|Browns fans swarm Quinn, still listed as team's No. 4 QB|
|Written by Admin|
|Monday, 13 August 2007 15:34|
Following his first training camp practice in public view on Monday, Browns rookie quarterback Brady Quinn was swarmed by Cleveland fans, who have been eager for their first on-field glimpse of the former Notre Dame star.
Shortly after the Browns completed their two-hour workout on a gorgeous Monday afternoon, Quinn began signing autographs for a group of fans on the east side of the club's vast suburban training facility.
Within seconds, fans from all sides of the backfields began running toward Quinn's spot. It wasn't long before hundreds of fans, some chanting ``Bra-dy, ``Bra-dy,'' were pushing toward the front to snap a picture or get Quinn's signature.
It was the first time fans have gotten a good, long look at Quinn, who missed the first 12 days of camp in a holdout. Quinn vowed after signing his five-year, $20.2 million deal that he would reach out to Browns fans, some of whom were critical of him for not reporting on time.
While Quinn was holding court - surrounded by security personnel - at one side of the field, Browns coach Romeo Crennel was on the other weighing in on his starting quarterback competition between Charlie Frye and Derek Anderson.
Frye and Anderson both had uneven performances in Saturday's 16-12 win over the Kansas City Chiefs.
``I thought Charlie did a little bit better than Derek, but this is still a competition that is going on,'' Crennel said. ``We're going to let them compete this week, through the game on Saturday (against Detroit) and see where that leads us. We're looking for consistency. I think competition makes everyone better.''
Crennel said he has not yet decided who will start against the Lions, and he has no timetable on choosing a starter for the Sept. 9 opener against Pittsburgh.
As for Quinn, who did not see any action against the Chiefs, Crennel said the 22-year-old will get some reps in practice this week, but wouldn't say how much time he might get against the Lions.
Crennel plans to use both Frye and Anderson in the second half, as well as Ken Dorsey, currently listed as Cleveland's No. 3 QB ahead of Quinn.
Dorsey took some snaps late in practice with the ``show'' team and Quinn worked with the third-team offense. Does that mean Quinn has moved one rung up the ladder?
``No,'' Crennel said. ``Quinn took some reps with the ones, took some reps with the twos and Dorsey took most of the reps with the show team. But I am not saying he (Quinn) is No. 3 yet.''