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NFL Preseason Week 2: Position Battles to Watch The Cleveland Browns take on the
Buffalo Bills on Friday for their second game of the preseason. Here is a
preview of what you should look for in the game from the Browns.Injury Report -
Who’s In, Who’s Out?On offense, the following players are not expected to
play:FB Danny Vitale (calf)TE Seth DeValve (quad)TE Julian Allen (abdomen)OL
Kevin Zeitler (calf)OL Kevin Bowen (illness)On defense, the following players
are not expected to play:DL Trevon Coley (ankle)DL Caleb Brantley (ankle)DL
Daniel Ekuale (calf)DL Marcell Frazier (concussion)DB Montreal Meander
(concussion)Five Things to Look For1. Improvement to the Run Game: We love
seeing quarterback and receivers combine for big plays, right? Last week,
despite the success passing, Todd Haley also stayed committed to the running
game, as the team combined for 33 carries. The problem? It only led to 1.5 yards
per carry. Carlos Hyde and Duke Johnson combined for just 2 carries a week ago,
and I expect a few more for the duo this week. Whatever emphasis the Browns put
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, and we have another week of Joel Bitonio and
Austin Corbett getting to work together on their same side. The real problem in
the running game was the second unit, since that is where the bulk of the
carries came from for Nick Chubb and Dontrell Hilliard, but the team will take
success on the ground with any unit, it doesn’t matter.2. Heated or Tame? This
week’s game features several storylines that Hard Knocks will be sure to follow.
Coming off a perfect first preseason outing, Tyrod Taylor now faces the task of
going up against his former team. Jarvis Landry has been a rival of the Bills
for years, including delivering a career-ending block to a player a couple of
seasons ago and getting ejected last year. Last, but not least, Corey Coleman
quickly returns to Cleveland to face the team that just traded him, and he will
also continue being the subject of a Hard Knocks storyline. While the coaches
may have not cared for Coleman Youth
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, I don’t know if his teammates felt
strongly one way or the other.3. Deeper Dive With Briean Boddy-Calhoun: I am
still really curious what the Browns will do with Briean Boddy-Calhoun.
Personally, I still believe he is a great asset to the defense, and I hope that
Gregg Williams and John Dorsey feel that way too, considering he was one of the
few holdovers from a year ago. But I’ve also seen many camps in which
“experimenting with his versatility as a cornerback and safety” really just
translates to, “we don’t really have a plan for you and you’re likely to be
cut.” Since the defensive starters could see close to a half of action this
week, I want to see how many snaps BBC receivers with that group.4. More
Progress at Wide Receiver: Despite the solid camps that Antonio Callaway and
Rashard Higgins have had, there are rumblings that the Browns are trying to get
a deal done with WR Dez Bryant. The mystery of WR Josh Gordon still lingers
large, with respect to when he will return. If those guys are on the roster,
will the Browns really play one of the younger guys over them? You could make a
case for Callaway or Higgins over Bryant ,
but in order for them to do that, there can’t be many “off” days. A couple of
dropped passes in a preseason game against Buffalo could loom large.5. Kicking
Competition: There has not been much talk this camp about the kicking
competition between Zane Gonzalez and Ross Martin, and neither kicker had a
field goal attempt during the first preseason game as the Browns decided to go
for it a couple of times on 4th-and-short. The word from camp is that both
kickers have been OK, but that Martin has shown a little more consistency. I’m
expecting the Browns to try to have each kicker get a couple of attempts in this
week.Game ThreadOur game thread on Dawgs By Nature will go live at 6:30 PM ET on
Friday, which is an hour before kickoff. Be sure to check in for the second
preseason game of the year! The Cleveland Browns loss on Sunday was truly an
ugly affair.But it could have been much worse.Quarterback Baker Mayfield injured
his ankle when he slipped on the first-down marker at the end of a scramble in
the first quarter. Even though he did not miss a play, the ankle was noticeably
bothering Mayfield throughout the rest of the game. Luckily for Mayfield and the
Browns, the injury does not appear to be serious, according to the NFL Network’s
Ian Rapoport:How much the ankle injury bothered Mayfield during the game is
unknown, but he did have the worst day of his short NFL career as he completed
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, tossed two interceptions, took five sacks
and never looked like the Mayfield that electrified Browns fans the past few
weeks.Mayfield did not blame the injury on his performance, saying he was “good”
in the post-game press conference, and head coach Hue Jackson said he did not
believe that “it impacted him to where he could not play,” but it was clear that
something was off all day with the offense. And it is fair to wonder if, once
the Browns fell behind 35-6 in the third quarter, it may have been a good idea
to sit Mayfield for the rest of the game to avoid doing further damage to his
ankle.Hopefully it turns out that Mayfield is truly just suffering from
“soreness” and won’t be forced to miss any time.
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