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Straight talk about battles for roster spots and potential cornerback fits. Lane, as always, is your radar for what is really transpiring inside the halls of the team's Berea complex...

- The naming of WR Travis Wilson as the probable starter, replacing the injured Braylon Edwards, is an interesting development for both the player and the team. Wilson normally does not play the same WR role as Edwards in the Cleveland scheme. Wilson has thrived with the opportunity to work in various roles due to the Edwards injury and, in instances, in place of Donte Stallworth early in camp. While he may not get the start, Steve Sanders has been the primary backup for Edwards and has done well. With this move, the coaching staff is clearly putting the WR's on notice to show what they have in game conditions, The practice sessions have been relatively close over the past week.

- We've been telling you rookie OT James Lee and OT Isaac Sowells could be battling for the final spot along the offensive line for quite awhile, so don't be surprised when these two names become the story. In recent camp sessions, Lee has not been as stable as Sowells and he will need to rein in his inconsistency if he intends to grab a spot on this roster.

- The more I view rookie OG Nathan Bennett, the more I see this young man having a place in this league at some point. Because of the quality and depth along the Cleveland offensive line, I don't see him making the final roster, but he is looking more like a player than could develop into a physical inside lineman. I have an inkling Bennett could find his way to the practice squad with a couple solid weeks of practice and game play.

- It is no secret the Browns are keeping their options open in the defensive backfield. At every turn, Buffalo Bills CB Ashton Youboty's name happens to pop into the discussion. As we noted during June's mini-camp, Youboty is a player the Browns have discussed internally, as well as maintaining an ongoing dialogue with the Bills. The question remains, though: just when will the Bills move on the CB and what will the asking price be? The Browns would like to trade player-for-player, with a TE or WR possibly in the mix, as we have noted previously.

- Information was passed along to this column that the Browns have not shown any continued interest in LB Al Wilson or CB Andre Dyson, as some have speculated. Dyson is just one of a handful of experienced players that could come in and help a team with a need at the CB position. At this time, the Browns have yet to cross that bridge.

- In the event you haven't been following along with the Orange and Brown Report training camp content, NT Louis Leonard is now getting meaningful reps at the LDE spot, behind Corey Williams and Shaun Smith. Leonard is prospering in the positional change, as his athleticism and quickness are equating to a spot on the roster. If you haven't been following along, he'll be in a fish-wrap story or some other type of report in the near future.

- KR/WR Josh Cribbs needs to play. Yes, he has that kind of special talent to make a difference in areas other than on special teams.

- As the Browns training camp is coming to an end, QB Derek Anderson is the starter and nothing outside of injury is going to change this.

- Yes, QB Brady Quinn can be a player and has displayed on numerous occasions he has a quality arm and vision. But, as the team stated, there would be no competition and there hasn't been, though the backup QB has practiced well after a first week when he struggled with consistency.

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