The best thing to do about the Bentley situation is realize that we have improved in many other areas that we still must focus on. Take a look at these names: Joe Jurevicius, Willie McGinest, D'Qwell Jackson, and Kamerion Wimbley. Every single one of those players will improve our team tremendously. As far as the center position goes, we'll probably use Hallen or sign a free agent, which will still be better than Jeff Faine. Now, for training camp notes:
- Pads Draw Contact: Today was the first practice involving full pads, and one man who was ready to hit was linebacker D'Qwell Jackson. Jackson completely laid out Terrelle Smith after a swing pass. This seemed to be the play of the day, certainly a good sign for the rookie. On a similar screen play to William Green, Josh Cribbs took down Willie McGinest on a block, knocking him to the ground. Also, Steve Heiden and Brodney Pool stiff-armed each other to the ground after Heiden caught a pass.
- Bentley Spreads: Ryan Tucker walked off the field with a trainer and did not return. We can possibly survive one shot to the offensive line - please don't let it be two. However, all signs indicate that the Browns were just being cautious with Tucker, although he is undergoing an MRI.
- Quarterbacks: Once again, Charlie Frye threw the ball the best out of all the quarterback. Ken Dorsey threw several poor passes again, and you'd have to imagine that the Browns want a veteran quarterback every time they see him play. Darrell Hackney can throw the ball well, but his passes keep getting deflected at the line due to his height (six feet).
- Special Teams: Rookie safety Justin Hamilton has been very impressive on defense and on special teams. William Green was attempting to play punt coverage again, another sign that he'll only make the team if he is impressive with his versatility.
- Lazy: The players seemed to be lazy, tired, or bored with today's camp. It could have been due to Bentley yesterday, or the temperature.
- Receivers: Impressing again is Dennis Northcutt in making solid cuts, so he'll probably start the season as our No. 2 receiver. Frye hooked up with Northcutt on a perfectly thrown ball for a 65-yard touchdown. Joe Jurevicius seems automatic whenever a ball is thrown his way, and he could be the second biggest addition the Browns made in the offseason. Josh Cribbs could not hold on to a pass after Leigh Bodden jolted him on a comebacker route.
- Suggs, Suggs, Suggs: Running back Lee Suggs continues to move well, as is running back Jerome Harrison. Suggs as the advantage so far, but Harrison is not giving him the job by any means.
- Scuffle: Jason Wright and Mason Unck were involved in a scuffle that involved several other players. The heat is on.
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