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With the Cleveland Browns deciding they needed a regime change this offseason, it has resulted in dramatic changes to the roster. Although the core of the roster remains the same, there has been plenty of turnover in the middle and bottom of the roster.
Because there has been so much change to the roster, there will be a lot of competition during training camp. Without an offseason program including on-field work for the Browns, they will need to cut the roster down with limited information compared to other seasons.
Browns training camp is already going to be difficult because it will be the first time the new coaching staff can install their new systems on the field with the players. But on top of that, players are going to need to perform at a high level to win a roster spot.
Today’s featured article discusses news that will make it even more difficult for the Browns front office to make roster decisions.
Cleveland Browns News
"The union also agreed to a 80-player roster limit for training camp, instead of the usual 90.According to reports, union leadership told players about the preseason agreement during a conference call Tuesday.The agreement between the union and the league came a day after the league proposed scrapping the preseason because of the coronavirus pandemic."
Most teams rely on preseason games to see how players respond to playing against someone other than their teammates and if they can execute the system. Without any preseason games, the front office will now purely rely on a player’s performance during training camp. Also, organizations may miss out on some hidden gems with rosters being reduced to 80 players instead of 90 players.
The Cleveland Browns were the first team in the NFL to sign each of their 2020 draft picks to their rookie deals. Mitch Zoloty looks at each Browns rookie contract that was signed and compares them to previous years.
"The Browns’ return game was in a state of flux throughout the year, as Hilliard did the bulk of the work on punts and kicks but was regularly spelled by others during a year that left special teams coordinator Mike Priefer wanting more. An open competition for punt returner and kick returner with a handful of new faces is on the docket at training camp."
The Browns appear to be set in the kicking department with Austin Seibert and Jamie Gillan. However, a focus for the special teams this season will be their return game. After struggling mightily with returns in 2019, a competition between JoJo Natson and Donovan Peoples-Jones could provide a spark the team has desperately needed.
After being nominated the NFLPA president this offseason, J.C. Tretter has been publicly putting the pressure on the NFL regarding their plans for a season during the COVID-19 pandemic. Elliot Kennel discusses how the players are supporting Tretter and the NFLPA.