The Browns have been struggling to find an identity on the ground since making a Super Bowl appearance last season. Their home-run hitter Nyheim Hines was injured on the first drive of the bowl and has not been able to stay healthy since that game. The team has had to turn to using Floyd Lloyd and Kareem Hunt who have done an okay job but the offense was missing just a little extra boost. On top of that an unexpected injury in the preseason sidelined Tyree for the first 7 weeks of the season.
The Tyree injury made way for former Packers Backup Easton Stick to take over the role of starter coming out of the preseason. Since taking over the role Stick has done something that the Browns haven’t had all cycle. A dangerous passing game. Under Stick’s command the Browns currently sit 5th (352 yards pg )in passing and 4th (34.0) in total points scored. With this momentum Browns management decided that there was no way that the could take the reigns from the hot hand and would let him command the team the rest of the way out.
The Browns also faced a slew of injuries over their 6-1 start that included injuries to Hunt, Sheard, and the aforementioned Hines. With Stick’s hot play this made Tyree the odd man out. This became deafeningly apparent when Tyree was a healthy scratch from his 1st game back which just so happened to be against the Buccaneers. After this game was when the deal was done. As both owners talked after the game and found that deal could be done they decided to make it happen so they could both bring in their new weapons as soon as possible.
Killings just so happened to make it in town in time for two practices with the team, but delivered in a big way with a 75 yd TD on the first play. He ended it with a couple of TDs and a 100 yard day with less than 15 touches. Heck of a start to what hopefully is a promising career for Killings and the Browns.