Video highlights and game balls from the Cleveland Browns 20-14 preseason win against the New Orleans Saints Aug. 10.
The Cleveland Browns preseason opener against the New Orleans Saints had some good, bad, ugly and amazement.
But hey, a wins a win, even in the preseason.
DeShone Kizer for the win. It’s what you want to see, so here you go.
Despite being the preseason, there was pressure on the Browns to win this game. Coach Hue Jackson might’ve been the only one who cared, but he knows the young players on his roster need to understand what winning feels like.
If there’s every going to be a culture change, it starts with plays like this. Yes, the game was meaningless, but now Kizer’s teammates have seen him lead Cleveland from the depth of defeat to victory with one throw. Everyone is more confident because of it.
More Kizer: Earlier in the quarter, Kizer set up a 1-yard touchdown run with his bomb to Mullaney.
Brock Ostweiler’s preseason debut wasn’t one to remember.
The $16-million man can’t be beat up too much, because he just started taking first-team reps this week. He came close to connecting on a deep ball with Kenny Britt, but the throw was a little long and Britt’s second foot landed out of bounds.
Osweiler talked about chemistry and cleaning up these types of mistakes at practice.
While Kizer won the game, Osweiler should go into preseason Week 2 as the starter. He deserves more than two practices of working with the first team.
All of this quarterback talk, and no mention of Myles Garrett.
The No. 1 pick didn’t stuff the stat sheet, but he impacted the game. You can’t help but notice his No. 95 jersey.
Here’s one of Garrett’s most impressive plays. As a defensive end, Garrett runs stride for stride with Saints running back Alvin Kamara.
The Saints were already banged up at left tackle entering the contest, and going up against a speedy player like Garrett didn’t help.
Sticking with the defense, Nate Orchard looked very good, and was credited with the Browns first sack of the preseason.
Defensive back Brien Boddy-Calhoun, who is fighting for time at corner, had this awesome fourth-down stop.
Running back Matthew Dayes has been an underrated star of training camp, but just as he’s done all summer, the rookie seventh-round pick impressed, scoring the Browns’ first points of the preseason ton his 1-yard run.
Dayes had just 9 rushing yards, but he only had three carries. Give credit to him though, because getting that last yard can be the toughest.
As for Cameron Erving, the former first-round pick continues to fight an uphill battle.
A false start and holding penalty slowed the offense’s momentum early on, and there were missed blocks. Some shaky video here, but you get the point…
By all accounts, Erving is losing the RT competition to Shon Coleman, so he’s going to show versatility at other spots. This would be some film to get rid of.