3 Cleveland Browns tumbling down depth chart during the preseason

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Browns center Nick Harris, right, fends off defensive tackle Andrew Billings on Monday, August 2, 2021 in Berea, Ohio, at CrossCountry Mortgage Campus. [Phil Masturzo/ Beacon Journal]

Through the first two preseason games, these are the Cleveland Browns players that are tumbling down the depth chart

The Cleveland Browns have completed two preseason games, in addition to several weeks of training camp. Like every other team, there are going to be tough decisions to make regarding players to cut, as well as the order of some positions on the depth chart.

Some decisions, however, are easier to see and rationalize, as players struggle during camp and preseason games. This is especially harmful for players on the fringe of making the roster, or in the midst of a position battle to see playing time.

Here are the three Cleveland Browns players tumbling down the depth chart this preseason, who are also at risk of not making the final roster.

Cleveland Browns: Andrew Billings, DT

Andrew Billings joined the Browns in 2020 and opted out of the season. He was seen as an upgrade to the middle of the Browns defensive line unit, adding a big body that would help defensive ends Myles Garrett and Jadeveon Clowney on the defensive front. However, as training camp has gone on, and he has seen reps in the first two preseason games, he has been anything but an upgrade.

Billings was practically manhandled in the Browns’ first preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, being pushed several yards back by an individual offensive lineman on several occasions. He was a non-factor against the pass, but more worrying is how ineffective he was against the run, which is supposed to be his strength.

For a player that was deemed a “lock” to make the roster just a few short weeks ago, things aren’t so certain for the interior defensive lineman.

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