Some notes after watching the Browns at mini-camp and at yesterday's quarterback school:
- One thing becomes obvious the more I watch practices -- the Kellen Winslow Jr. factor. This guy can flat out play. Browns fans have to hope
that the offensive line protects Jeff Garcia, and that Garcia is able to get
the ball to the rookie tight end.
Winslow is so quick and strong. He's able to use his strength to position himself not only against small defensive backs but linebackers as well.
I can't see how the offense won't be better because of Winslow's presence. The upgrade at tight end from last year is off the charts.
- Lee Suggs and William Green both look extremely quick. Suggs, in
particular, looks really good. I talked to him Thursday, and he fully
expects to be the starter. At this point in time, I have to agree.
- Offensive guard Kalvin Garmon has played both sides now. It was expected
that he would be the right guard because of his run-blocking skills.
- I've always been a big Michael Lehan fan. Watching him fly around the
field Thursday reaffirmed to me that he might be the best cornerback on the
roster. The key for Lehan is to stay healthy. He has a way of getting hurt
without involving contact.
- You have to like Chaun Thompson's athleticism, but he seems to still be
making occasional wrong reads. Maybe time will cure that problem, but it's
good that Warrick Holdman was signed and Brant Boyer was re-signed.
- It's good that defensive end Corey Jackson is getting experience in NFL
Europe, but it would be nice to see him on the field in Berea. Butch Davis
seems to think he has found a jewel in Jackson, who played basketball at
- I know it's not important for every player to participate in every
quarterback school workout, but defensive tackle Gerard Warren shouldn't
miss any of them. Warren's history of sleeping through meetings, etc.
doesn't sit well with some teammates. Warren, it should be noted, skipped
- While talking to Kelly Holcomb Thursday, I noticed that he had a box
that was filled with children's books sitting in Tim Couch's locker space.
It seemed strange to have that area of the locker room used for storage
after seeing Couch sitting there for five years. I asked Holcomb if there's
any way Couch can return to the team. He said it would be difficult, but he
added that stranger things have happened.
- Quarterback Todd Husak throws a nice ball. I've noticed that several of
Jeff Garcia's passes -- especially the short ones -- have fluttered. It's
probably nothing to worry about, but it's just a thought.
- I was convinced that Chad Beasley will be a starter at one of the guard
spots (unless another tackle somehow shows up on the roster and Ross Verba
moves inside), but Davis seems to be high on Enoch DeMar. Each time Davis
talks about possible surprises, he rarely fails to mention DeMar.
- The front-line linebackers at this time are Andra Davis, Kevin Bentley
and Thompson. Don't count out Ben Taylor. If he can say healthy -- a big if
-- Taylor could be a starter. He's around the ball more than is Bentley and
- Ryan Dutton boomed some punts in practice. The competition he'll have
with Derrick Frost to replace Chris Gardocki should be interesting.