Cleveland Browns: Grading the Rookies in Week 1

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Cleveland Browns: Grading the Rookies in Week 1

Week 1 of the 2011 season didn't exactly go as planned for the Browns, who had high expectations for how their team would fare against the embattled Bengals

In the frustrating, mistake-ridden 27-17 loss, the Browns youth and inexperience showed. There were mental lapses and technical mistakes. The team as a whole gave off a general feel of disorganization. Coaches and players didn't appear to be on the same page. 

While it's hardly time to panic after just one loss, especially for a team with new systems on both sides of the ball and a new, rookie head coach, the Browns inaugural performance of 2011 should make fans wonder if perhaps our young players might have a bit further to go before they're truly NFL-ready than we thought. 

There was good and bad among both new players and veterans on Sunday, but the team's rookies were (predictably, for such a young, up and coming team), under the greatest scrutiny. 

Following is an evaluation of how Browns rookies (including the head coach!) fared in Week 1. Note that only those who logged significant playing time are included.

Please share your own rookie evaluations in the comments below!

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