Here is a look back on last evening's game against the Browns: Who stood out, and who needs work?
First Team Offense:
- Kory Lichtensteiger was pushed back into the backfield on multiple occasions during the first quarter. It looks like it could be another long season at center.
- The early fumble by Morris may have been partially to blame on Lauvao, as he lowered his head, and lost his man who flew into the backfield, possibly causing Morris to take his eye off the pitch. Later on in the 2nd offensive series, he did the same thing yet again, this time allowing Phil Taylor into the backfield to tackle Morris for a loss. He did show some good ability down by the goaline when he pulled, and blocked not one, but two defenders. Morris was stopped just short on the play. Two plays later, he again showed some power, sealing off his defender, then getting to another defender in an attempt to push Morris into the end zone.
- Chris Chester was being pushed into the backfield on multiple plays in both the running and passing game. He looked too small and weak to handle the Browns massive defensive linemen. He was the primary cause of pressure that got to Griffin on the early interception(Phil Taylor yet again applied the pressure), and later he and Lichtensteiger couldn't handle pressure up the middle late into the first quarter which ended up resulting in a sack of Griffin. Trent Williams' man was credited with the sack, but it was the fault of both Chester and Lichtensteiger.
- Tyler Polumbus was beaten twice across his face in pass protection, with one of those plays leading to Griffin ending up on the seat of his pants in under 3 seconds. Then, later in the first quarter, he had trouble handling a corner blitz off the edge that forced Griffin to vacate the pocket and run for yardage. He was also suspect in the running game, not staying on his blocks, and allowing defenders into the backfield on two separate occasions.
- Great over-the-shoulder catch by Roberts to end the first quarter on a perfectly placed ball by Griffin.
- For as great as Jordan Reed looks as a pass catcher, he still has a lot of work to do on his blocking.
First Team Defense:
- Ryan Kerrigan looked every part the dominant player he is, collecting two sacks and forcing another pressure in just over a quarter of play.
- The front three did a nice job generating pressure themselves, but when you combine them with our pass-rushing outside linebackers, they did their job allowing Kerrigan and Orakpo one-on-one matchups.
- Twice, Jarvis Jenkins got pressure up the middle. He used his hands well to keep the blocker off his body, and fought to get into the quarterback's face.
- Chris Baker did an excellent job down by the goalline, splitting a double team, and making a tackle for a gain of just one yard.
- Amerson and Keenan Robinson did an excellent job in run support during their time in the game.
- DeAngelo Hall made two very nice tackles off the edge; one on the running back, and one on Manziel.
- Our starting secondary was not really challenged by the Browns first team unit, as all the throws were check downs or underneath routes, so it's hard to really grade their performance.
- Silas Redd ran hard with the second and third unit, showing good burst through the hole, and excellent feet to elude defenders.
- Bacarri Rambo really came to play last evening. He was flying around the field, and made some big hits.
- Ryan Grant showed more of what coaches and teammates have been raving about in camp. He caught a touchdown pass, and showed excellent hands and route running skills on a few others.
- Josh LeRibeus played the best of all the linemen not named Trent Williams. He did a nice job in pass protection, and an even better job opening holes in the running game. He should be starting over Chris Chester.
- Breeland looked like a veteran in the secondary, flying all over and hitting anything that moved. He also excelled on special teams.