Adkins: Right to the Point

The straight scoop on what's happening behind-the-scenes with the Browns as they prepare to take on the Baltimore Ravens.

On any given Sunday, the Cleveland Browns are sure to show their split personality. Call it inconsistency or missing the wake-up call, the Browns have shown themselves thus far as a team of unanswered questions and untapped potential.

It's possible that the "untapped potential" represents players who have simply been overrated by the organization, which has been as diligent as possible in assembling a team which would compete during the 2007 season and beyond.

Calling it as I see it, right to the point.

  • Tight-end Kellen Winslow is suffering from a partially separated shoulder. Winslow continues to receive treatment for the shoulder and expects to play Sunday against division rival Baltimore. At the present time, Winslow has not been cleared by the Browns medical staff to play, but is expected to push for clearance, as he is a game-time decision.
  • Reps with the first-team offense did not increase this week for rookie quarterback Brady Quinn. While Quinn continues to digest the Browns offense, the organization has not been compelled to thrust the rookie into action. And, to clarify, numerous Browns players have relayed their confidence in Quinn as being ready to step in and play at a high level, if he is forced into action. As of now, the team is solidly behind present starter Derek Anderson as the Browns look to win their second divisional game of the season.
  • Much discussion has been centered around the Browns perceived lack of quality and depth along the defensive line. While Orpheus Roye is working his way back following knee surgery in training camp, Robaire Smith has played reasonably well, and Shaun Smith is going to have an increased role in the coming weeks. Look for Smith to gain playing time at nose tackle, as veteran Ted Washington and Ethan Kelley have struggled.
  • Even though many fans and media types focus on the defensive line, the linebacking corps may see some change in the coming weeks. The return of a healthy Willie McGinest will provide better run support and open up other opportunities for the Cleveland defense. Antwan Peek continues to struggle with a foot injury and will not be pressed to overextend, while Chaun Thompson may move back inside to add size to the interior of the defense. Andra Davis continues to hold off Leon Williams, as Williams has not played nearly as well as he did late last season and has been a liability against the pass.
  • Expect the Browns to utilize the one-week window they have on activating Ryan Tucker following his suspension. Among those who may lose their roster spot upon Tucker's activation are Nat Dorsey, Kelly Butler, or Isaac Sowells.
  • Wide receiver Tim Carter's recent knee injury may open the door of opportunity for second-year receiver Travis Wilson. Wilson has been an enigma for the Browns and should be looking at the potential opportunity as a chance to prove his worth to the team. If the third receiver position remains a black hole for the Browns, expect change in the next couple weeks.
  • Don't tell the Ravens, but the Browns are going to be aggressive offensively and attack the Baltimore defense through the air. To be successful, Cleveland must protect quarterback Derek Anderson and not turn the ball over. Defensively, the Browns are heading into this game looking to make Baltimore quarterback Steve McNair beat them through the air.
  • Safety Brodney Pool and rookie cornerback Eric Wright are expected to be on a short leash. Both have been burned on numerous occasions during the team's first three games and a focus is being placed on stopping plays over top of the defense. Mike Adams is first in line to replace Pool and Daven Holly is next in line to replace Wright.

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