St. Louis Rams vs. Cleveland Browns: Talking About Joshua Cribbs
The preseason marches on and it's time for the second game, or the one where the starters play more.
The Browns will get their first glimpse of Sam Bradford while Head Coach Eric Mangini promises the offense will improve.
The Browns defense will get a chance to build some confidence, as the Rams offense was the worst in the NFL last year with the least points scored.
But what about Joshua Cribbs?
Click forward to see what Browns fans will be talking about and looking for in Saturday night's preseason contest.
What Can Browns Fans Expect To See Out Of Their Favorite Player?
With Mohamed Massaquoi nursing an injury from last week's game against Green Bay, starting quarterback Jake Delhomme will have more of an opportunity to throw the ball to Joshua Cribbs.
Cribbs didn't take any punts or kickoffs in the Green Bay game, so it will be noteworthy if Mangini allows Cribbs to do it vs. the Rams.
Whether he does take returns or not, Cribbs should factor into the offense more this week, but don't expect to see the Cyclone fully unleashed until Week One of the regular season.
You can bet Mangini doesn't want there to be any tapes out there of what he's got planned before the regular season.
Colt McCoy Vs. Sam Bradford!
This really isn't as exciting as it sounds.
Besides the fact both are listed as backups this year, although that's likely to change for Bradford, McCoy most likely won't even sniff the field after the regular season starts.
So while you can hype this matchup all you want, this potential really is nothing more than a curiosity.
Despite the history between the two in college, the past is the past and this is the NFL now.
As for McCoy, he doesn't need to look like Joe Montana, but he needs to look better than he did last week. Showing improvement is all anyone can ask for.
Forget The Quarterbacks, What About The Running Game?
The competition for running back spots is at a premium, and Jerome Harrison is the guy who always seems to have something to prove to the coaches.
Montario Hardesty still is out with his knee injury everyone insists isn't that bad, so that gives more carries to Harrison, Chris Jennings, and James Davis.
Fumbling is not recommended at any time, but anyone not named Harrison who coughs up the ball during this game just might find themselves turning in their playbook.
T.J. Ward Gets Another Chance To Impress
T.J. Ward made believers out of a lot people last week vs. Green Bay with seven tackles.
With the "it's preseason" caveat, Ward should dominate the Rams based off what we saw last week.
Along with Joe Haden, the Browns rookies are making the kind of impact you like to see.
Beware The Right Side
The right side of the offensive line already is hurting from injuries, and now rookie Shaun Lauvao has returned to Hawaii for personal reasons.
The right side was the Browns weak point on the line last year, and this year isn't starting off well.
It's only preseason, though, so hopefully guys like Tony Pashos and Floyd Womack will be ready to go once the season starts.
Versus the Rams, though, they may be okay.
Look for Delhomme and the first team offense to dominate the Rams, who still are farther away from being a good team than the Browns are.
Look for some flashes of the Wildcat from Cribbs and Wallace, but it only will be a taste.
The Bradford/McCoy matchup probably won't be as exciting as we all hope, and the game will be won decisively this week, Phil Dawson won't figure into the equation.
The first-team defense has to contain A.J. Feeley or there will be a lot of questions for Mangini to answer after the game as to why nothing worked.
Other than that, it's preseason, so enjoy the game.