2014 Record: 7-9, missed playoffs, 0-5 in last five
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1st: 24th in DVOA* overall offense (22nd pass, 26th rush) | 11th in DVOA* overall defense (2nd pass, 31st run)
2nd: Effective at stopping all receiver types, especially WR1s (fifth-best, 9.6 pass attempts per game, 73.1 yards per game) and RBs ( best in the NFL, 5.6, 31.3), according to Football Outsiders’ defense vs. receiver types chart.
3rd: Key loss: TE Jordan Cameron | Key addition: WR Dwayne Bowe
4th: From a fantasy perspective in 2015, the biggest question is which Browns running back do we draft? Terrence West and Isaiah Crowell combined for almost 1,300 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2014. Then the Browns drafted Duke Johnson in the third round to make this even muddier. Crowell was my favorite until the Johnson pick. I’ve targeted Johnson in each of my dynasty drafts as a potential RB value pick. We’ll have more on this situation as Training Camp spins up. It’s worth noting the departure of Jordan Cameron and the suspension of Josh Gordon which could lower that passing offense ranking even more. The Browns did add Josh McCown to compete with Johnny Manziel and Dwayne Bowe to play the role of the veteran receiver on a new team looking for redemption. They could all make headlines this season.
*Defense-adjusted Value Over Average, a Football Outsiders’ advanced NFL metric, measures a team’s performance on a per-play basis. The metric attempts to limit variance and provides a more realistic measurement of how good a team is regardless of matchup or situation, making it a strong indicator of future success. Read more about DVOA.