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Browns 2016 training camp position breakdown: Specialists

With two days left until the Browns open training camp on Friday, we're ready to put a wrap on our position breakdowns.

Last but not least, let's look at Cleveland's specialists.


The cast

Andy Lee

Travis Coons

Charley Hughlett

Patrick Murray

What happened at OTAs? Hue Jackson challenged special teams coordinator Chris Tabor to make the unit "second to none" and we saw the Browns start to lay the foundation for tackling such a challenge during offseason workouts.

Under the radar: It should be interesting to see how Murray, whom the Browns signed earlier this summer, competes with Travis Coons at the kicker position. Before an injury sidelined him for the 2015 season, the former Buccaneer knocked 20-of-24 field goal attempts (including five from 50-plus yards out) and made all 21 of his PATs in 2014. He finished the season by making 13 straight attempts.

Variables to consider:What's in store for Coons in Year 2? The second-year kicker made history by making his first 18 field goal attempts (the longest streak in NFL history to begin a career), knocking down a game-winner to beat Baltimore in overtime, and connecting on 28-of-32 tries. On the flipside, Coons had four long-range kicks blocked and, as such, has worked on improving his lift in the offseason. Another variable to consider: what kind of roles will Raheem Mostert and Justin Gilbert, who fielded kicks and punts in 2015, have this season when it comes to the return game. Mostert had 19 returns for 530 yards and Gilbert averaged 28.3 yards on 12 returns.

Quote to note: "Coach has challenged our special teams to be second to none, and that's exciting for myself and our staff to be able to take that challenge head on. With regards to the steps that we are doing and the process in regards to watching tape, how can we get better and all of those things and now you are kind of beginning to get into the draft, we are doing those things, but we are also understanding 'this' is what Coach Jackson wants, 'this' is the style of special teams that he wants to play. We might have to adjust some things in those areas, but that is exciting to me because you are growing as a coach." — Special teams coordinator Chris Tabor

How many were kept last year? Three on the 53-man roster (not including returners) ​

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