Over the weekend, the Cleveland Browns made some moves that could completely change the direction of their franchise. Within a 36 hour period, the Browns were able to clear up a lot of confusion within their roster. The most important piece that was added was Bills QB Tyrod Taylor. Taylor spent 3 seasons in Buffalo and hovered around 3,000 yards, 17 touchdowns and 4 interceptions per season. With a mere 16 interceptions over those years, Tyrod’s ability to hold on to the football will help Cleveland greatly, as 6 of their 16 losses in 2017 were by six points or fewer. The difference between 4 ints on the year vs the 28 committed by Browns QBs surely would’ve won at least one of these games.
Also, the team brought on one of the best receivers in the league, Jarvis Landry. Landry was brought to Cleveland with a mid-round draft pick, and will most definitely take some of the pressure off of Josh Gordon. Gordon played the last 5 games of the season for the Browns, and was on pace to rack up over 1,000 yards in a full season (and that was with Deshone Kizer throwing him the ball). With a veteran QB such as Taylor leading the offense, expect big things from the Cleveland passing attack.
Last but certainly not least, with the addition of Tyrod Taylor, the Browns will most likely use their two draft picks on RB Saquan Barkley and DB Minkah Fitzpatrick . These players could change the makeup of Cleveland on both sides of the ball. The Browns have one of the best offensive lines in the NFL, and as we have seen with Ezekiel Elliot, that is an essential for star running backs. Fitzpatrick is a dynamic DB who can play anywhere from the slot to a deep safety. He will be joined by Damarious Randall who was acquired in a trade with the Packers. All in all, both sides of the ball have gained enormous upgrades, and with LeVeon Bell threatening to sit out if he can’t get a new deal before the start of the season and the Bengals and Ravens struggling last season, I think that for the first time since 2002 we will see the Browns on a playoff field.