Adkins: All about Braylon

After a quiet off-season, Braylon Edwards remains a mystery man. Does the receiver want out of Cleveland? Does he have a favorite in the QB battle? Does he dread the new offensive system? Sources who won't talk to others in the Cleveland media talk to Lane Adkins...

- WR Braylon Edwards has not approached the Cleveland Browns organization to request a trade. Edwards has spoken with general manager George Kokinis and head coach Eric Mangini, but the reports surrounding the Browns and New York Giants talking trade for the player was not discussed.

- Edwards has spent a good portion of the off-season away from the game. The receiver was able to relax physically and mentally and get refocused after the difficult 2008 season. Now in good spirits and ready to get back to work, Edwards has been participating in the off-season activities at the Browns training facility in Berea, Ohio.

- The wide receiver believes the 2008 season was a situation where the entire team - from the front office to the players – failed to rise to the occasion. Despite the poor season, the WR confides to associates that he believes the team is much better than their 4-12 record last season. Edwards, as with some other Browns players, anticipates the Browns surprising many teams in 2009, just like they did in 2007. Coming off a disappointing 2008 season, the WR has said he is going to continue to work as hard as ever and believes firmly some of his mishaps a season ago will not repeat themselves in this year.

- Last season, an angry and upset Edwards voiced his displeasure with the way he was perceived by Browns fans, which didn't further endear him to many of the team's followers. Edwards, however, has come to internalize that a harsh reception from fans is part of the game during bad times. Edwards says privately that he would like to remain in Cleveland and is not pushing for an exit.

- While Edwards has shared a solid working relationship with QB Derek Anderson, he isn't picking sides in any upcoming quarterback "battle". Edwards does not share a personal preference in who will and should be the team's starting QB.

- Although Edwards and others are still early in the process of learning a new approach, offensive players tell us that there appears to be less "havoc" and wasted time by the staff as they work to teach the new system. Feedback on offensive coordinator Brian Daboll is very positive so far, with players saying he appears to be a very bright and right-to-the-point type of coach.

- As he seeks to return to the starring form of 2007, Edwards will have the potential of being cast in the same light and scheme as Randy Moss in New England. While he may not achieve Moss' statistical performance, the new offense provides more man coverage opportunities for the WR.


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