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CLEVELAND BROWNS (7-8-1)New faces: Coach Freddie Kitchens
« on: October 08, 2019, 01:01:02 AM »
newbielink: [nonactive] , offensive coordinator Todd Monken, defensive coordinator Steve Wilks, WR Odell Beckham Jr., RB Kareem Hunt, DE Olivier Vernon, DT Sheldon Richardson, S Jermaine Whitehead, S Morgan Burnett, TE Demetrius Harris, G Eric Kush, WR Jaelen Strong, rookie CB Greedy Williams newbielink: [nonactive] , rookie LB Mack Wilson.Key losses: RB Duke Johnson, G Kevin Zeitler, LB Jamie Collins, DE Emmanuel Ogbah, QB Tyrod Taylor.Strengths: Beckham’s arrival and pairing with Jarvis Landry gives Cleveland a premier pass-catching duo. Landry’s most comfortable playing in slot and Beckham’s ability to stretch defenses deep will open up things underneath for quarterback Baker Mayfield, who broke rookie league record with 27 touchdown passes last season. Cleveland’s defensive line, led by Pro Bowl end Myles Garrett (13 1-2 sacks), could wreak havoc.Weaknesses: Tackling was major issue last season, and while active, linebackers Christian Kirksey and Joe Schobert are not prototypical run stuffers. Wilks favors 4-2-5 scheme, which will put emphasis on linebackers’ ability to get from sideline to sideline and on pass coverage. Wilson and fellow rookie Sione Takitaki will likely be in rotation.Fantasy Players To Watch: RB Nick Chubb. Powerful runner with surprising breakaway speed finished with 996 yards rushing and eight TDs as rookie. Defenses will be geared to stop Cleveland’s aerial game and that may open huge holes for Chubb, who has good hands and could benefit from Mayfield on check-downs. He’ll be primary back while Hunt serves eight-game league suspension for off-field violent altercations.Vegas Says: Win Super Bowl 16-1. Over/under wins 9.Expectations: Through roof newbielink: [nonactive] , if FirstEnergy Stadium had one. Mayfield has brought swagger and hope to franchise that could finally return to previous glory after two decades of losing and general dysfunction. Browns haven’t been in playoffs since 2002, league’s longest current drought. With abundance of talent, Kitchens will be under pressure to deliver quickly and must hope owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam display promised patience. Beckham seems reborn after drama-filled days in New York. Cleveland fans will be far more forgiving — as long as he performs. When the Browns signed Damon Sheehy-Guiseppi earlier this offseason, the notable thing about his bio was that he went to something called Phoenix College and had never been in a pro camp.But the way he got into Browns camp is a remarkable story, one of perseverance and determination and a good bluff.Via Scott Patsko of the comes the story of the wide receiver-return man, who crashed a workout by pretending to know Browns personnel man Alonzo Highsmith and now has one of 90 spots on their roster.Sheehy-Guiseppi hasn’t played organized football since his junior college stint in 2016, but traveled the country trying to scare up a college scholarship and then pro tryouts. He paid for a chance to try out for the CFL only to find out it was a waste of time. He tried out for the Arena League. Nothing worked. Eventually, he heard about a workout in Florida that Highsmith would be attending.When he got to the workout, someone asked if he knew the Browns executive.“Yeah, I know Alonzo,” he said.Once he got inside, he introduced himself to Highsmith newbielink: [nonactive] , then ran a 4.38-second 40-yard dash, and looked good in drills as a returner and receiver.“I just knew I had to make it look like we were friends,” Sheehy-Guiseppi said. “Alonzo was real nice to me.”After the workout, his new friend called him and offered an actual tryout at the Browns facility, where he impressed.“Then we got a chance to see him for ourselves and you could see all of the explosive movement stuff that Alonzo was talking about,” Browns General Manager John Dorsey said. “Then when you watch him field kicks and punts, you are going, ‘OK, he can do this kind of stuff.’“Now, he has not played in a couple of years, but it will not be because of lack of determination because this is a very determined young man.”As a 24-year-old rookie, he’s still the longest of long shots. But he’s in an NFL camp newbielink: [nonactive] , which means he has a chance.“No matter what opportunity I’m given, I want to become the greatest,” he said. “If it’s practice squad, I want to become the greatest practice squad player.”If nothing else, he can be an object lesson for everyone else in Browns camp, a place where expectations are higher than ever, but where the team ought to still have the underdog mentality.