Adkins: Right to the Point

Leaving out the gibberish, and giving you the scoop on recent injuries, depth chart changes, and more...

As training camp progresses, we are running regular "Right to the Point" analysis on players in Browns' camp. We are not going to get into 600-words of gibberish on specific players or positions in this offering. Instead, we'll just get right to the point.

  • I had a note passed along to me regarding a topic in the ATI forum. A report supposedly notes the team is not happy or satisfied with the play of Eric Steinbach or what the offensive guard brings to the table. Two coaches on the Browns' staff have noted Steinbach is very well prepared, is a technician, and really is a great communicator. His practice style is solid and he brings quality and expertise to the offensive line this team has not had in some time. We are awaiting word on the knee injury Steinbach suffered on Tuesday, but the Orange and Brown Report has learned he could miss one or two weeks.
  • Veteran outside linebacker Willie McGinest's back is becoming more of an issue in training camp. Struggling due to stiffness and moderate persistent pain, McGinest has left the team and is being examined by a doctor in Southern California. While the lingering back issue is not expected to prohibit McGinest from playing time if the team were in the regular season. The team is expected to ease some physical requirements for the veteran during camp.
  • Much has been penned about the inconsistent practices second year wide receiver Travis Wilson has had. Wilson has dropped numerous balls, slipped to the turf on a few occasions, and has been viewed being coached up by the likes of Wes Chandler and Joe Jurevicius. While Wilson has struggled and been a moderate disappointment through this first week-plus of training camp, the organization expects Wilson to rebound and become a viable option for them this season. Since his early woes, Wilson has practiced much better and is gaining consistency.
  • Too much is being read into the initial release of the Browns' depth chart. Nose tackle Shaun Smith is listed as one of the starting defensive ends, mainly due to the recent knee surgery of Orpheus Roye. Smith's quickness, strength and athleticism provide the opportunity for the team to move him to end. Without another viable option at starting defensive end, Smith will get reps in the role and could become a fixture. Still, the team is hopeful Roye can make a full recovery and that another player on the roster displays the ability to step in and make plays. If neither come to fruition, the Browns may be seeking a viable option at DE as camp continues.
  • Kenny Wright is penciled in as the starter on the left side opposite Leigh Bodden, which we do not see lasting long. Wright has been a serviceable veteran throughout his career, but he does not possess the physical skill and athletic ability of either rookie Eric Wright or Daven Holly. In the end, Wright or Holly will be starting opposite Bodden... their talent and ability out-weighs what K. Wright brings to the table.
  • You ask why Charlie Frye gets the starting nod over Derek Anderson at this point. It's simple: the coaching staff believes Frye is better equipped at this time to keep the offense on the field (consistency) and get into a rhythm. In camp, Frye has looked slightly better than Anderson, but this could change later in training camp, as the staff likes Anderson's demeanor and desire to throw the ball down-field.
  • Despite Brady Quinn agreeing to terms and in camp on just this past Wednesday, the rookie quarterback has been working diligently, not only on his physical conditioning, but on the playbook. While in Arizona during his holdout from training camp, Quinn was able to spend a considerable amount of time studying, and in some cases practicing, plays in the Browns playbook.

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