Yes, the Cleveland Browns are winless, but thankfully it’s the preseason. The games are pretty much meaningless. The important thing is for the new coaching staff to incorporate a new atmosphere in the clubhouse. They must focus on what’s working and improve on what’s not working.
Despite just two games being played, the offense has been a bright spot. Robert Griffin III has been progressing and Terrelle Pryor has been the beneficiary. Pryor has three receptions for 107 yards and a touchdown. He looks more and more like a starting receiver every day.
The crazy thing is that Corey Coleman has yet to play in a game. The Browns are being cautious with his hamstring injury. Coleman hasn’t practiced much since tweaking his hammy in a scrimmage earlier in August.
If everything goes according to plan for the next game, it will mark the first time Coleman, Pryor and Josh Gordon will be on the field together. Gordon was bothered by a quad injury, but was activated from the disabled list last week.
I’m optimistic about the direction of Cleveland’s offense. RGIII and Pryor are trending upward and Gary Barnidge intends to build upon his Pro Bowl season last year. Throw Gordon and Coleman into the mix and the Browns offense can be dangerous.
Cleveland should have Pryor and Coleman as their starting wideouts in the season opener against the Philadelphia Eagles. The Browns now have two outside threats that defenses have to game plan for. Pryor is proving to be a deep threat and although Coleman is a rookie, he shouldn’t be taken lightly. The first year player has a nose for finding end zone and can catch balls in traffic too. Combine these weapons with Barnidge and Andrew Hawkins in the slot and you have a potent offense.
Hopefully, the offensive unit will be gelling by the fifth game. This marks the official return of Gordon, a receiver with threatening speed. If he can get into shape and not only learn, but accept his role in the offense, then the Browns can be a nightmare for defensive coordinators.
Ultimately, the Cleveland Browns offense is already looking like a polar opposite from just a season ago. Now, the defense is another story, one that hopefully has a fairy tale ending.
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