The Cleveland Browns fell to the Detroit Lions by a score of 13-12 in their first preseason game of the year. The Lions got a last-second drive from QB Kellen Moore, who connected with WR Corey Fuller for the only touchdown of the game. Here are some quick hitter observations from the game:
- QB Brian Hoyer played into the second quarter and finished the game 6-of-14 for 92 yards. All things considered, this wasn't a bad performance for the veteran quarterback. Guys don't need to light it up in the preseason to keep their job. Hoyer overthrew the ball twice on his first two drives. On the third drive, he was more crisp, but unfortunately, WR Miles Austin and WR Josh Gordon both missed opportunities at big plays.
- QB Johnny Manziel only got one drive in the first half, and it ended after the read-option on 3rd-and-1 failed to get any yards on a quarterback keeper. Playing behind a shoddy offensive line in the second half, Manziel showed glimpses of why he was drafted -- bootlegs, rollouts, a laser arm, etc. His best drive of the game was stalled when RB Dion Lewis fumbled. Like Hoyer, Manziel was also victimized by some drops by his receivers. Manziel finished 7-of-11 for 63 yards. He also had 6 carries for 27 yards.
- The running game had its moments. RB Ben Tate looked comfortable in the system, having 6 carries for 25 yards. RB Terrance West showed impressive moves and power, but his stats were skewered a little bit by poor offensive line play. West finished the day with 10 carries for 22 yards. The wide receivers were a bit shaky, but on the bottom end of the depth chart, WR Taylor Gabriel and WR Charles Johnson made some good grabs.
- The Browns had their moments defensively, but despite the lack of touchdowns allowed, the tackling needs some improvement. OLB Barkevious Mingo and DE Armonty Bryant were highlights in pass rushing, while CB Pierre Desir didn't have the best of days in coverage.
- Before the game, NFL.com reported that QB Johnny Manziel will start next week on Monday Night Football against the Washington Redskins. ... We'll see if head coach Mike Pettine confirms that or not. ... I can't complain about K Billy Cundiff going 4-of-4 on the night. Awesome hit by RB Chris Ogbonnaya on a punt return at the end of the game. ... Lastly, we definitely need Bernie Kosar back in the announcers booth for the Browns.
We'll have our full review of the game up over the next few days, but let us know what your instant reaction to the game was.
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