BATTLE OF THE WEEK: It might not be a good thing, but none of the
three backup quarterbacks has established himself as No. 2 behind Dilfer.
Veteran Doug Johnson should have that role, but his passes have been errant.
Rookie Charlie Frye is improving steadily. Josh Harris would probably be No.
2 if he were four inches taller, but his passes keep getting batted down.
OTHER BATTLES: Enoch DeMar and Marcus Spears are fighting for backup roles
at guard...Sherrod Coates, a solid special teamer, and Jamal Brooks are
fighting for a linebacker spot...Josh Cribbs and Brandon Rideau, two rookie
free agent receivers, could be battling for one roster spot.
THE WEEK: WR Antonio Bryant had to leave training camp Aug. 5 to tend to
a family matter. Until that point, he put on a pass catching clinic. On one
play he leaped and, parallel to the ground, caught a pass from Trent Dilfer.
The next time he didn't have to adjust, because Dilfer hit him in stride in
the end zone.
ROOKIE WATCH: Top-draft choice WR Braylon Edwards is holding
out...Second-round S Brodney Pool is moving up. On one day he batted a pass
forward, ran about five yards to catch the ball and ran it into the end
zone...Third-round QB Charlie Frye engineered two touchdowns and a field
goal during a night practice at Cleveland Browns Stadium...Fourth-round CB
Antonio Perkins intercepted a pass by Frye in the same practice. He is
improving...Fifth-round linebacker David McMillan is playing second team
outside linebacker behind Chaun Thompson. His rush instincts are good. He
did not look sharp in a fumble recovery drill...Right behind McMillan is OLB
Nick Speegle, taken with the Browns first sixth-round pick. Speegle has
played well against the run...Sixth-round nose tackle Andrew Hoffman is in a
crowd playing behind Jason Fisk and now Nick Eason...Seventh round OT
Jonathan Dunn is coming along slowly.
INJURY REPORT: Persistent migraine headaches are keeping CB Daylon McCutcheon sidelined. He has seen a specialist twice...RB Reuben Droughns is
sidelined with a minor hamstring injury...LS Ryan Pontbriand (back), OL
Craig Osika and LB Brant Boyer (toe) have returned to practice.