Browns' projected starting lineup

July, 31, 2013
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The AFC North blog will project the starting lineups for every team in the division this week as training camps kick into full gear.

CLEVELAND BROWNS

QB Brandon Weeden: Even though he has yet to be officially named the starter, Weeden has one season to convince the Browns that they don't need to use a first-round pick on a quarterback next year.

RB Trent Richardson: He ran for 950 yards 11 touchdowns when he fought through a rib injury for most of the season. Imagine what he can do when healthy.

RB Chris Ogbonnaya: Considered a third-down back for most of his career, he's received more snaps with the starting group than Owen Marecic, the team's only traditional fullback.

WR Josh Gordon: He has the size (6-foot-3) and playmaking ability (average of 16.1 yards per catch) that teams covet. But a two-game suspension will put Gordon on the sideline and Davone Bess in the starting lineup.

WR Greg Little: Has the potential to develop into a dependable No. 2 receiver.

TE Jordan Cameron: He's a breakthrough candidate this year since the Browns didn't upgrade the position after losing Ben Watson in free agency.

LT Joe Thomas: He's a six-time Pro Bowl player who's played on one winning team.

LG John Greco: Looks like a lock at this spot after signing a five-year, $13.2 million contract earlier this month.

C Alex Mack: He's talented and durable, never missing a game in his four-year career.

RG Shawn Lauvao: He currently has the edge over Jason Pinkston, who missed 10 games last year with a blood clot in his lungs.

RT Mitchell Schwartz: He is expected to take a big step forward this year after finishing his rookie season strong.

DEFENSE

LDT Ahtyba Rubin: It's a comeback year for Rubin, who failed to make the same impact last year as he did in 2011.

NT Phil Taylor: He's a powerful big body who is a good fit at nose tackle because he can hold up against double teams.

RDE Desmond Bryant: The best free-agent addition for the Browns this year will be disruptive up front.

LOLB Paul Kruger: High-priced free agent had 12 sacks in his final 12 games for the Super Bowl champion Ravens.

LILB Craig Robertson: The undrafted rookie from a year ago essentially wins the job by default.

RILB D'Qwell Jackson: The heart of the defense recorded 118 tackles, 3.5 sacks, seven passes defensed, two forced fumbles and one touchdown last season.

ROLB: Jabaal Sheard: While converting from defensive end, Sheard needs to hold off first-round pick Barkevious Mingo.

CB Joe Haden: This could be the year when he goes from being a talented corner to an elite one.

SS T.J. Ward: The hard hitter's biggest challenge is staying healthy for a full season.

FS Tashaun Gipson: The first-year starter is an upgrade over Usama Young, last year's starter.

CB Chris Owens: There's still a chance that rookie third-round pick Leon McFadden will win this job. But, at this point, Owens has the edge.

Jamison Hensley

ESPN Ravens reporter

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