Cleveland Browns: 5 storylines to watch in the preseason finale

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BEREA, OHIO – JULY 30: Quarterback Baker Mayfield #6 and running back Kareem Hunt #27 of the Cleveland Browns in the huddle during Cleveland Browns Training Camp on July 30, 2021 in Berea, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) /

With the Cleveland Browns final preseason game coming Sunday night, we look at five storylines to keep an eye on.

The Cleveland Browns get the primetime treatment when they travel to Atlanta to take on the Falcons in the preseason finale. The Browns go into the last game of the preseason with a 2-0 record despite not playing the vast majority of their starters.

So far, these exhibitions have been used to evaluate and judge the backups and potential fringe roster players. Will the Browns and head coach Kevin Stefanski treat the last preseason game against the Falcons in the same manner? What roster spots are still up for grabs?

How will playing time be divvied up? We take a look at these questions and more in this installment of five storylines to watch for.

Cleveland Browns Storyline No. 1: How many (if any) starters will see the field Sunday night?

Will coach Stefanski give his starters what used to be the typical dress rehearsal treatment? With the exception of the joint practices with the Giants last week, this would be the unit’s only chance to take the field together until the season opener against Kansas City on Sep. 12th.

By the amount of precaution the head coach has shown to this point in training camp, all signs point to the Browns starting 22 not seeing any action. Chances are the stars of this Browns roster: Baker Mayfield, Nick Chubb, Odell Beckham, Jarvis Landry, Myles Garrett, Jadeveon Clowney, and Denzel Ward will all be in ballcaps instead of helmets.

However, the amount of playing time certain players get will be a direct tell of what their immediate future holds. For example, don’t expect to see more than one series out of rookies Greg Newsome and Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah. Both rookies have proven what they needed to and now will be tasked with heavy playing time, with both possibly starting week one in Kansas City.

While it would be nice for the fans to see the starting unit have a brief dress rehearsal on Sunday Night Football, do not get your hopes up. The reality is whatever momentum could be gained by sending them out there probably would not carry over for the two weeks in between games. But…we can dream.