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Training Camp Report: Day 5 - Sunday Heats Up

Luckily for the Browns, the rain on Sunday held off until right after practice ended. It was another hot day in Cleveland though, but training camp must go on.

TRAINING CAMP NOTES (DAY 5)

  1. Jurevicius Gets Tough: After linebacker Chaun Thompson knocked down receiver Joe Jurevicius away from the ball, Jurevicius got up and right into Thompson's face. Jurevicius then shoved Thompson and the scuffle was on. Veterans Andra Davis and Willie McGinest pulled Thompson aside afterwards to talk things over with him.
  2. Cornerbacks Solid: Although he hasn't won it yet, Leigh Bodden continues to makes plays, making his bid to start over veteran Daylon McCutcheon. The No. 1 job still clearly belongs to Gary Baxter, who gave a good shot to receiver Travis Wilson today. There's some punishment for missing three days of camp.
  3. Suggs Deserves It: For the fifth consecutive day, Lee Suggs appeared to be the front runner to be the Browns third-down back and backup to Reuben Droughns. Meanwhile, William Green saw very little action. Unless Green runs the distance every time he touches the ball in the preseason, I expect him to be cut or traded. Does he even have any value though?
  4. Quarterback Exchange: Although it seemed like quarterback Charlie Frye had difficulty grasping the football from the backup centers, he seemed rather comfortable with Bob Hallen. In general, Frye threw the ball very well again. Ken Dorsey continues to lay eggs; I'm surprised he hasn't been cut already. Sheesh.
  5. Receiving Duo: Just like the trends above continues, Kellen Winslow was the best player on the field today, yet again. If he carries this over to the regular season, he should be the third best receiving tight end in the AFC, only behind Tony Gonzalez and Antonio Gates. In his second practice, Braylon Edwards was only involved in non-contact drills. You have to wonder how soon he'll be allowed to play with contact.
  6. Defensive Battles: At the moment, Sean Jones is getting more reps with the first team defense than Brodney Pool, meaning he may have the leg up in the safety race. Speaking of safeties, Brian Russell nearly knocked tight end Steve Heiden out after a pass over the middle. Linebacker Chaun Thompson may have the advantage over D'Qwell Jackson currently, but the race is still close.
  7. Injury News: Offensive tackle Ryan Tucker missed practice once again, and may require surgery later in the week. Even if he has surgery though, he'll be ready to play by opening day. Daylon McCutcheon also missed practice due to a swollen knee.

Todd Grantham had a press conference today and had a lot to say. It will not load right on my computer, but a poster over at the Dawg Talk Forums did a good job wrapping it up. Romeo Crennel also had a press conference, and had some interesting things to say. Finally, the Orange and Brown Report have an update on the status of Ryan Tucker.