5. Cleveland Browns OL Blake Hance
It’s not fun to dent the backup lineman being pressed into action halfway through the game, but Cleveland Browns lineman Blake Hance struggled after replacing starter Jack Conklin.
Conklin left the game with a dislocated elbow. I didn’t see any reports on his long-term prognosis after the game, but I fear it’s season ending.
As the next man up, Hance allowed four pressures and one sack after taking over for the former. Pro Bowler. He played a total of 24 pass-blocking snaps, allowing a stunningly high 16.7 percent pressure rate on those snaps, according to PFF.
His play warranted a dismal, and I mean dismal, 20.9 pass-blocking grade from PFF.
Again, cracking on Hance isn’t fun. He’s an underdog you want to root for, but if Conklin is out for the season, the Browns have to hit the trade market to uncover a new lineman.
Unfortunately, starting right tackles just aren’t given away halfway through the season, as the team’s who employ them, badly need them themselves.
The Browns other internal option at the position is James Hudson. He’s a player with potential, but probably not the answer right now.