Cleveland Browns studs and duds from Preseason Week 4 vs. Lions
Stud: Jamie Gillan
Jamie Gillan continues to build his legacy, and it’s not just with his leg. Last week against Tampa Bay, he made an open-field tackle on Bobo Wilson to end a long run back. Again on Thursday, he had another big play as he made a beautiful form tackle on Tom Kennedy. This ended the 25-yard run back, but making things even better for Cleveland was the fact that there was a holding on the Lions, which made it to where the Lions still had to start their next drive deep in Cleveland territory after the 50-yard punt.
He then kicked the ball following a safety late in the second quarter, which went inside the Cleveland 10 — for a total of 67-yards. The kick may have actually been too good though, as it allowed Detroit another shot at finding yards on the return.
Brandon Powell weaved his way through defenders until Gillan again showed up and made the stop. The Lions were flagged on the play for an illegal block, which negated the yardage. That meant the Lions weren’t going anywhere no matter the outcome, but the Scottish Hammer continued to show his toughness and willingness to stick his nose in there and make a big play.
Gillan also showed he’s not easily rattled. On a third-quarter punt, the Hammer nearly had a kick block, but somehow got it off under the arm of the free-running Lion. It somehow still went 43 yards — but there probably should have been a penalty for running into the kicker, which would have given the Browns a first down.