Berea Report: Quinn Looking to Rebound

Fred Greetham reports from Berea where today a second-year quarterback hoped to improve his performance, the starter tossed a football in the sunshine, injury updates were provided, and players were dismissed. Fred Greetham provides the scoop, straight from the practice field...

BEREA - Brady Quinn is not looking at the regular season.

He can't afford to.

There is a possibility that Derek Anderson won't be cleared to play for the season opener against the Cowboys and Quinn will make his first NFL start in the regular season. However, Anderson is expected to return on Monday for practice and be ready for the Cowboys.

"I think, especially, after last week, my biggest focus is on Chicago," Quinn said. "Trying to execute and just doing my job with that without looking too much further ahead. Especially, with the way I played against Detroit, you have to get in that mind frame. At this point, I'm trying to put all my focus into Chicago."

Quinn was 14-of-24 for 106 yards and a 69.1 QB rating against the Lions. The Browns were unable to score a touchdown against the Lions. Thus far, in the preseason Quinn is 34-of-53 for 363 yards with one touchdown and one interception. His QB rating is 82.5.

"I was inconsistent at times," Quinn said. "I was kind of going through it and it really was streaky. There were times when, I don't know how many completions in a row. Then, we'd get two or three incompletions."

"Some of those incompletions came at bad times on third downs, which I can't feel like I executed as well as I need to," he said. "I didn't do enough to put more points on the board for us."

Even if Quinn is relegated back to his spot as Anderson's backup, the time he has spent with the first team should be valuable if he is called upon again in the regular season, even though the first team is missing Braylon Edwards and Joe Jurevicius.

"If you look at past experiences, I think you have a rapport with (the receivers), it makes things much easier out there," Quinn said. "You don't have to really worry when he's coming out of his break. I guess you are not hesitant to put a ball out there because you know when he's going to come out. You are used to throwing the same route, same spot. There is something to that and that is why we try to work on things after practice.

"But again, my role has to be the guy who can jump right in and make the adjustments like that and be quick on his feet," Quinn said. "It is tough to do and that is something I'm really working toward."

Romeo Crennel said he is looking for more consistency from Quinn.

"He'll take whatever steps he takes," Crennel said. "Hopefully, he'll be more consistent than what he was against Detroit."

Notebook

Anderson Sighting: QB Derek Anderson was seen on the practice field Tuesday for about 10 minutes at the beginning of practice. Anderson was throwing passes on the sideline and then went inside.

"DA was out here a little," Crennel said. "It was good for him to be around."

Crennel all but ruled out Anderson playing against the Bears.

The players that missed practice on Monday also missed Tuesday's practice and will not play in the preseason finale with the Bears. LB Antwan Peek was back on the field Tuesday, but was limited in what he did. Those missing were: RB Jamal Lewis (hamstring), WR Braylon Edwards (foot), QB Derek Anderson (concussion), DB Brodney Pool (concussion), DB Sean Jones (knee), OL Lennie Friedman (shoulder) and WR Joshua Cribbs (ankle). OL Nathan Bennett was excused due to the death of his father. LB Shante Orr left the practice field near the end for unspecified reasons.

Crennel said all of the players are getting closer and gave hope that many will return to start practicing on Monday.

"Hopefully, we'll have everybody back on Monday."

Included in those are Jones, Pool, Lewis, Anderson and Edwards.

No decision has been made on OL Ryan Tucker (hip), LB Beau Bell (knee) and TE Martin Rucker (knee).

The Law: Rumors continue to persist about DB Ty Law coming to the Browns. Law has been quoted as saying the Browns are one of the teams he has talked with. Crennel was asked if there was anything to it, but was vague in his answers regarding the veteran defensive back.

"We're serious about everybody we are considering," he said. "If he's right for the Browns, only time will tell."

Crennel did allude to the business side of the situation.

"Sometimes, finances get involved in the situation and that's a consideration."

On the Bubble: Crennel said the number of players on the bubble isn't that great. He listed wide receiver and defensive backs as the two positions where players are on the bubble in making the 53-man roster. WR Travis Wilson, WR Syndric Steptoe and WR Steve Sanders are believed to be still fighting for the No. 3 receiver spot.

Steptoe seems to have made the most strides in the preseason.

"I've tried to be consistent and take advantage of the opportunities I've been given," Steptoe said. "I didn't have a lot of confidence coming in here last year as a seventh-round draft choice, but I've worked hard."

Kasper to IR, Scott Waived: The Browns made four roster moves to get to the mandatory limit of 75. Waived were RB Austin Scott and DL Brian Schaefering. Both were undrafted rookie free agents. WR Kevin Kasper was placed on injured reserve and will miss the season. Also, WR Joe Jurevicius was placed on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list and will be eligible to practice between weeks seven and nine of the regular season. The Browns must get the roster to 53 by Saturday at 4 p.m.

Crennel offered no insight on Jurevicius' situation.

"He's not ready to play right now," he said. "Only time will tell if he'll be ready when we hit that window."



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