Quick Hitters

A win may be a win, but the Browns have plenty of work to do following their preseason win in Detroit.

* The Browns offense appeared out of sync Friday night in Detroit. With The Opening game jitters out of the way for the young Browns, I expect the offense and specifically QB Brandon Weeden and the passing game to perform better Thursday night in Green Bay.

* Weeden must keep working on how to look a DB off. On two occasions, Weeden failed to look off a DB and threw into tight coverage. Granted it was a rookie mistake, and the type of mistake which will lead to disastrous results.

* Rookie Josh Gordon, Greg Little and Mohamed Massaquoi keep getting talked-up about how well they have done in training camp. They have but, rookie WR Travis Benjamin has been on fire. Benjamin's speed and quickness are tremendous assets for what has been a speed deficient Cleveland offense – and he has shown the ability to get behind DB's and catch the ball.

* TE Jordan Cameron does not look like the same lost rookie of a season ago. With an off-season in the system, Cameron's football knowledge and skills may be catching up to his athleticism. This young man could develop into a significant part of the Browns offense in the future – which included the 2012 season.

* Little and Gordon must learn to run through routes. A potential first down reception was missed on due to Gordon not running through the route, while a Weeden interception could have been avoided if Little would have come off the cut.

* I was concerned a season ago and remained concerned that starting RG Shawn Lauvao isn't the answer. At times Lauvao looks the part, while at others he is off-balance and is footwork is problematic at times in pass protection.

* Rookie Mitchell Schwartz got off to a rocky start, but performed better as time passed in the preseason opener.

* Backup linemen John Greco and Ryan Miller performed reasonably well against an aggressive Lions defensive front seven.

* Veteran Oniel Cousins doesn't look , nor play like a LT.

* The front seven for the Browns as a group did not perform well. The DE's were below average against the run, and had the look of wanting to get up-field, which compromised their responsibility integrity. The DT's outside rookie John Hughes struggled. From getting blown off the ball to being turned, the DT's need to fare much better, if the run defense has a chance to improve.

* Speaking of Hughes, the rookie stood-up the double team often and was stout at times maintaining the interior of the defensive line.

* Ben Jacobs and Kaluka Maivia did not perform well against the Lions. Scott Fujita and James-Michael Johnson were adequate.

* I'd like to see more of L.J. Fort at MLB . While Fort did nothing to stand out against the Lions, I simply feel his make-up would show with better talent around him on the field.

* OLB Craig Robertson is just a hair late, which leads me to believe he is still thinking his way through plays. I am curious to see any further development in the coming weeks.

* CB Trevin Wade belongs in this league. The young man has good instincts and is athletically fluid.

And I end with a question.

If Travis Benjamin and Jordan Norwood continue to spark and perform well in the return game, would Josh Cribbs become expendable?


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