Looking at the Cleveland Browns roster and trying to see which areas will be the most improved and where they may see a decline in performance
There’s been so much change the past two offseasons for the Cleveland Browns that they’re unrecognizable from the club that general manager John Dorsey inherited. After a massive ‘down to the studs rebuild’ last season, Dorsey got to work again this year adding even more talent.
This naturally has people buying into the Browns as they look to be one of the most improved teams in the NFL. But just how improved are they going to be?
Here we look at that as we identify the areas that will be most improved, as well as the one that might see a decline in play from 2018. Kicking things off is their new and improved front four.
Better: Defensive Line
In a normal offseason, landing Sheldon Richardson would have made a lot of noise for the Browns. This offseason, it seemed like a blip on the radar thanks to their many other moves. Even though the noise hasn’t been there, don’t think this was a small move. Richardson fills a massive need for the Browns and is a great starter opposite Larry Ogunjobi who broke out in his second year in the NFL.
One of the reasons Richardson’s addition hasn’t generated as much news as it should is the fact that he’s arguably not the most high-profile addition to the line. That distinction could go to Olivier Vernon, who was a big-name free agent signing for the New York Giants just a few seasons ago.
His star lost some of its shine as he didn’t live up to the contract he got with the G-Men, but Vernon will be a great secondary pass rusher opposite Myles Garrett. The front four had some holes last season, but in 2019 that won’t be the case.