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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Cleveland Browns - 2015 Projections

Cleveland Browns
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Overall Outlook
The Cleveland Browns are a team in major transition again in 2015.  It's Mike Pettine's 2nd year as head coach, and already he's replaced the QB, the RBs, the WRs (Josh Gordon suspended), the TE, a couple LBs, a CB, and a Safety since his arrival.   Unfortunately, last year's Manziel experiment has been a trainwreck, so the organization decided to bring in Josh McCown to steady the position.  We don't see McCown leading this team to the playoffs, and don't expect much from the squad in terms of fantasy football value.

Offseason Moves
Key additions: QB Josh McCown, WR Dwayne Bowe, WR Brian Hartline, TE Rob Housler, DT Randy Starks, CB Tramon Williams, P Andy Lee
Key losses: QB Brian Hoyer, WR Miles Austin, TE Jordan Cameron, NT Ahtyba Rubin, DE/OLB Jabaal Sheard, CB Buster Skrine, P Spencer Lanning

Offensive Outlook
The Browns passing game will again struggle with a new QB, with Josh Gordon suspended, and a bunch of new receivers in the mix. However, we expect the Browns to be a ball control offense, relying on RBs Crowell, West and rookie Johnson to lead a potent rushing attack. If you're looking for a sleeper, TE Housler may be a nice option due to Jordan Cameron's departure. 

Projections - 2015
QB1 - Josh McCown - Passing - 3100 yds / 18 tds 
RB1 - Isaiah Crowell - Rushing - 750 yds / 8 tds  Receiving - 20 recs / 175 yds / 1 td
RB2 - Terrance West - Rushing - 500 yds / 4 tds  Receiving - 10 recs / 100 yds / 1 td
RB3 - Duke Johnson - Rushing - 300 yds / 1 td  Receiving - 15 recs / 80 yds / 0 tds
WR1 - Dwayne Bowe - Receiving - 70 recs / 900 yds / 3 tds
WR2 - Brian Hartline - Receiving - 50 recs / 675 yds / 3 tds
WR3 - Andrew Hawkins - Receiving - 40 recs / 500 yds / 2 tds
TE1 - Rob Housler - Receiving - 50 recs / 500 yds / 4 tds

Defensive Outlook
Cleveland was a respectable defensive unit in 2014 in terms of points allowed (ranked 9th), but had their troubles keeping teams from gaining yards (ranked 23rd).  To combat the problem, the team brought in veterans Randy Starks and Tramon Williams and drafted DT Danny Shelton. Look for the Browns to be a bit stronger on defense, but still be stuck on the field all game due to the team's offensive deficiencies.  

Projections - 2015
DE1 - Desmond Bryant - 50 total Ts / 4 sacks / 3 passes defensed / 2 total TOs
DE2 - Randy Starks - 40 total Ts / 3 sacks / 1 passes defensed / 1 total TO
DT - Danny Shelton - 35 total Ts / 1 sack / 2 passes defensed / 1 total TO
OLB1 - Paul Kruger - 55 total Ts / 8 sacks / 2 passes defensed / 4 total TOs
OLB2 - Barkevious Mingo -  45 total Ts / 3 sacks / 4 passes defensed / 1 total TO
ILB1 - Karlos Dansby - 130 total Ts / 3 sacks / 6 passes defensed / 3 total TOs
ILB2 - Craig Robertson - 100 total Ts / 2 sacks / 2 passes defensed / 2 total TOs
CB1 - Joe Haden - 75 total Ts / 0 sacks / 14 passes defensed / 5 total TOs
CB2 - Tramon Williams - 70 total Ts / 0 sacks / 10 passes defensed / 2 total TOs
S1 - Donte Whitner - 105 total Ts / 1 sack / 6 passes defensed / 3 total TOs
S2 - Tashaun Gipson -  70 total Ts / 0 sacks / 8 passes defensed / 5 total TOs

Schedule


See HERE for schedule analysis.
http://espn.go.com/nfl/team/schedule/_/name/cle/cleveland-browns

Dept Charts
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PosNoPlayer 1NoPlayer 2NoPlayer 3NoPlayer 4NoPlayer 5
Offense
LWR80BOWE, DWAYNE CC/KC16Hawkins, Andrew R/Cin11Benjamin, Travis 12/487Pryor, Terrelle W/Cin5Wynn, Shane CF15
RWR83Hartline, Brian CC/Mia18Gabriel, Taylor CF1485Mayle, Vince 15/417Smith, Rodney W/Min7Lenz, Josh SF15
RWR    10Jennings, Darius CF15
LT73THOMAS, JOE 07/162Seymour, Ryan W/SF69Ladson, Erle SF15  
LG75Bitonio, Joel 14/270Painter, Vinston P/Den64Miller, Darrian CF15  
C55Mack, Alex 09/174Erving, Cameron 15/168Madsen, Joe SF15  
RG77GRECO, JOHN T/SL65Olsen, Eric U/Ten63Barton, Karim W/Phi  
RT72Schwartz, Mitchell 12/261Bowie, Michael W/Sea79McDonald, Andrew W/Ind  
TE82Barnidge, Gary U/Car84Housler, Rob U/Arz81Dray, Jim U/Arz88Bibbs, EJ CF1589Haplea, Kevin CF15
QB13MCCOWN, JOSH CC/TB2Manziel, Johnny 14/13Lewis, Thaddeus SF159Shaw, Connor CF14 
RB34Crowell, Isaiah CF1428West, Terrance 14/329Johnson, Duke 15/320Draughn, Shaun SF1442Lundy, Luke CF15
   35Parmele, Jalen SF1549Flanders, Tim SF15
FB44Johnson, Malcolm 15/6    
Defense
RDE92Bryant, Desmond U/Oak93Hughes, John 12/366Meder, Jamie CF1497Wynn, Dylan CF15 
NT71Shelton, Danny 15/198Taylor, Phil 11/167Kitchen, Ishmaa'ily W/Bal60McDaniel, Jacobbi CF14 
LDE94STARKS, RANDY CC/Mia90Winn, Billy 12/696Cooper, Xavier 15/378Tupou, Christian SF14 
LOLB51Mingo, Barkevious 13/195Bryant, Armonty 13/7   
LILB56DANSBY, KARLOS U/Arz59Carder, Tank W/Buf   
RILB53Robertson, Craig CF1158Kirksey, Christian 14/352Pullard, Hayes 15/7  
ROLB99Kruger, Paul U/Bal48Orchard, Nate 15/254Solomon, Scott SF1491Reilly, Mike CF15 
LCB23Haden, Joe 10/136Williams, K'Waun CF1443Gaines, Charles 15/627Nelson, Robert CF14 
SS31WHITNER, DONTE U/SF24Bademosi, Johnson CF1230Campbell, Ibraheim 15/4  
FS39Gipson, Tashaun CF1233Poyer, Jordan W/Phi50Eubanks, Darius NFI00Feichter, Landon CF15 
RCB22WILLIAMS, TRAMON U/GB21Gilbert, Justin 14/126Desir, Pierre 14/437James, Kendall SF1440Saunders, De'Ante CF15
Special Teams
P8LEE, ANDY T/SF6Coons, Travis SF14   
PK4Spear, Carey SF14    
LS47Hughlett, Charley P/KC    
H     
PR33Poyer, Jordan W/Phi11Benjamin, Travis 12/418Gabriel, Taylor CF14  
KR11Benjamin, Travis 12/421Gilbert, Justin 14/118Gabriel, Taylor CF14  
Reserves
SUS12Gordon, Josh SUS    
RES25Ekpre-Olomu, Ifo NFI86Telfer, Randall NFI50Eubanks, Darius NFI15Moore, Marlon NFI41Winston, Glenn NFI
RES69Loos, Tyler Ret  

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