Camp Notes: Anderson Closing the Gap?

Watch carefully, and something may be afoot on the depth chart at quarterback. Is Derek Anderson moving up? Some observers think so. Here is the very latest from Browns mini-camp.

Coach Romeo Crennel says it isn't so, but the conclusion reached on the sideline Sunday after five days of training camp is Derek Anderson is closing ground on Ken Dorsey.

Anderson's passes are crisper, more accurate and have more velocity. He is throwing better than he did six weeks ago in minicamp. Meanwhile Dorsey's passes are slow as ever.

Of course, there is more to being a quarterback than throwing a football. In that regard, Anderson is still learning.

"Derek is better than he was last year," Crennel said. "His feet are better. He lost some weight. He moves better. He has a tremendous arm as it is. He's commanding the offense better. He's competing now for the No. 2 spot."

McCutcheon hurting

Daylon McCutcheon missed most of practice Sunday because of a swollen knee. Leigh Bodden is taking advantage of the situation as he tries to prove he should be the starting left cornerback.

Crennel said he does not know how long McCutcheon will be out.

"We're trying to treat the swelling in the knee with anti-inflammatories and ice," Coach Romeo Crennel said. "If we aren't able to control it that way, then we'll do more extensive evaluations. There is not a stability issue, we're trying to treat the swelling and we'll see where that takes us.

"The competition was nose to nose. We were just going to alternate days with them. If Daylon's knee doesn't do better, then Leigh has a knee up or a leg up. We felt we would go through training camp and some preseason games and then see who we thought was the best."

Bodden has made some spectacular plays - batting down passes and hitting a receiver hard enough to jar the ball loose.

McCutcheon said before his injury that he is confident we can hold onto his starting job. Assuming he gets healthy, the Browns stand to gain either way because the loser in the battle will be the nickel back.

Another lineman in Orange and Brown

Todd Washington is the newest Brown. He is a guard/center with eight years of experience with the Redskins and Texans. The Browns cleared a roster spot for him by waiving free agent rookie offensive lineman Ben Brielmaier. .

Washington is 6-3, 310 pounds. He played in 97 games with 17 starts. He has one NFL start at center. The Browns need a backup center for Bob Hallen.

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