The Browns kicked off their preseason with a competitive match against the Jets, securing a 21-16 victory on Thursday night at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. It was an exciting first preseason game for the Browns, and rookie QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson played a pivotal role in their success.
In the second half, Thompson-Robinson led the Browns to a comeback, scoring a touchdown on their first possession and later adding the go-ahead score with 9:33 left in the fourth quarter. He showcased his versatility and talent during an impressive 11-play, 93-yard drive, completing three passes for a total of 31 yards and making three rushing attempts for 30 yards. Thompson-Robinson’s efforts culminated in a 16-yard touchdown run by HB Demetric Felton, bringing the Browns within two points of the Jets. His lead block on the touchdown run allowed Felton to walk into the endzone.
The rookie QB’s impressive performance also included his first career touchdown pass, a 22-yard throw to Austin Watkins in the fourth quarter, securing the lead for the Browns.
Thompson-Robinson, the Cleveland Browns’ fifth-round draft pick in 2023, finished the game with an impressive 8-for-11 passing for 82 yards, one touchdown, and a 124.1 passer rating. He also contributed 36 rushing yards.
The Browns’ defense sealed the victory, preventing the Jets from advancing beyond their 13-yard line in the final minutes. Safety Bubba Bolden intercepted Jets QB Chris Streveler on a fourth-and-15, securing the win for the Browns.
The Cleveland Browns’ first touchdown of the game came late in the second quarter during a 17-play, 71-yard drive. QB Kellen Mond connected with HB John Kelly Jr. for a 3-yard touchdown pass.
During the first half, Mond showed promise, completing 13-of-19 pass attempts for 91 yards, one touchdown, and an interception. His longest completion was a 20-yard throw to rookie WR Cedric Tillman.
Kelly Jr., a fifth-year player, delivered an impressive first-half performance with 10 rush attempts for 42 yards, four receptions for 27 yards, and a touchdown.
Next up, the Browns will face the Washington Commanders at Cleveland Browns Stadium on Friday, Aug. 11.