Former Browns lead offensive explosion for Buffalo

Case Keenum. (Photo by Bryan M. Bennett/Getty Images)
Case Keenum. (Photo by Bryan M. Bennett/Getty Images) /

The Buffalo Bills offense exploded against the Denver Broncos on Saturday and two former Cleveland Browns were part of the success

It’s always good to see former Cleveland Browns still finding success in the NFL, even if it’s in the preseason. That was the case during Week 2 as two former Browns helped their team cross the 40-point mark on Saturday.

At home in Orchard Park, the Buffalo Bills had an offensive explosion against the Denver Broncos. After Josh Allen led them down for a touchdown late in the first quarter, Case Keenum entered and led the Bills to three touchdown drives in a row.

He finished his day with 192 yards and a touchdown while completing 16-of-18 passes. An 80-yard and 78-yard drive both ended with touchdowns by Zack Moss from one yard out, then on his final drive of the day, Keenum hit O.J. Howard for a seven-yard touchdown. That put the Bills up 28-7 and Keenum was replaced by Matt Barkley.

Two more touchdowns followed, again thanks in large part to a former Browns player. This time, it was running back Duke Johnson who scored twice in the third quarter — once on a two-yard run and eight yards on the second.

Johnson finished with 55 yards and two touchdowns on just nine carries. He still has a tough road to the roster with Devin Singletary, Moss, and James Cook all on the same roster. Still, he made a case for himself with this game.

Case Keenum’s time with the Browns

Keenum joined Cleveland as a free agent in 2020 when they hired Kevin Stefanski as their head coach. He had experience with Stefanski, dating back to their time in Minnesota together.

In two seasons, he started two games — both were victories for the Browns. He finished with 508 yards passing and a 3-to-1 touchdown-to-interception ratio but was traded to the Bills this offseason in favor of Jacoby Brissett.

Duke Johnson’s time with the Browns

Johnson was a third-round pick for Cleveland back in 2015. He spent four seasons with the franchise and had 1,286 yards and five touchdowns as a runner. However, he was much more effective as a receiver out of the backfield, hauling in 235 receptions for 2,170 yards and eight touchdowns.

Johnson was traded to Houston in 2019 shortly after Kareem Hunt was signed by Cleveland. He spent two years there and one in Miami before joining Buffalo this offseason.

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