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Things to Know about Cleveland Browns

A few things to know about the Browns ahead of their game with the Buccaneers.


1. The Browns are looking for their first preseason victory.
Cleveland has suffered narrow defeats in both of their preseason games so far. The team opened against Washington and fell, 20-17, before losing, 11-10, to Buffalo last week. The Browns have allowed 599 yards to their opponents while gaining 402 and are -1 in the turnover ratio.

2. Joe Haden is a fan of Jameis Winston.
Haden, one of the NFL's best corners, spoke to the media on Thursday and had nothing but positive things to say about Winston. "I liked him a whole lot in college, his poise," Haden said. "He can make all the throws. I haven't really seen too much of him in preseason, but I think he has everything it takes to be a franchise quarterback in the league." Haden has struggled with injuries this preseason, but believes he will be ready to go on Saturday.

3. Johnny Manziel won't play.
The second-year quarterback will miss Saturday's game, according to Head Coach Mike Pettine, but might still suit up. "We don't anticipate him playing Saturday," Pettine said. "Would be more of an emergency role and then look for him to play some of the game next week.

4. Thad Lewis will likely work with the second-team at quarterback.
Josh McCown will start, but with Manziel out, Lewis is expected to get the second-team reps. Lewis is looking for a long-term home after playing for five different NFL teams since entering the league as an undrafted free agent in 2010.

5. Duke Johnson will make his NFL debut in his home state.
Johnson, a former standout at the University of Miami, is expected to take the field for his first NFL game after missing a chunk of time with a hamstring injury. The running back was the team's third-round pick, No. 77 overall. According to Pettine, he's looked "explosive" in practice so far.

The Browns' projected starters, according to the team's unofficial depth chart as of August 24, 2015.

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