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Posts Tagged ‘Joshua Cribbs.’

Browns put heat on McCoy by drafting QB Weeden with 22nd overall pick in draft

 

Brandon Weeden (courtesy of Oklahoma State via collegepressbox.com)

To most NFL teams looking to draft a quarterback, Oklahoma State QB Brandon Weeden looked too old at 28 to use a first round pick on.

To the Cleveland Browns, he looked to good to pass up at the number-22 overall pick.

After all Weeden has some eye-popping stats: 13 games in 2011, 408 completions in 564 attempts, for 4,727 yards, 37 TD’s, 13 Interceptions, a 72.7 completion percentage, a 159.78 passer’s rating, 43.4 passing attempts per game and 363.6 yards passing per game.

The former minor league pitcher will give a good challenge for the starting position with Colt McCoy, who has struggled in his first two years at quarterback as the starter. But to be fair, McCoy did not have but two play-makers around him, departed RB Peyton Hillis and WR Joshua Cribbs. So how can he really be evaluated?

Weeden has a more superior arm than McCoy. His arm can put pressure on defenses through the air if the Browns receivers can catch the football which they are prone to drop quite frequently.

 

Info compiled from NFL Draft, Cleveland Browns & Oklahoma State news

Bengals shock Browns in season opener, 27-17

 

A.J. Green (U of Georgia photo)

Rookie wide receiver A.J. Green caught Cleveland’s secondary napping to score his first career catch, a 41-yard touchdown from backup quarterback Bruce Gradkowski as the Cincinnati Bengals spoiled a sloppy debut by Cleveland under new head coach Pat Shurmur.

The Bengals won 27-17.

Gradkowski, who played for the Browns in 2008, came on in relief of injured rookie quarterback Andy Dalton, called for a quick snap as the Browns were still trying to figure out the Bengals offensive alignment, lobbed the ball to Green, who scored with 4:31 to go in the game and shocked the Browns and all the fans in Cleveland Stadium.

The Browns fell to 1-12 in season openers since their return to the NFL in 1999.

Another bright spot was Bengals running back Cedric Benson, who rushed for 121 yards and cemented the game with a 39-yard run down the right sideline for a TD with 1:49 to play.

Dalton, the Bengals rookie QB, looked good in the team’s first three drives. The second-round pick from TCU, took advantage of good field position to help the team to a 13-0 lead; two Mike Nugent field goals of 24 and 47 yards and a 2-yard TD pass to tight end Jermaine Gresham.

But the Browns came alive in the second quarter after a long Joshua Cribbs kickoff return.

Cleveland QB Colt McCoy threw a 34-yard TD pass to tight end Benjamin Watson halfway through the second quarter for their first score.

McCoy then threw a 56-yard completion to Mohammed Massaquoi, the longest pass of his career, set up a 2-yard TD to tight end Evan Moore, three plays later and the Browns led 14-13.

McCoy, is the Browns’ eighth different opening-game QB in the last nine seasons.

The Browns led 14-13 at the half despite shooting itself in the foot with 10 penalties for 67 yards. While the Bengals were concered about their rookie QB Dalton, who had his right wrist injured in the second quarter. Although X-rays did not show anything severe at halftime, the Bengals coaching staff turned to the veteran Gradkowski, who had looked very capable as a backup during the preseason.

Dalton looked very poised and under control in his NFL debut. He completed 10 of 15 passes for 81 yards for a TD and a quarterback rating of 102.4.

During the game, Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis became the longest tenured coach in team history when he began his ninth season with the team. He passed owner and founder Paul Brown (1969-75) and Sam Wyche (1984-91). He will soon become the winningest coach in franchise history.

The Bengals played the game without starting offensive guard Bobbie Williams, who is serving a four-game suspension for violating the NFL policy against using performance enhancing substances.

Info compiled from Radio, TV, NFL, Cincinnati Bengals & Cleveland Browns news

Browns upset world champion Saints using gadget plays

Colt McCoy (U of Texas photo)

The Cleveland Browns, according to media sources, spend a few minutes at practice each week working on gadget plays just in case they need to use them in a game.

In Sunday’s game against New Orleans, the Browns used, not one, but several trick plays.

They include, a 68-yard run by their punter Reggie Holmes, a 62-yard throwback by Joshua Cribbs to Eric Wright on a punt return, a 13-yard pass from running back Peyton Hillis to quarterback Colt McCoy, in upsetting and stunning the Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints in the Superdome, 30-17.

This is the third straight season that Cleveland has upset a defending Super Bowl champion. In 2008, the New York Giants, 2009, the Pittsburgh Steelers and now the New Orleans Saints.

On defense, the Browns were using all types of fronts and alignments that basically made Saints quarterback Drew Brees look like a rookie. It was one of his worst games in the NFL, throwing four interceptions.

Colt McCoy and the Cleveland offense had an impressive fourth quarter drive that chewed up 7:34 on a 13-play, 50-yard drive.

The 2-5 Browns now go into the bye week having won two of its last three games.

compiled from Cleveland Browns & NFL news

New Browns QB Delhomme does well against Rams in preseason loss

New Browns quarterback Jake Delhomme is going to have to get used to the different weather elements in Cleveland. There is the humid games in August and September. There is the rain. And most of all, the cold days of November and December.

Well on Saturday night, in his home debut on the unpredictable Lake Erie, the former Carolina Panthers star, threw the football with accuracy and played well during a steady downpour of rain in the first half. He threw one touchdown pass in the Browns 19-17 loss to the St. Louis Rams.

Josh Brown St. Louis (NFL)

Jake Delhomme Browns (NFL)

Joshua Cribbs Browns (NFL)

Josh Brown’s fourth field goal with 3:33 left in regulation, a 28-yarder, was the game-winner for the rebuilding Rams.

Delhomme threw a 9-yard TD pass to tight end Benjamin Watson, who made a  one-handed grab in the back of the end zone in the second quarter. Delhomme finished the game going 12 of 16 passing for 127 yards.

Browns backup quarterback Seneca Wallace played the second half and threw a 15-yard TD pass to Joshua Cribbs to give Cleveland a 17-13 lead in the third.

Rams rookie quarterback Sam Bradford, the overall Number 1 pick of the 2010 draft out of Oklahoma, had a shaky outing for the second week in a row. He went 6 of 14 for 24 yards backing up starter A.J. Feeley.

The Rams managed only 178 yards, one week after they only gained 150 yards in a loss to Minnesota.

compiled from staff, wire & Cleveland Browns news