After a full week of training camp, the Cleveland Browns have learned many things about coach Eric Mangini and his outlook for the team.
Going into the second week of training camp means that gameday is less than a week away, and now is the time to step up individual performances; otherwise roster cuts are right around the corner.
Fans of the Browns need to keep their eyes on several things going into week two.
1. Will either Brady Quinn or Derek Anderson be able to go from mediocre performances during camp so far to stepping up to the plate and performing at a high level to take control of this team?
Both Anderson and Quinn have had their good and bad moments in the first week of camp, and it is really hard to tell who is in the lead for the starting spot.
One thing is for sure: Both these guys are learning a brand-new system, and it may take some real gameday situations to be able to gel with the other 10 guys that are on the field. Maybe Sunday's scrimmage will help both these guys.
Quinn on the White Team and Anderson on the Brown Team will make for a very interesting scrimmage, as they literally are opposing each other.
2. Can rookie back James Davis continue the stellar performances he had almost every practice in the first week?
Coming into training camp, many thought that fellow back Jerome Harrison was going to break out and get many more touches during games in 2009.
What no one predicted is that Davis would be as much a force at running back as he has been. He is easily earning himself more gameday carries, which may mean fewer touches for Harrison.
3. Is rookie center Alex Mack ready to be a starter?
Mack has had many mishaps snapping the ball to the quarterbacks in week one, causing him to run quite a few laps. Even though Mack looks strong at times, if he cannot get the ball into the quarterback's hands, then it will be a trip to the bench with a clipboard for him.
Hopefully it is just week one jitters, because Mangini did start his center, Nick Mangold, when he was a rookie with the New York Jets a few years back.
4. Which wide receiver will step up his game to make a stronger push for the No. 2 starter spot opposite Braylon Edwards?
Both rookies Brian Robiskie and Mohamed Massaquoi have shown they can play at the pro level, but receivers Josh Cribbs, Mike Furrey, Paul Hubbard, and Lance Leggett have all played well too.
This is a position that will be very interesting to continue to watch since there are so many talented guys, but only five or six roster spots available when the regular season roll around.
5. Will Shaun Rogers continue to dominate while entertaining the crowds?
Definitely. Rogers has been dominating much of the time in drills and scrimmages, but he has also been able to entertain the fans with his mistakes by playing up his "power walking" routine when he takes his lap around the field. If you haven't seen it yet, then here is a link to a video on YouTube.
Hopefully the Browns can get it together before their first preseason game this Saturday evening and Sunday's full team scrimmage will help the team get to where they need to be.
Article originally posted on Dawg Scooper: An Unofficial Cleveland Browns News Source.