Breaking Down the Cleveland Browns' Rookie Class After the Preseason

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Breaking Down the Cleveland Browns' Rookie Class After the Preseason
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The preseason is over and even Browns' President Mike Holmgren seemed a little shocked during his press conference Monday that his team has 15 rookies on its roster and 11 second-year players.

He stopped just short of actually using the word "shocked" when describing his reaction to the youth of the final 53-man roster, but the point was clear. (

Nevertheless, as Holmgren and others such as veteran LB D'Qwell Jackson pointed out, while there are a lot of young players, they are there because they earned it.

And like Holmgren said, nobody is going to care how old the players are when it comes to winning games. Winning is the goal and winning is everything.

These wide-eyed blades bring a voracious appetite for such to the table. And with a new owner also injecting new enthusiasm into an abused fanbase, the entire culture of football by the lakeside must be renewed.

A new obsession with winning needs to be established, and the time to strike is nigh.

The Browns' schedule is a monster, and the team is still being power-ranked worst in the league (CBS Sports).

That's bulletin board material. This coaching staff needs to sear the flak of the naysayers into this young team's heart. Get angry. Take it personally. Respond relentlessly.

Here's a look at how this rookie class has been, and how far they need to go:

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