By Vic Carucci, Senior Editor
Here are some final thoughts on the Browns’ 27-10 preseason loss against the Eagles at Cleveland Browns Stadium:
>>There’s no excusing sloppy play, but this was hardly a normal third preseason game. Because the opponent was the Eagles, whom the Browns will face in their regular-season opener in two weeks, they treated the game as anything but a tune-up for the first game that counts because they wanted to show next to nothing strategically. And it showed. The Browns effectively were in third-preseason-game-tune-up mode in last week’s win at Green Bay.
>>Yes, the Eagles were dealing with the same scheduling dilemma. Yes, they had just played four nights earlier. Yes, they played better. What does it mean? Not a whole lot, which pretty much applies to all preseason outcomes.
>>Montario Hardesty’s second fumble in two games could open the door to Brandon Jackson making a push for the No. 2 running back spot. Jackson was solid, averaging 4.9 yards per rush on seven carries. He has done a nice job as a receiver and blocker since the start of training camp.
>>The interior of the Browns’ offensive line had problems with pass protection. The Eagles’ defensive line is good, but the Browns’ guards need to block much better. They’ll be facing that line again in a couple of weeks.
>>The Eagles have an amazing amount of speed in all phases.
>>Brandon Weeden worked under siege far too often. When he did have time, threw the ball well, especially on his 28-yard connection with Josh Gordon on the first play from scrimmage.
>>Gordon ran a nice route on the 28-yarder. The game clearly seems to be slowing down for the rookie who is trying to deal with a major learning curve.
>>Colt McCoy had his strongest performance of the preseason in the role of No. 2 quarterback. He made good plays on the move, including his three-yard touchdown pass to Evan Moore that capped a 15-play, 78-yard drive.
>>Moore made a nice play on the touchdown pass to help his cause in the highly competitive situation at tight end.
>>It was fun seeing Jimmy Haslam, who has agreed to purchase a majority stake in the Browns, watching part of the game from the “Dawg Pound.” No surprise there. He is a service-oriented businessman who wants to see the product from the same perspective as the customers.
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