Wow it’s been a long eight months since the Browns last played hasn’t it? Let’s take a brief look back at everything that’s happened.
The offseason kicked off with a coaching change. In late December, the Browns organization moved on from Freddie Kitchens and looked towards the future and brought in a new, fresh face. Kevin Stefanski made the move from Minneapolis to Cleveland in a somewhat unexpected hiring. A full overhaul of the staff was in order so that the organization could move on and move towards winning ways. Stefanski and his staff have arrived and made one hell of an impression on the league already. This should be a fun year.
Did I mention there was an organizational overhaul? Welcome, the youngest GM in the NFL, Andrew Berry. Not only did he take over the GM role but he is also the new Executive VP of Football Operations. Berry is seen as a very analytic manager and hopes to be the bringer of Lombardi’s in his glorious return the Land. Berry formerly served as the VP of Player Personnel for the Browns from 2016 to 2018.
The Browns brought in one of the best free agent classes of the year. The additions of Pro Bowl tight end Austin Hooper and former All-Pro offensive tackle Jack Conklin, among others, should solidify the holes on offense and propel this team into the playoffs. Key rotational pieces on the defensive side, such as Adrian Clayborn and Andrew Sendejo, will improve an already solid defensive unit.
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The NFL Draft
Oh boy did the draft go well! The offensive line was the biggest concern going into the offseason and arguably the best lineman fell into the Browns lap at the tenth pick. Jedrick Wills, former Alabama tackle, was widely viewed as the best pass blocker in the draft. If he plays to his potential, this offensive line goes from one of the worst in the league to one that’s borderline top ten. The Nick Harris selection already is paying off as he’s looked incredible in camp during the absence of J.C. Tretter. Baker now has more weapons in Donovan Peoples-Jones and Harrison Bryant, and the defense improved as well. Grant Delpit and Jacob Phillips are day one starters and Jordan Elliott is a solid rotational piece.
The clock is winding down and we are getting closer and closer to the 2020 NFL Season. Training Camp is underway so we get to see our boys back in action but, unfortunately, that means the injury bug is back. J.C. Tretter has undergone surgery which allows rookie Nick Harris to step up in his place. Nick Chubb is going through concussion protocol and we await results from that.
With the season looming less than a month away, what will it look like? What will FirstEnergy Stadium look like on Sunday, September 13th?
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