Day one of training camp is complete, and William Green remains a holdout.
Green, the Browns' first-round draft choice, is the only unsigned player on the roster. Tom Condon, Green's agent, has been in lengthy discussions with Lal Heneghan, the Browns' point man on talks. It appears something could be finalized in the near future.
Davis is remaining patient as he awaits the arrival of the player he hopes will add spark to the ground game.
"Conversations yesterday (Monday) went very well," Davis said. "It put some clear boundaries and guidelines as to where everybody started. With the slotting that takes place, the more people around him who sign, it gives us some clear definition."
Davis said last week that it wouldn't be surprising if Green wasn't signed by the start of camp, but he didn't expect a lengthy holdout. He remains confident that Green will soon be on the field.
"There are no negatives. Right now things are preceding pretty well," Davis said. James Jackson, one of the early veteran arrivals, took all the repetitions at running back during the practice. Jackson finished last season on the injured-reserve list with an ankle injury.
As of Tuesday, just eight first-round draft picks had agreed to terms.
BRIGHT SPOTS: Davis spent most of practice watching the linebackers and the H-backs and tight ends. He liked what he saw of the linebackers, a group that included early arrival Earl Holmes.
"The three rookie linebackers (Kevin Bentley, Ben Taylor and Andra Davis) showed flashes of instinct. They filled holes; they were downhill. Although there was no tackling, there were some collisions. There was a little bit of a nasty attitude. They made some pops."
The tight ends and H-backs also caught the attention of Davis.
"It was good to see Rickey Dudley out there. He was 200 percent better than he was in the quarterback school," Davis said. "He made one difficult catch that was down below his knees."
Mark Campbell, another of the veterans on hand, was singled out by Davis for his showing. Davis also spoke highly of rookie tight end Darnell Sanders and Alvin Morrow, a former baseball player who signed with the Browns near the end of last season.
KEY YEAR: Davis is hoping for big things from third-year cornerback Lewis Sanders, who missed last season after having surgery to remove a calcium deposit from his leg. Sanders showed promise two years ago and is being counted on as one of the top-four cornerbacks.
"He has whetted everybody's anticipations because you see flashes. When he is healthy and out there, he's very physically gifted. Unlike a lot of corners he's big, he's physical and he can run. One of these days - and maybe this is the season - he's going to have a season when he's healthy. If he does, he's going to be a real impact player on the corner."
CENTER OF ATTENTION: Third-round draft choice Melvin Fowler practiced at center in the absence of Dave Wohlabaugh. He was surrounded by guards Qasim Mitchell and Brad Bedell, and tackles Joaquin Gonzalez and Konrad Dean.
Davis plans to equally divide Fowler's repetitions between center and guard. On a normal schedule, Fowler will work at center for two practices and at guard the next two.
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