The Browns have placed WR Corey Coleman (hand) on IR, knocking him out for at least the next 8 weeks. He's only worth stashing in dynasty/keeper leagues and deep redrafts. Coleman's absence leaves Rashard Higgins, Kenny Britt and Ricardo Louis as Cleveland's top 3 WRs.
The Browns like what they've seen from 2nd-year WR Ricardo Louis this offseason. "He has really improved," HC Hue Jackson said. "Now he lines up at the line of scrimmage and hears the play and sees the defense and recognizes the coverage, he goes 100 miles per hour," WRs coach Al Saunders added. "He's a talented young man." Louis was raw coming out of Auburn last year and finished with just 18 catches for 205 scoreless yards as a rookie. But he goes 6'2, 215 pounds and tested as an 88th percentile athletic. This is an intriguing dynasty stash, but Louis will need a Kenny Britt or Corey Coleman injury to have a shot at real fantasy value in 2017.
Browns WR Terrelle Pryor (hamstring) missed practice again on Thursday. He's starting to look extremely iffy for this weekend's game against the Bengals. That'd leave Cleveland with WRs Andrew Hawkins and rookies Ricardo Louis, Rashard Higgins and Jordan Payton. TE Gary Barnidge and RB Duke Johnson would be good bets to see increased volume.
The Browns added WR Ricardo Louis in the 4th round of the 2016 NFL Draft. Auburn’s run-heavy offense limited Louis’ college production, but he did lead the team with 46 catches, 716 yards and 3 TDs this past season. Louis’ stock surged after a blowout performance at the Combine, posting a 4.43-second 40 time and 38-inch vertical at 6’2, 215 pounds. His SPARQ score landed in the 88th percentile among WRs. Louis probably isn’t ready to make an immediate impact, although there’s opportunity in Cleveland. Longer term, he has the potential to join Corey Coleman and give the Browns an explosive WR duo.