Inconsistent defensive outing
The Browns found themselves having issues stopping the Giants rushing attack all game. New York averaged 4.8 yards per carry and was very consistent with their ability to get yards up the middle against the Browns. While the team was down their starters, and even a few key backups, the Giants themselves weren’t playing their starters either.
One of the purposes of the preseason is to find out who the team has at what position and if the team can rely on them in the event of injury. We mentioned it before, but Joe Thomas made mention that you need depth at the offensive line positions, because you’re very likely to not get through the entire season with the same five guys. You need depth.
The same thing is true for the defense. The defense was without S Grant Delpit (hamstring), S Sheldrick Redwine (ankle), CB M.J. Stewart Jr. (hamstring), LB Tony Fields II (foot), LB Sione Takitaki (hamstring), and LB Jacob Phillips (biceps) for the game, on top of other starters who were sitting due to the team not wanting to play the starters.
The Browns have yet to really show what they can do at full strength, and while many will point to the outing against the Jaguars as a sign of what the Browns can do defensively, everyone has to remember that the Jaguars are a bad team. The Giants aren’t supposed to be.