Cleveland Browns release 2016 preseason schedule
By Thomas Moore
The Cleveland Browns will open the 2016 preseason in August with a road date against the Green Bay Packers.
The Cleveland Browns released their schedule for the 2016 preseason and now Browns fans know there are now approximately 115 days until the guys in Orange and Brown hit the field.
The Browns will open the preseason between Aug. 11 and Aug. 15 when they travel to Green Bay to take on the Packers. They will also hit the road on Aug. 26 for a nationally televised game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It will be the third consecutive year the Browns will appear on national television in the preseason, but the first time since 2003 that CBS will show the game.
The game against the Packers will mark the first chance for head coach Hue Jackson to lead the Browns in a game against another team, even it if doesn’t count.
The contest against the Buccaneers will be the third preseason game, traditionally considered the “dress rehearsal” for the regular season and the last appearance for the starters. It could also mark the day that Robert Griffin III solidifies his hold on the starting quarterback job for the 2016 season.
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Home preseason games will be held Aug. 18-22 against the Atlanta Falcons (welcome home, Alex Mack!) and on Sept 1-2 against the Chicago Bears, the 13th consecutive year that the Browns will close out the preseason against the Bears.
If the Browns pull the trigger on a quarterback later this month in the 2016 NFL Draft, the game against the Bears will give fans the opportunity to start the debate about how great the rookie quarterback looks and how he should immediately be named the starter.
Locally, Browns fans will be able to watch the games on WEWS (NewsChannel 5). They will also be broadcast on 92.3 The Fan, ESPN 850 WKNR and 98.5 WNCX.
The team will announce the specific dates and times for the games “in the near future,” according to the team’s website. More importantly, the NFL is expected to release the regular-season schedule at some point this month.