Browns Selected as Featured Team for 2018 Season of 'Hard Knocks'

ImageThe Browns shown at minicamp this month will be the subject of the “Hard Knocks”

ImageThe Browns shown at minicamp this month will be the subject of the “Hard Knocks”

Last January, Jackson said he wanted no part of the popular HBO and NFL Films docu-series, which takes fans behind the scenes in training camp, including meetings with players getting cut.

The Browns have turned down previous opportunities to be on the award-winning series. We want to be great partners in this league, and we also recognize HARD KNOCKS gives fans a special opportunity to learn more about our team and players.

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

"HARD KNOCKS returns with 91 football players determined to fulfill their NFL dreams, yet only 53 will succeed", says Peter Nelson, executive vice president, HBO Sports.

"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, who experienced Hard Knocks as running backs coach with the Bengals in 2013, said in a release. That was evident from the moment he was hired last December, remained the case throughout the pre-draft process when no one outside the organization knew that Baker Mayfield was the target with the No. 1 pick, and was reiterated earlier this month when Dorsey spoke about the possibility of the Browns being on HBO's "Hard Knocks" later this summer. Everyone work hard and try not to get a staph infection? "We are excited about what we are building within our organization and feel good about the progress we have made this offseason". He softened that in the same interview, saying if it happens, "I'm OK with it".

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

In 2017, "Hard Knocks" was in Tampa Bay with the Buccaneers and two years ago, HBO tracked the Rams in their first year in Los Angeles. Teams who have recently earned playoff berths immediately following their appearance on HARD KNOCKS include the Bengals (2009, 2013), Jets (2010) and Houston Texans (2015).

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