Receiver Joe Jurevicius, who has had four knee surgeries since January, three for a staph infection, was seen driving away from the Browns' complex Tuesday. That seemed significant on two fronts. Some players rehabbing of late (most notably Kellen Winslow and LeCharles Bentley) have stayed away from Berea after being stricken with staph infections in the past. And while Jurevicius is likely to miss the first six weeks of the regular season, at least his knee is strong enough for him to drive his own car.
While I was away covering the Bridgestone Invitational last week, backup quarterback Brady Quinn appears to have regressed in practice. Even an outlet throw to his Mr. Reliable, running back Jerome Harrison, wasn't put in the proper area. Coming out of Notre Dame, Quinn was supposed to excel in the short- to medium-range area, and now he even makes that look difficult. Quinn's best throw Tuesday was when he hit Travis Wilson in stride with safety Nick Sorensen and cornerback A.J. Davis defending. Perhaps having everything geared toward starter Derek Anderson has demoralized Quinn. That will make Thursday's preseason opener more important for him. He may be one of those who looks better in games. Last year he threw 3 TD passes in preseason, while Derek Anderson and Charlie Frye had none between them.
Brandon McDonald and Eric Wright appear in regular-season form. McDonald, the third corner in 2007, has a nose for the ball and looks just as confident as Wright. But Davis, Jereme Perry, Mil'Von James and even Terry Cousin (a 12-year veteran) have not stood out. Perry had tight coverage on one pass to Braylon Edwards Tuesday. Mike Adams has moved into the slot spot that Cousin was signed to play. GM Phil Savage has to be on the lookout for depth.
With Winslow sidelined with a hamstring injury, Edwards is the star of the offensive show. On Tuesday, he leaped over Wright to grab an Anderson ball and also made a one-handed catch from Anderson in red zone drills.
The best moment of the day was after practice was when coach Romeo Crennel spied his two granddaughters, accompanied by their mother. The way Crennel's face lit up was priceless.