Cleveland Browns GM John Dorsey may not have wanted his team to be featured on HBO's hit reality series "Hard Knocks", but the National Football League didn't seem to care because they picked them anyway. "We're looking forward to partnering with HBO and NFL Films to show how our team is working hard at training camp to prepare for the 2018 season". There are plenty of story lines - Coach Hue Jackson on the hot seat with a 1-31 record, first overall draft pick quarterback Baker Mayfield and the recovery of wide receiver Josh Gordon to name a few.
Six teams were eligible this year, and the network apparently chose Cleveland over San Francisco, Denver, San Diego, Baltimore and Washington.
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.
Beyond the presence of Mayfield, the brash Heisman Trophy victor, the Browns should provide a fair dose of intriguing storylines, from coach Hue Jackson, who is 1-31 in two seasons in Cleveland, to the additions of quarterback Tyrod Taylor and wide receiver Jarvis Landry.
"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 said in a statement. "Hue and I both feel like this team is in a good place and that we are in the process of building something that will lead to success". Williams appeared on the program in 2017 during his time with the Los Angeles Rams.
The league announced Thursday that Cleveland will be featured on the five-part series this year.
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HARD KNOCKS: TRAINING CAMP WITH THE CLEVELAND BROWNS will be narrated by Liev Schreiber.