Cleveland Browns May Develop Enough Power To Compete With Ravens, Bengals

DETROIT - AUGUST 28: Jake Delhomme #17 of the Cleveland Browns rolls out and throws a pass as Ndamukong Suh #90 of the Detroit Lions pursues during the second quarter of the preseason game at Ford Field on August 28, 2010 in Detroit, Michigan. The Lions defeated the Browns 35-27. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
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Matthew WilderContributor ISeptember 7, 2010

The Cleveland Browns are not powerful enough to contend with Baltimore, Cincinnatti, and Pittsburgh. There is only one superstar and three outstanding players that we know for sure.

What we know is that Josh Cribbs, Joe Thomas, Eric Steinbach, and Shaun Rogers are for real. Can we say the same thing about Massaquio and Robiskie? Their skills may be improving, but it is time for them to put up stats in the regular season. It is nice to see that they are having a great preseason and training camp. However, the results need to reflect a great off-season.

The Browns added some nice names to the defense, notably Scott Fujita, Sheldon Brown, T.J. Ward, and Joe Haden. The defense should be a vastly improved unit this year.

Also, the Browns finally woke up and got themselves a much better quarterback in Jake Delhomme. Granted, he's no Brett Favre, but he is way better than Brady Quinn and Derek Anderson. Delhomme is no answer to Browns fans prayers, but it's hard to complain about having him. Also, former New England Patriots tight end Benjamin Watson is showed impressive skill in the preseason and it's been said he is Delhomme's favorite target.

The Baltimore Ravens acquired Anquan Boldin and T.J. Houshmanzadeh. So, adding big names to the Ravens offense will certainly complicate things. Also, They have an outstanding defense. Of course, the Ed Reed injury will slow them down a bit.

The Cincinnatti Bengals added Terrell Owens, which will give Carson Palmer a great target and make the Bengals offense one of the most prolific in the NFL.

If the Browns wide receivers can develop into oustanding receivers, the Browns could be a threat next year or in 2012. They do not have enough firepower at this point, but they are buidling. Hopefully, the receivers will be impressive enough to stay on the roster.

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