The Cleveland Browns had another offseason training activities session on Thursday, and the local media was there to report on it. One of the hot topics seemed to be the threat that TE Benjamin Watson will bring. Here's a summary from the media reports on what went down at the June 3rd practice...
June 3rd, 2010 - Cleveland Browns OTA Session Recap
- Ben Watson Comes on Strong: Watson was very effective catching the football and proved to be a threat down near the red zone, hauling in three touchdowns. Terry Pluto of the Plain Dealer also noted that Evan Moore continues to catch the ball well, and suggests that the young tight end might be a good slot receiver for the team in certain situations.
The Cyclone Formaion? Mike Holmgren said it, not me, according to the OBR:
Mike Holmgren alluded to a package where QB Seneca Wallace could be on the field with QB Jake Delhomme and or WR Josh Cribbs and call it the ‘cyclone’ after Wallace’s Iowa State days.
East-Coast Offense: According to QB Seneca Wallace, the Browns really haven't been showing a West-Coast Offense:
"The terminology is different," he said. "I’ve been used to the West Coast offense and here it’s more of an East Coast offense or New England-type of offense."
- Brian Schaefering Seeing Action: With DL Shaun Rogers rehabbing on the sideline, Schaefering has seen increased playing time and is taking advantage of the opportunity to be worked into the rotation. He batted down a Jake Delhomme pass during the session.
- Insertion of Wallace Into the 'Game': Pluto notes that the Browns have been practicing having Wallace come in at quarterback from their own one-yard line.
- Harrison Available to Media: We knew that RB Jerome Harrison was participating in OTAs, but this was the first time the media got to see him in action. Harrison was reportedly used often on passes from out of the backfield, and looked effective.
- Rotation at Safeties: It's hard to get an indication as to who the Browns' starting safety unit will be. According to Mary Kay Cabot of the Plain Dealer, the team has been rotating starting safeties. On Thursday, T.J. Ward and Ray Ventrone lined up with the first team.
Offensive Line Depth Chart: For Thursday's practice, this is how the first- and second-team offensive lines looked like:
------First Team: Joe Thomas (LT), Eric Steinbach (LG), Alex Mack (C), Scott Kooistra (RG), John St. Clair (RT)
------Second Team: Jason Capizzi (LT), Shawn Lauvao (LG), Eric Ghiaciuc (C), Floyd Womack (RG), Tony Pashos (RT)
Way to early to call it a surprise, but the only position out of place seems to be right guard.
- Linebacker News: Pluto highlights two linebackers as standing out -- Chris Gocong (for being all over the place and understanding the 3-4) and Marcus Bernard (for his speed pass rushing at the OLB position).
- Mangini Press Conference: Before the Thursday practice, Eric Mangini spoke to the media. Here's a full transcript of his conference.
Sources for the Information Above
- Cleveland Browns have found a pass-catching tight end (Plain Dealer, Pluto)
- Watson fitting in (OBR, Greetham)
- Cleveland Browns news and notes from June 3 OTAs (Plain Dealer, Cabot)
- Observations from Browns OTAs (Akron Beacon Journal, Ulrich)
- Rookie Hardesty getting plenty of chances (OBR, Jackson)