This Sunday sees the Cleveland Browns travel to LA to take on the Chargers with the games kickoff at 9:05pm UK time. I’m happy about this as it means I get to watch the Detroit Lions at the 6pm slot followed by the Browns – happy Sunday to me.
Today I saw the unofficial depth chart for the game released via the Browns’ website so thought I’d have a quick look at it and comment on what I see.
Firstly, where’s Josh Gordon? I was under the impression he would be gracing us with his presence this week in his first game since the 2014 season. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve not jumped on the Gordon hype train nor do I think he’ll be the saviour of the Cleveland Browns as I question his maturity and I’m not sure he’s the type to be 100% committed to his career. I am, however, intrigued to see if he can bring anything to the Browns passing game that will help us see if there actually is any hope for DeShone Kizer to be the starting QB in town for a while.
I think people are putting too much on Gordon to save the day but I’m intrigued to see if Gordon and Coleman can help Kizer to progress. I know people hate him (I’m not a massive fan of what appears to be an uninterested attitude to playing) but a wide receiver trio of Kenny Britt and Gordon on the outsides and Coleman in the slot, seeing as Hue likes to play with more than two WR’s a lot(or a combination thereof), could be interesting to watch down the stretch to the end of the season. On paper at least, the receiving unit of Britt, Coleman, Gordon, Njoku, DeValve and Duuuuke gives Kizer some good options to throw to.
I don’t understand fully why Randall Telfer is down as the starting TE as I think both Njoku and DeValve are much better players at that position. I can only think that it’s because he’s slated as the better run-blocker of the three and that’s how they want to start the game? Right now I think Seth DeValve is the best TE they have on the roster as he’s probably the safest pair of hands they have in the passing game, along with Duke Johnson.
Talking of Duke Johnson, why isn’t he the starting running back yet and why isn’t he getting more touches of the ball? It’s stuff like this that infuriates me when it comes to Hue Jackson and the offensive game he calls. Duke Johnson is a more dynamic runner than Crowell and is proving himself to be the teams best player in the passing game also. I realise you need two types of running back on your team but I still want to see much more of Duuuke!
I miss having Emmanuel Ogbah playing on the opposite side of the defensive line to Myles Garrett after he suffered an injury and was placed on IR for the rest of the season, but I am a fan of Carl Nassib. He can play the game well at times but I’d like to see those times come around more often. Maybe this extended run as a starter can make that happen.
Personally, I’d like to see Rashard Higgins start ahead of Richardo Louis at WR. I don’t think either of them is exactly a starting calibre player, but I think Higgins has a bit more potential.
I also like the fact they are sticking with Shon Coleman at RT. He gets called for a lot of penalties but I’m hoping this is just down to his young age and inexperience as a starter at that position. I hope the false start and holding penalties aren’t coming as a result of him being way out of his depth in the big boy league. He’s another one of those players that are here for the 5-year plan that’s going on at the Browns with their latest rebuild project. He looks a decent player other than these penalties and I think he could turn out to be a mainstay of the roster.
The rest looks pretty standard as far as the current Cleveland Browns starting line-ups go. I’d still love to see Jabrill Peppers playing at Strong Safety as opposed to the deep-set Free Safety but I understand that there’s no-one else on the roster who can do what he does currently……maybe next year, huh? Always next year.
How Will the Game End Up?
Who knows? Nobody, that’s who. Do I think the Browns can win this one? Nah! The Chargers are on for their third-straight win after putting up a total of 84 points over the last two games. Their offence has got itself firing just at the wrong time for the Browns. Especially looking at how bad the Browns defence looked last week against the Bengals, it doesn’t bode well for this week’s game.
I predict that the Browns offence will struggle to move the ball as the game progresses and DeShone Kizer gives up too early on too many plays (again) and tries to scramble too often. Whereas the Chargers will pass and run all over the Browns defence.
I hope I’m completely wrong but I see the Chargers winning this one by two scores or more.
Title image credit: Joshua Gunter