Yeah, the final score really doesn’t matter does it? When I saw the ‘starters’ step on the field I figured the points in this one were about as valuable as on Whose Line Is It Anyway?
So did we learn anything from this game? Sure. We learned that David Patten isn’t in the Browns plans for this season. Nice of them to let him play the whole game to try and get a look from another team. Honestly though, I would be surprised if he got a sniff. He isn’t exactly fast anymore.
We got to see Chris Jennings run like he was playing in the Super Bowl. Nice effort from the kid. And no Bernie, he doesn’t remind me at all of Kevin Mack. I have no doubt that Browns fans will start calling for Jennings to make the team and Jamal Lewis to be cut. Really? Stop and think about that for a minute. I wish the kid well.
We learned that if Kosar had his way Brent Ratliff would have to change his name. Bernie, there is no ‘C’ in Ratliff. It isn’t Ratcliff. I hope that the Browns aren’t going to use this game to make a decision between Ratliff and Bartel. Both had moments. Good and bad.
Rookie CB Coye Francies had a few really nice plays, and a couple of bad ones in one on one coverage. Still, he will help this team in nickel and dime packages.
Brian Robiskie had a few nice plays, and some nice blocks downfield. Massaquoi had a nice catch and run for a score. Couldn’t have asked much more from the pair. Tight ends Aaron Walker and Martin Rucker might have been competing for the final TE spot tonight. Advantage Rucker. Walker had a dumb penalty and completely missed a blocking assignment on the Browns’ first scoring drive.
There were few actual starers on the field, but the battle between Alex Mack and Hank Fraley continued. Both played quite a bit and even played on the same line for a time with Fraley at the right guard spot. I give the edge to Mack. He seemed to get better drive off the ball.
You have to wonder about Gerard Lawson. The return specialist had a nice game returning kicks, even though Brad Seely (special teams coach) seemed upset with Lawson’s last run back. He is easily the second best returner on the team, but when you are chasing a Pro Bowl player you have a long way to go. If the Browns release him he is sure to be picked up.
Players like Lawson and Blake Costanzo could become casualties when the Browns scour the waiver wire. Costanzo has had an excellent preseason chasing down kick returners, but his ceiling at LB just isn’t that high.
We learned that as tough as Eric Mangini is enforcing rules, there may be a slight double standard. Shaun Rogers and David Bowens didn’t play a snap this preseason. Now, if they both are actually injured, then I suppose you can cut him a break. I have my doubts about the severity of Rogers’ injury.
There are probably plenty more things to learn, but really- do you want to watch that again to learn them?