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NFL Preseason Preview Capsules: AFC

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AFC North: Cleveland Browns

OPEN CAMP: July 26, Berea, Ohio.

LAST YEAR: Browns dropped 10 of last 11 for sixth straight season of at least 11 losses. Coach Rob Chudzinski was fired immediately, front office was dismissed in February. Cleveland started 3-2, but QB Brian Hoyer's season-ending knee injury sent team into spiral. Positives were six Pro Bowlers, and WR Josh Gordon led league in yards receiving.

IMPORTANT ADDITIONS: Coach Mike Pettine; offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan; QB Johnny Manziel; RBs Ben Tate and Terrance West; WRs Miles Austin, Nate Burleson and Andrew Hawkins; LB Karlos Dansby; Ss Donte Whitner and Justin Gilbert; OLs Paul McQuistan and Joe Bitonio; TE Jim Dray.

IMPORTANT LOSSES: LBs D'Qwell Jackson and Quentin Groves; S T.J. Ward; WRs Greg Little and Davone Bess; QBs Brandon Weeden and Jason Campbell; G Shawn Lauvao.

CAMP NEEDS: Hoyer will try to hold off Manziel, a first-round pick, for starting job. Hoyer left spring minicamp with lead, but Pettine warned his advantage wasn't ''insurmountable'' for Johnny Football. Browns still awaiting clarity from league on Gordon, who could be facing one-year ban for substance abuse. Hard to imagine Cleveland's offense without him.

EXPECTATIONS: Pettine has to prevent first camp from turning into circus. Wildly popular Manziel will draw big crowds and constant questions about QB competition. If Gordon is suspended, Browns have to hope Austin can return to form with Dallas before assorted leg injuries. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)



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