Browns to be featured on new season of Hard Knocks


ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Browns have been selected for this season of Hard Knocks.

The Browns have two first round draft picks, in the form of Heisman victor Baker Mayfield and Northeast Ohio native Denzel Ward.

This summer, it will be a "Hard Knocks" life in Cleveland.

"Like many, I was reluctant about being the featured team on Hard Knocks but once we sat down and talked about it as an organization, I feel a lot better and understand why the time is right", Dorsey in a statement.

Although they've won only one game the past two seasons under coach Hue Jackson, the Browns see the show as a possibility to highlight some of their younger players and put a positive spin on their rebuild.

Jackson was the running backs coach in Cincinnati when the Bengals were on "Hard Knocks", so he will be able to prepare his players for what to expect.

"I don't think there's anything good that comes out of Hard Knocks, but we'll see", Dorsey said. 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. Last season, HBO's cameras followed the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who went on to post a disappointing 5-11 record, good enough for last place in the NFC South.

A 30-person NFL Films crew will shoot more than 2,000 hours of footage over the course of the series. New York's Daily News termed it "the gold standard of sports reality programming", while espnW wrote, "The return of the National Football League season also means the return of one of the best shows on television, HARD KNOCKS".

Cleveland is the 13th franchise to participate in "Hard Knocks", which began in 2001 with the Baltimore Ravens.