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Dolphins vs Browns primer: what to watch for from the Browns offense

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Davone Bess will square off against his old team

While looking ahead to this weekend’s game, I started thinking about how the Dolphins will get to see former Phin WR Davone Bess, traded to the Browns on the second day of the 2013 draft in exchange for basically a 5th round pick that Miami used to draft RB Mike Gillislee.

Although I’ll revisit the terms of the trade later in the article, my primary thoughts focused on what we should expect to see out of Bess and the Browns offense.

Bess is listed as the No 1 WR on the Browns depth chart with Josh Gordon (selected in last year’s supplemental draft) being injured. I started thinking about how it will be interesting to see where Cleveland lines Bess up: outside vs slot.

Joining Bess in the WR corps is Greg Little, Travis Benjamin, and Josh Cooper for a shallow 4 WR depth chart. Here’s the skinny on these guys, with their production from last year:

Name Height Weight 40 yard dash 2013 catches 2013 yards
Little 6’2″ 220 lbs 4.51 53 647
Benjamin 5’10″ 175 lbs 4.31 18 298
Cooper 5’10″ 190 lbs 4.65 8 108

New Browns offensive coordinator Norv Turner is nostranger torunningaproductive offense, relying on his version of the Air Coryell scheme. We should expect to see QB Weeden take more 5 to 7 step drops with the outside receivers stretching the field. Keep an eye out for WR Benjamin’s 4.31 blazing speed coming off the bench to really attack the field vertically.We should also watch for 3rd year TE Jordan Cameron to have a big game if you remember how Jay Novacek was a big weapon for Turner during his Dallas days. 6’5″ 245 lbs, Cameron only had 20 catches for 226 yards last year. However, Cameron has the speed to be a real threat with a 4.53 40 yard dash time, and was praised for his production this preseason.Meanwhile #3 pick RB Trent Richardson will get the ball a LOT. Turner’s scheme typically relies on interior counters with mobile lineman.

Remember this: Turner was the offensive coordinator when Miami acquired Ricky Williams and proceeded to have him rush for almost 400 carries in 2002 and 2003, with 2002 producing an 1800 yard season.

What does this mean for the Dolphins? First, Miami’s usually stout rush defense must make sure that Richardson doesn’t get going. If Richardson is successful that will open up the passing game. We know the DL should do it’s job, but it will be interesting to see how Miami’s new LBs Ellerbe and Wheeler contribute.

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Fin LBs must contain the Brown’s TEs

Second, with Weeden taking deeper drops that should give Wake, Vernon, and Jordan the opportunities to pressure him. I don’t think the Browns WR corps will strike fear into too many opponents, but there is some talent there to be effective.

Most importantly however, the Dolphins defense has routinely been vulnerable to athletic TEs, so the most significant match-up very well may be stopping Cameron. With the defense keying on Richardson and the wide receivers pressing the edges, Cameron is going to get opportunities.

Revisiting the terms of the Bess trade:Browns give up 4th round pick (No 104) + 5th round pick (No. 164)
Miami gives up 4th round pick (No 111) + 7th round pick (No 127) + WR Davone Bess.


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