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Browns OTA notes

6/2/2009

Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

BEREA, Ohio -- The Cleveland Browns continued their organized team activities Tuesday.

Here are a few notes and observations:

  • There was some controversy regarding coach Eric Mangini's youth football camp last weekend in Hartford, Conn. because of the long bus ride required by the rookies. Sources told the Cleveland Plain Dealer that rookies and their agents were upset about the trip, but first-year players Alex Mack and Brian Robiskie said Tuesday that they enjoyed their experience.

"It was definitely a chance for all rookies to come together for a good cause," said Robiskie, Cleveland's second-round pick. "I think everybody's been great. It was a good experience getting out there with those kids and everybody was having fun. I was happy to be a part of that."

  • Speaking of rookies, a lot of Browns fans in our AFC inbox are asking about rookie tailback James Davis. So far, he is showing a decent burst to the line of scrimmage. He has some potential to spell Jamal Lewis, who was not in attendance Tuesday. But Davis' true test will come when football is full contact in training camp.

  • Mangini seems to like his two young cornerbacks: Brandon McDonald and Eric Wright. Both players had their ups and downs last year, particularly in deep coverage, but Mangini doesn't want that to bother his two potential starters.

"Everybody gets beat deep at some point," Mangini said. "Otis Smith, is always my go to guy, he got beat and it didn't matter. He came back the next time and fought the same way. You've got to be that way at cornerback, you've got to have a short memory and go back and fight the next play."

  • In addition to Lewis, receiver Braylon Edwards and guard Eric Steinbach did not practice Tuesday. Through a team spokesperson, Mangini said after practice that Steinbach and Edwards were working inside the facility, but Mangini didn't specify if any of those players were banged up.