Jun 16, 2021; Berea, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski during minicamp at the Cleveland Browns training facility. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
The Cleveland Browns come into 2021 with a strong roster. These three players better have a strong camp or they could find themselves off the roster.
The Cleveland Browns head into the 2021 season with expectations higher than ever before. The Browns and head coach Kevin Stefanski are coming off an 11-win regular season, and the organization’s first playoff victory since the 1994 season.
After being let down so hard two seasons ago, I’ve almost forgotten about the Freddie Kitchens debacle in 2019 and am only focused on the future.
Let’s get things straight. After the performance last season, and the additions this offseason, the Browns aren’t just looking to make the playoffs in 2021, they are looking to go the whole way. This team is so talented I think it’s safe to say it’s AFC Championship or bust this season.
Not only will the offense have another year to mesh, but the defense will also have substantial upgrades at all three levels of the unit and should be elite. Remember, this team won 11-games last season with one of the worst defenses in the league. I think we all remember how painful it was to watch at times.
With such an upgraded roster, that does mean a few things. One, you may see a few players cut because of salary-cap concerns. We have already seen that with the release of defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson.
Two, if a rookie really shines in camp, you could see a few tenured veterans get released to make room for young talent. The NFL is a game of timing. Half the battle is letting a guy go before he exits his prime and signing a guy right before he enters it.
Buckle up for a wild July and August as the final roster becomes more and more clear. But here are three guys that need to have a great camp in July to make sure they don’t find themselves as free agents.
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