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5 Cleveland Browns Starters Who Will Struggle in 2014

Cleveland Browns: 5 Starters Who Will Struggle in 2014

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The Cleveland Browns are looking to change the lack of winning culture under new head coach Mike Pettine. The Browns have a pretty decent roster, and it always seems as if they are just a few players away from success. The Browns will need everyone to take their game to new heights this season in order to be successful, but that is easier said than done. Here are 5 players set to struggle this season.

5. Ben Tate

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5. Ben Tate

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Ben Tate comes to the Cleveland Browns as he looks to become an every down back for the first time in his career. With Josh Gordon out due to suspension, and with the uncertainty at quarterback, all eyes will be on Tate. If Tate had more help I think he could have a great season, but the defenses are tough in the AFC North. That too much for Tate and will cause him to struggle without much help.

4. Miles Austin

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4. Miles Austin

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It seems that the Kardashian hex is still looming over Miles Austin. Austin will receive a fresh start as a member of the Browns, but is he capable of being a top wide receiver that the Browns need him to be? Austin hasn't done much in the past few seasons, and I expect him to struggle again in 2014.

3. Desmond Bryant

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3. Desmond Bryant

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Desmond Bryant has been missing from OTAs due to injury, but he will be ready for training camp. Bryant will be playing in a new defense. I believe that playing in a new system and having to fight off up-and-coming player John Hughes will cause Bryant to struggle in the 2014 season.

2. Paul Kruger

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2. Paul Kruger

Paul Kruger
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A lot of responsibility will fall on the shoulders of Paul Kruger as the premier pass rusher for the Browns. The Browns are expected to rotate pass rushers, but teams respect Kruger more than the others which means offenses will key on him. I think Kruger's struggles will come from the attention that he will receive from offenses and not merely from a lack of good play. Teams will look to avoid Kruger, and I am sure his numbers will take a dip.

1. Brian Hoyer

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1. Brian Hoyer

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Brian Hoyer is currently the starting quarterback over rookie Johnny Manziel. Hoyer played pretty well last season, but three games is a small sample size. I feel that Hoyer will remain the starter until his struggles take over and place Manziel in the starting position. Hoyer doesn't have anyone to throw the ball to outside of Jordan Cameron and Andrew Hawkins, so it will be a tough go for him this time around as a starter.