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Browns receiver Josh Gordon was in no mood to stick around and celebrate all the records that fell at his feet like confetti at a New Year's Eve party.
Following Sunday's 27-26 loss to the Patriots, Gordon snuck out of the locker room with nary a word, and offered only a sentence later through a team spokesman.
"It means nothing to me if we can't win as a team while doing it,'' said Gordon, who caught seven passes for 151 yards, including an 80-yard TD that extended the Browns' lead to 19-3 with 1:25 left in the third quarter.
Gordon's 151 yards passed Braylon Edwards (1,289 in 2007) for the franchise’s single-season record. Gordon now has league-leading 1,400 yards (and eight TDs) in 11 games -- five fewer games than it took Edwards to set the mark.
He surpassed Detroit's Calvin Johnson (1,348) for most yards in the NFL -- despite missing the first two games of the season on a suspension.
Pyro's take: Gordon has been unworldly over the past four weeks. Flash has 36 catches for 808 total yards and five touchdowns!!!
He is the leading receiver on the season and he missed the first two games!!! There is no sign that Gordon will slow down, so get ready for him to carry you through your fantasy playoffs.
Next week Flash will torch the Bears bungling defense, and he will help you pop the champagne in your championship as he lights up the hapless Jets secondary. Good times indeed for the most explosive player in the game right now.
Campbell cleared to practice, but still not cleared to start...yet
Browns quarterback Jason Campbell moved one step closer to starting against the Patriots Sunday when he was cleared to practice Thursday by concussion specialists.
However, he hasn't yet been cleared to play, and that will depend on how he comes through his limited practice session.
“He still has not and will not pass the independent neurologist test until we see how he does (Thursday),'' said Chudzinski. "In the next 24-48 hours obviously we would have more information on that.''
Still, Chudzinski acknowledged that it "was very encouraging'' that Campbell was permitted to practice for the first time since suffering his concussion Nov. 24th. Campbell, who wasn't available for comment, is expected to address the media on Friday.
Pyro's take: It is encouraging that Campbell has been cleared to practice, but he still needs to be cleared to play. Brandon Weeden has not been cleared to practice, so if both of these guys can't go it would be Caleb Hainey and Alex Tanney as your #1 and #2 quarterbacks.
I believe that Campbell will be able to go this week, and if he does it will be a huge boost for Josh Gordon. Gordon is coming off back to back 200-yard games, and there would be no chance to come close this week if Campbell or Weeden is not under center. If Campbell starts Flash is a top five receiver this week.
Gordon has no idea who will throw him the ball the next week
Browns coach Rob Chudzinski reiterated that Brandon Weeden suffered a concussion during Sunday's 32-28 loss to the Jaguars and was sent home Monday, and that Jason Campbell (concussion) has been cleared for football activity, but not for practice yet.
Chudzinski said the next 24-48 hours will be crucial in determining who will start Sunday against the Patriots.
He said Campbell is day-to-day and he won't know until Wednesday if he'll be able to practice.
Currently the Browns have second-year pro Alex Tanney waiting in the wings. He was signed last week off the Cowboys practice squad and has a limited package of plays available to him.
Chudzinski also stressed that the Browns are open to starting a current street quarterback if Weeden and Campbell aren't ready in time for the 9-3 Patriots.
Pyro's take: As bad as the quarterback situation has been in Cleveland this season it has not mattered to Josh Gordon, until now. Gordon has thrived with Brandon Weeden, Brian Hoyer and Jason Campbell this season. In his last three games Flash has 29 catches for 623 yards and four touchdowns. In his last two games he has 24 catches for 498 yards and three scores.
If Alex Tanney, or someone else off the street, starts this week Gordon is going to have a hard time continuing his domination. There is no doubt that Flash will see a ton of targets, why wouldn't you throw to him every time, but the person throwing is going to be step down from Weeden. Let me say that again, the replacement would be a step down from Weeden.
Jordan Cameron has virtually disappeared the past two weeks, and he knows he needs to work harder to get open for Jason Campbell.
"I need to speed things up and I need to find a way to get open,'' said Cameron. "I need to try to get in there and do more. I need to step up and make plays and do whatever I can to help this team. That's my goal.''
"I've got to work on releases and find ways to get in the seam or get on the outside a little bit more,'' Cameron said. "It's but it's just a matter of seeing the look and adjusting to it and trying to get open any way I can.''
In the past two games, Cameron has totaled just 33 yards on seven carries with a long catch of eight yards, and no TDs. Since Jason Campbell has taken over the past three games, Cameron has 11 catches for 114 yards (38 average) and no touchdowns. He flashed open early in the end zone on the Browns' first trip inside the red zone last week, but Campbell rolled right and missed him.
Cameron's recent lack of production is in stark contrast to his first seven games, when he caught 45 passes for 515 yards (73.5 average) with six touchdowns.
Pyro's take: Cameron is saying all the right things, and is putting the blame for his poor play squarely on his own shoulders. Jordan was dominating fantasy early in the season, but has been non-existent over the past 3 weeks.
This week Cameron will face the Steelers, who are only surrendering 7.2 points per game to tight ends. That being said, Jordan has a chance to put up a nice game as he should see more targets after all the questions this week about him and Jason Campbell having chemistry issues.
Browns CEO Joe Banner wants his organization to operate with a sense of fearlessness. He’s not afraid to take risks and neither is his coach, who leads the NFL in fourth-down attempts and touchdown passes from punters.
Which leads us to receiver Josh Gordon and the NFL trade deadline Tuesday at 4 p.m. The club reportedly is garnering offers for the 22-year-old Baylor product with a history of big plays and failed drug tests. He is a 6-foot-3 roulette wheel with arms -- and the Browns must decide if he’s worth the gamble.
Unless they can pry a first-round pick from a suitor, the answer should be yes. Gordon is good and getting better. On a club with quarterback issues, he ranks fourth in the NFL in receiving yards per game (97.0) and second in yards per reception (18.2) for players with 15-plus catches.
Pyro's take: It does not seem that any franchise is willing to pony up a first round pick to acquire Josh Gordon. That means that he should be staying put as the trade deadline passes tomorrow.
This is probably the best for his fantasy value this season anyway. If Gordon were to be traded, he would have to learn a whole new system, as well as having to develop chemistry with a new quarterback. In Cleveland Flash is the man, and on a losing team there is not a lot of pressure on him. For a guy who is one strike away from being suspended for a year, staying put is the best thing for him.
Rob Chudzinski announced that Jason Campbell will start this Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs. Campbell has played the role of "anyone but that guy" since his stint in Washington. In Cleveland, it hasnt been much different. For example, the decision to start Brian Hoyer over Campbell, literally told Jason he was not wanted. But, after Hoyer went down with injury, and Weeden just obviously couldnt get it done, throwing more interceptions (6) than touchdowns (5), it became apparent, Cleveland had to make a change.
Pyro's take: Jason Campbell has had some success as a starter, and is more mobile than Weeden. Dont look for better stats than Brandon Weeden as both are game managers as quarterbacks, which usually means low touchdowns and passing yards, and both will have a high interception rate. But, when Chudzinski is faced with a quarterback dilemma, and the only player left is "anyone but that guy" then the team is forced to go with "that guy."
"We have an unusual situation, we’re making the best out of it," said Browns offensive coordinator Norv Turner about the bevy of backs. "McGahee’s giving us plays, Ogbonnaya’s giving us plays. We’ve got Bobby giving us some plays. Now we’re going to use Fozzy (Whittaker) a little bit and see how he does. No question it’s a group effort."
Whittaker, claimed off waivers by the Browns two weeks ago, will take his turn on Sunday against the Green Bay Packers. Whittaker, released by the San Diego Chargers, was undrafted when he signed with the Arizona Cardinals last season. His brief career has been limited to special teams, but that should change on Sunday.
"The coaches told me to be ready for whatever," Whittaker said. "There's a couple of situations where I may get into the game. Obviously it's not for certain I'll get in, but whenever my number's called, I'll be ready and make sure I'm focused in on everything that's going on."
Pyro's take: Willis has been the man leading the backfield since the Browns traded Trent Richardson, but he is going to lose some carries to Fozzy Whittaker…Wacka Wacka Wacka!!!
The simple truth here is that there is not one running back on the Browns that should be in your starting fantasy lineup this season. Brandon Weeden has not been consistent enough to take pressure off the running game, and the offensive line has been poor at opening holes. There is no fantasy savior to run the ball for the Browns, not even Fozzy Bear.
Josh Cribbs was behind the wheel of his car driving when he received a text message from his agent telling him to call as soon as possible. He pulled over immediately and started praying as he followed his orders and dialed his agent’s number. Moments later, Cribbs heard a chant that told him all he needed to know.
“J-E-T-S, Jets, Jets, Jets!”
The three-time Pro Bowl return specialist/receiver finally had his new home.
“This is like a rebirth for me,” Cribbs said today, adding, “I’m healthy now, 110 percent, kind of 111 percent, and I’m ready to be used any way they need me.”
“We think that he looks pretty good right now,” head coach Rex Ryan said after today's practice at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. “Now, what that means, what kind of role he’ll have on offense, I’m not sure yet. Certainly he’ll have a role as a returner for us.”
RB-KR Mike Goodson and WR Clyde Gates were placed on IR and Cribbs was signed, all on Tuesday, and Cribbs already is listed as our No.1 kickoff returner and third punt returner.
Pyro's take: I could not believe that it took this long for someone to give Josh Cribbs a job. Cribbs has returned 8 kickoffs for touchdowns, and will immediately take that role over for the Jets. The Jets are also riddled by injury at the wide receiver position, and it is possible that Cribbs role in the offense could grow in future.
Until that happens, though, it would be best to keep him on your radar, but not jump to grab him off the waiver wire.
The Cleveland Browns have received the bad news they were fearing about quarterback Brian Hoyer's knee.
"It's a torn ACL," head coach Rob Chudzinski said Friday at his noon news conference.
Pyro's take: This is tough news for Hoyer who was really looking good, but it was nasty shot as he was running and his knee gave out. The opens the door for Weeden again, but he is not worth much in fantasy. The real casualties of this injury are Jordan Cameron and Josh Gordon who were thriving with Hoyer at quarterback.
Chudzinski announced on Monday that Hoyer would be the starter in Cleveland's Week 5 game against Buffalo on Thursday. However Chudzinski refused to commit to Hoyer beyond Week 5. "I think it's week-to-week," Chudzinski said. "Where we're at, I'm comfortable with."
The reason Chudzinski's comfortable is because he has a starting quarterback who's 2-0 in his only two starts with the Browns. Hoyer has reinvigorated the Browns offense: Cleveland has averaged 24 points per game since Hoyer took over for an injured Brandon Weeden before Week 3. Under Weeden, the Browns went 0-2 and were only scoring eight points per game.
Pyro's take: Hoyer has done nothing but impress since he has taken over for Brandon Weeden. The Browns got rid of Trent Richardson and all of a sudden the little know Brian Hoyer has stepped into the starting role and stepped up his game in leading the Browns to 2 straight victories. Hoyer has also produced some nice stats for both Josh Gordon and Jordan Cameron as well. It is my bet that Hoyer will win the job with a good performance against Buffalo this week, which is a pretty good bet.
McGahee will take a physical with the Browns and if he passes, the team will sign him, according to CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora.
As of Wednesday, the only running back currently on the Browns roster is second-year player Bobby Rainey. The 26-year-old running back served as the Browns kick returner in Weeks 1 and 2, but has never recorded an offensive carry in an NFL game.
McGahee ran for 731 yards and four touchdowns in nine starts for the Broncos last season.
Pyro's take: I have absolutely no clue as to what these fools are doing with Browns, but it is a complete dismantle. McGahee is not going to add any real fantasy value, while he struggles with the rest of the Cleveland offense. The Browns are starting Brian Hoyer at quarterback this week and Bobby Rainey at running back with McGahee...Oy vey!!!
Browns owner Jimmy Haslam announced that the Hall of Fame running back has rejoined the franchise as a special advisor, mending a decades-long relationship that grew strained under former owner Randy Lerner.
"To have '32' back on our team ... is tremendously important, and it goes a long way toward what we're trying to accomplish," Haslam told reporters, per the Akron Beacon Journal.
"Player engagement is where you'll see me most of the time," said Brown, 77, who also will work with Cleveland's schools, inner-city children and long-suffering fan base.
"Everybody that thought I had no value is gone," Brown said, per The Plain Dealer, a not-so-subtle jab at former team president Mike Holmgren, who marginalized the legendary player during his failed run with the franchise.
Pyro's take: This is the right move by the Browns organization and cleans up a mistake made by the previous regimes. Jim Brown is the Cleveland Browns and it is only fitting that he is associating himself with the organization again, as it looks to get back into NFL relevance.
Brandon Weeden didn't flinch when coach Rob Chudzinski and CEO Joe Banner challenged him to ramp up his effort.
"No, they're new,'' he said. "They hadn’t seen me in practice. They hadn’t seen me with their own two eyes. I can’t really say it’s unfair. These guys have been in the league for a long time. I have a tremendous amount of respect for those guys making the decisions. So for me, it was prove them right, go out and play well, prepare and go out and show that I can at a high level.”
Just when Weeden thought he was making some inroads, Chudzinski cranked up the pressure a little more last week and announced that the competition between and Weeden and Jason Campbell was "still close.''
In response, Weeden went out against the Lions and completed eight of 12 attempts for 117 yards and two touchdowns. All told, he's produced two field goals and three touchdown passes in his six series of preseason work. His current rating of 139.8 is second only to Seattle's Tarvaris Jackson's 156.2.
“Responding to the challenges is an accurate way to say how he has been all along,'' said Chudzinski. "He has taken the opportunity, seized the opportunity and produced.''
Pyro's take: Weeden is already looking much more confident this year than he did last season. Weeden has been accurate and with the developing rapport he is having with Jordan Cameron will only help his stock rise this season.
Weeden is still by no means a starting fantasy quarterback, but if you are in a larger league Weeden has potential upside as a backup.
Jordan Cameron caught two touchdown passes 9 minutes, 13 seconds apart in the second quarter of Thursday’s 24-6 preseason win over the Detroit Lions at First Energy Stadium.
The 6-foot-5, 245-pounder caught three passes for 42 yards in the first half.
“He had a heck of a night,” Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden said. “He had some great catches down there. I know he has that in him. He has a ton of ability.
“I’m excited to see him play as well as he did tonight and, hopefully, we keep that rolling. He’s going to be a huge asset for this offense.”
Pyro's take: Jordan Cameron is one of our sleepers, but as always seems to happen to us, he showed a lot in this preseason game which is going to put him onto everyone's radar.
Cameron has a lot of talent and with Norv Turner in town helping to guide him, he will be in line for some monster games. He is still being ranked as a backup in fantasy, but he is surely climbing the charts fast, and should be the biggest riser at the tight end position this season.
Recently suspended Browns WR Josh Gordon is raging in Miami!
Word on the street is that the 2 game suspension Josh Gordon just received for the NFL substance abuse policy - isn't hitting home like the Browns would have hoped. He's raging in Miami!
Pyro's take: I smell big trouble in little Cleveland here, and plan to stay away from Josh this year for many reasons. Let's be honest here, there is a reason that Josh Gordon was a 2012 Supplemental Draft pick and not a regular draft pick, and it's called immaturity. He was kicked off the Baylor team, he's been suspended for 2 games within one season in the NFL. He's another I'm entitled type guy that could easily be out of the league within 3 years because he just didn't get that playing in the NFL is a privilege and not a right. Pull it together Josh, electric talent (see Titus young) but an idiot worried more about a G lifestyle than respect from his NFL peers.
Browns WR/RB/KR Joshua Cribbs has been declared active and will start against the Chiefs today.
Pyro's take: The Browns have been hinting that Cribbs will be used out of the backfield today, so that should at least make this game a little more interesting. Go ahead and start him on your fantasy team and take a chance this week.
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Browns wide receiver Joshua Cribbs (ankle) was limited in practice all week but is listed as probable on the injury report and is expected to play on Sunday.
Pyro's take: Cribbs could have himself a nice game this weekend going up against the Chiefs, especially if he's used out of the backfield like Mangini has been talking about. He could be a decent flex play for your fantasy football team in Week 15.
The Cleveland Browns decided on Wednesday to place running back Jamal Lewis on injured reserve with "post-concussion symptoms". The move ends Lewis' 2009 season and possibly his career.
Pyro's take: If this is the end for Jamal, the 9-year veteran will finish with 10,607 rushing yards to go along with 58 rushing TDs. The 10,607 yards places him at 21st on the all-time NFL list, which ranks him ahead of Hall of Fame players such as Earl Campbell, Jim Taylor, and Larry Csonka. The 2,066 yards he ran for in 2003 while with the Baltimore Ravens are the second most yards ever gained in a single season (Eric Dickerson, 2,105), while his single game mark of 295 yards gained on September 14th, 2003 are the second most ever next to Adrian Peterson's 296 yards in 2007.
You may have slowed down the past couple years Mr. Lewis, but you had a fine nine-year career and should be proud.
Browns running back Jamal Lewis (concussion) has officially been ruled out for the game against the Chargers on Sunday.
Pyro's take: This was an expected move, as is the move to put Jamal on injured reserve, thus ending the 30-year old running back's nine-year career.
Either way, you can safely drop Lewis from your fantasy football team now.