BALTIMORE, Maryland — Cleveland Browns scribbles as they prepare to face the Baltimore Ravens:
1. Some good news … sort of. The last time the Browns won a road game in Baltimore wasn’t that long ago: October 11, 2015. The final score was 33-30, in overtime. The only starters left on the roster from that victory are Joe Thomas, Isaiah Crowell, Christian Kirksey and Nate Orchard. Duke Johnson also was a key player.
2. Here’s the bad news: Since that game, the Browns have a 2-27 record. Yikes!
3. But it’s a new season, it’s new day. That’s a line from an Israel Houghton gospel song. And the Browns have added an old/new receiver to the roster. I’m talking about Rashard Higgins. He was promoted from the practice squad. He also was a fifth-round pick by the Browns in 2016.
4. The Browns started Corey Coleman and Kenny Britt at receiver against Pittsburgh. Duke Johnson was on the field for 50 of the 66 offensive snaps. He was mostly a slot receiver, never a running back.
5. We’ll see if all of them are active. The Browns picked up receivers Sammie Coates and Kasen Williams on waivers right before the season opened. They also have Ricardo Louis. Now, Higgins. If you count them all up — including Johnson — that’s seven receivers! Can’t imagine all of them being active.
6. But piling up receivers shows how the Browns don’t really seem sold on anyone except Coleman, who had an excellent game with five catches in the 21-18 loss to Pittsburgh. Coleman caught 5-of-6 passes thrown to him. The one incompletion was not something he could catch.
7. It’s important to remember Williams does more than yell at his players. He…
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