Carucci's Corner: Fourth-quarter thoughts from Browns-Eagles

Posted Aug 25, 2011

Thoughts from the fourth quarter of the Browns-Eagles preseason game.

PHILADELPHIA -- Here are some thoughts from the fourth quarter of Thursday night’s preseason game between the Browns and the Eagles:

--Alex Smith has something to say about the tight competition at tight end. He made a very heads-up play by catching the deflected pass from Demetrius Williams for a touchdown.

--The Browns’ pass protection wasn’t a whole lot better by their backup offensive linemen than it was by their starters. By the same token, the Eagles have some impressive pass-rushers in their reserves as well as among their first-stringers.

--Jarrett Brown did a solid job of moving the Browns to their second touchdown of the game. He continues to show excellent mobility and a strong, accurate arm. He shows a high level of accountability in the late stages of a game, when it’s easier for plays to adopt a garbage-time mentality. Brown is an intriguing guy who, in the right circumstances, just might have a future somewhere in this league.

--The penalties continue to mount for the Browns. It wasn’t quite the flood we saw last week, but it was still an issue. Guess what Pat Shurmur’s point of emphasis is going to again be in practice this week?

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