Lane Adkins' Player Notes

Is Jerome Harrison headed to bigger things? How serious are the DE injuries? Lane Adkins has been getting the straight scoop on this and much, much more...

- Some eyebrows were raised when defensive ends Corey Williams and Robaire Smith did not participate in practice sessions recently. The Browns staff is taking all the necessary precautions with Williams coming off a shoulder injury and Smith with an Achilles tendon tear. Both players have been working out in the team's training facility and are expected to be ready prior to training camp.

- Pay close attention to the manner in which head coach Eric Mangini discusses and brings along the QB position heading into training camp. Saying that Brady Quinn is taking the first reps in practice sessions and has had a strong off-season has raised the bar for all the QB's on the roster. It also shows Derek Anderson where he needs to be in the football sense of the equation.

- RB Jerome Harrison is getting the opportunity to show the new coaching staff in Cleveland that he is more than a situational player. Harrison has spent a good portion of time in Cleveland this off-season, has been dedicated to absorbing his responsibilities as a running back in the new offensive scheme. Harrison is being viewed as a player who has the opportunity to contribute in all facets in the offensive gameplan, rather than serving a limited role as under the Crennel regime.

- TE Martin Rucker could become a nice addition for the Browns in his second season. Rucker possess the length and speed the offensive staff likes in the passing phase of the offense. The area where Rucker needs work is in the blocking scheme, but the TE could see time split-wide in formation with another TE assuming the more natural blocking role.

- The rookie draft selections are playing second-fiddle to the veterans when lining-up with the starting units and base-schemes. The focus of these early camp sessions is to get the coaching staff in tune with the capabilities of players in their units. While the veterans have a leg up due to experience and, in many cases, knowledge of this specific defensive scheme, the rookies on the roster are getting the opportunity to 'earn' their role.

- In the short time passed since the draft, the Browns staff has come away impressed with the work ethic of many of the drafted and un-drafted players brought into camp. WR Mohamed Massaquoi continues to absorb coaching, while impressing with his ability to internalize what he's been taught, catch the ball, and run routes sharply.

- SS Abram Elam has fit in nicely with the defense. A draft-day acquisition, Elam has immediately stepped in to the role and provided an athletic and physical presence in the defensive backfield.

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