Cleveland (AP) — Case Keenum and Kha Darel Hodge spent a lot of time practicing together and developed chemistry.
They tried to use it on Sundays.
Keenham showed why Cleveland invested in him to back up Baker Mayfield, throwing a 7-yard touchdown pass to Hodge while letting Browns win the New York Giants 17-13 in an exhibition game.
Keenham connected with Hodge to end his first ownership of Cleveland. Veteran QB finished a 74-yard 12-9 at the intercept, playing most of the first half.
“Cases make things much easier,” said outstanding Hodge of a special team trying to win the roster among Cleveland’s talented receivers. “He can talk about the press. He can talk about how to set routes, what to do with specific coverage, how to perform specific routes with specific coverage, he is a great person is.
“He brings a lot to the game.”
Browns (2-0) rested Mayfield and repelled Nickchub, the all-pro-defensive end Myles Garrett, and most starters for the second straight week.
So did the Giants (0-2), who won a one-yard TD plunge from Devin Booker when both teams played the second and third stringers in the first half.
New York’s 3rd QB Brian Lewaki threw a TD pass to David Sills in the fourth quarter to pull the Giants together. New York coach Joe Judge played in 2 instead of kicking PAT, but Browns packed Gary Breitwell’s running back.
The Giants had another late chance, but rookie Safety Richard Lucount III intercepted Rewarki in the final play end zone.
Kevin Stefanski has made 62 career starts, and with his 33-year-old experience, Browns coach Kevin Stefanski has solid insurance in case Mayfield gets injured or needs a cleanup obligation. I am a member of.
Cleveland signed a three-year, $ 18 million free agent contract with Keenam in 2020. It seemed expensive, but his relationship with Stefanski (which he was with Minnesota in 2017) and his value in Mayfield’s leadership made it worthwhile.
Besides forcing a throw into the end zone, Keenam did what he was asked to do.
“He did a great job,” said Stefanski. “I didn’t like that interception in the Red Zone-it can’t and he shouldn’t. He knows it.”
The pre-season match ended the Giants’ four-day visit against the Browns for two consecutive days.
After Friday’s practice, the joint training got hot and the team refrained from fighting during the session before the Browns cornerback Troy Hill and New York wide receiver Sterling Shepard confronted each other. Hill played and Stephankushi hinted that it was a punishment for throwing a punch.
For two consecutive games, Stefanski watched the starter. And the judge then rested QB Daniel Jones and most of his first team. However, his improved attack line requires additional work.
The judge will play the starter in New England early next week, the opener’s “Dress Rehearsal”.
“The goal of going to New England next week is to narrow down the team as much as possible without making all the final (roster) decisions,” the judge said.
Browns kicker Chase McLaughlin, who is pushing incumbent Cody Parkey to work, scored a 49-yard field goal with 2:29 remaining.
Stefanski said Parky suffered a quadriceps injury at some point. He did not explain its severity.
Browns rookie Greg Newsom II seems to have won the competition with Greedy Williams to start a cornerback job.
Newsom finished a strong week with two tackles and the Giants didn’t throw his way,
“Incredible athletes,” linebacker Malcolm Smith talked about Newsom, the first round pick to snap in slots. “He has a great feel for the game, good ball skills, and everything he needs in the corner.”
Williams suffered an inguinal injury. This is the latest medical problem for Williams, who missed everything in 2020 with a nerve injury in his shoulder and left the clinic on Friday with a migraine.
FirstEnergy Stadium has been allowed to reach capacity for the first time since the finale of the 2019 regular season. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, only 12,000 fans could enter the 65,000-seat stadium last season.
Cleveland Browns Second Quarterback Case Keenham appears to throw in the first half of the NFL exhibition game against the New York Giants on Sunday in Cleveland.
Browns defeated the Giants 17-13 in a backup battle
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