Thursday, May 21, 2009
By James Walker
Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker
BEREA, Ohio -- The Cleveland Browns finished three days of voluntary minicamp Thursday.
Here are a few notes:
- Both Brady Quinn and Derek Anderson seem to be taking the quarterback competition in stride. The two have been together in Cleveland since 2007, so this is the third consecutive season of fielding the same questions about the position. This year there was also trade speculation involving both quarterbacks.
"I really didn't pay a whole lot of attention to what everyone was writing and saying and reporting," Quinn said. "So during that period of time I'd hear people say things. But it didn't affect my approach towards this year at all."
- Although Cleveland coach Eric Mangini said Quinn has taken a slight lead early in the quarterback race, Mangini didn't indicate Thursday if anyone was taking hold of the No. 2 receiver spot. Mangini said he's closely monitoring the reps of candidates such as David Patten, Mike Furrey and rookies Brian Robiskie and Mohamed Massaquoi to examine their strengths and weaknesses. But at this point Mangini isn't worried about where any of these players would fit on a depth chart.
- Browns tight end Steve Heiden said he's still in the process of rehabbing his knee after surgery to repair a torn ACL and MCL. He didn't know when he would be ready to return to practice. But Heiden said the fact that he hurt his knee in December, very late in the season, makes it worse.
"Later in the year it's a little more frustrating," Heiden said. "You want to have that time off to take a mental break, and you can't do it because you're injured. But that's the game. That's football."
- Cleveland starting tailback Jamal Lewis worked with a trainer Thursday but didn't practice following off-season ankle surgery.