Browns' Fans Cheered On Their New Kicker After He Successfully Booted A 40-Yard Field Goal During Warm-Ups
I guess there's two schools of thought here.
The first being that giving the new guy a round of applause before the game even starts only stands to make him feel more comfortable owning the leg that very well might end up be asked to boot the weight of nearly two straight years of weekly disappointment from the shoulders of an entire city. Just in the last week alone we've been given about four good reasons as to why the line between friend and foe is currently razor thin when it comes to kickers in Cleveland. At this very moment, if only for this very moment, Greg Joseph knows that he's on the affable side of it.
The second being that kicking field goals is a pressure-packed task that only stands to be enhanced in difficulty by a reminder of exactly how much you're being counted on to do so without fail. Greg Joseph couldn't even get off a practice kick, albeit a successful one, without being given a huge heads up from a half empty stadium that never before will the hopes of so many otherwise fatalistic fans have ridden on the swing of his leg. I don't think you decide to work two part-time jobs as a hero and/or scapegoat if you're mentally weak, but if the Browns new kicker needs his nerves calmed then The Dawg Pound ain't the place to be tonight.
At the half, Greg Joseph has a 45 yard field goal to his name, but also a a subsequent out of bounds flag on his record. Still too early to call whether or not the premature applause from Browns' fans was overly optimistic. However, with the newly inserted Baker Mayfield coming off the best 2-minute drive we've seen from a Cleveland quarterback since...well...maybe ever, we might just see the Jets' 14-3 lead shrink to a place in which the new guy either drowns in his own nervous sweat or floats off the field under the power of a team that hasn't won since 2016. Stay tuned.