Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 5/9/13
The Cleveland Browns are coming off a 2012 season where they only reached five wins as well as a 2013 draft class that only had five players taken and only two in the first five rounds.For Browns fans the 2013 season doesn’t seem too promising. When you have a quarterback battle between the likes of Brandon Weeden and Jason Campbell, you know it might be a long season.But thankfully we have the world of fantasy football to brighten the long weeks between wins for a team like the Browns.While the Browns only averaged 18.9 points per game last season, good enough for 24th in the league, they have some major playmakers as well as a couple of breakout stars on their team.In 2012 the Browns were more of a passing team, but that was likely because they found themselves down in most games. They were 13th in the league with 566 pass attempts, but only 27th in yards per attempt, showing the current futility in the passing attack.The Browns only rushed the ball 396 times, which placed them at 24th in the league. Overall that means they passed the ball on 58.8 percent of their plays which was the ninth most in the league. With a star back like Trent Richardson, that has to change some in 2013.The Browns have a brutal schedule in 2013. Six games against the rest of the AFC North will be tough and four more against the NFC North will literally give them a chance to go 0-10 against the North divisions. They have four more against the AFC East where they could get a couple of wins and also play the Chiefs and Jaguars. It won’t be an easy year.Let’s look at the core players on the team and their stats from last year.At quarterback the starting job is Brandon Weeden’s to lose, but Jason Campbell will give him a run for his money. Weeden finished 2012 with a respectable 3,400 yards but has only 14 scores compared to 17 picks. Weeden will need to show he can progress in 2013 to keep the role.The bright spot on the Browns' team is at running back. Trent Richardson had a great rookie season with over 1,300 total yards and 12 scores. The downside to his production was that he averaged less than 3.6 yards per carry, mostly because teams knew that the Browns didn’t have the passing attack to threaten them. Montario Hardesty backed up Richardson, but he is a weak handcuff even if Richardson were to go down.The Browns definitely have some strength in the youth of their wide receiver corps led by Josh Gordon. Gordon had 50 receptions for over 80 yards and five scores in his rookie campaign. He was aided by Greg Little who had 53 receptions of his own for nearly 650 yards and another four scores.In the offseason the Browns traded to get Davone Bess from the Dolphins. In 13 games with the Dolphins, Bess had 61 receptions for nearly 800 yards, but only found the end-zone once. A fourth option in the receiving core if Travis Benjamin. Benjamin is another second-year receiver. He added another 18 catches for 300 yards and a couple of scores for the Browns last year. Clearly this group has plenty of room to develop, but also the talent to take it to the next level.Ben Watson was the Browns' tight end in 2012, but he is now with the Saints. Jordan Cameron will be the starting tight end in his third NFL season. This adds even more youth for Brandon Weeden and company to work with. It is very rare to see so much youth on the offensive side of the ball, but maybe the Browns can use it to their advantage.Breakout Player: Jordan Cameron is the perfect fit for Norv Turner’s offense and should definitely be considered the breakout candidate for the Browns. With Watson gone and the Browns not selecting another tight end, they clearly are putting their faith in Cameron to continue his development at the position.Bust: Davone Bess isn’t playing against the AFC East anymore. He is the old man on the offense and while the Browns spent a draft pick to trade for him, Bess won’t even have the production he had in Miami. I think the Browns will be smart to let their younger players develop in what could be a 3-13 season.MVP: Clearly the MVP for this team will be Trent Richardson. Richardson has the skill set to easily carry the ball 300+ times and catch the ball 70-80 times. I wouldn’t be surprised if he was part of the conversation for MVP of the entire league in his second season. 
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