Adam Caplan: hi all
<vonbock> Adam, do the browns really NEED to get another corner ? or can they get by with the young guys already
on the roster if need be ?
Adam Caplan: VON: Yes, they have no choice
Adam Caplan: they have to get at least one more veteran
Adam Caplan: as we said on the podcast, g'd forbid Eric Wright got hurt
Adam Caplan: I could live with one more CB
Adam Caplan: veteran who can play in dime or nickel
Adam Caplan: that would be pretty much it plus a WR
Adam Caplan: veteran backup type
Adam Caplan: I talked to Eddie Kennison last month, he still wants to play 2 more years
Adam Caplan: but wants to wait for the right situation
<ramllov> It sounds like Andre Dyson, but I heard that on your podcast
Adam Caplan: RAM: He's had a lot of injuries but in a nickel role I can handle him there
Adam Caplan: he could be a possibility closer to camp
Adam Caplan: BTW, we plan to do those podcasts weekly or by weekly starting in camp
<FanofBrwns> Do you think the Browns should bring in a veteran RB?
Adam Caplan: FAN: What's out there isn't going to help
Adam Caplan: All of them have some issues in one form or another
<ramllov> Adam, have you heard much about Jereme Perry, CB, who played for the Browns in 2006, and is now
back as a free agent?
Adam Caplan: RAM: The hope is that he can be the 5th CB
Adam Caplan: him or A.J. Davis
Adam Caplan: I would expect them to keep 5 CBS
Adam Caplan: Terry Cousin can play slot
Adam Caplan: Perry has a little more size than him
Adam Caplan: I'm also interested to see how many safeties they keep
Adam Caplan: my guess would be 4
Adam Caplan: plus Nick Sorensen who is basically on specials
<vonbock> what of our safeties ? behind Sean Jones and Brodney Pool, do we have any alternatives if they should look horrible ?
Adam Caplan: VON: The veteran backups could be Gary Baxter and Michael Adams
Adam Caplan: possibly Steve Cargile
Adam Caplan: Although I would think Baxter is more of a FS which is where Adams is
<vonbock> both Baxter and Adams can play corner in a pinch as well, can't they ?
Adam Caplan: VON: Not sure if Baxter can play CB again
Adam Caplan: we will see in training camp how he moves in pads
Adam Caplan: that's the key now
Adam Caplan: Adams played a little CB for SF
Adam Caplan: but he's really a safety
<royswift> Why do the Browns let Joshua Cribbs play gunner on specials. I cringe everytime i see him make the tackle. The field position he gives the team on returns seems too valuable to loose him to a silly injury. Am I off base?
Adam Caplan: ROY: That's why they don't want him on the field as a WR, they like him more in the other roles
<vonbock> do you think the Browns will have to alter their defensive game plans to make up for the lack at corner ?
Adam Caplan: VON: Not really unless Wright and Brandon McDonald struggle
<ziffels> This Browns' regime has never kept more than 5 WR. Four spots are set: Braylon Edwards, Donte Stallworth, Joe Jurevicius and Cribbs. That leaves one spot for Travis Wilson, a former 1st day pick who appears to be improving, or Paul
Hubbard, who Phil traded an '09 5th round pick to move up an take, or Kevin Kasper, a veteran who can serve
as the backup KR/PR. Do the Browns really need to add another veteran to this crowded mix? Will they risk losing both Wilson and Hubbard this year?
Adam Caplan: ZI: They don't use WR sets really so you're looking at 4 plus Cribbs plus one on practice squad
Adam Caplan: only way they keep 5, is for injury or if they don't want to risk Hubbard through waivers
Adam Caplan: Wilson's progression will ultimately decide that position depth
<ramllov> Adam, How good can Rex Hadnot get in the pass protection?
Adam Caplan: RAM: He's decent but more of a run blocker
Adam Caplan: I don't see it being an issue
Adam Caplan: I would be more concerned with OT depth
<royswift> Do you see Cribbs developing into more than a SP threat, more like Devin Hester where the Bears design
plays for him? Or does he not possess the right skills to be a true weapon on offense?
Adam Caplan: ROY: He's really more of a very special KR/PR. That's how they see him. Plus CHI has no other options which is different than the Browns who have at least two solid starters
<vonbock> any chance the Browns bring back Orpheus Roye as a back up lineman this year ? wouldn't he be
perfect in a limited role and backup on gamedays ?
Adam Caplan: VON: None really because they didn't think he could play any more
<royswift> I read that Isaac Sowells was back at tackle and looking better. Could he help our OT depth?
<ramllov> Adam, did you hear any updates on Sowell at the Tackle position during the Minicamp or OTAs?
Adam Caplan: ROY/RAM: Sowells is kind of a swing OL, can play guard mostly and tackle if he has to as he did in the minicamp
Adam Caplan: but the bottom line is they can't take that chance
Adam Caplan: LT/RT are way too important
Adam Caplan: especially in their scheme
<ziffels> Do you think they'll carry 8 or 9 OL? If Ryan Tucker is healthy in camp, will Hadnot and Seth McKinney's ability to play
center make Lennie Friedman expendable? Would Sowells be kept at OT instead?
Adam Caplan: ZI: I would think they will carry 9 unless they pick up a veteran OT who can play guard as well
Adam Caplan: Friedman will have a tough time making it if Tucker is ok
Adam Caplan: I believe they still like Sowell's upside enough to keep developing him
Adam Caplan: BTW, as for Ethan Kelley, I don't see it either
Adam Caplan: they have enough depth for a change
Adam Caplan: the vibe is they don't see it as a priority
Adam Caplan: they want to see Melila Purcell, Ahtyba Rubin, and Chase Pittman get on the field
<ziffels> Since I'm asking about number of roster spots at different positions, how common is it that a team with 3
specialists (K, P, LS) would split their remaining 50 roster spots unevenly (anything other than 25 offense, 25
defense)? Could they afford such an unbalanced situation?
Adam Caplan: ZI:
Adam Caplan: Each team looks at their roster differently, it usually comes down to scheme and injuries
Adam Caplan: to importance
<royswift> How do you think Baltimore's offensive will play this year, and do you see them positively or negatively
affecting Joe Flacco. Clearly, this is a loaded question dripping with bias, but what hell
Adam Caplan: ROY: Their OL is very young
Adam Caplan: They are good in the interior but both tackle spots are issues
Adam Caplan: especially LT with Jared Gaither
Adam Caplan: Flacco moves well for his size but they would rather him sit
Adam Caplan: but he did so well in the recent workouts that he will push for the starting job right away
Adam Caplan: Plus he has to beat out two scrubs.
Adam Caplan: Best Baltimore can be is 8-8
Adam Caplan: But getting back both of their starting CBs and Todd Heap healthy will be big for them
<royswift> Love hearing that. Can't wait to return the favor on their QB for a change
Adam Caplan: ROY: I spent a few hours with Flacco two weeks ago, he really likes their scheme and feels
Adam Caplan: Probably the biggest QB I've stood next to
Adam Caplan: a shade over 6'6
<royswift> Had to ruin my fantasy. You gave me about 24 seconds to enjoy it ;)
Adam Caplan: ROY: Their OL is a big question though
Adam Caplan: If they had a good veteran I'd say they could be better than 8-8
Adam Caplan: BTW, a radio station in Dayton contacted me, I should be on there some time next week
Adam Caplan: I'll post a note on the message board
<royswift> If their OL really sucks, he could be in for a confidence overhaul like Couch and Frye, no?
Adam Caplan: ROY: He's got a temperament like Derek Anderson but probably sharper mentally
<vonbock> how are the Browns going to keep so many tight ends on the roster ? who gets cut ?
Adam Caplan: VON: Darnell Dinkins won't make it
Adam Caplan: BALT could re-sign him if he and when he's cut
<ziffels> Do the Browns think they can slide OLB Alex Hall to the practice squad? Or are they worried about losing
him? LB looks really crowded right now.
Adam Caplan: ZI: Him or David McMillan have a chance to make it
Adam Caplan: but I'd agree, Hall might not make it through waivers. A 3-4 team could claim him.
Adam Caplan: 3 if Heiden is healthy, Bread Cieslak could be the 4th
Adam Caplan: depending on the other positional issues-depth/injuries
Adam Caplan: BTW, once I narrow down the dates I'll be at Browns camp I'll post it on the board
Adam Caplan: I should know in a few weeks
<vonbock> that still leaves four tight ends right ? or do they drop the rookie to ?
Adam Caplan: VON: I'll be looking at that closer to training camp
<BrownsBot> When are the Browns planning on signing rookies?
<BrownsBot> seems rather strange to not have the 4th round picks signed with less than a month until camp...
Adam Caplan: BRBOT: I would expect Hall and Rubin to be signed after July 4
Adam Caplan: Paul Hubbard around there as well
Adam Caplan: the sense of urgency rarely is there 4 weeks out
Adam Caplan: with second day picks
Adam Caplan: I wouldn't sweat it
Adam Caplan: all, that's all the time I have, see you next week
Transcript: Adam Caplan Chat
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