BEREA, Ohio — Jake Delhomme is excited to play his first game, albeit a preseason game, in front of the hometown fans at 7:30 p.m. Saturday against the St. Louis Rams at Cleveland Browns Stadium.
“I think when you’re new to a place and any time you suit up you get butterflies, the feeling you get before you play,” Delhomme said. “That’s something I still get. The day I don’t get that, it’s time for me to hang it up. It will be fun to be at home and this will be a live game under the lights. Hopefully, we can take another step.”
Delhomme said the best thing about being with the Browns is the fresh start he has received.
“I think the biggest thing for me is it’s starting over in a new place,” he said. “That has really helped. I think I really tried to take the world on my shoulders last year and that didn’t do anybody any good, but starting over at a new place has really helped me and I keep saying it over and over, but it’s been fresh, it’s been fun. That’s what makes it so enjoyable for me.”
Delhomme said he knows he was pressing in Carolina last year when he threw a career-high 18 interceptions to just eight touchdowns.
“I think deep down inside I’d put on a good face but I would be trying to be perfect, let me put it that way,” he said. “My whole mindset was when you’re struggling you just keep working and working, but I wasn’t seeing results. After games was more like a relief. You have to enjoy playing this game.”
Delhomme was happy with the way things started for him in Green Bay last week as he engineered an 80-yard drive to start the game, going 6-of-7 passing for 66 yards.
“We had a good drive and it felt normal,” he said. “The guys were prepared and ready to go.”
Delhomme is slated to play more against the Rams and he’s all for it.
“(Against Green Bay), I had 11 plays and Seneca had 13,” he said. “You think about how many reps you get on the practice field, you get a whole lot more. It’s more about in and out of the field, let’s move, let’s go. It’s preseason you’re working on different things. That was our focus to go from a lot of different formations and personnel groups. “