Adkins: Scouting the OTAs

Lane Adkins brings you his latest observations from the sidelines of the Berea practice fields. Get the latest updates on CB Eric Wright, the team's rookie corners, wide receivers, and quarterbacks...

Scouting from the sidelines during this week's off-season training activity sessions...

* Cornerback Eric Wright continues to be impressive during OTA sessions. Wright broke up two passes while in tight man coverage today. The first pass was on a slant route and the other was on a post. Wright has been active in the practice sessions open to the media. The Orange and Brown Report has been told by a team source that the second-year player has been very solid since camp commenced.

* With Cliff Louis and Isaac S­owells getting reps at right tackle, Peek dominated both, rushing from his OLB spot. Peek has been very aggressive and noted for having a very good camp, but Louis and Sowells at RT are questionable talents at this time. Sowells, a tackle in college and primarily working as a guard with the Browns does not appear to have the timing or footwork facets of the position in-tune. For Louis, his long and lanky frame appears most poised as a reserve at LT.­

* Though the pads are not, running back Jerome Harrison displays excellent vision and quickness to the hole. Harrison follows his blocks well and can leverage at the point of attack. The only negative on Harrison was a fumbled reception near the goal-line in team drills. Again on Wednesday, Harrison stayed on the field working with a coach on his ball-handing skills.

* First look at the ILB's, had Leon Williams and D'Qwell Jackson as the starters in the base sets, with Andra Davis the first substitute. Rookie Beau Bell displays a quickness within the first three yards that may separate him from Williams and Davis on the depth chart.

* Undrafted free agent defensive back Mil'Von James is doing a solid job in recognizing coverage and making plays on the ball. James has displayed the ability to stay with the receivers in coverage. He has not been beaten for a significant play and broke up yet another pass attempt on Wednesday.

* All three quarterbacks are throwing the ball well, with Derek Anderson and Brady Quinn looking very similar in drills. Crennel noted at the end of the session that Anderson appears confident, as well as stating there is no real competition for him to worry about.

* Rookie defensive back Damon Jenkins intercepted a pass intended for rookie receiver Paul Hubbard from Brady Quinn during red zone drills. Jenkins jumped in-front of what appeared to be an open Hubbard and after some chiding from teammates, ran the ball out of the end-zone down the far sideline.

* David McMillan was backing up Antwan Peek at OLB, while Shantee Orr was backing up Kamerion Wimbley.

* With Williams out of camp, Shaun and Robaire Smith were the primary defensive ends, with Shaun Rogers at the nose.The line-play from the ends was competitive, while Rogers was a handful on the inside.­ There is a quiet excitement brewing in regards to the potential of the new-look defensive line, which should have the ability to collapse the pocket.

 * Speaking of Hubbard, he was solid in positional drills and ran good routes in the 11-on-11 drills. For a big receiver, Hubbard gets off the block quiickly and uses his hands to catch the ball.

* With starting safety Sean Jones taking it easy due to turning an ankle last week in practice, Mike Adams saw increased practice time. Adams did line-up over the slot receiver as a cornerback on a couple occasions on Wednesday, but was primarily utilized at safety.

* Recently acquired cornerback Terry Cousin is the third corner at this time according to head coach Romeo Crennel. Cousin saw time flanked outside on the receivers, as well as some limited time in the slot.

* Kellen Winslow, Braylon EdwardsCorey Williams, Willie McGinest and Jamal Lewis were not at practice today. Crennel noted the five players were out for personal reasons. When asked specifically if he had spoken to Winslow, Crennel noted he had not.

* Wide receiver Joe Jurevicius and tight-end Steve Heiden were working inside the facility. Jurevicius has been cleared to do some light running and is expected back for training camp. Heiden noted he felt good and was awaiting clearance to resume practicing following back surgery. Crennel noted he anticipated Heiden will return prior to but no later than mandatory camp in June.

* As has been the norm, the Browns quarterbacks stayed on the field and worked with receivers after practice.

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