Tuesday, June 24, 2008

It's hold your breath time in Browns Town

Training camp starts on July 23; 18 days from now the Browns get back to work. The hope is from now until then all the players come back in one piece. I am not one to be a woe is me person, but you have hold your breath along with the coaches and GM's of the all 32 teams this time of year. The Browns have already had one news item they didn't want to happen with news that Joe Jurevicius had another surgery. So here is to hoping the only news we here between now and then is Browns have signed their rookies.

The Browns have had successful offseason for the most part, expect for losing Daven Holly. The corner depth was shallow to being with, Phil said he was already planning to make additions to defensive backs before Holly went down. They added Terry Cousins to fill the veteran corner roll and should add another player via cut or trade during training camp. The 80 man roster limit should allow the Browns to add a solid depth player at the corner position. Don't look for the Browns to find a stud corner at this time of year.

As for the offseason on the field work the Browns has good participation. The new additions on the d-line had a chance to pick up the defense, but we won't know their impact until the pads go on in training camp. Kellen missed all of the OTA's but as expected reported to the minicamp in great shape. The only two guys that missed the minicamp were Brandon McDonald and Donte Stallworth missed the first two days. Gary Baxter made it back into team drills with the third team, which is big step heading into training camp.

The biggest story that I am not going to spend a lot of time on was LeCharles Bentley asking for and being released. The homecoming for LeCharles was just a dream that went wrong on several fronts. He was the savior of the offensive line and then he got hurt on the first day of contact in training camp, the story stayed downhill from that point on. At the end of the day Phil Savage built up a solid offensive line with depth that was going to be good with or without LeCharles. So it's an unfortunate situation, but it was best from both parties to go in separate directions.

Once training camp starts other media outlets with focus on the quarterback position as if it's a problem. It may be a problem but a good one the Cleveland Browns have never had. John Clayton from ESPN wrote a good article about the benefits of having Derek Anderson and Brady Quinn on the team. On you will here the same thing all summer; it's good to have both of them just in case.

As for what will be going on with the site look for posting once a week leading up to training camp and daily once camp starts. The next thing to be on the look out for is the ClevelandHuddle web radio show which should debut before training camp. You can click on the link above or on the blogtalkradio icon on the right side of to get more details about the show. Make sure you also check the Playbook on the right side of the page for daily Browns news.

Joe Thomas fishing feature from ESPN