BEREA – There’s no one more anxious to get the 2005 season started than wide
receiver Antonio Bryant.
After getting a fresh start with the Browns during the 2004 season, this is
his first full season in Cleveland. Bryant had an outstanding training camp and
preseason and could be one of the Browns most explosive players.
“I try to be humble,” Bryant said. “I just keep trying to improve my game.”
Bryant was involved in the game in Cincinnati when the Browns put up 48
points in a loss. Bryant caught eight passes in that game for 131 yards and two
touchdowns. He hopes the offense has some of the same opportunities.
“Hopefully, we’ll have some opportunities to be some points on the board,”
Bryant said. “They have some very good cornerbacks and we’ll have our work cut
out for us.”
Bryant played in 10 games for the Browns and had 42 receptions for 546 yards
(13.0 avg.) and four touchdowns. For the season, he had 58 receptions for 812
During the preseason, Bryant caught seven passes for 147 yards (21.0 avg.),
including a 51-yard touchdown reception. He was clearly a favorite target of
Trent Dilfer in training camp and the pair frequently hooked up on deep routes.
Injury Update: Romeo Crennel said there has been no change in the status
of the three players listed on the Browns injury report: CB Gary Baxter
(concussion), RB Lee Suggs (ankle) are listed as doubtful, while TE Aaron Shea
(shoulder) is listed as questionable.
“Not much has changed,” Crennel said. “If they’re not good enough to practice
today or tomorrow, then it will be tough for them (to play) on Sunday.”
Leigh Bodden is expected to start at right cornerback in place of Baxter if
he can’t go.
Frye Wins Bassett Award: Rookie QB Charlie Frye was presented with the
Maurice Bassett Award by the local chapter of the Professional Football Writers
Association. The award is given to the top rookie in training camp. The writers
presented the award to Frye on the field with the entire team surrounding him.
Hoffman Back: Sixth-round draft choice DL Andrew Hoffman was back in
the locker room after clearing waivers. He is on the practice squad. Hoffman was
waived earlier in the week to make room for OL Mike Pucillo to be the backup
center to Jeff Faine.