Berea Report: Churn In the WR Corps
Antonio Bryant during 2004 training camp with the Cowboys (AP)

Posted Oct 20, 2004

Mike McLain reports from practice today where Antonio Bryant was doing his homework, Andre Davis got the boot, and Jeff Garcia once more waved off concern about a certain mouthy Eagles wide receiver. Here's the very latest in the first independent report from today's practice!


The news isn’t promising for Browns receiver Andre Davis, who injured his right big toe against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Davis’ foot was in a walking cast Wednesday, and he didn’t participate in practice.

The signing of Frisman Jackson to the active roster indicates that Davis might not play Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Davis put up an optimistic front and said that he plans to play.

“I have confidence in the guys that we have in our whole receiving corps,” Davis said.

“Just for me personally, I just want to get out there because I’m a competitor. I’m doing multiple rehabilitation sessions to make sure I can get back out there.”

The injury comes at a bad time for the Browns. With Antonio Bryant in the early stages of learning the offensive system after being acquired in a trade with Dallas on Tuesday, the offense could lack firepower at the wideout spots. Dennis Northcutt and Andre King should log more time.

“The major thing is for him (Bryant) to learn,” quarterback Jeff Garcia said. “He has so much he’s going to have to take on. I know physically that the skills are there. We’ll try to help him as much as possible. I’ll work with him after practice when I have the opportunities.”

Coach Butch Davis likes what he’s seen of Bryant’s ability to pick up the terminology.

“I don’t want to put the cart before the horse, but he went home and studied the playbook and met with (receivers coach) Fred Graves all last night,” Davis said.

“He came out here (in practice) and stood next to Fred, and in 7-on-7 he pretty much knew all the coverages and all the plays. He missed just two (of 18). That was pretty good for the first day.”

Garcia isn’t sure how he’s going to react when he sees former teammate Terrell Owens on the field prior to Sunday’s game.

“I’m not going to say what I’m going to do or not going to do,” Garcia said. “I’m going to approach it like I do every other game. I’m going to go out and warm up and be focused on my job. I don’t seek out any individuals on the other team. I don’t do that for any team, and I’m not going to do that for this team.”

Bryant grew up in the Miami area and was recruited by Davis when the latter was at the University of Miami.

Bryant ended up attending the University of Pittsburgh, where he won the Fred Biletnikoff Award in 2001. The award goes to college football’s top receiver.

Guard Kelvin Garmon continues to have a headache. Garmon suffered a concussion when he was kicked in the head against the Bengals, but he returned to the game. Garmon was unconscious on the field for a short period of time.

Linebacker Barry Gardner (groin) won’t play against the Eagles. Andre Davis and Garmon (concussion and quadriceps) are questionable.

The Browns signed receiver Frisman Jackson and offensive tackle Javiar Collins to the active roster. Jackson had been on the Browns’ practice squad. He’s been with the team since 2002 and has played in 12 games.

Collins played in 11 games as a backup for the Dallas Cowboys the last three seasons. The Cowboys traded Collins to the Carolina Panthers Aug. 25. The Panthers waived him during training camp. To make room on the roster, kick returner Dee Brown and offensive lineman Bo Lacy were waived.

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