Cleveland’s preseason concluded on Thursday as the Browns traveled to Chicago to face off with the Bears. There was no Johnny Manziel, no Josh McCown and barely any starters played quality minutes. The players that took the field were trying to make the roster and/or practice squad.
Starting the game at quarterback was Thad Lewis, who is trying to earn the third string job. Statistically, he started the game out great, completing 10 of his 12 pass attempts. Unfortunately, Lewis finished the game 14/20 for 100 yards with a pick six that gave Chicago a 21-0 lead late in the third quarter. Additionally, Lewis was sacked a shocking six times with one of them resulting in a lost fumble.
On a lighter note, fans got to witness the debut of receivers Dwayne Bowe and Terrelle Pryor. Both players missed previous games due to hamstring injuries so this was the first glimpse of what they can contribute. In order to get repetitions, Bowe started the game and played into the second half. Sadly, he only recorded one catch for eight yards on just two targets. There can be a debate on Bowe’s effort level to reach for the sideline pass.
As for his fellow receiver, Pryor didn’t see any passes his way. However, he did take two snaps in the wildcat formation at the quarterback position. This could be a sign of things to come if he makes the team. Pryor finished the game with five yards but no receptions. In fact, the receiver hasn’t registered a catch all preseason.
Another wide out that is trying to make the team is un-drafted rookie Darius Jennings. I have commended Jennings in previous articles because of his respectable numbers. With limited playing time in four games, Jennings hauled in seven passes for 79 yards. Unfortunately, a fumble recovered by the Bears could cost his a job.
On the topic of securing jobs, the running back competition got a little clearer. Isaiah Crowell appears to have the edge as he was rested versus Chicago. Terrance West started the game and finished with 35 yards on nine carries, but also added a 16 yard reception.
In the end, the Cleveland Browns lost to the Bears 24-0. However, all wasn’t lost though, as final cuts are looming the roster will begin to take shape. And we are one step closer to the regular season.
Are you ready?
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