Cause for optimism in Cleveland despite losing start

Perhaps predictably, their bye week (week 4) finds the Cleveland Browns with a losing 1-2 record, but does that tell the whole story ?

The Browns started the 2014 season buoyed by the arrival of new QB Johnny Manziel. However, after being comprehensively outplayed by returning veteran Brian Hoyer in pre-season, Johnny Football has found himself riding the Cleveland bench, receiving just a handful of opportunities, primarily on gimmick plays.

Despite this (and their two defeats), there has been much cause for optimism from the Browns’ performances, not least the emergence of a running game and the play of a much changed and maligned receiving corps.

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