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Calling Upon the Veteran?

Vinny Testaverde

Quick, spike the ball on the ground on 4th down and call a timeout when there are none remaining. After a decade, Vinny Testaverde could be headed back to the Browns. Mary Kay Cabot reports on the situation in today's Plain Dealer. If Testaverde does not sign with anyone else and Ken Dorsey does not work out in training camp, Testaverde will be called upon as the backup. Testaverde's agent has not heard from the Browns yet, but internally you have to believe that their is an interest.

I would not mind Testaverde as a backup. Vinny will not be selfish like Dilfer and think he could/should contend for the starting job. If Frye ever leaves a game to injury, Vinny has the experience of stepping into a game and managing it without making too many mistakes(although his plays sometimes can seem stupid).

Also in today's Plain Dealer, Kabot reported on Dennis Northcutt addressing the progress that Charlie Frye has made in minicamp. I particularly enjoyed this quote from Northcutt: "I don't know what it is, but it's smooth now," the Browns receiver said. "He wasn't throwing a lot of spirals last year. It comes from forcing things and not having the patience or understanding of what's going on."

In minicamp, Frye had success in connecting with Kellen Winslow Jr. and Joe Jurevicius, two huge additions to our offense this year(barring Winslow stays on track). He also has a Pro Bowl center in front of him, giving Frye more confidence on what to expect from defenses up the middle.

Minicamp has ended for the Browns, and that definitely means that there's some news regarding out beloved team.

  1. Browns rookie LB Kamerion Wimbley is starting to feel a bit more comfortable as he makes the switch from defensive end to outside linebacker, reports Patrick McManamon of the Akron Beacon Journal.
  2. CB Pete Hunter is already making a strong case to be the team's fourth cornerback, according to the Sports Xchange. Also, rookie LB D'Qwell Jackson is battling LB Chaun Thompson for the starting inside linebacker job.
  3. QB Charlie Frye is already looking bigger, stronger, and more confident according to Zac Jackson of Frye is performing like a leader thus far, and has added to his playmaking ability.
  4. Chaun Thompson is still trying to adjust to the inside linebacker position. Crennel says that he's making progress, and believes that he'll continue to learn the position well.
  5. Steve Heiden sat out the last day with a tight hamstring.
  6. Travis Wilson still has a lot of progress to make. If Edwards does not return in time, I don't expect Wilson to start. Wilson will be brought along the same way Edwards was last year, and we all know how long that took.

Training camp is just a little over a month away now, and that's when all of us will be heading out to Berea for another season of hope.