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Antonio Callaway
Callaway catches just one pass vs Tampa Bay
Sun, Oct 21, 2018, 5:17 PM
Antonio Callaway caught 1-of-2 targets for 14 yards in Sunday's Week 7 loss to the Buccaneers.
Analysis: The two targets were the fewest that Callaway has received in a game since Week 1, He now has three or fewer receptions in every game on the season but one ans has reeled in just 9-of-23 targets for 99 yards over Baker Mayfield's four starts. Callaway is not a fantasy option heading into Week 8 against the Steelers.
David Njoku
David Njoku scores for second straight game
Sun, Oct 21, 2018, 5:12 PM
David Njoku caught 4-of-6 targets for 52 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's Week 7 loss to the Buccaneers.
Analysis: Njoku has held without a catch in the first half on Sunday, dropping his lone target over the opening two quarters. In the second half, he got the Browns going right away, catching a 15-yard touchdown over Adarius Taylor to get the Browns within a score. Njoku has now established himself firmly as the number two option behind Jarvis Landry in the Cleveland offense. Since Baker Mayfield has taken over, Njoku has reeled in 22-of-35 targets for 228 yards and two touchdowns. Njoku draws another positive matchup in Week 8 against the Steelers.
Jarvis Landry
Landry busts slump with 97 yards, TD vs Bucs
Sun, Oct 21, 2018, 5:06 PM
Jarvis Landry caught 10-of-15 targets for 97 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's Week 7 loss to the Buccaneers.
Analysis: After just 11 catches for 114 yards over Baker Mayfield's first three starts, Landry had a season-high 10 catches on Sunday. Things started slowly as Landry had just four catches for 23 yards at the break, but then came on strong in the second half, securing 6-of-8 targets for 73 yards and a score. Landry found the end zone for the second time this season, a 16-yard score in which he made a diving catch and extended the ball over the goal line on his way to the ground to tie the game with 2:28 left in regulation. Landry has double-digit targets in every game this season and heads to Pittsburgh in Week 8 after already having a 100-yard game versus the Steelers in Week 1.
Duke Johnson
Duke Johnson has 5 touches after Hyde trade
Sun, Oct 21, 2018, 5:00 PM
Duke Johnson rushed one time for -4 yards while catching all four of his targets for 23 yards in the Week 7 loss to the Buccaneers.
Analysis: With hopes that Johnson would gain usage after the trade of Carlos Hyde, things remained the same as always for Johnson as he was out-touched by rookie Nick Chubb 18-to-5. The touch total is especially discouraging as the Browns trailed the entire game. Johnson now has six or fewer touches in every game this season and is not a fantasy option until usage truly changes.
Nick Chubb has 80 yards, TD in first start
Sun, Oct 21, 2018, 4:56 PM
Nick Chubb rushed 18 times for 80 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's Week 7 loss to the Buccaneers.
Analysis: With the trade of Carlos Hyde on Friday, Chubb drew the start and out-touched Duke Johnson 18-to-5. Chubb saw two targets in the pass game, but neither one were catchable. After just 24 yards on eight carries in the first half, Chubb ran 10 times for 54 yards after the break. His touchdown was a 1-yard plunge after a pass interference in the end zone. Chubb is now firmly on the radar as an RB2 option for fantasy next week against the Steelers, but he will still be a touchdown dependent option most weeks just as Hyde was.
Baker Mayfield
Baker Mayfield's rally falls short Sunday
Sun, Oct 21, 2018, 4:50 PM
Baker Mayfield completed 23-of-34 passes for 215 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's Week 7 loss to the Buccaneers.
Analysis: Mayfield added a season-high 43 rushing yards on four carries on the ground. The day overall was a disappointment for fantasy owners as the Bucs had allowed a 300-yard passer in every game to date prior to Sunday. Mayfield and the Browns were invisible in the first half as he threw for just 62 yards through the opening two quarters. In the second half, Mayfield found David Njoku for a 15-yard score to open the half and then connected with Jarvis Landry for a 16-yard score to tie the game with 2:28 left in regulation. Mayfield was under constant duress once again, taking five sacks, the third straight game in which he was sacked at least five times. His one blemish on the day was when he rushed for a clear first down deep in Tampa Bay territory on fourth down, but then fumbled the ball backwards out of bounds behind the sticks, costing the Browns at least a field goal attempt. After failing to cash in a great matchup, Mayfield will only be a QB2 option Week 8 when the Browns head to Pit
Duke Johnson
Duke Johnson listed as Week 7 starter
Sun, Oct 21, 2018, 10:42 AM
Akron Beacon-Journal
Duke Johnson is listed as the starter for Week 7 against the Bucs.
Analysis: We wouldn't read much into this. Johnson is listed ahead of Chubb out of seniority, but may not start depending on what formation the Browns open in. Chubb remains the favorite to lead Cleveland in Week 7 carries.
Breshad Perriman
Breshad Perriman active for Week 7
Sun, Oct 21, 2018, 10:35 AM
Breshad Perriman is active for Week 7 against the Bucs.
Analysis: Perriman will make his Browns debut with Rishard Higgins (MCL) still sidelined. He'll be the No. 5 wideout behind Jarvis Landry, Antonio Callaway, Rod Streater and Damion Ratley. Inactive for Cleveland are QB Drew Stanton, WR Da'Mari Scott, CB E.J. Gaines, MLB Joe Schobert, and DL Carl Davis.
Chubb takes over starting role after trade
Fri, Oct 19, 2018, 2:32 PM
Scott Petrak on Twitter
Nick Chubb will start Week 7 against the Bucs.
Analysis: With Carlos Hyde traded to Jacksonville, Chubb takes over as Cleveland's early-down back. This should be an upgrade for the Browns' run game, as Hyde was averaging just 3.4 YPC. Chubb has a blowup ROS outlook in a Baker Mayfield offense. He's an RB2 against a Bucs defense that will be without DT Gerald McCoy this week.
E.J. Gaines
E.J. Gaines (concussion) out against Bucs
Fri, Oct 19, 2018, 2:03 PM
Greg Auman on Twitter
Browns CB E.J. Gaines (concussion) is out for Week 7 against the Buccaneers.
Analysis: He suffered a concussion at practice this week. With Gaines unavailable, more will be asked of Briean Boddy-Calhoun on Sunday.
E.J. Gaines
Browns CB E.J. Gaines in concussion protocol
Thu, Oct 18, 2018, 10:19 AM
Scott Petrak on Twitter
Browns CB E.J. Gaines is in the concussion protocol.
Analysis: He was not listed on the injury report for Wednesday, so it appears this is a new injury. If so, it will be tough for Gaines to suit up this week against the Bucs. With Terrance Mitchell on injured reserve, the Browns were already thin at corner.
James Burgess
Browns send backup MLB Burgess to IR
Tue, Oct 16, 2018, 2:32 PM
Nate Ulrich on Twitter
Browns waived/injured LB James Burgess.
Analysis: What it really means is the Browns are sending Burgess to injured reserve after he suffered a hamstring injury against the Chargers. It's a shame for a player who would have seen first-team reps in Joe Schobert's (hamstring) absence. A third-year UDFA, Burgess had played 76 snaps so far this season after a shaky 2017.
Da'Mari Scott
Browns elevate WR Da'Mari Scott to 53-man
Tue, Oct 16, 2018, 2:30 PM
Browns promoted WR Da'Mari Scott from the practice squad.
Analysis: A 23-year-old UDFA out of Fresno State, Scott caught six balls for 86 yards during the preseason. Typically, he would not be in line for any snaps on offense, but the Browns are in a true crisis situation at wideout. Scott could get some run against the Bucs.
Joe Schobert
Schobert week to week with hamstring issue
Mon, Oct 15, 2018, 1:46 PM
Andrew Gribble on Twitter
Browns MLB Joe Schobert (hamstring) is week to week.
Analysis: It's a big loss for the Browns' slumping defense, as the third-year pro has improved on last year while remaining an every-down player. The Browns will now be forced to turn to liability James Burgess in the middle.
Hue again claims Chubb will get more carries
Mon, Oct 15, 2018, 1:45 PM
Mary Kay Cabot on Twitter
Speaking Monday, Browns coach Hue Jackson once again claimed he would work to get Nick Chubb more carries.
Baker Mayfield
Jackson on Mayfield's ankle: 'Baker's fine'
Mon, Oct 15, 2018, 1:38 PM
Andrew Gribble on Twitter
Speaking Monday, Browns coach Hue Jackson confirmed Baker Mayfield's ankle injury won't affect his Week 7 status.
Analysis: "Baker's fine," Jackson said. Mayfield could get a "limited" tag or two in practice, but he will be out there for his dream Week 7 matchup with the Bucs. The problem is not Mayfield's health but his supporting cast. Mayfield has precious few weapons to throw the ball to. Even still, he's very much on the streaming radar this week.
Rod Streater
Browns lose WR Streater to injured reserve
Mon, Oct 15, 2018, 12:50 PM
Browns placed WR Rod Streater on injured reserve with a neck injury, ending his season.
Baker Mayfield
Mayfield (ankle) expected to play Week 7
Mon, Oct 15, 2018, 9:55 AM
Ian Rapoport on Twitter
Baker Mayfield (ankle) is expected to play Week 7 against the Bucs.
Analysis: Mayfield suffered a nasty looking ankle injury against the Chargers, but he played through it the rest of the game. He will need "treatment" this week, but he is expected to be fine for Sunday. In a great matchup against the Bucs, Mayfield will be a back-end QB1.
Damion Ratley
Ratley forced to inherent large role in CLE O
Sun, Oct 14, 2018, 6:44 PM
Damion Ratley caught 6-of-8 targets for 82 yards in Sunday's Week 6 loss to the Chargers.
Analysis: The sixth-round pick from Texas A&M was forced to step up into a large role in the Cleveland passing game with all of the injuries the Browns have sustained at the wide receiver position. His productive game came in game in which Jarvis Landry caught just two passes, so it should be taken with some degree of salt. That said, the Browns will still be without Rishard Higgins for a the short term and Antonio Callaway has proven to be an unreliable option. Ratley is only an option in the deepest of leagues, but the Browns face a terrible Tampa Bay defense on the road in Week 7 for those that must dig that deep.
Chubb has just three carries on Sunday vs LAC
Sun, Oct 14, 2018, 4:24 PM
Nick Chubb rushed three times for 25 yards in Sunday's Week 6 loss to the Chargers.
Analysis: Chubb once again showed off his explosion with a 19-yard scamper that wa smuch longer had there not been a holding downfield, but once again the Browns failed to use him in the game. Chubb has now carried the ball three times or less in every game this season. He is only a bench stash at this point and needs an injury to have fantasy relevancy.