The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly

Who stood up against the Packers? And who stumbled? Lane Adkins looks at the players who helped their cases, and that areas where the Browns need to improve.

The Good

- QB Jake Delhomme did exactly what he was brought to Cleveland to do. The veteran QB managed the game and more. Making quick progressive reads, the Delhomme was accurate and kept the chains moving. Delhomme's reads resulting in completions to TE Evan Moore and WR Brian Robiskie likely would have not happened a season ago in Cleveland.

- QB Seneca Wallace played much like his training camp has gone to this point. He displayed solid accuracy and an ability to make big plays against Green Bay, with Wallace depending on his athleticism to get away from pressure and throw two TD passes (Robiskie and Watson).

- WR Brian Robiskie was active in the pre-season opener as a receiver and blocker. The second year WR twice gave his QB an opportunity to keep the Browns moving by following the QB, making himself a viable target. A drop earlier in the game was the only negative for Robiskie.

- RG Shawn Lauvao has been making a strong case for himself in training camp. The rookie lineman has spent reps at starting RG, backup RG and C, and has performed very well. Lauvao was strong in pass protection and fared well against the Green Bay blitzing scheme. Early in the first quarter, Lauvao blocked down as FB Lawrence Vickers led RB Jerome Harrison into the end zone from four-yards out.

- NT Ahtyba Rubin is quickly developing into a solid NT. With his main responsibility being to protect gaps while taking up space, Rubin continues to improve and gain leverage against the run. Rubin forced a fumble early in the game and was instrumental in clogging the run when the Packers attempted to go inside the tackles.

- PK Phil Dawson has been one of the more accurate kickers in the game and has been exceptional in training camp. Against the Packers was more of the same, with Dawson nailing a couple long FG's, including the game winner.

- Special teams coverage teams were again solid against the Packers. The Browns work and pride themselves on special teams excellence.

The Bad

- The Browns inability to neutralize the opposing TE's has been an issue in training camp practice sessions and the game against Green Bay was no different. Abe Elam was a step late in coverage and rookie T.J. Ward improved after some early jitters. Outside of Ward becoming a factor as the game progressed, the Browns safeties struggled.

- ILB Eric Barton was bodied by WR's twice and was ineffective, often getting lost in pursuit. Maybe this is a veteran working his way back into form after missing considerable time a season ago due to a neck injury, or maybe Barton is on his last legs.

- The Browns' pass rush was non-existent for most of the game. Despite blitzing often, the Packers QB's had time in the pocket to make reads and complete passes on a consistent basis. When defensive lineman Shaun Rogers and LB David Bowens return to action, the pass rush is expected to improve. Additionally, the Browns have been rotating the linebackers in different roles, which should stabilize as the regular season approaches.

- Rookie RT Casey Bender had a rough outing. Bender was consistently pushed back into the pocket. On one occasion, Bender was pushed into the face of McCoy, which resulted in an interception, as well as McCoy hitting his hand the young offensive lineman.

The Ugly

- Rookie Colt McCoy threw a couple passes that were intercepted... and that he should have known better than to risk. As has been the case in training camp practice sessions, McCoy is going through the learning experience and has been baited into making some ill-advised throws. On the second interception, McCoy was unable to step into the throw and a wounded duck pass was the result.

- Rookie WR Johnathan Haggerty was carted off with a foot injury. Haggerty has impressed at times in training camp practice sessions.


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