Cleveland Browns will take center stage on HBO’s ‘Hard Knocks’

HBO Sports announced Thursday morning that the 13th season of its ballyhooed behind-the-scenes look at an NFL team will feature the Cleveland Browns, who are coming off an 0-16 season and recently drafted Oklahoma product Baker Mayfield with the No. 1 overall pick in last month’s draft.

The season premiere will air at 10 p.m. on Aug. 7.

Earlier this month, Dorsey told ESPN Cleveland 850, the Browns’ radio affiliate, that, “I don’t think there’s anything good that comes out of Hard Knocks,” according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer. But in a statement Thursday, he said that, “I feel a lot better and understand why the time is right.”

It’s not only just a different playbook, but it’s a different game plan each week too this time of year. That’s what is so important about OTAs and training camp. That’s the foundation of your playbook, where the verbiage, how you package everything together, protections, concepts, run plays and the play action, how it all ties together. Then every week it’s a different game plan from that foundation throughout the summer. When you miss that foundation, it’s tough.

This offseason, they’ll lay that foundation.

Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook didn’t have a chance to finish strong as a rookie. Instead, his maiden NFL season abruptly ended when he tore his ACL in Week 4.

Through those four games, the second-round pick out of Florida State ranked third in the league with 444 scrimmage yards while averaging a splendid 4.8 yards per carry.

In April, Vikings athletic trainer Eric Sugarman told Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press that Cook has “knocked the rehab out of the park.” He adding that Cook will participate in OTAs—which get underway next week—”on a limited basis.”

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