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Browns 2017 opponent breakdown: Jets, Week 5

Posted Jul 17, 2017

Cleveland lost to New York, 31-28, last season

One by one, ClevelandBrowns.com is breaking down each of the Browns’ 2017 regular season opponents as training camp fast approaches.

Who: New York Jets

When: Oct. 8

Where: FirstEnergy Stadium

Series history: 12-11 (Jets 31, Browns 28 in 2016)

Way-too-early storyline(s): The Browns and Jets meet for the third consecutive season and second-straight time in FirstEnergy Stadium. Last year’s game saw Cleveland fall, 31-28, after building a 20-7 lead at halftime. Since then, the Jets parted ways with several key veterans — including wide receiver Brandon Marshall and quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick — and will rely on a several free agent signings and younger players to buoy them this season.

Key players to watch: DL Leonard Williams, RB Matt Forte, LB Darron Lee, DL Sheldon Richardson, DL Muhammed Wilkinson, LB Demario Davis, QB Josh McCown, SS Jamal Adams

What happened this offseason?

— The Jets parted ways with several key veteran contributors, including Fitzpatrick, Marshall, Eric Decker, Nick Mangold, David Harris and Darrelle Revis. They signed free agents such as former Browns quarterback Josh McCown and cornerback Morris Claiborne, who spent the past five seasons with the Cowboys.

— They used their first two NFL Draft picks on safeties Jamal Adams (sixth overall) and Marcus Maye (39th overall) to help shore up a secondary that finished middle of the pack (17th) last season. Adams, the former LSU star, was widely considered one of the best players in this year’s class.

— Cleveland and New York exchanged defenders this past spring, acquiring former first-round pick and safety Calvin Pryor in exchange for middle linebacker Demario Davis. Pryor is poised to compete for a starting job on the Browns offense while Davis returns to the Jets after one season in Cleveland.

— Speaking of former Browns, McCown — who spent the past two seasons in Cleveland — ​is currently considered the front runner to be New York's starting quarterback this fall. McCown passed for 1,100 yards, six touchdowns and six interceptions in five games last season. 

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