The Cleveland Browns saw some stocks rise after their last-second win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Cleveland Browns had a miraculous win on Sunday, knocking off the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in dramatic fashion in the waning moments of overtime. The Browns needed the win to keep their playoff hopes alive and got their fourth win of the season in the process.
The team looked great from start to finish, and while the offense struggled at times, the team’s defense never looked better, with the unit playing their most complete game of the season. Sure, Tom Brady missed some open passes, but every quarterback does.
The Browns as a whole stepped up with the game on the line and that’s commendable. Now, we stick to the rule of three just for time purposes but shoutouts to Amari Cooper, Jacoby Brissett, and Nick Chubb were in order. They were fantastic. They just didn’t have the biggest jump from where they’ve been to where they are. These three players simply had a bigger leap is all.
Three Cleveland Browns who saw their stocks rise after
John Johnson III
If you told me there was a plan in place to send John Johnson III to the USFL in March, I would have been ok with that on Saturday. While one good game doesn’t change how bad he’s been, Sunday’s game at least proves how good he can be if he can play consistently and more importantly, if the corners around him do their jobs. Martin Emerson deserves high praise for the game he played and Johnson benefited from that greatly.
While he only had two receptions on Sunday, Harrison Bryant put up some of the best blocking numbers of his career against the Buccaneers. PFF gave him a 72.0 overall and did a great job against blitzes. He had the fourth-highest pass block grade for the team on Sunday.
Thomas Graham Jr.
Primarily a special teams player since he debuted in September, Thomas Graham Jr. played a bulk of the reps on defense on Sunday, with him wracking up 54% of snaps. Considering the Buccaneers’ passing attack is still quite potent, and for Graham to be such an unknown commodity on defense, his performance was nothing short of spectacular. I don’t expect this from him weekly but it was a great first impression.