5 Browns players to watch in Week 1 vs. Panthers
No. 2: Kareem Hunt, running back
Starting running back Nick Chubb will likely get the bulk of the carries this weekend but Kareem Hunt will have a massive role. Last year when Hunt missed time it was clear the offense was missing something they couldn’t replicate. Hunt plays such an important role in both the passing game and the running game.
On a team that lacks proven talent at wide receiver Hunt’s ability to line up in the slot and out wide and be effective will be important. He provides a different style of runner and allows Nick Chubb to stay healthy for the second half of the game. The Browns will need to lean on their talented backs if they want to win and Hunt’s versatility would be key.
No. 1: Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, linebacker
The Browns have plenty of talent at edge rusher and defensive back and they will play a major part on Sunday. But the Panther’s best offensive player, someone they must slow down, is running back Christian McCaffery. The player that will be crucial in slowing him down is second-year linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah.
This might be the most important one-on-one matchup Sunday if the Browns want to win. JOK must cover McCaffery out of the backfield and make sure he doesn’t turn a short pass into a big play.