CLEVELAND—There was at least one silver lining in the 27-10 lopsided loss to the Eagles.
Rookie Josh Gordon continued to make strides as he had his best game to date with three receptions for 50 yards, including a 28-yard completion on the game’s first play.
Gordon was lined up against All-Pro cornerback Nnamdi Asamugha and beat him down the left sideline and made a leaping grab to jump start the drive.
Gordon was asked if it was significant to make the grab against a player of Asamugha’s level.
“I wouldn’t say it was extra special,” he said. “I just wanted to make a play.”
“(Gordon’s) really good at that,” Brandon Weeden said. “They were playing press coverage and he made a heck of a catch. That got us off to a good start.”
Later on, Gordon had receptions of 10- and 12-yards.Gordon’s last catch was midway through the second quarter on 3rd-and-10 from the Browns’ two and Gordon caught a slant for 12 yards and a first down. He was targeted four times in the first half while he was in there. The only incompletion to Gordon was a deep route that Weeden over threw.
“I think that catch was third-and-10 and I told him in the huddle, ‘You have to win and he did’.
All three of Gordon’s receptions resulted in first downs.
“If I can bring that to the team, that’s fine,” he said. “Whether it’s making a catch for one yard or ten yards, it doesn’t matter to me. I’m just trying to catch the ball and see if I can make a play afterwards.”
Gordon is happy with his progress.
“It’s a big difference,” Gordon said. “I feel more comfortable with the plays and being able to pick out the defensive schemes.”
Gordon said he and Weeden are getting more familiar with each other.
“I’m trying to go out there and make the plays I can,” he said. “The fact that we could connect a couple of times, does help on the field.”
Weeden likes Gordon’s development.
“He’s hungry and he’s playing hungry,” he said. “He’s working to get better.”
McCoy Excels: QB Colt McCoy made a strong bid to be the backup quarterback as he was 7-of-9 for 74 yards and led the Browns to their only touchdown. McCoy hit Evan Moore for a three-yard scored to cap a 15 play, 78 yard drive that consumed 6:58. McCoy also ran twice for 9 yards, both for first downs.
“It was a pretty long drive and I was just constantly encouraging the guys up front,” he said. “The Eagles defensive line is very explosive and made their presence known tonight. I had to use my feet a couple times and get out of the pocket, but I was just glad to get the ball into the end zone.”
McCoy said he feels he has a much better understanding of the offense this year.
“I feel really comfortable with where I’m at,” McCoy said. “My mindset is to be ready to go in when I am called upon. It’s not about counting your reps; it’s about making your reps count. Everyone made some nice plays tonight and I think we will be ready for week one.”
McCoy finished with a 138.0 rating. He was sacked twice.
QB Brandon Weeden was 9-of-20 for 117 yards and a 64.0 rating. He was sacked three times and losing a fumble. QB Seneca Wallace was 3-of-6 for 29 yards with an interception on a tipped pass. His rating was 24.3.
RB Game: The Browns had just 65 yards on 22 runs for a 3.0 average. RB Brandon Jackson led the Browns with 34 yards on 7 carries. RB Montario Hardesty had a rough game with just 12 yards on 8 carries and a costly fumble. Rookie RB Adonis Thomas had five carries for 10 yards. Thomas caught two passes for 18 yards.
“I think (Montario’s) played better,” Pat Shurmur said. “We need to run better.”
“Just keep moving and keep going,” Hardesty said. “Last week, I felt like I had a grip on the ball, but today, I couldn’t find a grip on the ball. I have to hold onto the ball. I just have to make sure I don’t put the ball on the ground.”
For the Defense: DB Tashaun Gipson led the Browns with five tackles, followed by DB David Sims, DB Emmanuel Davis and LB Craig Robertson with 4 each. CB Joe Haden had an interception early on a long pass. Sims had what would’ve been his NFL leading third interception of the preseason and second for a touchdown called back on a penalty called on LB James-Michael Johnson.