Writer: Martin McConnell
Player who can win a spot on offense: Tyrod Taylor
I think Tyrod Taylor can really seal the deal this week. The NFL always likes a make a big hullabaloo about the third preseason game being a dress rehearsal, and if that holds true here, Tyrod (or Tuh-rod, depending on who you ask) will see his most preseason action this week against the Philadelphia Eagles.
This Eagles team is nothing to sneeze at, after all, they won Super Bowl LII without the best player on their squad. If Taylor can carve up Philly’s defense for a half, and more importantly evade their vaunted pass rush, he should be able to stave off No. 1 pick Baker Mayfield for at least a little while into the regular season.
Player who can win a spot on Defense: Denzel Ward
Cleveland’s secondary has undergone not a flurry, but a whirlwind of changes this offseason. Not only did they add a plethora of defensive backs in the offseason, but some will have to go now that roster cuts are almost upon us. This is, of course, only going to make it harder for Browns fans to follow the numbers on the backs of the jerseys. One number they should definitely be watching for is No. 21, rookie cornerback, Denzel Ward.
Ward has shown flashes of that Ohio State cornerback pedigree throughout camp and preseason, and fans can expect those flashes to carry through this game, and hopefully many more. Don’t be surprised to see Ward lock up the top cornerback spot on the roster during this one.