The Cleveland Browns are coming off just the third 0-16 season in NFL history, which has pushed the franchise toward rebuilding the team this offseason. Under new leadership in the front office, the front office has put forth a major effort to reshape the roster over the last couple of months.
There is a new sense of optimism about what could lie ahead of them in the 2018 campaign. According to Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com, head coach Hue Jackon had a simple message to his players in the first offseason workout program meeting earlier this week.
“Ooh-wee,” said Jackson. “What an exciting morning to have all of you men back. Winning starts here. Winning starts today. Starts right now.”
The Browns have nowhere to go but up next season with several new pieces added to the team on both sides of the ball. Cleveland now features several more highly talented offensive players such as Pro Bowl wide receiver Jarvis Landry, quarterback Tyrod Taylor, and running back Carlos Hyde. Each of these players alone can make a tremendous impact in their first campaign.
Taylor will have a dependable group of receiving options at his disposal with Landry, Josh Gordon, and Corey Coleman in the passing game. Meanwhile, Hyde could pick up the slack as the primary asset in the running game to provide balance to the offense.
These improvements alone, along with the possible addition of a young promising quarterback with the first overall selection and another talent at the fourth overall pick, should bring two more major pieces of the puzzle. All of this could lead to the Browns taking a major step forward next season to finally compete for a playoff spot (they haven’t made the postseason since the 2002 campaign). Only time will tell if this current roster can make that dream come to fruition.