Cleveland Browns: 2016 Preview, Offseason Recap, Status Report, Schedule, Outlook
Cleveland Browns 2016 Preview
July 19, 2016
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The Cleveland Browns have won five or less games in seven of their last eight seasons and haven’t made the playoffs since 2002. The Browns are hoping new head coach Hue Jackson can lay the foundation for progress and lead to better days for Cleveland fans.
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Here is your 2016 Cleveland Browns football preview.
Key Player Losses: Not sure watching Johnny Manziel ruin his life is a key loss, but he was a talented quarterback and could be a huge “what if” given his talent. The biggest offensive loss for the Browns was Travis Benjamin, who is coming off his best season yet with 68 receptions, 966 yards and five touchdowns. The Browns lost a lot on the defensive side of the ball in Karlos Dansby, Randy Starks, Tashaun Gipson, Craig Robertson and Johnson Bademosi. Dansby is obviously the biggest loss after leading the Browns with 108 tackles.
Key Player Additions: The biggest addition by far for the Browns was quarterback Robert Griffin III. Yes, RGIII hasn’t been himself since his rookie season, but he’s still just 26 years old and could return to being a productive quarterback with a much needed change of scenery. Also, adding guys such as Rahim Moore, Demario Davis and Justin Tuggle help add depth to a defense that lost a lot of talent during the offseason. However, no signing in Cleveland this offseason will top bringing Griffin on board to compete for the starting QB job.
Draft: The Browns made a solid first round selection with wide receiver Corey Coleman, who can stretch the field and gives the offense some much needed spark. Emmanuel Ogbah is a sack machine at defensive end and has a rare combination of size and speed. Carl Nassib is a hard worker at the defensive end position and Shon Coleman is a massive offensive lineman who would have been a higher selection if it wasn’t for a knee injury. I also like the selection of wide receiver Ricardo Louis, as he has size and speed, and he could be great if he can improve his hands.
Outlook: The Browns have more talent than most give them credit for, especially on the defensive side of the ball. If Griffin wins the starting job and can return to decent form, the Browns have a shot to turn some heads. The hire of Hue Jackson gives Cleveland some credibility and some stability moving forward. However, the Browns are in a brutal division and will need to add more pieces in order to become a true playoff contender. Although if everything comes together, the Cleveland Browns could push for six or seven wins.
Cleveland Browns 2016 Schedule:
Week 1: Sept. 11 – at Philadelphia Eagles – 1 p.m./CBS
Week 2: Sept. 18 – Baltimore Ravens – 1 p.m./CBS
Week 3: Sept. 25 – at Miami Dolphins – 1 p.m./CBS
Week 4: Oct. 2 – at Washington Redskins – 1 p.m./CBS
Week 5: Oct. 9 – New England Patriots – 1 p.m./CBS
Week 6: Oct. 16 – at Tennessee Titans – 1 p.m./CBS
Week 7: Oct. 23 – at Cincinnati Bengals – 1 p.m./CBS
Week 8: Oct. 30 – New York Jets – 1 p.m./CBS
Week 9: Nov. 6 – Dallas Cowboys – 1 p.m./FOX
Week 10: Nov. 10 – at Baltimore Ravens (Thursday) – 8:25 p.m./NFL Network
Week 11: Nov. 20 – Pittsburgh Steelers – 1 p.m./CBS
Week 12: Nov. 27 – New York Giants – 1 p.m./FOX
Week 13: BYE
Week 14: Dec. 11 – Cincinnati Bengals – 1 p.m./CBS
Week 15: Dec. 18 – at Buffalo Bills – 1 p.m./CBS
Week 16: Dec. 24 – San Diego Chargers (Saturday) – 1 p.m./CBS
Week 17: Jan. 1 – at Pittsburgh Steelers – 1 p.m./CBS