- The line-play from both sides of the ball was solid while the starters were on the field. The New York Jets have a pretty good offensive line and the Browns defensive linemen were able to create push and control the point of attack. On the offensive side of the ball, the Jets were unable to get near starting QB Derek Anderson and only pressured backup QB Brady Quinn on a blown assignment on a stunt.
- Starting nose tackle Shaun Rogers is very imposing. Even while double-teamed, Rogers disrupted the interior of the New York offensive line.
- Outside of a perfect pass between CB Eric Wright and S Brodney Pool, the Cleveland DB's played tighter and a more physical scheme.
- LB's flowing to the ball? A sight not seen in Cleveland for a lengthy period of time was interesting, as the starting defensive linemen weren't pushed off the ball and pinned.
- WR Donte Stallworth showed why the team signed him to a deal in the off-season. The speedy receiver is extremely quick and runs good routes. Opposing defenses are going to have trouble against the Cleveland offense if this unit remains intact.
- I have no reservations about backup QB Brady Quinn stepping in and leading this team in 2008, if something were to happen to Anderson. Quinn was quick, decisive and accurate in leading the team from late in the first quarter till late in the third.
- RB's Jason Wright and Jerome Harrison find ways to gain positive yardage. Both backs are a threat in the running as well as passing game.
- WR Travis Wilson showed on game-day he can play this game. He carried over his OTA, mini-camp and training camp sessions against the Jets. The only bad thing for Wilson was, he didn't get the ball a couple more times when open during the game, as well as a possible hip-pointer suffered during the Browns 24-20 loss.
- Despite a couple passes getting away from rookie TE Martin Rucker, you can see this young man is polished and a player. Add his size and ability to this offense and another threat emerges.
- The starting CB's, DB's and DL'men need to stay healthy. If this team is forced to play nickel CB Terry Cousin outside, trouble looms as well; same as if any of the first four or five along the line go down with injury. Quality depth appears to be an issue. I like DB Mike Adams as the third safety but, after his spot on the depth chart, who knows.
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