Berea – Charlie Frye threw his first touchdown for the Browns today—even though it was only practice. Browns fans hope it is just the first of many.
The 6-4, 217 pound Willard native over came a rough few plays earlier in the practice. He over threw a pass earlier during 7-on-7 drills and then under threw William Green on a screen pass. He also fumbled a snap. However, he came through during the 11-on-11 scrimmage.
On the play, Frye threaded the needle to Frisman Jackson on a 25-yard dart between two defenders at the one-yard line and Jackson got in the end zone from there.
"(The pattern) was an out-and-up and Frisman split the safeties," Frye said.
Frye said he's making progress each practice.
"I'm feeling more and more comfortable," he said. "The speed and intensity of the training camp practices are much more than they were during the mini camps."
Frye feels the game is starting to slow down for him a bit.
"I'm starting to get the timing down with the receivers," he said. "The speed of the routes is much faster than it was in mini camp."
Frye, who grew up a Browns fan and a big fan of Bernie Kosar, is thrilled to be with the Browns.
"Growing up a Browns fan, how could you not be a huge Bernie Kosar fan," he said. "I've gotten to know him a little bit over the summer and it's been a thrill."
Frye was asked if he has to pinch himself to actually be out on the field wearing the seal brown and orange.
"My tired legs have been telling me that I'm really in training camp," Frye said with a laugh.
Boyer Returns: LB and special team leader Brant Boyer was back in pads for the first time in over a year. He was injured early last season and Butch Davis put him on injured reserve forcing him to sit out the entire season. Boyer had been nursing a toe injury.
"It felt good to put the pads on," he said. "It's always an adjustment to get back out there. It will take a few practices to get my rhythm back."
Down Goes (the ball) Fraser: Rookie DL Simon Fraser batted down a pass during the 11-on-11 scrimmage. The 6-6 undrafted free agent from Ohio State was notorious for getting his hands on balls in college.
"It's a technique I've worked on a lot," he said. "If I can't get to the quarterback I try to obscure his vision and disrupt his throwing motion."
Big Play Antonio: WR Antonio Bryant continues to be the favorite target of QB Trent Dilfer. The pair hooked up on a pair of touchdown passes. One was similar to Sunday's where the play was for about 50 yards and he beat the defender by five to six yards. The other was in the end zone over Michael Grant for 25-yards. Dilfer threw a perfect strike to Bryant.
No Braylon: WR Braylon Edwards missed his fifth day of training camp, but WOIO-19 reported that a deal was getting closer between the Browns and Edwards.