4. J.C. Tretter
There’s no way to put a value on what J.C. Tretter means to this team at center.
The Athletic’s Zac Jackson noted how Tretter’s subtle shove of Nick Chubb during the second quarter helped extend a run.
Tretter highlights an offensive line that really had a great day of the office. A good thing, considering there was uncertainty at left tackle after Jedrick Wills left last week’s game with an ankle injury.
Sixth-man Chris Hubbard was banged up from a bicep injury, but fortunately, Wills was able to play and play well.
Mayfield did take a couple sacks, although I could argue he held onto the ball too long. No Cleveland offensive lineman was ticketed with allowing multiple pressures, according to PFF.
The group also gave way to its back to rack up 60 yards BEFORE contact, a state PFF noted that was the second highest mark of any of the 1 p.m. games.
Wyatt Teller deserves a shout out as well, for his work on opening things up on a couple of notable Chubb runs.
Everything the Browns want to do offensively stems from running the ball successfully, and that starts with winning in the trenches. Mission accomplished in Week 2.