NFL Preseason Week 1 Breakdown: Packers v. Browns

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NFL football is finally back!  Many NFL fans say that they don’t get excited for the preseason, but for me it’s almost as exciting as the regular season. Teams are getting built, dreams are being made, and there are many players giving every last effort in hopes of making a roster. 

If you’re one of the many that just can’t get into it, I certainly understand, so for you I’m providing cliff notes for every preseason game played. I’ve locked myself away in the dungeon, far from sunlight watching each matchup and giving you quick updates on each team.

Green Bay Packers (17) vs. Cleveland Browns (27)

At first it appeared that the chemistry between Aaron Rodgers and Greg Jennings was off. That took all of one series to fix and then they were right back to the same form that helped lead the Packers to the Super Bowl.

After the Packers starters on offensive came out of the game, it was Matt Flynn‘s time to show what he could do. He reiterated what I was saying last season. Flynn is an NFL starter. It surprises me that a team like the Miami Dolphins or Washington Redskins didn’t try to pull off a trade for him. What’s more is that the rest of the second team offense looked so good with him, that it appeared as if they could make the playoffs, even if they trotted the 2nd team offense out there all season.

Randall Cobb looked like a natural fit in this offense and the NFL in general. He ran fluid routes, knew where to be, and was sure handed. His style flows in this offense.

Another Packers’ rookie wide receiver that was dependable was Kerry Taylor. Taylor finally showed his ability late in the game when given the opportunity. It will be hard for any other wide receiver to make this active roster though. Cobb is guaranteed a spot and they return Jordy Nelson, Greg Jennings, Donald Driver, and James Jones. They also have another big rookie wide receiver in Tori Gurley. Gurley had a bad drop in the game though but he’s a big target that’s usually dependable. I don’t believe they’ll hold one drop against a guy in his first ever game, but I don’t know where Taylor or Gurley fit on this roster. They’ll both probably get picked up if Green Bay attempts to put them on their practice squad.

Colt McCoy was so precise running the Browns’ new offense.  e put the ball where it needed to be time after time. He led two long touchdown scoring drives. It doesn’t matter who he’s throwing to because he puts it right on their hands every time. There were two obvious contrary styles in play in the game. Green Bay had that quick hit threat, while Cleveland methodical moved the chains.

Peyton Hillis didn’t get a ton of reps in the game. When he did touch the ball he didn’t do too much with it. I still believe that he needs a better complimentary back in Cleveland. Brandon Jackson just doesn’t do it for me.

My surprises of the game go to Packers’ cornerback, Josh Gordy and Browns’ wide receiver Jordan Norwood. Gordy grabbed my attention earlier in the game with several great defensive efforts and then capped it off with an interception. Norwood was stellar in the return game for Cleveland and added to his value by seeming like the perfect fit in the slot for this offense.  Norwood is the best pure slot receiver on this Browns’ roster. Mohamed Massaquoi is more of a possession type receiver. Carlton Mitchell has a great speed plussize combination and would be a weapon in the slot, but I like the elusiveness of Norwood better in that role.

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Jayson Braddock is an NFL Scout / NFL Writer & On-Air Personality. Jayson is also a football insider for the Dylan Gwinn show on 790 AM in Houston, TX - Listeners NOT in the Houston metropolitan area can hear Jayson on iheart radio or You can also catch Jayson on Sirius XM Fantasy Sports Radio with Scott Engel and the morning crew every Thursday at 10:30am ET. You may email Jayson directly @ [email protected] or follow him on Twitter @JaysonBraddock