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Four Things to Watch in Cleveland Browns Preseason Opener Vs. Detroit Lions

August 8th, 2014 at 11:55 AM
By Jeff D. Gorman

The Cleveland Browns will open the preseason schedule tomorrow night at Ford Field against the Detroit Lions. Here's what to watch:

1. The quarterbacks. Obviously, all eyes will be on the quarterback battle between starter Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel. Hoyer should start the regular-season opener unless he gets hurt or plays horribly, or if Manziel blows everyone away.

2. Terrance West. We know Ben Tate is capable of carrying the load at running back, but if West shows that he has starter potential, the Browns will be suddenly rich at running back.

3. The defense. Mike Pettine's defenders will finally get a chance to take out their aggressions of someone who is not wearing a Cleveland uniform. Pettine probably won't expose too many of his exotic tricks, but he will be watching to see who has the instincts to take the ball away from the opposing offense.

4. Travis Benjamin. Hopefully, he has recovered from his knee injury and can provide the Browns with a dynamic threat in the punt and kick return game. Simply staying healthy should be his goal for the preseason.

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