BEREA, Ohio – Some reports have said that quarterback Seneca Wallace was told to not move around as much as he’s done in the past, in terms of scrambling.
Eric Mangini said that isn’t the case.
“He had the one scramble for a first down where there was a holding penalty,” Mangini said. “He had a couple of other ones that weren’t as dramatic out of the pocket. I don’t think he went into the regular season with a different mindset.”
Mangini said that he doesn’t feel Wallace has to move out of the pocket to be effective.
“He’s been an accurate passer when he’s been in the pocket,” he said. “It’s more of an opponent of what he can do. He has a sense of the rush and the pressure points and is able to slide away from pressure and create plays.”
With Jake Delhomme still on the sideline with an ankle injury, Wallace might make his second consecutive start this week against the Ravens, especially since Delhomme is nursing a sore ankle against an athletic Ravens’ defense.
Wallace said the Browns have plays for him to roll out, but didn’t call many of them last week.
“We do have some rollouts in the offense, but we didn’t dial that up a lot last week,” he said. “Either way, rolling out or staying in the pocket, it doesn’t matter. Whatever I have to do to complete the pass, I’ll do.”
Wallace said many times when he is rolling out, he is trying to escape the pass rush.
Wallace has a career completion percentage of 59.5. He was 16-of-31 for 229 yards last week with a touchdown and an interception. His QB rating was 73.2.
In his career, Wallace has rushed 55 times for 218 yards, including last week where he ran just once for four yards.
Delhomme Still Out: QB Jake Delhomme missed practice Wednesday as the team started preparation for the Ravens.
“I don’t have a percentage on it,” Mangini said. “He’s getting better every day. He’s getting here early and staying late getting treatment. I feel good about his preparation, whether he practices or not.”
Injury Update: The Browns have five players that will not practice on Wednesday. DL Shaun Rogers (ankle, hip), QB Jake Delhomme (ankle), DL Robaire Smith (undisclosed),OL Shawn Lauvao (ankle) and TE Evan Moore (head) will not practice.
Mangini disclosed that Moore suffered a concussion against the Chiefs.
“The process is he has to go through the system and be symptom free and make sure he comes back at the proper time.”
Mangini said he is at the training facility in Berea, progressing and might be able to play against the Ravens.
Mangini said that there’s nothing new with Rogers.
“It’s the same injuries that have sidelined him,” he said.
Mangini said that he played around the same number of plays he did in the season opener.
“I don’t think he is out of game shape,” he said. “He was about the same range of plays as he was the first week.”
Rogers intimated that Rogers and Smith need some time to recoup.
“You’re balancing guys at different ages (with practice time).”
Mack v. Smith: Mangini was asked if players grabbing one another in the pile is a common practice in the NFL as OL Alex Mack said that DL Shaun Smith grabbed him in the private parts in Sunday’s game.
“I never polled the guys on that,” Mangini said. “I don’t know how to answer that question.”
D’Qwell Anxious: LB D’Qwell Jackson was in full pads and ready to get back to action after missing most of the preseason and the first two weeks of the season.
“I’m anxious to get out there,” he said. “After watching, I want to be a part of it.”
“Getting in game shape is not a problem,” Jackson said. “I’m trying to catch up and be ready to go. Practice this week will be a good test to see where I’m at.”
Tony’s Play: Mangini was asked about OL Tony Pashos, who has played very little in the first two games behind OL John St. Clair.
“He played a little bit this week,” Mangini said. “I have confidence in Tony. I expect him to play well. It’s not like the nickel position where it’s built in to (sub) every other drive. I’m not opposed to Tony getting more reps.”
Pashos went in for one series at right tackle against the Chiefs and St. Clair moved to right guard.
“At that point, we wanted t give Floyd (Womack) a blow.”
Mangini Still Talking About Mistakes: Mangini was asked if he felt the team need a player to be a spark on the offense, as a whole.
“I feel like we’ve had sparks, but the turnovers have poured water on it or the penalties have poured water on it,” he said. “You get things going and it changes field position. You have to overcome those things, I don’t view it as making a play, but not setting ourselves back with penalties and turnovers.”