Sunday, August 9, 2009

Scrimmage shows secondary vulnerable

The scrimmage at Cleveland Browns Stadium showed what the Browns need to work on most before the season begins five weeks from today.When training camp resumes Tuesday, Eric Mangini has to concentrate on shoring up the secondary.

Lance Leggett caught a 51-yard touchdown pass from Brady Quinn and David Patten caught a 71-yard touchdown pass from Bret Ratliff. Patten also caught a 46-yard pass from Ratliff to set up another touchdown.

The scrimmage wasn't totally realistic because the defense could not go all out on the pass rush, but the long completions nevertheless exposed the Browns as a team that could be beaten deep. Last year they were near the bottom of the league in sacks with 17.

Rod Hood and Nick Sorensen were beaten on the touchdown pass to Leggett. Patten appeared to have pushed off Gerard Lawson on his touchdown, but he got away with it. None of the three DBs smoked for the touchdowns are starters.


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