Cleveland Browns: What is Going on Prior to their Next Game
Last contest was not pretty, but it was a victory for the Browns nonetheless. Having said that, in addition to some solid plays made by the team – the first half of the contest was less than stellar. Can this be blamed on poor play by one guy? Certainly that is not the case, but a handful of guys should be concerned heading into next Monday’s game against the Giants.
Cam’s Gotta Go
Former first round draft pick Cameron Erving simply is not cutting it; no matter which position he is playing on the offensive line – the athlete has been largely underwhelming. Committing Penalties, allowing defenders to make plays, and not blocking effectively are three areas of Erving’s game that are alarming and will be the reason why he does not make the 2017 roster. The sooner, the better (in my opinion) would be a good time to let the guy go and provide an opportunity for another youngster along the line.
Wideouts are a Problem
Kenny Britt could not haul in a touchdown grab on three occasions in the first half of last week. In addition to that, none of the guys were able to get a reasonable amount of separation from the Saints’ defenders. I was glad to see Ricardo Louis and company get past the sticks and secure a first down grab on a few occasions, but my hopes are not tremendously high for this group. I hope that Corey Coleman can turn this group around – but they are currently miles from a solid bunch. The NFL requires more than chain movers.
It was just one game, but I have all the faith in the world that rookie DeShone Kizer is the best signal caller on the squad. I still expect that Brock Osweiler (as Kizer’s inexperience will be the reason) will begin the regular season under center – but how long is the huge question. The first four regular season contests are far from easy, so the change at quarterback to the rookie could still come rather early. Ideally, Kizer will dominate the remainder of training camp to force Hue Jackson into giving him the nod on September 10th. As it stands, Jackson has a tough decision on his hands though.
Sharpening that Saw
I was rather unimpressed with the starting defense last Thursday; Garrett Grayson and Chase Daniels are two quarterbacks who should not have any success against your franchise. Yet that was the case, and reserve running backs played solidly as well against the Browns. Gregg Williams has got to wake this sleeping giant of a defensive unit (I will give him credit for building the start of a foundation for this), but so far a handful of good plays is all we have seen. Hopefully they can improve every week as a whole.