Ladies and Gentlemen,
The 2018 NFL season is creeping up quickly. Training camps are in gear and the drama is quickly heating up. The long off season has been fun, but as a big NFL follower myself, I’m ecstatic for the 2018 NFL season.
The headlines are already a plenty, and continue to add up. Pre-season is a stone throw away and it’s safe to say players are anxious to get back to work.
Who will be the first rookie QB to take a snap? Is SaQuan Barkley as good as thought to be? How will Bradley Chub look paired up with Von Miller as a 3-4 rush specialist? Will Tom Brady or Drew Brees show signs of there age? Will Andrew Luck return to form? Can Jimmy G continue his success and show he’s worth every penny of his new contract? These are just a few of the many questions fans and media alike are asking.
To start in Cleveland, where the Browns have gone through numerous changes in the off-season. On paper the Cleveland Browns have made such tremendous strides that one would almost guarantee they don’t look like that 1-31 team from the past two seasons.
Browns GM John Dorsey, revamped and overhauled a Browns roster that was depleted with talent at offensive skill positions and severely lacked a solid quarterback presence. The Browns traded for quarterback Tyrod Taylor from the Buffalo Bills this offseason and drafted Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield number one overall in the NFL draft. Cleveland also got wide receiver Jarvis Landry in a trade with the Miami Dolphins. Signing running back Carlos Hyde and drafting Georgia running back Nick Chubb, now you may have the makings of a good offense… on paper.
On defense the Cleveland Browns overhauled their secondary drafting Ohio State quarterback Denzel Ward with the 4th pick overall, and with the signing of guys such as TJ Carry and with the trading of Deshawn Kizer for converted saftey Damorious Randall, there secondary as a whole should be improved. The Browns had a top 15 defense last season, their secondary was one of the few weak spots.
On paper the Cleveland Browns look much improved, but with a very tough schedule it might be hard to translate into victories. To look at last year’s team the offense struggle to move the ball with a rookie quarterback and very little help at the wide receiver position.
The offensive struggles led to the defense being on the field too much in was a big cause for the Cleveland Browns being only 16 last season. On the surface the oh and 16 bronze look horrible to a casual NFL fan. But to a NFL fan that happens to be a Avid Browns follower, I watch the Browns stay in a lot of close games just to watch their defense succumb to the Browns failing to put up points on offense.
With the Browns being in the AFC North, there is no walk in the park in this division. The Baltimore Ravens, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Cincinnati Bengals all look to improve this offseason. Add that with the Brown’s tough schedule and it’s hard to believe they can go from worst-to-first even in their own division. I said a realistic goal for the Browns to win six maybe seven games this year.
Todd Haley’s hiring at offensive coordinator should help Infuse a scheme and allow players to make plays. Still the big question seems to loom….
Will we see Baker Mayfield sooner or later?