defense, it's hard to expect much production from Dalton. Ryan appears stuck on another Atlanta team heading for double-digit losses. Julio Jones and Roddy White are back in the lineup at full health, but the Falcons get zero help from their rushing game and are constantly losing the time of possession game due to their defense. Ryan has thrown for only one touchdown each of the last three weeks. Cutler, it appears, has a near-mutiny on his hands. The Bears had a tense postgame incident following last week's loss to the Dolphins, with Brandon Marshall apparently ripping everyone from Cutler to Robbie Gould a new one. Cutler and Marshall have a longstanding relationship so it's unlikely any of this carries over, but Marshall's frustrations are not without warrant. Expected to have one of the NFL's best offenses, Chicago has struggled with consistency and Cutler's turnover-prone ways have come back at the worst time. Things won't get any easier with the Bears headed to New England this week. It's a risk, but I'd start Palmer over all three guys.   Start Lamar Miller over Giovani Bernard and Alfred Morris Anyone who owned Lamar Miller last season probably just recoiled in horror. Taken on average midway through the third round in 2013, Miller was viewed as a potential breakout candidate. In the end, the only things he broke were records for inducing anger management classes. Miller finished with 709 yards and two touchdowns, and when the Dolphins signed Knowshon Moreno, it appeared we were done with him for good. Whoopsie. Two injuries, including a season-ending ACL tear, to Moreno later and Miller has reentered fantasy relevance. He has scored four touchdowns over his last three games, in the process more than doubling his career total. Despite beginning the season as a backup and playing in one fewer game than most running backs, he's 10th at the position in fantasy points coming into Week 8. Miller, like it or not, has emerged as an every-week start. Also sitting comfortably within every-week start status are Bernard and Morris, who are plenty good at football in their own right. Bernard hasn't been especially productive as a runner, but he's been used enough as a receiver and has four touchdowns. Morris had a blazing start to the season where it looked as if it wouldn't matter whether it was Robert Griffin III, Kirk Cousins or Daffy Duck playing quarterback. At issue with Morris and Bernard are their recent downward trends. Morris has 12 fantasy points in the last three weeks total, averaging a robust 2.8 yards per carry in the process. Bernard has done a little better by virtue of having the Carolina Panthers on his schedule, but struggled against Baltimore on the ground in Week 1 and is coming off a seven-carry, 17-yard outing against Indy. The pair are also suffering through injuries, with Bernard limited by his ribs and Morris hobbled by an ankle injury last week. With the Bengals offense all over the place and Washington consigned to starting Colt McCoy at quarterback Sunday—seriously, Colt McCoy! In 2014!—it's hard to trust either guy. In the weird situation where you'd have Miller and Morris/Bernard, swallow hard and go with the hot hand.   Wide Receiver: Start Doug Baldwin Over Andre Johnson Following the controversial Percy Harvin trade, Baldwin is as close to a No. 1 receiver as Seattle has. The former undrafted free agent had seven receptions for 123 yards and a touchdown in last week's loss to St. Louis, with his 10 targets being four more than any other pass-catcher. Even before the Harvin trade, Baldwin was already challenging his high-priced counterpart for the top spot. Harvin and Baldwin were separated in targets by one; Baldwin was close to doubling Harvin's yards per catch rate; and Russell Wilson seemed to trust him more in high-priority situations. The Seahawks aren't suddenly going to undergo an offensive overhaul, so Baldwin's upside is still limited. Seattle is 29th in passing yards per game, and while that's not an accurate assessment of Wilson, it is instructive of Pete Carroll's preferred playing style. Only Houston, which employs Ryan Fitzpatrick, throws the ball fewer times per game than the Seahawks. Which, as a segue that was not whatsoever contrived, leads us to Andre Johnson, the future Hall of Famer who can't seem to catch a break. Johnson's unhappy offseason has morphed into what could be the worst full season of his career. The All-Pro has 39 receptions for 496 yards and a lone touchdown so far, failing to make a reception longer than 26 yards. Fitzpatrick acknowledged that he needs to do a better job of getting Johnson the ball after Monday's loss to Pittsburgh. “My job is to get the ball to our play-makers and I didn’t get it to Andre nearly enough early,” Fitzpatrick told reporters. “It’s just one of those deals, I’ve got to continue as I progress to continue to get better, continue to throw the ball to the right guy and making sure everybody is on the same page.” Houston travels to Tennessee this week, so it's a risk sitting any Texans player. It'd be much more advisable to start Baldwin over the likes of Reggie Wayne, Roddy White or Marques Colston if the option is available. In this specific instance, I'm backing my 17th-ranked player over my 18th. Fingers crossed.   Follow Tyler Conway (@tylerconway22) on Twitter All fantasy stats via ESPNRead more NFL news on BleacherReport.com brvideo
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    2014-10-23 Game Review: Jaguars Prove to be a Bad Matchup for Browns in 24-6 Loss - I should have seen this coming: the Jacksonville Jaguars are just a bad matchup for the Cleveland Browns. It sounds a little ridiculous to say that about a team that was 0-6 heading into our game was a bad matchup, but they were, and it came at the right time. In my game preview, I gave the Jaguars the edge on the defensive line, noting how they rotated 8-9 defensive linemen in and had more sacks on their line alone than the Browns had as a team. Then, despite Pro Football Focus having shredded OG Paul McQuistan as a right guard last year with the Seahawks (and the previous week against the Steelers) and OL John Greco making his first career start at center, I tried to make myself believe that they could hold the fort down well enough to win. Instead, the Browns' offensive line crumbled against the Jaguars' defensive line, and that led to a lack of running lanes and more pressure than QB Brian Hoyer was accustom to seeing this season. The result was an ugly offensive performance, and although I still think the Browns should have been able to win ugly, we didn't. Let's get to the complete game review. Cleveland Browns vs. Jacksonville Jaguars 1st 2nd 3rd 4th FINAL 3 3 0 0 6 0 7 3 14 24 WEEK 7 - CLEVELAND BROWNS VS. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS(COMPLETE GAME REVIEW) Goat of the Game: RB Terrance West - In his return game from being benched, running backs coach Wilbert Montgomery decided to feature West before RB Isaiah Crowell in the first half. The results were not pretty, as West finished with 5 carries for 8 yards before being benched for the second half. West had two terrible runs to close out the first half, both of which had a significant trickle down effect on how the remainder of the first half unfolded. I wouldn't be surprised if West is inactive or out of the rotation again this Sunday. Awarding the Game Ball: FS Tashaun Gipson - How can you not give the game ball to Gipson, whose two interceptions on rookie QB Blake Bortles set Cleveland up with great field position in the first half? Sadly, the net result was a total of three points for the Browns, but Gipson's ball skills have to be the best in the secondary. Jaguars' Pressure Gets Their Early: After only attempting 19 passes the previous week, the Browns came out firing on their first drive -- 4 of their 5 plays were through the air. I don't think that's a negative, I'm just pointing it out. After having picked up one first down, the Browns found themselves in a situation they would be in most of the game: 3rd-and-long, and specifically, 3rd-and-9 in this case. QB Brian Hoyer found out early in the game that he wasn't going to get the same type of pass protection he'd been accustom to in the first five games, as Jaguars DT Sen'Derrick Marks is going to fake one way and then go inside on RG Paul McQuistan. Hoyer has pressure in his face before he completes his dropback and takes a hit as he delivers an inaccurate pass to WR Travis Benjamin over the middle (not shown). If McQuistan even gets a half-way decent block, Hoyer had the right read and probably gets a completion to near mid-field. Here is a video of McQuistan getting beat on the play. Denard Robinson Goes Wild: When I say wild, I'm talking about "wild for RB Denard Robinson standards" as the former college quarterback had a career day, averaging 5.8 YPC on 22 carries. The Browns' first defensive snap began in a 2-4-5 formation. There are no tricks here as Robinson finds a pretty sizable hole for a gain of 14 yards. I will say this about the Browns' run defense: yes, the productivity that opposing teams are getting is undesirable. Against the Jaguars, though, they weren't sustaining drives via the ground game. They would pick up a first down or two consistently with a good run, but then were stopped and forced to punt.In the isolated run defense example above, DL John Hughes tries to penetrate into the backfield, which helps create the hole shown. If Hughes had crashed to his left initially, DL Desmond Bryant or ILB Karlos Dansby would be in position to clean up the tackle on the cutback attempt. Greco Beat on Cutback Run: Are you ready to look at the first of many bad plays for the Browns' offense? Expect a heavy dose of watching our offensive line issues in this film review session. Facing a 2nd-and-8 on their second drive of the game, the Browns are going to try to set up a cutback run. Interestingly enough, WR Marlon Moore is in the game here for a rare offensive snap, as he'll be coming back across to the left to provide a chip on the edge. Unfortunately, DT Roy Miller (cyan arrow) is going to beat C John Greco off the snap and blow up the play. Look at the advantage that Miller has before Hoyer is even close to handing the ball off to RB Ben Tate. The cutback lane could have been there for a nice gain, but Tate is hit in the backfield and dropped for a loss of three yards. That sets up another 3rd-and-long (3rd-and-11), which you can't keep expecting an offense to be successful at. Here is a video of Greco getting beat at the snap. Sheard's Pressure Leads to INT: Despite punting on their first two drives, the Browns would soon be back in business thanks to an interception by FS Tashaun Gipson. On the first play of the drive, QB Blake Bortles is going to try to hit WR Marqise Lee, who is running a crossing route from the slot to Bortles' right. Pay attention to OLB Jabaal Sheard, who is going to rush the tight end from the bottom of the screen. Sheard is lined up against a tight end, which is obviously going to be a favorably matchup for the Browns. Once Sheard sees that this is a pass play, he bull rushes the tight end all the way back to where Bortles is. Sheard gets the hit on Bortles as he releases the ball... ...and it's a duck into the waiting arms of Gipson. Had Sheard not been able to apply the pressure, the Browns still had good coverage on Lee, but a nice pass could have led to a completion. Hoyer & Austin Not on the Same Page: The Browns took over at the 17 yard line. On first down, this is a called run play, but QB Brian Hoyer has the option to signal an adjustment to his wide receiver based on the coverage. Hoyer expects WR Miles Austin to have inside position in a one-on-one battle over the middle. The problem? Austin must not have seen the cue from Hoyer. If he had, this play goes for a first down inside the ten yard line, and could even be a touchdown if Austin's able to break a tackle. Swing Screen Not Blocked Well: The Browns then called a timeout prior to their 2nd-and-10 play. Coming out of the timeout, offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan called a swing screen play to RB Terrance West. It's a play I don't think we've run this season, which is good for the unpredictably factor. However, that also means we have less experience executing our blocks on this play, and one bad block can kill the play. The guy I circled on the offensive line is RT Mitchell Schwartz. He tried to cut block a defender, but the defender did a good job avoiding it. Downfield, TE Jordan Cameron can't get a good block on his man. The combination of missed blocks leads to West being taken down for no gain (meanwhile, WR Andrew Hawkins, the smallest guy on the team, still manages to maintain his block downfield). A delay of game penalty then led to a 3rd-and-15, which again is a low success rate, so the Browns had to settle for a field goal to go up 3-0 mid-way through the first quarter. Benjamin Drops a 3rd Down Pass: The Browns' defense forced another punt, and then on Cleveland's next offensive series, a pair of first downs put Cleveland at midfield. This time, the Browns had a somewhat better third-down situation at 3rd-and-7, but it's still not ideal. WR Travis Benjamin is going to run to the first down marker and come back for the ball. QB Brian Hoyer delivers the pass on time and to Benjamin's outside. It's a good throw and Benjamin has both hands on it, but he can't haul in the pass. The Browns had what would qualify as 3 or 4 dropped passes on the day, more than doubling their amount for the entire season. Browns Use Gilbert on the Blitz: After both teams traded punts back-and-forth again, we shift to under ten minutes to play in the second quarter. The Jaguars are facing a 3rd-and-8 at the 41 yard line, on the verge of field goal range. QB Blake Bortles is going to look to the receiver on his left the whole way, so he never sees CB Justin Gilbert bringing the delayed blitz at the bottom of the screen (green). Gilbert had a good game, and I like that we tried to find another way to get him to make a play besides being in coverage. Gilbert hits Bortles as he throws, and the pass sails well over his receivers head for an incompletion, leading to another punt. Route Combinations Too Close: To begin their next drive, the Browns tried to go deep, something they attempted three times against Jacksonville on "first play situations," and they were ready for it every time. The Browns are going to try a little bit of a hi-lo route combination here with WR Travis Benjamin running to the middle of the field deep before cutting back toward the left side of the field. Here is why I don't care for the play: at the point above, the deep safety doesn't know where to go, so he stays in the middle. If we have our receivers cross (Benjamin continues right, WR Taylor Gabriel continues left), then one or the other should have single coverage. When Benjamin goes upfield, it creates a little too much traffic for Gabriel's route. A linebacker has caught up in the mix, and the safety is still deep to where Benjamin is running. Hoyer launches the ball into double coverage because that's pretty much his only option on the play. FB Ray Agnew does leak into the flat late, but it's after Hoyer has already wound up to throw. Hoyer Misses the Window for Benjamin: Despite the missed play above, the Browns moved the chains with an 18-yard run by RB Ben Tate on the next play. That led to Cleveland's best drive of the game: 14 plays, 76 yards, and eating up 5:21 of game clock. The drive only led to a field goal, and there were two opportunities that Cleveland missed. After a 1st-and-goal run from the 4 yard line resulted in no gain, the Browns were faced with a 2nd-and-goal. QB Brian Hoyer is going to playaction fake to RB Ben Tate, who then leaks into the flat. TE Gary Barnidge leaks to the back right corner of the end zone for what was his only offensive snap of the game. I imagine we were hoping Barnidge would be wide open here. WR Travis Benjamin is running a crossing route along the front of the end zone. When Hoyer rolls out, he has two defenders on him. Although Barnidge has a lot of space to work with, the defender has good position on him. If Hoyer throws a pass leading him to the outside here, especially when he's not looking yet, the defender could have a play on the ball. Benjamin isn't open at the front of the end zone yet. If he improvised and went to the back of the end zone, there'd be a window to hit him. Because Hoyer is running behind a couple of linebackers, they don't see him and therefore aren't really moving with Benjamin. Therefore, a throw to a spot would lead to a touchdown for Benjamin. Hoyer's vision might be blocked by the oncoming pass rusher and the linebacker still in front of Benjamin, though, so before he takes a sack, Hoyer tosses the ball away. Hoyer Sails One to Cameron: If the previous play was a safe throwaway, then QB Brian Hoyer definitely missed his mark on 3rd-and-goal. TE Jordan Cameron is going to fake a step to the outside and then run straight up the seam to the back of the end zone. Cameron is open, but the throw is sailed well high and out of bounds. Why did Hoyer miss? Besides having a generally bad game, the fact that the Jaguars were batting a couple of his passes might have gotten into his head. Settling for a field goal, the Browns had a 6-0 lead with 4:19 to go in the first half. Gipson's Second INT: The Jaguars' next drive kept the momentum in Cleveland's favor. Facing a 3rd-and-4 from the 26 yard line, FS Tashaun Gipson is going to notch his second interception of the game. As QB Blake Bortles throws, you can see that Gipson is already driving on the ball. Here is the view from Bortles' perspective, and I don't know if this is the type of thing he'll want to put on his highlight reel. I like Gipson's attacking mentality on a rookie quarterback. If we had been passive and dropping back into coverage, a cushion allows for a completion. West Dances, Misses 1st Down: The interception gave the Browns the ball at the 33 yard line. On first down, we ran a jet sweep to WR Andrew Hawkins that was good for 8 yards. This is where West starts to become the goat. It is 2nd-and-2. When the hole is there, you take it. Above, I diagram where the hole will form on this play. There's the hold, and West sees it. He's very clearly going to pick up the first down if he runs through it. Instead, West plants his foot in the ground when he sees S Johnathan Cyprien, a guy who might be able to tackle him at the second level. West decides to bounce to the outside, where there appears to be another hole.. Once again, if West commits to this hole, he'll have the first down and more. He plants his foot in the ground again, and bounces the run out even wider. West still has time to say "screw it" and just settle for the first down if he uses his speed to race to the outside. Instead, now he decides to cut back to the inside. When he cuts back inside, finally, a swarm of Jaguars defenders get him. West picks up one yard, setting up a 3rd-and-1. After the game, West admitted that he was trying to find a "home run" on this play in order to earn playing time. West Misses Another Hole: The Browns still faced a 3rd-and-1 with the hope of making amends for the previous play. They keep RB Terrance West in the game and are going to give him the handoff from the Pistol. Based on how the Browns are blocking, it seems like West should have a nice cutback lane waiting for him. QB Brian Hoyer hasn't even handed the ball off to West yet, so I'd hope that West's vision would be good enough to see the cutback lane. Instead, West burrows his head into the back of his offensive linemen. He could still salvage the play if he bounces the run out to his left. He'd only need to gain a yard, but as you can see, he'd get a whole lot more than that. Instead, West bounces out to his right. The stat sheet credits him for having no gain, but this was actually a loss. The Browns were at 3rd-and-short heading into the play, but by my estimation, the next play looks like 4th-and-1.5. Here is a video clip of West missing the hole. Pettine Makes Mistake in Not Taking the Points: It was very frustrating to see West blow two opportunities, but once we failed, I had an uneasy feeling when we sent the offense back onto the field on 4th-and-1. If we were down by a touchdown, sure, let's go for it. But, our defense had dominated the Jaguars and our offense was struggling. A two-possession lead at 9-0 would've been great going into the half. Plus, consider this: even if we get the first down, that doesn't mean we're getting a touchdown. We could very well have gone 3-and-out on the next three plays and still kicked a field goal, albeit with a little less time on the clock. Anyway, Pettine decides to go for it, and we're banking on TE Jordan Cameron coming open in the flat. As QB Brian Hoyer does a playfake to the running back, two players, DE Red Bryant and LB Paul Posluszny, shoot through. Tate can't block them both, and he really isn't able to block either of them. No. 55, LB Geno Hayes, is glued to Cameron. To buy some time, all Hoyer can do is backpeddle and hope someone breaks open. Cameron tries to improvise and go deeper on his route, which ends up basically colliding with where WR Andrew Hawkins was originally going (although the defender had tight coverage on Hawkins too). All things considered, Hoyer's attempt isn't a bad one... ...in fact, if Cameron doesn't mistime his jump, he's going to catch this for a first down. He jumps a tad too early, though, and thus bobbles the ball a bit for the turnover on downs. Defense Surrenders Late TD: The defense doesn't deserve a free pass for letting QB Blake Bortles put a touchdown drive together all of a sudden in three plays, but I am a bit lenient on them because it's tough to play a full defensive game in this league. This is the second play of the drive where TE Clay Harbor is going to leak into the flat uncovered. Based on how the Browns' defense reacted to the play, the only thing I can surmise is that ILB Karlos Dansby (green) stayed in the middle of the field, not thinking Bortles would be looking to dump it off to his tight end. To a degree, Dansby was right. Bortles never looked for his tight end. Only when he was pressured and forced to roll out did he spot Harbor. Before Bortles throws the pass, you can see Dansby sprinting over toward Harbor. Because of how much space there is between Harbor and Dansby, Harbor is able to make Dansby miss in the open field for a gain of 24 yards. On the next play, the Browns' coverage wasn't bad; CB Buster Skrine simply missed a tackle, as did SS Donte Whitner, and it led to a go-ahead touchdown. Talk about a rotten feeling to go into the half down 7-6. Jaguars Not Fooled to Start 2nd Half: When the Browns faced the Titans in Week 5, their first offensive play of the second half was a deep hitch and go to WR Taylor Gabriel that went for 49 yards. Two weeks later, the Browns tried the same thing on their first offensive play of the second half. After QB Brian Hoyer takes the snap and fakes the handoff, he looks downfield. In the screenshot above, WR Taylor Gabriel is faking a move to the outside near midfield. Hoyer launches the ball deep, but the defender is in no way fooled. In fact, he has better position than Gabriel, and if the pass isn't overthrown, it could be intercepted. Tate's Missed Blitz Pickup Leads to Fumble: Two plays later, the Browns faced a 3rd-and-9. QB Brian Hoyer is looking to take advantage of the catch-and-run ability of WR Andrew Hawkins here, who is lined up to his right and will be running an in-and-out. The Jaguars are going to bring two guys off the left side. LT Joe Thomas will take the defender nearest to him, while RB Ben Tate is going to step up, allowing a free rusher off the edge. Tate recognizes it late and tries to get over for a chip. It's too late -- as Hoyer is ready to deliver the lead pass to Hawkins, he's getting whacked from behind. The play ends up being ruled a fumble and a recovery by the Jaguars. Personally, I still feel that it was not an empty hand, but it's close enough on replay to where I don't think the officials made a terrible call or anything. Sheard Just Misses Game-Changing Play: The Browns' defense held strong, forcing a field goal attempt that would give the Jaguars a four-point lead. Jacksonville's game-winning field goal attempt last week from 55 yards out was blocked. This is only a 30-yard attempt, but DL Jabaal Sheard gets a rarity -- he shoots right up the middle! If K Josh Scobee hits this like a kicker normally would, which is right down the middle, Sheard is going to deny the kick, and there's a good chance one of Cleveland's defenders would have picked up the ball for a touchdown return. Instead, Scobee hooks the ball well to his left, just inside the left upright and just missing Sheard by dumb luck. Awful 3rd Down Throw by Hoyer: Down 10-6, the Browns now face a 3rd-and-11 close to the mid-way point of the third quarter. TE Jordan Cameron is at the top of the screen running an out route beyond the first down marker. We've seen QB Brian Hoyer make some bad throws this year, but generally, I've felt his intangibles were good. On this one, I don't know what the heck happened. Not only is this severely underthrown for Cameron, it's as if Hoyer never sees the underneath defender here. He doesn't even face much pressure on the play. Aside from the missed throw to Cameron in the end zone earlier, this is his worst throw/decision of the game. The pass should be intercepted, possibly for a pick six. Thankfully, not all defensive backs can catch, so the drop at least allows the Browns to continue playing the field position game and punt. Kirksey Sacks Bortles on Overload Blitz: On the Jaguars' next possession, they went three-and-out. Facing a 3rd-and-10, the Browns show an overload blitz on their left side. Will any of them drop back into coverage? Nope, all four of them come. Because the center goes to his left, the Browns have a four-on-three with their overload blitz. The free man is S Jim Leonhard coming around the edge. With OLB Jabaal Sheard crashing inside, when QB Blake Bortles steps up in the pocket, ILB Chris Kirksey hits him for the sack. Here's another screenshot of Bortles stepping up to where Kirksey is ready, dropping Bortles for a loss of two yards and forcing a punt. Here's a video of Kirksey's sack. Hawkins Drops a Pass: With every punt by the Browns, the margin for error is thinning. 6:22 is left in the third quarter, but it feels like we're down by a whole lot more than 10-6. On the first play of this drive, WR Andrew Hawkins is running a crossing route from the bottom of the screen. QB Brian Hoyer will bootleg to his left after the playaction fake. Hawkins has space in front of him, so a good throw will lead to a completion of about 15 yards. Hoyer makes a good throw, but Hawkins drops it. On second down, the RB Ben Tate picked up five yards, and then on third down, I think you can argue that Hawkins dropped another first-down pass. Too many miscues by everybody, not just Hoyer. Skrine's INT Restores Hope: The Jaguars were putting together one of their more complete drives of the game to close out the third quarter, and it seemed like they were going to go up by 7 or 11 points. Facing a 3rd-and-5, the Jaguars have a trips formation to their left, and the Browns' defensive backs appear to be playing zone coverage. QB Blake Bortles steps up in the pocket. At first, I think he's going to run it himself. Right as he gets to the line of scrimmage, Bortles suddenly lets loose a pass to his left. Almost mirror what FS Tashaun Gipson did for his second interception, this time it's CB Buster Skrine who is taking a chance and jumping the route. Skrine makes a great play on the ball to come away with the interception and keeping it a 10-6 game. Not Blaming Hoyer for Coming Up Short: The Browns finished up the third quarter with back-to-back completions of 19- and 15-yards to get past midfield. For the third time in this game, what felt like a "first play" (due to it being the start of the quarter) was an attempt to get the ball deep down the field. WR Taylor Gabriel is running a very long developing route at the top of the screen. QB Brian Hoyer bootlegs to his left again and is able to dodge a defender. As he gets to the sideline, Gabriel starts making his way toward the left sideline. Hoyer has just released the ball here, and look how far Gabriel is from the spot. This is a 50-yard pass that Hoyer couldn't get air under as he rolled out to his left, and it falls incomplete. Greco's "Opps" Moment: Facing a 4th-and-5 from the 43 yard line, the Browns sent the punt unit back on to the field. Then, they rushed the offense back on to the field. I personally felt the officials gave the Jaguars too much time to substitute -- they didn't allow the play to start until :02 were left on the play clock. Even then, there probably should have been a delay of game penalty called. Still, C John Greco snapped the ball and the Browns had no play ready. Chalk it up to his first game as the center? I don't know, because this is one of those "only in Cleveland" type of things, like the quick snap against the Bengals several years ago.I do defend the Browns' decision to try to draw the Jaguars offsides or make them burn a timeout. In fact, I was stunned they did not use their final timeout. The Browns' gaffe cost them field position. A punt could have potentially pinned the Jaguars back. Instead, they started their drive near midfield. There's the Hawk I Remember! The Browns' defense held strong again, and Cleveland got the ball back with 10 minutes left in the game. Facing a 2nd-and-10 from the 6 yard line, the Browns nearly had a 90+ yard touchdown against the Jaguars for the second year in a row. WR Andrew Hawkins is the second receiver to the left of QB Brian Hoyer. His fake to the outside allows him to get open behind the defense. Hoyer delivers a pass on the money, and then for the first time since joining the Browns, Hawkins is able to make one of his great open field moves. Hawkins bends right past the safety and sprints down the field. The fan in me thinks he's going to take it all the way. The defense catches up to Hawkins and is able to tackle him when he cuts this back to the inside. Nonetheless, it's a 65-yard gain that puts the Browns back in business. Blown Block Kills Rally: After Hawkins' big play, the Browns face a 1st-and-10 from the 29 yard line. The first play is a handoff to RB Isaiah Crowell. Hoyer hasn't even handed the ball off to Crowell yet, and not only has RG Paul McQuistan been blown back into Hoyer, he loses the DT Sen'derrick Marks, who hits Crowell immediately for a loss of four yards. Here is a video of McQuistan getting blown back. Hoyer Sacked, Benjamin Was Open: Now facing a 2nd-and-14, the Browns know they are probably looking for a touchdown instead of a field goal. QB Brian Hoyer is going to be looking to his left on this play, perhaps trying to find TE Jordan Cameron on a corner route. Meanwhile, the Jaguars are going to sneakily bring two linebackers on somewhat of a delayed blitz. Hoyer appears to be waiting for Cameron to make his break. Before he knows it, the linebackers will be right in his face. Coming underneath is WR Travis Benjamin on the left. Hoyer ducks for cover here, taking a sack for a loss of 8 yards. If his read had been Benjamin, the catch-and-run over the middle might have led to a first down. Instead, he leads to another punt. Punt Miscue: With 6:12 left in the game, the Browns' defense did their job again, forcing the Jaguars to punt on 4th-and-3. That's where two special teams blunders happen on the same play. First, ILB Tank Carder jumps offsides, so Jacksonville has a first down guaranteed to drain more clock. Second, S Jordan Poyer muffs the punt at his own 2 yard line, and the Jaguars recover. Game over.I actually don't have a huge problem with the punt returner fielding this at the 2 yard line. We were looking for a spark, and the punt was a deep one, so Poyer would've probably gotten back to the 15 yard line at least with a clean catch. If he makes a nice move, maybe he goes all the way, who knows. Not securing the ball is the bigger issue. McQuistan Blown Up Again, Leads to INT: After an 8-yard touchdown run by RB Denard Robinson, the Browns were down 17-6 with 6:00 to go in the game. As if we couldn't screw up any more, RG Paul McQuistan gets beat again, this time by DT Arby Jones. That's right -- everyone took their turn on the Jaguars' defensive line. Why not? It was a free stat booster. QB Brian Hoyer is completing his dropback, and McQuistan has already been beaten badly. Not wanting to take a sack, Hoyer tries to hit RB Ben Tate over the middle on a dumpoff. The throw is behind Tate, but he's not exactly ready for a pass either. The pass bounces off Tate and into the hands of LB Telvin Smith for the interception. Two plays later, RB Storm Johnson adds another touchdown to put the Jaguars up 24-6. Special Teams Tackles: There were five special teams tackles, with two each from WR Marlon Moore and ILB Chris Kirksey and one from S Jordan Poyer. 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, TE Gary Barnidge only played one snap. On defense, newcomers Jacobbi McDaniel and Sione Fua got some reps on the defensive line. Brownies: The Browns were 4-of-17 (24%) on 3rd down. ... The Jaguars were 5-of-16 (31%) on 3rd down. ... Cleveland was 0-of-3 (0%) on 4th down. ... P Spencer Lanning was blasting the ball, averaging over 50 yards a punt on his 7 punts. ... WR Andrew Hawkins and LT Joe Thomas were credited with tackles on turnovers. ... Mike Pettine had a challenge that pretty clearly wasn't going to go in his favor in the first half. ... The Browns were able to stop a jet sweep play to WR Marqise Lee for minimal yardage. Up next, the Browns take on the Oakland Raiders at home. Keep it tuned to Dawgs By Nature for our coverage leading up to the game! Dawgs By Nature
    2014-10-23 Top basketball power forwards turned NFL tight ends - Broncos tight end Julius Thomas played basketball at Portland State. (Joe Amon, The Denver Post)As The Post's Troy E. The Denver Post
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    2014-10-23 Fantasy Football Week 8: Updated Trade Value for Top 100 Players - My favorite NFL story in recent memory has to be the rumors surrounding the Percy Harvin trade, specifically the report that the Seahawks tried to dangle the disgruntled wide receiver in front of the Denver Broncos in hopes of landing Julius Thomas in a deal.  Any fantasy owner worth his or her salt could tell you that such a deal would be ridiculous. Heck, anyone who has actually watched football this year could tell you as much. The last thing you want to be in your fantasy leagues is the person who gets branded as the "Trade Troll" for trying to get deals to go through like Harvin for Orange Julius. It's a quick way to lose respect in your league. But luckily, with my handy trade chart you won't have to be the Trade Troll—or worse, the person who actually makes a deal with the Trade Troll.    Quarterbacks Let's start out by categorizing a few players at the position: Don't You Dare Trade: Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers, Andrew Luck Sell High: Philip Rivers, Jay Cutler Buy Low: Cam Newton, Matt Stafford, Nick Foles The first three guys should speak for themselves. Philip Rivers is a sell-high candidate mostly because a season ago he scored 18 or more fantasy points in four of the first five weeks but replicated the feat just four times in the last 11 games. A drought could be coming. As for Jay Cutler, well, he's erratic. And turnover-prone. And I just don't trust him. Someone in your league will probably take the bait for the No. 6 quarterback in fantasy points thus far this season, however. I'd deal him now while his value remains high.  Go out and get Cam Newton now. He's healthy, and with his health has come 24 carries for 148 yards in the past two weeks. A running Newton is a fantasy-dominant Newton. And honestly, you're probably not giving up that much to get him. Here's some of the deals you're looking at: Shane Vereen and a defense Pierre Garcon and Zach Ertz Martellus Bennett and Roddy White Michael Crabtree and Tre Mason For a player with legitimate top-five potential at the position, those deals aren't too shabby, especially if you aren't getting much at quarterback. Matt Stafford remains erratic, sure, but most offenses would sputter a bit if they suddenly lost Calvin Johnson. You're never going to get Stafford at a lower price, though. Of course, if you are going to make this deal, you are also gambling that Megatron will return to health sooner rather than later.  And then there is Nick Foles. Sure, he was never going to replicate 27 touchdowns and just two interceptions this season, but folks were also expecting more than 14.3 fantasy points per game. With his offensive line slowly returning to health and the Eagles coming off a bye, the hope is that Foles will be a bit better.   Running Backs Any time I get a trade question and people suggest they might trade a top running back, I generally try to advise against it. I honestly believe if you have one of the top nine players on this list, you should hold onto that player. They're simply too valuable to move unless you somehow managed to have an amazing draft picking out running backs.  Just think of what happened at the position in the past week or so alone. Stevan Ridley was lost for the season, and C.J. Spiller likely won't be back this year, changing the value of Shane Vereen and Fred Jackson (well, sort of—Jackson is set to miss time himself). Tre Mason appears to have seized the starting role in St. Louis. Ditto for Denard Robinson in Jacksonville and Jerick McKinnon in Minnesota. Ronnie Hillman has looked better than Montee Ball in his deputy duties. And just think of all the committee situations around the league.  The point is simple—running back is the most volatile position in fantasy football, and when you have a player who doesn't seem subject to the committee trend or injury bug, well, you hold on for dear life. That jewel you think you've unearthed? He might be nothing more than fool's gold in a few weeks. There are a few tricky players in the RB2 range, however. Frank Gore has been Mr. Consistent in his career, for example, but in the past two weeks he's rushed just 25 times for 58 yards. Part of that was San Francisco falling behind to Denver quickly. But part of it is Gore getting older, too, and Carlos Hyde waiting in the wings.  So let's say you were willing to dangle Gore to improve other positions. What sort of packages could you expect to get in return? T.Y. Hilton and Nick Foles DeAndre Hopkins and Bishop Sankey Michael Floyd and Tom Brady Russell Wilson and Delanie Walker Honestly, if you can get Wilson back in a deal for Gore, you should jump all over that deal. I tend to value running backs a little more highly than some given the uncertainty at the position, but I also think Gore is at the end of the rope, and you can deal him to an owner based on what he was, not necessarily what he is now.    Wide Receivers Calvin Johnson and A.J. Green remain in the second tier of wide receivers as we wait to see how their injury situations pan out, but the second they return and start producing, they'll be WR1s again. Not too much has changed at wide receiver. Torrey Smith has gotten bumped up. Players like Keenan Allen have been bumped down. You might think Randall Cobb should be in the first tier of receivers, but too much of his production is tied to touchdowns at the moment. In fact, Cobb's eight touchdowns represent 52.7 percent of his fantasy value. Contrast that to Jordy Nelson, who is getting just 37.8 percent of his fantasy value from reaching paydirt, or Antonio Brown, fantasy's top receiver who is getting just 32.3 percent of his fantasy value from touchdowns (five receiving, one throwing). Touchdown production isn't sustainable. It generally isn't predictable, unless you happen to be Julius Thomas and are Peyton Manning's favorite red-zone threat.  So, you guessed it—that makes Cobb a player you can sell a bit high on. Right now, you can get an absolute bounty in return for him.  Alfred Morris and Tre Mason Justin Forsett and Mohamed Sanu Julius Thomas and a defense Rob Gronkowski and Tony Romo Cobb will likely continue to be a WR1 or high-end WR2 this season. But if you can deal him at his absolute peak value and need help at other positions, why not improve your team while you can?   Tight Ends Here are some of the players that Jordan Cameron has fewer fantasy points than this season: Daniel Fells, Lance Kendricks and Clay Harbor. Here are the players he has the exact same amount of points (25) as: Scott Chandler and Jace Amaro. Yikes.  The Cleveland Browns aren't going to be mistaken for the Greatest Show on Turf anytime soon, and missing Josh Gordon is probably putting all of the defensive attention on Cameron, but I really think he's primed for a breakout soon. I think he's too talented to keep underwhelming.  It's tough to know his exact value, however. You're either paying for what he's done in the past or selling him because he's done very little this season. Still, getting a potential top-four option at tight end for the following trade packages has to be appealing to the savvier owners among us: Terrance Williams and Zac Stacy Larry Fitzgerald and Wes Welker Reggie Wayne and Marques Colston Darren McFadden and Denard Robinson You're not exactly giving up a king's ransom in these deals. Cameron is worth inquiring about this week.   All point totals and points-against statistics via ESPN standard-scoring leagues. Any player not listed on the chart has a trade value of one, including defenses. Hit me up on Twitter—I'll answer your fantasy questions and make some corny jokes, too. It's more fun than trying to keep a straight face while offering Percy Harvin for Julius Thomas in a trade. Read more NFL news on BleacherReport.com B/R NFL
    2014-10-23 Raiders vs. Browns: Breaking Down Cleveland's Game Plan - For the second week in a row the Cleveland Browns will face a team that has yet to win a game. This time the Browns will desperately try to avoid the embarrassment they felt against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The game plan for the Browns against the Oakland Raiders this week is simple: Protect home field and bounce back from the lowest point of their season. To be very realistic: The Raiders are a bad football team. They have the 25th-ranked defense and the 31st-ranked offense. Oakland is averaging just 15.3 points per game. That would be even more of a reason for optimism if the Jaguars didn’t have the 32nd-ranked offense in the league. They put up 24 points on the Browns. This time, the Browns will be playing at home, and it is much easier to defeat a winless team in your own house. Once again they will be facing a rookie quarterback in Derek Carr. He is 29th in quarterback rating but does have eight touchdowns to five interceptions. The Browns will need to force him into making bad passes. Last week they intercepted Blake Bortles twice, but the offense let down its end of the bargain. If you look at the numbers the Raiders have a pretty good pass defense. They are ranked 11th in the NFL in yards allowed per game. But when you consider the fact they have been playing from behind every week then you know teams spend a good portion of the second half running the ball. They rank 29th against the run. The Browns will need to take advantage that weakness this week, and that is going to take some tweaks to their game plan. Last week John Greco and Paul McQuistan were abused. There could be changes coming to the lineup. “We do have some options,” said head coach Mike Pettine to the media on Wednesday. “We didn’t want to just, before we stepped on the field, commit to a lineup. It’s on the table. We could still be as we were last week.” If Cleveland once again re-establishes the run game then the passing lanes will re-emerge as well. Dominating the line of scrimmage should be its top priority on both sides of the ball this week. Let’s take a look at the players who will be executing the game plans for each side and find out who has the advantage.   The Competitive Edge Quarterback After one bad week I cannot knock Brian Hoyer down far enough to be even with a rookie. Despite the fact he played his worst game of his career he still is having a very solid season. He was 16-of-41 and threw an interception along with about a dozen other poor passes. His offensive line was struggling last week, but he needs to play better. A few more games like that and there might be another rookie playing: Johnny Manziel. Edge: Cleveland   Running Back I am going to call Week 7 an aberration and believe the Browns still have one of the most talented backfields in the NFL. Rookie Terrance West needs to stop dancing and start getting the yards that are in front of him. Tate rushed for just 36 yards last week and should have a big bounce-back game at home. Edge: Cleveland   Receivers The Raiders have had some interesting names step up this season. Veteran James Jones has led the way, but youngster Andre Holmes has emerged as Carr’s favorite deep threat. He has 18 catches for 303 yards and three touchdowns. He will draw the attention on Joe Haden quite a bit on Sunday. Edge: Push   Tight End The Jaguars did a fantastic job of taking Jordan Cameron out of the game plan last week. He caught just one pass for five yards and was a complete non-factor. The Browns offense is better when he is running in space off the play-action pass. When the running game struggles so does he. Edge: Cleveland   Offensive Line It was very tough for me to give the Browns offensive line the nod in this category because of how downright terrible it was last week. Greco and McQuistan put on a clinic on how not to block. Jacksonville knew they were the weak link and pressured the middle all day. The Raiders will do the same until the Browns can prove they can stop it. Edge: Cleveland   Defensive Line The Raiders have one of the oldest defensive lines in the NFL, but they are crafty. The Browns have plenty of young talent, but none of it has played up to its potential this year. The Browns are also riddled with injures on the line and just trying to stay afloat until the entire group gets healthy. Edge: Push   Linebackers The Raiders are currently running out a very young but talented linebacking corps which is led by 2013 No. 1 pick Khalil Mack. He has 37 tackles and looks to be settling in as a pro. The Browns linebackers have been abused all season against the run and haven’t done much better against the pass. Karlos Dansby has been the lone bright spot. Edge: Push   Defensive Backs The Raiders secondary, like the defensive line, is also very long in the tooth. It can be beat on deep balls but is very good on short-to-intermediate routes. Safety Usama Young used to play for the Browns and has a long track record of giving up big plays. Joe Haden and Buster Skrine have played much better the last two weeks, and rookie Justin Gilbert doesn’t look completely lost anymore. Edge: Cleveland   Special Teams This is the one part of the game where the Raiders have a distinct advantage. Sebastian Janikowski still has one of the biggest legs in the league, and both their return units are very solid. Their punting average is not good but still respectable. The Browns find a different way to struggle in special teams every week. Edge: Oakland   Browns Offense vs. Raiders Defense The Browns' game plan begins and ends with the run game. Entering Week 7 they had run the ball on 52 percent of their plays, which was the most in the NFL. Because the Jaguars stopped the run so well they had to abandon it and have Hoyer throw 41 times. That will always be the recipe for a loss. Early in the game the Browns need to dominate the line of scrimmage and set the tone. If they can get Tate and Isaiah Crowell, who I expect to get the bulk of the secondary carries this week, going early then the pass game will follow suit. They cannot have Hoyer throwing too many times into the experienced secondary of the Raiders. They have just three interceptions on the season because most teams beat them over the top. Hoyer’s arm is not strong enough to consistently test the boundaries of the defense, so Cleveland needs the play action to loosen things up. If the line can keep Hoyer clean and get some push in the running game then the Browns should have no problem moving the ball.   Browns Defense vs. Raiders Offense Anytime you face a team that scores just over two touchdowns a game you have to score early and often. The Browns need to come out of the gates with the throttle wide open. They have been able to do that at home much better than on the road. Last week the Browns allowed the Jaguars to hang around for far too long, and then they had the confidence to win the game late. If the Browns take away the will of the Raiders in the first half then it will be smooth sailing to their fourth win of the season. Derek Carr has actually played pretty well since winning the job and even better over the last three games. In that stretch he has four touchdowns and just two interceptions. “This is a kid that can legitimately make all the throws,” Pettine said to the media on Wednesday. “You could tell he’s got a firm grasp of what they’re doing. He knows where to go with the football. He knows how to get it out on time. That’s evidenced by he’s only been sacked, I think, four times.” Carr has elite arm strength and can hurt you downfield. The Browns secondary needs to continue to get better because the Raiders pose some dangerous threats in the passing game.   Special Teams The Browns need to find some consistency in special teams because they continue to hurt them week in and week out. Last week Jordan Poyer let a punt return bounce off his facemask, and that set up the score which put the game out of reach. The Raiders have one of the strongest legs in NFL history kicking for them. It allows them to put points on the board from much farther out than other teams. The Browns need to take advantage of their poor punt average. It can set them up for good field position. First, they have to actually catch the punts, though.   What They’re Saying Raiders interim coach Tony Sparano on whether he will bring back the Wildcat offense: “Any time I show up any place, I guess there’s that rumor going around. That’s, I guess, what they are: rumors.” Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer on whether the coaching staff's discussing putting in Johnny Manziel bothered him: “No, nothing was brought to my attention. It’s out of my control.”   Browns’ Wednesday Injury Report Did not participate: offensive lineman Joe Thomas (rest), defensive lineman Billy Winn (quad), wide receiver Rodney Smith (hamstring), defensive lineman Phil Taylor (knee) Limited: cornerback K’Waun Williams (head), defensive lineman Ahtyba Rubin (ankle) Full Participation: linebacker Barkevious Mingo (shoulder), defensive lineman Desmond Bryant (wrist)   This Week’s Game Stats and Facts Tashaun Gipson is tied for the NFL lead with four interceptions this season. Brian Hoyer is leading the NFL with an average of 13.58 yards per completion this season. After finishing 2013 with a minus-eight turnover margin (tied for 25th in the NFL), the Browns own a plus-three ratio this year, eighth in the league. Raiders Interim head coach Tony Sparano held his first two NFL coaching jobs with the Cleveland Browns.   All quotes and observations obtained firsthand unless otherwise noted. Game stats and facts are courtesy of the Browns' communications department.Read more NFL news on BleacherReport.com brvideo
    2014-10-23 Raiders vs. Browns: Breaking Down Cleveland's Game Plan - For the second week in a row the Cleveland Browns will face a team that has yet to win a game. This time the Browns will desperately try to avoid the embarrassment they felt against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The game plan for the Browns against the Oakland Raiders this week is simple: Protect home field and bounce back from the lowest point of their season. To be very realistic: The Raiders are a bad football team. They have the 25th-ranked defense and the 31st-ranked offense. Oakland is averaging just 15.3 points per game. That would be even more of a reason for optimism if the Jaguars didn’t have the 32nd-ranked offense in the league. They put up 24 points on the Browns. This time, the Browns will be playing at home, and it is much easier to defeat a winless team in your own house. Once again they will be facing a rookie quarterback in Derek Carr. He is 29th in quarterback rating but does have eight touchdowns to five interceptions. The Browns will need to force him into making bad passes. Last week they intercepted Blake Bortles twice, but the offense let down its end of the bargain. If you look at the numbers the Raiders have a pretty good pass defense. They are ranked 11th in the NFL in yards allowed per game. But when you consider the fact they have been playing from behind every week then you know teams spend a good portion of the second half running the ball. They rank 29th against the run. The Browns will need to take advantage that weakness this week, and that is going to take some tweaks to their game plan. Last week John Greco and Paul McQuistan were abused. There could be changes coming to the lineup. “We do have some options,” said head coach Mike Pettine to the media on Wednesday. “We didn’t want to just, before we stepped on the field, commit to a lineup. It’s on the table. We could still be as we were last week.” If Cleveland once again re-establishes the run game then the passing lanes will re-emerge as well. Dominating the line of scrimmage should be its top priority on both sides of the ball this week. Let’s take a look at the players who will be executing the game plans for each side and find out who has the advantage.   The Competitive Edge Quarterback After one bad week I cannot knock Brian Hoyer down far enough to be even with a rookie. Despite the fact he played his worst game of his career he still is having a very solid season. He was 16-of-41 and threw an interception along with about a dozen other poor passes. His offensive line was struggling last week, but he needs to play better. A few more games like that and there might be another rookie playing: Johnny Manziel. Edge: Cleveland   Running Back I am going to call Week 7 an aberration and believe the Browns still have one of the most talented backfields in the NFL. Rookie Terrance West needs to stop dancing and start getting the yards that are in front of him. Tate rushed for just 36 yards last week and should have a big bounce-back game at home. Edge: Cleveland   Receivers The Raiders have had some interesting names step up this season. Veteran James Jones has led the way, but youngster Andre Holmes has emerged as Carr’s favorite deep threat. He has 18 catches for 303 yards and three touchdowns. He will draw the attention on Joe Haden quite a bit on Sunday. Edge: Push   Tight End The Jaguars did a fantastic job of taking Jordan Cameron out of the game plan last week. He caught just one pass for five yards and was a complete non-factor. The Browns offense is better when he is running in space off the play-action pass. When the running game struggles so does he. Edge: Cleveland   Offensive Line It was very tough for me to give the Browns offensive line the nod in this category because of how downright terrible it was last week. Greco and McQuistan put on a clinic on how not to block. Jacksonville knew they were the weak link and pressured the middle all day. The Raiders will do the same until the Browns can prove they can stop it. Edge: Cleveland   Defensive Line The Raiders have one of the oldest defensive lines in the NFL, but they are crafty. The Browns have plenty of young talent, but none of it has played up to its potential this year. The Browns are also riddled with injures on the line and just trying to stay afloat until the entire group gets healthy. Edge: Push   Linebackers The Raiders are currently running out a very young but talented linebacking corps which is led by 2013 No. 1 pick Khalil Mack. He has 37 tackles and looks to be settling in as a pro. The Browns linebackers have been abused all season against the run and haven’t done much better against the pass. Karlos Dansby has been the lone bright spot. Edge: Push   Defensive Backs The Raiders secondary, like the defensive line, is also very long in the tooth. It can be beat on deep balls but is very good on short-to-intermediate routes. Safety Usama Young used to play for the Browns and has a long track record of giving up big plays. Joe Haden and Buster Skrine have played much better the last two weeks, and rookie Justin Gilbert doesn’t look completely lost anymore. Edge: Cleveland   Special Teams This is the one part of the game where the Raiders have a distinct advantage. Sebastian Janikowski still has one of the biggest legs in the league, and both their return units are very solid. Their punting average is not good but still respectable. The Browns find a different way to struggle in special teams every week. Edge: Oakland   Browns Offense vs. Raiders Defense The Browns' game plan begins and ends with the run game. Entering Week 7 they had run the ball on 52 percent of their plays, which was the most in the NFL. Because the Jaguars stopped the run so well they had to abandon it and have Hoyer throw 41 times. That will always be the recipe for a loss. Early in the game the Browns need to dominate the line of scrimmage and set the tone. If they can get Tate and Isaiah Crowell, who I expect to get the bulk of the secondary carries this week, going early then the pass game will follow suit. They cannot have Hoyer throwing too many times into the experienced secondary of the Raiders. They have just three interceptions on the season because most teams beat them over the top. Hoyer’s arm is not strong enough to consistently test the boundaries of the defense, so Cleveland needs the play action to loosen things up. If the line can keep Hoyer clean and get some push in the running game then the Browns should have no problem moving the ball.   Browns Defense vs. Raiders Offense Anytime you face a team that scores just over two touchdowns a game you have to score early and often. The Browns need to come out of the gates with the throttle wide open. They have been able to do that at home much better than on the road. Last week the Browns allowed the Jaguars to hang around for far too long, and then they had the confidence to win the game late. If the Browns take away the will of the Raiders in the first half then it will be smooth sailing to their fourth win of the season. Derek Carr has actually played pretty well since winning the job and even better over the last three games. In that stretch he has four touchdowns and just two interceptions. “This is a kid that can legitimately make all the throws,” Pettine said to the media on Wednesday. “You could tell he’s got a firm grasp of what they’re doing. He knows where to go with the football. He knows how to get it out on time. That’s evidenced by he’s only been sacked, I think, four times.” Carr has elite arm strength and can hurt you downfield. The Browns secondary needs to continue to get better because the Raiders pose some dangerous threats in the passing game.   Special Teams The Browns need to find some consistency in special teams because they continue to hurt them week in and week out. Last week Jordan Poyer let a punt return bounce off his facemask, and that set up the score which put the game out of reach. The Raiders have one of the strongest legs in NFL history kicking for them. It allows them to put points on the board from much farther out than other teams. The Browns need to take advantage of their poor punt average. It can set them up for good field position. First, they have to actually catch the punts, though.   What They’re Saying Raiders interim coach Tony Sparano on whether he will bring back the Wildcat offense: “Any time I show up any place, I guess there’s that rumor going around. That’s, I guess, what they are: rumors.” Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer on whether the coaching staff's discussing putting in Johnny Manziel bothered him: “No, nothing was brought to my attention. It’s out of my control.”   Browns’ Wednesday Injury Report Did not participate: offensive lineman Joe Thomas (rest), defensive lineman Billy Winn (quad), wide receiver Rodney Smith (hamstring), defensive lineman Phil Taylor (knee) Limited: cornerback K’Waun Williams (head), defensive lineman Ahtyba Rubin (ankle) Full Participation: linebacker Barkevious Mingo (shoulder), defensive lineman Desmond Bryant (wrist)   This Week’s Game Stats and Facts Tashaun Gipson is tied for the NFL lead with four interceptions this season. Brian Hoyer is leading the NFL with an average of 13.58 yards per completion this season. After finishing 2013 with a minus-eight turnover margin (tied for 25th in the NFL), the Browns own a plus-three ratio this year, eighth in the league. Raiders Interim head coach Tony Sparano held his first two NFL coaching jobs with the Cleveland Browns.   All quotes and observations obtained firsthand unless otherwise noted. Game stats and facts are courtesy of the Browns' communications department.Read more Cleveland Browns news on BleacherReport.com brvideo
    2014-10-22 Week 8 Fantasy Football Rankings: Complete Outlook for Offensive Positions - We're about to reach the midpoint of the season, which means real-life and fantasy teams alike have to take stock of their seasons. The Oakland Raiders, New York Jets and Jacksonville Jaguars know they're terrible, just as the 1-6 team sitting at the bottom of your league standings and still riding the Toby Gerhart bandwagon does. The Denver Broncos, Green Bay Packers and Indianapolis Colts know they're good, as does that (expletive) in your league who somehow ended up with DeMarco Murray and Andrew Luck. For everyone else? It's make-or-break time. Most fantasy leagues, like most NFL seasons, are defined by the much in the middle—the dozen or so teams that are hanging on the precipice of playoff contention, with their season likely heading in wildly divergent ways. Most expect the Seattle Seahawks to fix their defensive woes and A.J. Green's eventual return to bring the Cincinnati Bengals back to competency. But the Chicago Bears, Pittsburgh Steelers, New York Giants and San Francisco 49ers? Dude, I have no idea. Just as you—OK, you get the corollary. The high variance of the NFL makes it so that any of these teams could somehow sneak into the playoffs, as could middling units in fantasy leagues. And as anyone who has been a No. 1 seed in the past knows, anything can happen in that one-week playoff sample. With that in mind, let's take a look at this week's rankings and see if we can help you get there.   Sleeper: Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals Palmer's name alone is enough to send a shiver down your spine. It evokes memories of weak eight-yard outs jumped for pick-sixes in Cincinnati, weak eight-yard outs jumped for pick-sixes in Oakland and weak eight-yard outs jumped for pick-sixes last season in Arizona. Save for a couple season-long flashes—2005, 2006 and cherry-picked parts of 2011 come to mind—Palmer has been a consistent generator of passes going the opposite direction. Except it appears he's temporarily halted that problem. Palmer is 112 passes into his 2014 campaign and has a sole interception, thrown in last week's 24-13 win against Oakland. Mixing Bruce Arians-preferred downfield looks and underneath dumpoffs to running backs, Palmer has completed 66.1 percent of his passes—a mark that would be his best in almost a decade. Even Football Outsiders' advanced metrics are buying in, ranking Palmer eighth in Defense-adjusted Value over Average (DVOA). Odds are this is a fluke caused by a combination of weak opposition and a small sample, but it's hard not to ride Palmer against a mistake-prone Eagles secondary. Philly has picked off only three passes so far in 2014 and is 18th in pass defense DVOA. Palmer is a solid play this week over the likes of Jay Cutler and Matt Ryan.   Beware: Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals Now that was the Dalton we were all expecting without A.J. Green. Dalton was an abject nightmare in last week's loss to the Colts, completing 18 of 38 passes for a paltry 126 yards. While he avoided throwing an interception, three passes traveled longer than 20 yards through the air, and only four were completions that went for 10-plus yards. Green was absent from practice again Wednesday, and head coach Marvin Lewis didn't sound optimistic about his status for Week 8. “It’s hard for me to put a guy out there Sunday that I don’t think can last a full game,’ Lewis said, per Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official website. “If we have A.J. for part of the game doing certain things, that would be great. I think we could operate offensively…I guess we’ll cross that bridge when the time comes.” The Bengals play a Baltimore defense that hasn't allowed more than 23 points all season. And while the passing yardage against numbers look promising, the Ravens are actually a top-10 unit on a per-play basis against the pass. No A.J. Green, no thanks, Andy Dalton.   Sleeper: Chris Ivory, New York Jets Ivory is owned in nearly 100 percent of leagues, so he's not sneaking up on anyone. His name has been in the fantasy lexicon for five years now, back when the undrafted Tiffin University product made everyone smash their televisions in frustration as a member of the Saints.  Fast-forward a few years and make a trip up north, and Ivory is quietly emerging as a good NFL running back. Despite being a member of the Jets' horror show of an offense, he is on pace for a very solid 987 yards and seven touchdowns through seven games. New York continues to give the mostly washed-up Chris Johnson work, but it's obvious Ivory is the more effective back. With the Jets needing all the yards after contact they can get against a stout Buffalo front, don't be surprised if Ivory winds up with closer to 65 to 70 percent of the snaps instead of his typical 50 to 55 percent. He's being treated like a flex play when in today's running back market he's closer to a solid RB2.   Beware: Anthony Dixon, Buffalo Bills Anthony Dixon is 27 years old. Despite his robust 5.1 yards per carry in 2014, he has never been higher than 3.7 in any of his four previous seasons. Three of the last four years have seen Dixon have a long carry of nine yards. While he was mostly used by the 49ers in short-yardage situations, it's instructive that Jim Harbaugh didn't think to use him more often. Carlos Hyde certainly isn't hurting for semi-consistent work behind Frank Gore. I expect Dixon to get the starting nod and possibly even the majority of the carries with Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller injured, but the jury is still out on whether he can carry the load. Bryce Brown might be one or two big plays Sunday away from taking over a workhorse role for the near future.    Sleeper: Doug Baldwin, Seattle Seahawks The Seahawks' trading of Percy Harvin may make their locker room healthier, but it depletes an already shaky wide receiving corps. Seattle will start Jermaine Kearse and Baldwin outside this week, two players who have been drafted a combined zero times. While both players have proved they slipped through the cracks, going with two undrafted guys is a proposition typically left to the Oaklands of the world. Rookie second-round pick Paul Richardson will also factor into the rotation after largely being irrelevant so far. Of that trio, it appears Baldwin is the top guy for now. The former Stanford standout was already pushing Harvin for the team lead in targets and made a statement Sunday, catching seven passes for 123 yards and a touchdown. Seattle hopes Russell Wilson won't be throwing 36 times every week, but a trip to Carolina is one of those times where an aerial assault from Wilson might be baked into the game plan.   Beware: Percy Harvin, New York Jets Should be pretty obvious. Harvin became a Jet less than a week ago. Even if he were a football savant, there is no way Harvin would be able to learn the entire playbook, have his route tree down and pick up all the terminology. Midseason wide receiver trades rarely workout for that very reason. There is so much chemistry-based work that happens during training camp that can't be replicated in the few practices between games. One missed read or misunderstanding of a play call, and Geno Smith is throwing a pick-six. And Geno Smith needs no help throwing pick-sixes. At least initially, the Jets will keep Harvin's playing time limited to specific packages. He'll probably be utilized a ton when on the field, but banking on 25 or so plays is a dangerous game.   Sleeper: Jermaine Gresham, Cincinnati Bengals It appears the worse Andy Dalton plays, the better it is for Gresham. The Bengals tight end was the sole benefactor of the team's trip to Indianapolis, picking up 10 receptions for 48 yards. In the two games A.J. Green has missed, Gresham 16 receptions for 116 yards. Keep in mind that this is the same player who had a grand total of eight catches for 61 yards in the four games prior. The Ravens are among the handful of best teams against opposing tight ends this season, so don't go expecting a huge game. I mean, we're far along enough into Gresham's career now to know those aren't coming. Fool us for four straight seasons and blame has been tossed around so many times that it's feeling depressed and unwanted. But if you're looking for a short-term replacement available in most leagues, there are worse options than Gresham.   Beware: Jermaine Gresham, Cincinnati Bengals Dude. I just said to trust Andy Dalton and Jermaine Gresham. I mean...I totally buy everything I just said. Just...like, I have watched football at points in this half decade. Cross your fingers and say your prayers, folks.   Follow Tyler Conway (@tylerconway22) on TwitterRead more NFL news on BleacherReport.com brvideo
    2014-10-22 NFL Picks Week 8: Bleacher Report's Expert Consensus Picks - The Pick: Cleveland Browns (16-0) On one hand, this would seem to be an easy pick. The Cleveland Browns aren't an NFL power by any stretch, but they've at least won as many games as they've lost this season. The Oakland Raiders, on the other hand, are the NFL's last remaining winless team. Of course, the only reason the Raiders are the league's last winless team is that the Browns were smoked by the lowly Jaguars in Week 7. The game included a positively horrific showing by quarterback Brian Hoyer, and Rotoworld's Evan Silva didn't mince words when describing the performance. "Brian Hoyer turned back into a pumpkin vs JAX," Silva tweeted. "Errant throw after errant throw. Skittish, missed wide open Jordan Cameron for TD. Was awful." If Hoyer plays that badly again, and the Browns drop consecutive games to winless teams, then the clamors for Johnny Manziel to start under center are going to hit jet-engine noise levels PDQ. And it may well happen, because God hates Cleveland. Raiders: No jokes this week, Raiders fans. As a Browns fan I'm not inclined to push my luck. Cardinals: Bowen, Davenport, Freeman, Frenz, Gagnon, Hangst, Hansen, Kruse, McCown, Miller, Schalter, Schottey, Simms, Sobleski, Tanier, Tomlinson B/R NFL
    2014-10-22 Dynasty Stock Watch – Week 8 - Michael Moore analyzes the dynasty value of players including Peyton Manning and Jordan Cameron as well as IDP Demario Davis. Pro Football Focus
    2014-10-21 Seahawks add a tight end via waivers - The Seahawks reportedly tried to trade receiver Percy Harvin for Broncos tight end Julius Thomas or Browns tight end Jordan Cameron.  Seattle have acquired a lesser-known tight end via waivers on Tuesday. The Seahawks announced that tight end Brett Brackett was claimed off waivers from the Titans.  In turn, the Seahawks released tight end RaShaun… ProFootballTalk.com
    2014-10-21 RT @BrownsGiveBack: #BrownsSelfie! @jordancameron @hughes_browns93 @TheYount @C__Robertson @j_bademosi24 @LanningSpencer #give10 http://t.c… - None twitter
    2014-10-21 Cowboys waive Michael Sam from practice squad - Michael Sam | FA - Cowboys waived DE Michael Sam from the practice squad. Fantasy Football News - Rotoworld.com
    2014-10-21 Panthers release veteran DB Charles Godfrey - Charles Godfrey | FA - Panthers released DB Charles Godfrey. Fantasy Football News - Rotoworld.com
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    2014-10-21 RT @BrownsGiveBack: #BrownsSelfie! @jordancameron @hughes_browns93 @TheYount @C__Robertson @j_bademosi24 @LanningSpencer #give10 http://t.c… - None twitter
    2014-10-21 Targets and Touches: Week 7 Target Watch: AFC - Chet Gresham takes you through the Targets and Touches from Week 7 of the AFC. Fantasy Football Articles - Rotoworld.com
    2014-10-21 Week 7 Target Watch: AFC (Rotoworld) - Chet Gresham takes you through the Targets and Touches from Week 7 of the AFC. Yahoo Sports - San Diego Chargers
    2014-10-21 2015 NFL Draft: Each Team's Biggest Need and Best Fit - The Need: Wide Receiver | The Fit: Devin Funchess, Michigan With two first-round picks thanks to a draft-day trade with the Buffalo Bills, the Cleveland Browns are set up to fill at least two needs with high-profile talents. But looking at their biggest need, it's definitely at wide receiver. The Browns are winning games with Taylor Gabriel and Miles Austin at wide receiver, and even once Josh Gordon returns from suspension, he's not a player the team can consistently rely on until he proves he can go a full season without a suspension. That means with their first pick in the draft, the Browns should look at wide receivers. Amari Cooper from Alabama is the top-ranked player at the position, but he's likely to be off the board unless the Browns or Bills tank over the second half of the season. That leaves Michigan's Devin Funchess as the best on the board, and his size-to-speed ratio will be a very nice complement to Gordon and tight end Jordan Cameron. Funchess, a former tight end, has Alshon Jeffery-type talent when the ball is in the air. Secondary Fits: Kevin White (West Virginia), DeVante Parker (Louisville), Nelson Agholor (USC) B/R NFL

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