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Browns' links: No clarity in kicking battle

8/30/2013

Here is what they're saying about the Cleveland Browns' 18-16 win over the Chicago Bears in the preseason finale:

  • Third-string quarterback Brian Hoyer learned Thursday afternoon that he was starting for Jason Campbell, who had the flu, and led the Browns to a comeback victory. "That's what you're supposed to do," Hoyer said, via The Plain Dealer. "I don't care if it's the fourth preseason game or the last game of the season. When you're out there, you're out there to win. It doesn't matter who's out there."

  • The Browns didn't learn much from their kickers. Shayne Graham was held out after experiencing tightness in his back in warm-ups, and Brandon Bogotay didn't make the trip because he's dealing with a groin injury. Punter Spencer Lanning was forced to handle place-kicking duties and he made two of three field goals, including a 40-yarder to win the game with 3:15 remaining. “That’s the first game-winning field goal I have ever had an opportunity to kick," Lanning said, via The Akron Beacon Journal. Lanning hadn’t kicked a field goal since his senior season at the University of South Carolina in 2010.

  • Rookie cornerback Leon McFadden struggled in the preseason finale, ESPN Radio in Cleveland reports. The third-round pick was beat twice on one play by Bears receiver Joe Anderson and then let rookie Josh Lenz get behind him for a 40-yard reception.

  • This is a video of wide receiver David Nelson discussing his preseason debut for the Browns. It comes from the Akron Beacon Journal.