The Cleveland Browns open training camp July 25 at the team’s facility in Berea, Ohio. Here’s a 53-man roster projection:
Gilbert went to the same Austin, Texas, high school as Mayfield, and the Gilberts and Mayfields are family friends. That won’t be the only reason the Browns keep a third quarterback. With Stanton now 35, it makes sense for the team to carry another backup to Mayfield.
2017 NFL rushing champ Kareem Hunt is expected to bolster this already strong unit, once he returns from an eight-game suspension. But Johnson will be the name to watch during training camp, as he continues to seek a trade out of Cleveland after switching agents.
Competition for the fifth and sixth – and probably final – receiving spots will be fierce, with others such as Jaelen Strong, Ishmael Hyman, Blake Jackson, Damon Sheehy-Guiseppi and D.J. Montgomery all pushing for the final nod.
The Browns topped the NFL with 145 snaps out of 13 personnel (one running back, three tight ends) last season. With playcaller Freddie Kitchens now the head coach, don’t expect that to change. Orson Charles could join this group, should the Browns elect to keep a fullback/H-back, too.
The only real starting position battle offensively during training camp will come at right guard, where Corbett, Kalis and Kush are vying to replace Kevin Zeitler, who was dealt to the New York Giants in the Olivier Vernon trade.
Genard Avery’s potential to swing from linebacker to defensive end gives the Browns flexibility here. Tackle Brian Price, who is returning from an offseason hamstring injury, could be a factor here inside, as well.
The Browns expended much of their draft capital on a potential linebacking corps of the future, selecting Takitaki in the third round and Wilson in the fifth. Veterans Kirksey and Schobert, however, remain the starting every-down players, for now. Armstrong gets the nod for his contributions on special teams.
Williams impressed during minicamp, suggesting he’ll soon be ready to take over as the starting corner opposite Ward. The big question here will be who starts at safety alongside Randall. GM John Dorsey has a history with both Burnett (Green Bay Packers) and Murray (Kansas City Chiefs) from previous stops.
The Browns made Seibert a fifth-round pick, making him a favorite to supplant Greg Joseph as the team’s kicker.