Week 9 Preview: Cleveland Browns at Denver Broncos

DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 15: Running back Phillip Lindsay #30 of the Denver Broncos and quarterback Baker Mayfield #6 of the Cleveland Browns stand with exchanged jerseys after a game at Broncos Stadium at Mile High on December 15, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 15: Running back Phillip Lindsay #30 of the Denver Broncos and quarterback Baker Mayfield #6 of the Cleveland Browns stand with exchanged jerseys after a game at Broncos Stadium at Mile High on December 15, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images) /
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KANSAS CITY, MO – OCTOBER 28: Patrick Mahomes #15 of the Kansas City Chiefs throws a pass in the pocket with heavy pressure from Josey Jewell #47 of the Denver Broncos during the first half of the game at Arrowhead Stadium on October 28, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images) /

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Josey Jewell

Josey Jewell has not had quite the breakout year that many hoped for. He has been solid, but has been seemingly absent at times, and we definitely have not heard his name as many times this season as we may have expected. He recorded half of a sack in the loss against the Colts.

However, Jewell is capable of much more, and playing against a weaker offensive line may allow Jewell more opportunities to get down and grind in the trenches. Look for Josey Jewell to be on the Browns’ radar on Sunday.

Demetrius Harris

With Browns’ TE David Njoku landing on IR, the Browns’ tight end group lost considerable depth. Although Harris was only targeted twice in the loss against the Patriots, Pharoah Brown is not a certain go with a concussion.

It is also no secret that the Broncos’ defense has tended to struggle defending the tight end, and the Browns may look to exploit that weakness with any personnel they are able to. If the Broncos can shut down their star receivers, this may be the target Baker turns to.

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