Football is finally here. It’s Week One of the NFL season and if that wasn’t reason enough to celebrate, the Cleveland Browns get to show off all their new, shiny toys against their bitter rivals, the Pittsburgh Steelers. While the Browns will be missing super prospect Myles Garrett, a fantastic offseason has provided plenty of other storylines to watch. Joe Gerberry and Craig Lyndall joined Jeff Nomina to look at the roster cuts, the matchup against the Steelers, and what they expect from the Browns this season.
In terms of roster cuts, the biggest surprises were Joe Haden and John Greco. Haden, especially, has been a leader and top performing for the Browns for years. His cut is not only surprising for his own personal case, but also what it means for how the Browns are approaching this season. Craig wonders what message Haden’s release sends from a team that is flush in cap space and low on talent.
In terms of the game with the Steelers, it is a tough matchup for the young Browns team. The Steelers are an established powerhouse and while the Browns have improved over the offseason, it will likely take time for their younger players to get up to speed. Craig expects a gut punch, while Joe is hoping for a more competitive matchup than we’ve seen in years past.
The season as a whole is dependent mostly on the youth movement. While wins are great, and everyone expects them to achieve more in that column than last season, the real goal is to see their young players establish themselves as franchise cornerstones. What is exciting is having the types of players with that potential. Last season lacked some of those higher-end talent players, whereas this season sees the addition of Garrett, Jabrill Peppers, and Deshone Kizer. Can they make the leap? Thankfully, we’ll soon find out.