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Step it up

August 16, 2010 - Mike McLain

Browns coach Eric Mangini liked the 11-play scoring drive the Browns had to open the game in Green Bay last Saturday because it allowed him to sit down quarterback Jake Delhomme and then give Seneca Wallace time with the first team.

Mangini shouldn't be worried about how many snaps Delhomme takes Saturday against the St. Louis Rams. With training camp officially ending Thursday and preseason reaching the halfway point, it's time for Delhomme to get more playing time.

Delhomme was sharp in completing 6-of-7 passes on the drive against the Packers. It was a good start, but the product isn't finished. Delhomme should play the entire first half against the Rams and then into the third quarter a week later against the Detroit Lions.

The Browns wasted time in sharing quarterback reps in recent seasons because of the lack of a starter heading into camp. That's changed this year as Delhomme is the unchallenged starter.

Quarterbacks and receivers can never get enough game reps. As much time as players spend on the practice field, there's no substitution for game action.

The offense can't rely on the ground game like it did late last season. The passing game has to share load, which means Delhomme has to step up.

That means getting things in order now; not in September.




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