Some players enter training camp knowing full well they are not guaranteed a roster spot. They will have to catch the coach’s eye and make an impression to bump someone else off of the team. The Cleveland Browns enter training camp with plenty of those candidates.
For those trying to steal a roster spot, there is one major factor leaning in their favor. The Browns have a brand new coaching staff that has almost no allegiances to any current players. This should make for a training camp full of surprise endings.
With Mike Pettine as head coach, defense will be a main focus for him. Kyle Shanahan, the offensive coordinator, will be the one monitoring the offensive side of the football closely. They will eventually decide the fate of the 53 men who will make the final roster.
Here are five dark horses Pettine and Shanahan should take a close look at during training camp.