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Ten Thoughts on the Browns First Preseason Depth Chart

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014
2013 third round pick Leon McFadden is buried on the first depth chart of the preseason (Photo: USA TODAY Sports)

2013 third round pick Leon McFadden is buried on the first depth chart of the preseason (Photo: USA TODAY Sports) Staff Writer: Justin Higdon

The Cleveland Browns are once again under new leadership, and the team is full of new faces on the field and on the sidelines. When a team like this releases a depth chart a week and a half into training camp, before playing a single preseason game, it’s important to remember that few things are set in stone. But I am not here to insult anybody’s intelligence. Anyone who digs deep enough to read this site is aware that we shouldn’t read too much into the first depth chart of the year. Of course, football fans also know that carefully measured reactions are not much fun. So in the interest of broad speculation for the sake of entertainment, I have a few thoughts on a depth chart that sure to be forgotten by Sunday morning.


Preseason Week One Notes: Browns Second and Third-String

Sunday, August 11th, 2013

Free agent rookie wide receiver Cordell Roberson scored a touchdown in his preseason debut. (photo: Editor: Brendan Leister

Thursday night, the Cleveland Browns started off the 2013 preseason with a 27-19 win over the St. Louis Rams.  Although winning is always the ultimate goal, the more important thing that we can take away from the game is an evaluation of the Browns’ players in new schemes on offense and defense.  After looking at how the first-team offense and defense performed in the game, it is now time to take a look at the second and third-string players on both sides of the ball. (more…)

Projecting the Browns Front Seven to Ray Horton’s Defensive Scheme

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

How will the Browns’ current pieces in the front seven fit in Ray Horton’s 3-4 defense? (photo courtesy of Editor: Brendan Leister

With Ray Horton being brought in as the Cleveland Browns’ new defensive coordinator, a switch to an attacking 3-4 defense seems to be in the cards.  With the switch, most of the players in the front seven are in line for a position change.  None of these projections are sure things.  I could be way off on a few of them, but I am simply looking at the players’ skill sets and projecting them the best I possibly can. (more…)

Reviewing the 2012 Cleveland Browns Rookies: John Hughes & Billy Winn

Monday, January 21st, 2013

Rookie defensive tackles John Hughes (right) and Billy Winn (middle) each had productive seasons for the orange and brown. (photo courtesy of Editor: Brendan Leister

Going into the 2012 NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns had a huge need at the defensive tackle position.  Although Phil Taylor and Ahtyba Rubin were penciled in as the starters, the team knew they had to add depth at the position so they could create a rotation.  In 2011, Rubin and Taylor played the second and 16th most snaps respectively amongst all NFL defensive tackles.  This high number of snaps played by Rubin and Taylor negatively attributed to the Browns’ run defense as they finished the season 30th against the run.  There just wasn’t the depth at defensive tackle to give Rubin and Taylor sufficient time off the field. (more…)

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