Browns-Chiefs: Performance Review
Josh Cribbs
OBR Publisher
Posted Aug 12, 2007


Barry looks at which players stood out, positively or negatively, during the first preseason game...

 

THE GOOD

1. Chris Barclay - The second-year running back refuses to go away. After some good notices from head coach Romeo Crennel during his rookie training camp, Barclay did well in NFL Europe and made the Browns only touchdown of the evening with a scintillating runback. Granted, it was against the bottom-of-the-roster coverage squad, but it lit up a sleepy Browns stadium unlike anything which preceded it.

2. Antwan Peek - Filling in for Willie McGinest, Peek had a nice sack of Brodie Croyle in the first quarter. Peek contributed some on run defense as well, stopping a running play for a two yard loss. The Browns are counting on Peek to pressure the quarterback opposite Kamerion Wimbley, and Peek shows every sign of being exactly what the Browns wanted. A low-wattage, but smart, free agent signing.

3. Eric Wright - The Chiefs tested Wright quickly, going downfield to WR Sammie Parker on the second play of the game. Wright displayed the potential he has shown since being drafted by staying with his man, step for step, and making it an impossibility for QB Brodie Croyle to stretch the field. 

4. Kamerion Wimbley - Phil Savage's best draft pick to date continues to get better. While Chiefs QB Brodie Croyle eluded Wimbley on a pass play in the first half, Croyle panicked and heaved the ball up for grabs. CB Leigh Bodden took advantage of the forced mistake.


THE BAD

1. Derek Anderson - The third-year Browns quarterback needs to show something, and fast. While he will look dominating at times in practice, Anderson hasn't impressed since a couple of games surprising teams while filling in for Frye. Anderson has to show that he can be effective over long stretches and end the occasional inexplicable throws, such as two he threw at the feet of open receivers. Of Anderson's 76 yards, 21 came thanks to a screen pass.

2. Josh Cribbs (as a receiver) - The ex-Kent State quarterback shows guts in his kick returns, and a determination to contribute across the board. At this point, though, he's done little to create confidence in his receiving abilities. He's a guy who can have a significant role on the Browns, but hasn't proved that he can catch the ball effectively enough to contribute on every down.

3. Jerome Harrison - A lapse in judgment on a lateral led to the Chiefs only touchdown of the night. Later, Harrison lost the handle on the football, although he was saved by Travis Wilson falling on the ball. While Harrison is a shifty runner, and blocked well for Barclay on the runback, no head coach will tolerate a running back making those sort of mistakes with the football.


THE AVERAGE

1. Jamal Lewis - One nice run for fifteen yards with a gigantic hole made available to him by some nice blocking by the Browns offensive line. Other than that, Browns fans will have to wait to see whether Lewis can do what he did against the Browns for years - gradually wear down a team and leap on opportunities for big yardage.

2. Charlie Frye - What a frustrating performance to evaluate. Frye was, at times, better than we've seen, hitting two passes down the middle that were thrown well and showed a little more arm strength than witnessed in prior years. But his involvement with poor clock management at the end of the first half and two poor passes behind the line of scrimmage would kill the Browns in a regular season game situation.

3. LT Joe Thomas - The rookie left tackle was solid in pass protection but got called twice for holding. For a rookie playing one of the game's hardest positions, and denied the presence of LG Eric Steinbach due to injury, it was a solid beginning.


LET'S NOT TALK ABOUT IT, SHALL WE?

1. Justin Sandy - Don't hit the quarterback after the play. Crennel and Grantham will give him chances to atone for the error, but it would be devastating in a game that counted. You just can't make those mistakes at this level and stay on a roster without outstanding talent.

2. Jesse Ainsworth - One of many placekickers without a realistic chance to win a roster spot which you see this time of year. Ainsworth's job is to make a good showing and wait for a chance somewhere around the league. Missing a makeable field goal doesn't help, but Chris Barclay's runback helped push it from memory.

3. Ken Dorsey - The Browns backup backup quarterback did well in the fourth quarter, when a one-time starter should shine against third and fourth-string competition, but made a huge mistake with the football when rushed in his own end zone. 

 


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