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Best Hope for the Browns 

Skilled Skills Players

Don't get us wrong: Hiring a coach players actually like was a good start. But in the end, it's players who make a team suck, and this year, the suck-factor on the Browns' roster is way down - especially among players who actually get their hands on the ball. Antonio Bryant, the explosive receiver who came from Dallas last year, emerged during training camp as a legitimate No. 1 threat. The team's two top running backs - Lee Suggs and Reuben Droughns - will challenge each other for carries and give each other much-needed breathers, especially against rivals in the slog-it-out AFC North. And at quarterback? Trent Dilfer has been a model of mediocrity his entire career, and this year should be no different. But after last season's subpar, four-win season, mediocrity would be an improvement.


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