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Ten things: A football nerd’s guide to the 2020 Cleveland Browns

At this time last year, there was considerable hype surrounding the Cleveland Browns. Baker Mayfield was coming off of a promising rookie season. The team had acquired Odell Beckham Jr. and hired Freddie Kitchens. It had young, talented players like Nick Chubb and Myles Garrett to build around. The future, for the first time in a while, seemed bright.

True Browns fans seemed guarded and uncomfortable. They had been sold on hope before only to be disappointed. And they were wise not to buy in this time. Kitchens was a disaster, Mayfield regressed, Beckham was a non-factor, and the Browns missed out on the playoffs for the 17th straight season. They’ve finished third or fourth in the AFC North for 12 straight years and haven’t made it past the first round of…

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