It has been one great offseason for the infamous 0-16 Cleveland Browns. There is definitely a possibility they might go from “zero to hero” so to speak. Here, I will express my take on the Cleveland Browns offensive unit this upcoming season:
The Cleveland Browns have made a bulk of blockbuster moves and draftees, but they also made a lot of under the radar moves on the offensive front. With veteran Joe Thomas retiring after eleven seasons, Cleveland needed more power on the offensive line. Not only have they added depth to their line, but they also added to their quarterback experiment with Tyrod Taylor and Baker Mayfield.
Tyrod Taylor very well could find success in Cleveland, and should be able to do a little more of what he wants to do than past seasons. While he isn’t the best pure passer in the NFL, he also isn’t the worst.
In his three seasons in Buffalo, Taylor was clearly successful, and the Browns are hoping that carries over into their system. If that trial fails, then obviously Oklahoma rookie Baker Mayfield would be plugged into the equation.
This is one area Cleveland has gotten stronger in. The front office picked up Carlos Hyde and drafted Georgia rookie Nick Chubb. The Browns still have Duke Johnson Jr as well, who is one the best receiving running backs in the NFL.
In theory, Hyde was a pretty solid back for the San Francisco 49ers, accumulating 940 yards and 8 touchdowns on 240 attempts. On the other hand, Chubb was a bargain late pick for the Browns. As a Bulldog, he rushed for 1,175 yards on 191 attempts. In addition, he averaged 6.2 yards per carry, and totaled an astonishing 13 touchdowns to cap off his senior year.
The Browns definitely kicked off the offseason properly after trading for former Miami Dolphins receiver Jarvis Landry.
Landry will help Cleveland’s offense immensely. In Miami, he tallied 987 yards and was coming off of two prior consecutive 1,000+ yard seasons. He visited the end zone a total of nine times in the 2017 season.
Over Landry’s four seasons with the Dolphins, he was targeted 567 times, had 4,038 receiving yards, averaged roughly 10 yards per reception, finished with 22 touchdowns, and only fumbled the ball five times.
On top of that, Josh Gordon is an astounding receiver who has the attributes of a Hall of Fame-style player. The only issue with his path to greatness involves his off-the-field issues. Claiming to be clean of any pending obstacles, he will be a headline to watch throughout the season.
The 2013 campaign was most notably Gordon’s breakout year, gaining 1,646 yards and 9 touchdowns on only 87 receptions. In total, Gordon has earned 3,089 yards and 15 touchdowns on 179 receptions.
With all the different players Cleveland now holds, this is a franchise that could very well sneak their way into the playoffs. While it’s unlikely, rosters with less talent have done a lot more.