Mike's Afternoon Practice Report

Continuing our QB competition theme of the day, Mike McLain is over the opinion that this afternoon's round went to Tim Couch. Here's Mike's wrap-up of the afternoon practice!

BEREA – Give Tim Couch the edge over Kelly Holcomb in the afternoon practice against the Buffalo Bills.

Couch led the first-team offense deep into Bills' territory on the two-minute drill, completing one pass to both Quincy Morgan and Kevin Johnson and two to Dennis Northcutt. Couch recovered his fumble on first-and-goal from the 2. He then was forced to throw the ball away on second down.

With time running out, Couch connected with Johnson, who was tackled just short of the goal line. Time expired before the offense could get off another play.

Holcomb wasn't on the field very long on his try at the two-minute drill. The possession ended when a deep throw was intercepted by cornerback Scott Turner.

Earlier in the practice Holcomb connected with C.J. Jones on a touchdown throw. Shortly thereafter Holcomb hooked up with Antoine Burns on a touchdown pass across the middle.

The Browns defense, which struggled at times during the morning, performed much better in the afternoon. Right end Mark Word was credited with two sacks of Bills quarterback Drew Bledsoe as Buffalo's first unit was stopped without a first down in the two-minute drill.

Cornerback Daylon McCutcheon almost intercepted a Bledsoe pass on the possession. Tackle Orpheus Roye helped out by batting down a Bledsoe pass.

Coach Butch Davis wasn't pleased with the offense's showing on the inside running drill in the morning practice. While a few runs broke off for what would have been decent gains, Davis pointed out that some of the plays would have resulted in minus yards.

"We know we can't avoid having some runs for losses, but we have to cut down on them as much as possible," Davis said.

Defensive tackle Alvin McKinley looked quick in individual drills. Davis said he has no problem making McKinley a part of the regular rotation on the inside.

Center Jeff Faine participated on about 40 percent of the plays with the first team. Davis estimates that percentage to increase to about 50 percent for Saturday's scrimmage.

Offensive guard Qasim Mitchell looks good when he can set his anchor, but he's had problems handling quick tackles. He doesn't appear ready to move into the starting lineup any time soon.

When Shaun O'Hara is at center, Paul Zukauskas has been getting the nod at right guard.

Jamel White is concerned about a hamstring injury that forced him to end the morning practice early. Tests were done to determine the extent of the injury.

Safety Robert Griffith (finger), defensive lineman Cedric Scott (elbow) and receiver Andre King (quadricep) suffered minor injuries.

Offensive tackle Ross Verba watched the afternoon practice. Davis said he didn't know why Verba was out, although it could be because he took a shot to the head in the morning.

With Verba out, Barry Stokes slid from guard to tackle. Melvin Fowler moved in at left guard.

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