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ST preview: Browns fans think Jamie Gillan in for a Pro Bowl year, like Donovan Peoples-Jones as punt returner

Plus, Austin Seibert expected to have a good or improved season.

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We finished covering the special teams unit in our training camp previews this past week. At the end of each preview, we include a poll to gauge fan feedback heading into the season.

In Part 1 of our ST preview, we first asked about the expectations this season for Austin Seibert. 54% think he’ll be very reliable, while 45% think he’ll be about the same as last year. The good thing is that only 1% think he’ll be a disaster.


What type of expectations do you have for Austin Seibert?

This poll is closed

  • 54%
    Very reliable — making several big kicks throughout the year.
    (143 votes)
  • 45%
    About the same as last year. OK, nothing our of the ordinary.
    (119 votes)
  • 0%
    Not good; we might have to look elsewhere.
    (2 votes)
264 votes total Vote Now

When it comes to Jamie Gillan, a staggering 84% of fans think he’ll become a Pro Bowler this year. For that number, it’s better to look at the high level of fan support that Gillan has. The odds of him actually becoming a Pro Bowler aren’t the best, since there are more established punters in the AFC and only one guy can get that honor.


Will Jamie Gillan become a Pro Bowler in 2020?

This poll is closed

  • 84%
    (189 votes)
  • 16%
    (36 votes)
225 votes total Vote Now

In Part 2 of our ST preview, 50% of fans think that JoJo Natson will be the kick returner, followed by Dontrell Hilliard at 21%.


Who should be the Browns’ kick returner in 2020?

This poll is closed

  • 21%
    Dontrell Hilliard
    (30 votes)
  • 11%
    D’Ernest Johnson
    (16 votes)
  • 48%
    JoJo Natson
    (68 votes)
  • 3%
    Tavierre Thomas
    (5 votes)
  • 0%
    Taywan Taylor
    (1 vote)
  • 13%
    (19 votes)
139 votes total Vote Now

When it comes to punt return, 68% of fans think Donovan Peoples-Jones will be the guy, with 26% voting for Natson. The polls were independent of each other, but there is sort of a disconnect between them, because Natson will not make the roster if he is not serving as both the kick and punt returner. It’s possible we could see Peoples-Jones as the punt returner and Hilliard as the kick returner, saving a roster spot of a specialist and using that toward a gunner instead.


Who should be the Browns’ punt returner in 2020?

This poll is closed

  • 4%
    Dontrell Hilliard
    (6 votes)
  • 0%
    Jarvis Landry
    (1 vote)
  • 25%
    JoJo Natson
    (32 votes)
  • 68%
    Donovan Peoples-Jones
    (85 votes)
  • 0%
    (0 votes)
124 votes total Vote Now

That concludes everything for all our training camp positional previews in 2020 for the Browns! Next up, we will try to get to our first roster projection of the year.