OBR News and World Report: 8/6

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You can count Frye among those who can't wait for the real bullets to start flying.  Or, at least, the real fake bullets.

"I'm ready to play against somebody else to tell you the truth," Frye said.

"We'll see what K-2 (Kellen Winslow Jr.) can do when they really have to tackle, not just stand him up or touch him. Kellen is a guy who can catch a five-yard pass and turn it into 50 yards."

Frye, who has had what can be best described as a pedestrian training camp thus far, has never been a player who's been enamored with and shined during practice.  Hopefully, his eagerness to face players in a different colored uniform will show up in his performance on Thursday and allow fans to at least breathe a slight sigh of relief.


Pat McManamon of the Akron Beacon Journal speculates that, if running back Lee Suggs is indeed traded at some point this month, a likely destination could be the New York Jets.  With Curtis Martin still hobbled following offseason surgery, the Jets may be in the market for an insurance back.


Another rumor being bandied about, this time courtesy of Cleveland Plain Dealer: the Browns may look to lock up wide receiver/kick returner Josh Cribbs to a long-term contract, provided the Kent State product makes the final roster.


A significant portion of this past offseason's free-agent budget was spent on players with ties to the city of Cleveland and its surrounding suburbs.

You can add current Ohio State starting quarterback and former Glenville High star Troy Smith to the list of players who would love to return to his hometown and don the brown and orange.

"I love the Browns. You'd be crazy not to want to play for the Browns. A lot of people that I deal with in general say they are moving when they got some money. That bothers me. I think Ohio is where it's at."


Just a reminder to Browns fans: today is August 6.  It's not September 1 or 2.  A single exhibition game has yet to be played, let alone the full slate of four plus the whole of training camp.  The Browns have had 10 days of camp and one intra-squad scrimmage.  Put down the noose, the pistol, the bottle of pills and the razor blade and step away from the ledge.  At least for now.



---Wide receiver Antonio Bryant, dropped by the Browns in the offseason like a pass thrown his way in a critical situation last season, is apparently fitting in quite well in his new San Francisco digs.

Cleveland's leading receiver last season, Bryant is reportedly developing a solid chemistry with second-year quarterback Alex Smith.  The two have hooked for several long completions since the start of training camp, including a couple yesterday's intra-squad scrimmage.

---Defensive tackle Gerard Warren dislocated a toe on his left foot during a goal-line drill yesterday and will miss the next two to four weeks.

The Broncos' team doctor was quoted as saying "of all of the dislocated toes I've treated, Warren's was one of the nicest, if not the nicest."

---Ben Taylor is starting opposite rookie A.J. Hawk at outside linebacker for Green Bay, while Barry Gardner—in place of the injured Tedy Bruschi—is starting inside for the Patriots.


"Sometimes we tend to get caught up in the players, the games now. Honor your history. Bring back the Hall of Famers. Bring back their teammates. Let the fans show their appreciation to the history."—Hall of Fame inductee John Madden, telling teams around the league to be the anti-Carmen Policy.

QUOTE OF THE DAY, THE SEQUEL: "The thing I noticed was, I know it's practice and everything, but the game is just a lot slower. Last year at this time, things were just flying around. I didn't know what to think. Now, I'm coming to the line of scrimmage with a plan. I mean, I feel real good."—Charlie Frye, on training camp this year versus last.

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