Adkins: What We've Been Told

Despite the Mangini-hung curtain over Berea's information pipeline, Lanes dishes the latest on the QB situation, a couple of vets returning to practice and many other juicy morsels for your consumption...

While many across the country spent time with family and friends enjoying the end of summer, the Cleveland Browns were back on the practice field. Gearing up to face the Minnesota Vikings in the season opener, Camp Mangini, with its secretive ways, is now in full bore lockdown mode.

We love ya coach, but it is our job to find out exactly what you are not telling us.

And, those thirty minutes the organization provides the media to watch practice historically tells little to nothing. But, we appreciate the goodwill gesture.

So, here goes...

- NT Shaun Rogers, back on the practice field following a late summer vacation on the stationary bike, is ready to go. For the past two weeks, one could look at Rogers and wonder what was the injury that caused him to miss all the pre-season games and practice sessions of late.

Don't be alarmed, as the OBR has been noting for weeks, if the season would have started two weeks ago, Rogers would have been on the playing field.

Now, who says Mangini does not take care of his players?

- OLB David Bowens, another veteran out of action a significant portion of the later stages of camp, is back on the practice field as well. Again, another veteran held out due to injury is returning.

Now, who says Mangini does not take care of his players?

- RB Jerome Harrison may be ready to play Sunday against the Vikings. Harrison has been suffering a leg-related injury of some sort.

- OL Rex Hadnot has been spotted working with the team, though some are skeptical he is ready to contribute in Week One due to a knee injury.

- Wednesday appears to be the day when the QB saga may come to end. This is the first day of heavy installs into the game package and the starters are normally set with their respective units.

Whether Coach Mangini comes clean, we don't know, but we are hoping to gain some insight from the eyes and ears around the team.

- Speaking of the QB's, both Anderson and Quinn were on the practice field working in drills with the entire offensive side of the ball. No, the head coach did not disclose the starter and the session was not conclusive enough to know with certainty which player has been given the nod.

- As teams were gearing up for cutdown day, the subject of the Browns QBs did come up. No less than a couple teams did inquire about the Browns' quarterbacks, but nothing of substance came from the inquires.

- QB Richard Bartel and OL Dustin Fry were two players expecting to join the Browns practice squad after be released to make room for the 53-player roster. The Browns did not contact the players in a timely manner, with both taking other options presented to them. Bartel joined the Jacksonville Jaguars and Fry is now a member of the Carolina Panthers practice squad.

- OLB Marcus Benard made the 53-player roster, and it appeared he had overcome the odds against him making the team. A day later, Benard was released as the team sought to add help along the offensive line, defensive backfield and running back. Unless a team claims Benard, he is expected to join the Browns practice squad.

- Upon the release of DB Bret Lockett, the Browns had the opportunity to sign a player which they had watched prior to the draft, DeAngelo Smith. The staff likes the speed, quickness and versatility Smith is projected to provide, which made Lockett expendable. The Browns would have liked to signed Lockett to the practice squad, but an old friend in New England inked the DB to the 53-player roster.


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