The Cleveland Browns put together an impressive roster ahead of the 2019 NFL Season. If those players reach their potential, these team records could be in danger.
General manager John Dorsey took on quite the task in December of 2017. After spending four seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs as their general manager, Dorsey took on the same role with the Cleveland Browns.
At the time, they were finishing up their worst season in team history, as they were 0-16. That was after going 1-15 the prior year. Making matters more difficult, team owner Jimmy Haslam wanted Dorsey to keep the coach responsible for that 1-31 record over those two seasons.
Dorsey tried to do that, but after a 2-5-1 start, even Haslam couldn’t defend Hue Jackson any more and the coach was sent packing. After that happened, we started to see some of the hard work Dorsey had done come together.
Rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield ended up breaking the NFL record for the most touchdown passes by a rookie with 27 while also setting the team record for passing yards by a rookie with 27. They finished 5-3 down the stretch, giving them hope that this turnaround would finally work.
Expectations are even greater headed into 2019 as Dorsey again had a great offseason. He filled needs on both sides of the ball by acquiring wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr., defensive end Olivier Vernon, defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson, and cornerback Greedy Williams.
With all that talent and more, on the roster, the Browns are expected to have their best season since returning to the NFL in 1999. They could also see some of their franchise records broken, including the following five, starting with a special teams record.