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Evaluating D.A.

By Marla Ridenour Published: October 12, 2009

With the wind gusting up to 35 mph Sunday during a 6-3 victory over the Buffalo Bills in Ralph Wilson Stadium and his targets dropping at least eight passes, it may have been hard to evaluate the performance of quarterback Derek Anderson.

In his second start of the season, Anderson completed 2 of 17 passes for 23 yards. He also threw an interception and finished with a 15.1 rating. That dropped his completion percentage to 46.4 and his rating to 39.0, with one touchdown and five interceptions.

''The throw to the tight end (Robert Royal), beautiful throw, (he) should have been able to bring that one in,'' Browns coach Eric Mangini said Monday. ''There were other throws that were right on target. We need to continue to work on getting the ball up so we don't get the batted balls.

''The offensive line, we can continue to work on understanding when it's going to be a lower throw, to try to get the defensive linemen's hands down. I thought their protection overall was good, was it one sack, that was when he was going out there on that late drive and kind of ran out of bounds. That's a team that I think was fifth in the league in sacks. There's a lot of stuff we can improve.''


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