No. 1 – Limited look at the first-team offense
This preseason all anybody will want to see is how this Cleveland Browns offense will look in year two, especially with Odell Beckham healthy. Well, I totally understand that want, but it isn’t something you are going to see.
For one, Kevin Stefanski doesn’t want to risk any more injuries. The first-team offense (minus Beckham) will get one to two series a game, just to get guys used to the speed of the game again.
Remember, the Browns didn’t lose a single starter on offense from last year.
Second, Stefanski is extremely confident in this group and he won’t want to give away any secrets before the season. Yeah, there isn’t much you can hide these days, but why give any team tape on what the offense is trying to accomplish on the field. If you’re just running a vanilla offense, you might as well let the second team take the snaps.
This will be extremely frustrating, and fans will lose their minds if the offense struggles in week one, but it really is the right decision. Think about it, do you want any chance of losing Chubb, Beckham, Mayfield, or any offensive lineman in a game that means nothing? If you got a pile of 100 skittles and you knew just one would kill you, would you eat it?
It’s okay to be excited about preseason football, just don’t get too excited to see the starters or too quick to start judging how the season will go until week one of the regular season.