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Going to post a thread of my thoughts from preseason W1 here due to no other place to post my game review yet.

Hold tight as this will be a THREAD with stock up/down and then some general analysis. #Browns
Watched it through 3x now to get a good feel.

Stock up/down is always based on an individual game performance and nothing more. See it as who played well, and who did not.
Anytime you win running away, the stock up will be heavily tilted.

Stock 📈:

Mayfield & whole 1st unit who played 9 plays
Corbett (C)
D. Lawrence
G. Williams

Plenty to like all night.
Stock 📉:

P. Brown


Mayfield: Fantastic. Quick processing/accurate/commanding. What I’ve seen all camp.

Stanton: Inaccurate at times. Looked unsettled, below avg backup Q by backup Q standards.

Gilbert: LOVED his performance. On time, decisive, beat blitzes. He’s trending to No.2.


Chubb: limited snaps but...he’s good. Very good.

Hilliard: Had flashes. Is an impact player in the passing game. Runs well between tackles. However, can’t fumble & hands are far too wide in pass pro. Cost him a holding and a few pressures. Can’t do that as 3rd down guy.
RBs continued:

Johnson: Low center of gravity. Nice burst and blocked well given the chances. Trending to RB3 if they don’t sign another.

Gray: one nice 4th Q run but he’s ideally a FB. Long shot for the roster.

Ouellette: Solid player. Solid night. Tough to see an NFL future

Higgins: open all night. Can play slot or outside and did so mostly out of the slot and did so well. In for a big year.

Willies: Continues to get 1stT reps and deservedly so. Has improved his game all-around. However, not sure he’s anything more than depth.
WRs continued:

Callaway: really good when you can allow him to make one-cut. Nice route work and some tough catches. Should have been on my stock up.

Strong: Continues to also make a push for WR 5/6. Always doing the right thing but limited post-catch.
WRs Part III:

Hyman: nice positional flex. Gets out of cuts quickly. Tough fumble after a nice catch/run. Good rhythm with Gilbert. He’s an NFL WR.

Montgomery: flashed some of the things we saw at camp. Fluid, can separate and can pluck throws at tough angles. Good night.
WRs Part IV:

Sheehy: stiff in route running and inconsistent hands. Dropped one. Hell of a returner, though. That’s his niche and can perhaps make it someday.

Baker: good size but just doesn’t have the needed twitch. Not sure it will ever work out.

Njoku: limited snaps. We all know what he is.

P. Brown: has a real shot to make this roster w DeValve/Harris injuries but was bad last night. Poor route running, drop, & not strong in blocking phases.

Carlson: had a drop last night & just low impact. No NFL future here.

Tretter/Bitonio/Robinson/Hubbard: limited snaps and rightfully so. Executed well on their first only series.

Kush: played a good number of early series and had a couple pressure issues but ftmp was fine. He’s the baseline RG.
Corbett: 67 snaps at C. 4-3 scheme didn’t put much in his lap all night but I thought he was solid in zone run game and helped his guards well in pass pro.

Witzmann: played RG and RT. He’s locked into the roster as of now. Had one hold but I thought he was fine all night.
Seaton: issues being beat off the edge. Slow in run game processing. Just can’t see it working out.

Lamm: moves well, but tech is just clunky & inconsistent. 3rd tackle & should be a solid backup.

Forbes: played mostly LG. Looked solid. Hand placement/drive & pass pro were a +
Wright: seems like he’s in the right spots but just can’t anchor well enough. Gave up too many pressure and was manipulated by power moves.

Garrett: He’s fast. He’s good. He’s in line for a run at NFL Defensive MVP. #expertanalysis

Smith: Continues to play a solid form of DE. Strong at POA & wins some edge rushes.

Thomas: finally looked like an NFL edge. Still all power moves but they can be enough at times.
DEs Part II:

Zettel: will be fighting for his roster spot. I’m a believer. Can win with power and some speed. Nice depth piece.

Ray: occasionally flashes some speed to power but not enough. Long shot type.

Ogunjobi: few snaps but disruptive.

Coley: liked his effort and hand usage. Looked like a better player when asked to play fewer reps. He’s locked into the 53.

Lawrence: realllly looked disruptive ag 3-T. Good burst off the LOS and his closing. Did himself big favors.
DTs Part II:

Davis: seems like a guy with all the tools but just can’t figure it out. Too slow in processing and plays too high.

Ekuale: nothing bad, but nothing good either. Was a little slower off the LOS then be had been in camp thus far.

Kirksey: very few snaps but he’s moving well again.

Wilson: was damn good in his 37 snaps. He might end up being a pass down LB right away. Made some run game flashes too.

Takitaki: sheds block well, reads decently, but a touch too stiff and some bad angles. It’ll come.
LBs Part II:

Harvey: new to box LB role as he was in the slot for ISU. I like him. Nice play on KO team tackle. Took on blocks well. He’s the one UDFA who has a shot.

Armstrong: solid vet who will be in line for the SAM role and big in specials. Didn’t impress much last night.

Greedy: flashes galore. Easy INT was nice but thought he tackled well. Aggressive and low. Missed Cov3 hurt, though. Tough to keep him off the field.

TMitch: creating turnovers as he always does. Solid night but doesn’t have the twitch or M2M ability Greedy brings.
CBs Part II:

Gaines: in the right spot all night. Will be nice depth.

Burris: played well from the slot in edge duty. He has an outside chance.

Pipkins: plays fast. 15 snaps. Fighting for a slot role. Long shot.

Dean: few snaps. A nice tackle, likely not an NFL guy, though.

Randall/Burnett: one series and they were fine.

Murray: moves all over. Plays 2-high, slot, everywhere. Changes direction really well. This defense is really suited for his talents.

Redwine: just a bit zealous in his NFL debut. The traits are obviously there.
S Part II:

Whitehead: ideal big safety role player. Can play run game and LOS pass coverage.

Hassell: led w 5 tackles & was surprised how quick he closes. There might be some serious PS consideration.

Sankoh: nice sack/FF. Good story but not going to be a serious player here.
Special Teams:

Hilliard was solid in both phases. Story belongs to Sheehy who was MOVING on that PR TD. Wouldn’t be surprised to see him get some 1st team PR duties so Browns can see what they really have with the kid. Pulling for him and his story.
STs Part II:

Kicker battle still open. Seibert did himself some favors and might be back in the race. Joseph with another PAT miss and those plagued him ly. He has the better leg but he can’t afford to miss.

Colquitt is the punter without doubt but Gillian has a long-term shot.
Overall loved the effort and for a group without several big names, and the important ones who did play doing so in small roles, team played well.

VERY encouraged about Gilbert & the RG spot is settling in. OL picture is clearing up.

This has the chance to be a damn good team.
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