Game Day

5 players who impressed in the Browns' 5-0 preseason win over the Eagles

We're handing out five game balls, one for every point scored in the Browns' 5-0 preseason victory over the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles.

DE Myles Garrett - The Browns' past two preseason games have featured the best version of Garrett we've ever seen, and the belief by many on the team is he's only going to get better. On this night, Garrett was credited with two sacks, including one that put two points on the board for a first-quarter safety. The effect he had on the rest of the Browns' pass rush, though, is immeasurable, as Philadelphia needed to reallocate some resources to make sure Garrett wouldn't be in quarterback Nick Foles' face on every single passing down. The former No. 1 pick registered back-to-back game-changing performances, giving him all sorts of momentum heading into his second NFL season.

LB Genard Avery - The fifth-round rookie has played nothing like his draft status since arriving in Berea. For a second consecutive night, Avery received valuable snaps with the first-team defense and made the most of them, collecting a strip sack that was ultimately recovered by Emmanuel Ogbah. Unfortunately, Avery left the game in the second half with a hamstring injury. The Browns are hoping for the best because he's truly looked like a diamond in the rough so far.

The Browns play the Philadelphia Eagles at FirstEnergy Stadium.

K Zane Gonzalez - The opportunities to impress in preseason games simply haven't been there for Cleveland's competing kickers. The Browns' second-year incumbent made darn sure not to miss the biggest one either he or Ross Martin faced, nailing a 54-yarder with plenty to spare in Thursday's second quarter. It's been a good week for Gonzalez, who made all five kicks during a pressure drill at practice Monday. After a rocky start, Gonzalez had a nice finish to his rookie season, making eight of his final nine attempts, including two long ones in adverse conditions to close out the year.

DB Briean Boddy-Calhoun - The third-year, do-it-all defensive back found out two hours before kickoff he'd be starting at free safety in place of the injured Damarious Randall. Though he stressed it's not the easiest to master multiple positions, Boddy-Calhoun looked comfortable in the back end of the defense. He swooped in nicely on an errant Foles throw to nab his first interception since 2016. "You have got to be hungry," Boddy-Calhoun said. "If you want to win in this game, you have got to take the ball away and keep them in check on offense." 

RB Carlos Hyde - For a second straight week, Hyde looked like a player intent on being Cleveland's bell cow running back. He picked up the majority of his yards on one run, a 33-yarder that looked a lot like a couple of the long ones he had the previous week against the Bills. After a quiet preseason opener, Hyde amassed 109 yards on just 16 carries. He's seeing the holes well and showing the kind of burst Cleveland hoped to see when it signed him as a free agent in March.

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