Here’s a look at the NFL team preview for the Cleveland Browns:
- Head Coach– Hue Jackson
- Offensive Coordinator– Todd Haley
- Defensive Coordinator- Gregg Williams
- Special Teams– Amos Jones
ODDS TO WIN:
- AFC Championship- 50/1
- Super Bowl- 100/1
- Over/Under Win Totals- 5
Last 4 Season Win Totals:
- 2014- 7
- 2015- 3
- 2016- 1
- 2017- 0
The previous three quarterbacks are all gone. The new quarterbacks are Tyrod Taylor and newly drafted Baker Mayfield. The public wants the new guy but he may not be ready for several weeks into the season so the default goes to Taylor. Mayfield, from Oklahoma, completed over 70% of his passes.
Free agent Carlos Hyde comes in ready to be the primary carrier for this team as does rookie Nick Chubb from Georgia. Duke Johnson returns for his fourth year. This year the offense hopes to use the run option more than in the past.
Josh Gordon returns from injury to help a weak receiving corps from last year. Jarvis Landry was picked up in a trade and David Njoka hopes to show improvement.
Joel Bitonio will likely move to left tackle and Shon Coleman will get the right tackle spot. Austin Colbert, the 33rd pick in the NFL draft, could also vie for that spot. If Roderick Johnson has recovered from his knee injury, this unit will be much better.
The run defense of the Browns was seventh best in the league primarily due to a change to a four-man line. larry Ogunjobi will become a starter this year. Myles Garrett, Emmanuel Ogbah, and chad Thomas will fill out this unit.
Jamie Collins and Tank Canter return from knee concerns and a sorely needed in improving the third down defense. Rookie Genard Avery from Memphis will get a shot to start for the Browns.
Damarious Randall was acquired from the Packers to help the Browns as they only intercepted five passes in the backfield. Jabrill Peppers will become a strong safety and Denzel Ward will garner a cornerback spot.
Zane Gonzalez is back as the main kicker with a 9-for-10 streak and long snapper Charley Hughlett has been very good. Punters Justin Vogel and Britton Colquitt will fight it out for on-field time. Antonio Callaway is the likely kick returner.
August 9- at N.Y. Giants 7 p.m.
August 17- Buffalo 7:30 p.m.
August 23- Philadelphia 8 p.m.
August 30- at Detroit 7 p.m.
Regular Season Schedule:
(all games Eastern time)
Sept. 9 vs. Pittsburgh Steelers 1 p.m. (CBS)
Sept. 16 at New Orleans Saints 1 p.m. (FOX)
Sept. 20 vs. New York Jets 8:20 p.m. (NFLN)
Sept. 30 at Oakland Raiders 4:05 p.m. (FOX)
Oct. 7 vs. Baltimore Ravens 1 p.m. (CBS)
Oct. 14 vs. Los Angeles Chargers 1 p.m. (CBS)
Oct. 21 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1 p.m. (FOX)
Oct. 28 at Pittsburgh Steelers 1 p.m. (CBS)
Nov. 4 vs. Kansas City Chiefs 1 p.m. (CBS)
Nov. 11 vs. Atlanta Falcons 1 p.m. (FOX)
Nov. 18 BYE
Nov. 25 at Cincinnati Bengals 1 p.m. (CBS)
Dec. 2 at Houston Texans 1 p.m. (CBS)
Dec. 9 vs. Carolina Panthers 1 p.m. (FOX)
Dec. 15 at Denver Broncos TBD (NFLN)
Dec. 23 vs. Cincinnati Bengals 1 p.m. (CBS)
Dec. 30 at Baltimore Ravens 1 p.m. (CBS)
Owners- Jimmy and Dee Haslam
General Manager- John Dorsey
Stadium- FirstEnergy Stadium