Friday Player Notes: Anderson Will Start

Notes on Derek Anderson and other Browns players as the team prepares to face the Ravens...

Quarterback Derek Anderson will get his second start Sunday in Baltimore. Anderson has performed well in six quarters of play, but his challenge grows this weekend.

Anderson faces the league's top-ranked defense, a unit that threw Charlie Frye around like a rag doll the first time the teams played.

Anderson, though, has shown a surprising ability to get rid of the ball and avoid the sack. In six quarters he has been sacked just once -- and Pittsburgh barely touched him.

"Some of that has to do with his history, too," coach Romeo Crennel said. "He's been a pocket passer his whole career. He understands about operating in the pocket and getting rid of the ball."

Other factors were at play against Pittsburgh as well. The Steelers were without Troy Polamalu, so they were reluctant to blitz as much. And Pittsburgh got ahead, which enable its defense to sit back in coverage.


LB D'Qwell Jackson's season ended when he had surgery to repair turf toe in his right foot. Jackson's rookie season was productive mainly because he gained needed experience.

LB Leon Williams will start next to Andra Davis at inside linebacker in Baltimore. Williams has not played a lot this season, but he brings size that D'Qwell Jackson does not have, which may help against Ravens RB Jamal Lewis.

RB Reuben Droughns has had a miserable season, and he figures to have more trouble Sunday in Baltimore. The Ravens run defense is relentless.

WR Dennis Northcutt lost some credibility with a poor game against Pittsburgh. Northcutt took a shot to his shoulder early and kept playing -- and dropping passes. Mentally, he seems to be already in free agency.

WR Joe Jurevicius has become the team's go-to receiver with Derek Anderson at quarterback. Jurevicius has 13 receptions the past two games.

TE Kellen Winslow has seen his production drop off the past two games, with five catches for just 45 yards. Winslow has not scored a touchdown in the past six games.

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