- Jamison Hensley, ESPN Staff Writer
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Here is what the local reporters are saying about the Cleveland Browns' 14-6 loss at the Baltimore Ravens:
The Plain Dealer's Terry Pluto says one touchdown in two games shows there's a lack of playmakers on offense. "Pretend you are an opposing defensive coordinator facing the Browns," Pluto wrote. "Who would worry you the most? That's the best way to access what's wrong with the Browns' offense."
You can't blame quarterback Brandon Weeden for all of the offense's problems, according to The Akron Beacon Journal's Marla Ridenour.
Rookie first-round pick Barkevious Mingo had an impressive debut. The No. 6 overall pick finished with two solo tackles, a tackle for loss and a quarterback hurry, The Akron Beacon Journal reports. He also drew two holding penalties as the Ravens had problems containing him on defense and special teams.
Josh Gordon's teammates are eager for his return, according to The Plain Dealer. The No. 1 wide receiver served the last of his two-game suspension Sunday. "He's going to help a lot," running back Trent Richardson said. "He’s going to help spread out the field. He’s a speedy guy. He can catch the ball. He loves to block. So with Josh, it’s going to be a big emphasis on the offense to where we can get the ball down the field even better with him out there."
Browns linebacker Paul Kruger wasn’t a large factor in his return to face his former team on the day they celebrated their Super Bowl win, according to ESPN Radio in Cleveland. “It’s pretty frustrating," Kruger said. "We didn’t get it done. We’ll see those guys again (on Nov. 3).”
The Browns made more of an effort to have a balanced game plan, Vic Carucci of the team's official website reports. "Trent Richardson ran 18 times, which was five more than a week ago when the Browns threw it 40 more times than they ran it," Carucci wrote. "This week, the disparity fell to 19, not counting two Weeden runs."