On offense, Cleveland now features a legitimate starting quarterback. Jake Delhomme isn’t expected to be the savior, but he’s going to bridge the gap nicely for rookie Colt McCoy.
With another consistent veteran in backup Seneca Wallace, the Browns quarterback situation has gone through a total transformation.
For the past few seasons, the Browns have quietly built a potentially dominant offensive line. With Joe Thomas anchoring the LT spot, Delhomme will have the peace of mind that his blindside is being protected at all times.
Second-year center Alex Mack looks to improve upon his impressive 2009 season, while rookie Shawn Lauvao appears to have the ability to start immediately at right guard. At the end of last season, the offensive line was opening holes big enough to drive a semi-truck through.
Finishing eighth last year in rushing apparently wasn’t good enough as the running back position received an upgrade with the trade for Peyton Hillis, and second-round draft selection of Montario Hardesty.
Even though he might lose a few carries, 2009’s three-game superstar Jerome Harrison still looks to be the feature back in Cleveland’s crowded backfield.
With FB Lawrence Vickers’ ability to block like a madman, Cleveland’s running game has the chance to flourish this year.
Second-year WR’s Mohamed Massaquoi and Brian Robiskie are still learning the ropes. Bobby Engram was signed for leadership and sixth-round pick Carlton Mitchell has plenty of upside with his blazing fast speed.
Although, until the young guns prove they can be relied upon, this will continue to be a weakness for the Browns.