CLEVELAND (AP) -- Jerome Harrison came to the NFL with a simple,
"I just practice hard, line up where the coaches tell me to
line up and make plays," he said.
In a short time, the little running back has made a bunch of
With the Browns down 16-10, third-string quarterback Derek Anderson hit Harrison in stride over the middle for the go-ahead
score. Harrison, who rushed for 1,900 yards at Washington State in
2005, ran for 53 yards on nine carries and had six receptions for
Browns coach Romeo Crennel has been impressed with Harrison's
"The Harrison kid caught the ball and ran with it," Crennel
said. "He looked pretty good. He has quickness and change of pace.
If he continues to improve, we'll all feel good."
The Browns are also feeling better about tight end Kellen Winslow, the former first-round pick who missed most of the past
two seasons with leg injuries. He had three catches for 37 yards --
all in the first half.
"I'm not nervous. I'm not pressing and I'm out there having
fun," said Winslow, who believes he'll have a big season. "Oh
yeah. I'm looking to dominate."
Harrison has emerged as a multipurpose threat for the Browns
(1-1), who looked much better on both side of the ball than they
did a week ago in a listless 20-7 loss at Philadelphia. Harrison
scored Cleveland's lone TD against the Eagles.
Taken in the fifth round (145th overall) by the Browns, Harrison
has shown speed, agility and toughness. Although he's the shortest
Browns player, Harrison hasn't been intimidated about running
"He's looked great, I knew he would," said Anderson, who
played against Harrison in college.
Matt Prater kicked three field goals -- 22, 44 and 48 yards -- for
the Lions (1-1).
An undrafted rookie from Central Florida, Prater has no chance
of beating out Jason Hanson, Detroit's all-time scoring leader and
one of the NFL's most consistent kickers for the past 14 seasons.
However, Prater's strong kicking could land him a job elsewhere, or
force the Lions to keep him around.
Lions coach Rod Marinelli said he's considering keeping two
"He was a beast," Marinelli said. "He did a great job
Browns starting quarterback Charlie Frye finished 8-of-11 for 41
yards with one touchdown, one interception and one fumble in four
Except for throwing the pick to cornerback Dre Bly on his fourth
attempt, Frye showed nice poise and pocket presence. His
performance had to be reassuring to Crennel, who handed the
starting job to the second-year quarterback when he traded veteran
Trent Dilfer to San Francisco.
The Browns also got big plays from rookie linebackers Kamerion Wimbley, D'Qwell Jackson and nose tackle Babatunde Oshinowo.
Wimbley had a sack, Jackson made an interception and Oshinowo had a
late sack as Detroit was driving.
Lions starter Jon Kitna played the entire first half, completing
seven of 12 passes for 94 yards and one TD. Kitna's passing was one of
the few bright spots as the Lions first-team offense managed just 3
yards rushing on nine attempts against Cleveland's defensive
Frye bounced back from throwing an interception on Cleveland's
first possession by hitting Dennis Northcutt for a 5-yard TD pass
in the first quarter to put the Browns ahead 7-0.
After taking a low snap from new center Ross Tucker, Frye
scrambled to buy himself time before zipping his pass over the
middle to Northcutt, who has been his favorite target during camp.
Frye's next attempt didn't go as well. Detroit defensive end
James Hall beat tackle Jeff Shaffer on an outside rush and stripped
the ball from Frye deep in Cleveland territory.
Three plays later, Kitna hit Kevin Jones for a 2-yard TD to tie
Browns backup quarterback Ken Dorsey, who hasn't looked
sharp in camp, finished 11-of-16 for 75 yards. ... Cleveland was
missing several injured starters: CBs Gary Baxter (strained chest
muscle) and Daylon McCutcheon (knee surgery), RT Ryan Tucker (knee
surgery) and LB Willie McGinest, who is nursing a tender elbow
following surgery to remove bone chips this spring. ... WR Charles
Rogers (knee) and defensive end Shaun Rogers (shoulder) didn't
dress for the Lions.