NEWS

Chud's looking to have some fun with Browns receivers

Steve Doerschuk

Browns Offensive Coordinator Rob Chudzinski is careful to avoid the perception of playing favorites with tight-end Kellen Winslow Jr., based on their mutual past at the University of Miami.

Sometimes in training camp practices, Winslow has grumped when the ball doesn’t come his way.

There’s no chance Winslow, if healthy, will be written out of any game plan.

“He’s a heckuva receiver,” Chudzinski said. “He’s a vertical threat at the tight end position. He’s got great hands. You can use him on drag routes or deep-end routes.

“He’s always a threat.”

Chudzinski has been taking long looks at third-year pro Joshua Cribbs during the past few practices, with veteran wideout Tim Carter nursing injuries.

Alluding to Cribbs, a former quarterback, Chudzinski said, “We’ll sprinkle in some things that will let us have some fun.”

Grand Entrance?

Head Coach Romeo Crennel says rookie Brady Quinn “might get two plays towards the end of the game” Saturday night.

The Browns are unlikely to carry four quarterbacks, which would make Ken Dorsey the odd man out. Yet Crennel indicated Dorsey will get an extended playing shift in tonight’s second half.

“Dorsey deserves an opportunity to play, and I’m going to let him play,” Crennel said.

Crennel said Charlie Frye and Derek Anderson will split time on an equal basis in the first half.

Quinn relates best to the cerebral Dorsey, a fifth-year pro with ties to Chudzinski. If Dorsey plays lights out under Chudzinski in the preseason, the team will be tempted to keep him as Quinn’s mentor who can be effective on the field in a pinch.

World Turns

Butch Davis didn’t clean out the Chris Palmer-era roster as fast as the current Browns regime has savaged the former Davis nucleus.

The Browns will suit up close to 40 defensive players Saturday night against the Chiefs. Linebackers Andra Davis, Chaun Thompson and Mason Unck and safety Sean Jones are the only ones brought in by Davis from 2001-04.

Likewise, the offense will dress about 40 men. Winslow and fellow tight end Steve Heiden are the only ones tracing to the Davis days.

Wimbley Ranked

Sports Illustrated lists Browns linebacker Kamerion Wimbley as the NFL’s seventh-best defender under the age of 25, one spot below the Texans’ Demeco Ryans.

One through five: San Diego’s Shawne Merriman, Washington’s Sean Taylor, Chicago’s Tommie Harris, Seattle’s Lofa Tatupu and Atlanta’s DeAngelo Hall.

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