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TSJ101’s Preseason Week 1 Takeaways – Cleveland Browns

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Friday night marked yet another beginning to another new era for the Cleveland Browns.

Making his coaching debut for the Browns was first year Head Coach Hue Jackson.

Also making a much-anticipated debut in a Browns uniform was quarterback Robert Grifin III.

Understandably, not much can be taken away from the 17-11 preseason loss, but there are some intriguing angles to look at going forward .

For starters, the Browns almost look like a new team under the direction of Hue Jackson.

It seems, as if for now, there is a little bit more swagger in the step of the Browns players.  They looked like a team that is looking to step out on the field and make a statement.

As an observer, you can immediately notice that the strength and conditioning staff put together in the off-season has made huge improvements to what looked to be an undersized team in previous years.

On to the topic of RGIII, again, not much can be taken away from the limited action in which he saw on Friday night.

Griffin was 4 for 8 passing for 67 yards.  He did throw one interception, which was not entirely his fault.  He had a little help from a lack of effort from TE Gary Barnidge, something you won’t often hear, on that one.

Griffin did take a hit to his knee on the first play of them game, which left many Browns fans short of breath for a moment or two.

Though Griffin did not see much action, he showed that he still has at least a glimmer of his former mobility, a huge question mark leading into the season.

Many fans were anticipating seeing the debut of 3rd round draft pick, QB Cody Kessler.

It didn’t take very long to see that Cody may need a little bit of polishing before he is ready to compete in the NFL.

Hopes were high, as Kessler‘s very first play from scrimmage was a 10 yard touchdown pass to fellow rookie, Rashard Higgins.

His glory, however, was short-lived.  After the Browns got the ball back, on his very next snap, Kessler dropped back to pass in the end zone, and, promptly stepped out of the back of it, for a safety.  Classic Browns, right?

Terrelle Pryor only had two catches in the game for 57 yards. However, what we can take away from this is the fact that it looks as if Pryor has been putting in the work to succeed at the wide receiver position, and may become a factor in Jackson‘s new offense.

Another thing that became quite clear is just how much the Browns will miss Alex Mack at the center position.

In his rookie season, Cam Erving was not very impressive at all.  It seemed last night as though his transition to center may not be going very smoothly, which could lead to big problems in Cleveland.

All things considered, the season is still in its infancy.  One preseason game probably won’t be enough of a cover to judge the book that is the 2016 Cleveland Browns.

And, while absolutely nobody is picking this team to win the division, the collective fan base is hoping to see at least a little bit of improvement.