Cleveland Browns: 3-Step blueprint to Week 1 victory over Titans
Take Advantage of Taylor Lewan’s Absence
Whether he knowingly took them or not, Titans left tackle Taylor Lewan is suspended for the first four games of the 2019 season for performance-enhancing drugs. Right before facing one of the league’s most talented defensive line may not be the best time to miss a game as an offensive lineman. The Browns need to take full advantage, early and often.
Lewan is one of the league’s best at the left tackle position and has done a fine job of watching over quarterback Marcus Mariota’s blindside. Behind Lewan on the depth chart sits Dennis Kelly, a 2012 fifth-round pick out of Purdue. At 29 years old, the 6-8 Kelly has started 27 out of his 73 career games and hasn’t practiced much with the first-team offense.
Many of Kelly’s original draft profiles cite Kelly’s lack of speed as one of his biggest weaknesses. Kelly’s lack of both quickness and weight, even as an offensive lineman, could greatly hamper him against Myles Garrett and the rest of Cleveland’s star-studded front four. Garrett, along with Olivier Vernon on the other side and Sheldon Richardson and Larry Ogunjobi in the middle, should have a field day against the Titans on Sunday. Big plays abound, and the Browns’ front line should be a game-changer.