The Browns started the preseason tonight with some good showings and some not so good. The Jets got the opening kick. They got a couple first downs and then on a fourth-and-1, the defense stuffed the QB sneak by the Jets Kellen Clemens for no gain. On the first play from scrimmage, Jamal Lewis ran for 12 yards. QB Derek Anderson took the Browns down the field on a 62-yard drive.
Anderson threw behind Braylon Edwards in the end zone, but the Pro Bowl WR did a complete turn around to grab the ball with one hand and drag it in. Extra point good, and the Browns were up 7-0. Then the rain and lightning started. The refs stopped the game because of the storm. One hour later the play resumed. Browns starters sat the rest of the game.
Last year’s first round pick Brady Quinn looked decent. He led the Browns on a 9-play 65-yard scoring drive. He only threw one really bad pass into traffic. I would like to see him look down field first. He seemed to look for the short passes or dump offs first. TE Martin Rucker had a good night, catching some nice passes, but dropped a few he should have had. WR Travis Wilson had a good game too. The return game looked real good.
The KO return game averaged over 36 yards a return. Jason Reda, the backup kicker to Phil Dawson, looked good also. He kicked 2 FGs, but the thing I liked the best was the kickoffs. They were all to the goal line or into the end zone. Dawson’s kicks rarely get into the end zone anymore. So the first and second team offenses looked decent.
The first string defense looked pretty good. Second and third string didn’t look very good. Shortly after the storm delay, Nick Sorenson and A.J. Davis got split and burned on a 71 TD pass to Jets rookie WR David Clowney. LB Nate McMillan was called for 2 offside penalties, which didn’t help. Then Mil’Von James and Steve Cargile got burned on a 70 yard TD pass to Clowney again. Then the Browns punt team kicked the ball to the right side, where the had the return surrounded, and let the Dwight Lowery dance right out of the coverage for a 62 yard TD. Not good!!!
Here’s my list of problems with tonight’s game for the Browns. There is “no” depth in the defensive backfield. There was “no” pressure on the Jets QB. Browns 3rd string QB Ken Dorsey looked “no” better than a third string backup. Rookie WR Paul Hubbard dropped two passes in the end zone on the last drive. One he should have had and one that if he wants to make the team, he better catch. I realize the starters only played a quarter, but the second and third stringers need to step up. Get some pressure on the opposing QB. Receivers need to hold on to the ball. Cut down on turnovers and create some for the other teams. Overall it was a decent showing, and we have a lot to look forward to. Like the playoffs.