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Here's our weekly look at the contributions made by Browns rookies this season:
CB Joe Haden (first round): Haden notched six tackles in Sunday's win at New Orleans, equaling a season high. The former Florida star has 24 tackles and one interception in seven games (one start). He is the Browns' third cornerback. Haden also has added five special-teams tackles.
S T.J. Ward (second round): Ward recorded six tackles (four solo) and defended a pass in the win vs. the Saints. He leads the Browns with 60 tackles. Ward, who played collegiately at Oregon, also has six special-teams tackles and has blocked a field goal. He has started all seven games.
QB Colt McCoy (third round): McCoy earned his first win as an NFL starter in Week Seven, completing 9-of-16 passes for 74 yards with no TDs and no interceptions. He was sacked once.
On Monday, head coach Eric Mangini assessed McCoy's play and outlined how he will go about determining the pecking order at quarterback for the Week Nine game vs. New England after the bye:
"The thing I was most happy with in terms of Colt's play was he improved in some areas and there were some areas that were, it's a work in progress, but he was consistent and he was poised again. I thought he made some really good decisions in terms not taking a sack and throwing the ball out of bounds. Those things are things that I think are positives. With the decision as we get Seneca (Wallace) back, and Jake (Delhomme) back, which we may have a chance for one or both against New England, then I'll just sit down and think about it. I'll talk to (offensive coordinator) Brian (Daboll), I'll talk to (president) Mike (Holmgren), I'll definitely get his input. He's been through these decisions quite a few times. It's got to get to the point where it really is a decision as opposed to where we're at now, where we just got a couple games under our belts."
Delhomme started in Week One and suffered an ankle injury. Wallace started the next four games but suffered an ankle injury of his own in Week Five, and Delhomme was injured further in relief of Wallace. McCoy has started the last two games.
OG Shawn Lauvao (third round): A reserve right guard, Lauvao was active for the first time in Week Seven when starting ORG Floyd Womack moved to right tackle because of injuries. Veteran Billy Yates started in Womack's spot, with Lauvao appearing as a reserve. Lauvao had missed time with an ankle injury earlier in the season.
SS Larry Asante (fifth round): He was waived on Sept. 4 and signed to the Browns' practice squad the next day.
WR Carlton Mitchell (sixth round): Mitchell was active for the first time in Week Seven with WR Mohamed Massaquoi (concussion) inactive. He appeared as a reserve but wasn't targeted in the passing game.
DL Travis Ivey (undrafted free agent): Waived from the roster on Sept. 4 and re-signed to the practice squad Sept. 5.
DL Brian Sanford (undrafted free agent): Like Ivey, he was re-signed to the practice squad Sept. 5 after being waived the previous day.
Notes: RB Montario Hardesty (second round, No. 59) is on injured reserve after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in the Browns' final preseason game. ... DE Clifton Geathers (sixth round, No. 186) was waived by the Browns on Sept. 4. The Dolphins claimed him on Sept. 5, waived him from their roster on Sept. 14, re-signed him to the practice squad Sept. 15 and waived him from the practice squad Sept. 18. ... WR Johnathan Haggerty (undrafted free agent) was waived/injured on Aug. 16 with a foot injury and is currently on Cleveland's injured-reserve list.