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Thursday, Aug. 27: QBs will play into third quarter

By Marla Ridenour Published: August 27, 2009

Browns coach Eric Mangini said his starters will play into the third quarter of Saturday night's preseason Game 3 against the Tennessee Titans.

But as far as how big a role this game will play in the competition between Derek Anderson and Brady Quinn, Mangini said it would be ''a piece of the puzzle.''

Mangini advised fans and media not to read anything into who starts against the Titans.

''I wouldn't read anything into that at all,'' he said.

Mangini said he would again try to keep the reps of Anderson and Quinn equal.

On the bikes: Rex Hadnot, Jerome Harrison, Titus Brown, David Bowens, Shaun Rogers.

Nowhere to be found: Ryan Tucker, Brodney Pool.

More highjinks: You get the feeling that inside third-year cornerback Eric Wright is a Chad Ochocinco waiting to get out. Perhaps it has something to do with Wright growing up in San Francisco and idolizing Deion Sanders.

Last weekend against Detroit, cornerback Eric Wright was called for an excessive celebration penalty when he took a low bow after a first-quarter interception. He said he was flagged because teammates were close by and appeared to be participating.

Early in practice Thursday, Wright stepped in front of a Derek Anderson pass intended for running back Jamal Lewis, then brought out perhaps his best pantomime routine. Wright popped the football like it was a beer and acted as if he was pouring it in cornerback Brandon McDonald's mouth.
Mindful of Mangini's likely disapproval, a teammate yelled from the sideline, ''Don't do that.''

Changing of the guard, er center: It appears that Hank Fraley's days as the starting center are over. First-round pick Alex Mack has been taking every snap with the first team.

Practice highlights: Defensive lineman Louis Leonard batted down a Brady Quinn pass. ... Braylon Edwards made the most spectacular play of the day, a leaping one-handed grab of a Brett Ratliff pass under the goal post. Edwards later made a nice catch of a Richard Bartel pass. ... Undrafted rookie receiver Jordan Norwood of Penn State continues to make his presence felt. He pulled in a Bartel pass in the back of the end zone and managed to get both feet down. Norwood, 5-foot-11 and 179, looks like a good candidate for the practice squad. ... Mangini worked the team outside in a light drizzle.


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