Inauspicious Week 1 for Browns in Europe

The four players sent by the Browns to NFL Europe didn't exactly overwhelm the league in Week 1 of the season. Here's an update on how the players are doing overseas...

Chad Mustard, TE, Rhein Fire

Mustard has gotten some notice from the Fire for some terrific plays while training camp, and has occasionally shown some flashes. The Fire reported on their website about a nice play during training camp: "Mustard showed great hands and agility as he stretched to grab the 15-yard pass and kept his feet and turned up field for what would have been an additional gain."

Mustard made one catch for seven yards in the Fire's 17-15 opening week loss to the Amsterdam Admirals in front of 28,000 German fans. Mustard is the starting tight end for the Fire.

Jay Taylor, P/PK, Rhein Fire

Taylor has not been doing place-kicking for the Fire, and has been focusing on punting. During the first week of the season, Taylor punted four times, averaging 40 yards per punt. While this is good enough for the second-highest average in NFL Europe, it's not the type of numbers he needs if he wants to threaten Chris Gardocki's job as the Browns' punter.

Taylor's longest punt was 51 yards, but managed only a net average of 28.3, which included one touchback. The two punts which were returned against him went for 27 yards.

Kalvin Pearson, S, Frankfurt Galaxy

Pearson didn't manage a pick during the Galaxy's initial game against the Barcelona Dragons, but did recover a fumble, advancing it for a yard. In addition to the fumble recovery, Pearson made four defensive tackle as well as one special teams tackle.

Pearson is listed as the starting left cornerback for the Galaxy, although he appears to play some safety as well, although the reports from Europe seem to frequently mix up Kalvin Pearson with starting Galaxy safety Calvin Spears. Elsewhere on NFL Europe sites, Pearson is listed as the starting right cornerback.

I have offered to fly to Europe to verify, but the travel budget does not allow for such things. It has been suggested that I could try to swim there. Watch this space for updates.

Dimitius Breedlove, WR, Barcelona Dragons

Breedlove hasn't worked his way to first-string status on the Dragons, which is worrying. He is listed as behind Kerwin Cook on the depth chart and didn't stand out in the Dragons initial game, catching one pass for five yards. He may have worried Frankfurt Galaxy defenders, however, as he drew an early pass interference penalty which netted the team 13 yards. Breedlove's sole catch of the day came when he was matched up against Browns teammate Kalvin Pearson. The other ball thrown to Breedlove appears to have been poorly thrown and fell to the ground incomplete.



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