Looking forward to the 2009 season, the Cleveland Browns are just looking to be able to contend in the league.
Predictions for the team haven't been very positive as far as critics are concerned, and they maybe correct, but let's look at some possible predictions for this season.
1. Brady Quinn Will Be Named the Starter
This isn't a very bold prediction given the fact that Mangini said he has an edge over Anderson, but a prediction none the less. Brady Quinn is the hometown hero, and it would be a shame to not give him a fair chance, the SS Anderson has sailed, and frankly he isn't suited to be the starter in Cleveland.
2. Braylon Returns to Pro Bowl Form
This is purely speculation, but Edwards is in a contract year, and whether he returns to Cleveland or not, he is going to want to play well in hopes of getting a big contract somewhere.
Edwards has big play potential, but didn't have the season fans had hoped for in 2008. Look for 2009 to be big for the former Michigan standout.
3. Brian Robiskie Will Not be the No. 2
Let's set this straight, Robiskie will play, a lot, but not as the number 2. He has all the skills to be a perfect slot receiver, much like Joe Jurevicious was. He possesses great hands, and great route running ability, however he lacks the top end speed you would want out of your top receivers.
Another bold prediction is that Massaquoi will grab the No. 2 receiver spot.
4. 6th rounder James Davis Makes a Name
It's time to come to grips that Jamal Lewis won't be the feature back much longer. Davis is a big, hard-nosed back that can fill the shoes of Lewis. He is being groomed as an eventual replacement, and look for a good rookie season out of him, don't rule him out from being the 2010 starting back.
5. Josh Cribbs will THROW for at Least Five Touchdowns
The wildcat offense is being beaten like a dead horse, I get it, but the Browns may have the tools to run it efficiently. Josh Cribbs will take probably 20-25% of the snaps at the QB position, and with Jerome Harrison as the shifty speedy back, there is a ton of potential here.
Obviously this is just all speculation, and I take away nothing from any player mentioned in the article, or any other player on the roster. The Browns may not be poised for a title run, but a solid draft in 2009 may help the Browns at least contend in the division this season.