Adkins: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly

If you're listed under once of these choices, rejoice. The others... not so much...

I feel as I am reverting back to my younger days, I can see Clint Eastwood, Lee VanCleef, and Eli Wallach on the screen, with that whistling music fresh in my ears. That classic ended on a high note for some, much like it shall for a great number of players in training camp. For others, there will be no celebration, as their dream comes to an end with a bang. Without further adieu, the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, Orange and Brown Report style: The Good

  • Kamerion Wimbley: This second year linebacker has been explosive throughout training camp and he displayed the same characteristics against the Chiefs Saturday night. Wimbley showed some powerful moves rushing the quarterback and also showed he could play the run and drop in coverage. In his second season, Wimbley could become an All-Pro.
  • Antwan Peek: The knock on Peek is he cannot play the run consistently and is a liability in coverage. But, one thing we are certain of, he can certainly rush the quarterback, which he did very well early in the game. Fans should note that Peek played the run well against the Chiefs and was not challenged in the passing game.
  • Shaun Smith: Sure, the Chiefs offensive effort was similar to what we have seen from the orange and brown in recent years, but credit the Browns defense where appropriate. Smith was very strong and quick at defensive end. He showed some glimpses that he could be a force at the end of the defensive line.
  • Kevin Shaffer: He may not be the left tackle any longer, but Shaffer was very good anchoring down the right tackle position. The pass rush from the right side of the offensive set was non-existent while Shaffer was in the game and he made a couple nice kick-out blocks in the running game.
The Bad

  • Charlie Frye did not play poorly, but he is noted placed in this category due to a few plays which could have proven costly for the team. Frye's running of the football inside the red-zone without any time-outs remaining with the team behind prior to the half was one of them. Also, Frye made three poor passes in his first half of action, one resulting in a lateral return for a touchdown, another resulting in a five–yard loss. The first pass of the game which could have been easily intercepted.
  • Jerome Harrison: Harrison did some things well against the Chiefs, but it is what he didn't do which could cost him in the long run. On a poorly thrown pass from Frye, Harrison made minimal effort to cover the ball, which resulted in a touchdown for the Chiefs. Additionally, Harrison fumbled the football after a nice run in the second-half, which was recovered by Travis Wilson.
  • Wide receiver Josh Cribbs is an explosive talent in the return game and on specialty plays, but he drops far too many passes to be a threat in the receiving game.
  • Rookie defensive end Chase Pittman was man-handled throughout his playing time in the second half.

The Ugly

  • Derek Anderson's overall performance was mediocre at best. If not for a couple series in the second half, things would have been worse. Misfiring on many of his attempts, Anderson had a prime opportunity to excel and win the starting quarterback spot with this team but has not stepped up. After his performance, he is clearly looking up in the competition and could eventually be the odd man out.
  • Joe Thomas played well overall, but a couple holding penalties are cause for concern. Also, keep an eye on the bull-rushing, strong type defensive ends Thomas faces, as he was getting pushed back more often than most would like to see.
  • While the Browns offense looked a little better than expected, the interior of the offensive line did not provide much of a push in the running game. This is an area to focus on in the upcoming preseason games. The offensive line was, however, very strong protecting the quarterbacks, except for the matador move by Rob Smith on the Ken Dorsey safety.
  • The Browns red-zone offense fits into the ugly category. This team has issues getting the ball in the end-zone. Some of it comes from the inability to move the ball on the ground effectively and the play at the quarterback position must improve.

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