Read our full breakdown of his performance here. Saying he will be a large part of Cleveland’s defense in 2014 is quite the understatement.
For the first time, the chemistry we’ve seen all offseason between
Question Hawkins’ size, but don’t question his ability to get open. The Rams had trouble keeping tabs on Hawkins not only in the middle field, but also when he hugged the sideline. Right now, as the Browns head into Week Four of the preseason, the 28-year-old is the most reliable receiver on the roster.
Back-to-back sacks in two preseason games thrust the second-year player into the starting lineup Saturday against the Rams. Bryant wasn’t able to register his third quarterback takedown, but he did again live in the backfield. The 265-pound lineman said it’s his unique frame that makes him more difficult to block. He’s the opposite of a 330-pound
It may surprise some Browns fans that the outside linebacker has made this list on back-to-back weeks. Going forward, it shouldn’t be. The rave will be about Kruger’s improved speed, which he showed against the Rams on a knockdown of Shaun Hill. But on Saturday, it was Kruger’s strength against the run that stood out. He finished with just three tackles, but on several occasions, Kruger was throwing St. Louis offensive linemen to the side to join on gang tackling efforts.
Arguing that Gabriel is undeserving of a roster spot is becoming a hard stance to take. The undrafted rookie from Abilene Christian tied for second on the Browns with 23 yards receiving on two receptions. The 5-foot-8 jitterbug took one kickoff return 68 yards and another 37 yards up the sideline, but the latter was flagged for an illegal block in the back. Simply put: Gabriel rarely, if ever, makes negative plays. Instead, fans are getting to know him more because of his blazing speed. He’s taken this opportunity and then some with the Cleveland Browns.