3 Browns players who need to step up in Preseason Week 2

Jul 27, 2022; Berea, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Anthony Schwartz (10) takes a pitch from quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) during training camp at CrossCountry Mortgage Campus. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 27, 2022; Berea, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Anthony Schwartz (10) takes a pitch from quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) during training camp at CrossCountry Mortgage Campus. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports /
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The NFL preseason is upon us and that means the Cleveland Browns will have some decisions to make and these three players need to step up this week.

With the NFL preseason in full swing, we are that much closer to the start of the regular season. The Cleveland Browns were victorious last Friday night over the home-standing Jacksonville Jaguars, but there are players who really need to step it up over the course of the next two weeks.

Now, preseason isn’t the end-all-be-all, but it’s a nice way for head coach Kevin Stefanski and general manager Andrew Berry to evaluate what they have on the roster. That roster has to be trimmed from 90 down to 53 over the course of the preseason leading up to Week 1 of the regular season.

There will be fan favorites that will be cut and there will be some head-scratching decisions, but that is the nature of the NFL beast. These three players need to step up in Preseason Week 2.

3 Browns Who Need to Step Up in Preseason Week 2

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Browns, Ben Petrula. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports /

No. 3: Ben Petrula

The Browns signed Ben Petrula as an undrafted free agent out of Boston College, so the chances of him making the roster were already slim. After last week’s game against the Jaguars, those chances are slimmer than people on the Keto diet.

Petrula just wasn’t that good against Jacksonville. He played the most snaps on the team, regardless of offense or defense, with 46. He had a few instances of good play, but it was mostly bad play and that isn’t good for a guy trying to make the league after not being drafted.

He was called for holding on two separate occasions, one of which negated a touchdown from John Kelly. The Browns still got three points on the drive off the foot of rookie kicker Cade York, but the holding penalty simply cannot happen, taking points off the board.

Petrula will have to step up big time this weekend vs the Eagles or else he might be looking for a new home in a week.

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