Linebackers Andra Davis and Leon Williams should comprise one of the only camp battles as they fight it out for one of the interior spots.
Linebacker Willie McGinest has seen his statistics drop each of the last two seasons. His 30 tackles in 2007 were his lowest 2001, and his three sacks were his lowest since 1997. Since joining the Browns, he has been bothered by calf, ankle and back injuries.
Coming on strong
One of the bigger surprises last season was the emergence of quarterback Derek Anderson. He finished the season ranked in the top 10 in passing yards (3,787) and touchdown passes (29). With the offense the Browns have, Anderson has the chance to equal, if not exceed, his numbers from 2007, although he must prove that he’s not a one-year wonder.
On the rebound
After a terrific rookie season, linebacker Kamerion Wimbley saw his sack total get more than halved last season, from 11 sacks in 2006 to five. His tackles also went down in 2007. Wimbley should get a boost from Cleveland’s revamped defensive line this season.
It has been a real struggle for defensive back Gary Baxter over the past few seasons. He played in only five games in 2005 and three in 2006 because of a pectoral injury as well as injuries to both knees, which caused him to miss all of last season.
Offensive/defensive scheme changes
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