I know it’s only the first pre-season game, but last year at this time there were no pre-season games, so let’s go. First observation, the Browns number twos are way better than the Jaguars’ number ones. I know that’s not big-time analysis, but actually seeing it is shocking. The Browns were business-like and prepared the entire game. This team is scary deep. Who impressed me the most? On offense, it’s RB/WR/KR Demetric Felton and on defense, it’s LB Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah. Other young players who had good moments were WR Davion Davis, DT Tommy Togiai and S Richard LeCounte. Against the Jags, a lot of players had good moments. I don’t think Urban Meyer really knew what he was getting himself into. Another thing I noticed Saturday night, the Browns’ second-team offensive line is better than about ten other teams’ number one offensive lines. Finally, the Browns quarterback room is well stocked and head coach Kevin Stefanski loves him some fullbacks.
The Browns only committed two penalties Saturday night, which is great. On the bad side, there were three injuries, LB Mack Wilson, TE Stephen Carlson and WR Ryan Switzer. Mack should be back in less than a week while Carlson and Switzer were placed on injured reserve to help the Browns go from 90 to 85 for today’s first cut-down day. Both are done for the year. The other three players who were released were LB Montrel Meander, OL Cordel Iwuagwu and CB Kiondre Thomas. The next cut down will be an additional five players on Tuesday, August 24.
This week the Browns will scrimmage the New York Football Giants on Thursday and Friday and play them on Sunday at noon (CST). What a nice time to watch an NFL Game – noon on Sunday. I expect the Browns to have their starters participate in the practices and rest them on Sunday. It looks like game three will be when the starters play, probably for about a quarter. Finally, keep an eye on the Takk McKinley situation. So far the team expects him to be back and he was having a great camp. But if GM Andrew Berry brings in another defensive end, that might be it for McKinley. Hopefully, everything is alright, like I said, when he practiced he showed speed and great hustle. He is defiantly part of the plan this year. Everyone enjoy your week, stay safe and Go Browns.