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3 takeaways from the Browns' second preseason game against the Colts

Posted: 9:10 PM, Aug 17, 2019
Updated: 2019-08-17 21:35:14-04
Cleveland Browns v Indianapolis Colts

CLEVELAND — The Browns have won their second preseason game, this week against the Colts, and while many of the stars didn’t take the field Saturday, there were important takeaways from the game.

Here are three things to keep in mind following the Browns win in Indianapolis:

1. Browns need to find their kicker

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Kicker Austin Seibert

The battle of the kicker is not proving to be not much of a battle at all. Both Greg Joseph and Austin Seibert have failed to impress, both missing their marks on telling attempts.

Joseph missed a 53-yard field goal at the end of the first half while Seibert missed a 52-yard field goal with just under three minutes left in the fourth quarter.

Both kickers have struggled at times throughout training camp and their preseason game outings have not been much better.

Last season, six of the 16 games the Browns played were decided by a field goal—made or missed. If the Browns want to have a real chance in the playoffs, or even think about being Super Bowl contenders, they have to find a reliable kicker.

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Unfortunately Phil Dawson is retired and isn’t an option, so the Browns will need to hope one of the kickers on the roster can prove themselves worthy, or find themselves a new man for the job.

2. Garrett Gilbert made a name for himself

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Garrett Gilbert

The Browns have found their franchise quarterback in Baker Mayfield. Drew Stanton has been the focus in discussions on the backup situation, but in Saturday’s game against the Colts, Gilbert made a name for himself as well.

Gilbert completed 13 of his 19 passes, throwing for 151 yards and two touchdowns, finding both D’Ernest Johnson and Jaelen Strong for six.

His outing Saturday might have made him that much closer to a spot on the final 53-man roster.

Keep an eye on him.

3. The stars come out next week

Washington Redskins v Cleveland Browns
Wide receiver Odell Beckham

Many refer to preseason Week 3 as the “dress rehearsal” for the regular season, meaning teams will keep many of their starters in through the first half of the game or longer.

This helps get a team’s star players reps on the field while still protecting them from injuries, as most of them rest in the final preseason game. It also helps coaches determine position battles.

So as the Browns come off their win against the Colts and prepare to take on the Buccaneers, get ready to see more from Mayfield, Jarvis Landry, Nick Chubb, Myles Garrett, and of course, Odell Beckham Jr.

Given all are healthy enough to play, you’ll likely get a good look at the core Browns team next Friday, and that is something to get excited about.

Programming Updates

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BROWNS SCHEDULE

Preseason

WEEK 1 · Thu 08/08 · Browns 30, Redskins 10 (1-0)

WEEK 2 · Sat 08/17 · Browns 21, Colts 18 (2-0)

WEEK 3 · Fri 08/23 · Browns 12, Buccaneers 13 (2-1)

WEEK 4 · Thu 08/29 · Browns 20, Lions 16 (3-1)

Regular Season

WEEK 1 · Sun 09/08 · Titans 43, Browns 13 (0-1)

WEEK 2 · Mon 09/16 · 8:15 PM EDT at New York Jets (ESPN)

WEEK 3 · Sun 09/22 · 8:20 PM EDT Los Angeles Rams (NBC)

WEEK 4 · Sun 09/29 · 1:00 PM EDT at Baltimore Ravens (CBS)

WEEK 5 · Mon 10/07 · 8:15 PM EDT at San Francisco 49ers (ESPN)

WEEK 6 · Sun 10/13 · 1:00 PM EDT Seattle Seahawks (Fox)

WEEK 7 Bye

WEEK 8 · Sun 10/27 · 4:25 PM EDT at New England Patriots (CBS)

WEEK 9 · Sun 11/03 · 4:25 PM EST at Denver Broncos (CBS)

WEEK 10 · Sun 11/10 · 1:00 PM EST Buffalo Bills (CBS)

WEEK 11 · Thu 11/14 · 8:20 PM EST Pittsburgh Steelers (Fox, NFL Network, Amazon)

WEEK 12 · Sun 11/24 · 1:00 PM EST Miami Dolphins (CBS)

WEEK 13 · Sun 12/01 · 4:25 PM EST at Pittsburgh Steelers (CBS)

WEEK 14 · Sun 12/08 · 1:00 PM EST Cincinnati Bengals (CBS)

WEEK 15 · Sun 12/15 · 4:05 PM EST at Arizona Cardinals (CBS)

WEEK 16 · Sun 12/22 · 1:00 PM EST Baltimore Ravens (CBS)

WEEK 17 · Sun 12/29 · 1:00 PM EST at Cincinnati Bengals (CBS)