Here's a quick look at some Browns quotes gathered from around the web.
Terry Pluto of the Cleveland Plain Dealer:
“I have a sense the Browns are intrigued by LB Alex Hall, who had three sacks last season while taking fewer than 20 percent of the snaps. This team desperately has to produce more of a pass rush, and Veikune was the only one drafted who may supply that. It also possible they can rush Elam from his safety spot as he's known as a hard-hitter.
I hear Shaun Rogers has had a good talk with Mangini, and the star tackle is in a positive frame of mind about the new direction of the team and the defense.
Considering what happened on draft day, I believe the Browns think this could be a tough season with a real change of culture (read: discipline crackdown) in the dressing room.”
Tony Grossi of the Plain Dealer on a potential trade for the Jets' Thomas Jones:
“Rex Ryan knows that Mangini would scoop up Jones in a New York second if Jones were released. More likely is a future trade involving Jones and, yes, Edwards. You heard it here first.
The Browns have had 24 workout days in their off-season conditioning program. Receiver Braylon Edwards has participated in three of them.”
Bill Livingston of the Plain Dealer on QB Graham Harrell:
“The Browns have thrown a total of 135 touchdown passes the past seven seasons. They scored no offensive touchdowns in their last six games in 2008. Mangini gets credit for giving Harrell a look. This team could do a lot worse — and has.”
Former Browns Hall of Famer Jim Brown speaking to the rookies on Saturday:
“I'm 73 years old,” Brown said. “I hear people talk about old-school football and how the players weren't as big, weren't as fast as you guys are today.
“I'll say this: Give me a chance to be 21 again, give me a chance to get among you. I may not be as big, I may not be as fast, but I'll be tenacious. I'll bring it every single day. I'll take responsibility for being good.”
Brown said he was energized by the Browns' new regime and the chance to help any way he can.
“I took a call from Coach Mangini a couple days ago about coming out here,” Brown said. “The plans I had went out the window and I got here at 6 a.m. And I'm fired up.
“I watched the video and I got excited. I saw you guys practice today and I got excited. I listen to the speeches, see the passion, and I'm excited. Walk around this building and look at the men on these walls. You're part of something very special.”
Steve Doerschuk, CantonRep.com:
“The most notable change in the locker room, perhaps, is Brady Quinn's new stall. In the previous two seasons, Quinn's perch was just inside the locker room entrance, a few feet from Derek Anderson's.
Now, Quinn's stall has moved to a place where he and Anderson can't see each other unless they peek around a corner. From his new digs, Quinn can look across the isle and look straight into Braylon Edwards' eyes.”
Eric Mangini on how he will use Joshua Cribbs this season:
“I couldn't give you a definitive way that we are going to use him,” Mangini said. “I think some of that is up to him. What I mean by that is what role he's able to carve out, whether it's exclusively on offense, whether it's exclusively on defense, or whether it's a little bit of both.
“He has met with some of the offensive coaches and some of the defensive coaches. I actually owe him a quiz because he said he has a couple of the defenses down cold. We shall see.”
Eric Mangini on rookie linebacker David Veikune:
“He's fluid for someone his size and for someone who's had limited exposure to standing up,” said Mangini. “In the bag drills, he went through more like a linebacker than a defensive end. This guy's got toughness, aggressiveness and a smoothness to the way that he changes directions and run games. I think he could play both outside and inside for us moving forward.”
General Manager George Kokinis on what he sees in Mohammed Massaquoi:
“He can run vertical and also work underneath routes. He's a good route runner with good quickness out of his breaks. Good size … plays on special teams … and he's a willing blocker, which helps your running game. He's a physical kid with size. He caught some fastballs from (Matthew) Stafford, so you know he can catch it when he goes up for it.”
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