Training Camp Quick Hits

The OBR's Lane Adkins gives some initial impressions from the first practice session of the first day of camp in the Eric Mangini regime in Cleveland.

- WR Braylon Edwards and rookie DB Coye Francies were in jerseys and shorts, taking in the initial practice of training camp from the sidelines.

- TE Steve Heiden, coming off knee surgery, was limited in the session while donning a red jersey with his number-82 across it.

- Defensive linemen Robaire Smith and Corey Williams were full-go in the practice session, which was very physical during 7-on-7 running drills against the offensive line, QB and RB.

- RB Jamal Lewis, coming off ankle surgery, appeared quick and somewhat thinner in appearance on this opening day of the training camp season. Lewis hit the hole quickly on the four opportunities presented.

- RBs Jerome Harrison and rookie James Davis spelled Lewis, with Davis showing excellent acceleration through the hole.

- WRs Brian Robiskie and Mike Furrey were smooth as silk in the practice session. Both players were quick in and out of routes.

- WR Lance Leggett made an outstanding reception in during drills. Leggett swiped away a passing and interfering Eric Wright while falling, stretching out to make a one-handed grab in the corner of the end zone.

- Brady Quinn opened the session in 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills as the first QB under center. Quinn also took the initial snaps in rushing drills -- offensive line, QB and RB facing defensive line and LB's.

- The play of the QB's was inconsistent at times, with some outstanding throws mixed in. Quinn appeared poised and comfortable in the short to intermediate game, though he threw a couple poor passes. Derek Anderson appeared to guide the ball on a few short throws, while looking like the Anderson of old in the preferred down-field passing game.

- WR Syndric Steptoe made a nice over-the-shoulder reception of an Anderson pass after safety Mike Adams slipped out of position on the play. On the previous play, Adams intercepted an Anderson attempt. Despite the interception, Anderson threw the ball rather well, but looking off the defensive back continues to be an issue for the QB.

- Anderson followed up with a beautiful strike down the left sideline to Robiskie, who raced past safety Hamza Abdullah on the play. 

- OLB Alex Hall made an impression early in training camp practice on Saturday. The second-year player gained the appreciation of players and coaches alike due to his ability to stay with RBs coming out of the backfield in team drills.

- Head coach Eric Mangini walks the field like no coach in Cleveland since Bill Belichick. Arms crossed, Mangini surveys the continuous action on the Browns practice fields, lending his support and critique when necessary. For the first time in many years, the head coach of this team is obviously active during camp drills, whether they be individual or team.

- Working in harmony, Mangini and defensive coordinator Rob Ryan communicated back and forth from afar during 11-on-11 drills, where the action was physical and at times intense.

- Starting LBs Eric Barton and D'Qwell Jackson appear to be interchangeable parts in the Mangini/Ryan defensive scheme of the Browns. At times during drills, either player would switch with the other -- different than the customary rotation between inside backers. Additionally, Barton and Jackson spent time working together with a member of the coaching staff prior to individual and team drills.

- The Browns starting offensive line on the opening day of training camp consisted of Joe Thomas, Eric Steinbach, Hank Fraley, Floyd Womack and John St. Clair.


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