Denzel Ward vs. Michael Thomas
Denzel Ward was PFF’s highest graded rookie in Week 1, asa the former Buckeye lived up to the hype of being the No. 4 overall pick in the NFL Draft.
And it just gets harder for Ward, as fellow Ohio State alum Michael Thomas looks to build off his 16-catch performance from Week 1.
What’s Ward to do?
He’s got to take the same approach he took against Antonio Brown. There’s just no shutting down that type of receiver, especially when you have a Hall of Fame quarterback throwing in your direction.
Brown still turned in good stats against Cleveland, catching nine balls for 93 yards and a score. However, it wasn’t the 200-yard, record-breaking performance you’d expect him to turn in against Cleveland.
Ward must make enough plays as to not let Thomas take over the game. If he can limit Thomas, the Browns have more than a punchers chance.