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Cleveland Browns: 5 Players Who Stood Out In Preseason Week 2

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Cleveland Browns: 5 Players Who Stood Out In Preseason Week 2

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Monday night was a chance for the new-look Cleveland Browns to showcase their improvement on a national broadcast. Unfortunately, Cleveland did not look sharp as a team, but did have several players who looked good on the field and played well on an individual level. Here are five players who stood out for the Cleveland Browns in Week 2 of the preseason.

5. Connor Shaw, QB

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5. Connor Shaw, QB

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Although his time playing was spent in the fourth quarter against players in mop-up time, undrafted rookie Connor Shaw looked great leading the Browns' offense. Shaw completed eight of nine passes for 123 yards, including a Hail Mary touchdown pass as time expired that set Cleveland up for a chance to win the game with a two-point conversion. Shaw is projected to be on the Browns' practice squad, but could get looks from other NFL teams.

4. Tashaun Gipson, FS

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4. Tashaun Gipson, FS

Tashaun Gipson
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Possibly the Browns' defensive MVP a year ago, third-year pro Tashaun Gipson has picked up right where he left off in 2013. On Monday night, Gipson accounted for three tackles, but came up huge when he intercepted a ball that sailed from Kirk Cousins and returned it 43 yards deep into Redskins territory. Gipson and fellow safety Donte Whitner will continue to play integral roles in Cleveland's attacking defense.

3. Ben Tate, RB

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3. Ben Tate, RB

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Throughout the short preseason, the Browns have been unable to consistently move the ball through the air. But unlike a year ago, Cleveland has shown the ability to open running lanes and pick up nice chunks of yardage on the ground. RB Ben Tate carried the ball 10 times for 51 yards, and broke off a 19-yarder in the process. The Browns have been doing a great job of establishing the run, but must work on their air attack.

2. Jim Leonhard, S

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2. Jim Leonhard, S

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When head coach Mike Pettine brought Leonhard into training camp, it was widely thought that he would be able to provide guidance to the younger defenders in the meeting room and possibly help out on the field. In Monday's game, Leonhard did a lot more than that when he racked up five tackles, and an interception returned for a touchdown that temporarily gave the Browns the lead in the fourth quarter.

1. Chris Kirksey, LB

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1. Chris Kirksey, LB

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Rookie linebacker Chris Kirksey is currently in a positional battle with fellow inside linebacker Craig Robertson for the starting role alongside veteran Karlos Dansby. Both Robertson and Kirksey played well, but Kirksey showed up in his second NFL game, amassing eight tackles with five of them being solo. Kirksey is projected to backup Robertson, but the coaching staff will have tough decisions to make if he continues to apply pressure.