Quick Observations

OBR's Lane Adkins gives his take after Browns second preseason game.

- QB Colt McCoy is coming along well in the WCO. McCoy's leadership and confidence is obvious and he displays the uncanny ability to make something positive happen on nearly every time he drops back to pass.

- As the Lions blitzed and showed some fronts and stunts that obviously confused the Browns at times Friday night in Cleveland. The Lions defense placed a significant amount of pressure on the Browns offense, which at times did not fare well.

- Center Alex Mack is growing into one of the best centers in the game. His off-season training brings a stronger Mack to solidify the interior of the offensive line.

- Second year RG Shawn Lauvao has come along very well from those initial days in training camp a year ago. Lauvao has improved his lateral movement, while getting into a solid base much quicker. The organization brought in John Greco to compete along the line, but Lauvao has been solid.

- Rookie WR Greg Little is developing by the day. With each passing day, the rookie runs better routes, gets his hands out quicker and has learned to get his body between the ball and defender. With a player such as Little, it's two steps forward and one step back. This young man has the look of a legitimate receiver at this level.

- Backup to LT Joe Thomas, Branndon Braxton has had his fair share of ups and downs in camp, which merge with his pre-season game play. Braxton lacks consistency at this point to be a major player at this level, and he struggles on the inside shoulder, which is somewhat strange for a left tackle. This concern may be attributed to the young player being worried about being beaten to the outside and loses balance and leverage due to the over-compensation.

- This Browns offense may be the most TE friendly in the game. Granted, the Browns have talent at the position, but regardless what player is plugged into the scheme, production follows to this point in camp and pre-season game opportunities.

- Speaking of the TE's, veteran Ben Watson is being handled with caution due to injury, as the organization wants to ensure the reliable TE is ready for the season opener. TE Evan Moore, possibly a match-up difference maker for the Browns suffered a head injury Friday night. At the time of this writing, Moore was light-headed following a hit and didn't feel ‘normal. It's believed Moore suffered a low grade concussion, but results will be officially known following an MRI and x-rays.

- RB Brandon Jackson is going to fill a valuable role for the Browns in the 2011 season. Jackson is a tough runner that has the ability to squeeze out some tough yardage, but his best attribute will be coming out of the backfield. The Browns have something in the playbook which has both he and Peyton Hillis in the same backfield.

Second-year RB, Montario Hardesty, coming off a knee injury that required surgery and ended his rookie season before it began is scheduled to play Thursday night against the Philadelphia Eagles in Philadelphia, barring any setbacks.

- Moving WR Brian Robiskie to the weak-side much more often should be beneficial to the player and this offense. McCoy is getting increasing comfortable with the WR in this role in camp and this should parlay to the playing field.

- Another WR is nearly ready to make his first practice with the team on Sunday, or Monday. WR Mohamed Massaquoi, derailed with a lower leg issue has been running at full speed and working on his conditioning with team trainers and personnel. Massaquoi, a starter a season ago should be a welcomed addition to a unit that seeks stability.

- Heading into training camp, reservations regarding depth along the defensive line and linebacker were evident. More than two weeks into camp, the same issues remain as depth has not materialized.

Starting LB's Scott Fujita and D'Qwell Jackson are solid, but Chris Gocong, the penciled in starter opposite the duo has not played in the pre-season and he historically hasn't played well in space within the 4-3 defensive scheme.

The Browns roster is riddled with youth at the LB spot and the Browns may be looking at the waiver wire or trade opportunities in the coming weeks, if a couple of the young guys don't rise to the occasion.

One player that has solidified his place on this roster has been Titus Brown. Brown has been very good in practice and has played well in the pre-season contests.

- Enough cannot be said about the return from injury by D'Qwell Jackson. Jackson has been terrific in training camp and his play on the field in the pre-season game conditions has been very good. Jackson has a nose for the football, his quickness and overall athleticism to play sideline to sideline is a welcomed sight within this Browns defensive scheme.

The only negative to Jackson's game at MLB to this point has been his inability at times to get off blocks. When the defensive line struggles to prevent the offense to reach the second line of defense, Jackson can be engulfed by bigger offensive linemen.

With reps in the new scheme, Jackson should find the angles to shed these blocks....not always, but enough to make his presence felt.

- The prospects along the defensive line are making small strides, but have a long way to go. Rookies DT Phil Taylor and DE Jabaal Sheard make rookie mistakes, such as getting pushed off the spot at times, but the overall ability of each is evident. Both will play a big role in the 2011 season.

It's within the depth along the line that may be troublesome. Plenty of inexperienced, but big effort guys are in place, thus why the coaching staff attempts to get them as many reps as possible.


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