Why Cleveland Browns Deserved Their 5 Pro Bowl Selections; What It Means for Future
5 Cleveland Browns' Players Selected For Pro Bowl; Here's Why
The Cleveland Browns have only won four games this season, but they have had five players selected for the 2014 NFL Pro Bowl. Although that's a weird statistic, and hardly encouraging for this present moment, it is a sign of things to come. The Browns have talented players, ones that are considered elite in the NFL. With these talented individuals at their disposal, the Browns will be able to build around them, possibly making an impressive transition next year like the Kansas City Chiefs have done this season.
The Browns had started the season in decent form and for a short while there was talk of them grabbing a playoff place, but as it usually is in Cleveland, the enjoyment was short lived. Although they've suffered a ton of disappointment this season, they have had a lot of high-scoring games and there's a lot of reason to believe this organization is on the up.
When the Browns' five Pro Bowl players step out on to the field alongside the best players the NFL has to offer, the world will get to see how good the talented five really are. It wouldn't be a shock to see them dominate the Pro Bowl, showing the Cleveland Browns do indeed have a reason to be positive.
It might have been a while since the Browns tasted any success, but this is certainly a preview of what's to come. The Browns may only enjoy the preview this season, but in 2014, they will be enjoying the full display. The talent is here, there's room to improve; it's up to you, Cleveland. Here are the five individuals who have had a sensational season for the Browns, and the players the franchise are hoping to build their team around for next season.
5- Joe Thomas
Joe Thomas was the No. 1 pick for the Browns in 2007 and he has made the Pro Bowl in each year since. It's clear to see how important Thomas is to the Browns' plans, and it's good that they've got him tied down on a long, long contract.
4- Alex Mack
Alex Mack will join Thomas, but this will be only his second Pro Bowl appearance. Mack has had a consistent year, however, he does become a free agent in the spring. Hopefully the Browns can keep their man for years to come.
3- Joe Haden
This is Joe Haden's first Pro Bowl selection, and rightfully so. He has had a stunning season. He has kept many of the NFL's top receivers very quiet on a consistent basis and he has four interceptions. Not bad at all. Haden will get to test himself against more of the NFL's top receivers during the Pro Bowl game. Watch out receivers, Haden's coming for your headlines.
2- Jordan Cameron
The Browns were in desperate need of a tight end, but then Jordan Cameron proved they needed one no more. He had 75 receptions and 848 yards. Although he has gotten quieter as the season has progressed, he has still been as impressive as many of the elite NFL tight ends.
1- Josh Gordon
This is his first Pro Bowl game. He has had a breakthrough second season, with 80 catches and nine touchdowns. Gordon is also the league leader in receiving with 1,564 yards, which is impressive considering he missed two games. On top of this, Gordon became the first player in the NFL to have back-to-back 200-yard games. Josh Gordon could well be the star of the Pro Bowl, and the star of the Browns' future.