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Veteran head coach Hue Jackson knew what he was up against when we accepted the position in Cleveland after the 2015 season. Inheriting a total disaster, the Browns went 1-15 in 2016.
Shaking off the disappointment and embarrassment from last year, Jackson has his players all looking toward the future with one goal in mind: winning. He has tabbed Cody Kessler, who started eight games last year, to be the starter going forward. Kessler will have some weapons around him in Corey Coleman, the Browns 2016 1st round pick, and Kenny Britt, the Browns big off-season acquisition from Tennessee. The Browns used a 1st round pick this year to select tight end David Njoku from Miami. Isaiah Crowell is looking to build upon last year’s stats and cross the 1,000 yard barrier this season.
Defensively, the Browns upgraded through the draft. Picking up Myles Garrett with the 1st overall pick, Cleveland looks to establish a dominant edge rush in their pass attack. Jamie Collins, acquired in a trade with New England last season, has signed an extension and is going all in for Cleveland. Joe Haden is a star on the football field at the cornerback position and will have some help back there this year with Jabrill Peppers, the safety out of Michigan that Cleveland selected with another 1st round pick.
There is a long way to go before this group is considered a potential playoff team, but with hard work and determination, Coach Jackson may have his squad ready to make a push. Looking at the past great players for the Browns results inspires these players. There have been many of them in Cleveland over the years including Bernie Kosar, Clay Matthews, Jr., Joe Thomas, Ozzie Newsome, Otto Graham, and Jim Brown. Click here to learn more about the Cleveland Browns history.