The buzz around the Cleveland Browns camp is that Derek Anderson may have the early lead in QB competition.
The buzz among media watching the Browns practice has it that Derek Anderson, who lit up the Chiefs is December, is the hot quarterback in June.
He’s throwing more strikes and better fastballs than Charlie Frye and Brady Quinn. That counts for something. It isn’t the only thing.
“D.A. has the strongest arm. There’s no secrets about that,” Head Coach Romeo Crennel. “There’s more to it than just having a strong arm. You have to be able to run the offense.”
One school of thought supposes Crennel and Coordinator Rob Chudzinski could pick one starting QB for the opener and make a switch by midseason.
“I haven’t thought that way at all,” Chudzinski said after Wednesday’s second practice. “I’m thinking of who is gonna be our No. 1 quarterback.
“Obviously, we’ll determine that in training camp at some point.”
Frye is more agile than Anderson and doesn’t have the rookie jitters that could work against Quinn.
Crennel, who has the final vote on who starts Sept. 9 against Pittsburgh, said, “They’re all struggling.”
Frye hardly made it sound like a tortured struggle coming off a Wednesday minicamp practice. He seems in love with the attack being installed by Chudzinski.
“I don’t think there’s any of it ... I don’t like or that I don’t think will be successful,” Frye said. “The biggest thing I like is the amount of movement and the amount of motioning and shifting that we’re doing.
“It’s gonna cause defenses lots of problems. We’re not gonna be coming out in just a static formation, not moving around.”
If Frye wins the job, Chudzinski will offer a menu with plenty of passes on the move.
“Chud thinks that’s one of my strengths,” Frye said. “He’s allowed me to do more of it. The defense can’t game plan one set point right behind center. I think that’s gonna be an added advantage.
“It’s something I wanted to get to more last year, but we didn’t get to it. We’re doing it a lot in practice.”
Frye thinks — and Crennel agrees — he has been throwing “pretty well” in recent practices.
After this week’s minicamp, players will be on vacation, most heading off but a few sticking around Berea. Rookies are due back for training camp July 23. Veterans are due at the regular camp July 27.
“Training camp starts, then it’ll seem like you turn around and it’s Sept. 9, and the Steelers are in town,” Frye said.
Does he believe he’ll be the guy passing into Pittsburgh’s defense?
“We’ll find out,” he said.
Reach Repository sports writer Steve Doerschuk at (330) 580-8347 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.