Six Cleveland Browns who saw their stocks rise during the preseason opening win against the Washington Redskins at FirstEnergy Stadium.
The Cleveland Browns kicked off the preseason with a bang, defeating the Washington Redskins 30-10.
Expectations are already at an time-high, and even though it’s a preseason win, Browns’ fans are going to look for any possible reason to go crazy.
If Baker Mayfield’s stock weren’t already apple, he’d be on here. Did he raise his stock? Of course. He had one drive and he cashed in a touchdown. That’s what franchise quarterbacks do.
This time around, though, we’ll take the spotlight off Baker and instead look at these six players who saw their stocks go up following the beatdown of the Redskins.
1. Damon Sheehy-Guiseppi
Damon Sheehy-Guiseppi talked his way into a workout, then ran a 4.3-second 40-yard dash. Now, he might be holding the golden ticket worth a spot on the 53-man roster following an 86-yard punt return for a touchdown late in the fourth quarter.
The Browns have been irrelevant when it comes to returning punts basically since Josh Cribbs left town.
Antonio Callaway was supposed to get some reps at punt returner, but it was Hilliard who got the most attempts in the preseason opener.
Will Sheehy-Guiseppi do enough to make the team as the sixth wide receiver? If he returns punts 86-yards, does he have to? Being able to catch passes only boosts his chances and ESPN Cleveland’s Tony Grossi said on air toward the end of last week that Guiseppi was doing enough in the completion to be considered.
John Dorsey‘s going to have think long and hard about making a decision on Guiseppi. Forget scoring a touchdown every time the guy touches the ball. Imagine if he just succeeds in getting the Browns in good field position.
We forget what that’s like.
So often in the past few years, the Browns’ punt returner has been related to a fair-catch machine. Jim Leonhard anyone?