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 Cleveland's top 3 storylines heading into the 2015 season:
3) Will Cleveland's new offensive weapons produce?
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) Just how good will Cleveland's defense be?
The Browns were a top 10 defense last year in points allowed even though they ranked dead last in the league against the run. Cleveland has addressed that weakness in free agency and will continue to do so in the draft, and that should turn them into a top five defense.
1) Who wins the quarterback battle?
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.
Both QB's will undoubtedly see time a some point or another during the regular season, and it'll be interesting to see if one guy can grab total control of the job or not.Back to the Cleveland Browns Newsfeed