As the Cleveland Browns look for the formula that will produce a winning team, several practices have been conducted now that training camp has opened. That also means one other thing: The start of preseason is just around the corner.
This will be an important preseason for the Browns as they get settled in under new head coach Rob Chudzinski. The team has several young players as well as some new players all trying to turn around a franchise that has suffered through five consecutive losing seasons.
Quarterback Brandon Weeden will be looking to improve on his strong rookie season while free-agent signing Paul Kruger tries to establish himself the way he did in Baltimore.
The team also has several competitive positional battles on tap as well as the pending debut of the 2013 draft class.
The Browns open the preseason Thursday, August 8, by hosting the St. Louis Rams. Here are five things to keep an eye on in that first exhibition game.