Right to the Point: 8/11

Enough of the nonsense. Let's get right to the heart of the matter.

As camp progresses, I am going to run a 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, but a much simpler approach... One which is, well, right to the point.

  • The back surgery which linebacker Willie McGinest is having is not going to be career threatening, but will keep the veteran out of action for no less than six-weeks. Some close to the organization believe McGinest opted for the surgery at this time to have an opportunity to play late in September, rather then continue to fight through the injury and not be effective.
  • Linebacker Chaun Thompson is going to gain a considerable number of reps with McGinest and Matt Stewart on the shelf. Thompson displays great athleticism, but has bounced around between inside and outside linebacker responsibilities throughout his four seasons with the team. Entering his fifth season, Thompson now will assume a large role in McGinest's spot, along with free agent acquisition Antwan Peek.
  • This just in.... Brady Quinn signed and was inconsistent during his first practice sessions.
  • Offensive guard Eric Steinbach's knee injury is not worse than some have anticipated. Originally diagnosed as a bruise, Steinbach has a PCL sprain and will be out of action for a couple weeks. Steinbach will be able to continue to work with the team, but he will not be permitted to practice in contact drills or drills which require any significant mobility.
  • Lennie Friedman steps into the spot vacated by the injured Steinbach. While the team is going to continue installing the new offense, Friedman is much less agile and not as good of a pass blocker as Steinbach. The more physical Friedman should do well in the run blocking game, however.
  • Third-year running back Jason Wright has been solid in training camp and his firmly entrenched as the second back on the depth chart. Jerome Harrison will be the third down back, but will get the opportunity to display his ability with the starting offense at times during the upcoming pre-season games. If Harrison excels, he could supplant Wright. The team is of the belief Harrison has the talent to run the football, but are concerned about his blocking.
  • LeCharles Bentley continues to rehab his knee following patella and staph infection issues. All indications coming into the Orange and Brown Report are Bentley will begin the season on the PUP, without a long-shot chance of him suiting up this season.
  • Defensive back Gary Baxter is well ahead of where the team thought he would be. Entering the season, Baxter could make the opening day squad as a reserve at safety.
  • Nose tackle Shaun Smith has moved over to the defensive end spot due to the absence of Orpheus Roye and has looked surprisingly solid. Smith's quickness and strength have permitted him to play at a highly competitive level in practice sessions.
  • Rookie cornerback Brandon McDonald continues to impress and is in the mix to make the roster at cornerback and on special teams. Thought of a long-shot prior to camp, McDonald has done well in the defensive backfield and is a quick study.
  • Depth at the wide receiver position is riddled with youth and inexperience, but the team likes the talent amassed at the position. The Orange and Brown Report hears two of the younger players could make the roster, as Steve Sanders, Kendrick Mosley, and Mike Mason have caught the eye of the coaching staff.

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