Browns-Jets: Strategy and Personnel

Player and personnel notes as the Browns prep for the Jets

The Browns released RB James Jackson and moved TE Keith Heinrich and RB Adimchinobe Echemandu from the PUP list to the active roster. (The Browns had an open roster spot before those moves.) The writing was on the wall for Jackson's departure after he never left the bench last week against Pittsburgh despite the fact Lee Suggs was the only active running back following William Green's ejection.

Jackson, once considered as a potential franchise running back, wanted to depart the Browns during the preseason but Suggs' neck injury forced the Browns to keep him. His fate was sealed when he fumbled a kickoff return against Philadelphia.

Echemandu will have a limited role, possibly as a backup kick returner to Richard Alston. Heinrich showed some promise last year. He'll work into the tight-end rotation behind Steve Heiden and Aaron Shea.


  • WR Andre Davis is expected to play this week after missing the Steelers game with an injured toe.
  • WR Andre King is expected to miss another week with a sprained ankle.
  • TE Chad Mustard injured his foot in practice Wednesday and is questionable.
  • C Jeff Faine got poked in the eye Sunday and had some double vision. He returned to the game and should play this week.
  • DB Lewis Sanders hurt his wrist Sunday but was not listed on the injury report this week.

: The Browns catch a break by the absence of Jets quarterback Chad Pennington. With erratic Quincy Carter filling in, the Browns will concentrate on trying to slow the ageless Curtis Martin. Martin is adept at finding creases in defenses, so the Browns must be disciplined filling gaps. On offense, the Browns must keep the Jets' front four from dominating. Jeff Garcia will roll out to escape pressure and throw enough to keep the Jets from concentrating on stopping the running game.


  • Browns LT Ross Verba vs. Jets DE John Abraham, who has 9 1/2 sacks. Abraham is a speed rusher, and Verba has trouble with such players. Verba has had a solid season coming back from a ruptured biceps tendon. This will be perhaps his biggest test.
  • Browns CB Daylon McCutcheon, who has two interceptions this season, vs. Jets WR Santana Moss. McCutcheon has played well. His main limitation is his height. He is listed as 5-10, which is an exaggeration by a couple inches. That's not an issue against the 5-9 Moss, but McCutcheon's speed and quickness will be tested by the Jets receiver, who is averaging 22.7 yards per catch.

: TE Chad Mustard's injured foot could have an effect on the Browns' kick return game. Richard Alston has broken two long kickoff returns the last two weeks, including one for a touchdown. The burly Mustard has been instrumental as a wedge blocker. If he isn't in, it will be harder for Alston to break loose.

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