Mostly unwatchable for several seasons Cheap Jihad Ward Jersey , the Cleveland Browns could become a summer TV sensation.

HBOs banking on it.

Its an underdog story, said network executive Peter Nelson. And people love rooting for underdogs.

Despite the Browns 0-16 record last season and dismal decades of futility for one of the leagues signature franchises, NFL Films insists the Browns are the team it wanted to feature most on Hard Knocks, the award-winning documentary series that takes fans behind the scenes for an in-depth look at the grind and the drama of training camp.

We got the team we wanted, said Ken Rodgers, NFL Films VP senior coordinating producer, our No. 1 pick, the Browns, to be on our show. We think its the right time with the right team.

Rodgers said the Browns were appealing on so many levels, but mostly because of their comeback story the climb to being competitive again is universal and strikes a chord with any sports fan.

We tell our kids that its not about how you get knocked down, its about how you get back up and this is a unique situation, having such turnover on the roster, of starting anew, with some old pieces, with some valuable new pieces, that we just felt will speak to a lot of fans, he said.

What we generally think of when we select a team is, who would the national audience be interested in finding out whats going on Authentic Preston Brown Jersey , whats going on with the team? And nationally now, the Browns are a big story, rightfully so.

Cleveland had one of the busiest offseasons of any team. The Browns traded for quarterback Tyrod Taylor and Pro Bowl wide receiver Jarvis Landry before selecting Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield with the first overall pick in the draft. Mayfields arrival has energized Clevelands fan base and created a national buzz about the Browns.

NFL Films is certain to train its cameras on the colorful Mayfield, whose on-field antics at Oklahoma earned him a bad-boy reputation.

During his opening remarks, Rodgers said he wanted to address the elephant in the room and seemed to be implying Mayfield.

I think a lot of people will be asking how much a certain someone will be featured, he said, and this position on a football team demands a lot of attention, and it has always been that way for Hard Knocks. So, yes, we definitely will be featuring head coach Hue Jackson.

Clevelands third-year coach previously appeared on Hard Knocks when he was on Cincinnatis staff in 2013. Jackson enjoyed the experience and said hes not worried about the added camera crews and attention around camp affecting the QB battle between Taylor and Mayfield.

Its a competition anyway, he said. Tyrods our starting quarterback. Bakers our No. 1 pick. Hes our quarterback of the future. Ive said that since this happened. I dont think that will change. I want those guys to be exposed for what they do, because I think our fans want to know them and what makes the tick. But at the same time, I dont think it should put any more pressure on what we need to do as a football team about whos playing quarterback for us.

Jackson plans to speak to his team about appearing on the show. He doesnt want anything to alter their focus in camp, and hes confident the Browns leaders will make sure players dont play up to the cameras.

Running back Duke Johnson fears some of his teammates may see the show as an opportunity for publicity.

I hope it doesnt really change much, but its easy to say that now theres no cameras here, he said following practice. I hope we dont have a lot of guys that turn into actors and try to be all Hollywood. If Hollywood is what you want to do after football, go for it.

Jackson made it clear he doesnt want HBOs cameras around next week when he makes good on his promise and jumps into Lake Erie.

No, please Kalen Ballage Jersey Elite , no, he said.

NOTES: Johnson said hes very optimistic that hell work out a contract extension with the team. Hes in the final year of his rookie deal. Its going well, he said. Its not going bad. This is kind of my first contract negotiation. Im not sure the timetable of when its supposed to be done, when it should be done, so were taking it one day at a time. Johnson led the team in catches (74) and yards receiving (693) last season.

Jason Licht says one valuable lesson he's learned in four years of running Tampa Bay's draft is to trust his instinct.

It worked well for the general manager when he selected Mike Evans No. 7 overall in 2014. And, he's confident the Buccaneers will land another impact player if the team stays put and picks seventh again this week.

"If there's a player that you really like and you feel very, very confident in, you shouldn't hesitate to take the player. Sometimes getting cute, moving back, can cost," Licht said.

"It goes back to how are you going to feel in bed at night after the first day, the second day? Are you going to feel good or are you going to feel bad that you passed an opportunity to take a guy that you really liked? ... Sometimes you can fall in love with a player too much, too, and mortgage your future and give up picks. We haven't done that, but I've restrained from doing that."

The Bucs addressed pressing needs to improve an anemic pass rush and bolster depth on the defensive line by trading for Jason Pierre-Paul and signing Beau Allen and Vinny Curry in free agency.

Nevertheless, Licht still has some holes to fill if Jameis Winston is going to lead the Bucs to their first playoff berth in more than a decade.

Minkah Fitzpatrick and Derwin James are highly regarded prospects Tampa Bay could consider for the seventh pick.

Marcus Davenport and tackle Vitea Vea might be possibilities, too, especially if Licht accepts an offer to trade down.

If there's one thing that stood out to Licht in studying film of the Super Bowl champion Eagles in evaluating Allen and Curry for free agency is that a team can never have too many pass rushers and run-stoppers.

Former Ravens center Ryan Jensen has been the biggest addition on offense this offseason. Running back Authentic Markus Wheaton Jersey , guard and tackle are positions Licht and coach Dirk Koetter may try to upgrade in later rounds.

Not that Licht is providing much insight into his plans.

With as many as three or, possibly, four quarterbacks under consideration to be selected early, this year's top 10 is difficult to project.

"I don't like picking at seven just because it means it's a repercussion of your season, the disappointment of the season before," Licht said.

"But, with Mike Evans it worked out. So hopefully it's a lucky number seven," the GM added. "There are enough players there, if no quarterback went above us, that we would be very excited about if we stayed put."


The Bucs were last in the NFL with 23 sacks last season. They haven't had a double-digit sack leader since Simeon Rice in 2005, which is one of the reasons they're so excited to have Pierre-Paul.

The hope is the presence of the former Giants star will help six-time Pro Bowl tackle Gerald McCoy raise his game to an even higher level. Third-year pro Noah Spence has shown flashes as a pass rusher, but has been injured most of his career.


While finding a running back capable of easing the burden on Winston to carry the offense is a priority, it's generally felt the Bucs would like to find more help on defense before eyeing a replacement for Doug Martin, who was released.

With Brent Grimes turning 35 this summer and Vernon Hargreaves III, a first-round pick two years ago, losing his starting job last season, it's important to strengthen the secondary.

Licht says he likes Fitzpatrick and James, though it remains to be seen how much. Both figure to be available if Tampa Bay picks seventh.

"The thing about Minkah is that he's played a lot of slot this year. He's played outside corner and in that slot position Cassius Marsh Jersey 49ers , (and) you can see some of the things that he would do at safety," Licht said. "He's a really smart guy and versatility is a great asset of his. ... We have a plan if he were the pick, what we'd do with it, what we'd do with him. We like the fact that he can do a lot of those things."

As for James: "He's also a versatile guy, but he's more of a strong safety," the GM said. "But he can also drop down in your sub packages and play linebacker. He's another good player."


The Bucs haven't made the playoffs since 2007 and haven't won a postseason game since the franchise's 2002 run to a Super Bowl title.

A spotty draft record is one of the reasons. Winston was the No. 1 overall pick three years ago and had a pair of 4,000-yard seasons passing before taking a step back, largely because injuries, in 2017.

Evans has topped 1,000 yards receiving four consecutive seasons and recently became one of the highest-paid receivers in the league. There have been notable misses over the past five years 鈥?none bigger than kicker Roberto Aguayo, selected in the second round in 2016.

He struggled as a rookie and was cut early in training camp the following year.

Licht hasn't had much success finding gems in later rounds, however middle linebacker Kwon Alexander has exceeded expectations, going from a fourth-round pick in 2015 to the Pro Bowl in his third season.