Rookie Leon McFadden is trying to make a quick impression on the coaching staff and make his case for being the starting cornerback opposite of Joe Haden. However McFadden will have a lot of ground to make up between now and Sept 8 as he tries to overtake veterans Chris Owens and Buster Skrine.

Owens is the favorite to open the season by virtue of his NFL experience. He's in his fifth season after four seasons with the Falcons after being a third-round pick of Atlanta. The Browns signed him as an unrestricted free agent to bolster the cornerback position.

"I feel honored that everyone is coming out here and competing for that number one spot" McFadden said. "It gives me motivation and there's pressure but every day we're out here giving it our all as DB's."

McFadden said he feels like he's coming along well and isn't worried about becoming a starter immediately.

"I feel like I'm making progress every day" he said. "I'm just competing every day and we'll know who's going to start when the season comes.

"Everybody is out here competing" he said. "I'm bringing my best game every day and the coaches are having the mindset of having a great team and the expectations that we have."

McFadden played at San Diego State in the Mountain West Conference known as a passing conference.

"That actually helped me out a lot playing in a league that passes the ball a lot" he said. "I think it was an advantage that in the Mountain West they threw the ball like (in the NFL)."

McFadden (5-10 195) knows when the real bullets start flying next week in the preseason opener with the Rams things will change.

In practice on Wednesday McFadden raced across the field and batted down a pass by Jason Campbell that was intended for Jordan Norwood.

"The (biggest difference) is the uptempo practices and being a professional those are the biggest differences" McFadden said. "Everybody is the best of the best and you have to mind your P's and Q's.