The Strange Case of Braylon Edwards

Another day, another missed practice. And, in his own inimitable way, the new HC tells people to move on, there's nothing to see here as far as the receiver is concerned.

Berea—Most observers sloughed off Braylon Edwards starting training camp on the non-football injury list. Some thought he would be cleared to practice and would resume working rather quickly.

However, Edwards has now missed six practices, not to mention the June minicamps due to an unspecified injury believed to not be serious.

Eric Mangini would offer no timeline for his return to the field.

"We'll keep evaluating it and when he's ready, he'll be out there," Mangini said.

Last year, Edwards was stepped on by Donte Stallworth and it ended up costing him the preseason and seemed to set the tone for a down season. Edwards had just 55 receptions in 2008 and three touchdowns, as opposed to 2007 when he had 16 touchdown catches alone.

Mangini would not comment on Edwards, particularly, but said he was pleased with the progress of all the injured players.

"I'm satisfied with all of the players that are trying to get back," he said. "Every player is different and situation is different. You want every player to be out there at all times."

The more time Edwards is away, the more time it tends to take to get in sync with the offense.

Mangini said that a missing player makes the team learn to adjust when players are injured.

"It's no different in the season when someone goes down and you have to make some adjustments," he said. "He has to be cleared by the medical staff and then he comes off the list."

Mangini was asked why he won't disclose any information concerning injuries.

"One of the things we try to do with injuries is not to set timetables because everyone is different," he said. "Also, for competitive situations. I've been in situations where someone was supposed to play and they didn't."

Update on LBs: Mangini was asked about the progress of last year's fourth-round draft choice Beau Bell and also Leon Williams. Mangini said he has been pleased with both, but indicated most players need to make their mark on special teams.

"Both of those guys have made some progress," Mangini said. "Beau is getting the experience and the work . I've seen some progress with both he and Williams in the run game.

"Williams is good in space," he said. "I'm encouraged with both guys and they have to establish themselves in duties on special teams."

D'Qwell the Leader: Mangini said that LB D'Qwell Jackson is developing into a leader on the defense.

"He's really good at setting an example," he said. "Whether it's running to the football or communicating. His work ethic is excellent, as well, when he's not in the building."

Jackson is not known for being vocal on the field or in the locker room, but Mangini said that doesn't matter.

"Each guy can be a leader," he said. "Everybody has a capacity in leadership in their own way."

No Time Line for Line: Mangini said he has no time set for naming the starting five offensive line.

"I think that will happen organically," Mangini said. "As they get more reps, that will work itself out along the line. I'm not sure when that will be set."

Some schools of thought feel since the line is five of the 11 positions, it is important to have them working in concert as soon as possible.

There has been combinations among as many as eight different players in training camp thus far: Joe Thomas, Eric Steinbach, Hank Fraley, Floyd Womack, Ryan Tucker, John St. Clair, Rex Hadnot and Alex Mack.

"The first priority is to get it right and once that is together, we'll go from there."

Mangini was asked about Mack and he compared his adjustment to the NFL similarly to Nick Mangold in his rookie year with the Jets.

"(Mack's) pretty similar to the rookies I've been with," he said. "Nick Mangold continually snapped the ball early when he was a rookie."

Mangold started as a rookie with the Jets after being a first-round draft choice.

"(At center), you have to make the calls and everything builds off of that. It takes some time. In terms of penalty laps –the rookie class in general—it's a new environment, a new system and it's good to see when those guys make the transition."

No Tweeting for Mangini: The coach was asked about Facebook and Twitter in regards to his players giving out information.

"I don't have Facebook or a Twitter page, but I know it's out there," Mangini said. "There are avenues out there to communicate."

What if a player reveals information that he doesn't want known, like an injury?

"All I would say if they put something out there, they are responsible for it."


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