PITTSBURGH -- Cleveland Browns quarterback
Lewis made his first career NFL start in place of rookie
In his first NFL start, Lewis completed 22 of 32 passes for 204 yards with a touchdown and an interception before leaving the game following a hit to the back late in the fourth quarter.
“To be 22 of 32 for over 200 yards, he showed what I knew he had in him back in the days in St. Louis,” said Browns coach Pat Shurmur, who coached Lewis during his time as the Rams’ offensive coordinator. “This is the first time he’s really had a chance to play and I thought he played extremely well.”
Lewis’ teammates shared Shurmur’s assessment.
“I was very impressed,” tight end
Before leaving the game, Lewis was able to complete passes to seven different receivers. Watson led the way with seven catches for 64 yards and
With 11:03 remaining in the third quarter, the Browns faced a second-and-goal from Pittsburgh’s seven-yard line. Lewis took the snap from center
“Thaddeus has that soft, Florida swagger about him,” Little said. “He always is very well composed in any type of situation. Oftentimes, I joke about this, but playing at Duke, he was the underdog quite a few times. He is very well composed.”