The Browns have named Alex Van Pelt their OC. The former NFL QB has spent the past 14 seasons coaching in Buffalo, Tampa Bay, Green Bay and Cincinnati. He was an OC for just 1 of those years, though: for a 2009 Bills squad that ranked 30th in total yards and 28th in points with QBs Ryan Fitzpatrick and Trent Edwards. It's unclear whether Van Pelt or new HC Kevin Stefanski will call plays in Cleveland.
The Browns are set to hire Kevin Stefanski as their new HC. Stefanski has spent the past 14 seasons in Minnesota under multiple coaching staffs. He took over as interim OC late in the 2018 campaign and was named OC for 2019. The Vikings ranked 16th in total yards, 10th in yards per play and 8th in points this past year. They were the league's 3rd run-heaviest offense -- although assistant coach Gary Kubiak seemingly had a lot to do with that. We'll keep an eye on Stefanski's plans for a Browns offense loaded with talent.
The Browns have fired HC Freddie Kitchens. He seemed overmatched in his 1st go-around as a HC, leading the Browns to a disappointing 6-10 campaign. We'll see who Cleveland tabs as Kitchens' replacement. There's plenty of talent on this roster, so a big step forward in 2020 is plenty possible.
Browns QB Baker Mayfield (hand, ribs) isn’t listed on the final injury report. He practiced all week, including full workouts on Thursday and Friday. Mayfield has some spot-start appeal in Sunday’s plus matchup against the Bengals’ 26th-ranked QB defense.
Browns QB Baker Mayfield confirmed that he expects to play against the Bengals this weekend after injuring his right hand in Sunday's loss to the Steelers. HC Freddie Kitchens called the injury a contusion. “The X-rays were negative, so that’s good news," Mayfield said. "Just got a little numb, took some medicine and went back out there. So we’ll see.” Mayfield went just 8 of 15 for 98 yards, 0 TDs and 1 INT after returning from the injury for the 2nd half in Pittsburgh.
Browns QB Baker Mayfield smacked his right hand on a follow-through on a late 2nd-quarter pass in Sunday's game against the Steelers. He headed back to the locker room with trainers. We'll see if Mayfield is able to return for the 2nd half or if Cleveland is forced to turn to QB Garrett Gilbert.
Update: Mayfield returned for the start of the 2nd half.
The forecast for today's Browns-Patriots game calls for a 100% chance of rain, with heavy rainfall at times possible. The wind will be at just 7-14 mph, so that shouldn't have a major impact. But this will be a wet one. We've made some slight adjustments to our projections for this game.
Browns QB Baker Mayfield left Sunday's game against the Seahawks to get an x-ray on his left hip. He was able to return but was clearly operating at less than 100% the rest of the way. We'll keep an eye on this, but Mayfield and the Browns get a well-timed Week 7 bye.
Browns QB Baker Mayfield isn't listed on the Week 2 injury report. It's confirmation that the wrist injury he suffered in the opener won't be a factor moving forward. Mayfield is a nice bounce-back candidate in Monday night's game against a burnable group of Jets CBs.
Browns HC Freddie Kitchens said Monday that QB Baker Mayfield was "good to go" after leaving the stadium Sunday with his right wrist wrapped. On Tuesday, Mayfield practiced with his team with no wrap on the hand or wrist, according to Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal. Ulrich added that Mayfield was throwing the ball well. This looks like a non-issue heading into Monday night's visit to the Jets.
Browns HC Freddie Kitchens said Monday that x-rays came back clean on QB Baker Mayfield's right wrist. "We're good to go," Kitchens added. Mayfield was 1 of the bigger disappointments of Week 1. It's unclear how big a factor that wrist issue played. We'll track his practice participation this week ahead of next Monday's game against the Jets.
Browns QB Baker Mayfield left the stadium Sunday with his right wrist wrapped. An X-ray turned up negative, though, according to multiple reports. The injury is merely a bruise. It sounds like we should expect to have Mayfield available for next Monday night's visit to the Jets.
The Browns have reached a deal with the Giants to acquire WR Odell Beckham Jr. The deal will send 1st- and 3rd-round picks plus S Jabrill Peppers to the Giants. Beckham has 5 more years on a contract that he signed just last August, though there's no guaranteed money beyond 2020. The move obviously gives Cleveland a new #1 WR, one of the league's most talented. Beckham and WR Jarvis Landry will challenge each others' target counts in an offense that finished 2018 with lower passing volume. The Giants, meanwhile, sport no WR ahead of Sterling Shepard at the moment. We'll see what they do in free agency and the draft to address a position that's suddenly desperately shallow. Peppers joins a secondary that will also add Antoine Bethea in free agency. If Peppers and Bethea emerge as the 2 starters, the Giants might sport a lack in deep-coverage ability. The big fantasy winner here, by the way, is Cleveland 2nd-year QB Baker Mayfield.
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