CLEVELAND — At least the Browns don’t have a controversy at running back.
Jamal Lewis, signed to a one-year contract in the offseason, was effective in his quarter of work Saturday night, rushing seven times for 28 yards.
His long was only 6 yards, but he showed quick feet and good power. He lowered his shoulder several times, including once when he ran over linebacker Paris Lenon.
“He looked pretty good there early,” coach Romeo Crennel said. “He was able to plant and get outside a couple times.”
Lewis ran to the left side once, the other six rushes coming behind right guard Seth McKinney and right tackle Kevin Shaffer. Lewis also got a good block from tight end Kellen Winslow on a 6-yard run off right tackle to the 1-yard line on third-and-2.
“He didn’t really have the chance to grind them tonight,” left tackle Joe Thomas said. “But he ran hard. I’m real excited to see what he can do when he gets a whole game under his belt.”
Calvin is quiet
Lions rookie receiver Calvin Johnson may have been the best athlete in the draft, but he looked mortal Saturday night.
Starting cornerbacks Eric Wright and Leigh Bodden held Johnson, the No. 2 overall pick, to no catches in the first half. Jon Kitna overthrew Johnson in the end zone in the first quarter with Wright in coverage.
Johnson did draw a pass interference call with six seconds left in the half against backup Jereme Perry. It led to a Detroit field goal and a 16-0 lead.
Wright, a rookie second-round pick, sounded confident last week when asked about defending Detroit’s high-flying offense.
“It’s a challenge, it’s a test,” he said. “I’m going to go out, have fun and compete. There’s nothing bigger than that.”
Leon Williams started at inside linebacker for Andra Davis (ankle), Eric Wright started for Kenny Wright (groin) and Lennie Friedman started at guard for Eric Steinbach (knee). Eric Wright is expected to keep the job.
• Tim Carter (thumb) didn’t play, and Joshua Cribbs filled the third-receiver role.
• Receiver Kendrick Mosley entered the game before Travis Wilson, last year’s third-round pick.
Leon Williams is officially pushing Davis for the starting job. Williams called the defensive plays and was all over the field. He played the first half and was credited with three solo tackles.
Williams has been practicing well against the run and pass, and at the worst will likely join a three-man rotation with Davis and D’Qwell Jackson for the two inside linebacker spots.
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