The Cleveland Browns wrapped up their first preseason game of the season in victory, and there was a lot to like, even as coach Kevin Stefanski rested most of his offensive and defensive starters for the contest.
Games like this are for the diehards who are trying to figure out who could be the diamond in the rough that every other team missed, but Cleveland somehow unearthed.
For those more based in reality, trying to predict those final three to five spots of the roster is always an August pastime.
Here’s a look at six Browns whose stock is up after Kevin Stefanski handed Urban Meyer an NFL loss.
1. Cleveland Browns LB Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah
Days after a long-time Browns writer questioned whether JOK would bet an every-day starter, the second-round pick together a great preseason debut, which included a sack.
In total, JOK had five sacks, two of which went for a loss. He also almost blocked a punt. Really, things couldn’t have worked out better for the Notre Dame product. Plus, on a coverage play, he stopped a receiver short of a first down with a yard to spare.
Perhaps Tony Grossi is right, and JOK doesn’t start in year one–that doesn’t mean he won’t be a consistent contributor. On his sack, JOK’s speed seemed through the television, clear as day. Frankly, the Browns don’t have anyone like him.
Mack Wilson suffered a shoulder injury during the game, so that could create more opportunities for JOK.
After watching his debut, you could understand why we want to see more. The coaches certainly do, which is why JOK played basically the entire game.