5 Things we learned from Cleveland Browns win against the Giants
The Cleveland Browns backup quarterback job
The pendulum between the two backup quarterbacks, Case Keenum and Kyle Lauletta didn’t swing to Lauletta’s corner and is still Keenum’s role to lose.
Though Keenum didn’t exactly light it up yesterday, he did orchestrate a Browns opening drive that culminated in a touchdown when he connected with wide receiver Khaderal Hodge on a zipped pass on 4th and goal, that really demonstrated the skill set of Hodge, more than Keenum’s hot pass. Keenum was intercepted in the red zone a drive later and was sacked a couple of times.
Lauletta was brought in with two minutes to go in the first half, helped the Browns move down the field but was rather scattered with his performance and Cleveland couldn’t get a score before the break. He did help lead the team in the second half down the field and another touchdown as running back John Kelly ran it in for the score.
But in the end, Lauletta threw a few passes to who knows where, and just seemed like the pressure of the situation and trying to prove himself, was a bit exposed in the game.
I’ve been in Lauletta’s corner for a few weeks now, primarily because he’d be cheaper to keep for the team and because he’s seven years younger than aging Keenum. However, he may have missed his biggest chance this past weekend.
You never know, especially with the rash of injuries hitting the Browns right now, that Lauletta would stink with the practice squad again and be brought back, if Lord help us, Baker Mayfield and Keenum both go down with devastating injuries. It is the AFC North division and those other teams don’t always play fair.