Frye: "I Can Survive"

Fred Greetham brings us the latest from Berea, including Charlie Frye's thoughts about the rough treatment he has been getting so far this season. Audio from today's session can be in the "Media Center" on the front page...

BEREA – There's an old saying that you can't keep a good guy down.

According to Charlie Frye, it's going to take more than getting knocked down repeatedly to keep him from playing, now that he's the Browns starting quarterback.

"I can survive," Frye said. "I enjoy playing the game of football. My mentality is that I knew I was going to get hit (going against the Ravens)."

Against the Ravens, Frye was sacked seven times, but he was knocked down 19 times.

"Charlie showed a lot of heart out there," Hank Fraley said. "We've got to keep him clean. He has shown how much he wants to win.

"The guys up front want him to be able to stand back there and stay upright."

Frye was 21-of-33 for 298 yards, including a touchdown and interception. He also rushed the ball twice for six yards, including a touchdown. On the season, Frye is 57-of-93 for 674 yards (61.3 pct.), including two touchdowns and five interceptions for a 68.1 QB rating.

There's no question, the second-year pro has shown his toughness.

"I leave it out there (on the field) every week," Frye said. "That's how I played at Akron and that's the way I play.

"That's how much I care about this team and the city of Cleveland."

Romeo Crennel praised Frye's performance in the thus far this season.

"The guy has been in some tough situations," Crennel said. "He's weathered the storm. He's been a bright sign."

Crennel knows the team has to do a better job of keeping him off the ground.

"Hopefully, we can protect him better," Crennel said. "Sometimes, it's hard to evaluate when he's been as under as much pressure as he's been. He's made deep throws, intermediate throws and the shorter throws. He's made good progress."

Frye said he feels the additional weight and strength he added during the off-season has helped him.

"I feel better with the added weight and strength and think it has helped me."

Frye said he added about 15 pounds during the off-season.

Frye won his first game in the NFL last year in Oakland on Dec. 18 when the Browns prevailed, 9-7. Frye was 21-of-32 for 198 yards, including no touchdowns and one interception. He was sacked twice.

"You're always going to remember your first win," Frye said. "(Oakland's) a tough place to play, but we want to go out there and get a win."


Why Charlie?: Raiders' QB Andrew Walter was selected after Frye (third-round 67th overall) in the 2005 NFL Draft (69th overall) out of Arizona State. Walter was inactive in all 16 games his rookie year. He will be making his first start against the Browns after the starter for the first two games, Aaron Brooks, was injured.

"We felt he fit in what we're looking for better than (Walter) did," Crennel said.

Crennel likened Walter to Browns' backup Derek Anderson.

"He's a big, strong quarterback with a lot of arm," Crennel said. "From a physical standpoint, he resembles Derek Anderson. He hasn't had much time and he's learning to try to get on the same page as the rest of his team."

Crennel said the bye week should've helped the Raiders make the transition from Brooks to Walter.

"I'm sure the bye week helped him to get on the same page with his receivers with regards to timing."

Walter is 12-of-32 for 190 yards (37.5 pct.), including no touchdowns and three interceptions. He's been sacked eight times and has a QB rating of 19.0.

Injury Update: Crennel gave little insight with regards to the injury situation.

"We still have a pretty extensive injury list," Crennel said. "All the guys that were on it last week are still on it. We'll see how they are and who's ready for practice."

In addition, to the players who were on the report last week, Crennel did say that OL Cosey Coleman (hand) and DL Simon Fraser (shoulder) have been added. Both are questionable.

Fraser said he was injured in the first half of the Sunday's game.

"I'm not sure when I injured it, other than it was in the first half," he said. "I didn't notice it and played the rest of the game."

He did say that QB Charlie Frye and CB Leigh Bodden are not on the injury report.

Crennel said he was unsure if WR Joe Jurevicius would be able to play this week.

"He's getting closer, but still has the rib area problem," he said. "We'll see how he is and what he can do this week."

Backup QB: QB Derek Anderson has been listed as the backup QB on the Browns' depth chart. Crennel said he has not talked with QB Vinny Testaverde about coming to Cleveland. Testaverde reportedly worked out with the Patriots yesterday and might be close to signing with the them.

Ephraim Update: This is the last game OL Alonzo Ephraim is serving of his four-game suspension by the NFL for substance abuse. Crennel said he will be evaluated after the week exemption the Browns have to make a decision.

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