2012 Training Camp Previews
After the jump, you can find everyone we recommend following on Twitter throughout Cleveland Browns training camp, as well as a compilation of our training camp previews
With the Cleveland Browns scheduled to hold their first full-squad session of training camp today, it is time for my first 53-man roster projection of the season.
In part two of our cornerback preview for training camp, we'll take a look at the roster odds for James Dockery, Trevin Wade, Emanuel Davis, Tashaun Gipson, and Antwaun Reed.
The first part will cover the top four players at the position, including starters Joe Haden and Sheldon Brown, and backups Dimitri Patterson and Buster Skrine.
Entering the 2012 season, safety is the only position on the team in which a start was lost and not directly replaced by somebody in the offseason or via the draft. Let's look at the six safeties who are currently on the roster.
For a long time, the Cleveland Browns' special teams unit was among the best in the league. Things kind of fell apart for the unit last year, though.
The six candidates in part two of our preview include Quinton Spears, Benjamin Jacobs, Brian Smith, Craig Robertson, JoJo Dickson, and L.J. Fort.
Although D'Qwell Jackson had a career year in 2011, it is probably best to describe the team's linebacker situation as "stable" at best.
Today's preview takes a look at wide receivers Carlton Mitchell, Josh Cooper, Rod Windsor, Bert Reed, Jermaine Saffold, and Owen Spencer.
The complication is this: for as bad as this group of receivers on the Cleveland Browns has been billed, you don't really look at any one of them and say, "we should get rid of him."
Ladies and gentlemen, meet your five tight ends on the 2012 Cleveland Browns: the same exact group that was with the team last year. Although Cleveland did not have studs at the tight end position...
The players in today's preview include Jarrod Shaw, Stanley Daniels, Jake Anderson, Matt Cleveland, and J.B. Shugarts.
Unlike the starters, the five player's in today's edition are ranked in order in terms of notoriety. One thing is clear with the Browns' backups: there aren't any long-time veterans on the roster.
To cap off our series of Down in the Trenches, we now shift from the defensive line to the offensive line. Today, we will take a look at the five men who will be in the starting lineup, protecting for Brandon Weeden and creating lanes for Trent Richardson.
Except for Auston English, the guys in today's article will probably be treated as afterthoughts throughout most of training camp -- they'll be lucky if they get some action with the third-teamers.
I would expect the Browns to keep at least eight defensive linemen. After that, you begin playing a numbers game of carrying one less player than you normally would at a different position. Therefore, it is unlikely that all six players in today's preview will make the final roster.
After the jump are the four defensive linemen who are currently slated to start for the Browns -- Jabaal Sheard, Scott Paxson, Ahtyba Rubin, and Frostee Rucker. I have ranked the four players in order of importance or level of talent.
Case in point: how many of us are in love with Marecic's possible successor, Brad Smelley, after never hearing of the guy prior to the team drafting him in the seventh round?
Part of the reason there is some uncertainty with the other guys, particularly Hardesty, is the fact that Chris Ogbonnaya came on the scene last year and put on a couple of impressive showings.
Richardson is the team's prime investment in 2012, but he's the only fresh face at the running back position. Returning this season are third-year man Montario Hardesty and veteran Brandon Jackson.
In Part 1 of our Quarterback Preview, we looked at rookie Brandon Weeden and third-year man Colt McCoy. Today, we take a look at the other two quarterbacks on the roster -- Seneca Wallace and Thaddeus Lewis. We know where Lewis stands on the depth chart heading into camp, but what about Wallace (and McCoy)?
When QB Brandon Weeden ended up with the Cleveland Browns in April, he certainly wasn't the first quarterback most fans had in mind after last season. With that said, the team's quarterback situation has fans excited heading into training camp.