Browns to be featured team on HBO's 'Hard Knocks,' report says

Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield

Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield

Because the Broncos have not made the playoffs over the last two years and they do not have a new head coach, the team was eligible to be forced to be featured on "Hard Knocks" this summer, a show that follows an National Football League team through training camp.

"Hard Knocks", which debuted with the Ravens in 2001, focuses on the daily lives of the team's players and coaches as they prepare for the upcoming season. With two new quarterbacks including the No. 1 overall pick and a coach with a 1-31 record over the last two years, it is not a surprise HBO went with the Browns. May.

Dorsey said last month the Browns saw no merit in being part of the documentary series.

If any team knows hard knocks, it's the Cleveland Browns.

Jackson and Browns defensive coordinator Gregg Williams have both been on "Hard Knocks" - Jackson with the Cincinnati Bengals in 2013 and Williams with the Los Angeles Rams in 2016.

The Browns will appear on Hard Knocks coming off an 0-16 season (which followed a 1-15 season), and the franchise's attempt to build itself back up will surely be a dominant theme on the show. "This will be a great opportunity for our team".

The league announced Thursday that Cleveland will be featured on the five-part series this year.

"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", says general manager John Dorsey.

HARD KNOCKS: TRAINING CAMP WITH THE CLEVELAND BROWNS will be narrated by Liev Schreiber. Camera and sound crews will have total access to players' and coaches' meeting rooms, training rooms, as well as living quarters and practice fields.

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