Rookie No. 1 draft choice Ryan Ramczyk, who appears to be the favorite to start at left tackle, sat out the game because of an undisclosed injury, but returned to practice Friday.
WR/KR Tommylee Lewis strengthened his case for making the roster, catching 10 passes for 128 yards and a touchdown. The first three receiver spots appear set with Michael Thomas, Willie Snead IV and Ted Ginn Jr. There's a lot of competition for the remaining two or three spots, led by Brandon Coleman and Corey Fuller. Lewis, who faces competition from Ginn and rookie Alvin Kamara in the return game, took advantage of Fuller's absence Thursday to show he should be evaluated as more than just a return specialist. Fuller participated in practice Friday.
RB Alvin Kamara, a third-round draft choice from Tennessee, got the start as Mark Ingram and Adrian Peterson were held out of the game. Kamara rushed for 35 yards on four carries, including a 22-yard run, as he solidified his spot in the rotation along with the two veterans.
It's a sure thing that Chase Daniel will be the primary backup to Drew Brees and perhaps the only backup quarterback to make the regular-season roster. But if the Saints choose to keep a third quarterback, Ryan Nassib suddenly looks like a viable competitor to Garrett Grayson, whom the Saints drafted three years ago as a potential successor to Brees. Grayson completed 11-of-16 passes for 126 yards, but lost a fumble that set up Cleveland's first touchdown. Nassib, a fifth-year veteran who signed with New Orleans in June, completed 10-of-14 passes for 110 yards and a touchdown, but fumbled while being sacked on a fourth-down play in the final seconds after moving the Saints to the Browns 21. Nassib generally moved the team better than Grayson did, but Cleveland was deeper into its depth chart by the time Nassib relieved Grayson, who relieved Daniel. Brees sat out the game.