Browns can’t complete comeback. Fall to Ravens 25-20

NFL: SEP 13 Browns at Jets

It was a thriller at First Energy Stadium but a losing effort by the Cleveland Browns as they fall to AFC North rival Baltimore Ravens. Continue reading “Browns can’t complete comeback. Fall to Ravens 25-20”


Browns return to practice. Prepare for Tampa Bay road trip.

For the first time since Thursday’s game against the Falcons, the Cleveland Browns returned to the practice field on Sunday for one last time before they head down to Tampa Bay to play the Buccaneers. The two teams have joint practices on Tuesday and Wednesday. 

Familiar faces returned to the field for the Browns as Joe Haden is on pace to play Friday in Tampa. Haden has been sidelined most of the practices so far this year to protect himself from further injuring his ankle that ended his rough season last year. 

Josh Gordon, who was nursing a lower leg injury of his own, participated fully in every drill and had a big day for himself catching a good number of passes. Along with Gordon, the Browns first round pick Corey Coleman returned and looks like he didn’t miss any time as he was just as impressive as he’s been so far this year.

It’s encouraging to see most of the roster starting to become healthy. The injuries played a big part of the Browns abysmal season. The third preseason game is the closest thing to regular season action we can get. The so called “Dress Rehersal” is when the starters play most of the first half of the game as the players try to find a rhythm and a connection with one another. 

The Browns haven’t had Haden, Gordon or Coleman in a game so far in the preseason so we may see a bit more time for a select few. Look out for the RG3 to Gordon connection early. The two were teammates at Baylor and were very fun to watch. Let’s hope they can bring some of that magic to northeast Ohio. 

Can Corey Coleman Be A No. 1 Receiver? 

Since Josh Gordon led the league in receiving yards in 2013, the Cleveland Browns haven’t had a stud number one receiver on their roster. Hopefully the Browns first round pick from the 2016 Draft Corey Coleman can solidify the position and be a key player for years to come.

Tight end Gary Barnidge had a career year last season with 1,043 yards for 9 touchdowns while averaging 13.2 yards per catch and earned a pro bowl reserve spot. Although impressive, the workload for a tight end should be significantly less than that. Travis Benjamin had a very nice start at the beginning of the season with 249 yards and 4 touchdowns in the first three games but only had one touchdown the rest of the season. Taylor Gabriel and Andrew Hawkins didn’t produce enough to mention their stats as they were non factors for the entire season. It’s obvious the receiving core needed help in a bad way.

Corey Coleman comes into his first year in the NFL highly praised. He was named second-team All-Big 12 (first team by the media) in his sophomore year after covering 1,119 yards and scoring 11 times on just 64 receptions. Coleman also won the Biletnikoff Award as the nation’s top receiver in 2015, along with unanimous All-American and first-team all-conference honors, leading the country with 20 touchdown 74 receptions for 1,363 yards for the year. This kid has extreme speed that could be big trouble for defenders. Although he is another short receiver, which the Browns have been ridiculed for the past two years for having undersized wide outs, he has the ability to jump over the best defender to snatch the ball out of the air. His best work is on the outside of the numbers when his speed lets him separate and get a step on the corner. 

The size is a bit of a con to his game because although his best work is on the edge of the field, cornerbacks in the NFL are bigger and stronger than corners at the collegiate level. He will need to learn more than just a few routes and maybe even spend time in the slot his first year to adjust to the pro game and work his was to solidify. Head Coach Hue Jackson will know how to use him wisely in his system having experience working with small receivers from Cincinnati like Mohamed Sanu. 

Coleman will not be a sudden impact but with the help of new position coach Chad Ochocinco, who played for under Hue Jackson in Cincinnati in 2004-2006, he can have a very solid rookie campaign and work his way to the number one spot in as little as two years.