The Cleveland Browns third preseason game didn’t go according to plan which leaves us with some concerns, but not as many as some may believe
Preseason Week 3 is behind us, which means we are thankfully one step closer to the 2019 regular season. For the Cleveland Browns, they’re especially looking forward to this year due to the plethora of moves made over the past two seasons.
General manager John Dorsey added stars to both sides of the ball which has expectations through the roof. However, some of the excitement may have been dampened due to a rough outing against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in their latest game.
Cleveland lost 13-12 and they seemed to struggle quite a bit especially on offense. This doesn’t mean we need to hit the panic button though.
Instead, we can take a step back and decide what we need to worry about heading into the regular season as well as what we shouldn’t be concerned with.
Reason not to worry: Placekicker
It wasn’t long ago that fans were holding their breath whenever a kicker took the field for the Browns. 2018 starter Greg Joseph was having a good camp, but then started to struggle with misses during the preseason.
He missed an extra point in the first week and then was unsuccessful on a field goal try in Week 2. Rookie Austin Seibert also missed in Week 2, which was especially concerning as he was struggling mightily in camp up to that point.
However, Seibert all but locked the job up on Friday as he was on fire. Not only was the fifth-round pick responsible for all the points in the game, he even hit a 54-yard kick which silenced some of the critics who said he couldn’t hit the deep ones.
Overall, the kicker was 4-of-4 on field goals which had everyone in the Dawg Pound breathing a sigh of relief.