Camp Preview: Three Goals

The continues to tick down towards training camp. Once it starts, the Browns have three offensive questions they need to answer in a hurry.

Settle on a starting quarterback: Coach Eric Mangini is in no hurry to choose between Brady Quinn and Derek Anderson. At least, he is in no hurry to announce his starter. He wants to keep opponents guessing as long as possible and says he will wait to see Anderson and Quinn in competition in preseason before naming his starting quarterback.

Two years ago the Browns were in a similar situation; the competitors were Anderson and Charlie Frye and they were trying to digest a new offense, that of former offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski. Anderson and Frye split time evenly and neither looked good enough to start. Teammates did not know which quarterback to follow.

Frye won the job by default and then fell flat on his back in the first quarter of the season opener. He was benched in the second quarter and traded to Seattle the next day. Anderson went on to an improbable 10-5 finish as a starter.

Mangini does not seem concerned about history repeating itself. Anderson and Quinn are handling the challenge well. Quinn is in his third season and for the first time has the chance to start. But Anderson isn't going to go to the bench without a fight.

Firm up the starting offensive line: Nothing is more important to an offense than building chemistry on the offensive line. The Browns thought they had a solid one after 2007, but after the '08 disaster of 4-12 the line was dismantled and rebuilt.

The only sure returning starter is left tackle Joe Thomas. Rex Hadnot and Floyd Womack are pushing left guard Eric Steinbach and right guard Ryan Tucker. First-round draft choice Alex Mack was working with the first team in the June minicamp, which means Hank Fraley would either be out of a job or pushed to a backup job. He can play guard, but Hadnot can play center, so that will be a battle that could last all camp.

Tucker seems ready to reclaim his starting job at right guard. He played in only one game in 2008. He missed the first four recovering from hip surgery and the last 11 with a knee injury. The only game he played was the Browns best -- the stunning 35-14 upset of the Giants. But even if Tucker does win the starting job, Mangini has to be certain Womack, Hadnot or Fraley could take over because Tucker, 34, has not played 16 games in a season since 2005.

Right tackle also is in flux. That job is up for grabs with John St. Clair and George Foster competing. Whoever wins will be new to the Browns because the Browns released Kevin Shaffer, the starting right tackle the last two years. Shaffer now plays for the Bears.

Find a second receiver: The Browns loaded up on wide receivers, which became a need after Donte Stallworth killed a pedestrian in Miami Beach while driving drunk on the morning of March 14. Stallworth was sentenced to only 30 days in prison after pleading guilty to DUI manslaughter, but NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell came down hard on Stallworth and suspended him indefinitely.

After the accident the Browns signed veteran receivers David Patten and Mike Furrey in free agency and then used second-round draft picks on a pair of receivers -- Brian Robiskie from Ohio State and Mohamed Massaquoi from Georgia.

Someone from that group of four will emerge to start opposite Braylon Edwards. Edwards is out to redeem himself after leading the NFL in dropped passes last year. He says he wants to relax and not put pressure on himself, but that could be easier said than done because he is in a contract year.

CAMP CALENDAR: Training camp opens for the Browns on Aug. 1. It is tentatively scheduled to close on Aug. 20. The Browns will stage an intrasquad scrimmage at Cleveland Browns Stadium on Aug. 9

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