2019 Cleveland Browns season
|2019 Cleveland Browns season|
|Head coach||Freddie Kitchens|
|General manager||John Dorsey|
|Home field||FirstEnergy Stadium|
|Division place||3rd AFC North|
The 2019 season is the Cleveland Browns' 71st as a professional sports franchise, their 67th as a member of the National Football League, their second full season under general manager John Dorsey, and their first under head coach Freddie Kitchens. The Browns will look to improve on their 7–8–1 record in 2018 and end their franchise-record and league-high 16-year playoff drought.
- 1 Offseason
- 2 Staff
- 3 Current roster
- 4 Preseason
- 5 Regular season
- 5.1 Schedule
- 5.2 Game summaries
- 5.2.1 Week 1: vs. Tennessee Titans
- 5.2.2 Week 2: at New York Jets
- 5.2.3 Week 3: vs. Los Angeles Rams
- 5.2.4 Week 4: at Baltimore Ravens
- 5.2.5 Week 5: at San Francisco 49ers
- 5.2.6 Week 6: vs. Seattle Seahawks
- 5.2.7 Week 8: at New England Patriots
- 5.2.8 Week 9: at Denver Broncos
- 5.2.9 Week 10: vs. Buffalo Bills
- 5.2.10 Week 11: vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
- 5.2.11 Week 12: vs. Miami Dolphins
- 5.2.12 Week 13: at Pittsburgh Steelers
- 5.2.13 Week 14: vs. Cincinnati Bengals
- 5.3 Standings
- 6 References
- 7 External links
On October 29, 2018, after Week 8 of the 2018 season, the Browns fired head coach Hue Jackson. Jackson posted a record of 3–36–1 (.088) record during his 2½-season tenure with the Browns. Jackson failed to win any away games during his tenure and lost every game in 2017. Offensive coordinator Todd Haley was also fired the same day. Defensive coordinator Gregg Williams finished out the 2018 season with a 5–3 (.625) record as interim head coach.
|LB||Ray-Ray Armstrong||UFA||March 13|
|CB||Juston Burris||UFA||April 1|
|DT||Trevon Coley||ERFA||April 1|
|CB||Phillip Gaines||UFA||March 19|
|WR||Rashard Higgins||RFA||April 1|
|OT||Greg Robinson||UFA||February 25|
|FS||Jermaine Whitehead||ERFA||April 1|
|WR||Odell Beckham Jr.||Trade[trade 1]||New York Giants||March 13|
|QB||Garrett Gilbert||UFA||Carolina Panthers||April 5|
|TE||Demetrius Harris||UFA||Kansas City Chiefs||March 14|
|RB||Kareem Hunt||UFA||Kansas City Chiefs||February 11|
|RB||D'Ernest Johnson||UFA||Orlando Apollos (AAF)||May 16|
|G||Eric Kush||UFA||Chicago Bears||March 14|
|OT||Kendall Lamm||UFA||Houston Texans||March 15|
|G||Justin McCray||Trade[trade 2]||Green Bay Packers||April 1|
|SS||Eric Murray||Trade[trade 3]||Kansas City Chiefs||April 1|
|DT||Sheldon Richardson||UFA||Minnesota Vikings||March 13|
|LB||Adarius Taylor||UFA||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||March 14|
|WR||Taywan Taylor||Trade[trade 4]||Tennessee Titans||August 31|
|G||Wyatt Teller||Trade[trade 5]||Buffalo Bills||August 30|
|DE||Olivier Vernon||Trade[trade 1]||New York Giants||March 13|
|LB||Ray-Ray Armstrong||Release||New Orleans Saints||September 18|
|CB||Briean Boddy-Calhoun||UFA||Houston Texans||March 15|
|LB||Jamie Collins||Release||New England Patriots||May 15|
|P||Britton Colquitt||Release||Minnesota Vikings||August 31|
|DT||Carl Davis||Release||Indianapolis Colts||October 14|
|TE||Seth DeValve||Release||Jacksonville Jaguars||August 31|
|TE||Darren Fells||Release||Houston Texans||March 19|
|CB||E. J. Gaines||UFA||Buffalo Bills||March 25|
|OT||Desmond Harrison||Release||Arizona Cardinals||June 6|
|RB||Duke Johnson||Trade[trade 6]||Houston Texans||August 8|
|K||Greg Joseph||Release||Seattle Dragons (XFL)||October 16|
|FS||Derrick Kindred||Release||Indianapolis Colts||April 2|
|WR||Ricardo Louis||Release||Miami Dolphins||April 8|
|RB||Devante Mays||Release ||Jacksonville Jaguars||July 31|
|DE||Emmanuel Ogbah||Trade[trade 3]||Kansas City Chiefs||April 1|
|SS||Jabrill Peppers||Trade[trade 1]||New York Giants||March 13|
|WR||Breshad Perriman||UFA||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||March 13|
|QB||Tyrod Taylor||UFA||Los Angeles Chargers||March 13|
|LB||Tanner Vallejo||Release||Arizona Cardinals||February 5|
|G||Earl Watford||UFA||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||March 15|
|G||Kevin Zeitler||Trade[trade 1]||New York Giants||March 13|
|DE||Anthony Zettel||Release||Cincinnati Bengals||October 17|
- The Browns acquired WR Odell Beckham, Jr. and LB Olivier Vernon from the New York Giants in exchange for SS Jabrill Peppers, G Kevin Zeitler, and 2019 1st-round (No. 17) and 3rd-round (No. 95) selections.
- The Browns acquired G Justin McCray and an undisclosed 2020 draft selection from the Green Bay Packers in exchange for an undisclosed 2020 draft selection.
- The Browns acquired S Eric Murray from the Kansas City Chiefs in exchange for DE Emmanuel Ogbah
- The Browns acquired WR Taywan Taylor from the Tennessee Titans in exchange for an undisclosed 2020 draft selection.
- The Browns acquired G Wyatt Teller and a 2021 7th round selection from the Buffalo Bills in exchange for 2020 5th and 6th round selections.
- The Browns acquired a 2020 3rd round selection from the Houston Texans in exchange for RB Duke Johnson. This was originally a conditional 4th round selection, but Johnson was active for at least 10 games for the Texans in 2019, which resulted in the pick becoming a 3rd round selection.
Players added and lost
2019 NFL Draft
|4||119||Sheldrick Redwine||S||Miami (FL)|
|6||189||Drew Forbes||OT||Southeast Missouri State|
|7||221||Donnie Lewis Jr.||CB||Tulane|
Undrafted free agents
|Ka'John Armstrong||OT||Eastern Michigan||June 6||August 10|
|Dorian Baker||WR||Kentucky||May 3||August 31|
|David Blough||QB||Purdue||May 3||August 30 (trade)|
|Stephen Carlson||TE||Princeton||May 3||August 31|
|Lo Falemaka||C||Utah||July 22||August 31 (placed on IR)|
|Brian Fineanganofo||OT||Idaho State||May 3||August 31|
|Jamie Gillan||P||Arkansas–Pine Bluff||May 3|
|Darrin Hall||RB||Pittsburgh||May 3||May 6|
|J.T. Hassell||S||Florida Tech||May 3||August 31|
|D.J. Montgomery||WR||Austin Peay||May 3||August 31 (placed on IR)|
|Jarrell Owens||DE||Oklahoma State||May 3||August 31|
|Jermaine Ponder||CB||Saint Francis||May 3||August 3|
|Wyatt Ray||DE||Boston College||May 3||August 31|
|Anthony Stubbs||LB||Prairie View A&M||May 3||August 31|
|LJ Scott||RB||Michigan State||May 13||May 16|
|Trevon Tate||C||Memphis||May 3||May 28|
|Willie Wright||C||Tulsa||May 3||August 31|
|Dedrick Young II||LB||Nebraska||May 3||August 31|
|A green background indicates the player made the Browns' Week 1 53-man roster|
On September 4, the Browns announced that they would use their brown "color rush" uniforms, which they debuted in 2018, as their primary home uniforms for 2019, wearing them for six home games. These uniforms feature dark brown jerseys with orange numbers and orange stripes, and dark brown pants with the same orange stripes.
Cleveland Browns Staff
Cleveland Browns roster
|1||Washington Redskins||W 30–10||1–0||FirstEnergy Stadium||Recap|
|2||at Indianapolis Colts||W 21–18||2–0||Lucas Oil Stadium||Recap|
|3||at Tampa Bay Buccaneers||L 12–13||2–1||Raymond James Stadium||Recap|
|4||Detroit Lions||W 20–16||3–1||FirstEnergy Stadium||Recap|
|1||September 8||1:00 p.m.||Tennessee Titans||L 13–43||0–1||FirstEnergy Stadium||CBS||Recap|
|2||8:15 p.m.||at New York Jets||W 23–3||1–1||MetLife Stadium||ESPN||Recap|
|3||September 22||8:20 p.m.||Los Angeles Rams||L 13–20||1–2||FirstEnergy Stadium||NBC||Recap|
|4||September 29||1:00 p.m.||at Baltimore Ravens||W 40–25||2–2||M&T Bank Stadium||CBS||Recap|
|5||8:15 p.m.||at San Francisco 49ers||L 3–31||2–3||Levi's Stadium||ESPN||Recap|
|6||October 13||1:00 p.m.||Seattle Seahawks||L 28–32||2–4||FirstEnergy Stadium||Fox||Recap|
|8||October 27||4:25 p.m.||at New England Patriots||L 13–27||2–5||Gillette Stadium||CBS||Recap|
|9||November 3||4:25 p.m.||at Denver Broncos||L 19–24||2–6||Empower Field at Mile High||CBS||Recap|
|10||November 10||1:00 p.m.||Buffalo Bills||W 19–16||3–6||FirstEnergy Stadium||CBS||Recap|
|11||8:20 p.m.||Pittsburgh Steelers||W 21–7||4–6||FirstEnergy Stadium||Fox/NFLN/
|12||November 24||1:00 p.m.||Miami Dolphins||W 41–24||5–6||FirstEnergy Stadium||Fox||Recap|
|13||December 1||1:00 p.m.||at Pittsburgh Steelers||L 13–20||5–7||Heinz Field||CBS||Recap|
|14||December 8||1:00 p.m.||Cincinnati Bengals||FirstEnergy Stadium||CBS|
|15||December 15||4:05 p.m.||at Arizona Cardinals||State Farm Stadium||CBS|
|16||December 22||1:00 p.m.||Baltimore Ravens||FirstEnergy Stadium||CBS|
|17||December 29||1:00 p.m.||at Cincinnati Bengals||Paul Brown Stadium||CBS|
- Intra-division opponents are in bold text.
- Networks and times for games in Weeks 16 and 17 are subject to change as a result of flexible scheduling.
Week 1: vs. Tennessee Titans
The Browns opened the season with a home game against the Tennessee Titans with high hopes after their 7–8–1 season in 2018. The Browns scored a touchdown on their first drive to take a 6–0 lead, but the Titans controlled the game after that, taking a 12–6 lead into halftime. After a Titans field goal, a Browns' touchdown late in the third quarter made the score 15–13, but that is the closest they would get as QB Baker Mayfield threw three interceptions and the Titans scored four unanswered touchdowns to secure a 43–13 win.
With the loss, the Browns opened the season at 0–1. The Browns failed to win in Week 1 for the 15th consecutive season. They also committed 18 penalties for 182 yards, their most penalties in a game since 1951.
Week 2: at New York Jets
The Browns traveled to New York for a Monday Night Football matchup against the Jets, marking the Browns' first MNF appearance since 2015. The Browns opened the scoring with a pair of Austin Seibert field goals—the first of his career—in the first quarter to take a 6–0 lead. After the Browns added a Nick Chubb touchdown run, the teams traded field goals late in the second quarter to give the Browns a 16–3 halftime lead. The only score of the second half was an 89-yard touchdown pass from Baker Mayfield to Odell Beckham Jr. to give the Browns a 23–3 win. The Browns' defense had a solid performance with four sacks (including three by Myles Garrett), one takeaway and two fourth-down stops.
With the win, the Browns improved to 1–1. Punter Jamie Gillan was named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week; he made six punts, five of which landed inside the Jets' 20-yard line, averaging 38.5 yards per kick.
Week 3: vs. Los Angeles Rams
at FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio
The Browns hosted the Los Angeles Rams in their first Sunday Night Football appearance since 2008. The Browns held a 6–3 halftime lead after a highly defensive first half. The only scoring came via field goals from the Browns' Austin Seibert and the Rams' Greg Zuerlein. In the third quarter, the Rams drove down the field and scored a touchdown on a Jared Goff pass to Cooper Kupp to take a 10–6 lead. The Browns responded on their next drive with a Baker Mayfield pass to Demetrius Harris to retake the lead at 13–10. Early in the fourth quarter, the Rams regained the lead, 17–13, on another Goff touchdown pass to Kupp and extended their lead to 20–13 with a Zuerlein field goal. Late in the game, the Browns had a chance to tie the score with a touchdown. In the final minute, the Browns had the ball first and goal from the Rams' 4-yard line, but Mayfield threw three incomplete passes, followed by an interception on fourth down.
With the loss, the Browns fell to 1–2.
Week 4: at Baltimore Ravens
The Browns opened the scoring in the first quarter with a Baker Mayfield touchdown pass to Ricky Seals-Jones. However, the Ravens responded with a Lamar Jackson touchdown pass to Miles Boykin to tie the game at 7–7. An Austin Seibert field goal gave the Browns a 10–7 lead at halftime. In the second half, Nick Chubb led the Browns, scoring a career-high three touchdowns and rushing for 128 of his 165 yards on the day, including an 88-yard touchdown run to extend the Browns' lead just two plays after the Ravens had cut the score to 24–18. A Dontrell Hilliard touchdown run extended the Browns' lead to 40–18. The Ravens added a garbage-time touchdown to make the final score 40–25.
With the win, the Browns improved to 2–2 and moved into first place in the AFC North for the first time since Week 10 of 2014. For his 165 yards and three touchdowns, Chubb was named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week and FedEx Ground Player of the Week
On October 3, punter Jamie Gillan was named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Month for September. Gillan had 11 punts inside the 20-yard line and helped the Browns limit opponents to just 19 punt return yards for the month.
Week 5: at San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers opened the scoring with a pair of Matt Breida touchdowns in the first quarter – an 83-yard run and a 5-yard reception from Jimmy Garoppolo. After a Browns field goal, the 49ers continued their dominance, scoring an additional 17 points en route to a 31–3 blowout win. The 49ers defense held Baker Mayfield to just 100 passing yards and no touchdowns, marking Mayfield's first career start in which he did not throw a touchdown pass, having done so in each of his first 17 starts. The Browns also turned the ball over four times, including two Mayfield interceptions.
With the loss, the Browns fell to 2–3.
Week 6: vs. Seattle Seahawks
at FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio
The Browns returned home to take on the Seattle Seahawks in Week 6 and opened the scoring with a Nick Chubb touchdown run. Seattle responded with a touchdown run by Russell Wilson, giving the Browns a 7–6 lead after a missed extra point by Seattle. The Browns then extended their lead to 20–6, with Baker Mayfield running in from 10 yards before throwing a 31-yard touchdown pass to Ricky Seals-Jones. Before halftime, Seattle scored on a pair of Jason Myers field goals and a touchdown pass from Wilson to Jaron Brown to cut the Browns' lead to 20–18. In the second half, Seattle took the lead on another Wilson touchdown pass to Brown, but the Browns responded with a Chubb touchdown run and a two-point pass from Mayfield to Demetrius Harris to retake the lead, 28–25. The Seahawks retook the lead with 3:30 left in the game, going up 32–28 thanks to a Chris Carson touchdown run, before picking off Mayfield on the Browns' ensuing drive to allow them to run down the clock and claim the win.
With the loss, the Browns went into their bye week at 2–4.
Week 8: at New England Patriots
After their bye week, the Browns traveled to New England for a Week 8 contest against the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots, who entered this game 7–0. The Patriots raced to a 17–0 first quarter lead, aided by two Nick Chubb fumbles and a Baker Mayfield interception on three consecutive offensive snaps for the Browns. Chubb's first fumble was returned by Dont'a Hightower for a 26–yard touchdown, while the Patriots' second touchdown came on a Tom Brady pass to Julian Edelman. The Browns got on the board in the second quarter with a Mayfield touchdown pass to Demetrius Harris, to make the score 17–7 at halftime. In the third quarter, the Browns closed New England's lead to 17–10 with an Austin Seibert 38-yard field goal, but the Patriots responded with another Brady touchdown pass to Edelman on their next drive to extend their lead to 24–10. The teams traded field goals in the fourth quarter for a 27–13 Patriots win.
With the loss, the Browns fell to 2–5.
Week 9: at Denver Broncos
The Browns visited the Denver Broncos for a Week 9 match-up. The Browns hoped to end a three-game losing streak while Denver quarterback Brandon Allen was making his first career start in place of an injured Joe Flacco. Denver opened the scoring with an Allen 21–yard touchdown pass to Courtland Sutton. He added a 75–yard touchdown pass to Noah Fant in the second quarter. For the Browns, Austin Seibert kicked four field goals in the second quarter (three of which occurred with the Browns inside Denver's 15 yard line) and Denver's Brandon McManus added a field goal to give the Broncos a 17–12 halftime lead. In the second half, the Broncos extended their lead to 24–12 on a Phillip Lindsay touchdown run, while the Browns closed the Broncos' lead back to five points on a Baker Mayfield touchdown pass to Jarvis Landry. However, the Browns could not score again, resulting in a 24–19 Broncos' win.
With the loss, the Browns fell to 2–6. This marks the 12th straight season in which the Browns suffered a losing streak of at least four games. Following the game, safety Jermaine Whitehead, out of frustration, made inappropriate and threatening tweets in response to critics. He was subsequently released by the Browns.
Week 10: vs. Buffalo Bills
at FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio
The Browns returned home to take on the Buffalo Bills, hoping to end their 4-game losing streak. The Browns scored touchdown on the game's first drive on a Baker Mayfield 17-yard touchdown pass to Jarvis Landry. However, an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on Landry resulted in the PAT attempt being kicked from 15 yards further back, and it was subsequently missed. Early in the second quarter, the Bills scored a touchdown on a Josh Allen 10-yard run to take a 7–6 lead. Browns' kicker Austin Seibert nailed a 23-yard field goal, while Bills' kicker Stephen Hauschka missed a 35-yard field goal attempt late in the quarter, giving the Browns a 9–7 halftime lead. The Bills tied the game with a safety in the third quarter as Tremaine Edmunds sacked Mayfield in the end zone. Seibert added a field goal to give the Browns a 12–9 lead after three quarters. In the fourth quarter, Allen gave the Bills a 16–12 lead on a 1-yard touchdown run. However, the Browns responded with an 82-yard drive culminating with a Mayfield touchdown pass to Rashard Higgins, giving the Browns a 19–16 lead with just under two minutes remaining. The Bills drove down the field, but Hauschka missed a 53-yard potential game-tying field goal with 22 seconds remaining, giving the Browns a 19–16 win.
With the win, the Browns improved to 3–6.
Week 11: vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
at FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio
The Browns stayed home to face the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday Night Football. Browns QB Baker Mayfield scored the first points on a 1-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, set up by a 43-yard pass from Mayfield to WR Odell Beckham Jr. The next score came in the second quarter, with a 1-yard touchdown catch by Jarvis Landry. The Steelers struck back in the third quarter with a touchdown completion by Steelers RB Jaylen Samuels, but Cleveland held off the Steelers for the win. Browns rookie TE Stephen Carlson caught a touchdown pass in the fourth quarter for his first career TD. The Browns defense forced four interceptions of Steelers QB Mason Rudolph in the game.
A skirmish broke out between the two teams in the closing seconds of the game. After passing to Trey Edmunds, Rudolph found himself dragged down by Browns defensive end Myles Garrett. Upset by the late tackle, Rudolph started to attack Garrett by kicking him in the groin and attempting to pull off Garrett's helmet. Garrett then ripped off Rudolph's helmet and used it to hit Rudolph in the head. Steelers C Maurkice Pouncey and Browns DT Larry Ogunjobi then joined in on the fight in defense of their respective teammates. Garrett, Ogunjobi, and Pouncey were ejected from the game. Following the game, Garrett was suspended for the remainder of 2019 and required to apply for reinstatement in 2020, while Pouncey and Ogunjobi received 2-game and 1-game suspensions, respectively. Garrett's suspension is the longest in NFL history for a single on-field transgression.
With the win, the Browns improved to 4–6. The win ended an 8-game winless streak to the Steelers that dated back to 2014. This also marked the first time in franchise history that the Browns defeated division rivals Baltimore and Pittsburgh in the same season.
Week 12: vs. Miami Dolphins
at FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio
The Browns hosted the Miami Dolphins in their third straight home game. The Browns dominated the first half, building a 28–0 lead in the process. The Browns scored four first half touchdowns on three Baker Mayfield touchdown passes (two short passes to Jarvis Landry and a 35-yard pass to Odell Beckham, Jr.) and a 6-yard run by Kareem Hunt. The Dolphins got on the board with a Jason Sanders field goal to make the score 28–3 at halftime. The Dolphins came back in the third quarter. Aided by a Mayfield interception and a missed field goal by Austin Seibert, the Dolphins scored two touchdowns on a Ryan Fitzpatrick 11-yard pass to Mike Gesicki and a Fitzpatrick 8-yard run, to close the Browns' lead to 28–17. However, the Browns responded in the fourth quarter with a pair of Seibert field goals and a Nick Chubb 5-yard touchdown run to go up 41–17. A late Miami touchdown made the final score 41–24.
With the win, the Browns improved to 5–6. This marked the Browns' 100th win since returning to the NFL in 1999. LB Joe Schobert was named the AFC Defensive Player of the week after recording five tackles, four blocked passes, and two interceptions.
Week 13: at Pittsburgh Steelers
With the loss, the Browns fell to 5–7. This marked the Browns' 16th consecutive loss in Pittsburgh.
Week 14: vs. Cincinnati Bengals
|Cincinnati Bengals †||1||11||0||.083||0–4||1–7||179||298||W1|
|2[a]||New England Patriots||East||10||2||0||.833||4–0||6–2||.458||.400||L1|
|4[b]||Kansas City Chiefs||West||8||4||0||.667||4–0||6–3||.528||.479||W2|
|In the hunt|
|13[f][h]||Los Angeles Chargers||West||4||8||0||.333||0–4||2–7||.497||.500||L3|
|14[e][g][h]||New York Jets||East||4||8||0||.333||0–4||1–7||.444||.354||L1|
|Eliminated from playoff contention|
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