Cleveland Browns: A Peek at the Dog Pound’s Training Camp

There is a ton of hoopla and hype around the Cleveland Browns locker room heading into the 2019 season. After Cleveland finished the 2017 season 0-16, they showed massive improvements last season by finishing with a 7-8-1 record.

The Browns started out last season just 2-5 and they fired Hue Jackson and Todd Haley. Gregg Williams took over as the interim head coach and Freddie Kitchens took over as the offensive coordinator.

Baker Mayfield was able to blossom at the quarterback position and I would not be surprised if he is one of the favorites to win the MVP Award in just his second NFL season.

Mayfield became the starting quarterback last season after Tyrod Taylor got hurt in a Week 3 against the New York Jets at home. In fact, Cleveland was trailing the game at the time and Baker Mayfield sparked a comeback.

After the 2018 season was over, the Cleveland Browns did not bring back Gregg Williams. They made Freddie Kitchens the new head coach. It is going to be very interesting to see what he does in his first full season as head coach of this football team. There will be high expectations heading into this season.

Other than Mayfield, Drew Stanton, Garrett Gilbert, and rookie David Blough will compete for the backup job. Therefore, two of them will most likely make the roster.

Running back Kareem Hunt will be suspended for the first eight games of the season. Also, he will play a big role in this offense when he returns from suspension.

Nick Chubb will be the starting running back in the meantime and he was very good last season in the backfield in a short amount of time. In fact, Chubb almost rushed for 1,000 yards and he could very well reach that mark this season.

Duke Johnson will also be on the roster at the running back position. Thus, the final two running back spots on this roster will either go to Dontrell Hilliard, rookie Trayone Gray, and D’Ernest Johnson.

Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry will be the top two wide receivers on the roster. Cleveland traded for Beckham Jr. from the New York Giants during the offseason. He and Landry are best friends.

Rashard Higgins and Antonio Callaway will both be on the roster, but both of them will compete for the third receiver spot. Damion Ratley, Jaelen Strong, Blake Jackson, Derrick Willies, Damon Sheehy-Guiseppi, Ishmael Hyman, and rookies DJ Montgomery and Dorian Baker will compete for the final two wide receiver spots on the roster.

David Njoku will be the starting tight end. Seth DeValve and Demetrius Harris will be the other two tight ends on the roster. Orson Charles, Pharaoh Brown, and rookie Stephen Carlson will look to snag a roster spot or two.

The projected starting offensive line will be Greg Robinson at left tackle, Joel Bitonio at left guard, J.C. Tretter at center, Austin Corbett at right guard, and Chris Hubbard at right tackle. Veterans Eric Kush, Kyle Kalis, Bryan Witzmann, Kendall Lamm, and Brad Seaton will compete for some backup spots on the offensive line along with rookies Brian Fineanganofo, Ka’John Armstrong, Drew Forbes, and Willie Wright.

Cleveland plays a 4-3 defensive front. Myles Garrett and Olivier Vernon will be the starting defensive ends. Anthony Zettel, Chad Thomas, and rookie Jarrell Owens will compete for the other defensive end spot on the roster. Larry Ogunjobi and Sheldon Richardson will be the starting defensive tackles. Chris Smith will be one of the backup defensive ends. Brian Price and Trevon Coley will be the backup defensive tackles.

Joe Schobert, Christian Kirksey, and Genard Avery will the starting linebackers. Rookies Mack Wilson and Sione Takitaki could make noise in training camp. Adarius Taylor and Ray Ray Armstrong could also crack the roster as well.

Denzel Ward and rookie Greedy Williams will most likely be the starting cornerbacks. T.J. Carrie will be the third cornerback. Lenzy Pipkins, Terrance Mitchell, Tavierre, Eric Murray, and rookie Donnie Lewis Jr. will compete for the final two cornerback spots on the roster.

Morgan Burnett and Damarious Randall will most likely be the starting safeties. Jermaine Whitehead will most likely be one of the backup safeties. Rookies Sheldrick Redwine and Jermaine Ponder, and Tigie Sankoh will compete for the other backup safety spot on the roster.

Britton Colquitt and rookie Jamie Gillan will compete for the punting job. Greg Joseph and rookie Austin Seibert will be competing for the kicking job. Charley Hughlett will be the long snapper. Antonio Callaway will be the punt returner and Dontrell Hilliard will be the kickoff returner.

A lot of people will pick the Cleveland Browns to win the AFC North. Nonetheless, they still have to worry about teams like the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Baltimore Ravens.

Cleveland will begin training camp on Thursday, July 25. Then they will then host the Washington Redskins on Thursday, August 8 for their first preseason game. Finally, the Browns will host the Tennessee Titans in Week 1 on September 8.

Are you ready to believe the hype that is the Cleveland Browns for 2019? Leave a comment below.

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