O'HARA OPENS AS NO. 1 ... Shaun O'Hara played left guard with the first-team offensive line. The battle for the starting left guard job is expected to be one of the most heated battles of camp, with O'Hara, free-agent Barry Stokes and Paul Zukauskas all in the running. Stokes practiced with the second team.
MORGAN IMPRESSIVE ... The Browns have high hopes for Quincy Morgan as he enters his second season as an NFL receiver. If his training-camp debut was any indication, Morgan might just live up to those expectations.
Morgan hooked up with Tim Couch on two spectacular plays during 11-on-11 drills at the close of Friday's practice. Morgan's route and Couch's throw were both perfect on the first completion, a 15-yard slant just inside Anthony Henry.
The big play of the day was a 40-yard bomb down the left sideline. In the past, Morgan might have struggled with his concentration as he was covered step-for-step by Henry. On Friday, Morgan made a difficult grab as the Couch's throw just sailed between Henry's helmet and outstretched right arm.
HOLMES OUT AGAIN ... Linebacker Earl Holmes sat out for the second straight day.
Butch Davis said the decision had to do with the potential for the Browns practicing on turf. A thunderstorm forced the Browns indoors for the first half hour of practice. Once the weather cleared, the Browns returned to the outdoor practice fields. A crowd of close to 200 fans also returned to watch the practice.
BIG HITS ... Rookie linebacker Kevin Bentley flashed nice anticipation and speed in blowing up a screen pass to Carl Fair. Bentley split a pair of blockers and dropped Fair for a loss just as he caught the pass from Kevin Thompson.
VERBA VS. BROWN ... The head-to-head competition between left tackle Ross Verba and right defensive end Courtney Brown during training camp should be interesting. Verba did a nice job against Brown during 11-on-11 work, driving Brown outside on several plays.
STRUGGLES ... Backup quarterback Josh Booty was far from sharp. His throws tended to sail and he made several questionable decisions in full-squad drills ... The normally sure-handed Mark Campbell dropped one pass over the middle, then bobbled another near the sideline two plays later.
FULLBACK AND H-BACK ... J.J. Johnson was encouraging in his debut at fullback. He delivered the day's most punishing block during inside-run drills. He also was an effective blocker during 11-on-11. Tim Couch said he thinks Aaron Shea is a natural at H-back. The newly-engaged Shea worked solely at H-Back on Friday.