Daily Dawg Tags: 2016 depth chart predictions


Spanning the virtual globe to bring you the latest news about the Cleveland Browns and the NFL – these are your Daily Dawg Tags for Monday, July 25.

It may be Monday, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel this week. The Cleveland Browns open training camp this Friday, ending the anticipatory period of the NFL offseason.

The Browns open camp with a new coach, a new quarterback and a slew of new players who are trying to make the franchise great again.

Training camp will be filled with storylines, with a main one being focused on the 14 draft picks and how many make the final roster. First-round pick Corey Coleman is a lock to make the roster, but the other rookies will have to compete hard to earn a full-time spot.

The depth chart predictions abound, so let’s take a look at those predictions along with some other news in a Monday edition of the Daily Dawg Tags.

Cleveland Browns:

Cleveland Browns: 2016 depth chart predictions 

"The Cleveland Browns begin training camp on July 29 with the team’s first fresh start since coming back to Cleveland in 1999. Rookies and veterans will be competing for the chance to represent the Hue Jackson-led Browns in a season with low but also unknown expectations. A relatively new roster will take the field in 2016, so anywhere from two to eight wins is a possible outcome."

Cleveland Browns: Top 5 opposing receivers in 2016

"The 2015 regular season was a struggle for the Cleveland Browns in many areas. One area in which they encountered difficulty was defending the air attack, ranking No. 22 overall in the league in pass defense. While the secondary is young and ought to be poised for improvement in 2016, opposing receivers featured in the upcoming schedule will not make this easy."

Cleveland Browns: Top 5 opposing running backs in 2016

"In addition to the challenges the Cleveland Browns’ secondary will face against some of the NFL’s best wide receivers this fall, the run defense will be put to the test as well. Cleveland’s 2016 schedule features some of the leading rushers in football operating behind some of the top offensive lines in the NFL."

Cleveland Browns designed plays for Terrelle Pryor (Factory of Sadness)

"In an upcoming season with yet another new route of direction with the Cleveland Browns, the best way to describe their 2016 season is patience. Cleveland released a number of veterans this offseason as they look to build mainly with unknown players, including a number of rookies. One of those unknowns is Terrelle Pryor, but that is because he will now have a legitimate chance of contributing in his new position."

Browns 2016 training camp position breakdown: DL (clevelandbrowns.com)

"We’re less than two weeks out from the Browns’ first training camp under head coach Hue Jackson. As such, we’ll dive deep into each position group and analyze what we’ll be looking for when practice resumes July 29. We looked at the offensive line on Friday. Now let’s turn our attention to the defensive line."

NFL News:

Darnell Dockett expected to announce NFL retirement (FanSided)

"Defensive tackle Darnell Dockett is well known for being one of the league’s most vocal players, especially on social media. The NFL will be losing one of its most fascinating personalties, as Dockett is expected to announce his retirement on Monday after a ten year career. Dockett played all ten of his seasons with the Arizona Cardinals."

Hopkins on new deal: Treat me for what I’m worth (NFL.com)

"DeAndre Hopkins can play with any quarterback; he caught touchdowns from four different Texans in 2015. But the breakout wide receiver doesn’t want to play with just any new contract. “I’m not looking for a certain range,” Hopkins told ESPN’s Tania Ganguli on Saturday. “I just want to be treated for what I’m worth. That’s fair to say, right?”"

2016 NFL Season: Bold predictions for all 32 teams (NFL Mocks)

"That is why football fans love it so much. No league is more unpredictable in the pantheon of major professional sports than the NFL. It is for this reason that bold predictions carry a bit more weight in their delivery each year than others. That’s because as outlandish as they may sound, there is at least a slight possibility, however small that it could actually come true."