The Cleveland Browns are expected to make some noise entering the 2018 NFL season. After two decades of misery, the Browns made a front office splash by hiring John Dorsey as their new general manager.
Cleveland Browns new general manager John Dorsey is a football lifer having been a GM for the Green Bay Packers and most recently the Kansas City Chiefs. He wasted no time in making changes around the organization, trading for wide receiver Jarvis Landry and quarterback Tyrod Taylor, spending the surplus amount of cap space on talented veterans and bringing in other high-profile names such as Alonzo Highsmith and Eliot Wolfe, son of the great Ron Wolfe. Mix in the additions of No. 1 overall pick Baker Mayfield and several other rookies – this team is finally ready to win some games.
The Cleveland Browns have had quite the roller coaster ride since hiring head coach Hue Jackson in 2016. Expectations were never high considering the lack of talent and inexperience while former vice president of player operations Sashi Brown was on a mission to acquire future draft picks as opposed to winning. Fast forward two years later and the Cleveland Browns own a 1-31 record under Jackson and Sashi Brown is no longer with the team.
However, the 2016 and 2017 seasons are behind them and entering 2018 the Browns are ready to win some games. That includes scoring points, something the team struggled with in 2017. The Browns were last in the NFL in scoring, putting up only 234 points. The only other team to score less than 250 points were the New York Giants. However, the front office made it a priority to change that entering the 2018 NFL season.
Dorsey added several weapons in his first few months on the job all over the offense. A few new players added to the offense are listed below:
Quarterback: Tyrod Taylor (trade) and Baker Mayfield (No. 1 pick in 2018 NFL Draft).
Wide Receiver: Jarvis Landry (trade) and Antonio Callaway (No. 105 pick in 2018 NFL Draft).
Offensive Line: Austin Corbett (No. 33 pick in 2018 NFL Draft) and Chris Hubbard (free agency).
These additions made it clear the Browns are looking to be aggressive on offense and should have limited issues scoring on Sundays. The wide receiving core is impressive, and Taylor will not be shy to spread the wealth. The core consists of Josh Gordon, Landry, Callaway and 2015 first round pick Corey Coleman. Fans should not forget impact running back Duke Johnson can have either, as he has proven to be one of the most dynamic players out of the backfield. In recent years, the lack of playmakers the Cleveland Browns possessed is almost sickening but entering the 2018 NFL season fans have something to be excited about.
There is no doubt Baker Mayfield was drafted with the No. 1 pick to be the future of the franchise. There is no disputing that. However, Tyrod Taylor is a proven veteran that has similar qualities to Baker such as being a natural-born leader. That is a quality which Taylor had an advantage over many other quarterbacks entering the NFL in 2011. It kept him in the league and ultimately gave him an opportunity to start and he took full advantage of that.
Baker will sit, absorb Taylor’s work-ethic and leadership skills, and simply learn the X’s and O’s of the offense until he is ready to take over. In an ideal world, that won’t happen until the 2019 NFL season. Browns fans are known to be ruthless and if losing occurs early, don’t be surprised to hear the “We Want Baker!” chants around the middle of the season.
Nonetheless, the Browns have a plan in place and are expected to stick with it. In the meantime, OTAs are underway and training camp begins at the end of July. Also, the Cleveland Browns will be featured on ‘Hard Knocks’ for the 2018 season. The premiere is set to debut for 10 p.m. ET on Aug. 7.
Fans have every right to be excited entering 2018 and Dorsey is making sure the fanbase knows the time is now. The Browns spent their money on a revamped roster. That can only mean one thing. Winning is on the horizon for the Cleveland Browns.