These Cleveland Browns (10-6) look ready to breakout. Entering the fourth season of the partnership between GM Phil Savage and head coach Romeo Crennel, the Browns have brought in quality free agents and made some fine draft picks over the past few years. RB Jamal Lewis, guard Eric Steinbach, WR Braylon Edwards and LB Beau Bell look to help this team reach the next plateau.
With the 8th best scoring offense in the league, Cleveland made its mark last season, going from averaging under five wins over the last four seasons to 10 wins in 2007. QB Derek Anderson (527 ATT. 298 COMP. 3,787 YDS, 29 TDs, 19 INT) came into his own and his young receivers also brought a lot to the table. Wideout Braylon Edwards (80 REC, 1,282 YDS, 16.1 AVG. 16 TDs) proved to be a go-to guy and tall TE Kellen Wilson (82 REC, 1,106 YDS, 13.5 AVG. 5 TDs) gave the team a dependable outlet. The addition of Pro Bowl RB Jamal Lewis (298 ATT, 1,304 YDS, 4.4 AVG, 9 TDs) is huge. Last season the offensive line allowed just 19 sacks, and they are back.
Mel Tucker, who’s been the D-back coach the past three years, takes over as defensive coordinator. He and Crennel are on the same page and that should help a defense that struggled last season. The secondary is the shakiest unit, but if second-year corners Eric Wright and Brandon McDonald can step up that will help. ILB D’Qwell Jackson returns as the team’s leading tackler. He and OLB Kamerion Wimbley look ready to have breakout seasons. The frontline is the best part of this defense.
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