The Cleveland Browns are definitely attracting positive media attention in this 2021 offseason.
Media analysts who for years have critiqued the team’s choices are now talking about how GM Andrew Berry is pulling everything together.
This is the second year in a row that Berry’s offseason moves earned rave reviews.
The Cleveland #Browns are the only team with an A+ NFL Draft grade in both 2020 & 2021 pic.twitter.com/RtG3G7Wg1n
— PFF Draft (@PFF_College) May 4, 2021
Add ESPN’s Ryan Clark and Chris Canty to the list that are talking about how formidable the Browns should be in 2021.
"I think the Browns are the most complete team in the NFL. Not just the AFC, in the NFL."
😳 @ChrisCanty99 pic.twitter.com/4Wsgtv4E05
— Get Up (@GetUpESPN) May 6, 2021
What They Said
Clark puts the Browns and the Buffalo Bills in strong contention with the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC.
He says they are among the top three in the AFC.
Canty implies that the Browns’ learning curve is over, and he takes it one step further by saying the Browns are the most complete team in the NFL.
It is now or never because the pieces are now in place.
He concludes by saying that it is up to Baker.
They Are Right
This is arguably one of the best rosters the Browns have ever had.
Whereas in 2020, their depth, particularly on defense, was questionable, Berry has filled the gaps with the likes of free agents Jadeveon Clowney, Takk McKinley, Troy Hill, John Johnson III, and Malik Jackson.
On top of that, the Browns drafted Greg Newsome II, Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, Tommy Togiai, and Tony Fields II.
A few offensive weapons were drafted later in the rounds including Anthony Schwartz and Demetric Felton.
.@browns #NFLDraft review pic.twitter.com/UZWrVvnpiB
— Joe Thomas (@joethomas73) May 3, 2021
Pressure Is On
The Browns were under the radar this year and turned in a surprise season while the focus was on the division-leading Steelers who steamrolled to an 11-0 record.
That won’t be the case this season.
Everyone will be watching the Browns, and their schedule will be more difficult because of last season’s successes.
We will soon find out the season schedule, due to be released on Wednesday, May 12.
Baker Must Perform Well
The other point analysts agree on is that Baker needs to continue his growth from last season.
His expectations are also high because he will have the same coaching staff for a second straight season.
That is a big deal because he never had coaching continuity past one season since he arrived in Cleveland.
Baker also enters the fourth year of his rookie contract knowing that his fifth-year option is exercised; his future beyond the 2022 season is yet to be determined.
How Is Baker Preparing?
Jarvis Landry has been working out in Florida this offseason at the House of Athlete Complex.
Baker Mayfield traveled from Texas to Florida to throw with Landry and other Browns teammates.
#Browns Baker Mayfield throwing to Jarvis Landry in south Florida this week, source tells clevelanddotcom. #Chiefs Mercole Hardman, #Vikings Justin Jefferson and #Panthers Teddy Bridgewater were on hand too https://t.co/hCX0lBKzgN
— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) April 28, 2021
Others who participated in the throwing sessions were Rashard Higgins, David Njoku, Austin Hooper, and Kyle Markaway.
Stay tuned for more exciting Cleveland Browns offseason happenings with the schedule reveal being the first one up on Wednesday, May 12 at 8 pm EDT on NFL Network.
Harold Johnson says
If all the right pieces fit we’ll be explosive but the defense gots to get the team’s we play off the field
On third down but far as the offense the run set up the pass will be straight
Sonny D says
Remember 2019. You never be over confident in the NFL.
We do have better personel and a better coach.
Kevin Kolbert says
Great point on paper this roster is ridiculous. Absolutely insane im talking at every position depth wise they at least go 3 deep. Wow AB & Dorsey. AB clearly has built off what Dorsey started. Now its purely up to Baker & this coaching staff to develop this team.
Baker Manziel says
The Browns is the Browns, and I seriously doubt that they will win 8 games. Mayfield is not a good quarterback, he’s a great cheerleader.
No expectations for the Browns this year. Never had any, never will.
You must be 14 years old
Must be a Steeler fan
Knew this person was going negative from the second I read their “name”. So I do not know what they posted and do not care….no one should !
The last guy to say that was dead wrong, too. The naysayers is the naysayers. What you’re really saying is don’t confuse me with the facts, I’ve already made up my mind.
Randall rr says
The browns was couple plays away from afc champion ship and couple players away they filled there holes and will have a top five defence and top five rusing game and top ten passing I’ve been browns fan my hole life and we have never had this munch talent if Brown have ever had a shop at the super bowel its in 2021 season cause we have most complete team in NFL and the loyalist fans in football go dawg pound baker will surprise .
Good thing I have Google Translate. Just saying.