3 Browns Who Could Get Benched vs. Bengals in Week 1

These three Browns could wind up getting benched against the Bengals in Week 1.

Elijah Moore is one of three Cleveland Browns who could be benched against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 1.
Elijah Moore is one of three Cleveland Browns who could be benched against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 1. / Nick Cammett/GettyImages
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3. Greg Newsome II

Sunday's matchup is a big one for third-year cornerback Greg Newsome II.

After all, he has a lot to prove against the Bengals. Newsome vocalized his displeasure when Bengals WR Ja'Marr Chase didn't suit up in Week 8 last season, only for Chase to burn the Browns to the tune of 119 receiving yards and a touchdown on 10 catches just five games later.

Fast forward to this week when Newsome said he's ready for Chase, as well as fellow Cincinnati WRs Tee Higgins and Tyler Boyd. The 23-year-old CB now has no choice but to back up his words on Sunday.

Obviously, Newsome won't be alone on his quest. He still has Denzel Ward on the opposite side while Mike Ford was taken off the injury report earlier this week. But that doesn't change the fact that Newsome can't afford to let Chase & Co. get the better of him for the second consecutive meeting.

Once the Bengals' passing attack gets going, it's incredibly tough to stop. If Newsome can't set the tone early with strong coverage and disruptive plays, someone else will be given the opportunity to step up.

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