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Three Things to Watch: Cleveland Browns at Indianapolis Colts

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Three Things to Watch: Cleveland Browns at Indianapolis Colts

The Cleveland Browns are hoping for a turnaround like what the Indianapolis Colts pulled together in 2012, but the hill they have to climb is very steep. The Colts want to build on last season.

Here are three things to watch as we get a long looks at some starters at 7:30pm EST Saturday Night.

1) Brandon Weeden has won the job in Cleveland an looked pretty good doing it. However, good in limited action is one thing - good against starters for an extended period is a whole other ballgame. Weeden has his detractors - including on the staff - but will get his shot. Can he keep it up though?

2) Somehow, some way Darrius Heyward-Bey continues to hold onto the No. 2 spot, but second-year phenom T.Y. Hilton is hot on his heels. A big night by Hilton could leapfrog DHB, who had multiple drops in camp but has been sure-handed so far in preseason. Hilton is a better player all-around though, so it might just be a matter of time.

3) As tough as Trent Richardson is, he did get banged up a lot. The Browns will desperately need him to perform this year, but if he gets hurt, who runs in his place? Dion Lewis is on Injured Reserve and Montario Hardesty is out for the better part of the first month (and let's face it, is more banged up and far less tough than Richardson). Who will step up? Brandon Jackson seems to be a likely candidate as the former Packers back can catch the ball well and runs hard between the tackles. Chris Ogbonnaya could also get a look, but the Browns might want him to stay at fullback.

Andrew Garda is a member of the Pro Football Writers Association. He is also a member of the fantasy football staff at Footballguys.com and an NFL writer at Bleacher Report. You can follow him at @andrew_garda on Twitter.

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