What We've Been Told

Lane gives you the latest on the whispers emanating from Berea, including what the two most recent additions in the secondary will mean for the defense and, surprisingly, a productive off-season player who still might be sitting on the roster bubble.

- The recent additions of Brandon Mitchell and Travis Key to the roster does not end the search for quality depth at the safety position. Mitchell worked out for the team on Saturday and brings good size, quickness and physicality and a knowledge of defensive coordinator Mel Tucker. Key is an interesting prospect; his quickness is solid and while somewhat undersized, he has some coverage skills.

- Terminating the contract of defensive back Gary Baxter does not spell the end for the injured player. If the team would have put Baxter in the IR (Injured Reserve) he would have been out for the season, which Baxter nor the Browns believed was necessary. Don't say never with Baxter as both parties do believe he will play again.

- While WR Travis Wilson impresses in practice sessions and in the pre-season opener, he is not nearly the lock for the final roster as his productive off-season may lead one to believe. The staff has been privy to the ups and downs of the WR; while he has impressed on a consistent basis longer than at nearly any time since joining the team, the staff is going to wait him out a bit longer. And, WR's coach Wes Chandler knows what type of talent Wilson is. Almost daily, he openly barks words of wisdom to the improving WR. Whether it is in regards to a route being run or his positioning in down-field blocking, Chandler is there with something to say.

- WR Kevin Kasper is tumbling down the depth chart due to a prolonged hamstring issue. Unless the WR makes a dramatic turn-around, he is headed in the wrong direction. In turn, second-year WR Syndric Steptoe has impressed the team in the slot and he is the backup punt-return specialist. His status is better today than it was a short few weeks ago.

- Steve Sanders? Who is Steve Sanders? #83 has been solid in practice sessions; he is more of a possession type receiver and has good size (6'3"). Sanders is going to get additional looks in the coming week or so to see if he is capable of handling the load and being a player this staff can count on.

- As for veteran LB Andra Davis getting pressured for his starting spot, there has not been a LB in camp that has surpassed him as he lines up next to D'Qwell Jackson. Prior to his knee injury, rookie Beau Bell wasn't close and backup and nickel LB Leon Williams has been a step behind in Davis' rear view mirror.

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