The Daily Dawg Tags bring you all the Cleveland Browns news you need to know including a report from SI.com that sats the team has no major weaknesses
It wasn’t very long ago that we were all wondering if the Cleveland Browns could pull out one win on the season. In 2015, they did exactly that as they went 1-15 with their lone victory coming on Christmas Eve.
They were 0-16 the following season but then change started to happen as new general manager started to use all the stockpiled picks and cap space to build a much more competitive roster.
Now, entering the 2019 season, this looks nothing like the roster that couldn’t win a game two years ago. In fact, they’re now being touted as favorites in the AFC North and according to a SI.com article, they have no major weaknesses.
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Cleveland Browns News
"“Cleveland’s weapons fit well together. Odell Beckham Jr. is dangerous in many ways, but especially at the deep-intermediate levels, which expands the passing game of coach Freddie Kitchens. Wideout Rashard Higgins also has sound chemistry with quarterback Baker Mayfield, particularly on dig and corner routes. Jarvis Landry is unpolished but tenacious underneath. And second-year burner Antonio Callaway presents a terrifying vertical dimension.”"
Benoit says Baker Mayfield is an MVP candidate and Myles Garrett is set to go off this season. He seems slightly worried about Greg Robinson at left tackle, but overall sees them as a contending team with no major weaknesses.
"“But the Browns feel like a dragon that’s been slumbering for decades. There’s so much top-tier talent on the roster with so much to prove that the Browns could outrun, outscore and out-sack everything in their path.”"
Cleveland is becoming the hot pick to win the AFC North and it’s easy to see why. They have immense talent on both sides of the ball and as stated earlier, there aren’t any glaring holes.
"“If Callaway is just OK, it makes life easier on opposing defenses. But if defensive coordinators are spending their week watching Callaway blow past corners and use his blazing speed to take the top off defenses, this offense has the chance to be near unstoppable.”"
Antonio Callaway could be quite the difference-maker for the reason Labbe states here. Teams will worry about OBJ and Jarvis Landry but if they have to spend as much time worrying about him, there will be no way to truly slow them down.
In an interview with Mina Kimes of ESPN, Baker Mayfield seemed to be bothered by the perception of what a franchise quarterback is supposed to be. His willingness to remain outside that box is refreshing and fun. And frankly, it’s what this franchise needed.
Last season, the Browns were good but not great at getting after the quarterback and most of the damage was done by Myles Garrett. This season should be different as they added Olivier Vernon and Sheldon Richardson. That was enough to move them up to No. 3 overall in pass-rushing according to PFF.