Well time is almost here. In less than 24 hours, the Cleveland Browns will be in a noisy Heinz Field to take on the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first regular season game of the NFL season. Although we keep a close eye on the Steelers throughout the season, it’s time to take a look at the Browns as they prepare to take on the black and gold.
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First thing’s first, if you are not aware of some of the moves the Browns made over the offseason, let’s rewind. The Browns will operate under new head coach Mike Pettine, who was defensive coordinator for the Bills and Jets in recent years. Pettine has the ability to build a strong defense, and he already has the foundation with players like Joe Haden, Jabaal Sheard, and Karlos Dansby.
In the draft, the Browns made some noise with two first round selections, the second being quarterback Johnny Manziel. Manziel is not the starting quarterback, as he lost the battle between him and Brian Hoyer. However, the Browns have not ruled out putting Manziel in a couple special packages.
The Browns will have a new look at running back this season. Ben Tate is the team’s starting running back and looked good in the team’s preseason. However, with Tate having suffered injuries in his past, the Browns drafted Terrance West who also has a lot of upside. The Browns feel the running game is key to help defeat the Steelers. The Steelers defense has struggled against the run as of late.
Wide receiver Josh Gordan was suspended by the National Football League for the entire 2014 season for breaking the drug policy multiple times. Brown led the entire NFL in receiving yards last season. Now the offense must rely on the hands of tight end Jordan Cameron and receivers Miles Austin and Travis Benjamin.
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