5 Cleveland Browns With the Most to Prove in 2014

5 Cleveland Browns With the Most To Prove

Johnny Manziel
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In 2014, the Cleveland Browns will be a team to keep an eye on. On the field, they have a very stingy defense that can keep them in games. On offense, they have uncertainty around one of the best wideouts of 2013 and the circus that is Johnny Manziel at quarterback. Cleveland will try to finally get it right and reach the playoffs for the first time since 2002. Here are five Browns with the most to prove this season in the Dawg Pound.

5. Karlos Dansby

Karlos Dansby
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5. Karlos Dansby

Karlos Dansby
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Karlos Dansby signed in the offseason as a free agent, and the 10-year veteran will try to be the anchor of the Browns' defense at linebacker. Dansby is coming off back-to-back 100-plus tackle seasons and his second-highest posting in the sacks department. He will look to go out and prove that he his worth the big contract he got this season.

4. Miles Austin

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4. Miles Austin

Miles Austin
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Remember when Miles Austin broke onto the scene with his huge year with the Dallas Cowboys? That was 2009. Austin's last two years combined would not equal that big year he had when he was an unknown. Now with a change of scenery, Austin will look to stay on the field and put up some quality numbers for Cleveland. Also the uncertainty around Josh Gordon's availability could play a factor in his production as well. Can he be a reliable source?

3. Ben Tate

Ben Tate
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3. Ben Tate

Ben Tate
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Ben Tate will also be going into his first year as a Brown. For the first time in his career he will be the lead back carrying the load. Tate does have a history of being sidelined with injuries, but he also has a history of posting some big games from a backup role. Tate will look to prove that he is feature back worthy and carry the load for the Browns in the ground game.

2. Brian Hoyer

Brian Hoyer
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2. Brian Hoyer

Brian Hoyer
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This year Brian Hoyer could be the starting quarterback nobody wants to see from a pure fan's perspective. He will have tons of pressure on him if he starts to show signs of falling into a slump. Hoyer and the Browns are in talks of a contract extension, but will his future ultimately be as a backup? If another QB is dominating jerseys on your own team, it immediately puts you on a short leash with a lot to prove.

1. Johnny Manziel

Johnny Manziel
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1. Johnny Manziel

Johnny Manziel
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Now the required Johnny Manziel part of Cleveland Browns coverage. Manziel may or may not be the starter from day one, but it is almost certain that he will get a chance to start at some point in 2014. There will be too much pressure from the fanbase to keep him holding a clipboard all season. Every move of his will be criticized this year. Manziel is arguably an off-field distraction, but he can be electric on the field; and he will prove it.

Nick Schaeflein is a Sports writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @ptchr2424 or add him to your network on Google.


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