The Cleveland Browns are ready to get the 2019 season started, but there are a few questions as we head into Week 1 of the new season
The long, gruesome offseason has officially come to an end as we are now into the first week of the 2019 season. With the preseason finally in the rearview and the 53-man roster set, the Cleveland Browns are turning their attention to their first opponents of the year in the Tennessee Titans.
While there’s usually a lot of excitement this time of year, it’s been a long time since there was kind of buzz around the Browns. Throughout the past two offseasons, general manager John Dorsey has done a tremendous job building a competitive roster and there’s a real belief that this team can compete for the AFC North title.
This Sunday will be the first chance we get to see if the hype lines up with the team Cleveland puts on the field. Here, we look at three questions that will need to be answered as they kick the regular season off.
Bonus question: Was going young with their specialists the right call?
This one didn’t make the top three simply because it felt like the right move — even if there was a little risk involved. After switching kickers two weeks into the 2018 season, the Browns decided to add a young kicker through the draft in Austin Seibert.
The Oklahoma product started out slow in training camp but came on strong as the preseason progressed. He ended up winning the job over Greg Joseph and should solidify the position for many years to come.
He isn’t the only rookie specialist though as Cleveland also decided to part ways with Britton Colquitt in favor of The Scottish Hammer, Jamie Gillan. Undrafted out of Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Gillan isn’t as polished as Colquitt, but he has a powerful leg and also displayed some tackling skills.
There’s still some concern going into the season with two players that have no NFL experience, but the fact is they both looked the part and won their jobs based on their merit.