Dud: Ishmael Hyman
Ishmael Hyman dropped a deep ball that Garrett Gilbert threw right to him. He was unable to make amends quickly as the very next pass came his way again, and that pass also fell incomplete despite Gilbert hitting him right in the numbers.
Gilbert continued to show faith in his wideout, again going Hyman’s way, but this time the ball was knocked down. Not his fault on the third pass, but this clearly wasn’t a good series at all for a player trying to make the team.
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Hyman did make a nice catch over the middle to get things rolling in their two-minute drill which did help his cause. He then continued to make plays in the second half of the game, as he proved to be a reliable target for rookie quarterback David Blough. On the Browns fourth-quarter touchdown drive, Hyman was heavily involved. He had 31 yards on two receptions, which helped bring the Browns into scoring range.
While that helped him a lot, it may have been too little too late for the James Madison product. Not only does he have to hope for the team to forget his early drops, but he also had a miscue in the first week when he fumbled the ball in the red zone.
Not only that, but he plays a position that’s incredibly deep. Cleveland has several wide receivers who will make the team easily and a few who are really good that still won’t be able to crack the lineup. Hyman does have eligibility on the practice squad though, so he may have had a good enough second half to earn a spot there.