--Finding the best combination on the right side of the offensive line will be one of the primary missions of training camp.
Rookie Shawn Lauvao was at right guard and John St. Clair at right tackle during portions of minicamp. Floyd Womack was the right guard and Tony Pashos the right tackle in other sessions. Coach Eric Mangini has also tried Lauvao at guard and Pashos at tackle.
?--Second-year receiver Brian Robiskie was the star of the OTAs and minicamp. After catching just seven passes last season he seems primed to make a gigantic leap in his second season.
"I think Robo (had) a great camp," Coach Eric Mangini said. "Since we've started OTAs, he has done a really nice job and I think he feels a lot more comfortable with the information. He's not (just) learning the plays; now he's getting the feel for how to run the routes. One of the things that we really liked about him at Ohio State was how precise he was, how detailed he was and I'm really happy to see the progress that he has made. I'm excited to see him move into the preseason."
Robiskie made one of the best plays of minicamp while catching a touchdown pass from Jake Delhomme. Delhomme, standing at the 15-yard line, had to throw the ball over cornerback Sheldon Brown, who had tight coverage on Robiskie. Robiskie caught the ball inches from the left boundary in the end zone and managed to control the ball and keep his feet in bounds.
--Little skirmishes, usually between linemen, are a part of training camp. Mangini just doesn't want them being part of Browns training camp.
Rookie defensive end Clifton Geathers got into a fight with an offensive lineman during minicamp. Mangini was not pleased, and he let his players know it.
"We shut that down," Mangini said. "We are not fighting at practice. We don't do it. We are never going to do it. I've seen too many bad things happen in that situation where either the guy that throws the punch breaks his hand or gets hurt or he hurts somebody else and they're rolling around.
"There are so many chances that the guys have to show how tough they are; that's not one of them. You need to be able to control your emotions in the game. There are going to be times where you're hit in the game. There will be times where maybe you're cheap-shotted. Whatever it is, they always catch the guy that pushes second and you get the penalty."
--Eric Steinbach has had some work at left tackle, but he is locked in at left guard. The Browns are thin with legitimate tackles. Steinbach is more than capable. Mangini wants him familiar with the assignments should anything happen to Joe Thomas.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "I feel like I'm getting on those guys' nerves I'm asking them so many questions." -- QB Colt McCoy on prying for information on the offense from quarterbacks Jake Delhomme and Seneca Wallace.
STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL
Linebacker D'Qwell Jackson, running back Jerome Harrison, safety Abe Elam and fullback Lawrence Vickers each signed a one-year contract for $1.579 on Monday. Linebacker Matt Roth signed a one-year tender of $1.809 million because he had been in the league five years compared to the other four, who were all rookies in 2006.
By signing the tenders when they did the free agents beat the June 15 deadline, at which time the Browns were going to revoke the tenders and make the new offer a 10 percent raise over what each player made last year. With the exception of Elam the 10 percent increase would have been drastically less than the tendered amount.
All five players would have been unrestricted free agents under normal circumstances, but since 2010 is the final year of the collective bargaining agreement a player needed six accrued seasons to be unrestricted.
Harrison and Vickers participated in the recently concluded minicamp. The others did not. They also worked out on their own during most of the offseason conditioning program.
General Manager Tom Heckert Jr. is open to signing the five players to long term contracts, but he said he wants to see them in action first.
FRANCHISE PLAYER: None
TRANSITION PLAYER: None
FREE AGENTS (not tendered offers)
--CB Hank Poteat (not tendered as UFA).
RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS (*indicates restricted because of uncapped year): None.
EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS FREE AGENTS: None.
--LB Marcus Benard: ERFA; terms unknown.
--LB Blake Costanzo: ERFA; terms unknown.
--S Abe Elam; RFA (tendered at $1.759M with second-round pick as compensation); $1.759M/1 yr.
--TE Greg Estandia: Not tendered as RFA; terms unknown.
--RB Jerome Harrison; RFA (tendered at $1.759M with second-round pick as compensation); $1.759M/1 yr.
--LB D'Qwell Jackson; RFA (tendered at $1.759M with second-round pick as compensation); $1.759M/1 yr.
--RB Chris Jennings: ERFA; terms unknown.
--LB Matt Roth; RFA (tendered at $1.809M with second-round pick as compensation); $1.809M/1 yr.
--LB Jason Trusnik: RFA (tendered at $1.684M with second-round pick as compensation); $1.684M/1 yr.
--FS Raymond Ventrone: Not tendered as RFA; $2.2M/3 yrs.
--FB Lawrence Vickers; RFA (tendered at $1.759M with second-round pick as compensation); $1.759M/1 yr.
--C/G Billy Yates: UFA; terms unknown.
--CB Sheldon Brown (trade Eagles).
--QB Jake Delhomme: FA Panthers; 2 yrs, terms unknown.
--LB Scott Fujita: UFA Saints; $14M/3 yrs, $8M guaranteed.
--LB Chris Gocong (trade Eagles).
--FB Peyton Hillis (trade Broncos).
--QB Tyler Palko: FA; terms unknown.
--OT Tony Pashos: UFA 49ers; $10.3M/3 yrs, $4.5M guaranteed.
--*TE Alex Smith: Not tendered as RFA by Eagles; 1 yr, terms unknown.
--DB DeAngelo Smith (waivers Lions).
--QB Seneca Wallace (trade Seahawks).
--TE Benjamin Watson: UFA Patriots; $12M/3 yrs, $6.25M guaranteed.
--QB Derek Anderson (released).
--C Hank Fraley (released).
--WR/DB Mike Furrey: Not tendered as UFA/Redskins; terms unknown.
--TE Michael Gaines: UFA Texans; terms unknown.
--G Rex Hadnot: UFA Cardinals; $9M/3 yrs.
--LB Alex Hall (traded Eagles).
--TE Steve Heiden (released).
--RB Jamal Lewis (released).
--*S Brodney Pool: Not tendered as RFA/Jets; $1.3M/1 yr.
--QB Brady Quinn (traded Broncos).
--WR Donte' Stallworth (released).
--OL Ryan Tucker: UFA; retired and will be on league suspension for first eight games of the 2010 season.
--DE Corey Williams (traded Lions).
--LB Kamerion Wimbley (traded Raiders).