WWBT: Aftermath of Preseason Opener

OBR's Lane Adkins gets inside the Browns' thoughts and observations after their performance against Packers last Saturday.

- The Browns front office and head coach Pat Shurmur were happy with the performance of the offense last Saturday night against the Green Bay Packers.

Outside of a handful of minor mistakes in the game for the first-team offense, quarterback Colt McCoy was outstanding, and the offensive line played a solid role in the success.

As the Packers blitzed from multiple defensive looks, the offensive line created a pocket and/or passing lanes for the second-year quarterback to utilize.

- Rookie wide receiver Greg Little continues to improve his skill-set, which includes gaining consistency in his game. With each passing day, Little looks the part of a potential playmaker at the professional level.

- When looking at the Browns roster, the wide receiver position continues to be an area of concern. Well, maybe to the outside observer. To the Browns, they do not believe the situation is dire.

The belief is Robiskie is a possession receiver and there is a role within this offense for a player of his caliber. Josh Cribbs is a much better fit within this West Coast offensive scheme. He can utilize his physical strength to get off defensive backs and is quick in the short field. A true season of experience under Cribbs' belt certainly helped his initial development.

With Mohamed Massaquoi missing significant training camp reps due to a leg injury Little has impressed, and so, too has Jordan Norwood.

Norwood has been active in practice, as well as in the preseason opener. Due to Massaquoi's injury and Cribbs' full-time reps at wide receiver, Norwood is seeing time as a kick return specialist, as well as at wide receiver.

After not making the final roster the past two years in training camp, Norwood appears poised to land a role, unless the wheels fall off his wagon in the coming weeks.

- Questions about depth overall and starting quality along the right side of the offensive line are quieting down. The Browns obtained lineman John Greco to add depth, as well as compete for a starting role at right tackle. But, because of the practice and play of second-year lineman Shawn Lauvao alongside veteran right tackle Tony Pashos, the urgency no longer remains.

Knowing Pasos' injury history and Lauvao's inexperience, a change could come on any given play, but to this point the Browns are not overfly concerned.


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