Detroit Lions 2012 Schedule Preview: Cleveland Browns

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Cleveland Browns mascot during a preseason game against the Detroit Lions at Cleveland Browns Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE

The Detroit Lions kick off their 2012 campaign with the annual Great Lakes Classic preseason game against the Cleveland Browns. I checked in with Steve DiMatteo, editor at Dawg Pound Daily, to get caught up on the state of the Browns and his expectations for the team in 2012.

My thanks to Steve for taking the time to answer my questions.

Zac Snyder: How do you think the Browns did in the draft?

Steve DiMatteo: That’s always tough to say in June, but it’s hard to argue with the Browns getting a running back with as much potential as Trent Richardson, not to mention at least attempting to improve the quarterback situation with Brandon Weeden. As of now, both have looked impressive in OTAs and minicamp, so the prospects of this draft are certainly promising.

Zac Snyder: Which position group or player needs to step up most for the Browns to have success in 2012?

SD: The wide receivers have to improve this season, most notably Greg Little, who will be coming off an impressive rookie campaign. The Browns did not go out and sign any receivers through free agency, so Little will be counted on to be a major contributor. The receiving corps is thin enough as it is, and if Little regresses, there won’t be much of an overall improvement from this offense.

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