4. Cleveland Browns K Chase McLaughlin
The Browns aren’t saying it, but Chase McLaughlin’s countering is running from week-to-week and after missing a 56-yarder, and more noticeably, an extra-point try in the final preseason game, we’re all fearing the worst.
There’s been some fans wondering why the Browns haven’t brought in a veteran, and it may be about money. Veterans who are on the roster for Week 1 have their contracts guaranteed for the entire season. If they’re added after Week 1, then there pay goes form week-to-week.
If McLaughlin bombs out in Kansas City, then I’d expect the Browns to bring in some veterans.
For what it’s worth, kicker Chris Naggar is on the practice squad, but by no means, does that guarantee the Browns will go to him next if needed. Naggar was last with the Jets.
It’s a low bar, but McLaughlin just needs to hit the 30 and 40 yarders. When the Browns are inside the 5, I believe they’re always in 4-down territory after watching Stefanski operate for a season. They’re looking for touchdowns, not field goals.
McLaughlin is the guy for now–until he’s not. Hopefully he comes through and holds onto the gig.