5 Players Who Will Shine In Week 1 For Cleveland Browns
Week 1: 5 Players Who Will Shine For Cleveland Browns
The Cleveland Browns have not had a winning record since a surprising 2007 season where they went 10-6. Before that, their last winning record was in 2002. Needless to say, this franchise has struggled in recent history.
With that being said, I think their luck may be turning around. The Browns have some talented young weapons, especially on the offensive side of the ball. They took running back Trent Richardson with the third pick of the 2012 NFL Draft. Richardson had an impressive rookie season where he rushed for 950 yards and 11 touchdowns. He added another 367 yards receiving and was the obvious focal point of the Cleveland offense. The Browns also got nice production out of rookie wide receiver Josh Gordon last season. Gordon was an impressive deep threat for the Browns as he racked up 805 yards receiving on 50 catches and five touchdowns. I am very excited to see Gordon play this season, but he has to sit out the first two games of the year due to violating the NFL substance abuse policy.
The Browns have brought in a new coaching staff for the 2013 season to help turn this team around. Head coach Rob Chudzinski is leading a NFL team for the first time. Chudzinski has a lot of experience in the league, including being the offensive coordinator for the Carolina Panthers last season. Chudzinski brought in Norv Turner to be his offensive coordinator. Turner is a great offensive mind that has a ton of head coaching experience, I think he will be an important person for Chudzinski as he steps in to the head coaching role for the first time. Ray Horton takes over as defensive coordinator, and he is one of the most respected defensive minds in the game. He should help the Browns continue to improve on the defensive side of the ball.
The Browns open the 2013 season at home against the Miami Dolphins. Miami has many new faces this season, and while they should be able to improve on their 7-9 record from last season, it may be tough in the early going with so many new players. I think the Browns will start their season off with a win, but it will not be easy against the Dolphins. Here are five important players for Cleveland that will shine in Week 1.
5. Jordan Cameron
Jordan Cameron is taking over the starting tight end position for the Browns this season, and I think he will be a very productive player for them. He is a very athletic player that stands 6-foot-5 tall. Cameron had a very impressive pre-season where he showed off his athleticism by snagging passes out of the air over and over again. Both Chudzinski and Turner have a history of using their tight ends a lot, and I think Cameron will flourish under them. I expect big things out of him this season and it starts this week against the Dolphins.
4. Joe Haden
Joe Haden is one of the premier lockdown corners in the NFL. He has incredible man-to-man coverage skills that he uses to lock down the opposing team's best receiver week after week. I assume that Haden will be matched up on new Miami receiver Mike Wallace for most of the game on Sunday. Wallace is a good receiver, but Haden has shut him down in the past and I expect more of the same on Sunday.
3. Trent Richardson
Richardson will once again be the focal point of the Cleveland offense on Sunday. He has an incredible power and speed combination that he uses to knife through opposing defenses effectively. The Dolphins do have a solid run defense, but I think the Browns will feed Richardson early and often. Richardson is a beast and will be a key part of the offense once again.
2. Jabaal Sheard
Jabaal Sheard is setting some pretty ridiculous goals for himself this season at 20 sacks and 40 solo tackles. I do like Sheard as a player as he shows great potential as an edge pass rusher. That being said, he is not getting 20 sacks this season. Although, I do like Sheard's chance to get a sack or two on Sunday against the Dolphins. Miami has a shaky offensive line, and Sheard will probably be matched up against Miami left tackle Jonathan Martin, who could be one of the worst players at the position in the league.
1. Brandon Weeden
Brandon Weeden is the most important player for the Browns this season. He had a decent rookie campaign, but he must improve in his second season if he expects to hold the starting job for the Browns. The coaching staff changes will help Weeden this season. The offense seems to be more tailored to his strengths, and Turner has a history of having successful quarterbacks. I think Weeden will have nice start to the season against the Dolphins on Sunday.