Two members of the 2001 draft class stood out for the Browns in their 24-14 win over the Detroit Lions.
Cornerback Anthony Henry played like a seasoned veteran in picking off three of the seven interceptions thrown by Ty Detmer. Running back James Jackson rushed for 124 yards, marking the first time since Dec. 17, 1995 that a Browns back surpassed the century mark.
Coach Butch Davis had a sly grin on his face Monday when talking about the two. There's no doubt he feels good about picking Henry in the fourth round out of South Florida.
"Some of the gurus on draft day were saying what a horrible pick it was for the fourth round," Davis said. "I think Mel Kiper Jr. actually said that he was the best player left on the board. Maybe it's the first time he's been right in a long time."
Critics of Jackson said that he doesn't have the size or endurance to be a featurd back. Davis heard criticism during his tenure at the University of Miami for playing Edgerrin James instead of Jackson.
"They tried to fire the head coach about every other week," Davis said. "Edgerrin was tearing the league up and the country up and no one could tackle him, yet half the people in the stands thought we were playing the wrong running back."
Nine game balls were handed out after the win over the Lions, including one to Davis and another to owner Al Lerner. Others receiving the honor were Henry; offensive lineman Shaun O'Hara; Jackson; punter Chris Gardocki; linebacker Jamir Miller; quarterback Tim Couch, and linebacker Dwayne Rudd.
Davis has no plans at this time to bring in a kicker to challenge Phil Dawson. Dawson struggled in preseason and was wide left on a 46-yard attempt against the Lions.