CLEVELAND - The Browns wrap up the NFL preseason against the Chicago Bears and FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland Thursday.
Here are five players to watch in the game.
Browns starting quarterback Brian Hoyer. The St. Ignatius grad will be starting his second game of the preseason knowing that he will be the starting quarterback against Pittsburgh in the first week of the season. The perfect night for Hoyer would be to get the ball at the 20 and lead an 80-yard drive on the first series and exit the game.
Browns wide receiver Miles Austin. The Browns really need the former Cowboys stand out to step up. The loss of Josh Gordon for the season might make Austin the second-most important guy on the field.
Browns defensive back Justin Gilbert. The top pick in the 2014 draft struggled against the St. Louis Rams. Granted, most of the Browns' key defensive players had the week off. It was a "Welcome to the NFL" awakening for the young cornerback. Let's see how he bounces back.
Browns tight end Jordan Cameron. Cameron has been dealing with a nagging shoulder injury. If the Browns wide outs don't improve soon, look for this tight end to be the Browns leading pass catcher.
Browns quarterback Rex Grossman. Grossman will see his first action as a Brown in the second half. Does he have a spot on the team, or will he knock Connor Shaw off the roster?
Here are five things we will be looking out for in the game.
- The first team offense only has one touchdown in three games. Can they turn it on in this game?
- What wide receiver is going to be able to fill the unreplaceable shoes of Josh Gordon?
- Ben Tate and Terrance West are locked in at the running back spot. Chris Ogbonnaya and Dion Lewis are fighting it out.
- Will the Browns carry three quarterbacks, and who will they be? If the Browns can get Conner Shaw to the practice team, it's a no-brainer. How much of Rex Grossman's past will earn him a spot with his old friend Kyle Shannahan on the Browns this season?
- Injuries. As always in a fourth preseason game, you will hope that the boys walk away injury-free.