Browns 27 Packers 17 – First Impressions of Preseason Game 1
Rodgers calls tails and wins the toss. Randall Cobb is back to return the kick and does a nice job extending the return for another 5-8 yds when it looked like nothing was there.
On the Brown’s first drive, Cleveland showed they knew exactly who to attack, going after Jarret Bush and Pat Lee. Lee with his man all the way but never turns to see the ball. It was Ahmad Carroll-like.
Packers kickoff team lines up in a three point stance to start. Intended to give them more explosion (quicker start with only a 5 yd run-up) and less chance of anyone cheating and going offsides.
Marshall Newhouse gets totally abused at right tackle. But what is he doing there? I don’t remember one report of his lining up there in practice, and he was a 3 year starter at LT in college. I guess they’re throwing him in there like they did with Bulaga?
Seems like when Matt Flynn is in trouble, he either doesn’t see or is afraid to throw downfield. Always goes to the closest guy.
Spencer Havner is a touchdown magnet. Footballs in the end zone are just drawn to him.
The Packers are doing a lot of juggling on the O-line in the first half. Lang and Sherrod aleternate at LG, then Lang goes to LT with Sherrod at LG. Then they swap. All the while Newhouse is over at RT.
Matt Flynn hangs in there under some heavy pressure to lead a nice two-minute drive at the end of the first half.
DJ Williams looks like a wide receiver running routes downfield.
Blocking is a whole other issue for Williams. Browns overload the right side with four player. DJ Williams in the backfield to help. He chooses to block a rusher that is already being blocked. never looks outside. The sack of Harrell resulting in the TD is on Williams.
Cobb’s been getting interfered with all night. Finally got a call.
Graham Harrell off to a very shaky start – does not look comfortable handling pressure at all.
I’m liking how my guy Tori Gurley looks. Hope he gets more chances.
Josh Gordy making his case. A sack and an interception. Showing good athleticism/speed.
Gurley gets his chance for a big play, and drops a sideline pass right in his hands. Ugh.
The offensive line film session this week will not be a fun place to be.
Shaky Smithson is not fast enough for the NFL. Hate to say it, though…
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