USA TODAY Sports Weekly



Storyline of the week

Staying healthy: Browns coach Kevin Stefanski’s decision to play QB Baker Mayfield, four-fifths of the starting offensive line and some other first-string players in the preseason finale against the Falcons did not backfire with one of them suffering a serious injury. After sitting out the first two preseason games along with the majority of the starters, Mayfield quarterbac­ked two series and went 6 of 10 passing for 113 yards and a touchdown in Atlanta. He had a passer rating of 132.5.

Rookie watch

Fifth-round pick and safety Richard LeCounte III has given the Browns a glimpse of the upside that made him a key starter for the Georgia Bulldogs. While LeCounte’s performanc­es have come in preseason games against second- and third-stringers, he may be needed in Cleveland as Grant Delpit struggles to return from an Achilles tendon injury that cost him all of the 2020 season. LeCounte graded out well for Pro Football Focus in the preseason. – Nate Ulrich and Jared Mueller,


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