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8/9: Training Camp Notes

Here's the latest from training camp, courtesy of Mike McLain. There is a lot of experimentation going on by the coaching staff, and Mike brings you up to date with the latest. By the way, Mike answered a number of questions in our <A HREF="" target="_blank">Ask the Insiders</A> forum this afternoon. Drop by and join us!

BEREA – Add Enoch DeMar to the list of possible starters at left guard.

DeMar practiced with the first team Monday and is expected to start Saturday when the Browns play the Tennessee Titans in the preseason opener in Nashville. Chad Beasley, who had been with the first unit since camp opened, is working at right guard with the second team.

"We opened camp and wanted to see how we would do as a left tackle," coach Butch Davis said. "We have an idea in mind of how well that he did. Now we want to see how he can play at left guard, where he spent a significant amount of his time last season. We'll give him this entire week."

Beasley was told during the offseason that he would be given the first crack at winning the spot. Beasley has struggled in the early going, which opened the way for Paul Zukauskas, who saw action with the first team in the Rochester scrimmage.

DeMar's versatility helps his case at this time.

"Obviously, things can always change, so I feel like I have to keep on improving myself," DeMar said. "I can't sit back and rest on my laurels. I have to go out there and continue to do well and make sure that the offensive line is a productive unit."

CHANGES AT LINEBACKER: Warrick Holdman has moved ahead of Kevin Bentley and is with the first team at weak-side linebacker. Holdman was known as a productive run-stopper in six seasons with the Chicago Bears. He missed six games in 2000 and 12 games in 2002 with knee injuries.

"The first day I got here, the big emphasis was the run," Holdman said. "I've been in a lot of battles and have started a lot of games in this league. I'm not looking at it as if I've made it. I'm just ahead of him (Bentley) right now."

Bentley doesn't seem concerned about the change.

"He's going to help us, let's not be mistaken," Bentley said. "He's probably a better run defender than me. He's a little bigger than me, and he knows how to take on blocks with his hands better than me."

RETURN OF JJ: Running back James Jackson was back on the field Monday, but he didn't participate in all drills. Jackson suffered a hamstring tear on the first day of camp.

"I don't want to rush it," he said. "If I pull this thing again, then I'm out for two months. I can't have that, let alone the Browns."

TAYLOR BACK AT SAM: Ben Taylor worked with the first team at strong-side linebacker. Taylor didn't start in the scrimmage in place of the injured Chaun Thompson, with Sherrod Coates getting the call. Taylor was forced to play backup middle linebacker because of the lack of bodies there. Andra Davis was attending a funeral, while Brant Boyer and Mason Unck were out with injuries.

"You do what you're asked," Taylor said. "Lots of guys make a lot of money in this league, and sometimes guys get caught up in that. When coach asks you to do something, the bottom line is you do it."


  • Cornerback Michael Lehan missed practice again with a sprained left foot. The foot is in a walking boot. Rookie defensive tackle Amon Gordon and defensive lineman Uyi Osunde returned to the practice field. Both failed their physicals at the start of camp.
  • Quarterback Luke McCown made the throw of the day in the afternoon when he connected with C.J. Jones on a deep throw across the middle. The play covered about 70 yards. Jones beat the coverage of rookie defensive back Kentrell Curry.
  • Safety Earl Little, cornerback Anthony Henry and cornerback Ricky Sharpe each had an interception.
  • Safety Michael Jameson batted the ball out of the hands of Richard Alston on a throw in the end zone.

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