The Cleveland Browns were once again the laughingstock of the NFL last season, posting a 1-15 record with the first and only win transpiring on Christmas Eve. There’s only one way the Browns can go in 2017, and head coach Hue Jackson believes the roster is suited to field a better team.
“When I look at our team, I think our roster’s better, I think we’re performing better, I just think the whole goal for us is to get better all the way around: Offensively, defensively and special teams,” Jackson said on PFT Live.
Starting the season under center will be second-round pick DeShone Kizer, who, by Week 1, will become the 27th starting quarterback for the Browns since 1999. There will be no Terrelle Pryor, but second-year wide receiver Corey Coleman figures to be a household name sooner than later following a promising rookie season.
The Browns added a generational talent in the draft when they landed Myles Garrett with pick No. 1. That helped bolster the defensive line and more importantly gave the Browns, who added bodies to the offensive line in free agency, key pieces on both fronts.
“Both of our lines, offensive line and defensive line, I think we’ve improved in those areas tremendously,” Jackson said.
The Browns have their last go-round in the preseason on Thursday when they take on the Chicago Bears. The regular-season opener will be played on Sept. 10 against the Pittsburgh Steelers and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who has more wins at FirstEnergy Stadium than any Browns quarterback.