It might have been the first of four preseason games, but Cleveland Browns coach Rob Chudzinski saw Thursday night’s 27-19 win over the St. Louis Rams as a nice building block.
“It was a good start,” Chudzinski said. “I’m really pleased with how our players came out and played from the start of the game. We still have a long journey ahead of us and a lot of work to do, but it was a good beginning.
“As with most games, it was a mix. We did some things well last night. Obviously, there’s some things we need to improve on, but we came out of the game healthy, which is another plus during the preseason.”
Although he was pleased with the way his players handled the early portion of the game -- when they built a 17-0 lead over the Rams midway through the second quarter -- Chudzinski knows the level of play must get better to match the competition the Browns will face.
“Any time guys go out against competition and play, perform, you take stock in that,” Chudzinski said. “As the preseason goes on, the intensity ramps up, and by the third preseason game, everybody’s doing more game-planning, and it’s more realistic of a mock week, which is what our plan is.
“You expect that when guys get in there, they do make good with those reps. I think we had a number of occasions where guys did a good job with the time that they had in there.”
Weeden threw to six different receivers, and had four completions of 14 or more yards.
“I thought he did a good job,” Chudzinski said. “He was efficient with his group. We scored on his drives that he was in there for, and I felt good about his performance.”
GETTING THEIR KICKS
The Browns alternated their two kickers and two punters Thursday night.
“All those guys had moments where they shined in terms of what they did,” Chudzinski said. “I still see it as really close, both from the kicking and the punting standpoint. I wanted to give Brandon Bogotay a chance at one of the long ones. He’s got a strong leg, and he got a chance at that 54-yarder. He pushed it a little bit left and he just missed it. I think it was a good experience for all those guys.”
“I was pleased with Jason’s performance,” Chudzinski said. “He did well, along with the group of ones up front. He continued and played a little bit more. I wanted to get him more work and keep working him back into things. He did a good job.”
Chudzinski said defensive back
“(Lauvao’s) going to get a scope on that, and he’s going to miss some time early on in the regular season,” Chudzinski said. “We’ll just have to see how that goes ahead of the scope and how he will progress over the next few weeks.”