The 2015 NFL season is just weeks away, and there’s plenty of intrigue to spare surrounding the Cleveland Browns as the days tick down. Here are three things we learned about them this offseason:
3) More explosive offensive weapons
Cleveland doesn't have a gamebreaker like Josh Gordon this season, but they boast a stable of reliable weapons. Running backs Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell showed they could be one of the best running back duos in the NFL last year, and the signings of wide receivers Brian Hartline and Dwayne Bowe give the Browns more playmakers on the outside than they've had in a very long time. Cleveland still needs to figure out their quarterback situation, but they've given whoever wins the job all the tools they need to succeed.
2) Running game expected to be dominant
Both West and Crowell asserted themselves as legitimate ground threats in 2014, but Cleveland still finished 17th in the NFL in rushing yards per game with 108.00. West & Crowell combined for over 1,500 yards and nine touchdowns last season, but they may need to up those combined numbers closer to 2,000 yds and 13-15 TDs to help out a passing game currently in flux.
1) Quarterback is still a big question mark
Newcomer Josh McCown, despite an extremely disastrous season as Tampa Bay's starter last year, has the inside track at winning the job because of Johnny Manziel's poor play last year and offseason of rehab, but Pettine hasn't named a starter. This will play out through the preseason much like last year's competition did.