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Browns stock report: Week Four

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By Mike Wilkening

Here's whose stock is on the move after Cleveland's 31-13 loss to Tennessee Sunday: 

Rising

QB Colt McCoy — Considering he was coming off a 19-of-39 performance in Week Three, completing 40-of-61 passes (both club records) for 350 yards in Week Four was a nice step forward. One negative: his third-quarter interception, which was returned for a long TD putting Tennessee up 31-6, essentially extinguished any reasonable hopes of a comeback for Cleveland.

WR Greg Little — The rookie caught six passes for 57 yards and was targeted eight times.

FS Mike Adams — His fourth-quarter interception was Cleveland's lone takeaway, and if anything, he has strengthened his hold on the starting job. (More on that in a moment.)

PK Phil Dawson — Field goals of 48 and 51 yards on a blustery day? A job very well done.

Falling

Head coach Pat Shurmur — He's in charge of the offense, and the offense has exceeded 20 points once in four games. Moreoever, the offense's greater emphasis on the pass has yielded mixed results at best.

RB Montario Hardesty — Logged significant playing time on Sunday but struggled to catch the ball in the passing game, a problem he will need to fix if he wanted to keep playing that much. He missed an opportunity to stake a bigger claim to more playing time.

The Browns' safety play vs. the pass — FS Usama Young took a terrible angle on TE Jared Cook on a second-quarter reception, leading to an 80-yard TD reception. Either Young has to take the right angle or he has to hit Cook with more force near the sideline. He didn't do either, and Cook was gone. The Browns signed Young to strongly challenge for the FS job, but that hasn't happened yet. Also, SS T.J. Ward was beaten on TE Craig Stevens' first-quarter TD reception.

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