Browns have sights on Titans’ Johnson

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Still, he’s dangerous and the Browns will be mindful of No. 28’s every move.

“We’ve just got to be aware of winning first down,” said Browns linebacker D’Qwell Jackson, selected the AFC’s defensive player of the month for September.

“We know he’s going to get a lot of touches, so we got some things set up this week to where we’re always going to keep an eye on him _ not to give away what we’re doing _ but we’ll have a special eye out for him.

“We know he’s going to get his touches, we know if we contain him we increase our chance of winning.”

Not that they have to prove their legitimacy, but the Browns know a win over a quality opponent will improve their image around the league.

Cleveland’s first three opponents _ Cincinnati, Indianapolis and Miami _ are a combined 1-8, so a victory over a team with a winning record would add credibility to the Browns’ start.

A win would make Cleveland 3-1 for the first time since 2001.

To do that, Johnson must be contained and the Browns need to put pressure on Hasselbeck, the Titans’ 36-year-old QB enjoying a rebirth in Tennessee.

Signed as a free agent before training camp after 10 seasons in Seattle, Hasselbeck is off to the best start of his career.

He’s third in the league in completion rate (69.6) behind only Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers and New England’s Tom Brady, and thrown for 932 yards with five TDs and two interceptions.

Not bad for a guy many thought was washed up.

Browns coach Pat Shurmur wasn’t one of them. Shurmur has followed Hasselbeck’s career closely, and has been impressed with how quickly he has adapted to a new offensive system in Tennessee.

“I have always been fond of his style of ball,” said Shurmur, who coached Hasselbeck’s brother, Tim, in Philadelphia.

“He does a good job of executing the offense. He keeps the tempo good. He’s a very accurate passer. I’m seeing some of the concepts that he ran in Seattle, the West Coast-type concepts and seeing the (Titans offensive coordinator) Chris Palmer influence. It is a little bit of a blend, but it looks like Matt’s executing extremely well and that’s important. I’m sure that’s one of the reasons that they are off to a very good start.”

With their running game, well, grounded, the Titans have turned to Hasselbeck and he has delivered.

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