Cleveland Browns: 4 offensive players to watch on the Chargers
1. QB Justin Herbert
While he is not Brock Lesnar, Justin Herbert is the next big thing in the NFL.
At 6-foot-6, 237 pounds, Herbert is a mountain of a man to be playing the quarterback position.
He’s also just in his second season and still getting better.
On Monday Night, Herbert and the Chargers gave the Raiders their first loss of the season and the signal-caller continued to make history. He threw for 222 yards and three scores (all in the first half) and passed Jack Kemp for sixth-most passing yards in franchise history.
He did this in just 19 career games. Unreal.
After his performance on Monday night, he now has 1,178 yards, nine touchdowns, and three interceptions while completing 69 percent of his passes.
Herbert has a connection with Browns quarterback, Baker Mayfield. Last season, Herbert broke Mayfield’s NFL record for most touchdown passes for a rookie. Baker had 27 in 2018 and Herbert passed him with 31.
Hebert is surrounded by weapons in Allen, Ekeler, and Williams along with tight end Jared Cook. The 23-year old quarterback can sling the rock and put his playmakers in a position to succeed.
There were many people who were wrong about Herbert coming out of Oregon, thinking he wasn’t going to pan out in the NFL. Well through 19-games in his young career, he’s shutting those people right up.
If the Browns want to go 1-0 for the week and get another tough win on the road, the defensive front will have to continue what it has been doing over the past couple of weeks.
Myles Garrett leads the defense with six sacks, most in the NFL. He also is tied for second in tackles for loss (7), QB hits (13), QB pressures (15), and is tied for fourth in QB knockdowns with six.
The whole defensive front will have to apply constant pressure to Herbert on Sunday. If they can get to Herbert and hit him around, it will throw his game off, which ultimately will help the secondary.
This game will be a true test for the woken-up Browns defense and could solidify the team as potentially the top team in the NFL.