After a close loss in week 1 against the Pittsburg Steelers 18-21, the Cleveland Browns showed their potential as a young team. Second year wide receiver Corey Coleman and rookies, DeShone Kizer (QB) and David Njoku (TE), highlight Cleveland’s young offense. In his first NFL start, Kizer threw 20-30 for 222 yards with both a rushing and passing touchdown. Pretty impressive for a rookie against a veteran defense like the Steelers. Although he threw an interception, Kizer stayed calm in the loss. The two young running backs, Isaiah Crowell and Duke Johnson, only add to Cleveland’s young star power.
On the defensive side of things the Browns were impressive. Even with No. 1 overall pick Myles Garrett (DE) out with an ankle injury, this defense held Le’Veon Bell to 32 yards and without a touchdown. After cutting pro bowler Joe Haden (CB) and elite safety Calvin Pryor, Cleveland’s secondary needs work. Jabrill Peppers (SS), a 2017 first round pick, looks to help the secondary early. During the preseason Peppers hauled in his first interception. One week can only tell so much and the Browns look to improve in this early season. I see this team in the playoffs in about 2-3 years from now.