Austin Showing Signs of Being the One

Austin caught three passes in the non-red zone drives for 38 yards, including a long of 19 yards on third-and-long.

Akron, Ohio-- Miles Austin continued to show he could be a legitimate No. 1 receiver for the Browns if Josh Gordon loses his appeal and is lost for all or part of the season.

Austin caught three passes in the non-red zone drives for 38 yards, including a long of 19 yards on third-and-long.

“He did a nice job,” Pettine said. “He’s a big guy that runs good routes. He’s deceptive. I think his body type forces defensive backs to foul him more than somebody else.”

Austin said there is still room for improvement.

“I think I did alright,” he said. “I messed up a few routes and took a few routes a little too deep on a couple of plays. I’m getting used to the timing and am getting better and better each day.”

Notebook

Defense Rules: The defense held the offense from scoring a touchdown in the scrimmage and had three interceptions. LB Zac Diles intercepted rookie QB Connor Shaw for a touchdown and then LB Craig Robertson intercepted Shaw on a deflection, but fumbled and rookie DL Jacobbi McDaniel picked it up and scored the second touchdown. Later, LB Barkevious Mingo intercepted QB Brian Hoyer on a deflected pass by McDaniel.

By the Numbers: The unofficial numbers for QB Brian Hoyer on his three drives starting at his own 30 (non-red zone): 7-of-11 for 56 yards, one interception and three points; QB Johnny Manziel 3-7 for 14 yards and zero points. Manziel had 14 yards rushing on two rushes, including a nine-yard run in the series drives. He also had a nine-yard run in the red zone series.

Rough Day for Rookie: Rookie QB Connor Shaw had two interceptions that resulted in the only two touchdowns of the scrimmage.

Cundiff Scores: K Billy Cundiff kicked field goals from 53 and 42 yards in the scrimmage.

Gipson Rests: DB Tashaun Gipson was held out of the scrimmage after injuring his knee on Friday.

“Gipson did not go, but we’re expecting him back mid-week with a minor injury.”

Cameron Held Out: TE Jordan Cameron played but was held out after banging his shoulder. Pettine didn’t think it was serious.

Gordon not at Scrimmage: WR Josh Gordon was not at the scrimmage as his appeal is scheduled to resume in New York on Monday.


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