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Cleveland Browns Strategy and Personnel 2008-07-31

Cleveland Browns Strategy and Personnel 2008-07-31
The Browns are still looking long and hard for a cornerback in case anything happens to starters Eric Wright or Brandon McDonald or nickel back Terry Cousin. General manager Phil Savage does not expect to find help until the preseason starts.

"Nothing has really changed on it too much," Savage said. "We keep kind of trolling the waters, but it's so early, everyone is kind of getting settled back in to the routine of being in training camp. We made a few calls but there's nothing really imminent right now."

--While starting WR Donte Stallworth is on the sideline nursing a sore hamstring, Kevin Kasper is working with the first-team offense along with Braylon Edwards.

--S Gary Baxter, trying to make a comeback from tearing both patellar tendons in 2006, is participating in team drills. He made the 53-man roster at the start of 2007 but was put on injured reserve without playing a game.

--Rex Hadnot has been working at right guard while Ryan Tucker mends from a hip he fractured May 14. Hadnot missed one practice with a sore ankle but was back the next day.

--Rookie LB Alex Hall is trying to make a name for himself. He helped his cause by intercepting a pass thrown by Brady Quinn.

--One undrafted receiver always seems to catch the eye of coaches and fans. This year, that player is Lance Leggett. He has been outrunning cornerbacks and diving to come up with the catch. He ended practice Saturday with a one-handed grab of a ball thrown behind him.

BATTLE OF THE WEEK: Kevin Kasper vs. Travis Wilson for third WR -- Kasper and Wilson are locked in battle to become the third receiver while Joe Jurevicius recovers from knee surgery. Wilson showed improvement in minicamp and has carried that over into training camp. He is running routes better than he has in the past. Kasper is very quick and has sure hands. The Browns have the option of lining Kellen Winslow up as a third receiver and using Steve Heiden at tight end.

OTHER BATTLE FRONTS: Jerome Harrison is gaining ground on Jason Wright to be the backup running back because Wright has been out with a lingering hamstring injury. ... Mike Adams has an edge on Nick Sorensen as the third safety. ... The Browns have to decide whether to keep three tight ends or four. Darnell Dinkins would be the fourth tight end, but he will have to prove himself on special teams to earn that spot behind Kellen Winslow, Steve Heiden and rookie Martin Rucker.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK: TE Kellen Winslow Jr. -- Winslow is out to prove he won't let his desire for a new contract be a distraction. He always dresses in full uniform, even when the dress of the day is shorts and no pads. He has caught nearly every pass thrown to him, and when he did miss one, he dropped and did 10 pushups.

ROOKIE REPORT: All five draft picks signed four-year contracts the night before training camp opened July 23. LB Beau Bell is working with the second team and trying to get acclimated to the defense. ... TE Martin Rucker is catching the ball well. ... NT Ahtyba Rubin is learning how to play his position and watching starter Shaun Rogers. ... WR Paul Hubbard has been a little inconsistent catching the ball. ... LB Alex Hall has shown some quickness in coverage and in his pass rush.

INJURY REPORT: TE Steve Heiden has a twisted left knee but should be back before the preseason starts against the Jets Aug. 7.

WR Donte Stallworth has not practiced because of a pulled hamstring.

RB Jason Wright has been bothered by a hamstring injury. He is day-to-day.

G Seth McKinney is out with a sprained ankle. His return is indefinite.

RG Ryan Tucker is mending from a fractured hip. He hopes to be ready by the end of preseason.

WR Joe Jurevicius might be out until late October recovering from knee surgery July 1.

Tucker and Jurevicius began training camp on the physically-unable-to-perform/active list.


Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: July 31, 2008

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