Browns Unit-by-Unit Analysis: Offense

A quick look at the personnel on each of the units on offense as training camp gets set to open on Wednesday...

 

With the Browns training camp opening on Wednesday, Scout takes a brief look at the Browns offense:

QUARTERBACK
Starter -- Charlie Frye
Backups -- Ken Dorsey, Derek Anderson.

The Browns' quarterbacks have won a total of five games in the NFL -- no wonder General Manager Phil Savage says he is building the team around the Frye rather than through him. Anyone who has been around Frye for any length of time is convinced he has leadership skills. Frye worked in the offseason to improve his arm strength. Dorsey has to prove himself in preseason. If he does not, the Browns will be ready to offer Vinny Testaverde a job.


RUNNING BACKS
Starter -- Reuben Droughns
Backups -- Lee Suggs, Jerome Harrison, William Green.

Droughns is still facing domestic violence charges in Colorado. He has a pretrial conference scheduled for August 21. He has apologized for the incident and is eager for training camp. He is not elusive, but he is a punishing downhill runner. Harrison, a fifth-round pick from Washington State, is intriguing. He is quick, but at 5-foot-9 he could be gobbled up by linebackers. The Browns are not ready to give up on Suggs, even though he has missed 23 games in three seasons with various injuries. Green is in an uphill battle to keep a job. The Browns are deep at fullback with Terrelle Smith and rookie Lawrence Vickers.


TIGHT ENDS
Starter -- Kellen Winslow Jr. 
Backups -- Steve Heiden, Darnell Dinkins.

Coaches and fans have been waiting a long time to see if Winslow could be the dominant player he was in college. He is still fast and sculpted, but coaches are wondering whether he lost any quickness while missing 30 straight games with injuries. Heiden, with 43 catches last season, is more than adequate as a backup. Early in the season while Braylon Edwards recovers from knee surgery the Browns could go with two tight ends, using Winslow as a wide receiver. Dinkins is a blocker and a solid special teams player.


WIDE RECEIVERS
Starters -- Joe Jurevicius, Dennis Northcutt
Backups -- Frisman Jackson, Joshua Cribbs, Travis Wilson, Braylon Edwards.

Edwards is listed as a backup because he is rehabbing from Jan. 3 knee surgery. He might start the season on the Physically Unable to Perform list, in which case he would not be eligible to play until Oct. 22 when the Browns host the Broncos. Jurevicius is smooth, sure-handed and at 6-5 a big target. Northcutt gets banged around and after that the receivers are inconsistent. Coach Romeo Crennel is slow to play rookies, so 2006 could be a learning experience for Wilson.


OFFENSIVE LINE
Starters -- LT Kevin Shaffer; LG Joe Andruzzi, C LeCharles Bentley; RG Cosey Coleman; RT Ryan Tucker.
Backups -- G/C Bob Hallen, G Isaac Sowells; T Nat Dorsey, T Kirk Chambers, T Jonathan Dunn.

No segment of the offense has been overhauled over two offseasons as much as the line has. Adding Pro Bowl center Bentley should make the Browns much better in short yardage and make them effective near the goal line. Last year they scored only four rushing touchdowns. Andruzzi and Coleman missed games with injuries last year. Hallen was not lauded as much as some of the other additions in free agency, but he is valuable because he can play all three interior positions. Tucker has Pro Bowl abilities, but he goes unnoticed on a team that has difficulty winning. Shaffer got a seven-year, $36 million contract to sign in free agency. The Browns are counting on him to protect Frye's blind side.


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