The break between offseason work and training camp provides a good time to assess the Cleveland Browns' roster with a position-by-position rundown comparing it to when the season ended to now.
Thoughts: Hoyer remains the constant, and he will be the starter heading into camp. He was an unknown when last season ended, with two wins and one quarter of experience with the Browns before he hurt his knee. He remains an unknown, though the two games he started do give plenty of reason for hope. Manziel is a highly regarded draft pick, and as sexy as his name is, he is at this point like a lot of other highly regarded draft picks: unproven with potential. There’s a list of ex-Browns coaches who can say where potential got them. Manziel should be an upgrade over Weeden, who never recovered from a poor finish to his rookie season and the change to a new regime. Last season he looked nothing like the quarterback who was drafted first in 2012.
Positives: Hoyer is healthy and Manziel brings an excitement the team has lacked for years.
Negatives: Inexperience, with plenty of unknowns and hopes based on hope. Depth is a concern, as always.
Upgraded, level or downgraded: Upgrade, though until we see how Manziel plays, we can’t say for sure how much of an upgrade there is.
Next: Running back/fullback, wide receiver, tight end, offensive line, defensive line, linebacker, secondary, coaching staff, front office.