Game Notes: Droughns Hits 1,000

Browns running back runs through twenty years of rushing futility

Reuben Droughns hit the 1,000-yard mark officially with 50 seconds to play in the second quarter with a five-yard run. In the 20 years since Earnest Byner and Kevin Mack rushed for 1,000 yards, the Browns have given the ball to 40 other running backs in trying to find another 1,000 yard rusher.

Droughns finished with 88 yards to give him 1,028 on the season.

Droughns was disappointed in the loss.

"It's bittersweet to lose the game," he said. "They have an aggressive defense and they were making some good calls.

"I'm glad to get the 1,000 yards, but wish we would've won the game."

Besides Mack and Byner, here is a list of the other backs who have carried the ball since 1985 (excluding non-running backs): Curtis Dickey, Herman Fontenot, Major Everett, Larry Mason, Tim Manoa, Johnny Davis, Tony Baker, Eric Metcalf, Keith Jones, Barry Redden, Mike Oliphant, Leroy Hoard, Derrick Gainer, Joe Morris, Lee Rouson, Tommy Vardell, James Brooks, Randy Baldwin, Ron Wolfley, Lorenzo White, Earnest Hunter, Ricky Powers, Terry Kirby, Karim Abdul-Jabbar, Marc Edwards, George Jones, Rashaan Salaam, Sedrick Shaw, Travis Prentice, Errict Rhett, Jamel White, James Jackson, Ben Gay, William Green, Lee Suggs, Adinchinobe Echemandu,Terrelle Smith and Jason Wright.

Mack, who lives in Houston, was in attendance to witness the event.

"It's a long-time coming," he said. "It's great for the franchise and the city."

Mack said Droughns' style reminded him of himself, who also wore number 34.

"Someone told me he looked a lot like me," Mack said. "I think we're similar. I was a power back like he is."

Mack said he still thinks it's hard to believe it took 20 years.

"With the tradition of the Browns backs from Jim Brown, Leroy Kelly to Mike Pruitt and Greg Pruitt on down, it's hard to believe it took so long."

Nice Start: QB Charlie Frye's first pass was a nice 29-yard completion to Antonio Bryant as Frye dropped the ball in nicely between a couple of Jaguar defenders. Bryant then dropped the next pass thrown by Frye. It appeared as though Bryant might have been able to go a long way because the defender fell down.

Frye was 8-of-11 for 180 yards and two touchdowns in the first half with a QB rating of 154.4. He finished 13–of-20 for 226 yards. He was sacked five times for 21 yards.

He was sacked twice on his first series of the second half and for the third time on the next series.

"He did well in the first half, but didn't in the second half," Crennel said. "In the first half, he moved the team well and seemed to assess the situations. In the second half, he might've held the ball too long."

Crennel said he wanted to rest Trent Dilfer's knee, but did say that Dilfer wouldn't necessarily start next week.

Edwards Hurt: WR Braylon Edwards injured his right knee when trying to make a catch with 9:02 to play in the fourth quarter. Edwards went up and tried to come down with the ball and his knee went the wrong way.

Crennel said he had no update on Edwards' injury.

LB Andra Davis went down with an injury in the third quarter. It was announced as a mild concussion. He was the team's leading tackler with nine before leaving on the first drive of the second half. He returned on the next series and finished with 11 tackles to lead the team.

Russell Pick: S Brian Russell intercepted a pass with 1:14 to play in the first half. It was his second interception of the season.

Chaun tip LB Chaun Thompson made a nice play batting down a pass from QB David Garrard on the Jaguars opening drive. Thompson hit Garrard as he threw the ball that was intercepted by Russell. Thompson had five tackles.

Big O: DL Orpheus Roye was a huge factor late in the game on defense. He made a couple of tackles for losses, including two sacks on QB David Garrard. Roye finished with 10 tackles.

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