Browns practice notes

August, 11, 2009
8/11/09
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Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

BEREA, Ohio -- The Cleveland Browns wrapped up their first practice Tuesday at the team's training facility.

Here are some notes and observations:

  • No better place to start than with the quarterbacks. Derek Anderson and Brady Quinn both had solid practices Tuesday morning. Anderson made a pair of deep completions in team drills to receiver Braylon Edwards and tailback Jerome Harrison. Quinn, who received the first-team reps Tuesday, completed most of his throws with quick reads over the middle. Browns coach Eric Mangini says he wants to see how the week goes before naming a starter for Saturday's preseason opener against the Green Bay Packers.
  • Mangini threw a curveball at the end of practice by giving third-string quarterback Brett Ratliff a chance to work with the starters during two-minute drills. Ratliff led the team down the field for a rare touchdown in the drill when he connected with Edwards for a catch-and-run of 40-plus yards. Both Anderson and Quinn have struggled in two-minute drills so far in camp.
  • Cleveland fullback Charles Ali was back in practice but couldn't finish the session. The Browns do not discuss injuries, but it appears Ali may have suffered a concussion. He wore a special helmet upon his return Tuesday.
  • Sunday's hero, Lance Leggett, didn't carry his momentum into the latest practice. The receiver had three drops and was on the exercise bike during the second half of practice with an unknown ailment. He caught a 51-yard touchdown from Quinn in Sunday's team scrimmage.
  • Former University of Michigan football coach Lloyd Carr was in town to visit the Browns. It was a little strange to see a longtime Wolverines coach in Ohio State Buckeyes' territory. But Carr initiated the visit, Mangini said. Edwards also is one of Carr's top former players.
  • Browns linebacker D'Qwell Jackson looks active and appears to be one of the better players in camp. He is getting the defense down pretty quickly and flows fast to the football against the run and pass.

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