Cleveland Browns Training Camp Scrimmage: Wright a WR, Cribbs at Safety

Daniel WolfSenior Writer IAugust 8, 2010

PITTSBURGH - NOVEMBER 11:  Joshua Cribbs #16 of the Cleveland Browns looks on during the NHL game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on November 11, 2007 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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The Cleveland Browns held their annual Brown and White scrimmage on Saturday August 8 at Family Day with free admission into Cleveland Browns Stadium.

The Jake Delhomme-led Brown team prevailed by winning 14-6 over the Eric Wright and Josh Cribbs-led White team.

Reports say that backup cornerback Brandon McDonald was the star of the contest, intercepting an underthrown Colt McCoy pass and returning it 40 yards for a touchdown when he performed an acrobatic front flip into the endzone even though running back Chris Jennings was still in hot pursuit.

Obviously, if McDonald was to do a flip like that in a real game situation, head coach Eric Mangini would probably choke the life out of him on the sidelines afterwards, and this flips was purely for show.

McDonald also broke up several passes during the scrimmage. He is looking to stand out in a year where he was projected to get buried in the depth chart by additions Sheldon Brown and Joe Haden.

After scouring the Internet for reports from this game, said that on one particular play, Cribbs actually lined up as a safety and performed a Troy Polamalu-like blitz from the outside on the opposing quarterback. He even said had it been a line game, he would have gotten the sack on the play.


It has been rumored for nearly two years now that Cribbs could be on defense in certain situations and formations. Browns fans have yet to experience it until the scrimmage.

"I don't want to put my foot in my mouth, but coach really likes me back there and wants to give me a shot," said Cribbs to reporters. "I want to take advantage of the opportunity every chance I get."

An interesting thought though about this play is that Cribbs is a master of maneuvering himself through traffic on special teams as both a returner and a gunner. Being a blitzer makes sense since he has to find the hole and shoot the gap to attack the opposing offense.

This could be entertaining to see used in the regular season on third and really long plays.

Another thing jumped out from the scrimmage recap from Bleacher Report's Kristopher Knox, who was in attendance at the scrimmage and said toward the end of the contest, starting cornerback Eric Wright lined up as a slot wide receiver and caught a pass.

Wright is fast and he has been quoted in the past saying that his biggest asset in his game is his game-speed and putting him into the slot could cause confusion for opposing defenses.

It looks like Mangini and staff are experimenting with many different formations and putting players in different positions to utilize their versatility, which is something Browns fans have never seen before.


Offensive players playing defense and vice-versa...what's next? Is Shaun Rogers going to play tight end when he is healthy and start catching passes?

Rogers did tell the Cleveland media that he does want to play the position on goal line and short yardage formations.

This season may by one of those seasons where the Browns may not have the best record in the NFL, but all the versatility may get them a ton of press with players playing everywhere.

The season is looking to be one of the most entertaining Browns season since 1999.

In closing, rookie running back Montario Hardesty also made his first appearance on the sidelines with his knee taped up.


(Daniel Wolf is exclusively covering the Browns training camp for both Bleacher Report and Blog" target="_blank">Dawg Scooper: THE Cleveland Browns Blog.)