It’s easy to get overly excited about pre-season NFL football. However, Cleveland Browns fans should lower their expectations for these reasons.
Get excited folks, we are nearing two weeks from being able to see the Cleveland Browns in action again. Albeit just the preseason, if you are anything like me, you’ll still find yourself watching the third-string guys battle out a game that doesn’t matter.
Things have certainly changed for the Browns in the last few years. Instead of using the preseason as a time to get young guys ready to play this season, they can better utilize it to figure out their second and third-string guys.
There will certainly be position battles during the preseason, but only at a few positions as the roster is pretty solidified barring any major injuries.
I certainly hope one of the first things you see this preseason is Baker Mayfield lead the offense right down the field for a touchdown, but you can also count on seeing these four things that may not be as exciting.
No. 4 – Focus on young talent
With so many players slotted at starting positions, the preseason will be utilized much more for their second and third strings this season, as well as special teams. General manager, Andrew Berry, will really be able to focus on his young players and how they have developed.
Guys like James Hudson (tackle), Anthony Schwartz (wide receiver), Demetric Felton (running back), Marvin Wilson (defensive tackle), and Tony Fields (linebacker) will get a ton of snaps late in games. These were all 2021 draft picks who likely won’t contribute next season but could be in the long-term plans moving forward.
What a nice relief not having to worry about implementing a new defense or offensive scheme during the preseason.