Pool Makes a Splash

While the Browns top draft pick, Braylon Edwards, remains in Louisiana, the team's second-round pick, Brodney Pool, is quickly making strides to get used to the pro game. Fred Greetham brings you the very latest from training camp, with news of two more ex-Patriots who are going to be joining the Browns...

Berea – While much of the talk is about the absence of No. 1 draft choice Braylon Edwards—the highest drafted rookie in camp is quietly making steady progress.

Second-round pick Brodney Pool raced around the corner from the left side and blocked a kick by Tyler Jones toward the end of Wednesday's morning practice.

"It was set up nicely and I just timed the jump right," Pool said. "I blocked a couple of kicks in college, but it was just jumping high and tipping the ball."

Pool actually blocked three kicks at Oklahoma and Romeo Crennel was impressed.

"That was a good play by him," Crennel said. "We were working on field goal blocks and he executed the techniques that (special teams coach) Jerry (Rosburg) had been teaching him."

Pool is expected to play on most of the special teams and that's quite alright with him.

"Special teams are No. 1 here," he said. "As a rookie, I really expect to make an immediate impact on the special teams."

As a safety, Pool isn't rotating with Sean Jones, Chris Crocker and Brian Russell as the starters—at least right now.

"We're all getting our reps in practice," Pool said. "The two safety positions are interchangeable."

The Browns do not use a free safety or strong safety, but rather divide left and right. It is expected that Pool will push for playing time on defense, as well as on the special teams units.

"Things are going well," he said "I'm just trying to get the special teams part of it down and get better every day. I'm concentrating on the little things that will make me better."

Quick Hits

Dilfer/WRs Clicking: QB Trent Dilfer and WR Antonio Bryant and Dennis Northcutt continue to impress in training camp. Dilfer hit Bryant streaking down the left sideline on the first play of 11-on-11 scrimmage for a 40-yard gain. Moments later, Dilfer hit Northcutt for a touchdown going down the same side line. CB Gary Baxter was in one-on-one coverage on both plays.

"A lot of what we did in the off season has helped," Dilfer said. "We got to know each other on and off the field. We've encouraged one another and we trust in each other.

"I think the receivers have been fabulous in camp," he said. "In my eyes, they have been the highlight of camp. They've taken average throws by me and turned them into great plays."

Defense Stops on Goal Line:
After losing to the offense earlier in the week in the goal line situations, the defense stopped the offense short on all four attempts. Two plays were runs and two passes.

Thompson Shows Flash:
LB Chaun Thompson made a nice play during the scrimmage where he came from the outside and batted down a Dilfer pass.

"Chaun has the kind of ability coming off the edge to make big plays," Crennel said. "If he continues to make progress, he'll help us."

No Daylon, or Braylon:
CB Daylon McCutcheon was the only play held out of practice for medical reasons. McCutcheon went to see a specialist concerning the migraine headaches he has been experiencing.

WR Braylon Edwards missed his sixth day of training camp with no new information.

"When it happens, it happens," Crennel said.

The Browns signed two former Patriots, DB Antwan Harris (5-9,194, Virginia) and DL Ethan Kelley (6-2, 303, Baylor). To make room RB Chad Scott and DL Ellery Moore were released.

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