Browns Player Notes

This-and-that on how players stand with the first exhibition game around the corner...

BATTLE OF THE WEEK: It might not be a good thing, but none of the three backup quarterbacks has established himself as No. 2 behind Dilfer. Veteran Doug Johnson should have that role, but his passes have been errant. Rookie Charlie Frye is improving steadily. Josh Harris would probably be No. 2 if he were four inches taller, but his passes keep getting batted down. OTHER BATTLES: Enoch DeMar and Marcus Spears are fighting for backup roles at guard...Sherrod Coates, a solid special teamer, and Jamal Brooks are fighting for a linebacker spot...Josh Cribbs and Brandon Rideau, two rookie free agent receivers, could be battling for one roster spot.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK: WR Antonio Bryant had to leave training camp Aug. 5 to tend to a family matter. Until that point, he put on a pass catching clinic. On one play he leaped and, parallel to the ground, caught a pass from Trent Dilfer. The next time he didn't have to adjust, because Dilfer hit him in stride in the end zone.

ROOKIE WATCH: Top-draft choice WR Braylon Edwards is holding out...Second-round S Brodney Pool is moving up. On one day he batted a pass forward, ran about five yards to catch the ball and ran it into the end zone...Third-round QB Charlie Frye engineered two touchdowns and a field goal during a night practice at Cleveland Browns Stadium...Fourth-round CB Antonio Perkins intercepted a pass by Frye in the same practice. He is improving...Fifth-round linebacker David McMillan is playing second team outside linebacker behind Chaun Thompson. His rush instincts are good. He did not look sharp in a fumble recovery drill...Right behind McMillan is OLB Nick Speegle, taken with the Browns first sixth-round pick. Speegle has played well against the run...Sixth-round nose tackle Andrew Hoffman is in a crowd playing behind Jason Fisk and now Nick Eason...Seventh round OT Jonathan Dunn is coming along slowly.

INJURY REPORT: Persistent migraine headaches are keeping CB Daylon McCutcheon sidelined. He has seen a specialist twice...RB Reuben Droughns is sidelined with a minor hamstring injury...LS Ryan Pontbriand (back), OL Craig Osika and LB Brant Boyer (toe) have returned to practice.

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