New Orleans' defense was awful last season, although there were slight improvements in the latter portion of the season.
Prized rookies DeShone Kizer and Myles Garrett of the Browns acquitted themselves well in their preseason game debuts on August 11 in a 20-14 victory over New Orleans at FirstEnergy Stadium. The #Cleveland Browns' preseason opener was the ideal opportunity to do so.
The rookie out of Notre Dame outplayed his competition in the starting quarterback race, as Brock Osweiler was 6-of-14 for 42 yards and Cody Kessler was 5-of-10 for 47 yards. However, the Browns still converted to first-and-goal, but they were stopped short on fourth down.
Garrett vowed to "send a message" in his first preseason game as a pro, and he did just that in limited time.
The defense had several impressive plays, including a fumble recovery and several sacks on the Saints quarterbacks.
Garrett Grayson's chances of making the Saints final roster may be dwindling once again. There were some near misses, and it appeared the first pass of the night was more miscommunication than anything else. "When he had an opportunity to rush, he rushed well and that there was a little pressure here and there". He was sacked three times, but he was still able to make good strides by completing three straight passes after the first two-minute warning. Look for Chase Daniel and Ryan Nassib to take a lot of QB snaps. He made some big-time throws in the fourth quarter, but those were mostly against guys who won't be on an National Football League roster in four weeks.
He ushered in the Osweiler era in Cleveland with a signature incompletion for his first play from scrimmage. The two point conversion was no good.
Lutz connected on another field goal before the end of the half to bring the Saints to within 1.
The Saints wide receivers should not be slept on.
It was a fun game to watch with some big plays made by the team's youngest players.
The play came on a fourth-and-2 and followed a 22-yard completion from Kizer to back-up wide receiver Rannell Hall that almost offset the damage done by a holding penalty called on Browns defensive lineman Spencer Drango two plays earlier. "And I know that I can trust in him to make sure that this development process goes in the right direction and continues to move forward the way we want it to".
The key for Garrett is "just trying to be consistent, not just showing flashes" throughout camp and in the preseason. Saints cornerback Ken Crawley broke up a slant pass to end the Browns drive, keeping the score at 3-0. It may not seem like a big deal, but it actually is. Osweiler and Kessler are what they are, but they will have to decide if they would rather go the route of letting Kizer sit in 2017 and develop before throwing him into the fire and letting him learn on the fly.
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