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By Marla Ridenour Published: October 29, 2007

Leftovers from Sunday's post-game interview with receiver Braylon Edwards:

(On his tough catches) The catch on the sideline, that was all D.A. I didn't give him too much at the line of scrimmage, the DB had good coverage. D.A. scrolls me to the sideline, he put the ball in a great spot.

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Hitting his Peek?

By Marla Ridenour Published: October 26, 2007

In preseason, Browns outside linebacker Antwan Peek looked like the perfect sidekick for Kamerion Wimbley. But a strained foot suffered in the opener has hampered Peek and the Cleveland pass rush. It's a big reason the Browns have just six sacks, ranking 30th in the league going into Sunday's game at St. Louis.

Peek came to Cleveland in free agency from Houston, where defensive coordinator Todd Grantham worked from 2002-04. A standout at the University of Cincinnati (especially in a 2002 game against Ohio State), Peek had 10 sacks in four seasons for the Texans. The Browns needed a player to take some of the focus off Wimbley, the first-round pick from Florida State in 2006 who set a franchise rookie record with 11 sacks.

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How long will Winslow last?

By Marla Ridenour Published: October 26, 2007

An ill-fated motorcycle accident in 2005 may have set the stage for a brilliant but short-lived career for Browns third-year tight end Kellen Winslow.

Winslow underwent reconstructive surgery on his right knee after the accident, then needed microfracture surgery on it in the past off-season. While he's tied with receiver Braylon Edwards for the team lead in receptions with 29 and is second in yards with 506, Winslow admitted Thursday that the knee is giving him more problems than the left shoulder he separated in week 3 at Oakland.

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Is it Quinn time?

By Marla Ridenour Published: October 11, 2007

Some might suggest that Sunday's home game against Miami would be the perfect time for the debut of Browns' first-round pick Brady Quinn -- in a substitute role. The Dolphins are 0-5. The Browns have a bye the following weekend, which would be the perfect time for them to correct the rookie quarterback's errors. Cleveland should be able to run the ball against a defense ranked 31st against the run, which would put less pressure on Quinn to do it all. And the stretch of imposing defenses early in the year is now past.

In 2005, Cleveland let Charlie Frye see action as a rookie and he was a third-round pick. Frye first got in on Nov. 20 and played in seven games, starting the final five.

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Consistency's the word

By Marla Ridenour Published: October 11, 2007

The Cleveland Browns coaches aren't the only ones losing sleep over the team's inconsistency on offense. In a 51-45 victory over Cincinnati and a 27-13 triumph over Baltimore, the Browns looked like a juggernaut. In a 34-7 loss to Pittsburgh and a 26-24 setback at Oakland, they were a mess. An efficient first drive last week at New England was encouraging, especially since the Browns were within 10 points of the Super Bowl favorites in the second half.

But this on-again, off-again style is driving tight end Kellen Winslow nuts.

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Good Derek, bad Derek

By Marla Ridenour Published: October 7, 2007

The least encouraging thing about Sunday's 34-17 loss at New England was that 'Bad Derek,' aka Browns quarterback Derek Anderson, appeared again, just as he did in Oakland. This time Anderson's Jekyll and Hyde impersonation included three first-half interceptions that led to 14 Patriots points and halted a drive to the New England 1.

While the Browns may be hoping to get through the season with Anderson so rookie Brady Quinn can watch and learn, Anderson's inconsistency has to be driving the organization nuts. He has shown resilence to rally his team in the second half of both the Raiders and Patriots games (this time closing the gap to 20-10 with 14:10 remaining), but usually he's taking advantage of a less-aggressive defense at that point.

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Measuring stick

By Marla Ridenour Published: October 5, 2007

The Browns may be at least 16-point underdogs Sunday against New England, but don't sound intimidated. The undefeated Patriots have outscored opponents 148-48.

Such a dominating start has launched talk of the Patriots going 16-0. Asked if they're that good, Cleveland defensive end Robaire Smith said, ''I think they are. At the same time, that's not going to stop anybody from wanting to play against the best. Week in and week out people are going to give them their best shot.

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All's fair?

By Marla Ridenour Published: October 5, 2007

If New England linebacker Mike Vrabel is going to continue to take away his touchdowns, Patriots tight Ben Watson wants equal time on defense.

After Vrabel scored the ninth touchdown of his career in Monday night's victory over Cincinnati, Watson joked that he wants a chance to rush the passer and get a sack.

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