Cleveland Browns' Questions Becoming a Lot Clearer

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Cleveland Browns' Questions Becoming a Lot Clearer
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After a big win over the Tennessee Titans, several question marks are getting solved for the Cleveland Browns at different positions.

Quarterback—Brady Quinn looks like he has won the job after an impressive showing against the Titans.  Even though Mangini won't say Quinn's the guy, it's become obvious he's more consistent than Anderson.

Wide Receiver—Braylon Edwards is the No. 1 guy.  Drops and all, Edwards still has enormous talent and playmaking ability.  Josh Cribbs looks like a solid No. 2.  Cribbs has as much if not more big play ability than Edwards.  Experience is lacking, but that will come.  Just put the ball in his hands and Cleveland has no one better at getting YAC production.  Mike Furrey is a very solid third-down receiver.  Great hands and an ability to get open make Furrey an asset.  Those are my top three with the rookies Robiskie and Massaquoi backing them up.

Offensive Line—The offensive line has done a good job protecting the QB so far.  The run game has not developed yet, but that will come.  Joe Thomas, Eric Steinbach, Alex Mack, John St.Clair and Floyd Womack were the starters against the Titans and gave up only one sack.

Secondary—Eric Wright and Brandon McDonald are solid as the starters.  They are only going to get better with experience.  Rookie Coye Francies looks like a good one and should be the nickel back in my opinion.  Rod Hood will make the team and he's been solid for the most part.  At safety, Abe Elam will start and either Brodney Pool, i.e. he's healthy or Mike Adams will join him.  Rookie Bret Lockett has played well and should make the team.

Line Backer—D'Qwell Jackson and Eric Barton are the starters on the inside, with rookies Veikune and Maiava backing them up.  I've really been impressed with Maiava.  At outside linebacker, Wimbley and either Bowens or Hall will be the starters and have played solid, if not spectacular, so far.

Defensive Line—Shaun Rogers is the NT with Rubin backing him up.  Rubin has had a good preseason playing in place of Rogers.  At end, Williams, Coleman and Smith all look solid.

Running Back/Fullback—Lewis will make the team and probably start, but his carries should be greatly reduced.  Rookie James Davis has shown an explosiveness Lewis no longer has, and deserves to share the running load.  Harrison and Herron are fighting for the third running back in my opinion.  Mangini may keep both if he decides to keep only one fullback, which will be Vickers.

Kicker/Punter—A no-brainer with Dawson and Zastudil being locks.

While there are a few questions left as far as roster spots, the main nucleus of the team is ironing itself out.

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