Lane's View, Day Two

The Man, The Myth, The Curmudgeon offers up a plethora of notes on the second day of Camp Mangini, including two rookies who might threaten to steal the show -- and some playing time.

The team was back in pads Sunday afternoon, following an evening practice the night before in which the team was in shorts. In pads, you'd expect the activity and aggressiveness to kick into another gear and it was so on Day Two of training camp.

- As was the case on the opening day of training camp, referees were present to manage the team drills in the practice session.

- DT Shaun Rogers was not on the field today after suffering an ankle injury during the evening practice session Saturday.

- WR Braylon Edwards has not been cleared to practice with the team and remains on the sideline.

- Rookie DB Coye Francies has been cleared and joined the team in today's practice session.

- Head coach Eric Mangini makes players run a lap around the practice field when making a mistake on the practice field. Today was no different as first-round pick Alex Mack ran laps twice, while Eric Wright, Dustin Fry, Francies, Isaac Sowells, Rod Hood and Kurt Quarterman ran one lap apiece.

- In the case of Wright and Hood, each ran their lap after complaining about being flagged by the referees in attendance in team drills.

- Following an uninspiring display of focus and skill by a mix of second- and third-team offensive players, Mangini made the entire offense in this camp run a lap.

- Directly in front of a handful of us on this day, we gained some knowledge and appreciation for the communication skills of defensive coordinator Rob Ryan. Not shy in getting his point across and making sure his players know where he is coming from, Ryan, during the ten-minute period, put on a clinic in responsibility and execution to the LBs.

- Starting LBs D'Qwell Jackson and Kamerion Wimbley spent an extraordinary amount of time between drills working with LB's coach Matt Eberflus.

- Wimbley and OLB Alex Hall have both worked between each outside spot thus far in camp sessions. Hall has made some marked improvement in his run recognition and block-shedding skills. Later in the session, Hall pressured QB Richard Bartel in what would have been a sack opportunity in game conditions.

- Offensive linemen Joe Thomas and Eric Steinbach are noticeably bigger heading into this training camp and the added weight/strength does not appear to have hampered either player. Both players have been solid during individual and team drills, with Steinbach appearing fully over his back and shoulder woes of a season ago.

- John St. Clair, the starting RT at this moment, took reps with the second team at LT and looked solid in the run-blocking scheme. St. Clair simply drives well and gains great extension in this facet of the game.

- As was the case late Saturday, the Browns coaching staff again mixed and matched the starters along the offensive line. Ryan Tucker and George Foster took reps with the starting unit on this day.

- Speaking of Tucker and Foster, each player started the day in similar fashion, only to see their day end differently. Early in the session, both players were being beaten regularly in individual and team drills and often picked themselves up off the grass. As the session progressed, Tucker started to regain his technique and was effective in team drills -- whereas Foster continued to struggle, mainly due to his slow footwork.

- Another offensive lineman that struggled during portions of the session was Isaac Sowells. Beaten on occasion, Sowells has a difficult time staying vertical. Defensive linemen and LBs gained pad leverage on the linemen and got into his body too easily for the offensive tackle to fend off the rush adequately.

- Rookie RB James Davis is quickly becoming a player of significant interest over the course of the first two days of camp. The Browns offense looks to be a one-cut-and-go type rushing attack, which fits perfectly into the natural ability of the Clemson product. Displaying more than enough quickness to get to the outside, while also strong and with solid vision to clear the hole inside, Davis has consistently gained positive yardage in team drills.  As a result, his reps have appeared to increase with each session.

- Veteran RB Jamal Lewis was in on a few reps during team drills. Coming off ankle surgery, Lewis did not appear as explosive as he did on Day One and stutter-stepped during a couple of running plays, which was a flashback to his style of play a season ago.

- Rookie LB David Veikune has spent the vast majority of the practice sessions as an ILB and done well. Veikune has an endless motor, plays the game with aggression, and is explosive. Late in the Sunday session, Veikune was lined up over RT George Foster as a rusher off the edge, but a Kurt Quarterman penalty stopped the action before it started and the staff lost the opportunity to see this potential pass rusher in action off the corner against an experienced lineman.

-  TEs Aaron Walker and Martin Rucker were on the receiving end of numerous passes in the camp session. Following a day in which the TEs struggled somewhat as a collective unit, each was involved in positive plays during team drills.

- While rookie WRs Brian Robiskie and Mohamed Massaquoi gain the majority of attention, undrafted free agent Jordan Norwood continues to make plays and be noticed. Running solid route after solid route, Norwood is not making plays solely against the bottom-of-the-depth chart type players. This rookie has made a number of acrobatic grabs, as well as the ordinary type in his productive practices to date.

During the early stages of a training camp, you will find a couple players that stand out amongst the masses. Through two days in Browns camp, one cannot help but notice the play and ability of James Davis and Jordan Norwood. With a new coaching staff in place, one with no considerable ties to holdover players on the roster, players such as Davis and Norwood are gaining the opportunity to work and impress -- and they are taking advantage of the opportunity.

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