The Cleveland Browns had a few offensive gems stand out against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The Cleveland Browns defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars in the Browns‘ first preseason game. These games aren’t about wins and losses, so that really doesn’t matter in the grand scheme of things. How “the team” looks is irrelevant, as most of the best players aren’t playing, and you’re not getting a real view of what to expect. So individual performances matter most.
That’s why we’re looking at some gems from last night. Now, we already posted an immediate reaction of some things I liked and didn’t like last night but now we’re going to look at whose stock is up after the game.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t bring up Nakia Griffin-Stewart. Griffin-Stewart was a solid blocking option against the Jaguars’ third-team and caught a few good balls considering how limited his time was. The reason why he isn’t on this list is that I don’t think he can play himself onto the team. Johnny Stanton is going to more than likely, make the team as a fullback and tight end option, meaning that Griffin-Stewart isn’t likely to make the cut.
Unless he’s a super blocker, like Stephen Carlson was, just being a good pass-catching tight end won’t do it for the Browns.
Here are four offensive players whose stock should have risen with the Cleveland Browns
Joshua Dobbs/Josh Rosen
I truly feel that either Joshua Dobbs or Josh Rosen would be a better fit than Jacoby Brissett. I believe that now, and I believed that in 2017 when the Colts traded for him. I know that doesn’t technically make sense, but just go with it. Brissett isn’t a good starter. He isn’t a play-maker, he doesn’t throw downfield and he isn’t great when the pocket collapses. The Browns giving him the majority of the first-team reps going forward and not Dobbs or Rosen is a mistake. I feel far more comfortable with either of those men starting than I will ever with Brissett.
I’m not going to overhype Jerome Ford, he’s only the best running back the Cleveland Browns have ever had. (Joking). Ford did good, but remember he did well against third-team guys. I’m certainly not going to be looking for trades with Nick Chubb or D’Ernest Johnson (I said what I said), but Ford showing off his ability to receive passes is interesting. Right now I would say Kareem Hunt and Demetric Felton could be very expendable in a few weeks’ time.
Nakia Griffin-Stewart is a guy who’s playing for a spot at a position that may not exist, Daylen Baldwin, however, is looking at a lot of spots he can put his name on. Even the announcers last night said that only Amari Cooper is seen as a safe assumption. Everyone else in the receiving corp is on notice. After Baldwin’s nice outing in Week 1, they sure as heck better be, as Baldwin may be coming for somebody’s spot.