For the majority of National Football League teams, Thursday night’s last preseason game is about not getting any key player hurt.
And while certainly the Cleveland Browns hope that rings true this game is important, not for the win (although that wouldn't hurt), but for seeing what their offense can try and do.
Needless to say, it’s been a struggle for the Browns offense with players out and trying to figure out how to improve quarterbacks Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel.
Each has been underwhelming in their preseason performances.
Remember, short fields were used in each touchdown against the St. Louis Rams last Saturday.
Now that it’s official wide receiver Josh Gordon won’t be around for the 2014 season (even though it was expected from the get go), the Browns now have to find guys who can catch the ball and make plays.
The players they have now can have an impact, but obviously Gordon would have made more.
But it’s more than just the receivers.
The Browns have to formulate a running game and Hoyer and Manziel each need to be more proficient.
Hoyer is expected to play a quarter, Manziel another one in the first half.
Their performances will go a long way to determining what will happen on the field at Pittsburgh Sept. 7.