CLEVELAND--It wasn't exactly what Hue Jackson had in mind.
The Browns finished the preseason winless in a lackluster, 21-7 loss to the Chicago Bears in front of an announced crowd of 63,393 at FirstEnergy Stadium.
Jackson had the starters play the entire first quarter and they did convert a Bears turnover for their only touchdown to finish the preseason on a positive note.
“Yeah, they got the work in that I wanted," Jackson said. "We started slow, though. We have to start a little faster.”
Robert Griffin III was at quarterback for the first three series. The first series was three-and-out. On the second series, the Browns picked up two first downs in moving the ball to the Bears 47 before stalling and punting. The final series the Browns scored a touchdown after recovering a muffed punt on the Bears 18.
On first down, Griffin tried to hit wide receiver Terrelle Pryor in the corner of the end zone, but he was out of bounds. After a short pass to fullback Malcolm Johnson, Griffin hit running back Isaiah Crowell for a 12-yard reception and first down to the Bears three.
After an incomplete pass to wide receiver Josh Gordon and a two-yard loss by Crowell, Crowell scored on a delayed handoff up the middle from four yards out. Griffin finished 4-of-8 for 31 yards. Griffin's rating was 59.9.
Crowell was pleased with his play on the scoring drive, particularly on the third down pass reception.
“I feel like I have what it takes to make it happen either way," he said. "I’m really just trying to catch the ball and be there for my team.”
Gary Barnidge felt to finish with a touchdown gave the offense a needed lift.
“It was good to get back out there and get the bad taste out of our mouths from last week because we didn’t play the way we wanted to," Barnidge said. "We got out there and showed what we could do, and I’m looking forward to the regular season.”
Coleman's First: Top pick WR Corey Coleman caught his first pass of the preseason on a 10-yard reception from QB Josh McCown. Coleman had another pass on third down go off his hands. Coleman had four balls thrown his way and had the ball glance off his hands on a crossing route.
The Crow: RB Isaiah Crowell scored the Browns first touchdown on a four-yard run up the middle on third-and-goal with 22 seconds to play in the first quarter. Crowell caught a 12 yard pass from QB Robert Griffin III on third-and-7 to set up the score as the Browns capitalized on a muffed punt. RB Duke Johnson, Jr. had two carries for eight yards and caught a pass for 8 yards. RB Terrell Watson had two carries for five yards and caught four passes for 17 yards.
Big Mac: QB Josh McCown was 8-of-15 for 73 yards with an interception. HIs longest completion was for 25 yards to WR Darius Jennings. McCown's rating was 39.0.
Cody's Turn: Rookie QB Cody Kessler played the second half and was 10-of-17 for 40 yards. He was sacked twice. Kessler's long completion was to fellow rookie TE Seth DeValve in the third quarter for 13 yards.
Tank: LB Tank Carder recovered a muffed punt by PR B.J. Daniels at the Bears 18. Carder showed nifty foot work as he got both feet down inbounds. The Browns scored six plays later.
Neal Hurt: RB Rajion Neal was injured with 7:36 to play in the game and taken off the field by a cart with a leg injury and did not return. Neal is a first year player from Tennessee. He had one carry for three yards.
Jahwan Flash: RB Jahwan Edwards had 34 yards on four carries, including the long of the game for 27 yards. He is a first year player from Ball State.
Rookie Sacks: LB Emmanuel Ogbah picked up his second sacks of the preseason as he sacked QB Brian Hoyer in the first quarter with help from fellow rookie DL Carl Nassib. Rookie LB Joe Schobert dropped Hoyer for a sack to end a drive in the second quarter. Rookie LB Scooby Wright sacked QB David Fales in the third quarter. Wright made a nice goal line stop on fourth-and-goal late in the game to stop the Bears from scoring.
Gordon, Armonty's Last Hurrah: WR Josh Gordon will start serving his four-game suspension with the NFL after the rosters are finalized on Saturday. Gordon caught a short pass for eight yards from QB Robert Griffin III, who also tried to hit Gordon on a fade in the end zone that was out of bounds. QB Josh McCown completed an 11-yard pass to Gordon in the second quarter. Gordon had three receptions for 29 yards on six targets.Likewise, DL Armonty Bryant is suspended for the first four games for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.
Mr. 4th Down: WR Darius Jennings caught a 25-yard pass from QB Josh McCown on 4th-and-10 to the Bears 15 late in the second quarter.
Telfer Starts: TE Randall Telfer started as the second tight end opposite of TE Gary Barnidge to open the game.
Young WR's: With roster spots at risk, none of the the rookie receivers had big games. WR Rashard Higgins returned a kickoff 28 yards in the first half and caught two passes for 13 yards WR Jordan Payton had a reception for 10 yards. WR Ricardo Louis did not play with a hamstring injury.
2nd Thoughts on K?: The Browns simulated an end of game situation by letting the clock run down to 5 seconds in the first half on third down with the ball on the Bears 15 so K Patrick Murray could attempt a 31-yard field goal, which he missed wide right.
Punting Battle: With the trade of P Andy Lee, the Browns received P Kasey Redfern, who's first punt went 35 yards, but was muffed by PR B.J. Daniels and recovered by LB Tank Carder on the Bears 18. Later, Redfern had a punt of 52 yards and one for 45 yards. Redfern also had a short punt of 26 yards. P Michael Palardy, who was claimed on waivers had two punts for a 39 yard average in the first half. He had a punt of long of 75 yards on a long roll. He also shanked one for 13 yards. Palardy had five punts for an average of 45 yards,including two inside the 20, while Redfern averaged 35 yards on four punts with one punt inside the 20.
Hoyer Back: Former Browns QB Brian Hoyer started for the Bears and played all of the first half. He was 12-of-16 for 112 yards and directed on touchdown drive.
Captains: Captains for the game were QB Robert Griffin III, LB Nate Orchard, OL Joe Thomas and LB Demario Davis.
Cuts Coming: The Browns and all NFL teams must be down to the limit of 53 players by 4 pm on Saturday. After cuts, teams can form a practice squad with first and second year players that have cleared waivers.
Sitting Out: Six players were held out for the preseason finale with injuries: WR Marlon Moore (hip), DB Justin Gilbert (concussion), RB Raheem Mostert (hamstring), DB Trey Caldwell (hamstring), DB Tracy Howard (hamstring) and WR Ricardo Louis (hamstring). Caldwell and Louis all returned to practice this week, but were held out for precautionary reasons.
Nassib wins Bassett, Shines: DL Carl Nassib had pressure on a sack credited to LB Emmanuel Ogbah in the first quarter on third down on QB Brian Hoyer and batted down another Hoyer pass on third down on the next series. Nassib was voted as the recipient of the Maurice Bassett Award, given annually to the top rookie of training camp as voted on by the local members of the Professional Football Writer's Association (PFWA).
Not Good: DB Mikell Everette was called for pass interference in the end zone to set up RB Ka'Deem Carey's one-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. The penalty was for 26 yards. On the previous play, WR Kevin White beat CB Charles Gaines for 26 yards. Rookie OL Shon Coleman was called for illegal hands to the face to erase a completed pass in the third quarter.null