In this week’s edition of The Hill, the first team staff members of the Cleveland Browns organization will gather to help plan the team’s new hires and prepare for the team to officially take the field on January 1.
Here are five things to know before the team officially begins.
The first team roster will be comprised of only first- and second-year players, who will be recruited by the team through the first-team staff.
In other words, the Browns will not be relying on free agents to fill the position.
In fact, the majority of the team will not have any rookies on the roster.
“We are looking for first-year guys to fill positions and we want to keep those guys around,” head coach Hue Jackson said.
The Browns are expected to use their first-round draft pick on a wide receiver, defensive tackle and tight end, who can be utilized as pass-rushers.
The team will be recruiting college players to fill key roles in the first season.
“This is our first year,” head trainer/assistant head coach Chris Moore said.
“Our staff is very good.
We have a great group.
We are not in the position where we have a lot of free agents.
We’re going to try to keep our core players here.”
Moore added, “We have to look at the best available free agents.”
Moore said he believes the team has the right people to fill certain roles.
“It will depend on who they are,” Moore said of the free agents the team is targeting.
Players will not attend all practices.
“They are not going to be in the locker room,” Moore added.
“I think they will be able to attend practice but they will not practice.”
The players will not go on the field with their team-issued jersey.
Moore said players will wear their own jersey to practice but won’t wear the Browns team logo on the jersey.
Moore indicated that the team would not use a team uniform that was designed for a player to wear during the first practice of the season.
The uniform will be customized by the player.
“There are some things that we don’t like about the uniforms that we would love to change,” Moore explained.
“One of them is the knee pads are not right.
We want to make sure we have that right.
And we want them to be comfortable.
The other thing is the jersey is not the right size for what the player is wearing.”
In addition to the uniforms, Moore said the Browns would use the uniforms for pregame ceremonies and games.
The player will wear a jersey that is at least 14 inches long, 14 inches wide and 10 inches deep.
In addition, Moore stressed the team wants players to be wearing their own gear.
“When you go out and practice, you need to wear your own gear,” Moore continued.
“So it will be different for everybody.
But it is something that we are looking at and we will be very careful about that.”
5-year NFL veteran Matt Bowen is a national college football analyst for FOX Sports.
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The Associated Press contributed to this report.