Adkins: No Time to Panic

Alright, we've had the bad news, the news reports, the discussions on the forums, and more. Now, how about a lil' of that ol' Lane Adkins perspective? That's what we need. Lane talks about the team's next steps, some possible answers, and where we go from here...

The Cleveland Browns could use some help at the cornerback position following the injury to Daven Holly, the trade of Leigh Bodden, and the release of Kenny Wright.

That help will come, but don't expect the Browns to wildly spin and deal to fill the hole in the roster.

Checking the calendar reveals that it is only May, that the team is in the middle of the OTA's (off-season training activities). A look at the roster reveals that there is plenty of young talent which has arrived in recent weeks, and who have spent only a handful of days in Berea. Those youngsters have yet to get significant time on the on the field.

The Browns are intrigued by some the talent they've accumulated, and the OTAs and mini-camp will provide a greater opportunity to get to know what they can do.

Ultimately, the organization will make at least one move to help create some useful depth at the cornerback position.

Of course, there is a temptation to make a sudden, splashy move. There are a number of recognizable names available: Ty Law, Kelly Herndon, and Lito Sheppard are at the top of the list.

Name recognition simply does not equate to results. The Browns will seek players who fit into and accept a role within the scheme.

Law and Sheppard are easy names to stuff into a blog or newspaper column, but are simply unrealistic at this point due to the player's role and financial expectations. 

It's at the next level, with players like Herndon and Andre Dyson, where the Browns could find their answer. A realistic discussion can begin with these players and the team due to their experience and far-from-lofty salary requirements.

If there was a sure-fire player who was available and piqued the interest of the Cleveland front office and coaching staff, that player would have landed in Cleveland well before now. The Holly injury just highlights an issue that was recognized within Berea and has been discussed on the Orange and Brown Report for weeks, if not months.

In recent days, we've started to see some speculation regarding cornerback Ashton Youboty of the Buffalo Bills. The Ohio State product is intriguing but remains under contract to the Bills. Since Buffalo has been securing additional talent in the defensive backfield, Youboty could be available.

Despite having terrific athletic ability and solid tools, Youboty has not made an impact with the Bills, leading some to question his drive and determination to be a top corner. Youboty is an option if this organization believes he is a 'fit' in the system. Phil Savage's comments from earlier today could be easily interpreted to apply to the Bills corner.

Browns defensive coordinator Mel Tucker knows Youboty well from his time at OSU, and the personnel end of the organization led by Phil Savage certainly has the breakdown on the talent of this young man.

Yet another name which could be in play is that of Denver's Domonique Foxworth, according to reports from ESPN.com. At this point, however, the OBR has not been able to confirm discussions between the Browns and Broncos for his services.

Expect that the organization will bring a couple players in for a visit and the ball will roll from there. Again, it's only May and there is plenty of time to evaluate and secure the roster.

If this were the middle of August, well, it would be time to press the panic button. But not now. There will action to fill the need, but it will be done methodically.

 


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