Success And Inspiration In Browns Pre-Season Opener


Baker Mayfield wasn't on the field long, but he gave Browns fans exactly what they wanted. Mayfield played just one series in the Browns 30-10 pre-season opening win over Washington, and led his team on a 7-play, 89-yard touchdown drive that lasted only 2:13, capping it off with a 24-yard scoring strike to wide out Rashard Higgins. The Browns went no huddle on the drive and Mayfield was 5-6 for 77 yards. Defensively, Myles Garrett was disruptive in his limited time on the field, and linebacker Mack Wilson had two interceptions, one of which, on a pass from former Buckeye Dwayne Haskins, was returned 40 yards for a touchdown.

"We finally got a chance to compete against other people and I'm very happy," Coach Freddie Kitchens said when assessing his teams performance. "Our guys were excited and did a good job of competing. It wasn't always pretty but I thought they competed the whole game."

The inspirational moment of the night produced the final touchdown of the game. Undrafted free agent receiver and kick return specialist Damon Sheehy-Guiseppi took a punt back 86 yards for a fourth quarter touchdown, touching off a wild celebration as the entire Browns team mobbed him in the end zone. Sheehy-Guiseppi is the longest of long shots. If you don't know his story, in a nutshell, he worked his way onto the Phoenix College roster and became a JUCO All-American return man but didn't get a sniff in the NFL. He pursued his dream though, religiously working out on his own while making a few NFL connections. He even spent some nights, sleeping in his car, outside a workout facility. He showed up at a Browns try-out and convinced Director of Player Personnel Alonzo Highsmith to give him a shot and Sheehy-Guiseppi responded by blazing a 4.38 in the 40 yard dash, earning him a spot on the pre-season roster. It's an incredible story, worthy of a Disney movie---especially if he ends up making the roster.

You can check out highlights from the game, including the Sheehy-Guiseppi punt return and the incredible team reaction below, Also posted are the post-game comments of Freddie Kitchens and Baker Mayfield.