Sunday, August 14, 2011
Preseason: Packers' Cobb impresses
By Kevin Seifert
Reviewing Saturday's action at Cleveland Browns Stadium:
Cleveland Browns 27, Green Bay Packers 17
Preseason record: 0-1
Of interest: The first-team offense played two series. The first ended in a punt and the second a 21-yard touchdown pass from Aaron Rodgers to Greg Jennings. It's worth noting that tailback Ryan Grant and left guard Derek Sherrod both started but gave way to James Starks and T.J. Lang, respectively, on the second series. Starks later suffered an ankle injury. ... Defensive end Mike Neal started and made a nice back-side tackle of Browns tailback Peyton Hillis. ... It was hard not to be impressed by receiver/kick returner Randall Cobb, who finished with three receptions for 60 yards and returned two kickoffs for a 29-yard average. I thought his diving catch on third-and-5 was particularly noteworthy. That's the type of tough catch you don't always see a rookie make. ... Backup quarterback Matt Flynn once again showed he is capable of running the offense in Rodgers' absence, completing 11 of 18 passes for 126 yards. ... Cornerbacks Charles Woodson and Tramon Williams didn't start, pushing Jarrett Bush and Pat Lee into higher-profile roles. The Browns beat Lee on their first touchdown, a 27-yard pass from Colt McCoy to Josh Cribbs.
Local coverage: Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: "Cobb looks as if he has a chance to make the weakest part of the defending Super Bowl champions' game considerably better." ... The Packers "didn't look any worse or more ragged than preseason openers of the past," writes Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. ... Tight end Jermichael Finley, who didn't play, said there was no reason to rush back onto the field but indicated he will probably play in Week 2, according to Tyler Dunne of the Journal Sentinel. ... The Packers' no-huddle offense looked good, writes Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. ... Coach Mike McCarthy considered personnel evaluation the top priority Saturday night, according to Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com.
Next: Friday vs. Arizona Cardinals