Browns studs and duds: Jacoby Brissett struggles in preseason Week 3

Jacoby Brissett, Browns. (Photo by Nick Cammett/Getty Images)
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Jacoby Brissett made his debut with the Cleveland Browns in Week 3 of the preseason and looked as though he needed to knock some rust off

Preseason Week 3 ended up being the first time we got to see Jacoby Brissett in live action for the Cleveland Browns, and it was a disappointment.

Brissett and the starting offense couldn’t muster a first-down until their third drive and he ended up leading them to just three points. The reserves brought them back but still fell short, losing 21-20 in front of their home crowd.

With the final exhibition game in the book, we look back at the studs and duds against the Chicago Bears.

Browns studs and duds preseason Week 3

Browns, Alex Wright. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports /

Stud: Alex Wright, EDGE

Alex Wright was disruptive on the first drive of the game for Cleveland. He didn’t record a stat but he blew up the first run, which ended up being a tackle for a loss for David Montgomery. He then got pressure on the third-and-11, forcing Justin Fields to throw the ball away.

He finished with no stats but he’s made huge strides since their preseason opener against the Jaguars. Wright struggled in that one but has come on strong the final two weeks. That should be enough to get him in the rotation as a rookie.

Dud: Anthony Schwartz, Wide Receiver

The very first play of the game for Cleveland was a disappointing one, and it involved Anthony Schwartz — who sadly has been involved in several disappointing plays this preseason. Jacoby Brissett threw his first pass to the second-year speedster and he had it go through his hands, a continuing problem for him.

On the second drive of the game, Brissett looked his way again on third-and-two. This time, Schwartz had a step on his defender and the ball was within range. However, Schwartz seemed to reach with just one hand and again, a pass thrown his way hit the turf.

The problems continued as he had a tipped ball go through his hands and then dropped a third-and-nine pass from Brissett during a two-minute drill. He ran off the field to several boos as the crowd voiced their frustration.

Cleveland has been adamant they will go into the season with the guys they have, but they might finally be re-thinking it now that Schwartz continues to trend in the wrong direction.