5 Quick Notes from Cleveland and Detroit’s Preseason Matchup
5 Quick Notes from Cleveland and Detroit’s Preseason Matchup | Chris Schisler
The Cleveland Browns looked very good to start their game against the Detroit Lions. The starting units played pretty much the whole first half. Here are some quick notes from the starters play.
1.) Brandon Weeden looked very sharp.
Brandon Weeden is coming into his second year and with a new offense. Weeden looks confident and comfortable in the new offense. The Browns quarterback displayed great footwork and timing. His accuracy was beautiful and consistent. He looked like a whole new quarterback. It will be interesting to see how he continues to develop this year in Cleveland.
2.) Paul Kruger is overpaid
Former Raven Paul Kruger was given a shocking 5 year $40 million dollar contract by the Cleveland Browns early in free agency. Kruger with exception to one broken down play by Detroit was nowhere to be seen. Kruger could not fight off blocks and was useless on the edge for the Browns defense. Kruger was dramatically overrated in Baltimore and drastically overpaid in Cleveland.
3.) Reggie Bush is perfect fit with Lions
For a team that is passing happy Bush is a perfect compliment. Out of the backfield Bush should serve as a safety valve. The Lions like to attack vertically and Bush could help them pick up some cheap first downs.
4.) Jamal Sheard is all over the place
The Browns outside linebacker that was really impressive was Sheard. Sheard displayed more quickness than I expected and in a 3-4 is a nice mix of size, strength and speed on the outside. Sheard tackled well and was busy when Detroit tried to run the ball. I was impressed.
5.) Injuries all over the place for Cleveland
Thin on the offensive line already it is hard to evaluate Cleveland’s starting offense completely. Jason Pinkston left the game with a right ankle injury of undisclosed severity. Barkaveous Mingo will miss some time with a rib injury. They lost Dion Lewis their back up runningback to a fractured fibula.