Get used to the Cleveland Browns successful soccer video games. They’re going to notch a variety of wins in 2019 — and past. The crew’s commerce for receiver Odell Beckham Jr solidifies their declare as the perfect constructed roster within the AFC. They might simply be the crew to beat.
It’s a wierd thought. They’re the Browns. Simply 12 months in the past, they had been coming off a winless season. In 2018, Cleveland thought of seven wins an accomplishment, whereas elsewhere within the AFC the New England Patriots chased their sixth Tremendous Bowl. It’s a wholly totally different scale of success.
However the Browns are constructed to problem the Patriots, the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs and the Los Angeles Chargers subsequent 12 months. The Browns appear to be a reliable contender … if they’ll recover from the psychological hurdle of being the Browns.
Browns normal supervisor John Dorsey has put collectively a crew which must be the favourite to win the AFC North. It is a convention hardly recognizable from the one we knew just a few years in the past. The Baltimore Ravens are most likely the most important risk to the Browns now that the Pittsburgh Steelers ditched their most proficient talent gamers in Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell.
Baker Mayfield and the Browns had been pumped to listen to about Odell Beckham Jr. tradeAfter buying and selling Odell Beckham, what’s the Giants’ plan precisely?Briefly time, Dorsey has used his bevy of draft picks to rejuvenate Cleveland’s roster, most notably on the quarterback place with Baker Mayfield. Mayfield’s rookie season offered motive for optimism, as he accomplished 63.eight p.c of his passes for three,725 yards and 27 touchdowns and 14 interceptions in 14 video games.
After the Browns’ embarrassing procession of failed quarterbacks, any semblance of competency ought to look good on the place in Cleveland. However Mayfield is greater than competent. With assist from Beckham, Mayfield may very well be one of many league’s greatest.
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If nothing else, Beckham ought to help the event of Mayfield and coach Freddie Kitchens. Beckham might help the second-year quarterback and first-year head coach attain their potential. Beckham joins a gaggle of proficient receivers in Jarvis Landry, the crew’s slot and possession receiver, and Antonio Callaway, a younger and uncooked expertise. Tight finish David Njoku, a 2017 first-round decide, appeared to develop extra snug with Mayfield because the season wore on.
After which the Browns have working backs Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt, a humiliation of expertise, even when it comes with Hunt’s imminent suspension for kicking a lady in a Cleveland resort in February. The Browns’ greatest offensive weak spot is left sort out, which is a big one. As a result of they traded their first-round decide for Beckham, Cleveland doubtless could be fortunate to search out their starter within the 2019 NFL Draft. The remainder of the offensive line is stable, which ought to allow Mayfield to comfortably discover Beckham for over 80 receptions this season.
Odell Beckham Jr. bought traded to the Browns and Twitter crushed the GiantsBill Simmons responds to James Dolan’s accusation of making an attempt to sabotage Knicks free agencyBeckham brings Cleveland’s offense to a different degree, sure. However the Browns’ protection is what separates them from different AFC contenders just like the Chargers, who allowed 41 factors to the Patriots within the AFC divisional spherical, and the Chiefs, who let up 37 factors within the AFC title sport.
These groups might have defensive expertise, however not of Cleveland’s caliber and depth. Their power begins on their defensive position, the place they’ve defensive finish Myles Garrett and defensive sort out Larry Ogunjobi, together with offseason acquisitions in defensive finish Oliver Vernon and defensive sort out Sheldon Richardson. When defending the run, these gamers will get assist from linebacker Christian Kirksey, who emerged in 2018.
#Browns DE Myles Garrett dwell on @nflnetwork. Are they the crew to beat within the AFC North this season? “Completely.” Says the tide has turned.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) March 13, 2019
When defending the cross, the Browns protection will comply with the lead of Denzel Ward, the No. four total decide in 2018 and defensive rookie of the 12 months candidate. And that’s the place we hit Cleveland’s defensive weak spot: they don’t have a reliable second cornerback. The excellent news is that they might discover one within the draft or signal one of many free brokers. Philly’s Ronald Darby and Chicago’s Bryce Callahan are among the many prime free brokers accessible.
Including to the enjoyable is the report late Tuesday evening that the Browns had been closing in on a deal to accumulate security Earl Thomas, who would make an already scary roster downright terrifying.
Sources: Earl Thomas and the #Browns in dialogue on a three 12 months deal that can carry him to Cleveland to hitch newly acquired star Odell Beckham Jr.
— Adam Silverstein (@asilversteinTV) March 13, 2019
The Browns, like every roster at this level within the offseason, has holes. It’s March — the season begins in September. New England, for instance, has simply Julian Edelman and Josh Gordon at receiver. The Chiefs don’t have a beginning heart or a second cornerback. The Chargers don’t have a nostril sort out or a second cornerback. These wants will evolve because the offseason rolls alongside.
Even so, the acquisitions of Beckham, Vernon and Richardson have put the Browns into an enviable place within the AFC. They’re overflowing with younger and principally cheap expertise. With Beckham within the fold, they may doubtless be probably the most proficient group within the convention heading into the season.
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