The 5 Most Irreplaceable Players for the Cleveland Browns in 2014

The 5 Most Irreplaceable Players for the Cleveland Browns in 2014

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The Cleveland Browns haven’t been known for their player development, making their list of irreplaceables nonexistent. Although the Browns haven’t had much success since their return in 1999, they are making strides and last year sent five players to the Pro Bowl. Cleveland will be looking to compete in an always-tough AFC North, and will do so with a rejuvenated roster of playmakers; here’s a look at the Browns’ most irreplaceable players.

5. Jordan Cameron, TE

Jordan Cameron
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5. Jordan Cameron, TE

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In 2013, third-year TE Jordan Cameron was selected to his first Pro Bowl after a season in which he caught 80 passes, totaling 917 yards and seven touchdowns. Cameron started out hot, but his production declined after defenses began to focus on the USC product. This season, Cameron will be a focal point in Kyle Shanahan’s offense and could find himself being split out wide due to his versatility.

4. Josh Gordon, WR

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4. Josh Gordon, WR

Josh Gordon
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Although Josh Gordon is looking at a season-long suspension, his 2013 production indicates that Cleveland shouldn’t give up on the 23-year-old just yet. Gordon led the league in receiving yards and was the top target for Brian Hoyer during the Browns’ win streak. Gordon was named to the Pro Bowl and was selected to the All-Pro team alongside Calvin Johnson – proving that Gordon can be among the elite and that Cleveland must help their young star.

3. Alex Mack, C

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3. Alex Mack, C

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Center Alex Mack’s offseason was well documented; the five-year man is now the second-highest paid center in the NFL after the Browns placed the seldom used transition tag. As a two-time Pro Bowler, Mack must prepare for yet another new offense to lead and finds himself to be one of the key contributors on rebuilding Cleveland team. The Browns will rely on Mack to anchor the offensive line and help guide the offense along with whomever is at QB.

2. Joe Thomas, LT

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2. Joe Thomas, LT

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Left tackle Joe Thomas has been outstanding for the Browns since they took him No. 3 overall in the 2007 draft. Thomas has made the Pro Bowl in each of his seven seasons and if nothing else, deserves to play for a Cleveland team that will contend. Thomas has protected the blind side of an astonishing number of starting quarterbacks in his career (12), but has cemented himself as one of the best left tackles and offensive linemen in the league.

1. Joe Haden, CB

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1. Joe Haden, CB

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Cornerback Joe Haden was selected to his first Pro Bowl and All-Pro teams in 2013, leading Cleveland to lock up the four-year man out of Florida until 2019. Haden has solidified himself as a top CB in the league and will lead the secondary along with veteran safety Donte Whitner. Last season, Haden intercepted four passes — an impressive number considering teams’ decisions to throw away from his side of the field.


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