As the Cleveland Browns prepare for their first preseason game against the Green Bay Packers this Saturday, head coach Eric Mangini was required to release a depth chart for the team. The depth chart was provided by Steve Doerschuk of the Canton Repository, and can be found at the end of this report.
During the morning session of Day 11 of training camp, the top story was the number of injuries that hit the team. CB Eric Wright (hamstring), LB Marcus Benard (leg), and DE Brian Schaefering all left the field with injuries. At this time, it's not known how severe the injuries are. Since they occurred this morning, the injuries will obviously not be reflected in the depth chart.
TRAINING CAMP REPORT - DAY 11 [MORNING] (8/10/10)
Update on Cornerback Situation: After the morning session was over, head coach Eric Mangini still didn't know the extent of Eric Wright's reported hamstring injury. After Wright left the field, he was replaced with rookie cornerback Joe Haden, which makes sense since Brandon McDonald was already sidelined. Mangini seemed to leave it open that depending on the severity, Wright could be back out for the evening session.
Pashos Misses Practice Again: Veteran right tackle Tony Pashos missed practice again with a shoulder injury, but Mangini stated that he should be back some time later this week. In the mean time, John St. Clair continues to see reps at right tackle with the first-team offense.
Dawson Can Boot It: After missing a 48-yard field goal off the uprights, Phil Dawson drilled what was either a 56- or 57-yard field goal. To end practice, Dawson also hit a 35-yarder. It sounds like Dawson has been in midseason form all of camp; I wonder how many years he's going to keep on kicking?
Mike Adams at Nickelback: The Browns apparently weren't ready to put Haden at nickelback after Wright went down, so safety Mike Adams took on that role when necessary, with Haden and Sheldon Brown on the outside.
Ward Finding His Niche: After reports of the rookie safety being burned the first couple of practices, rookie safety T.J. Ward seems to be establishing himself on defense. He has started to break up passes, and today he intercepted a pass thrown by Jake Delhomme in 7-on-7 drills. Dawg Scooper also notes that he forced a fumble on tight end Robert Royal. Mangini said he can't wait for Ward to show off his ability to tackle/hit this Saturday in live game action.
Highlight on Offense: Wide receiver Joshua Cribbs and quarterback Seneca Wallace hooked up on a highlight play offensively, but it wasn't in a Cyclone type of play. Cribbs ran a route to the end zone and made a great catch in double coverage for a long touchdown.
Watson Frustrated: It wasn't the greatest practice for tight end Ben Watson, who dropped a pass early on and then proceeded to kick the football, something that would earn you a penalty on gameday. He later rebounded with a few catches, reportedly.
Rebound Day for Quarterbacks: Mangini was not pleased with the offense on Monday, calling a block of plays horrendous. The quarterbacks all rebounded Tuesday morning though, with Jake Delhomme, Seneca Wallace, and Colt McCoy each having their moments.
- Brownies: LB David Bowens still isn't practicing...WR Chansi Stuckey continues to see significant return duties behind Joshua Cribbs, and might be his primary backup on special teams...gotta love this comment from LB Matt Roth, regarding his excitement for being able to hit people this Saturday: "You have to take care of your teammates here and you can't tee off like you want to. I can 't wait."
Here is the depth chart released by Mangini for the Packers game (credit to Steve Doerschuk for posting, offense and defense):
QB: Jake Delhomme, Seneca Wallace, Colt McCoy, Brett Ratliff
RB: Jerome Harrison, James Davis, Chris Jennings, Montario Hardesty
WR: Mohamed Massaquoi, Chansi Stuckey, Jake Allen, Bobby Engram, Syndric Steptoe
WR: Brian Robiskie, Joshua Cribbs, Carlton Mitchell, Johnathan Haggerty
TE: Ben Watson, Evan Moore, Robert Royal, Alex Smith, Joel Gamble
FB: Lawrence Vickers, Peyton Hillis
RT: John St. Clair, Tony Pashos, Joel Reinders
RG: Floyd Womack, Shawn Lauvao
C: Alex Mack, Billy Yates
LG: Eric Steinbach, Paul Fanaika
LT: Joe Thomas, Scott Kooistra, Casey Bender
LE: Robaire Smith, Derreck Robinson, Brian Sanford
NT: Ahtyba Rubin, Titus Adams, Kwaku Danso
RE: Kenyon Coleman, Brian Schaefering, Clifton Geathers, Swanson Miller
OLB: Matt Roth, Marcus Benard
ILB: D'Qwell Jackson, Eric Barton, Titus Brown
ILB: Chris Gocong, Kaluka Maiava, David Veikune, Blake Costanzo
OLB: Scott Fujita, David Bowens, Jason Trusnik
LCB: Eric Wright, Brandon McDonald, Gerard Lawson
RCB: Sheldon Brown, Joe Haden, Chris Chancellor, John Bowie
S: Abram Elam, Mike Adams, Ray Ventrone
S: T.J. Ward, Larry Asante, DeAngelo Smith, Nick Sorensen
Tuesday's Link Collection / Camp Sources [Morning Session]
- Observations from the Browns' A.M. Morning practice (Dawg Scooper, Wolf)
Observations from Browns training camp, first session (Akron Beacon Journal, Ulrich)