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3 Big Takeaways: Corey Coleman a spark on otherwise tough passing day
November 19, 2017 11:18 PM | Andrew Gribble


1. Corey Coleman gave the Browns the kind of impact they hoped for their struggling passing attack.

The problem Sunday was there were little other bright spots for Cleveland's passing game going up against the league's top-ranked unit against it.

Coleman caught six passes for 80 yards to lead all receivers in his most productive game since Week 2 last year against the Ravens. His back-to-back catches jump-started a Browns drive that ended with a 27-yard touchdown pass from DeShone Kizer to running back Duke Johnson Jr.

"I was just trying to make plays to give our team the best chance to win," Coleman said.

Matched up with good friend Jalen Ramsey for most of the game, Coleman played the part of an impact, No. 1 target. The rest of Cleveland's wide receivers, though, combined for three catches for 20 yards on a tough day against a Jacksonville secondary that's caused problems for most of its opponents this season.

Coleman is the first of two potential sparks to return to the Browns wide receivers room. Josh Gordon, who led the NFL in receiving in 2013, could return as soon as Week 13 against the Chargers.

"He walked back in there and made some plays," Browns coach Hue Jackson said of Coleman. "Sometimes because of strategy, we have to do certain things right-handed to protect a little bit better from their rushers. So early first half, we really could not get the ball, in the first quarter, we could not get the ball to him based on some things we were doing. Then we were. I just said forget it, let's flip it. We did it. It ignited us and started making some plays.

"We just have to continue to do that through the rest of the season."

2. Emmanuel Ogbah's significant foot injury wasn't the only major blow to a Browns team already dealing with injuries to a number of key contributors.

Defensive lineman Jamie Meder went out in the first half with an ankle injury and did not return. Wide receiver Sammie Coates, who jump-started Cleveland's offense last week with a 38-yard catch, suffered a knee injury on a first half special teams play.

Jackson said he anticipates to learn more about the players Monday. The coach already knew Obgah's injury could potentially end what's been a promising second season for the former second-round pick.

"It is rough seeing one of your brothers go down, especially when the tide was definitely turning in your favor," defensive end Myles Garrett said. "He is a main part of that. He is one of the key parts of our defense ... It is next man up and prayers and blessings with him."

3. The Browns made it tough on him, but Leonard Fournette plowed his way to more than 100 yards Sunday, becoming the first running back to clear the century mark against Cleveland's top-ranked rush defense.

Fournette, the former No. 4 pick, cleared 100 with his 24th carry in the fourth quarter. He finished with 111.

Jacksonville didn't pick up many big gains with its running attack but was able to milk plenty of clock on its way to a 13-minute time-of-possession advantage. The Jaguars attempted 44 runs and just 30 passes.

"We don't really think about that too much," defensive back Jamar Taylor said. "We just try to keep them out of the zone. Even when we get back on the field after sudden situations, we just try to stop them, but we don't really worry about time of possession too much."

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