Is Jake Delhomme For Real?

Matthew WilderContributor IAugust 19, 2010

GREEN BAY - AUGUST 14: Jake Delhomme #17 of the Cleveland Browns calls out a play during the NFL preseason game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field August 14, 2010 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Tom Dahlin/Getty Images)
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Last season, Jake Delhomme took a lot of heat for constantly throwing interceptions. After being released by the Carolina Panthers, there really didn't seem to be much hope for him. Then the Cleveland Browns decided to sign him and give him the starting job right away.

Although he's certainly an upgrade from having Derek Anderson or Brady Quinn starting, Delhomme may experience some early turbulence in Cleveland if he doesn't improve on throwing the ball under pressure. He threw 18 interceptions last season.

What can Browns fans take away from Delhomme's success against the Packers on Saturday night? For one, that was only one possession. For two, the man showed great touch on his passes, something that Anderson and Quinn struggled with. Finally, Delhomme showed some nice pocket presence on the scoring drive. Alright, so he didn't get a passing touchdown. However, he led them down the field, dominating the Packers on that drive. They had no answer for him. Delhomme completed 6/7 passes for 66 yards. Jerome Harrison capped off the possession with a four yard touchdown run.

Of course, seeing how that was only one possession, it is very difficult to know how successful Delhomme will perform. However, if this is a sign of what is to come, then Browns fans have a lot to be excited about. It's not time to say Delhomme will lead the Browns to many victories because they have a really tough schedule.