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The Cleveland Browns issues at kicker have become the story of training camp and the preseason, leaving several questions before the team has to make their roster cutdown to 53 players.
With the struggles at the position, Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens said the organization has discussed bringing another kicker into the competition, although they are not planning on doing it currently.
However, if Greg Joseph and Austin Seibert continue to struggle with inconsistency, then the Browns are going to have to make a decision soon. But they may not have to bring a kicker in from the outside, as they could have their answer in camp already.
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Today’s featured article points out that rookie punter Jamie Gillan spent some time kicking at Tuesday’s practice and showed off his power, including making a 60-yard field goal.
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"Gillan, dubbed ‘The Scottish Hammer,’ blasted footballs using a kicking holder from as far away as 60 yards towards the net protecting the Browns training facility – and he was making them, with ease. A 49-yard try from the right hashmark hit the net mere feet from the top. He followed up with a 47-yard boot from the left hash and made it with ease."
Gillan may be in the punting competition, but he would have a tough path to beat out Britton Colquitt for the job. But his power is rarely seen and teams would likely scoop him up right away if he became available. With the range he showed kicking field goals Tuesday, it would be very surprising if the Browns do not start giving him some looks at kicker and enter the competition. He has experience kicking, but made only 61 percent of his kicks in college.
Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield criticized the Giants for selecting Daniel Jones, which created a lot of backlash from analysts and fans around the league. Randy Gurzi believes that even though Mayfield may have been right, the criticism was unnecessary.
"Or maybe the energy Beckham felt from those 37,000 fans in early August carries over to the season, a risky experiment unfolds beautifully, and the city and the star will realize what they needed was each other."
With his former college coach and best friend in Cleveland, it has made it easier for Odell Beckham Jr. to grow comfortable with the Browns. And with Beckham being able to purely focus on football, he has a chance to show off his top-tier talent without any distractions and help make the Browns a winner again.
The Cleveland Browns have been surrounded with expectations all offseason, and it has led to the organization having to discuss the expectations. Martin McConnell says that the Browns being put on the Sports Illustrated cover puts the expectations and hype at its highest point.