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NFL Preseason Week 1 Game Recap: Cleveland Browns 23, Jacksonville Jaguars 13

Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) is sacked by Cleveland Browns defensive end Porter Gustin (94) in the first quarter at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

Jacksonville Jaguars edge defender Jordan Smith had the highlight of the game, but quarterback Kyle Lauletta and Cleveland Browns ultimately cruised to a 23-13 road victory. Veteran Case Keenum also contributed to the lopsided win, going 12 of 17 for 115 yards with zero sacks on the night.

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KEY STORYLINES

Trevor Lawrence’s NFL Preseason Debut — Lawrence completed 6 of 9 passes for 71 yards in an overall underwhelming Jaguars debut. He had one stellar 35-yard strike deep over the middle of the field to veteran Marvin Jones Jr. on third down. He completed just five of his other eight passes for 36 yards and fumbled on one of the two sacks he took in the contest. Lawrence also moved the chains just twice on his 11 dropbacks. He should finish PFF’s grading review process with a sub-70.0 grade.

Gardner Minshew Played like a Backup — Minshew Mania was short-lived on Saturday night. The second-year Washington State product completed 4 of 8 passes for 47 yards, took a sack and threw an interception to rookie Richard LeCounte III on an end-of-half Hail Mary. Only two of Minshews attempts went for first downs.

Rooke Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah Balls Out — JOK earned an impressive 78.1 PFF grade across 47 defensive snaps (36 in the box) against Jacksonville. He showed great sideline-to-sideline speed and totaled a whopping seven defensive stops, including an impressive tackle at the line of scrimmage on a late fourth-quarter screen pass.

Kyle Lauletta Airs it Out — The former Richmond Spider averaged more than 9.0 air yards per attempt and totaled more than 70% of his passing yards before the catch. He was far from perfect but still completed 19 of 27 passes for 212 yards and two touchdowns — one of which was an impressive toss to third-year Sam Houston product Davion Davis.

No Nick Chubb Hurts — No Browns running back averaged more than 3.3 yards per carry on Saturday night. More than 85% of the team’s rushing yards came after contact, a testament to an overall disappointing performance from the Browns’ offensive line.

Rookie Demetric Felton Shines  The former UCLA running back ran more than 90% of his routes from the slot and looked good doing so. He caught four passes for 44 yards, including an impressive 25-yarder, and logged zero drops on the night.

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