April 20, 2014

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Browns: Anderson not ready to play, Quinn will start against Bears

 BEREA — A week after suffering a concussion, quarterback Derek Anderson still wasn’t ready to practice Monday.
So Brady Quinn needs to get ready for his second straight preseason start.
Anderson suffered what the team termed a mild concussion on a sack by Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora on Aug. 18. Anderson hasn’t practiced or talked to the media since, and coach Romeo Crennel said he hasn’t passed the baseline test that signifies a return to normal brain function and is required to return to action.
“He’s in the building and walking around,” Crennel said Monday after practice. “Those concussions, you’ve got to go slow with those.
“They say rest is the best thing. Guys are light-sensitive from them. You don’t want him to have a whole lot of activity until he can get his bearings back.”
The Browns host the Bears on Thursday night in the preseason finale. Even if Anderson returns to practice today, the Browns likely wouldn’t rush him back — not with the regular season set to start Sept. 7 versus Dallas.
That means Quinn will get another start Thursday. But Crennel said it’s too early to think about preparing Quinn to start against the Cowboys.
“I’ll wait till next week before I make that consideration,” he said.
Quinn isn’t getting ahead of himself, either. He’s still recovering from a so-so performance versus the Lions in a 26-6 loss Saturday, when he went 14-for-24 for 106 yards and a 69.1 rating.
“Especially after last week, my biggest focus is on Chicago, trying to execute,” he said.
Quinn played one series into the third quarter versus the Lions and led two field-goal drives. The biggest problem was on third down, especially third-and-short, as he converted just 2-of-8.
“I really was streaky,” he said. “I didn’t really feel like I executed as well as I needed to and just didn’t do enough to put more points on the board for us.”
Crennel said the Lions treated Quinn like any inexperienced quarterback: They blitzed him and made him uncomfortable in the pocket.
“He was inconsistent,” Crennel said. “Overall it wasn’t enough for us to jump up and down about, but he has still got good ability and we still have confidence in his abilities.
“I know that he is going to work and try to make the most of this opportunity that is coming this week.”
Quinn said the erratic outing versus the Lions did nothing to weaken his belief that he is ready to be an NFL starter.
“That’s never changed,” he said. “I’m always confident in my ability. Someone once told me you have to have bad games to learn how to deal with the good ones.
“There’s a lot I learned just from this past game and I’m taking it into this week and that’s why I felt so much more confident out here today in practice.”
Running back Jason Wright liked what he saw of Quinn on Saturday.
“He’s a natural leader,” he said. “He’s very confident.
“Even before the game, what he said to the team — I don’t remember exactly what he said, but I know it was strong. I said, ‘OK, Brady, I like that.’ He grabbed the reins and led us out there.”

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