The Browns should get a good idea of how far they’ve come in the third preseason game this summer.
The Browns, who went 0-16, will host the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles on Aug. 23 in the traditional dress rehearsal game in which the starters play the most.
The 8 p.m. game will be broadcast nationally by Fox.
The preseason schedule was announced Wednesday. The Browns play at the New York Giants (Aug. 9-13), host Buffalo (Aug. 16-20) and Philadelphia, then finish the exhibition season in Detroit (Aug. 31-Sept. 1).
Specific dates and times for the other three games will be announced soon.
The league is expected to release the regular-season schedule by the end of the month.
Cleveland will have a new television broadcasting crew for the preseason in Jay Crawford and Tim Couch, the former Browns quarterback who was the No. 1 overall pick in 1999. They will replace Mike Patrick and Solomon Wilcots on News 5 (WEWS) for the three games not on Fox.
Jim Donovan and Doug Dieken will continue to call the preseason and regular season on the team’s radio network.
Crawford is a Cleveland fan and spent the past decade working at ESPN. Couch said he hasn’t been back in Cleveland since he played.
“I’m super excited about it,” Couch said. “It’s going to be nice to get back up there and be around the organization again.
“The fans are tremendous. They’re some of the best fans in pro football.”