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Season Preview: Week 1 Vs. Browns


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Doug Pederson's tenure as head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles begins at home against the Cleveland Browns, who have once again hit the reset button with hopes of ending a streak of 13 straight seasons without a playoff appearance.

Mike Pettine was fired after going 10-22 in two seasons as the Browns' head coach. Cleveland tapped into one of its AFC North rivals and hired former Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson to take over the reins. While this is Pederson's first stint as a head coach, Jackson held that role for one season with the Oakland Raiders and went 8-8 in 2011.

The Browns' front office was also revamped as former baseball executive Paul DePodesta was named the team's chief strategy officer. DePodesta is implementing an approach to scouting and player evaluation that relies heavily on analytics. The initial assessment of the roster was that there were not a lot of pieces worth keeping around. Four starters who hit the open market in free agency all signed with new teams - wide receiver Travis Benjamin, safety Tashaun Gipson, center Alex Mack and tackle Mitchell Schwartz.

Who will be the starting quarterback for the Browns when these two teams meet on September 11? The Browns signed former No. 2 overall pick Robert Griffin III, who the Eagles know well from his time in Washington. Last year's starter, Josh McCown, posted some decent numbers, but could not stay healthy and ended the season on Injured Reserve with a broken collarbone. And everyone knows the story with Johnny Manziel, who was released in March.

The Browns had the opportunity to select their quarterback of the future with the No. 2 overall pick in this year's draft, but dealt the selection to the Eagles. Cleveland traded down again in the first round and did not make a pick until wide receiver Corey Coleman was chosen with the 15th overall pick. In all, the Browns acquired 14 new players in the draft in an effort to infuse young talent for a squad that ranked 30th in the league in points scored and 29th in points allowed in 2015.

Cleveland Browns
Key Additions Key Losses
Head coach Hue Jackson CB Johnson Bademosi
WR Corey Coleman WR Travis Benjamin
LB Demario Davis WR Dwayne Bowe
QB Robert Griffin III LB Karlos Dansby
FS Rahim Moore TE Jim Dray
CB Jamar Taylor FS Tashaun Gipson
LB Justin Tuggle WR Brian Hartline
C Alex Mack
QB Johnny Manziel
LB Craig Robertson
T Mitchell Schwartz

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