1. Two of the Browns’ biggest playmakers, cornerback Joe Haden and tight end Jordan Cameron, could be out or limited against the New York Jets today. Haden is dealing with a hip pointer that forced his exit from the game last week against the Chicago Bears. Cameron suffered a concussion and reported symptoms on Monday. Neither practiced on Thursday. Browns defensive coordinator Ray Horton said Haden will be a game-time decision.
2. The Browns will get their first look at quarterback Geno Smith after being heavily tied to the West Virginia quarterback during the draft process. The Browns worked out Smith and were thought to be contenders to draft him but decided to pass. The Jets took Smith 39th overall. Smith has played well in spurts but has also been a turnover machine, throwing 21 interceptions, second most in the NFL.
3. The Jets are coming off a 30-20 loss to the Carolina Panthers that not only dropped them to 6-8 but also knocked them out of playoff contention. The Baltimore Ravens and Miami Dolphins each are 8-6 and would win tiebreakers over the Jets. The Browns would have the No. 6 overall pick in the NFL Draft because of their win/loss record and strength of schedule. The Houston Texans (2-12), Washington Redskins (3-11), Oakland Raiders (4-10), Jacksonville Jaguars (4-10) and Atlanta Falcons (4-10) would be ahead of the Browns.
4. The Browns haven’t been able to hold onto a lead. They’ve squandered three fourth-quarter leads in as many weeks to the Jaguars, New England Patriots and Bears. Defensive coordinator Ray Horton called it “very disappointing” and inside linebacker D’Qwell Jackson said to be a great defense, “we can’t do that.” Geno Smith, meanwhile, became the first quarterback since 1970 with four game-winning drives in the fourth quarter or overtime in his first seven career games.
5. The Jets’ offense provides a few hometown connections. The first is tight end Kellen Winslow, former Browns tight end, though he’s been limited in practice with a knee injury. Then there’s David Nelson, who was with the Browns in training camp and the preseason but was cut. He has 27 catches and 324 receiving yards for the Jets. Then there’s former Kent State and Hudson High School graduate Brian Winters, who’s starting at left guard. Finally, former Ohio State Buckeyes Nick Mangold and Santonio Holmes will start at center and wide receiver, respectively.