Right to the Point: 8/13

Cutting through the nonsense and laying out where the Browns are, right now...

Let's get "Right to the Point".

  • Charlie Frye has looked better in practice and performed better against the Chiefs than Derek Anderson. While Frye has not set the world afire, Anderson's inconsistency is the main issue which has led Frye to his lead for the team's starting quarterback job. Another week or so of the same type of play and Frye will be named the starter, while Anderson could be looking for another team.
  • Chris Barclay has opened some eyes in training camp, but there is a logjam at running back and Josh Cribbs is the kick-return specialist. The upcoming weeks are going to be interesting, as Barclay gives everything he has... the Browns coaching staff may have to look around for an excuse to keep him on the roster.
  • Rookie Eric Wright passed the test Saturday night against the Chiefs, making a couple solid plays in the defensive backfield and getting involved against the run. Wright and Daven Holly could ultimately battle for the starting spot opposite Leigh Bodden.
  • Gauging the Browns defense against a questionable Kansas City offense, the linebackers and defensive backs played well, but the defensive line remains questionable. If the Chiefs' efforts to run the football would have been sustained, indications are they would have been successful amassing a lot of yardage. Poor quarterback play took them out of the ballgame.
  • It was interesting to watch Nat Dorsey at left tackle against the Chiefs' second and third-team defensive linemen. Against this level of competition, Dorsey held his own, plus some. He has not fared as well against top-notch competition, but the team remains patient with him. With the overall state of the line due to injury, inexperience, and suspension, Dorsey could find his way onto the roster.
  • Running back Jamal Lewis looked quick in his limited playing time in the preseason opener. If the Browns offensive line can open up holes for the veteran, he could make a tremendous impact during the 2007 season. Also, Lewis looked solid in the receiving game, where he was not well-utilized while a member of the Baltimore Ravens.
  • Kamerion Wimbley and Antwan Peek could be a force in the 2007 season. Both players explode and can generate a pass rush. Opposing offenses will have to plan for this two-headed attack, which will make the Browns overall defense much better, especially if they can control the run.
  • With the injury to Willie McGinest, Chaun Thompson and David McMillan will gain reps in practice. Thompson was relatively low-key during  the preseason opener, but McMillan was a rather disruptive force on numerous plays in the Kansas City backfield. Granted, McMillan was lined up against the second and third team, but his play was noticed.


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