The Complete Cleveland Browns Training Camp Guide
"Wait until next year."
It's an all-too-familiar refrain for fans of the Cleveland Browns, an annual rite of passage in which we cast off the shackles of last year's disappointment and look hopefully towards the future.
Well folks, next year is here!
On July 24th, the new coaching staff led by Rob Chudzinski will gather 90 young men in Berea, Ohio to kick off training camp.
Those young men run the gamut from established veterans such as linebacker D'Qwell Jackson to promising youngsters like running back Trent Richardson and untested longshots such as wide receiver Dominique Croom.
All of those players have two goals.
The first is simple...make the team.
The second goal isn't so simple...help get the Browns back into the postseason.
Here's everything you need to know about the Browns as the 2013 edition of training camp gets underway.
Training Camp, Preseason Schedule
Training camp for the Cleveland Browns kicks off on Wednesday, July 24, at the team's complex in Berea.
Here's the full schedule of events courtesy of the team's website. (All times Eastern.)
Training Camp Schedule
Thursday, July 25: 4:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Friday, July 26: 4:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 27: 4:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 28: 4:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Monday, July 29: 4:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, July 30: NO PRACTICE
Wednesday, July 31: 4:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, August 1: 4:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Friday, August 2: 4:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, August 3: Family Night at FirstEnergy Stadium - 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 4: NO PRACTICE
Monday, August 5: 4:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, August 6: 4:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, August 7: PRACTICE CLOSED TO GENERAL PUBLIC
Thursday, August 8: PRESEASON GAME
Friday, August 9: NO PRACTICE
Saturday, August 10: 4:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, August 11: 4:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Monday, August 12: 4:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, August 13: 4:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, August 8: vs. St. Louis Rams 8:00 p.m. (WKYC)
Thursday, August 15: vs. Detroit Lions 7:30 p.m. (WKYC)
Saturday, August 24: at Indianapolis Colts 7:00 p.m. (WKYC)
Thursday, August 29: at Chicago Bears 8:00 p.m. (WKYC)
Roster Cutdown Dates
Tuesday, August 27: Teams must cut rosters to 75 players
Saturday, August 31: Teams must cut rosters to 53 players
90 men will enter training camp as members of the Cleveland Browns, but by August 31 only 53 of those players will remain on the active roster.
Whether it's veterans like wide receiver Davone Bess, or newcomers such as cornerback Leon McFadden, there are a number of newcomers in Cleveland who will try to make a good first impression and help kick off the rebuilding project.
Whether it's the stars or the scrubs, the quarterbacks or the kickers, we have you covered with a full breakdown of the team's roster.
2013 is a time of great change in Cleveland.
There's a new head coach in Chudzinski. New coordinators Norv Turner (offense) and Ray Horton (defense) bring with them new schemes on both sides of the ball.
How will quarterback Brandon Weeden fare in this new system?
How will the team handle the switch to a 3-4 defense?
These are only two of the burning questions facing the Cleveland Browns this year as camp gets underway.
Biggest Camp Battles
It should come as no surprise, given the winds of change sweeping through Cleveland, that a number of starting spots are up in the air, especially of the defensive side of the ball.
The Browns will feature a new-look secondary in 2013, as veterans and newcomers alike vie to join stalwarts T.J. Ward and Joe Haden in the Browns' defensive backfield.
For an in-depth breakdown of those battles, and the others that will be settled in Berea this summer, click here.
The Cleveland Browns may have traded away two of their draft picks for future considerations in 2013, but that didn't stop the team from making some noise in April.
From outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo to offensive lineman Garrett Gilkey, the Browns added five young players in the 2013 NFL draft.
The team then signed several rookie free agents, including a few who have a real chance of making the team.
For a lucky few players, training camp is little more than a formality, a chance to get into "fighting shape" and hone their skills before the season begins.
For the majority of players, however, there is little margin for error. A few bad practices or a bad preseason performance can be it all it takes to end their NFL dreams.
That holds especially true for most of the rookies, but there are plenty of veterans, such as outside linebacker Quentin Groves, who head into camp firmly on the roster bubble.
Projected Final 53-Man Roster
When the dust settles in Northern Ohio at the end of August, 53 young men will comprise the active roster for the 2013 Cleveland Browns.
Some of those spots are easy to predict. It's a pretty good bet that Haden and Richardson will make the team. Weeden's roster spot is probably safe.
However, who be the Browns' sixth cornerback? Which undrafted rookies will shine in camp and make the squad?