5 Takeaways From Cleveland Browns Preseason Week 2 Loss

Cleveland Browns Preseason 2014: 5 Takeaways From Week 2 Loss

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In the Cleveland Browns' Week 2 preseason game against the Washington Redskins, Browns fans were treated to a similar performance to that of Cleveland's Week 1 matchup against the Detroit Lions. The Browns are still searching for players to step up and prove they're worthy of making the final roster, but it's extremely evident that Cleveland may have a tough time competing in the AFC North. Here are five takeaways from the Browns' Week 2 loss.

5. Justin Gilbert Played Well in His First NFL Game

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5. Justin Gilbert Played Well in His First NFL Game

Justin Gilbert
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Not only did No. 1 draft choice Justin Gilbert get his first taste of NFL action on Monday night, but he was thrown into a starting role due to a Buster Skrine injury. Gilbert didn't look like a rookie while in the game, and he was able to make a notable play in the end zone, breaking up a potential touchdown during the second quarter. Gilbert should be able to beat out Skrine as a starter.

4. The Running Game Continues to Progress

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4. The Running Game Continues to Progress

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If the Browns have looked good in one area on offense, it's been in the running game. The offensive line has done a great job of creating running lanes for the running backs, picking up nice chunks of yardage. New acquisitions Ben Tate and Terrance West have been running hard, and they're showing good vision getting to the second level. All of this is encouraging for a team that solely relied on the passing game in 2013.

3. The Passing Game Still Has a Long Way to Go

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3. The Passing Game Still Has a Long Way to Go

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Whether it's based on the lack of experience with the wide receivers or the constant rotation of first-team quarterbacks, the Browns' passing game has looked miserable. Receivers are dropping balls and both Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel have thrown multiple passes behind their receivers. Hopefully the Browns will come to a decision and stick with a quarterback for the remainder of training camp until the regular season to build consistency.

2. The Defense is Ready for the Regular Season

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2. The Defense is Ready for the Regular Season

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For the second week in a row, the Cleveland Browns' defense looked miles ahead of the offense. The defense brought consistent pressure on RGIII and came up with a multi-turnover game, including a returned interception for a touchdown by safety Jim Leonhard. Cleveland's best chance at winning this year will come at the hands of the defense and its ability to create turnovers and halt opposing offenses.

1. Neither Brian Hoyer Nor Johnny Manziel 'Won' the Starting Job

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1. Neither Brian Hoyer Nor Johnny Manziel 'Won' the Starting Job

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Heading into Monday's game it was well-known that Browns' head coach would be naming a starting quarterback for the regular season. The hope was that Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel would separate themselves, making the decision easier, but the pair of QBs looked similar. Manziel technically threw for the Browns' first touchdown of the season on a shuffle pass to Dion Lewis, but Hoyer is the incumbent starter so it'll be easier to send him out.

 


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