It didn’t take wide receiver Davone Bess very long to bounce back.
Bess dropped three passes last week and muffed a punt that the Kansas City Chiefs recovered in the fourth quarter. The dropped punt and the final dropped pass, which came on a fourth-down play as quarterback Jason Campbell scrambled out of the pocket, all but ended the Browns’ chances at a victory.

It brought Bess’ drop total to nine according to ProFootballFocus.com, which led the league entering Sunday. According to STATS LLC, Bess had seven drops. Either way, he was in the top-5 of a category no receiver wants to be associated with, in particular a veteran such as himself.

Bess rebounded in a big way for the Browns on Sunday, catching a career-high two touchdown passes and hauling in a key pass on fourth-and-1 at the 43-yard line that kept the chains moving and allowed the Browns to run the clock down in the fourth quarter in their 24-18 victory.

He only had three receptions, but all three were crucial.
“You have got to take it one play at a time,” Bess said of rebounding from a bad game. “One snap at a time. That’s the only way you can get back. You can’t dive in and fix it all on one play.”
Bess’ first touchdown was from 1 yard out. Campbell threw off his back foot but found Bess, who fought off two defenders for the ball. Later, Campbell hit Bess on a short pass from the 20-yard line. Bess advanced a few yards and then juked Ravens cornerback Lardarius Webb to the ground to put the Browns ahead 14-3.

Perhaps the biggest symbol of Bess’ turnaround came on his fourth-down reception, which was nearly identical to the fourth-down pass against the Chiefs he couldn’t catch.

“I dropped the one last week, and that definitely went through my head,” Bess said. “They was blitzing, bringing pressure. I turned around on my route, saw Jason scrambling and it looked exactly how it was last week. He was rolling, threw it at me and I just came over and fell.”

Campbell trusted Bess enough to go to him this week.
“It was a huge play, probably the biggest play of the game,” Campbell said of the conversion. “I was so happy for [Bess] to come back in a similar situation from a week ago and step up to make a play to get open. I couldn’t be more proud of a guy.”
Bess also assured Campbell earlier in the week he’d be there when it mattered most.

“He came to me Monday and said, ‘J, I’ll be there for you this week. He told me that Monday and I remembered. I told him I believe in him. I said, ‘You didn’t get this far playing in the league by going in the tank after something like that. I thought he came out here and put [it] in his mind to show people what type of player he is.”