Not many teams actually want to be on Hard Knocks. New Browns general manager John Dorsey made it clear earlier in May that he was no exception.
“I don’t think there’s anything good that comes out of Hard Knocks, but we’ll see,” he said on ESPN Cleveland 850.
When the announcement was made, Dorsey tried his best to play nice.
In addition to drafting Mayfield first overall and trading for Taylor, the Browns acquired a slew of new pieces this offseason, including fourth overall pick Denzel Ward, wide receiver Jarvis Landry, cornerback Damarious Randall, running back Carlos Hyde and second-round runner Nick Chubb.
I think we’re all excited about him, and we think he can be a star, general manager Brett Veach said of Ragland last month, per the team’s official website. “We were very fortunate to be able to execute that trade.”
Ragland is a high-instinct sure-tackler who was the 2015 SEC Defensive Player of the Year at Alabama. He has the ability to make a major impact, but he’s rarely been healthy thus far in his career.
He is now, though, and we should see plenty of him in May and June.
Jackson claims to have “a different build” after spending time working on his size and strength this offseason, according to Jim Wyatt of the team’s official website. That could help as he fights for reps with new arrival Malcolm Butler and returning veteran Logan Ryan, both of whom are getting paid big bucks.
What’s more, all three of the team’s top corners will be adjusting to a new defense under incoming defensive coordinator Dean Pees.
Even with that looming cloud, there has yet to be an overwhelming urgency that galvanizes owners into some kind of decision. They failed to find common ground in meetings in November. They kicked the entire conversation down the road in March.