Browns unlikely to start rookie QB: So much pre-draft speculation has centered on whether the Browns would select a quarterback — namely Johnny Manziel. While Cleveland could take a signal-caller with one of its two first-round picks, that person faces an uphill battle to win the starting job. According to coach Mike Pettine, it will be hard for any rookie to come in and beat out Brian Hoyer for the gig. That’s a relief for Hoyer who played well, but played in just three games before tearing an ACL. We’ll believe that the job is settled when Hoyer is actually starting in Week 1, but from a fantasy draft standpoint, it gives enthusiasts a starting point to work with in their rankings.
Johnson on the move?: The Buffalo Bills sit in the ninth slot in tonight’s first round and the team is reportedly very interested in taking a receiver, possibly Odell Beckham, Jr. If the Bills indeed grab the LSU wideout, their next move could be to trade away Stevie Johnson. It’s almost certain that someone on the receiving corps would have to go. With Robert Woods, Mike Williams and Marquise Goodwin also in the fold, there aren’t enough slots to give everyone an adequate amount of playing time. If Johnson were shipped out, where he lands would have a big impact on his value for 2014. Keep an eye on what happens for Buffalo tonight.
Amendola avoids surgery: For Danny Amendola, last season was like the two that preceded it — filled with injury issues. The star-crossed receiver missed four games and was hobbled in a number of others with a variety of ailments. But the offseason has brought some good news; Amendola was able to skip surgery on his troublesome groin opting instead for rehab. It’s a positive for a player who has missed 24 games over the past three seasons. However it will do little to allay the fears of fantasy owners who have struggled with Amendola’s injury issues in the past.
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