Rick and I decided to venture to Berea yesterday to take in some of our Browns during their evening practice. While Rick’s recap will go up some time over the next day or so, I’ll present my view of things – a view that will have significantly less analysis, but way more pictures. Do Enjoy
Behold, your offensive line doing its best to protect DA from a seemingly faster Kamerion Wimbley (far right) and an absolutely gigantic Shaun Rogers (huge guy on left, brown shorts). Honestly, I love that they’re forcing our O-Line to block guys of all shapes and sizes as opposed to the “round” and “slow” that our D-Line has given them over the years.
Speaking of Rogers, here’s another chance to tell you that he’s an absolute monster. There have been several reports already in that Eric Steinbach has had some difficulty keeping the big man at bay. This should speak volumes for Rogers being that Steinbach is one hell of a guard. Shaun Smith is 6’2″, 325. Now compare him to Rogers who is immediately to his right. Yeah, you try blocking that. He makes Antwan Peek look like Dennis Northcutt.
And while we’re on “big,” Travis Wilson is a lot bigger than I remember. At first, this was just a cool picture due to the number sequence. Then afterwards, I was a bit blown away by how much bigger he is than the Stallworths and Edwards’ of the world. He really looks like a slightly smaller Kellen Winslow, without the arm sleeves. Paul Hubbard is also a monster – I would really like having him as a red zone threat this season.
Not as large, but more impressive on the field is Joshua Cribbs. The fans simply love the guy, and while he had a bit of a rough start on the special teams front this season, the offense is running him in plenty of sets. His routes look a lot crisper than previous seasons, and it wouldn’t surprise me to see a few plays called in his direction this year. If they have Jamal Lewis throwing passes, you can bet JC will get his hands on the ball on more than one ocassion.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention Brady Quinn. Though he hasn’t been exactly on the same level as DA, he has had a few flashes of brilliance – especially with Travis Wilson and Jerome Harrison. I personally would like to see him at least get a few reps with the first team, just to build some sort of repoire. I also think it’s very generous of the team to give Ken Dorsey a helmet, though I didn’t manage to get any pictures of him wearing it.
I’d also be remiss if I didn’t mention two other people that I just happened to come across. The first? Browns beat writer Mary Kay Cabot…
And second…Eric Metcalf.
In non-surprising fashion, Mr. Metcalf was walking right up the middle and directly at another man coming the other way. Old habits die hard, eh?