2021 Preseason: 5 Cleveland Browns who need a great game vs Giants

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5. Cleveland Browns DE Joe Jackson

Following preseason game No. 1, Cleveland’s depth on the defensive line certainly looks strong.

Starter’s Jadeveon Clowney and Myles Garrett didn’t even play, and it didn’t matter much as Cleveland’s front four did an excellent job of putting pressure on Jaguar quarterbacks.

Jackson, a fifth-round pick, played well, and he needs a good game because he’s probably behind Cameron Malveaux and Porter Gustin on the depth chart.

Jackson played well in the opener, getting a hand on the shoulder of Gardner Minshew, which made the JOK sack possible. He also initiated contact on a key rushing down early in the game, that allowed his teammates to finish the playoff off.

Jackson probably still has an uphill battle, but with Takk McKinley still out, opportunity to at least start the season on the roster could be knocking. It’s been said McKinley has a non-football injury, so the PUP is a possibility.

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If Jackson can continue to impact the game, it’ll be hard to let him go.