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  • Charlie Brown
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    This article is alright - except for the end.

    Columbus is a highly contested area in Ohio that is torn between two teams. The Browns and the Bengals. This article attempts to please both fans. It pleases Browns fans for the beginning and middle sections of this article. But the ending - showing no positive outlook for the season - is clearly something intended for Bengal fans.

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  • Charlie Brown
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    Originally posted by Orange_Crush21
    Well, at least you guys have some good news. Hopefully Braylon can step up and be a dominant receiver. That would definitely open things up for Droughns on the ground.

    What's the deal with Vickers? Did he fall off the map after a strong beginning or is he likely to be the #2 FB?
    He's prolly gonna be #2 FB. I think Corey McIntyre (the current #2 FB) is going to be one of the Browns cuts.

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  • Orange_Crush21
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    Originally posted by The Columbus Dispatch
    Receiver Braylon Edwards: Edwards practicing as hard as he has could be the most positive sign the Browns experienced this summer. Although he hasn’t fully committed to it, expect him to be ready for the regular-season opener.

    He has been dominant the past two weeks. Few cornerbacks have been able to cover him in team drills. He might play a series or two Saturday night against the Buffalo Bills to get in some contact.

    Tight end Kellen Winslow Jr.: Winslow made it through his first full training camp in three seasons. He missed nearly two weeks his rookie year in a contract dispute and last year missed the entire season after a motorcycle accident.
    Well, at least you guys have some good news. Hopefully Braylon can step up and be a dominant receiver. That would definitely open things up for Droughns on the ground.

    What's the deal with Vickers? Did he fall off the map after a strong beginning or is he likely to be the #2 FB?

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  • Charlie Brown
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    Originally posted by Charlie Brown
    Quarterback Ken Dorsey: No quarterback on the roster has thrown more interceptions in training camp than Dorsey. That includes Charlie Frye, Derek Anderson and practicesquad candidates Lang Campbell and Darrell Hackney. That’s disappointing for the Browns, considering Dorsey for now is the safety valve if Frye goes down.

    Last week’s exhibition game helped Dorsey’s standing (11 of 16 passing, 75 yards), but he must continue to show improvement if he wants to be the team’s No. 2 quarterback heading into the regular season.
    I don't like Dorsey at all. Hopefully his performance in camp is taken by Crennel and Savage as a sign that Testaverde should be signed.

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  • Notes From Browns Training Camp .. Winslow and others

    Wacky camp should prepare Browns for almost anything
    Friday, August 25, 2006
    James Walker
    THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

    BEREA, Ohio — As the Cleveland Browns wrapped up their final practice of training camp yesterday, year two of "Camp Crennel" could best be described as "Camp Crazy."

    If the Browns learned anything, it is to expect the unexpected. As they inch toward the regular season, here is a breakdown of the major story lines, winners, losers and surprises of training camp.

    Winners


    Receiver Braylon Edwards: Edwards practicing as hard as he has could be the most positive sign the Browns experienced this summer. Although he hasn’t fully committed to it, expect him to be ready for the regular-season opener.

    He has been dominant the past two weeks. Few cornerbacks have been able to cover him in team drills. He might play a series or two Saturday night against the Buffalo Bills to get in some contact.

    Tight end Kellen Winslow Jr.: Winslow made it through his first full training camp in three seasons. He missed nearly two weeks his rookie year in a contract dispute and last year missed the entire season after a motorcycle accident.

    Despite Romeo Crennel and his coaching staff giving him an occasional practice off, Winslow has been full-go from day one. He believes he will be a force this season.

    Losers


    Running back Lee Suggs: Bad luck is the only luck Suggs knows.

    With 1,000-yard back Reuben Droughns in the fold, the Browns knew there was little room for Suggs, so Cleveland worked out a deal with the New York Jets. Suggs had a chance to become a starter with Curtis Martin out because of injury, but Suggs flunked his physical and landed back in Cleveland.

    To add to Suggs’ misery, Jerome Harrison (see below) has emerged and will take even more carries from Suggs.

    Quarterback Ken Dorsey: No quarterback on the roster has thrown more interceptions in training camp than Dorsey. That includes Charlie Frye, Derek Anderson and practicesquad candidates Lang Campbell and Darrell Hackney. That’s disappointing for the Browns, considering Dorsey for now is the safety valve if Frye goes down.

    Last week’s exhibition game helped Dorsey’s standing (11 of 16 passing, 75 yards), but he must continue to show improvement if he wants to be the team’s No. 2 quarterback heading into the regular season.

    The centers: Frye has had four starting centers in four weeks of training camp.

    It started when LeCharles Bentley suffered a torn patellar tendon and was lost for the season after the first play of team drills. Bob Hallen was given the starting job and then retired (or quit, depending on whom you ask), citing a back injury. Alonzo Ephraim signed with the Browns but was slapped with a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy.

    Now the job belongs to Ross Tucker, acquired in a trade with the New England Patriots.

    Surprises


    Running back Jerome Harrison: His play in training camp was the reason the Browns felt comfortable trading Suggs. The speedy, 5-foot-9 jitterbug is developing into an ideal change-up to the power running style of Droughns on third down.

    Harrison carried his strong camp into last week’s exhibition game, in which he gained 107 total yards. The fifth-round pick could turn out to be the surprise of the 2006 draft class.

    Cornerback Leigh Bodden: To those in the know, Bodden is not much of a surprise. He’s been one of the Browns’ best practice players the past four seasons.

    Now he has a chance to show what he can do to a much wider audience. He’s been so steady in camp that teams already are starting to test the other side more frequently, where injuries have ravaged the position.

    Bodden entered training camp competing to be the team’s No. 2 cornerback, but he could remain the team’s top corner even when Gary Baxter (pectoral) and Daylon McCutcheon (knee) return to full strength.

    Outlook


    All in all, the Browns did not have a good training camp.

    The return of Winslow and Edwards were bright spots, but camp was filled mostly with injuries and uncertainty.

    From the beginning, the Browns were playing catch-up against upper-echelon teams, such as the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals, in the AFC North. If anything, Cleveland might have lost some of the ground it gained during the offseason, particularly because of injuries.

    The regular-season opener at home against the New Orleans Saints will be crucial. A victory would help erase much of the bad taste from the past month, while a loss could continue a downward spiral.

    LINKY
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