Looking at the enemy: Cleveland Browns

Looking at the enemy: Cleveland Browns
May 5, 2013, 9:45 pm
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Now that the schedule is set and the draft is over, it's time to take a closer look at each of the Ravens 2013 opponents.  Next up: The Cleveland Browns.

Weeks 2, 9: Cleveland Browns

Sunday, Sept. 15, 1 p.m., M&T Bank Stadium

Sunday, Nov. 3, 4:24 p.m., Cleveland Browns Stadium

2012 Record: 5-11

Key offseason losses: WR-KR Josh Cribbs; K Phil Dawson (to San Francisco); DE Frostee Rucker (to Arizona); TE Ben Watson (to Saints); 

Key additions: WR Davone Bess (trade with Dolphins), DT Desmond Bryant (from Oakland), QB Jason Campbell (from Chicago), OLB Quentin Groves (from Arizona), OLB Paul Kruger (from Baltimore), WR David Nelson (from Buffalo)

Top 5 draft picks: DE Barkevious Mingo (LSU, 1st round), CB Leon McFadden (San Diego State, 3rd round), S Jamoris Slaughter (Notre Dame, 6th round), DE Armonty Bryant (East Central (OK), 7th round), OT Garret Gilkey (Chadron State, 7th round)

Overview: The Browns could look dramatically different in 2013, beginning with the coaching staff. Rob Chudzinski, the Panthers' offensive coordinator the past two years, takes the helm for his first job as an NFL head coach. He's brought in Norv Turner as the offensive coordinator and Ray Horton as the defensive coordinator.

The Browns worked to upgrade their 23rd-ranked defense via free agency, signing former Ravens linebacker Paul Kruger, linebacker Quentin Groves and defensive tackle Desmond Bryant.

The Browns also went defensive in the draft, taking LSU defensive end Barkevious Mingo with their first pick. Overall, though, it was a thin draft for the Browns, who had only two picks in the first five rounds. They had no second-round pick after grabbing Josh Gordon in the supplemental draft last year, and then sent their fifth-round pick to the Dolphins in the trade for wide receiver Davone Bess. They also traded two other mid-round picks for higher picks next year.

Bess, who had 61 catches with the Dolphins last year, should help upgrade a passing attack. No one on the Browns had more than 53 receptions, and Browns receivers had huge problems with dropped passes.

Who, exactly, will lead the offense remains a question. Second-year quarterback Brandon Weeden is the incumbent, but the Browns brought in veteran Jason Campbell to compete for the job, and the jury is still out on whether either is the answer.