Most of the Cleveland Browns' starters played one full half against the Indianapolis Colts. The first-team offense did play two series in the third quarter, so the lower guys on the depth chart had less reps than the previous weeks, or for some players, no reps at all.
|QB||Brandon Weeden||39||59%||12-of-25 for 105 yards. 1 carry, 5 yards.|
|QB||Jason Campbell||23||35%||8-of-14 for 112 yards.|
|QB||Brian Hoyer||4||6%||2-of-4 for 11 yards, 1 INT.|
All three of the quarterbacks had their share of struggles against the Colts. Even though Weeden appeared to be telegraphing some of his passes, he still made some sharp throws that his receivers need to do a better job of hauling in. Hoyer threw a pick six on his first pass.
This is a game that you want to sweep under the rug mentally, but it's also good for these guys to experience a defense that they struggled against in the preseason, so they can evaluate what to do differently against a similar defense in the regular season/
|FB||Chris Ogbonnaya||25||38%||1 carry, 4 yards, 4.0 avg. 1 catch, 5 yards (1 target).|
|RB||Jamaine Cook||23||35%||2 carries, 11 yards, 5.5 avg. 3 catches, 24 yards (3 targets).|
|RB||Trent Richardson||15||23%||7 carries, 31 yards, 4.4 avg. 1 catch, 10 yards (1 target).|
|RB||Brandon Jackson||11||17%||5 carries, 8 yards, 1.6 avg. 0 catches (1 target).|
|FB||Owen Marecic||4||6%||1 catch, 15 yards, 1 apocalypse (1 target).|
The first-team offense was at its best on Saturday when Richardson was in the game. He was worked heavily early on, but then gave way to Jackson. Jackson can't find much room to run behind our offensive line it seems, which helps open the door for Hardesty in a couple of weeks.
Cook looked more explosive than Maysonet in limited reps against the Colts. Maysonet only saw two reps on special teams, do that doesn't look good for him staying around much longer. It's sad for the offense that Marecic's catch, rollover, and run was the most memorable play of the game.
|WR||Greg Little||38||58%||3 catches, 28 yards (6 targets). 1 fumble lost.|
|WR||Josh Gordon||34||52%||2 catches, 24 yards (5 targets).|
|WR||Josh Cooper||24||36%||2 catches, 16 yards (4 targets).|
|WR||Dominique Croom||18||27%||1 catch, 25 yards (1 target).|
|WR||Cordell Roberson||17||26%||2 catches, 34 yards (4 targets).|
|WR||Mike Edwards||15||23%||1 catch, 16 yards (4 targets).|
|WR||Travis Benjamin||13||20%||No stats registered.|
The receivers struggled all around against the Colts, and part of that was due to great coverage. Little caught a third-down pass, but was stripped for Cleveland's first offensive turnover of the preseason. Gordon dropped a third-down pass. Roberson had a couple of miscues just after he was starting to get praised.
Bess didn't play, which means Cooper saw action in the slot. Norwood and Nelson were also out with injuries. The lone healthy receiver who didn't see any reps was Gurley. Gurley made a big hit on special teams, but is likely out of a roster spot soon.
|TE||Jordan Cameron||37||56%||2 catches, 7 yards (4 targets).|
|TE||Kellen Davis||27||41%||2 catches, 9 yards (4 targets).|
|TE||Brad Smelley||25||38%||1 catch, 15 yards (1 target).|
|TE||Dan Gronkowski||4||6%||0 catches (1 target).|
Poor Davis. The guy was absolutely wide open on two plays -- one from Weeden and one from Campbell -- only to see two god awful passes come his way that were impossible to catch. Gronkowski was buried on the depth chart again, so his time is coming to an end soon, as is Tannahill's, who only saw one play on special teams. Barnidge was out with his shoulder injury.
Thomas, Greco, Mack, and Schwartz all played with Weeden into the third quarter. Cousins and Gilkey split reps at the guard position. Besides right guard, the second-team offensive line played the rest of the game, meaning Cave, Adams, and Alford saw zero reps on offense. The offensive line yielded three sacks in total, all of which came from the second-team offense.