Edwards Eager for Action
Braylon Edwards (AP)

Posted Aug 11, 2005

Now that the windstorm of has-he / hasn't-he signing speculation has died down, the Browns first-round pick can finally get down to business. After putting ink to paper Thursday, Braylon Edwards sat down to talk to reporters, including BerniesInsiders.com's Fred Greetham.


BEREA – Even though he’s officially signed, sealed and delivered, Braylon Edwards will most likely not play in Saturday’s preseason opener against the Giants.

“I think it will be good for him to suit up and go through the pregame,” coach Romeo Crennel said. “I think it will be a good experience for him. However, it is doubtful he’ll play.

“If I put him out there and he misses an assignment and the quarterback gets hurt, what would you say?” he said. “When I feel he has a comfort level with the offense, I’ll put him out there.”

Edwards is raring to go after missing nearly the first two weeks of training camp.

“I’m just glad it’s all over and behind me,” Edwards said. “My teammates won’t like it, but I’d like to go out and practice right now.”

Crennel said the coaches will run him through conditioning tests and then begin to catch him up on the offense.

Edwards said contrary to reports he did not leave Cleveland on Wednesday night.

“I was committed to getting the contract done once I was in Cleveland,” he said. “I wasn’t going to leave.”

The holdup was his agent, Lamont Smith, did leave and was detained in Chicago until late Thursday afternoon, causing Edwards to miss the practice.

Edwards said he’s been working with his father, who is a track coach to work on his speed and he has worked out with his alma mater in Ann Arbor.

Some of the receivers had been in contact with Edwards during his holdout.

“I don’t care who you are,” Antonio Bryant said. “You can’t just walk off the street and be ready to play. It’ll take a little time.”

“Braylon is going to be fine,” Andre Davis said. “He’ll catch up with everyone.”

Injury Update: RB Reuben Droughns (hamstring) was back at practice Thursday afternoon. Crennel said it will be a game time decision whether or not he will play. He also said TE Aaron Shea (hip) might play against the Giants. CB Daylon McCutcheon is showing some improvement according to Crennel.

(On Droughns) “It’s still to be determined,” Crennel said. “With a hamstring, sometimes it tightens up after a work out. We’ll see how he is tomorrow.”

“Daylon’s a little bit better,” he said. “Shea is still hopeful for Saturday.”

Green Anxious: RB William Green is anxious to show what he can do as he’s in a battle with Droughns and RB Lee Suggs for playing time.

“This is the same situation I’ve faced every year,” he said. “Competition is part of the business and I’ll do my best.”

Green said he’s willing to do whatever he’s called upon.

“I’ll do whatever my job is,” he said. “I’m a professional and I’m just going to focus to do the best I can possibly do.”

Green has been impressive in training camp and seems to be reinvigorated after the Browns gave him permission to work out a trade in the off-season and he found no takers.

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