Cleveland Browns‘ Rashard Higgins and Garrett Gilbert both played at a high level in the team’s 30-10 win over the Washington Redskins on Thursday night. Washington safety Jeremy Reaves and wide receiver Darvin Kidsy had some highlight plays in the contest, but their efforts weren’t enough to help the team to a win.
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Rashard Higgins has been lost in Cleveland’s offseason acquisition of Odell Beckham, but with OBJ sitting this one out, it was Higgins’ turn to have a big outing. He caught a touchdown on the first drive of the game off a perfect seam pass by Baker Mayfield and had a number of other big receptions throughout the game.
Myles Garrett certainly made his presence felt in the short amount of time he was in the game. And the rest of the Browns’ defensive line followed suit. Carl Davis, Chad Thomas and Trevon Coley were in the backfield often.
Cornerback Jimmy Moreland was targeted early and often, and while he did give up a number of receptions into his coverage, he also came away with several big plays. He forced two pass breakups early, notched a batted pass at the line of scrimmage and was also responsible for two forced fumbles.
Wide receiver Darvin Kidsy ran strong routes and had a few nice plays. He did have a fumble, but Dwayne Haskins’ best two throws went to Kidsy.
Backup center Austin Corbett had a rough go. He struggled with quick pass-rushers and was too easily controlled at the line of scrimmage on runs to either side of him.
The only touchdown the Browns’ defense allowed was a busted coverage on a go route. Rookie LSU product Greedy Williams missed the assignment playing the flats, and the go route was wide open down the right sideline.
Linebacker Shaun Dion Hamilton saw early action tonight and sometimes appeared lost in space on pass plays. He had a key missed tackle after a catch underneath on the first drive of the game and had multiple negatively graded played against the run.
The offensive line really struggled in pass protection and also the run, making it tough to get any drives going. Washington’s quarterbacks rarely had time, but even when they did, they made poor decisions or just bad throws.
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