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Browns-Giants: A Quick Preview

By admin Published: August 18, 2008

In between shooting video trying to take notes Saturday, one thing was obvious about tonight's match-up against the Giants, the second quarter won't come soon enough.

Why?  Simply because there's little left to to decide when it comes to the season's starters.  Barring any type of injuries, the first team is set.  Yes, Browns fans, you should go ahead an pinch yourselves because you were actually able to read that.

So what does tonight do?  It allows Browns Coach Romeo Crennel to fill in some holes. Pay close attention to wide receivers Travis Wilson and Steve Sanders tonight.  Some think they're locked in a battle for the third wide receiver slot behind Braylon Edwards and Donte Stallworth. 

Judging from Wilson's training camp and performance against the New York Jets, I'd say that he all but has that spot locked up.  The fact that Sanders is in the conversation for that spot bodes well for him.   One player whose name appeared on the radar:  Lance Leggett, a 6-3, 200 lbs. receiver out of The U (University of Miami, Fla.) who thrilled the training camp crowd Saturday with an acrobatic catch where he tapped the ball away from a Browns receiver and hauled it in himself as he fell to the ground.  Apparently, he's been grabbing everything in sight for the past week.

Coach Crennel and his staff will also be looking closely at the second team defensive backfield, especially after they got lit up for two bombs of 70 or more yards against the New York Jets.  They signed two safeties - former Buckeye Brandon Mitchell and A.J. Davis - last week, but it's doubtful they believe they're the long-term answer to their problems there.  The Browns will be combing the waiver wire as teams begin cutting players in the hopes of finding someone who fits their needs.  Rumors have swirled around another Buckeye who may eventually be available.

As for the game itself, consider this a dress rehearsal.  With the Browns on prime-time television a whopping five times (and maybe more) this year, it gives the team a chance to prepare for the attention that comes with such an appearance.  While it certainly won't have the impact a regular season game will, for at least a quarter we'll get to see whether this incarnation of the Browns is ready for its closeup.

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