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Browns minicamp notes

Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

BEREA, Ohio -- The Cleveland Browns completed their first day of mandatory minicamp Thursday with a pair of practices at the team's training facility.

Here are some notes and observations:

  • Browns quarterback Brady Quinn had one of his best practices of the offseason Thursday. Quinn made an accurate deep throw in stride to rookie Mohamed Massaquoi for a touchdown in team drills and overall was decisive in his reads.

  • Kicker Phil Dawson showed up for the first time this offseason but didn't want to discuss his contract situation. He was solid kicking in practice but split reps Thursday with recent pickup Parker Douglass.

"[Dawson] looked good in the field goal drill that we had in the end," Browns coach Eric Mangini said. "I don't think he had any misses there."

  • No. 1 receiver Braylon Edwards continues to sit out practice. The Browns are mum on the particulars of Edwards' injury, but Mangini believes Edwards will be fine by training camp.

  • Running back Jamal Lewis also is sitting out practice Thursday. He hinted that his ankle injury last year bothered him "a whole lot" during the 2008 season.

"I knew I had to get something done at the end of the season," Lewis said. "But I just did what I had to do. It wasn't something that could take me out of the game or take me out for the season."

  • Cleveland hired former NFL defensive lineman Kimo von Oelhoffen as a minority intern to assist the coaching staff and help teach the 3-4 scheme to Cleveland's defensive line. Von Oelhoffen played 15 years, primarily for the Cincinnati Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers and one year with the New York Jets under Mangini. Von Oelhoffen is perhaps most infamous for his hit while playing for Pittsburgh that blew out Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer's knee during a playoff game in January 2006.