1. A case for a review of our No. 2 QB
Cleveland’s offense didn’t get off to a rousing start where they moved the ball between the 20s but would settle for field goals and led 6-0 through most of the first half. Case Keenum, the Browns second-string quarterback moved the Browns offense but couldn’t score touchdowns. Obviously, he’s the veteran and has followed Browns coach Kevin Stefanski from the Minnesota Vikings over here to the Browns.
When Keenum left the game Browns 3rd stringer quarterback Kyle Lauletta came in and really showed off his abilities, granted it was against 2nd and 3rd string defenders for the Jags. Lauletta finished the night going 19-of-27 for 212 yards passing including two touchdowns thrown and a passer rating of 118.
What was impressive while watching Lauletta, was his quick decision-making and movement in the pocket. He connected with seconnd-year wide receiver Davion Davis on a nifty throw and catch in the corner of the endzone for a touchdown to extend the Browns lead in the first half to 13-0.
In the second half, Lauletta led the Browns on an impressive 10 minute and 89-yard drive, capped off with a seven-yard touchdown throw to Browns wide receiver Ryan Switzer.
Keenum, with more experience in the league, probably has the No. 2 quarterback spot locked up, but it’s always interesting when you see a younger player like Lauletta having early success and building confidence. Keenum should play better next weekend against the New York Giants when the Browns host them down at First Energy Stadium on Sunday, August 22nd at 1 pm.
However, he might get a bit more nervous if he can’t help the Browns score touchdowns instead of field goals.