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Bartel The Big Winner In Cleveland's Loss To Chicago

BEREA, OH - MAY 02:  Alex Mack #55 of the Cleveland Browns gets ready to snap the ball to Richard Bartel #13 during rookie mini camp at the Cleveland Browns Training and Administrative Complex on May 2, 2009 in Berea, Ohio.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
gary wertmanCorrespondent ISeptember 3, 2009

Richard Bartel had little to no chance of making the Browns' final roster going into the final preseason game, which the Browns lost 23-26 to the Bears. With Derek Anderson and Brady Quinn not playing for reasons only Eric Mangini knows, Bartel finally caught a break.

Brett Ratliff got the start against the Bears and figured to be a lock for the 3rd QB spot on the Browns. Playing the 1st and 4th quarters in the game, Ratliff was 8-20 for 71 yards with a  six yard touchdown pass to Mohamed Massaquoi and an interception. Ratliff had a QB rating of 46. Bartel played the 2nd and 3rd quarters and moved the Browns up and down the field putting 16 points on the board. He completed 12 of 14 passes for 137 yards scoring a touchdown and a QB rating of 107.4. Bartel showed a lot of poise and a strong arm.

If Bartel didn't jump ahead of Ratliff after his strong showing aginst the Bears, even though it was against their 2nd and 3rd team, he surely helped his chances of landing a job with another team. I know I was impressed.

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