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A.J. Davis steps up

By Marla Ridenour Published: August 12, 2008

After a tough night in the preseason opener against the New York Jets, first-year cornerback A.J. Davis turned it on in Tuesday's evening session.

The N.C. State product broke up a Ken Dorsey pass intended for Joshua Cribbs, then picked off a Brady Quinn throw intended for receiver Lance Leggett.

Rookie safety Travis Key, an undrafted free agent from Michigan State signed Saturday night, also seems to have a nose for the ball. He picked up a fumble by receiver Steve Sanders in the evening session and broke up a Derek Anderson pass intended for tight end Steve Heiden in the morning.

After the Browns gave up 70- and 71-yard touchdown bombs to the Jets, coach Romeo Crennel said the young defensive backs seemed to be concentrating harder this week. But Crennel will be watching how they perform Monday night on the road against the New York Giants.

In other Tuesday practice highlights, Brady Quinn threw a beautiful deep spiral to Leggett, but it went off his fingertips as he appeared to be held by defensive back Mil'Von James. Sanders tried to redeem himself for the fumble with a good catch from Anderson. Defensive back Damon Jenkins almost picked off an Anderson ball intended for Syndric Steptoe. Travis Wilson dove for a Dorsey ball and came up with it despite good coverage by cornerback Brandon McDonald. Defensive lineman Shaun Rogers sat out the morning with a sore knee, but was back in the evening and was among those giving chase on a Donte' Stallworth reverse. Rogers nearly lost his extra-long shorts in the process.


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