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Rookie Mack had tough assignment during scrimmage

By dan Published: August 10, 2009

One of the overriding themes during the Brown-White scrimmage was about how well first-round pick Alex Mack would hold up against Pro Bowl defensive tackle Shaun Rogers.

By all accounts, Mack did not look so good. ESPN's Chris Mortenson defined Rogers as "virtually unblockable" during the scrimmage. No stats were kept during the tackle-free exhibition, but Rogers got to Browns quarterbacks for a "sack" twice.

Mike McLain of the Warren Tribune writes that Rogers was quite a handful for Mack. Also consider that Rogers had to say after the scrimmage.

"I didn't give him everything, but I gave him enough so I could get some work in," Rogers said. "I still have to do my job. I'm still being evaluated and graded every day. I have to perform to a certain level of expectations."

So not only was Rogers having a great day Sunday, he wasn't even put his best effort forth.

Head coach Eric Mangini said after the scrimmage that Rogers is a tough draw for a lineman.

"It exposes you," Mangini said. "Alex had a lot of responsibility today. He had to make calls, had to make adjustments, had to run the no huddle. He’s not going to run any laps today. He’s got to be in great shape from all the extra work he does."

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