On to the regular season.
In the Cleveland Browns’ final game of the preseason, they lost by a final score of 21-7 to the Chicago Bears. The Browns fell to 0-4 this preseason.
Hue Jackson played the first-team defense on the opening series, and their day was done after OLB Emmanuel Ogbah registered a third-down sack to force Chicago into a field goal. Cleveland’s offense ended up playing the entire first quarter. They didn’t score on their first drive, going three-and-out after QB Robert Griffin III’s pass to WR Corey Coleman was too high.
Cleveland’s second drive led to a punt too, but the ball hit off the return man’s leg and was recovered by ILB Tank Carder. That set up a short field for Cleveland, and they capitalized with a 4-yard rushing touchdown by RB Isaiah Crowell to take a 7-3 lead. It was all second- and third-teamers after that for both teams (although the Bears never even played their starters).
We won’t get much into recapping the rest of the game; instead, we’ll jump right to the quick hitters section.
- QB Robert Griffin III was 4-of-8 for 31 yards.
- WR Josh Gordon had 3 catches for 29 yards on 6 targets. He was interfered with on a couple of plays, one of which wasn’t called. There were also two plays where it appeared he could’ve come to the ball better.
- WR Corey Coleman had 1-2 drops, depending on how you look at things, and also had some trouble lining up.
- K Patrick Murray missed a 31-yard field goal heading into the half. That wasn’t the first impression he wanted to make just after becoming the starting kicker.
- Rain started pouring after the first quarter and lasted most of the second quarter.
- OL Dan France has another rough game at left tackle.
- Between the two punters, the one acquired from the Carolina Panthers, Kasey Redford, was better to start the game...and then all of a sudden, with the help of a roll, Michael Palardy got a 75-yard punt. He later followed up with a 14-yard shank, though, so Redford was winning the consistency award...until he then shanked a punt 25 yards. Ugh. Punter tryouts should be coming up this week. #SpencerLanning
- WR Rashard Higgins did not see snaps until late into the third quarter. WR Taylor Gabriel had a nice punt return.
- QB Cody Kessler was late with a lot of his throws.
- One-on-one, ILB Scooby Wright stoned a Bears running back on 4th-and-goal from the 1 to force a late turnover on downs. That was probably the play of the preseason defensively.
- Final cuts are due Saturday, September 3rd, by 4:00 PM ET. We will have our final 53-man roster projection posted Friday morning.