Wednesday Berea Report

Brady Quinn is hoping that working with the ones all week will help the offense get into a groove, plus the latest word on several moves shaking up the bottom of the roster...

BEREA—Brady Quinn made his NFL debut against the Broncos on Nov. 6 of last season and fared reasonably well.

But he doesn't see it that way.

"It was my first NFL start, but it was last year and we didn't get a win."

Quinn was 23-of-35 for 239 yards and a QB rating of 104.3. He threw two touchdown passes to Kellen Winslow. However, the Browns lost 34-30.

Last Sunday, Quinn was 21-of-35 for 205 yards, including one touchdown, one interception, and a QB rating of 74.1. He was also sacked five times and lost a fumble.

"You're never going to hear me say I played well when we lose," Quinn said. "I didn't play well enough.

"They had a good game plan and they shut down the wide receivers and made big plays when they had to."

Quinn is looking for a better game this week from the offense.

"Hopefully, (it will be) a lot smoother," he said. "We're adjusting to being in a different environment."

Quinn said he felt good going into the season opener.

"I was comfortable going into the game," he said. "I'm looking to getting into a good practice week."

Jamal Lewis thinks it will help now that the team is settling into the regular season.

"Brady knows he's going to be in there week in and week out," Lewis said. "The offense should be able to gel and correct the mistakes we made last week."

Eric Mangini said that now it's the regular season, practice time will be more of a traditional approach with the quarterbacks in terms of the starter getting most of the reps with the starting lineup.

"It's more traditional, but you try to give DA (Derek Anderson) some reps, so he's ready to go,"  Mangini said.

Quinn said not having to split time in practice with the first team will help.

"Definitely," he said. "Not only are you getting reps, but whenever you're working with your receivers and getting more reps, that helps."

Last week, Quinn threw to his tight ends 11 times, completing six. Robert Royal was the primary recipient with nine passes targeted his way and four completions for 60 yards, including a 26 yard touchdown late in the game.

"You have to pick your spots," Royal said. "You have to read the coverage and take advantage of what they are giving you.

"You have to look at what the defense is giving you," he said. "He did a good job of doing that."

Quinn concurred.

"Sometimes, you have to take what the defense gives you."

Braylon Edwards had just one catch for 12 yards, on a pass that was tipped off a Vikings defender.

"You try to get the ball to the receivers in the passing game," Quinn said. "This offense is still young. It's just starting out. We can get better and better.

"One of things you try to do is go to a lot of different guys," Quinn said. "Braylon is a go-to receiver, but we have a lot of guys we can go to."

There has been some talk that Quinn and Edwards didn't play enough together in the preseason to get their chemistry down.

"Our offensive coordinator Brian Daboll showed me what I have to do to fit in and get better," Edwards said.  "We have to do whatever it takes to get it together."

Quinn hooked up with Edwards on a touchdown that was negated when a pass interference penalty forced Edwards to step out of bounds.

Quinn said he is working with all the receivers to get their timing down.

"Joe Montana and Jerry Rice had that down, but other than them, I don't think you can ever have too much chemistry."

Quinn said he envisions the offense working best when they're totally in sync.

"We're an offense that is going to try and push the ball down the field in a methodical way and play smart football."

Old Times: This week, two of Bill Belichick's protégés are going to be manning the sidelines for opposite teams in Mangini and Josh McDaniel. The two were on Belichick's staff together.

"Josh is a really smart guy," he said. "He's very intuitive and was never afraid to make suggestions, regardless what his age was. He's progressed over a course of time. He has this opportunity and I'm very happy for him. I thought he made a lot of good moves in the offseason and my wife, Julie, told me to call him and tell him and so I did."

McDaniel got off to a rocky start in Denver as he had a feud with QB Jay Cutler and ended up trading him to Chicago. During the preseason, he suspended WR Brandon Marshall.

"As a head coach you have different decisions to make you try to do what is best for the team," Mangini said. "What I've learned from all of the coaches I've worked with Ted (Marchibroda), Bill (Parcells) or Bill (Belichick) that there's always going to be differences of opinion and you do what you think is right."

Old Friend: LB Andra Davis is starting with the Broncos and he had nine tackles last week, including a sack. Davis left via free agency and the Browns replaced him with LB Eric Barton.

"We talked with him but it didn't work out," Mangini said. "He's a good guy and he's done a good job in Denver."

Investigation: Reports have come out that the NFL is investigating whether the Jets were wrong in not reporting QB Brett Favre's injury status last year when he didn't show up on the injury report.

"It's a league matter and I'll leave it at that," Mangini said.

Favre said last week in a conference call that he had a torn biceps muscle.

Browns Cut Williams, Smith: The Browns let go of LB Leon Williams and DB DeAngelo Smith and signed WR Ray Ventrone and OL Billy Yates. Ventrone was an undrafted free agent with the Patriots in 2005 and played in 2007 with the Patriots, mostly on special teams. Ventrone played defensive back at Villanova. He is 5-10, 200 pounds.

Yates (6-2, 305) was an undrafted rookie signed by the Dolphins in 2003. He signed with the Patriots and was with them until Sept. 4, 2009.

Mangini said he hopes Ventrone can fit right in on special teams and Yates might be able to help in the run game.

"Any of the roster moves are made to help us improve our depth," Mangini said. "Billy Yates is a physical guy who can help us in the running game.

"Ray, I've coached and played against," he said. "He's flexible, can play defensive back and receiver and hopefully, can helps immediately on special teams."

Injury Update: The Browns did not make their injury report available prior to practice.


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