This off-season the Browns started under their new regime with Joe Banner, Mike Lombardi and Rob Chudzinski under new owner Jimmy Haslam. The Browns had a large amount of cap space and all but their 2nd round pick in the draft. To say that the Browns had assets to make changes to their team is a understatement. Moves that were made were highly impactful on the win Sunday against the Vikings.
Signing Brian Hoyer
The Browns brought in Jason Campbell as the veteran to compete with Brandon Weeden for the starting position. At the start of the off-season Hoyer was given a second round tender by the Arizona Cardinals making him a restricted free agent. Some wondered if the Browns, with GM Mike Lombardi verbalizing his admiration for Hoyer’s skills in the past, would make an offer to Arizona to sign Hoyer. Instead the Cardinals traded for Carson Palmer, which so far hasn’t worked out great in Arizona, and removed the tender offer on Hoyer. The Browns brought Hoyer in and signed him to a 2 year contract. Bringing the local boy home paid off in Week 3 against the Vikings. If not Hoyer, Campbell with his slow release would of replaced the slow release Weeden.
Signing Desmond Bryant
Prior to this season most fans outside of Oakland had no clue who Bryant was, until the picture. Bryant was arrested for a substance related incident where he tried to break into a home that he thought was his, but was not. The ensuing picture was not pretty but everyone has seen it. Today he is getting to be known for his play on the field. Bryant has graded out well in all 3 games but in the win Bryant helped set the edge against the run and pushed the pocket on pass plays. Bryant is starting to get double teams which allows rush linebackers to get to the QB. Bryant ended Sunday’s win sacking Christian Ponder.
Sticking with Jordan Cameron
Prior to these 3 weeks Cameron was as known around the league as Bryant. Going into the season nationally Cameron was known by fantasy football owners as a possible “breakout” player. Now Cameron is known as a solid tight end in the Norv Turner offense. Tight ends are always very important in Tuner led offenses. Many this off-season called for bringing in Fred Davis, Dustin Keller and others to give the team a solid veteran tight end. In the end the Browns chose to stick with Cameron instead of giving the job to someone else. Cameron has made the most of it and has solidified his position in Cleveland and is starting to rise up the tight end rankings in the NFL.
What other moves impacted this game to you? Vikings fans what moves did your team make, or not make, that kept the game closer then maybe it should of been?