Cleveland Browns 2019

Mon, Jul 22

Training camp begins this Thursday, July 25.

IMPORTANT ADDITIONS: WRs Odell Beckham Jr. and Jalen Strong, RB Kareem Hunt (University of Toledo), DE Olivier Vernon, DL Sheldon Richardson, S Morgan Burnett, TE Demetrius Harris.

IMPORTANT LOSSES: G Kevin Zeitler, S Jabrill Peppers, LB Jamie Collins, DE Emmanuel Ogbah, DB Derrick Kindred.

PRESEASON OPENER: [Thu,] Aug. 8 vs. Redskins, 7:30 p.m.

EXPECTATIONS: Browns are season's trendy team. They haven't made playoffs since 2002 — league's longest current drought — and more difficult schedule will place more pressure on Kitchens to deliver success to fan base believing Super Bowl trip closer than ever. Vernon's arrival makes Pro Bowl DE Myles Garrett (13 1-2 sacks in 2018) more dangerous. Mayfield's biggest test may be getting Beckham, WR Jarvis Landry, RB Nick Chubb and others enough touches to keep all happy.

Fri, Aug 9

Browns hosted their first preseason football game last night against the Washington Redskins. I missed it.

Baker played well, during his brief tenure. He threw a 24-yard TD pass to Hollywood Higgins on their first possession.

The Browns did not play starting wide receivers OB nor Landry, yet Baker had a near perfect passing rating. He was 5 of 6 passing for 76 yards or something like that.

Anyway, all indications are that the Browns, minus many starters on both sides of the ball, played well for an opening preseason. The Browns returned a punt for a TD.

All this decade, the Browns have been terrible in the punt return game.

Earlier in the day, the Browns traded RB Duke Johnson to Houston for either a 3rd or 4th round draft pick, depending upon how Johnson performs in Houston. That's too bad. Duke was a bit unhappy during the off-season.

Last year, the new offense rarely utilized Johnson for some reason. Duke was a damn good player for Cleveland, during tough years. Duke is versatile. Duke is durable. He ran between the tackles. He ran outside. He ran pass routes from the backfield. And at times, he was split out like a wide receiver.

I think that it's still uncertain whether RB Hunt will play this year for Cleveland.

Thu, Aug 15, 2019

"Browns Camp Day 16: Fired-up Browns meet coach's challenge to not back down against Colts"

https://www.espn.com/blog/cleveland/post/_/id/6795

Fri, Aug 16, 2019

"Five questions about the Browns' second preseason game"

https://www.espn.com/blog/cleveland/post/_/id/6801