Evening practice update: It could be called nothing really to see here. But there was some strong play by the running backs, including Jamal Lewis and James Davis.
In the passing game, Braylon Edwards made a nice catch on a fade in the endzone.
Several players spent time on the exercise bikes. They were David Patten, David Bowens, Steve Heiden, Hank Poteat and John Madsen.
Much of the talk around who will start at wide receiver opposite Braylon Edwards centers on rookies Brian Robiskie and Mohamed Massaquoi.
Josh Cribbs will be the first to say don’t ‘’forget me.’’ The kick return specialist from Kent State University is making his case on that coveted slot. He quickly answered ‘’yes’’ when asked if it were his goal to fill that position.
It’s a move that would make sense offensively and add an element of surprise to the Browns offense. Cribbs, who played quarterback for the Golden Flashes, has shown his versatility on more than one occasion. However, because he’s not a regular part of the offense, sending him in to play almost telegraphs to opposing defensive coordinators that some sort of trickery from the Browns’ offense is coming.
‘’Coach (Mangini) wants me to get the football instead of force feeding me with gadget plays,’’ Cribbs said after Friday’s morning practice.
Zipping to Berea
Former Akron Zips cornerback Brandon Anderson was back home in Dublin, Va. this past Sunday when he got a call from his agent at around 9 p.m. It was his agent telling him that the Browns wanted him in training camp.
The 5-foot-11, 175 lbs. Anderson came to the Browns after the Indianapolis Colts waived him last July 31st. It wasn’t the first time that the Browns showed interest. A team representative attended
his Pro Day while he was at the University of Akron.
He said his primary advantage as a cornerback was his speed. He said he has the ability to cover slot receivers. Still, if he’s going to have a legitimate shot at making the team, he’s going to have to make up a lot of work and he knows it.
‘’It’s difficult coming in when others have been here so long,’’ he said. ‘’I’m just in my playbook every night, so I’m sure I’ll just pick up on it asking the veteran players what to do here and there and they helped me out a lot.’’
Mum’s the word
Cribbs and placekicker Phil Dawson are keeping comments regarding their contract status to themselves. Both players declined to update the status of any negotiations with the media.
‘’I’m happy to be on the field. I’m happy to be with my team. I did a little holding out in (organized team activities) I’m just excited to out here,’’ Cribbs said. ‘’ I’m not worried about that right now. I’m going to let my agents take care of that and I’m going to move on and play football.’’
Cribbs has four years left on an extension he signed in 2006 and Dawson has two years left on his current contract.
Camp highlights: Rookie wideouts Brian Robiskie and Mohamed Massaquoi had solid efforts, but it was defensive lineman Shaun Rogers that thrilled the crowd with some of his moves to get to the quarterback during drills.
Injury update: Coach Eric Mangini said that that the team was still doing tests to determine the severity of offensive lineman Rex Hadnot’s injury to his left leg. Hadnot crumpled in Thursday’s practices after a defensive player was blocked into him…David Patten spent time out of practice riding the exercise bike…Fullback Charles Ali didn’t participate in practice.