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Eagles Vs. Browns: Cleveland Rookies Overwhelmed In Debut

Cleveland Browns rookies Brandon Weeden and Trent Richardson struggled in their first NFL game, eliciting some concern from SB Nation's Browns blog Dawgs By Nature.

Weeden played historically bad, yes. But, he wasn't the only one with a poor outing. Trent Richardson, in his first real game since the 2012 BCS National Championship Game, only averaged 2.1 yards-per-carry on 19 rushes. He missed all of preseason after having his knee scoped. His only highlight of the day came on a game-long 9-yard rush where he knocked off the helmet of safety Kurt Coleman...


That was a solid hit, indeed. However, the Browns needed more from their young running back than 39 yards on 19 carries, however unfair it may be. And, while Weeden's 12-of-35, four-interception performance opened plenty of eyes for the wrong reasons, things weren't entirely his fault, as other units failed to step up.

The Browns' offensive line also struggled against a very good Eagles' Wide 9 defensive line. Meanwhile, the wide receiver corps is what we've come to expect. To quote the infamous Dennis Green line, "They are who we thought they were." Despite that, the Browns have to demand more from them if they want to win games.

The Browns hope to improve in Week 2, as they head south to face the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.

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