Broncos won't be on Hard Knocks in 2018

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Since its debut in 2001, the series has given a behind-the-scenes look at National Football League teams' preparation for the upcoming season.

The storylines will certainly appeal to NFL fans, with the Browns coming off an 0-16 season, and Baker Mayfield, the top pick in the NFL Draft, in contention to be the starting quarterback.

Over the last four-plus years, the Browns have gone 4-49, and the record has not been much better since Dee and Jimmy Haslam officially purchased the team in October of 2012.

Only six teams were eligible for "Hard Knocks" this summer.

Jackson and Browns defensive coordinator Gregg Williams have both been on "Hard Knocks" - Jackson with the Cincinnati Bengals in 2013 and Williams with the Los Angeles Rams in 2016.

Whether Dorsey actually believes this is another matter but Ken Carman of 92.3 The Fan in Cleveland legitimately feels this is the flawless time for the Browns to be on the national stage.

"I've been a part of Hard Knocks and when you experience it first hand, you come to appreciate the inside look it really gives fans", Jackson said in a statement. There's the obvious intrigue about Mayfield, Jackson's tenuous hold on his job, and whether an organization with two winning seasons in almost two decades can finally turn things around.

Victor of 16 Sports Emmy (R) Awards to date, HARD KNOCKS launched with the Baltimore Ravens in 2001, followed by the Dallas Cowboys in 2002, and resumed in 2007 with the Kansas City Chiefs, subsequently spotlighting the Cowboys (2008), Cincinnati Bengals (2009), New York Jets (2010), Miami Dolphins (2012), Bengals (2013), Atlanta Falcons (2014), Houston Texans (2015) and Los Angeles Rams (2016).

The league announced Thursday that Cleveland will be featured on the five-part series this year.

A 30-person NFL Films crew will shoot more than 2,000 hours of footage over the course of the series.

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