Berea Report: Cribbs Making Strides

The day after the Browns' sloppy loss to St. Louis, Eric Mangini could at least point to a bright spot in the wide receiver corps: Josh Cribbs and his continued improvement. Fred brings that story and the rest from today's session in Berea...

BEREA, Ohio - Eric Mangini said that Josh Cribbs is getting better and better at wide receiver. He had five receptions for 30 yards, including a 15 yard touchdown catch from Seneca Wallace against the Rams.

"I thought Josh Cribbs did well as a receiver with five catches and a touchdown," Mangini said.

Mangini said that he is not only running better pass routes, but is becoming a good blocker.

"It's everything," he said. "I don't know if you notice, but Josh is doing a great job as a blocker. On the screen to Jerome Harrison, he made a couple of nice blocks. Some of the difficult catches he's made and the route running is another area he's gotten better at. A lot of the details he's gotten better at."

Most of Cribbs' receptions in games have been near the line of scrimmage, but Mangini said any time he touches the ball, he's a threat to go for a touchdown.

"He's caught quite a few deep balls in practice," Mangini said. "The thing about Josh is any time he has the ball he's a vertical threat."

Notebook

Pashos, Lauvao Back?: OL Tony Pashos said he expects to practice Tuesday after sitting out the first two preseason games with a shoulder injury. He said that it's a minor issue and the food poisoning he had to start training camp were just minor setbacks and he expects to be ready to go this week.

"My expectation is he'll practice in the next couple of days and will play this weekend," Mangini said.

Mangini was asked if rookie OL Shawn Lauvao would be back from Hawaii soon.

"Hopefully, he'll be back Monday morning, but it's tentative."

Lauvao has been in Hawaii attending to personal issues.

Hardesty Update: Mangini said that he hops RB Montario Hardesty will be able to start practicing later this week.

"There's really no delay because there's no timetable," he said. "In terms of practicing, I anticipate him getting some reps late in the week."

Mangini was asked if he thought Hardesty would play in the preseason.

"Possibly, " he said. "I would expect with the progress he's made, he will practice soon and be able to play in the opener."

Protect the Football: Mangini stated the obvious when summarizing the loss to the Rams was all about turnovers.

"Protecting the football is the starting point and we didn't do that well at all," he said. "In the last five years, only one team has won a game out of 40 when they were a minus five turnover ratio. You might as well buy a Powerball (lottery) ticket."

Mangini said the team will not practice indoors anytime soon.

"The only way we can play in the elements is to practice in the elements."

No Worry about Rush: The Browns have just one sack in two games, but Mangini said he's not worried.

"Would I like more sacks? Yes," Mangini said. "We were pretty effective last year in getting sacks. We had a number of guys get sacks. (Against the Rams), they were hitting the quarterback . Hopefully, we get a lot more (sacks)."

On Schedule: Mangini said the team has now implemented a regular season schedule. This week, the team will be off on Monday and start preparations for Saturday's game with the Lions. During the regular season when the games are on Sunday, the players are off on Tuesdays.

Colt Update: Mangini said he's not concerned about rookie QB Colt McCoy and his rough start in his first two preseason games. He has a QB rating of 9.7.

"It takes some time to slow down at that spot," he said. "I think you saw that with (Sam) Bradford last night. He was in a system for a long time and now he's in another system and he's working at it and he's seeking out guidance from Jake (Delhomme) and Seneca (Wallace) and he's learning."

Hillis Leads: After the first two preseason games, RB Peyton Hillis is leading the Browns in rushing with 54 yards on 14 carries (3.9 avg.) and in receiving with five for 46 yards (9.2 avg.)… QB Jake Delhomme is 18-of-23 for 193 yards (78.3 pct.) with one touchdown and no interceptions. His QB rating is 116.1…QB Seneca Wallace is 9-of-17 for 139 yards (52.9 pct.) with three touchdowns and one interception and a rating of 95.3…QB Brett Ratliff's rating is 28.6 and QB Colt McCoy's is 9.7…WR Chansi Stuckey leads the Browns in receiving yardage with 51 yards on three receptions, all against the Rams.

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