Scores don’t mean much in the preseason, and the first impressions you gather about a club may prove laughably wrong once the leaves start to fall, but let’s say this for the Browns: their offense was ready to play in Thursday’s 27-19 win vs. the Rams.
One positive: the Browns scored on each of Brandon Weeden’s two drives. Overall, the second-year starting quarterback completed 10-of-13 passes for 112 yards and a touchdown. It wasn’t a perfect performance, and one of his longer completions came after he fired a short pass that dinged off of tight end Jordan Cameron’s hands and landed in Greg Little’s grasp.
Nevertheless, Weeden played well, and reserve passers Jason Campbell and Brian Hoyer got good work in, too. On the night, Browns quarterbacks completed 26-of-34 passes for 249 yards and a pair of TDs.
The Browns have good depth behind Weeden. Moreover, they have bolstered their ranks at wide receiver and running back in recent years. They have more skill-position talent than in the past, and it shows on the depth chart. The right players seem to be on the right rungs.
No one would say the Browns are finished product on offense, but this looks like a group with a little more punch than we’re accustomed to seeing from Cleveland.