Cleveland Browns: 5 Players Facing Make-or-Break NFL Seasons in 2013

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Cleveland Browns: 5 Players Facing Make-or-Break NFL Seasons in 2013

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The Cleveland Browns had a horrible season last year. The Browns only won five games, and most of those games were against bad teams. Cleveland won against the San Diego Chargers, the Oakland Raiders, the Kansas City Chiefs and the Pittsburgh Steelers. In arguably their best win of the season, the Browns defeated AFC North members the Cincinnati Bengals 34-24. The only good thing that came out of the season was the ability to pick Barkevious Mingo in the 2013 NFL Draft.

Cleveland has a lot of work to do if they are to make it to the NFL playoffs this upcoming season. Offensively they are a decent team capable of doing some damage, but for every positive aspect of their offense there is an equally negative aspect of their team somewhere else. Cleveland needs a miracle to even have a winning season, let alone a playoff caliber season.

The Browns are a long way from the playoffs, but they are improving. Cleveland needs to have a strong season because they play in one of the most difficult divisions, the AFC North, in the league. The Steelers and the Baltimore Ravens join the Bengals as Cleveland’s divisional opposition. With opponents like that, the Browns need a top caliber team to win games in their division. However, a top caliber team is something that Cleveland doesn’t have, which will mean that every player on this Browns team is on the trading/cutting block because Cleveland needs to improve.

Here is a list of 5 players for the Browns facing a make-or-break NFL season in 2013.

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No. 5 Jason Campbell

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Campbell was brought in to compete with Brandon Weeden so he doesn’t arrive in Cleveland with the starting job. The Browns aren’t expected to have a good season, however, and Campbell will have an opportunity to prove his worth once they pull Weeden midway through the season.

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No. 4 Josh Gordon

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Gordon led the team in receiving yards last season, but he will likely take a backseat to the newly signed Davone Bess. Gordon has to prove that he is just as important of a member to the team as Bess is.

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No. 3 Trent Richardson

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Richardson is this Cleveland team’s shining star. He put up close to 1000 yards last season (950) and is set to have at least the same sort of production. However, the Browns may rely too heavily on him, and it could take a toll on this young star.

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No. 2 Davone Bess

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Bess is one of the team’s best new players, but the Browns have a decent receiving corps. Unless he puts up ridiculous numbers, it may be smart for Cleveland to trade him for some of their other position needs – which are pretty much everywhere except running back.

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No. 1 Brandon Weeden

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The Browns brought in a veteran quarterback for him to compete with. He had a decent season last year, but he tends to play badly under pressure. Weeden has to produce or they will bench him for the more experienced Campbell.


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