The Cleveland Browns visit Lambeau field this Saturday to take on the Green Bay Packers in the first preseason game for both teams.
Green Bay is an exciting team and a strong playoff contender. Most experts are saying the Browns have too many questions to be considered a playoff team.
There are a lot of position battles taking place in the Browns camp and the Packers will definitely be a stiff test. Although both team’s starters probably won’t play more than a series or two, it will be a good chance to see some of the new Browns.
Cleveland has recently suffered a few injuries and some key players probably won’t be suiting up. D’Qwell Jackson injured his pectoral muscle and could be out quite a while. Eric Wright has a sore hamstring and won’t play as well.
With Wright on the sidelines, it means more playing time for rookie cornerback Joe Haden. Haden should get a good feel for the speed of the pro game as Packers quarterback Aaron Rogers is one of the best in the league. Wide receivers Donald Driver and Gregg Jennings aren’t too bad either.
I’ve heard a lot about how physical rookie T.J. Ward is and I can’t wait to see for myself. Ward will be starting at one safety position.
Defensively, the Browns will have a chance to go against one of the better offenses in the NFL.
How will the run defense be without Shaun Rogers? How deep and talented is the secondary minus Wright? Just how good are the linebackers?
On offense the quarterback position has been completely overhauled this year. Jake Delhomme and Seneca Wallace each bring something different with their contrasting styles, while rookie Colt McCoy will get his first look at an NFL defense.
Much has been written about the Browns receivers and their lack of a number one.
Just how much has this group improved? Is Brian Robiskie ready in year two?
Cleveland’s offensive line should be one of the team’s strengths this year. It will be interesting to see how they do against the Packers.
Running backs Jerome Harrison, James Davis, Peyton Hillis and Chris Jennings will get a chance to battle it out. Every carry is important for this crowded backfield.
While it may be just a preseason game, it is also a very important game for many Browns players.
As a Browns fan, I’m ready.