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Cleveland Browns Training Camp Preview

by Glenn Kaplan
by Glenn Kaplan

The Cleveland Browns were the second team in NFL history in 2017 to go 0-16. The other team in NFL history to go 0-16 was the 2008 Detroit Lions. The Cleveland Browns are just 1-31 in the last two seasons. Hue Jackson remains the head coach for now and the Browns front office is going to want to see massive improvement this offseason.

They made moves like signing running back Carlos Hyde and trading for quarterback Tyrod Taylor and wide receiver Jarvis Landry. Landry believes they are a playoff caliber team, but will see how it all works out.

Cleveland is known for their quarterback carousel. They drafted quarterback Baker Mayfield from Oklahoma with the number one overall pick. The Browns passed on Sam Darnold from USC, Josh Allen from Wyoming, and Josh Rosen from UCLA. Cleveland begins training camp on Thursday July 26.

Speaking of quarterbacks, the starting quarterback will be Tyrod Taylor for now. He led the Buffalo Bills to the playoffs last season for the first time since 1999. Baker Mayfield will be the backup quarterback for now. I think the Cleveland Browns want him to develop properly and sit on the bench for a year, but it wouldn't surprise me to see him on the field sooner. Drew Stanton will be the third quarterback. Rookie Brogan Roback will look to steal Stanton's spot on the roster.

Carlos Hyde will be the starting running back. Rookie Nick Chubb will be the number two running back. Duke Johnson will be the third running back. Matt Dayes and Dontrell Hilliard will compete for the fourth running back spot on the roster.

Danny Vitale and Marquez Williams will compete for the fullback spot on the roster. I think Vitale will be the starting fullback.

Josh Gordon, Corey Coleman, and Jarvis Landry will be the top three receivers on the roster. Gordon will not be reporting to the first part of training camp. He has been dealing with off the field issues. Ricardo Louis and Rashard Higgins will be the fourth and fifth receivers. Jeff Janis, rookies Antonio Callaway and Damion Ratley, and C.J. Board will compete for the final receiver spot, but depending on the Gordon situation, it might be for two spots. I am not saying that Gordon is going to get cut. They might place him on a reserve list. Keep an eye on rookie Antonio Callaway in training camp.

Darren Fells and David Njoku will compete for the starting tight end job and both are expected to make the roster. Seth DeValve should be the third tight end on the roster. Devon Cajuste and rookie Julian Allen will try and snag a spot at tight end on the roster.

Joe Thomas retired from the NFL. He is 33 years old and Thomas torn his triceps in a game last October that ended his season. He played for 10,363 consecutive snaps and that is an NFL record. That record may never be broken. Who will be the starting left tackle this season now that Joe Thomas is retired? Shon Coleman will most likely be the starting left tackle. Joel Bitonio will be the starting left guard. J.C. Tretter will be the starting center. Kevin Zeitler will be the starting right guard. Chris Hubbard will be the starting right tackle. Rookie Austin Corbett, Austin Reiter, and Spencer Drango will be some key backup offensive lineman.

The Cleveland Browns play a 4-3 defensive scheme. Myles Garrett and Emammuel Ogbah will be the starting defensive ends. Trevon Coley and Larry Ogunjobi will be the starting defensive tackles. Chris Smith will be one of the backup defensive ends. Carl Nassib, Rookies Chad Thomas and Marcell Frazier, Nate Orchard, and Lenny Jones will compete for the other backup defensive end spot. Caleb Brantley and Jamie Meder will be the backup defensive tackles. Jeremy Faulk and rookies Trenton Thompson and Daniel Ekuale will compete for a potential roster spot at defensive tackle.

Jamie Collins, Joe Schobert, and Christian Kirksey will be the starting linebackers. Mychal Kendricks and Jermaine Grace will be two of the backup linebackers. James Burgess should be the other backup linebacker. Rookie Genard Avery, B.J. Bello, and Brady Sheldon will try and compete for roster spots.

E.J. Gaines and rookie Denzel Ward will be the starting cornerbacks. Ward is still not signed to a rookie contract however. Damarious Randall and Jabrill Peppers will be the starting safeties. Travis Carrie and Briean Boddy-Calhoun will be the third and fourth cornerbacks. Rookie Siemon Thomas, Terrance Mitchell, Denzel Rice, and Michael Jordan will compete for the final cornerback spot on the roster. Derrick Kindred will be a key backup safety.

Zane Gonzales and rookie Ross Martin will compete for the Browns kicker job. Britton Colquitt and Justin Vogel will compete for the Browns punter job.

Jabrill Peppers and Duke Johnson will compete for Cleveland's punt returner job. Matt Dayes and Jabrill Peppers will compete for Cleveland's kickoff returner job.

The Cleveland Browns will open the season at home on September 9 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Browns do not want to get off to a slow start this season. If they do, it is quite possible they could fire head coach Hue Jackson. The odds are the Cleveland Browns will finish in last place again in the AFC North, but you never know. Cleveland will win somewhere between 2-6 games.

This article was originally published on @gk18