Training Camp Notes of Note

Day three of training camp is in the books, with some excitement and a taste of the new look Cleveland Browns defensive line, as well as a WR making strides and one of the quarterbacks laying an egg.

- Day three of training camp did not provide many positive moments for backup QB Brady Quinn. In team drills, Quinn was intercepted three times (Brodney Pool, Shaun Rogers and Alex Hall) and did not throw the ball well throughout the session. Coming off reasonable practice sessions over the first two days of camp, Quinn was simply erratic, inconsistent and threw wobbly passes. Every ball Quinn threw outside the hash-marks was somewhat slow in reaching the intended target and wobbled significantly. His long vertical attempts hung in the air, with the ball intercepted by safety Brodney Pool being a wounded duck. We won't sugar-coat this day for the backup QB - his performance was very disappointing.

- Starting QB Derek Anderson threw the ball much better today and was closing in on overcoming some timing issues with receivers, which are common in the early stages of camp. Overall, Anderson was in command. He did frequently force passes into coverage and was a little quicker and smoother in his reads and delivery of passes in the short game. Coming off a second-day of practice sessions in which he made some poor decisions, Anderson was very steady and efficient in his time under center.

- WR Travis Wilson had yet another solid day of practice and is being noticed by the staff due to his hard work and consistency on the field in Berea thus far. The question in camp is whether Wilson can continue to practice at this level and be counted on in game situations. Thus far, the staff is pleased with the progress of the receiver.

- Day-three was a difficult one for many of the starting offensive lineman in team drills. Outside of left tackle Joe Thomas, each lineman struggled to preserve the line of scrimmage, as the two Smith's along with Corey Williams, Shaun Rogers and Kamerion Wimbley consistently pushed the line back into the face of the QB's, collapsing the pocket in a manner which was very aggressive and physical.

- Through four practice sessions, we are seeing a mix of an attacking style of defense played by the line, while the majority of the time the line-play has been more of a read-and-react scheme. The athleticism and quickness of the top four defensive linemen has been impressive.

- OLB Kamerion Wimbley blew by OG Eric Steinbach on a stunt in team drills which would have been a quick sack in game conditions. Outside of this play, Wimbley was fairly silent in the session as he faced off against LT Joe Thomas.

- NT/DE Shaun Rogers let his presence be known in a large way. Consistently beating center Hank Fraley, Rogers spent a considerable amount of time in the offensive backfield. On two occasions, the veteran put Fraley on the ground and on two other occasions simply made Fraley take on the appearance of a matador, as the rushing Rogers over-matched his counterpart. As the session progressed, Rogers tipped a Brady Quinn pass, hauled in the football for an interception and scampered off left defensive end. This play was an amazing testament to Rogers skill and athletic ability, which remains shocking for a man his size.

- On this day the LB's were efficient in the scheme. ILB Andra Davis dropped WR Braylon Edwards with a shoulder early in the session as the receiver crossed the middle on a slant route. Later in the session, Davis filled the hole well in one sequence. In 11-on-11 drills, OLB Willie McGinest beat RT Kevin Shaffer twice, which resulted in the QB being forced to step into a pocket that was quickly collapsing due to the hard-rush coming up the gut by Rogers and Shaun Smith.

- CB's Eric Wright and Brandon McDonald have been in the hop-pocket of the receivers throughout the early portion of this camp. While only in the camp setting, the CB's are not playing off the line of scrimmage nearly as much as the position had in previous years.

- CB A. J. Davis, competing for a roster spot has been solid in coverage and is showing some signs of adding the physical aspect to his game. In off-season sessions, Davis did not use his body to move a receiver off the route, on occasion in camp thus far, Davis has done this and has used his hands much better in the five-yard area.

- On picking up where they left off at the end of the 2007 season, safeties Sean Jones and Brodney Pool are covering ground in the passing game much better and appear in-tune to the calls and coverage responsibilities. It certainly helps when the pass rush is making an impact, forcing the QB to throw the ball before the play develops.

- RB Jamal Lewis has been running hard and is showing a little bounce in his step. Known for his physical running style between the tackles, Lewis has displayed the ability to bounce the ball off-tackle at times in camp.

- With backup RB Jason Wright out with a hamstring strain, third-year back Jerome Harrison is gaining additional reps. In his first two seasons in Cleveland, Harrison displayed the tendency to want to bounce everything outside. In this camp, Harrison is showing patience waiting for the hole to develop and has been successful running inside the tackles.

- Both are long-shots to make the team, but undrafted free agent RB's Travis Thomas and Austin Scott have battled in camp. Thomas is a physical, downhill type back that has strong leg drive, which may make him effective in short yardage situations. Scott is a powerful back and is much more elusive. This could ultimately become a battle for a spot on the practice squad.

- On Thursday the Browns mixed and matched the backup offensive tackles, with James Lee playing at RT and Issac Sowells moving over to LT. As they were when mini-camp concluded in June, Lee was back at the backup LT spot, while Sowells again manned the RT position on Friday. Both players looked considerably better during the Friday sessions.

- Veteran Seth McKinney took over at starting RG, as Rex Hadnot did not participate due to an ankle sprain.

- Backup RB Jason Wright is nursing a hamstring strain and did not practice. He is day-to-day and could be back on the field for the Sunday session.

- Starting WR Donte Stallworth did not participate in the practice session, but was running and working with a member of the medical/training staff throughout the session and could be back on the field within the next couple days.


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