2. Dontrell Hilliard, RB
Dontrell Hilliard actually had a decent game, but his stock took a hit because of his goal-line fumble coming on 4th-and-G from the 1-yard line.
This is particularly noteworthy because Hilliard was talked up prominently before the game in wake of the Browns’ trade of Duke Johnsonfor a conditional third-round draft pick. Duke was expendable because of the Browns’ love of Hilliard.
Hilliard will have to show he can hold onto the ball, but the reasons why the Browns like him were on display. He can catch the ball out the backfield, on top of his rushing duties.
With Kareem Huntsuspended for the first half of the season, Hilliard figures to play a prominent role in Kitchens’ offense. You can do all the other things really well, but if you can’t protect the ball, your a liability.
It was only one fumble, but something to watch with Hilliard now that his touches are poised to jump from what they were a season ago.
The back also had a costly holding penalty that took the Browns out of field goal range before the end of the second half. Instead of giving Browns’ kickers a shot at a 50-yard field goal, which is something coaches need to see them try, Garrett Gilbert had to settle for another play, which resulted in a sack.