There is more energy and optimism surrounding the 2018 Cleveland Browns than there was in the past two decades combined. A wild off-season with bold trades and two top four draft selections has proven that new general manager John Dorsey isn’t messing around. Enter Baker Mayfield, Denzel Ward, Tyrod Taylor, and Jarvis Landry, and now there is legitimate talent and firepower on the Cleveland roster. After going 1-31 the past two seasons, these types of aggressive moves are necessary to turn a depleted franchise back on the right track.
John Dorsey flipped a third rounder for Tyrod Taylor, who head coach Hue Jackson has said will be the starting quarterback in Week 1. Taylor has had a controversial career, but he is a legitimate starting quarterback who helped the Buffalo Bills make a surprising run to the playoffs last year. In perhaps Dorsey’s biggest trade, the Browns acquired wide receiver Jarvis Landry from the Miami Dolphins in exchange for a fourth rounder and a seventh rounder in 2019. Despite playing just 4 years in the NFL, Landry already has 400 receptions and over 4,000 receiving yards. The additions of Tyrod Taylor and Jarvis Landry, along with a healthy and consistent Josh Gordon, will provide the Browns offense with the playmaking ability they have so desperately needed.
Last year’s #1 overall pick Myles Garrett will look to build off a strong rookie season in 2017. Garrett has future Pro Bowler written all over him. He will be joined by the #1 and #4 overall picks in the 2018 NFL Draft, Baker Mayfield and Denzel Ward. Despite the surprise around the league after the Browns took Baker Mayfield first overall, Cleveland has all the confidence in the world he will be their quarterback of the future. Mayfield is a proven winner, accurate thrower, and an exceptional leader. The former Heisman Trophy winner worked his way up from a small school walk on to the face of college football and now the first overall pick of the NFL Draft. The question for now is: will he start in 2018? On the defensive side of the football, rookie cornerback Denzel Ward will join forces with second year player Jabrill Peppers in the secondary. The youth movement is taking over in Cleveland!
Despite the exciting off-season additions, the Browns will be without long time offensive tackle Joe Thomas for the first time in 12 years. Through all the years of disappointment, Joe Thomas was that one sign of consistency in the locker room. He retires as a 6x All-Pro selection, a 10x Pro Bowler, and a future first ballot Hall of Famer.
FirstEnergy Stadium expects to host an animated, revitalized fan base in 2018. The Cleveland Browns 2018 home opponents are the Pittsburgh Steelers, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, New York Jets, Kansas City Chiefs, and Los Angeles Chargers.
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