Special Teams (3): Austin Seibert, Jamie Gillan, Charley Hughlett
Early on in training camp, it seemed as though the Browns were in serious trouble in the kicking game. Greg Joseph returned following a good rookie season but they used a fifth-round pick on Austin Seibert, hoping to become even better. However, Joseph was showing Seibert up in camp — and it wasn’t close as the rookie was struggling.
Then when the preseason games began, Joseph missed an extra point in Week 1 and both players missed a field goal in the second game. Week 3 was a different story as it appeared they settled on Seibert, who was 4-of-4 while accounting for all of the team’s points. Seibert also nailed a 54-yarder to solidify his spot on the team.
Undrafted punter Jamie Gillan also seemed to have locked up the job. He’s taken to the job well as he has been booming punts with significant hang time. He’s also handled the holding job very well, which was a question mark considering he had never done so.
While all that was good, The Scottish Hammer also showed he can help in punt coverage as he made a nice tackle on Bobo Wilson who had broken free for a long punt return. Oh, and it helps that the team can cut Britton Colquitt and not be on the hook for any of his $2.7 million.
Lastly, the team has Charley Hughlett handling the long-snapping duties. He’s done this job very well and will never get the recognition he deserves for it.