WR Braylon Edwards returned to action for the first time at Browns camp on Wednesday.
He quickly reminded everyone that when he is motivated and on his game, he is easily the most talented and explosive offensive players the Browns have.
Edwards arrived a day late for camp and then missed the next four days with an undisclosed non-football injury. Many have speculated that it was an ankle injury Edwards sustained playing basketball in June. Others have written that Edwards was “faking” the injury as a contract protest, reports that Edwards flatly denied.
Edwards reportedly showed lots of fire and energy during his first practice and provided the biggest play of the day. Covered like a glove by Gerard Lawson, Edwards soared over the second-year cornerback and peeled the ball off Lawson's helmet, snatching a deft lob throw from quarterback Derek Anderson.
After practice Edwards was “visibly pumped” and said all the right things when talking to reporters about such topics as leadership and maturity, not two words that most fans regularly associate with the enigmatic WR.
Some other “Quick Hits” from Browns camp:
After Day 5 of camp, it is easy to see why Coach Eric Mangini has declined to hand the #1 QB job to either Brady Quinn or Derek Anderson. Observers say that neither QB has separated from the other and that both have struggled with consistency. To add fuel to the fire, Mangini went out of his way to praise 3rd string QB Brett Ratliff's work ethic and motivation. Stay tuned to this battle – it's sure to only get better.
Running back James Davis, the last of the team's eight rookie draft picks this year, is making a nice impression during his first week of camp. The Plain Dealer's Tony Grossi reported that “Davis has displayed quick feet, good cutback ability and an aggressive running style. In Monday's morning practice, he broke two inside runs in team drills. One went for about 50 yards to the end zone.” The door is open for Davis to seize control of the #3RB job as the primary backup to Jamal Lewis. Jerome Harrison is poised to assume the “Leon Washington” role is Mangini's offense.
WR Paul Hubbard, who spent all of last season on the practice squad, caught everything in sight for the second day in a row. Hubbard, a sixth-round pick out of Wisconsin in 2008, was considered a long shot to beat out rookie draft picks Brian Robiskie and Mohamed Massaquoi for the No. 2 receiving spot. But he's played his way into the competition. He earned time with the No. 1 offense on Tuesday and Wed.
Rookie center Alex Mack had to run another lap on Tuesday after missing a snap count. He's the unofficial leader in laps run because of miscues.
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