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Tuesday AM Aug. 11: Ratliff gets chance

By Marla Ridenour Published: August 11, 2009

Third-string quarterback Brett Ratliff, acquired in a draft-day trade with the New York Jets, got a rare opportunity with the first team in the two-minute drill and capped it with a touchdown toss to Braylon Edwards.

The pass appeared to be tipped at the line, but Edwards still managed to pull it in near the sideline against cornerback Brandon McDonald.

"I figured he was down,'' McDonald said. ''We can't really tackle him. If the officials say he was going in for a touchdown, that's what it is.''

Asked if he would have prevented Edwards from scoring in a real game, McDonald said, ''Oh, yeah.''

Ratliff figured, ''Play to the whistle, and sometimes they’ll be called for you and sometimes they won’t.''

Lloyd Carr, Edwards' former coach at the University of Michigan, just happened to be visiting. He also saw Edwards keep the drive alive with a great, tip-toeing catching along the sideline.

''Braylon, a big play at the end, broke a big one, so it was fun,'' Carr said. ''I don't think he was down.''

Browns coach Eric Mangini said Ratliff and Richard Bartel got chances in the two-minute because all of the opportunities in camp had gone to Brady Quinn and Derek Anderson.

''We're going to do that periodically, otherwise they'd never get any exposure to that,'' Mangini said of Ratliff and Bartel. ''We'll throw a guy in with the ones and twos without them even knowing, sometimes without (offensive coordinator) Brian (Daboll) even knowing, to see how they respond.''

QB watch: Anderson's biggest challenge is faking out inside linebacker D'Qwell Jackson, who has shown a knack for reading him. During seven on seven, Jackson tipped a pass, but receiver Paul Hubbard still leaped to catch it. Anderson did throw a TD bomb to Edwards during that series, Edwards beating defensive backs Coye Francies and Hamza Abdullah, and lofted a beautiful throw of about 30 yards to running back Jerome Harrison, who was covered by linebacker Alex Hall. Quinn also had a ball batted down, his by linebacker Eric Barton. Quinn's best pass went for about a 20-yard gain to Edwards, despite the pressure of linebacker Kamerion Wimbley, who collapsed the pocket.

Defensive stars: Wimbley was in the backfield at least twice. Defensive back Rod Hood notched two interceptions, one in individual drills and the other off Bartel, whose pass was intended for Mohamed Massaquoi.

Oops: Receivers Brian Robiskie and Mike Furrey messed up on a trick play and both ran a lap. Robiskie was also flagged on a run play, forcing another penalty lap. ''Hey Robiskie, that's discipline right there, son,'' yelled cornerback Corey Ivy to the rookie from Ohio State.

Among the other lap runners were defensive linemen Ahtyba Rubin and Kenyon Coleman and Francies, who fumbled a kickoff return.

Run work: Much of the practice, especially in seven-on-seven, was devoted to the run and Harrison had a good day, showing his darting quickness.¶


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