Giants 2016 Schedule Preview: Browns

The Giants Beat previews New York's Week 12 opponent, the Cleveland Browns.

Key free agent signings: QB Robert Griffin III (Washington), WR Terrelle Pryor (Cincinnati), and LB Demario Davis (NY Jets)

Key free agent departures: DB Donte Whitner, QB Johnny Manziel, FS Tashaun Gipson (Jacksonville), and C Alex Mack (Atlanta)

Trades: None

Top 3 Impact Rookies: WR Corey Coleman (Baylor), DE Emmanuel Ogbah (Oklahoma State), and QB Cody Kessler (Southern California).  Coleman may have been the best athlete in the draft this year, and the Browns needed a stud receiver in the wake of another season without Josh Gordon, although he has ben reinstated.  In 2015, he led the nation with 20 TD receptions and just over 3,000 receiving yards in his career.  Ogbah can be a force with 4.6 speed and a 275 pound frame and has proved his relentless attitude by recording 12.5 sacks in 2015 which was good for second in the nation.  Kessler has the ability to be a serviceable backup and even challenge RGIII for the starting spot.  His accuracy (88 TD’s and 19 INT’s in his career) combined with experience in a pro-style offense has Hue Jackson excited for the future. 

Biggest offseason addition:  QB Robert Griffin III.  The biggest storyline of any Cleveland Browns camp is the quarterback situation.  They’ve had a terrible string of luck over the past decade or so in terms of poor play at the most important position in football (none worse than Johnny Manziel), but their woes may soon come to an end with the addition of the once electrifying RGIII.  If he can rekindle that rookie year magic and finally feel comfortable playing on that repaired knee, he’ll have a chance to make the Browns relevant in the AFC North again.

Most intriguing storyline heading into training camp:  Can RGIII end the Browns’ prolonged quarterback woes?  Since 1999, Cleveland has gone through over 20 different quarterbacks, and Griffin has the best chance of them all to finally bring stability to such an important position.

Under-the-radar storyline heading into training camp: Can Josh Gordon stay clean.  The star receiver has not played in over a year since a being suspended in February of 2015 for repeatedly failing drug tests, all the while really putting his team in a hole.  If he really wants to redeem himself in the eyes of Cleveland and the NFL, he’ll stay off of the drugs and become a part of a deadly WR duo along with the rookie Coleman.

Key Injuries heading into training camp: WR Gordon (quad injury—will miss first few weeks of camp), DL Desmond Bryant (torn pectoral muscle—out 4 to 6 months), and TE Gary Barnidge (sports hernia—probable for start of training camp)

 

 

 


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