What is Going on Just Before the First Game
There has been multiple practices, as well as an intra-squad scrimmage now for the orange and brown. In that timeframe several members of this franchise have gone through some highs and lows. The depth chart of this roster is shuffling and some tough decisions will have to be made soon by Sashi Brown and Hue Jackson. In the meantime, the team is gearing up for the Saints next Thursday – so what has been going on prior to this meeting?
Myles Ahead of the Reserves
Rookie defensive end Myles Garrett is shooting up the depth chart, as the athlete is now in line for a starting role. While this was expected, it was good to hear that the number one overall selection is actually earning his spot on this starting unit. I look forward to him competing against guys with different colored uniforms next Thursday. Additionally, I am eager to see how this allows Emmanuel Ogbah to play more freely – granted that opportunity might not come until September.
There has been ample coverage by the Browns’s media mentioning that quarterback Cody Kessler is not lighting the world on fire in practice (or the team scrimmage). The second year pro has allowed himself to be sacked on multiple occasions, as well as missing his targets on occasions. I would not be surprised to see him third on the depth chart for the signal callers (provided all three guys are kept). Regardless of who starts, I just would like the quarterback for the Cleveland Browns do well this fall – for a change.
Outside of a couple of drives in the first practices of camp, the Browns’ defense is showing their counterparts a thing or two. Again, this was to be expected – but I would have anticipated a bit more resistance from the offensive unit. Perhaps one of the quarterbacks will step up, take the starting role, and find his rhythm in this offense. Thus in turn, he would be able to finally excel against this defense.
Conclusion: While I will not have an analysis against the Saints in the preseason – I am hoping the Browns get their issues out of the way early. I want them to avoid sloppy plays and to witness some flashes on both sides of the ball. Seeing a kicker step up in this game wouldn’t be the worst thing either.