Cleveland Browns: Studs and duds from Week 15 meltdown

Randy Gurzi
GLENDALE, ARIZONA - DECEMBER 15: Baker Mayfield #6 of the Cleveland Browns gets ready to run onto the field prior to a game against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium on December 15, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, ARIZONA - DECEMBER 15: Baker Mayfield #6 of the Cleveland Browns gets ready to run onto the field prior to a game against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium on December 15, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images) /
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DENVER, CO – NOVEMBER 3: Mack Wilson #51 of the Cleveland Browns celebrates after a third quarter sack against the Denver Broncos at Empower Field at Mile High on November 3, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO – NOVEMBER 3: Mack Wilson #51 of the Cleveland Browns celebrates after a third quarter sack against the Denver Broncos at Empower Field at Mile High on November 3, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images) /

Stud: Mack Wilson

In the preseason, linebacker Mack Wilson was all over the place. He was a turnover machine and had fans hyped when thinking about what the fifth-round rookie could become for them. Since then, he’s been rather quiet and has made his share of mistakes.

On Sunday, he reminded everyone that he can be a difference-maker. After Nick Chubb made it a 14-7 score, Kyler Murray and the Cards tried to extend on their lead.

The rookie quarterback dropped back and had a chance to get the ball to tight end Charles Clay but he underestimated the athleticism of Mack. The rookie linebacker was able to leap up and make an athletic reception to score his first interception of the season.

Cleveland was unable to get the ball in the end zone, which had a lot to do with a rather weird third-down play that saw Jarvis Landry lateral the ball to Baker Mayfield, but Wilson did put them in a great position so they were able to kick a field goal. The play by Wilson was big as it kept the Cards from extending a lead an instead, pulled them to within four.

Wilson finished the game with seven tackles, six of which were solo. He still has a lot to learn in order to be the player Cleveland needs him to be, but he was one of the few bright spots on Sunday for them.

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