Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Browns practice notes
By James Walker
Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker
BEREA, Ohio -- The Cleveland Browns wrapped up their third practice of the week in preparation for this Saturday's preseason opener against the Green Bay Packers.
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Here are some notes and observations:
- Browns coach Eric Mangini still hasn't named a starting quarterback for this weekend and will wait until Thursday or Friday. Neither Brady Quinn nor Derek Anderson seemed too concerned, as both players will probably get an equal amount of reps with the first and second teams.
- Speaking of Anderson, he says he's more relaxed now than in the spring. Anderson learned from his previous competition with Charlie Frye two years ago when he was often overthinking and underperforming. This time around Anderson is trying to stay loose, which is when he is at his best.
- Cleveland receiver Braylon Edwards, who is having a good week of camp, dressed in full pads but did not participate in team drills. Edwards jammed his hand or finger Tuesday evening during an interception and worked out on the sidelines Wednesday.
- I really question whether the Browns can pound the ball up the middle as much as they would like this season. Cleveland's running game hasn't looked stout so far in the trenches. In fact, most of the team's best runs in camp are coming on the outside. The push from the offensive line inside just doesn't seem to be there consistently and starting tailback Jamal Lewis often is stopped a couple of yards or less into his runs. I have to caution not to read too much from practice. But this will certainly be something to monitor in preseason games.
- Both rookie receivers Mohamed Massaquoi and Brian Robiskie made some nice catches Wednesday. But Massaquoi still appears to be ahead of Robiskie at this point. In the past few days the rookie from Georgia has been more consistent and is getting a lot of reps with the first team, which could be a slight indication of who has the early lead in the race to be the No. 2 receiver.
- Browns nose tackle Shaun Rogers looks poised for another big year. As rookie center Alex Mack would attest, Rogers has been hard to block in team drills, and he still has unbelievable feet and agility for a big man.
- Remember the 2006 Fiesta Bowl? There was a lot of hype concerning Brady Quinn's sister, Laura, who is married to Packers linebacker A.J. Hawk. At the time Quinn and Hawk were college adversaries at Notre Dame and Ohio State, and there was a lot of media coverage given to Laura, who was caught in between her brother and husband. Quinn said he hopes that storyline doesn't resurface this weekend.