Cleveland Browns studs and duds from first win of the season
Stud: Sheldon Richardson, Olivier Vernon
Le’Veon Bell had a long night. He was the sole bright spot for the Jets and got off to a slow start. He did make some plays but was more often greeted by several defensive linemen when he did try and run.
After Bell finally got some running room for eight yards in the second quarter — which came after an offside penalty from Eric Murray — Sheldon Richardson decided that was enough. He stuffed Bell on the very next play and then was able to make a second stop right after that.
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This time, it was with Bell running the wildcat, where was ran a zone read and gave the ball to Ty Montgomery who was stuffed for a loss by Richardson and linebacker Christian Kirksey.
Olivier Vernon and Morgan Burnett combined on a sack to start the second quarter. This was the second time Vernon got into the backfield and the first sack he was in on as a Cleveland Brown. He was also bringing pressure early in the second half when Myles Garrett broke through for his second sack of the game.
This was exactly what general manager John Dorsey had in mind when he signed Richardson and traded for Vernon. He understood they had the stars with players like Myles Garrett on that line but they needed to bolster the group as a whole.
There’s no doubt that early on, these two are paying huge dividends. Surely, this will only help them as they look to stay in the hunt for a playoff spot this season.