The starters will play the majority of the game, but these players must continue their impressive starts to ensure they survive initial cuts. From there, the backups can strut their stuff in the preseason finale.
Here are two offensive and defensive players to watch on Friday:
TE Evan Moore: The emergence of Jordan Cameron in camp has shoved Moore all the way down to fourth on the depth chart.
While he possesses dynamic receiving ability, Moore hasn't proven himself as a reliable blocker. His upside is less than Cameron's, and Alex Smith is far superior at blocking, hence his slip.
Dan Gronkowski has also looked good at tight end, which leaves Moore surprisingly fighting for a spot.
Flashing that potential as a receiver is key for his chances of making the final cut.
WR Josh Cooper: As a college teammate of QB Brandon Weeden, Cooper had a bit of a leg up on the fringe Browns receivers entering camp.
Cooper has been relatively solid, but has gotten limited opportunities in games, managing three catches for 24 yards thus far. He will be hard-pressed to beat out Jordan Norwood for the final receiver spot despite the built-in chemistry with Weeden.
The one-handed catch against the Detroit Lions still stands out as Cooper's best play. The more reliable his mitts, the better chance he has of making the team, especially considering that the Browns led the NFL in drops in 2011.
SS David Sims: A pick-six against the Packers didn't hurt, and ESPNCleveland.com's Tony Grossi points out that Sims leads the league in interceptions in the preseason.
That ballhawking ability translated to the practice field last week as well, according to Grossi:
Sims may very well beat out fellow strong safety Usama Young for a roster spot, since Young has been hurt and hasn't practiced for three weeks.
MLB L.J. Fort: The undrafted rookie out of Northern Iowa leads the Browns with eight combined tackles in the preseason.
Fort slid into the starting lineup last week in place of D'Qwell Jackson, and played quite well. Assuming he continues his level of play, Fort should lock up a spot on the final 53-man roster.