CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Here are three key battles to watch at Browns camp this year.
The Quarterbacks | OF COURSE, the quarterbacks. This is Cleveland, these are the Browns, and that's what they do -- they change quarterbacks (26 different starters since 1999).
If steady-but-unspectacular Cody Kessler can win the job, maybe we'll stay on No. 26 for a while.
But he'll be pushed hard by Brock Osweiler and DeShone Kizer. Kizer, the rookie out of Notre Dame, wowed his new coaches during the spring drills, and physically may be the most gifted among the three, but the last thing the Browns want to do is destroy another potential franchise QB before he's ready.
Because of that, Osweiler is the most intriguing. There's a reason John Elway offered him $16 million a year to stay in Denver before the Texans topped it with $18 million a year to get him to Houston. There's got to be something there. Bill O'Brien didn't tap into it, but maybe Hue Jackson can.
The Receivers | If any position group can compete with Browns quarterbacks for "biggest flops" the past ten years, it's this group.
Then again, this group has been revamped. Terrelle Pryor is gone. Josh Gordon? Don't ask. But Kenny Britt, who's coming off his first 1,000 yard season, has come aboard, and former first-round pick Corey Coleman, entering his second year, knows he needs to take it to the next level and stay healthy.
Others need to step up as well. Ricardo Louis, a fourth-round pick last year, needs to produce, as do a couple of fifth-rounders from 2016 -- Jordan Payton and Rashard Higgins. If two of those three can make the leap this season, the Browns might actually have a vertical game again.
The D-Line | The coordinator is new, as the fiery Gregg Williams takes over.
The franchise player is new, if first overall pick Myles Garrett lives up to his billing.
And the talented depth across the board is new, as rookies Larry Ogunjobi and Caleb Brantley join Danny Shelton, Emmanuel Ogbah, and Desmond Bryant. Brantley is the one to watch. A controversial sixth-round pick because of a battery charge that was later dropped, the former Florida Gator has high-round talent, and with that issue behind him, could make a lot of teams regret passing him over.