These Cleveland Browns had a solid outing versus the Philadelphia Eagles
The Cleveland Browns once again went into their preseason game resting their top players, but while some guys started last week, it appeared that none of the actual starters even played this week against the Philadelphia Eagles. While a lot of fans are anxiously waiting to see what the team looks like in non-edited, Twitter highlight reels, it made sense why they didn’t play against the Eagles.
Due to the ability to control situations, set up specific matchups, and really get a good look at specific players, the practices held earlier in the week against the Eagles took priority. It’s solid reasoning but if you’re going to air a game, and charge full price to see them play, it’s not exactly the best reasoning for fans.
Especially with the offense being a huge question mark heading into the season. While we got a lot of backups, it was a chance to see what some of these cats could do, and some of them really raised their stock.
Three offensive Cleveland Browns players who raised their stock against the Philadelphia Eagles
Joshua Dobbs is continuing to impress, and doing so well that many, myself included, would prefer to see him play over Jacoby Brissett. Dobbs is an unknown commodity. He could be better or worse than Brissett when it comes down to it, but we know that Brissett isn’t very good. There’s no point in trading to replace Brissett, as the quarterback coming in would take too long to prepare, so going with someone like Dobbs, who has shown to have big-play potential seems like a solid idea.
Ethan Pocic is the starter but should he be? During the game, Michael Dunn and Hjalte Froholdt were supposed to rotate at center, but Dunn played the position for the majority of the game. He looked good actually, and while he at times got stood up, he also knew how to ride defenders out of the path of the action. As a run blocker, he seems very solid, though he did seem to struggle with some of the more complicated blitz packages that he saw.
John Kelly really showed a lot in week two, as compared to week one. While Jerome Ford showcased his skills last week, this week it was the Kelly show. He’s not likely to make the team but baring anyone getting picked up after the last round of cuts, I think it’s likely we see him on the practice squad.