Joshua Dobbs, David Bell and Anthony Schwartz make strides in Browns’ 21-20 loss to Eagles in 2nd preseason game


Despite the Browns' 21-20 loss to the Eagles on Sunday in the second preseason game, Joshua Dobbs, David Bell, and Anthony Schwartz were among those that advanced in the Battle of the Backups.

Dobbs started the game while the starters warmed up on the sidelines and made a case for himself to be chosen as Jacoby Brissett's backup for the duration of Deshaun Watson's 11-game suspension.

Dobbs, a fourth-round selection of the Steelers in 2017, has only tried 17 passes in the NFL and has completed 10, but at least he gave the Browns something to consider as they play the majority of the season without their $230 million man.

He completed 14 of his 20 throws for 141 yards and no touchdowns or interceptions against the Eagles, giving him an 89.8 rating across his four series. On three carries, he gained 47 yards on the ground as well. On his first drive, he recovered a fumbled snap from rookie centre Michael Dunn to score from three yards out.

He explained, "I simply dropped the ball after it snapped slightly to the left." We were only running inside zone, so I essentially took the same route that the running back would have, which may or may not have resulted in my stealing his score. I assured D'Ernest Johnson that I would definitely get it back for him.

Dobbs' 36-yard scramble up the left side after safety Andre Chachere grabbed and tore his undershirt in the backfield helped set up the score. He looked like a young boy playing flag football as a result of the garment mishap, with a long strip swinging behind him.

It was just beneath my jersey, so I'm not sure how he grabbed it, Dobbs said. But all he did was create a cute little crop top.

At first, Dobbs was unaware of what had occurred.

He said, "I saw the string going down to my ankle." "I was watching the sideline while I was sprinting. Don't step on that, I said. Just keep running, everything will be fine.

Dobbs, who scored on all four of his series, was excellent on the move, avoiding pressure in the pocket and connecting on a bootleg pass for 11 yards to tight end Nakia Griffin-Stewart.

He was very mobile, according to Kevin Stefanski. Clearly excellent, that scramble down the left sideline. He knows how to put us in the correct plays. a young man with high intelligence. He provided the lads with chances to score some goals.

Ja'Marcus Bradley was also successfully hit by Dobbs with an 8-yard pass on fourth-and-6 to preserve a 75-yard drive that resulted in a John Kelly 6-yard touchdown run (14 carries, team-high 66 yards, 1 TD). 

He has a very clear vision, Stefanski remarked. He is quite brilliant, but I believe he processes information really effectively. We require him to complete his progressions and deliver the ball promptly and correctly.


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