Wednesday, August 14, 2013

2013 NFL Team Previews: Cleveland Browns

Key Additions

QB Brian Hoyer, QB Jason Campbell, RB Dion Lewis, WR Davone Bess, WR David Nelson, TE Kellen Davis, TE Gary Barnidge, OT Rashad Butler, DT Desmond Bryant, DE/OLB Paul Kruger, DE/OLB Quentin Groves, CB Chris Owens, K Shayne Graham, DE/OLB Barkevious Mingo (draft), CB Leon McFadden (draft)

Key Losses

QB Colt McCoy, WR Mohamed Massaquoi, TE Ben Watson, DE Frostee Rucker, DE Juqua Parker-Thomas, DE/OLB Emmanuel Acho, OLB Kaluka Maiava, CB Sheldon Brown, S Usama Young, K Phil Dawson, P Reggie Hodges, KR/WR Joshua Cribbs

Team Analysis

Barring a plague of injuries from the other teams in the division, the Cleveland Browns are a lock to be the worst team in the AFC North. The defense really isn't bad, but the offense is awful. However, the switch from 4-3 to 3-4 on defense was unwarranted, so its doubtful that the defense will have improved at all over last year. As I mentioned earlier, the defense isn't the problem. Brandon Weeden just isn't good enough to be a starter in the NFL, and his competition isn't good enough to push him. On top of that, he doesn't have anyone to throw to other than Josh Gordan, who is still a bit young and inexperienced himself. The only thing that can save this offense is Trent Richardson, who has been a disappointment thus far compared to all the hype he received after being drafted. He still looks banged up at the start of the preseason, so it's going to be tough for him to completely carry this offense. Don't expect much noise out of Cleveland this year.

Projected Wins


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