May 26, 2015; Berea, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Travis Benjamin (11) during organized team activities at the Cleveland Browns training facility. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
Ever since they first arrived in town, general manager Ray Farmer and head coach Mike Pettine have been working to overturn more than a decade of incompetence that has enveloped the Cleveland Browns.
With two NFL Drafts and two free-agency periods under his belt, Farmer has built up the team’s depth and given Pettine and his coaches a solid foundation to work with. In turn, Pettine has shown that he is not afraid to put the best players on the field – regardless of where they were drafted or how much they count against the salary cap. One has to only look as far as undrafted free agent K’Waun Williams receiving considerable playing time last season at the expense of Justin Gilbert, only the eight overall selection in the 2014 NFL Draft.
“We make the decisions that we think we need to make to improve our football team,” Farmer said following the draft in May. “Driving competition is a part of that. So I do want player A to compete with player B and player B to complete with player C. And player C might end up being player A at the end of the day. Nobody expected it, nobody anticipated it. But the idea is to drive the competition on our roster.”
That competition began during the 10 days of Organized Team Activities, which come to a close on Friday, will continue during the mandatory minicamp on June 16-18, and come to a full boil this summer during training camp.
Competition not only makes the team better, but also means that some familiar faces may not take the field this fall wearing the team’s new uniforms.
The following are five players who may be feeling the pressure between now and the final cut-down day come the fall.
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