CLEVELAND - The Browns will play the Philadelphia Eagles in week number three of the NFL preseason. Normally week three is the dress rehearsal for the regular season. But the Browns will play the Eagles in week one of the regular season. So expect this week's game against the Green Bay Packers to be the game that will give Browns fans a good look at what you will see heading into the regular season.
The starters are expected to play into the third quarter of this preseason game. Starting quarterback Brandon Weeden is looking for more than a three completion performance like he had against the Detroit Lions last week in the Browns 19-17 win at Ford Field.
Weeden said knows he can do better: "The mistakes I made were so small that they're easy fixes. I work on them every day after practice now. The one, the fumble, when I was trying to dump it down to Jordan (Cameron), regardless of if it was a fumble or if it wasn't a fumble, I've got to get that ball out quicker just knowing where we were on the field, knowing how good Phil (Dawson) is. That's three points and I feel like I took away three points from this team. I can correct that by getting the ball out just a split second sooner. That's something you get a feel with as the game goes on. That's the tough part of only playing 15 snaps because you're not really getting into the flow of the game. As a quarterback, you like to get into the flow and the rhythm of the game and get going. It's tough in 15 plays, but that was the one I would really like to have back, just because it took three points off the board."
Weeden also knows that his team struggled to score touchdowns last year. The Browns only had three points in last week's game against Detroit in the first half.
"I am not scared to throw the ball in the end zone. There is just a fine line. You have to know the situation. You have to know who your guy is, what route they are running, there are a lot of things that weigh into it. Down in the red zone the backs are open a lot and three points is not the end of the world. Yeah, we all want to get seven points. That's the moral of the story, I want to score every time we touch the football, but sometimes the defense wins. Sometimes you have to tip your cap and it sucks. Sometimes they win a possession and you just have to take three points. Like I said, you guys have seen me enough in practice, I am not scared to throw the ball to the back of the end zone," Weeden said after practice on Tuesday.
The Browns are really banged up on the injury front. On Monday, the 15 players who missed practice on Sunday afternoon also missed practice. The list included linebackers D'Qwell Jackson and Scott Fujita, wide receiver Travis Benjamin, tight end Ben Watson, defensive lineman Frostee Rucker and defensive back Usama Young.
We won't know until Thursday if wide receiver Mohammed Massaquoi will play after being asked to leave the Lions game when the impartial observer determined that he could have suffered a concussion.
Kickoff is at 7 p.m. Thursday at Lambeau Field. The Browns are looking to open the preseason 2-0 for the first time since 2005. The Browns have won the last two preseason meetings.
The Browns next practice that is open to the public will be on Sunday from 2 to 4:30 in the afternoon. The team will be in full pads.
Up next, the Philadelphia Eagles on Friday August 24, at 7:30 p.m. It is also the first night of high school football across the state of Ohio.
All NFL rosters must be down from 90 to 80 players by August 28, then down to 53 by September 2.