WAITING ON GREEN ... Tim Couch joked that he might talk to his agent, Tom Condon, Friday night in an attempt of speeding up the contract
negotiations between the Browns and first-round pick William Green. Condon also represents Green.
Couch never spoke with Condon, but on Saturday he admitted that it is frustrating to practice without the rookie who is expected to one day
carry the rushing load.
"Every day he misses I think is tough," said Couch. "I'm sure William wants to be here. I'm sure he is champing at the bit to be here every day.
Hopefully he gets here as soon as possible so we can get him out there and get the timing down and everyone get on the same page.
"You definitely want him in here. He's the first-round draft pick and you want him in there as soon as possible to see what he's got now that the
pads are on. He looked great in the offseason, but you want to see your running back when the pads are on and see how he makes guys miss. I'm excited to see him play. I think he's going to be a great player."
HOLMES OUT AGAIN ... Earl Holmes did not practice for the third day in a row. On Friday, Davis said Holmes sitting out was purely precautionary.
While the team practiced in full pads, rookie wide receiver Dimitrius Breedlove wore shorts and his participation was limited as he nursed the
knee he injured Friday.
LEFT GUARD BATTLE ... Shaun O'Hara worked with the
first team at left guard for the second consecutive day. His pulling block to spring James Jackson during inside-run drills was one of the highlights of the morning session. Barry Stokes, working with the second team, did a nice job of getting out in front of Jamel White on a screen pass, throwing blocks more than 20-yards downfield.
PLAY OF THE DAY ... Saturday's play of the day was turned in by Kevin Johnson, who made a diving, one-handed grab on a deep throw from Kevin Thompson. The athletic move drew loud cheers from the large crowd of fans that attended the morning session. Almost as impressive as the catch was the route Johnson ran to get open. He sold Lewis Sanders with a juke to his right as he raced down the right sideline, then made a crisp cut to his left and quickly adjusted to the ball that was already in the
OTHER HIGHLIGHTS ... Chris Sanders followed Johnson's acrobatic grab with a fine catch over Emmanuel McDaniel on another deep ball.
Sanders played to the crowd after the grab, raising his hands high into the air and pumping his fists ...
Receivers coach Terry Robiskie made a point to praise Andre Davis after several perfectly-run routes. Davis and Morgan were both impressive running slants during the morning, using their size to gain the inside against smaller cornerbacks ... Dennis Northcutt struggled getting off the line. He was manhandled by Kalvin Pearson on one play. Thompson waited for Northcutt to finally make his break over the middle. When he finally did, Northcutt dropped Thompson's pass ...
JaJuan Dawson continued to show a knack for finding open spaces in the defense ... Josh Booty threw the ball much better than on Friday. Booty
showed nice touch on a floater to Rickey Dudley in the end zone. Dudley was tightly covered by Brant Boyer on the play.