CLEVELAND -- Jordan Cameron had been waiting for his coming out party--even though it was the second game of the preseason.
Cameron was the recipient of two first half touchdown passes from Brandon Weeden to cap the Browns two first half touchdown drives in leading the Browns to a 24-6 win over the Lions in the Great Lakes Classic. The Browns improved to 2-0 in the preseason.
"Those guys hooked up on a couple real nice plays tonight," Rob Chudzinski said. "Jordan really showed a lot of his athleticism going up and making those catches. Those were spectacular catches, outstanding catches. Those are the things you'd like to see him continue to improve and grow on."
Cameron's first scored was from 10 yards out and he went high into the air to bring down the pass. His second touchdown was a five-yard reception, when he was wide open in the back of the end zone. His longest catch was a 27-yard pass down the left sideline, which highlighted the second scoring drive.
"Brandon put the ball just in the right spots on both touchdowns," Cameron said.
Cameron finished with three receptions for 42 yards, including two touchdowns. Last week, Cameron caught a crossing pass from Weeden and ran for 30 yards. He has four receptions for 72 yards, an average of 18 yards a reception. The only pass that he didn't handle was the first pass thrown at him against the Rams when Weeden threw a fastball that went through his hands and went off his face mask. Greg Little ended up catching the ball on the deflection.
"He had a heck of a night," Weeden said. "He had some great catches down there, some tough catches and I know he has that in him. He has a ton of ability.
"I'm excited to see him play as well as he did tonight and hopefully, we keep that rolling," he said. "He's going to be a huge asset for this offense."
Cameron said that he and Weeden are working together well.
"We've been progressing (in the offense) for the last six months," he said. "We just want to systematically keep getting better every day."
Cameron downplayed the effort because it was the preseason.
"I wouldn't read too much into it because it's the preseason," he said. "But we're making progress.
"I just want to be there when they need me and they can count on me."
T Rich Time: RB Trent Richardson started, as expected, and carried the ball six times for 33 yards (5.5 avg.). His longest run was for 17 yards. Richardson carried the ball on the second play from scrimmage and picked up 4 yards. On his second and final series, Richardson went around left end for nine yards and took a shot from DL Ndamukong Suh as he went out of bounds. He bounced up and picked up a yard for the first down on the next play. Two plays later, Richardson had his best run of 17 yards over right guard.
"It was good to get him out here," Chudzinski said. "He took a couple of hits and delivered a couple, as well. Just to get some nice game action will help him down the road."
Richardson said he felt good getting into a groove.
"I'm happy with it," he said. "I was getting into a good rhythm, but at the end of the day you always want to play."
Richardson was happy to get on the field.
"I feel real good, especially being out there with my team," Richardson said. "The offense, defense and special teams, everybody is out there doing big things.
"I'm happy to be out here in front of Cleveland Nation and Browns Nation. I just feel real good. (It's) been so long being out here in Cleveland."
Tough D: The Browns first team defense held the Lions to just a field goal in the first half. On the first three series, the Lions offense went just three-and-out. During that period, QB Matthew Stafford was 3-of-6 for 12 yards, including a long of five yards. RB Reggie Bush had three yards rushing. For the half, Stafford ended up 11-of-16 for 74 yards with a long of 18 yards. The Lions rushing totals were 11 carries for 13 yards (1.2 avg.). LB D'Qwell Jackson led the Browns in the first half with five tackles, while LB Craig Robertson had four.The Lions best drive resulted in a field goal where they covered 47 yards on 14 plays and K David Akers kicked a 48-yard field goal to make the score 17-3 in the first half.
"The defense has come out and played great in the first half," Chudzinski said. "We started fast and kept it going."
QB's Impress, Again: QB Brandon Weeden had another good outing finishing 8-of-12 for 117 yards with two touchdowns to TE Jordan Cameron. His longest pass was a 34-yard completion to WR Josh Gordon. Weeden's rating was 137.8 after posting a 127.7 rating in the first game. For the first two games, Weeden is 18-of-25 for 229 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions.
QB Jason Campbell was 12-of-14 for 106 yards in his time, including a touchdown pass to RB Brandon Jackson. QB Brian Hoyer took over in the fourth quarter and was just 1-of-3 for 19 yards .
No Turnovers: For the second-straight week, the Browns did not commit a turnover.
Owens Starts: DB Chris Owens started at right cornerback after missing the first preseason game with an injury to his foot.
Sack Man: Rookie DL Armonty Bryant got the Browns only sack in the final minute as he sacked former Browns QB Thad Lewis.
Benjamin TD Called Back: PR Travis Benjamin returned another punt for a touchdown, but it was called back on a holding penalty by DB Joe Haden. Benjamin's return would have been for 82 yards.
Browns Inactives: The Browns held 13 players out of the game including DB T.J. Ward (hamstring), P T.J. Conley (groin), WR Jordan Norwood (hamstring), WR David Nelson (knee), RB Montario Hardesty (thumb, knee), DB Leon McFadden (groin), DB Jamoris Slaughter (undisclosed), FB Brock Bolen (calf), OL Shawn Lauvao (ankle), OL Chris Faulk (knee), OL Oniel Cousins (ankle), OL Ryan Miller (head) and DL Hall Davis (hamstring). Chudzinski said that Ward was healthy but was being held out for precautionary reasons. Rookie DB Josh Aubrey started at SS for Ward. OL Jason Pinkston started at right guard for Lauvao.
Hardesty Surgery: RB Montario Hardesty underwent arthroscopic surgery on his knee and the Browns said it "went as expected". He is expected to miss the rest of the preseason and possibly the first two games of the regular season. Hardesty had just returned from a hamstring tendon injury that kept him out of practice and the first preseason game until this past Monday. He dislocated his right thumb in his first practice back. Chudzinski disclosed that he would have the knee surgery on Wednesday.
Captains: Browns captains for the game were DB Joe Haden, WR Davone Bess, OL Alex Mack and DL Ahtyba Rubin.
Former Browns: Former Browns DB Don Carey started at FS for the Lions in place of DB Louis Delmas. Carey was drafted in the 2009 NFL Draft by the Browns in the sixth-round. Former Browns QB Thad Lewis and DL C.J Mosley are also with the Lions. Lewis played the final two minutes of the game and was 4-of-6 for 35 yards.
Kosar Addresses Statements: Former Browns QB Bernie Kosar opened the WKYC telecast by addressing the remarks he made during the Rams telecast which were made national headlines by Rams coach Jeff Fisher and Sports Illustrated's Peter King.
Kosar didn't apologize, but said he loves the game so much he doesn't want to disrespect the game, but that's how he analyzes the games.
"I don't want to disrespect or hurt any of the players or coaches in the league, but I do like the way I look at the game and I have strong feelings about how the game is played," Kosar said.
"That being said, the way I look at the game and the way I like to analyze it from a football perspective, it is what it is."
The Streak: The game was halted in the third quarter as a streaker ran on the field and was knocked down by Lions RB Joique Bell. He got up and ran about 60 yards across the field before security personnel slammed him to the ground. He was promptly arrested.