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Browns-Titans: 5 things to watch


1)    Ben Tate and Jordan Cameron

Two of the Browns' most dependable offensive weapons are feeling revitalized after the bye week and both might be ready for big games on Sunday against the Titans. Though Tate has had his carries limited in practice this week, the Browns are expecting him to get the start and pick up right where Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West left off. Tate's methodical approach to running -- along with his vision and savvy skills as a pass catcher -- add another element to Cleveland's healthy stable of backs.

We've yet to see a Pro Bowl type of performance from Cameron in 2014, and nearly all of that has to with his now close-to healed shoulder injury. Because he hasn't dominated in a game yet, Cameron could catch the Titans off guard if they don't properly plan their coverages.

With the offense already clicking on all cylinders, it's hard to imagine these two proven veteran players not adding more fuel to the fire.

2)    Defensive pressure

Somebody besides Paul Kruger has to live in the Tennessee backfield – both sacking quarterback Jake Locker and more importantly stifling the Titans' stable of running backs. Bishop Sankey, Shonn Greene and Dexter McCluster might not be names that jump off the page, but they have potential to do damage. Whether it's Jabaal Sheard, Armonty Bryant, Billy Winn or John Hughes – or a combination of the whole unit – the Browns need someone to disrupt the Titans' offensive plans before they even begin.

3)    Joe Haden

The Pro Bowl cornerback will likely be marking Kendall Wright, the Titans leading receiver to begin the season (19 catches, 176 yards, 1 touchdown). Haden hasn't shied away from letting his coaches and teammates down for his one-play lapse against Ravens receiver Steve Smith. The bye week might've actually come at a perfect time for the 25-year-old.

"I've got a whole new mindset and I feel refocused," said Haden in the locker room earlier this week.

Now it's time to prove again that quarterbacks should be trembling whenever they consider throwing Haden's way.

4)    Coaching

Immediately following the bye week, coach Mike Pettine was hard on himself and the staff about certain procedural things – 12-men in the huddle penalties and certain timeouts used in the second half. To Pettine, it's been a simple and hopefully effective fix.

"I think it's just communication," said Pettine. "Obviously our stadium is very loud. Whether it's coach to coach, coach to player or player to player, we've got to do a better job communicating, especially when we get down towards the end zone where the crowd really gets into it. We're practicing it. We've identified the problem coaching staff-wise, player-wise and we're working it out at practice. I'm confident we'll get that stuff cleaned up."

5)    Special Teams

The unit that doesn't get talked about much might end up deciding whether the Browns win or lose. As of Friday morning, it's still unclear which long snapper (Christian Young or Charley Hughlett) will be getting the nod on Sunday. Marlon Moore, Travis Benjamin and possibly some wild card candidates will rotate returning punts and kicks.

It is worth noting the Browns are number one in the league in kickoff coverage. Billy Cundiff has reached the end zone on all but one of his 16 kickoffs and two weeks ago against Baltimore all four of his kickoffs were touchbacks. The unit can play better, but they haven't been as bad as some are painting them to be.

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