Offense sloppy in preseason opener

Not until the fourth quarter did any of the Browns’ offensive units show any type of rhythm or success in their 20-7 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. The first-team offense sputtered and the star of the night on offense was fourth string quarterback Lang Campbell, who was 8-of-14 for 77 yards and threw to Jerome Harrison in the fourth quarter for the Browns’ only score of the game.

Charlie Frye and the first-team offense got a couple of series but weren’t able to mount much. A few penalties hurt and offensive coordinator Maurice Carthon seemed to keep the playbook simple. The first-teamers didn’t attempt anything too crazy and were rather conservative in the few drives they did spend on the field. In his first return to live action in nearly two years, K2 had a modest seven yards on two catches. You couldn’t expect much from #80 and just being back out on the field and hitting and being tackled is another positive step for him.

“It was really good to get back out there,” said Winslow, whose career was stalled by an in-game leg injury and a motorcycle accident. “I just wanted to get tackled to get some confidence back.”

After a slow start, the first-team defense really stiffened up. Donovan McNabb and company drove their way down the field with relative easy against the first unit until they got to the goaline. The defense exhibited a wonderful goaline stand to hold the Eagles to just a field goal. The Eagles didn’t score again until the second half so it’s pretty safe to say the defense is way ahead of the offense at his point in camp. One of the stars of the night on the defense had to be first-round pick Kamerion Wimbley, who had five tackles. Spending time with the first unit as well as the second and third, Wimbley made several nice plays and flew around the field all night. He chased running backs and showed some burst as an edge-rusher. Second-year player David McMillian also made an impact, notching two sacks and displaying some great athleticism.

Overall, the Browns showed they need some definite work on offense, which should come with more practice and more reps next game. Keep in mind, the offensive line is still trying to gel, as well as stay healthy (cross your fingers!), and it may take until the season begins to get the offense in sync and working as a cohesive unit.

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