Monday Night Football Preview: Johnny Manziel Takes on the Redskins
We might get some real answers on Monday Night Football. Rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel looked pretty sharp in his debut a week ago, but when his Cleveland Browns take on the Washington Redskins under the lights on Monday night, we might finally be close to finding out whether or not he’ll be under center as the starting quarterback in week one.
Obviously the hottest storyline here is how Manziel will fare against Washington’s first team defense and what will go down in his competition with fellow Cleveland passer, Brian Hoyer. Aas exciting and interesting as that battle will be to watch tonight, however, that’s not all there is to this game.
For more things worth checking out in Monday night’s NFL preseason contest, read on:
I Need More Crowell
Crowell suited up last week, but the talented undrafted running back has yet to play an offensive down. We know Ben Tate is the starter and Terrance West showed in the first preseason game he’ll factor into the mix, as well. But what about Crowell? He’s quite talented and hasn’t made his mark yet. Look for him to get a shot at doing so in front of the nation tonight.
What Browns Wide Receivers Will Step Up?
Josh Gordon still doesn’t know what his future holds, but he could still be suspended up to eight games or even for the entire 2014 season. That could easily mean someone who hasn’t been a starter before is thrust into a big role. Obviously how Miles Austin and Andrew Hawkins fare will be important, but can guys like Charles Johnson, Anthony Armstrong and Travis Benjamin make an impact in preseason play and show they can help if needed?
The Dominance of Jordan Reed
Reed reportedly tore up the New England Patriots in a scrimmage, so it will be quite interesting to see what he can do against a very solid Browns pass defense under the lights. Reed’s main goal is to stay healthy after dealing with several concussions the past few years, but his size and athleticism make him a threat to be one of Washington’s most dangerous weapons in the passing game. Here’s to hoping he stays healthy and can show off his skills on MNF.
Robert Griffin III’s Progress
Last, but certainly not least, all eyes that are not on Johnny Football will be on RG3 on Monday night. RG3 has reportedly looked much better in camp than he did a year ago, but we all need to see that continue to translate to the field. Griffin didn’t play much in Washington’s first preseason contest, so it will be good to see how he does tonight against a pretty tough Browns defense.
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