Tuesday AM Wrap: Welcome to the NFL, Mr. Faine

Mike McLain reports from Berea on what's happening as camp continues on Tuesday. Highly featured: a rather rude introduction into what it's like to play against veteran defensive linemen on his first day of practice...

BEREA - Jeff Faine received a rude awakening to life in the NFL during his first practice as a signed member of the Browns.

The center from Notre Dame faced Alvin McKinley on his first snap of Tuesday's morning practice. Anticipating the snap count, McKinley push Faine back into the pocket on a bull pass rush.

Faine, who was snapping out of the shotgun formation, fared better on the next play. He went low on McKinley to chop his knees.

Faine took snaps on 11-on-11 drills after Shaun O'Hara and Melvin Fowler got in work at center. Faine's repetitions will increase in coming days, which will allow O'Hara and Fowler to move to right guard and left guard, respectively.

Faine shook off his first snap against McKinley.

"He jumped the snap and I didn't get back quick enough," Faine said. "I just have to know his kind of rush and know what he brings."

Barring something unforeseen, Faine is the likely starter at center. Despite missing seven days of practices, his self-confidence hasn't wavered.

"I didn't leave (college) early to sit the bench," Faine said. "I could have stayed at school another year. I'm coming in to compete for the first-string job, and I think I can handle that without a doubt."

The defense fared well in goal-line drills. The offense failed to score on one possession, and James Jackson fumbled on the other possession.

Butch Davis wasn't pleased with the offense's showing. He momentarily stopped the drill to direct a few choice words at players he didn't think were performing up to par.

Kelly Holcomb threw a bullet to tight end Steve Heiden on a pass play of about 20 yards. Heiden slipped by the defender and ran untouched.

Tim Couch showed a nice touch on a deep out pattern by Dennis Northcutt, who wasn't able to pull in the ball as he had to reach for it.

Gerard Warren's practice time increased, but he didn't participate in the goal-line drills. Qasim Mitchell held his own against in Warren in individual drills, but Warren got the best of Paul Zukauskas.

Courtney Brown was held in check by Ryan Tucker on one pass-rush drill. When Brown lined up against Ross Verba, the outcome was different. Brown dropped to the inside after initially making an outside move. Brown then easily pushed Verba aside.

Rookie free agent linebacker Mason Unck made a nice play when he stripped the ball from fullback Keala Keanaaina. The ball bounced into the end zone and was recovered by the defense. With Chaun Thompson holding out, Unck's chances of making the roster increase.

Faine doesn't plan to make any major lifestyle changes now that he's an instant millionaire.

"I'm not expecting to change too much," Faine said. "That's how you go broke."

Cornerback Anthony Henry was on the field and participated in some team drills for the first time since tweaking a hamstring.

Jamel White was feeling better Tuesday. Tests taken Monday revealed that he suffered a mild concussion when he was hit on the helmet during an inside running drill. He hopes to be ready to participate in all drills soon.


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