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Browns announce 2018 captains

The Browns announced quarterback Tyrod Taylor, offensive lineman Joel Bitonio, punter Britton Colquitt, linebacker Christian Kirksey and defensive end Myles Garrett as captains for their 2018 season.

Coach Hue Jackson broke the news Wednesday following the team's practice as it prepared for Sunday's season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

"All of those guys were voted on by their teammates," he said. "I think those are the guys that they see who demonstrate leadership qualities on and off the field. I let the players make that choice, and those are the guys that they picked."

Taylor, named the team's starting quarterback in March, has been something of a tone-setter since he was traded to Cleveland following three seasons in Buffalo. A 2015 Pro Bowler, Taylor gives the Browns arguably their best quarterback in two decades.

Bitonio, who earned Pro Bowl alternate honors last season, enters his fifth year with the team.

Colquitt, a 10-year veteran, enters his third season with the Browns and second as a captain.

Kirksey, who enters his fifth season with Cleveland and second as a captain, has been one of the Browns' most vocal leaders on and off the field.

Garrett, the former first overall pick, enters his second season with Cleveland and is expected to be one of the team's most dominant players.