I’m pretty sure it’s safe to say, that the Cleveland Browns are a force to be reckoned with. Especially within the AFC North.
The irony is quite outstanding, considering the Browns have accomplished the feat of a perfect season, in 2017. In a 0-16 record that is.
The Browns have had numerous staffing changes since 1999, and there have been countless moments that have resulted in various times of pain and anger, especially the general horror in being a Browns fan. But things, have no doubt, changed.
The Browns have gone all out this offseason, including a bustling free agency to blockbuster trades.
Here is a link that provides the information of all of the Browns’ acquisitions during the offseason, so far.
The flashy ones:
*Signed DT Sheldon Richardson – 4.5 Sacks, 49 Tackles in 2018 – 28 years old*
*Traded for WR Odell Beckham Jr. – 77 RECs, 1,052 YDs, 6 TDs in 2018 – 26 years old*
*Traded for DE Olivier Vernon – 7.0 Sacks, 30 Tackles in 2018 – 28 years old*
*Signed RB Kareem Hunt (Suspended for 8 Games in 2019) – 181 ATTs, 824 YDs, 7 TDs in 2018 -23 years old*
As you can see, the Browns are not playing around. Here is an NFL.com article written by Bucky Brooks (NFL.com Analyst), the headline reads: “Browns follow Eagles/Ram’s blueprint”.
I agree with his article, and I believe the Browns are doing the right thing, by following the same patterns the Eagles and Rams have taken. Which resulted in a SuperBowl appearance for both teams (Eagles SB Appearance: 2017 Season, Rams SB Appearance: 2018 Season). These patterns are clear as day to identify. Fish for the best players in free agency and make some big moves through trades. Which both of us can agree that the Browns have shocked the NFL with their acquisitions, right? And we still have the NFL draft coming up next month.
Cleveland players with the biggest spotlights going into the 2019 Season (Pre-Draft):
QB Baker Mayfield
RB Kareem Hunt
WR Odell Beckham Jr.
DE Myles Garrett
CB Denzel Ward
WR Jarvis Landry
RB Nick Chubb
TE David Njoku
A hefty amount of talent right there.
It’s going to be interesting to see how the chemistry will play out between each one of these Pro-Bowl caliber players. And we’ll get to see a display of how Freddie Kitchens (Cleveland Browns’ Head Coach) manages his assortment of weapons.
The Browns do not look like a last-place team on paper, anymore.
They’ve got a solid, young, and developing quarterback on their hands, with Baker Mayfield.
Nick Chubb almost had a 1000 YDs-rushing season in 2018, missed by a few.
Kareem Hunt is a pro-bowl back, he proved it with the Kansas City Chiefs.
Odell is Odell; he’s one of the most athletic, if not one of the faces of the NFL, today.
Myles Garrett is a speedy monster; there is no way I wouldn’t fear the dude if I was a quarterback in the NFL.
And it doesn’t stop there!
The Browns have many offensive weapons, and they should only focus on defense and offensive line, as of now. Of course, that’s my opinion, and I’m no professional, either.
Like I said. It’s safe to say that the Cleveland Browns are a force to be reckoned with, in the NFL, and in the AFC North. The Browns are no longer the bottom of the NFL, and they’ve proved it.
Beware of the #DawgPound.