The Cleveland Browns have a lot of potential this upcoming season to make some noise in the AFC North. Many — fans — are picking them to continue improving off their bright spots in 2012 and compete for a division title. Now, I wouldn’t go that far just yet but I think they have some guys in place that could definitely help them score some points.
Three rookies from last year will have a huge impact on those points scored in 2013. Quarterback Brandon Weeden formed a great bond with wideout Josh Gordon and now that they have their first year under their belt, this next year will be even better. Running back Trent Richardson is ranked high atop many fantasy football mock drafts, which is good news for Browns fans — this means points.
But, one area where the Browns could improve is at the tight end position. The number one guy on the depth chart right now, Jordan Cameron, caught 20 passes for 226 yards and one touchdown last year. If there’s one giant uncertainty on offense, it’s the tight end.
The Browns brought in former Chicago Bears tight end Kellen Davis to compete for some playing time with Cameron, and he’ll be an important player to watch throughout training camp. The 6’7” former Michigan State star has had an incredibly disappointing career so far as he has only compiled 47 catches in his four seasons for a total of 529 yards and 11 touchdowns.
The majority of his scores have come in the red zone due to his height and leaping advantage. This will be an area the Browns will likely look to plug him into right away. The problem with Davis has been his ability to catch and hold onto the ball. His hands could use a lot of work, so that will be one of the most watched areas of camp.
In 2013, the Browns need better play at the tight end spot, period. Davis has always carried the word ‘potential’ around with him, but at 27 years old that word is getting as old as he is. Hopefully, for the sake of Browns fans, Davis can rejuvenate his career and his motivation while giving the Browns a boost where it’s needed.