Joshua Dobbs, David Bell and Anthony Schwartz make strides in Browns’ 21-20 loss to Eagles in 2nd preseason game

 In the Battle of the Backups, Joshua Dobbs, David Bell and Anthony Schwartz were among those who made strides despite the Browns’ 21-20 loss to the Eagles Sunday in the second preseason game.

With the starters standing on the sidelines in warmups, Dobbs started the game and made a case for himself to win the job as Jacoby Brissett’s backup during Deshaun Watson’s 11-game suspension.

A fourth-round pick of the Steelers in 2017, Dobbs has attempted only 17 NFL passes and completed 10, but he at least gave the Browns something to think about as they navigate most of the season without their $230 million man.

Over the next 10 days, they’ll be on the lookout for experienced QBs getting cut, but Dobbs has exceeded expectations in the first two preseason games.

Against the Eagles, he completed 14-of-20 attempts for 141 yards with no TD passes or INTs for a 89.8 rating in his four series. 

He also rushed for 47 yards on three carries, including a 3-yard TD on his opening drive after salvaging a botched snap from first-time center Michael Dunn.

“The ball was just snapped a little bit to the left and I dropped it,” he said. “We were just running inside zone, so I kind of ran exactly what the running back would’ve run, so I may or may not have stolen his touchdown. I told D’Ernest (Johnson) I’ll get it back for him for sure.’’