Cleveland Browns: 5 Players Most Affected by NFL Lockout
However, with the NFL lockout looming and a canceled NFL season possible, Browns players are left learning a new system without their coaches.
Along with the Cincinnati Bengals, the Browns are one of the teams most affected by this season's lockout as the team learns both a new offensive and defensive scheme under head coach Pat Shurmur.
The West Coast offense and 4-3 defense are new to Cleveland following Eric Mangini's departure and a summer of learning for the new players is key to the Browns success in 2011.
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Although Joe Haden had a very successful rookie season, including 64 total tackles, six interceptions and a forced fumble, the second-year cornerback would do well with another summer training camp, especially under the Browns' new 4-3 defensive scheme.
The 4-3 scheme generally uses four defensive backs, including two safeties and two cornerbacks. Haden is expected to be opposite Eric Wright as either the No. 1 or No. 2 and will be playing against top receivers from opposing teams.
The more responsibility placed on Haden is important to note when considering the lack of experience he will receive this summer.
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Every single Browns wide receiver could be placed on this list because of the timing that is involved in the West Coast offense.
However, rookie Greg Little may be affected most by the lockout because he has not played in two seasons. Little was suspended for the 2010 season at North Carolina after receiving improper benefits.
Little is expected to contribute immediately if he is physically able and he learns the offense. The year away from football may be worrying to some fans, but analysts have said Little would have been a first-round pick if he had not been suspended.
A summer working with quarterback Colt McCoy and a bit of maturing by Little may make him one of the draft's biggest steals.
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Montario Hardesty, much like Little, missed the entire 2010 season. However, Hardesty was out with a torn ACL, which he suffered in the Browns' first preseason game.
Hardesty, a second-round draft pick for the Browns out of Tennessee, will be expected to back up star running back and Madden cover athlete Peyton Hillis when Hillis becomes fatigued. Hillis is the team's biggest offensive threat and any injury to him could be very costly for the Browns.
Hardesty will be expected to step up in Hillis' absence, and a summer working out with the team and an injury-free season could make Hardesty a very solid backup.
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Another defensive starter affected by the team's move to a 4-3 defense, Ahtyba Rubin was one of the biggest surprises on the Browns defense in 2010.
Rubin, a fourth-year defensive tackle out of Iowa State, recorded 82 tackles, two sacks and an interception in 2010 and out-shined veteran tackle Shaun Rogers, who was released by the Browns this offseason.
Rubin's job on the Cleveland defense will be much different in 2011, as he will not play his most comfortable position of nose tackle.
This summer is crucial to Rubin expanding his game beyond nose tackle and becoming accustomed to the Browns defense.
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Colt McCoy is easily the No. 1 choice for the Browns player most affected by the potential lockout.
McCoy is the man in Cleveland, as team president Mike Holmgren and general manager Tom Heckert have placed their faith in the young quarterback for his second season in the NFL.
McCoy is holding players' only meetings this summer during the lockout, as he and the rest of the offense try to learn the new offense implemented by head coach Pat Shurmur.
Without his coaches, McCoy will be forced to learn the hardest position in sports on his own and it is hard to imagine the Browns succeeding without an impressive quarterback in McCoy.