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Tag:Eric Mangini
Posted on: August 4, 2010 1:19 pm
 

Engram looking to impact the Browns

Browns WR Bobby Engram, at 37 years old, is only two years younger than coach Eric Mangini. But to Cleveland president Mike Holmgren, Engram’s age doesn’t matter. All that matters is what he can bring to the team.

Which is what exactly? How much can a guy like Engram – who’s been a solid receiver for much of his career but who was cut by the disastrous Chiefs last year – really help a Browns unit in desperate need of some offense?

Which also leads to this question: how much can newly-signed QB Jake Delhomme help (but that’s an aside for another day)? For now, Holmgren seems confident in his newest WR.

"He's a special man,” Holmgren told the Cleveland Plain Dealer . “He's one of those rare guys that you want other players, particularly young players, to be around. He's played a long time but he kept in great shape. He's an amazing guy, physically, that way."

Holmgren should know. After all, they worked together in Seattle (it should be noted that Engram is only three seasons removed from a career-year of 94 catches, 1,147 yards and six touchdowns while playing for the Seahawks).

Engram, though, isn’t a lock to make the team. Josh Cribbs is the most-talented player on the team not named Joe Thomas, and Cleveland likes young receivers Chansi Stuckey, Mohamed Massaquoi and Brian Robiskie. But all Engram wanted was a chance.

"I've got my work cut out for me," Engram told the paper. "They've got some talented young guys. I think the competition only makes you better. At end of the day, they will make the decision on what's best for the Browns."

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: August 1, 2010 11:02 am
 

Without Hardesty, Harrison is Browns top RB

Browns second-round pick Montario Hardesty was expected to compete with Jerome Harrison for the right to start at RB, but after twisting his knee last week, Hardesty likely will miss the next few weeks of practice.

"We're taking it real slow, conservative,” coach Eric Mangini said Saturday in quotes captured by the Associated Press . "We'll see where it is at that point (after rehabbing it)."

Hardesty had performed well during the offseason, and though Harrison had an awesome end of last year – rushing for 561 yards and five TDs in the final three games of the season to help save Mangini’s job – the Browns drafted Hardesty in the second round of the Draft.

Though Hardesty was injury-prone while he played at Tennessee, the Browns – who traded up to the second round in order to snag him – liked his bruising style. Not only that, Cleveland eventually plans to make him the featured back in the offense.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: July 19, 2010 10:57 am
 

Mangini says Browns' job is 'Delhomme's to lose'

Andy and Josh have been ranking the various positions recently , and while the quarterback rankings have yet to come out, I feel reasonably safe in predicting that you won't see the words "Cleveland Browns" anywhere near that particular post. (Unless they go all opposite day on me and drop the "Five Most Boring Quarterback Battles in NFL History" list, in which case, well, what can you do?)

This is relevant because on today's Dan Patrick Show, guest host Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk fame had Eric Mangini on to talk about something that actually matters to Cleveland now : the Browns. And Mangini dropped what has to be considered a relative bombshell -- it would take a "Jake Delhomme in the 2008 Playoffs Against the Arizona Cardinals-Styled Peformance " for Jake Delhomme to not be the Browns starting quarterback come Week One:

"It's really Jake's job to lose, and he did a great job during OTAs," Mangini said. "I couldn't have been happier with him, not just in terms of the way he learned the information but the way he ran the offense."

This seems like pretty good news for Browns' fans, no?

After all, if you're going to sign someone who spent last season [figuratively] murdering the Panthers before getting benched for an unknnown in Matt Moore, and then pay him SEVEN MILLION DOLLARS in the first year of a two-year deal, I suppose it's better to have that money being [figuratively] burned on the field instead of the bench.

(Quick aside: Let us not forget that had John Fox and Marty Hurney turned to Moore sooner, the 'Cats could have potentially made the playoffs and saved them from the awkwardness of playing the role of lame duck this year. But I digress.)

There's even MORE good news from the Mangini interview: Seneca Wallace looked good as well, with Mangini stating that it's "important that Seneca get some reps with the [first-teamers], so that if he goes in he does have some time with the group."

You know, in case Delhomme gets hurt. Or throws six first-half interceptions in the Browns season opener at Tampa Bay .

-- Will Brinson

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