Davone Bess’ new team meets his old team in the Sept. 8 season opener at FirstEnergy Stadium.

He’s leaving the one with the second-year starting quarterback and recent history of losing seasons, rotating head coaches and offensive coordinators to join the one with the second-year starting quarterback and recent history of losing seasons, rotating head coaches and offensive coordinators.

In other words, Bess should feel right at home with the Browns after spending the last five years as a Miami Dolphin. Absent a few palm trees and a season of HBO's Hard Knocks, the 27-year-old veteran is walking into a similar environment.

“Me being in Miami, we had up and down seasons as well,” Bess said. “I went to the playoffs my rookie year (2008) and haven’t been back since. I still have the fire. I still want to go to the postseason. I understand it’s not an easy thing to do, so I’m excited.”

In Cleveland, Bess will be playing for his third head coach and fourth offensive coordinator since the start of 2010 season. Few newcomers to the organization can relate to such drastic change. It gives Bess an immediate bond with the likes of Joe Thomas and D’Qwell Jackson.

But the Browns hope it’s with their youngsters, particularly the receivers, that Bess develops relationships and influences work habits. Meticulous preparation and precise route running have transformed an undrafted free agent into one of the NFL’s most productive third-down pass catchers.

He's recorded 130 third-down receptions, second-most in the NFL over the past five years to Atlanta's Roddy White.

“It’s almost as if that’s what the league has come to – solid slot guys especially for third downs and red-zone opportunities,” Bess said. “I don’t wrestle with the term or labeling of ‘slot receiver.’ I’m a receiver and my job is to get open and catch balls.”

Bess might be the most underrated addition in an offseason of significant change in Berea. He’s looked comfortable and efficient in coordinator Norv Turner’s offense.