Browns fans want Holcomb to be QB

Posted: Sunday, August 03, 2003

CLEVELAND Browns fans appear to have made their choice at quarterback after just one preseason scrimmage.

Chants of ''Kelly! Kelly!'' filled Cleveland Browns Stadium on Saturday as Kelly Holcomb seemed to outplay Tim Couch in a scrimmage against the Buffalo Bills.

More than 37,000 showed up to weigh in on the quarterback competition.

Even Bills linebacker London Fletcher, who grew up in Cleveland and still roots for the Browns, had an opinion.

''I thought Holcomb looked a lot better today,'' Fletcher said.

Couch had a rough showing against the Bills' first-team defense, fumbling a snap and getting sacked once.


SAN ANTONIO Safety Travares Tillman broke his arm Saturday during a morning practice against the Dallas Cowboys.

Tillman signed with the Texans as a free agent in January after being released by the Bills in September 2002.

Dallas rookie center Al Johnson left the early workout after injuring his knee. Coach Bill Parcells said tests were being done.


ASHBURN, Va. Andre Lott dropped an interception, heard the catcalls from his teammates and knew what he had to do. He immediately hit the turf and did 10 quick push-ups, then later contributed $10 to the players' mistake fund.

''We're having fun, but it also keeps guys alert,'' linebacker Jeremiah Trotter said.

Discipline and harmony went hand in hand in the opening week of coach Steve Spurrier's second Washington Redskins training camp.

''I haven't sensed this type of camaraderie since I was in college,'' linebacker LaVar Arrington said.

Why has it gone so well? For starters, the Redskins didn't change coaches in the offseason. Last year, the players entered camp uncertain about Spurrier.

This year, the roster was essentially set coming into camp, thanks to a major wave of free agency signings.


TERRE HAUTE, Ind. Quarterback Peyton Manning appeared to be in midseason form as the Colts wrapped up their first week of training camp.

Manning completed 19 of 21 passes for 196 yards and two touchdowns in scrimmage. He threw TD passes of 10 yards to starting tight end Marcus Pollard and 30 yards to reserve tight end Joe Dean Davenport.


ALBANY, N.Y. Kerry Collins completed all 10 of his passes for 113 yards and a touchdown in an intrasquad scrimmage.

Collins threw a 1-yard TD pass to Jeremy Shockey, capping the opening drive by the first-team offense against the second-team defense.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. The Miami Dolphins wanted to work on their passing offense Saturday in a scrimmage against the Tennessee Titans. They did it to near perfection.

Jay Fiedler was 12-of-14 for 152 yards, with one of those incompletions a spike in the two-minute offense. Brian Griese was 4-of-6 for 66 yards, and Sage Rosenfels went 7-of-10.

Together, the trio combined to go 23-of-30 for 345 yards.


CARSON, Calif. The San Diego Chargers got a boost Saturday when defensive end Marcellus Wiley returned to practice at the Home Depot Center.

Wiley, a Pro Bowler in 2001, had missed nearly a week of practice because of a strained right hamstring.

''I'm back,'' Wiley said. ''I feel good. I did some explosive moves, and I used my smarts. We are going to pace our way back into this slowly but surely.''

Without a pass rush from Wiley, and Raylee Johnson, who sat out Saturday with a sore right knee, the Chargers' young secondary will be susceptible. Others missing practice Saturday were wide receivers David Boston (hip), Eric Parker (shoulder), Tim Dwight (groin) and Dondre Gilliam (knee; out two-to-three weeks after having surgery); OL Toniu Fonoti (triceps); S Terrence Kiel (leg).


SAN ANTONIO (AP) From first string to fourth, the Dallas Cowboys quarterbacks did a good job in their first chance to impress new coach Bill Parcells.

Chad Hutchinson threw two touchdown passes and Quincy Carter was effective, too, as the Cowboys drove for six scores on five possessions in a scrimmage against the Houston Texans on Saturday night. As a group, the four Dallas QBs were 17-of-25 for 199 yards.

Dallas' defense got off to a good start, too, by holding Houston scoreless on their first four 10-play possessions. The Cowboys registered eight sacks on the Texans' first three series, including three against starter David Carr. It's an ominous start for a team that allowed an NFL-record 76 sacks last season.

Hutchinson, who went 6-of-9 for 71 yards, capped his first series by throwing a 26-yard touchdown pass to Reggie Swinton. Carter, who finished 5-of-7 for 48 yards, started the next possession and drove from the Dallas 40 to the Houston 24. Hutchinson finished the series with a screen pass that Aveion Cason turned into a 13-yard gain, then a 7-yard TD pass to new tight end Dan Campbell.


NAPA, Calif. (AP) Trace Armstrong built his reputation as an NFL player by chasing down quarterbacks and giving them a scare. But he's also known as a notorious prankster, and the veteran defensive end gave his Oakland Raiders teammates a jolt they won't soon forget.

During a scrimmage drill between the Raiders' starting offense and defense Saturday, Armstrong who has suffered season-ending injuries each of the last two years fell to the ground while trying to make a tackle and immediately clutched his right knee, screaming in apparent pain.

While players waved furiously and called for trainers, the entire practice field grew ominously quiet. But before Raiders trainer Rod H. Martin could get to the scene, Armstrong popped up with a smile and trotted off the field as if nothing had happened.

With a grin, Armstrong later insisted that the whole thing was a tactical move.

''It was just a deal in practice where (the offense) was trying to go hurry-up and we didn't want them to hurry up,'' he said. ''I didn't mean to scare everyone. I just wanted to stop the drill till we got enough guys on the field.''


FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) Jeff Blake got what he wanted out of the Arizona Cardinals' only intrasquad scrimmage of training camp.

''I didn't get hurt,'' joked Blake, a free agent hired to replace Jake Plummer as the team's new No. 1 quarterback.

Blake had just one completion a 1-yard pass to running back Marcel Shipp in six passes during the controlled scrimmage Saturday. But he saw enough to be pleased, especially with blockers like Leonard Davis, Pete Kendall and Anthony Clement and a handful of key receivers sidelined by injuries.

NFL rushing leader Emmitt Smith, the star of an hour-long autograph session beforehand, also was absent from Blake's arsenal. Smith left Dallas after 13 years to sign with the Cardinals in March.

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