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Browns rookie report: Week Two

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By Mike Wilkening

Here's a rundown of notable performances by rookies in the Browns' 27-19 win at Indianapolis on Sunday: 

DE Jabaal Sheard — Sheard set up a fourth-quarter field goal for Cleveland when he beat Colts ORT Jeff Linkenbach off the edge, sacked QB Kerry Collins and recovered Collins' fumble. Sheard, who began the season at right end, has been moved to the left side, with Jayme Mitchell playing right end. Head coach Pat Shurmur said the club made the switch after watching both players.

DT Phil Taylor — He made a key play early in the game, stuffing Colts RB Delone Carter on 3rd-and-1 at Cleveland's nine-yard line on the first play of the second quarter. Indianapolis settled for a field goal, extending its lead to 6-0. Taylor, who was in on five tackles at Indianapolis, stood up Colts ORG Ryan Diem and met Carter in the hole. Not many backs, if any, will be running over the 355-pound Taylor.

WR Greg Little — Little didn't start, but he played frequently, and he produced, catching four of the five passes thrown his way for 38 yards. The second-round pick from North Carolina is off to a solid start.

FB Owen Marecic — The Browns' blocking back had a solid game. He caught two passes, and he delivered a key block on Colts MLB Pat Angerer on Peyton Hillis' one-yard score late in the second quarter. Marecic carried once for one yard — a third-down carry in which he was stopped short of a first down.

OLG Jason Pinkston — He started his second consecutive game on Sunday and had a nice block on Hillis' one-yard TD run at the end of the first half. One negative: He was penalized for a false start late in the third quarter.

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