The Browns will know in the next day or so if No. 1 wide receiver Josh Gordon will be available to them this season. It's likely that he will be suspended for year. But between the injury-prone Miles Austin , the undersized Andrew Hawkins and a host of unproven youngsters, the Browns really don't have an obvious candidate to fill his shoes. Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan understands this, and he isn't going to force the issue. Any help from anyone will be appreciated.
"I expect it to be receivers by committee," Shanahan said Thursday. "I rarely go into games and force the ball to a certain player. … I have a lot of confidence in our whole group. We're going to have some moving around. I'm really not worried about who we're going to because I believe all of them can help us."
Fantasy owners don't share that confidence. Hawkins is currently the highest-drafted Browns wideout, but he's being taken in the 15th round on average in 12-team leagues. Gordon is actually being drafted a few rounds before him right now, but I don't expect him to be a part of this team this season. You can't really count that. There's no one in this group worth anything more than a late-round flier at the moment.
All of this mediocrity leads to one obvious conclusion: Tight end Jordan Cameron is going to have his number called early and often this season. He's also going to see beaucoup defensive attention.