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Keys to Victory: What we're watching against the Giants

The Browns host the Giants on Monday night in their second of four preseason games.

Here's what we'll be watching at FirstEnergy Stadium.

1. Brock makes 2nd start; can Kizer build upon debut?

Brock Osweiler will make his second straight start of the preseason, head coach Hue Jackson announced Wednesday as the Browns continue to evaluate who might be best fit to lead the team this fall.

"I still think right now where we are that Brock deserves the opportunity to walk out there first," said Jackson, who added rookie DeShone Kizer moved up to the second team while Cody Kessler and Kevin Hogan will take reps after him.

Speaking of Kizer, the former Notre Dame star shined in his preseason debut, passing for 181 yards and a 45-yard touchdown with under two minutes to play to lift the Browns to a comeback win over the Saints.

"I think seeing DeShone, again last week, it was in the second half, I want to see him now in the first half, and see what he can do there," Jackson said. "I will give him an opportunity there to showcase his talent and ability, and then we will put Cody in and go from there."

2. Who steps up?

With Danny Shelton (knee), Joel Bitonio (knee) and Cameron Erving (calf) set to miss Monday's game, the Browns will have an opportunity to assess their depth on both the offensive and defensive lines.

At guard, versatile veteran John Greco is poised to make his first start of the preseason after having started 11 games in 2016. "He's somebody I trust, somebody I know. He knows how to play," said Jackson, who also praised former 49ers starting offensive lineman Marcus Martin. "I don't want anybody injured. At the same time, it is an area where we have some depth so we have some guys to go out there and battle."

With Shelton out, the Browns will look to a host of interior players including Jamie Meder, training camp standout Trevon Coley, Xavier Cooper and rookie Larry Ogunjobi.

3. Pecking order at WR

Monday should also give us a better idea of the team's "pecking order" at wide receiver.  "Who's going to catch the balls and get those balls?" Jackson said. "I think those questions will be answered within the next three weeks. I think we will be set by the time we hit the regular season."

Veteran Kenny Britt and former first-round draft pick Corey Coleman are expected to play significant roles in the pass game. Cleveland is hoping several young players — including second-year players Ricardo Louis, Rashard Higgins, Jordan Payton and Rannell Hall — step up.

4. Playing to win

Though the preseason is considered something of a dress rehearsal for the regular season, Jackson stressed the Browns are playing to win regardless of the stakes.

"It's not because of last year, it is just that is the way it is," he said, referencing a 1-15 season and 0-4 showing in the preseason. "There's a score being kept and if there is, you want to win. At the same time, we're also going to evaluate our team because there is going to be some hard decisions that we have to make and we have to do that, as well, but we are going out there to play to win. There's no question about that."​

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