These six members of the Cleveland Browns saw their stock rise following the second preseason game of the season, a 19-17 loss to the Buffalo Bills.
As the Cleveland Browns move closer the third-game of the preseason, which is usually regarded as the dress rehearsal for Week 1, coach Hue Jackson is undoubtedly working on picking his roster.
These six players helped their stock toward earning a starting position or making the team.
1. Mychal Kendricks, LB
The Buffalo Bills first-string offense looked pathetic, but there’s no doubt linebacker Mychal Kendricks played a role in their inefficiency.
Kendricks was noticeable on several plays and had a huge takedown of LeSean McCoy during the first quarter. The play came on 2nd down as contributed to the Bills going 3 and out.
This is the second week in a row Kendrick’s has been a factor on defense as he was credited with a sack of Eli Manning last week.
Kendricks signed a one-year deal with the Browns after winning a Super Bowl title with the Eagles last season.
On the team’s official depth chart, he entered the game behind Jamie Collins at the SAM linebacker position.
The Browns could always use rotations at the linebacker position, but not sure what sense that makes. Kendricks looks like a player you want to keep on the field all the time.
For what it’s worth, the Browns used four-linebacker sets about one out of every eight plays in 2018.
Collins was actually on the field with the second-team defense. Yes, Kendricks was on the field with him, but make no mistake about it: The Browns have options at linebacker and something’s got to give.
Plus, it’s hard to imagine Kenricks would come to Cleveland after being a big contributor on the champion Eagles.