Training camp was scheduled to be closed to the public on Wednesday, and the conditions in the morning were rainy. It might have been nice to get some of the players better acclimated to Cleveland weather, but head coach Pat Shurmur decided to call things off: he gave players the day off.
That's not to say the day was a complete waste. The team reportedly spent the morning holding tryouts at punter, according to Tony Grossi of the Plain Dealer. Another important revelation was made by the team regarding the next training camp session that will be open to the general public. On Thursday, August 4th, practice has been moved to 4:10 pm. The session will last until 6:00 pm, meaning it will be 40 minutes shorter than originally scheduled.
The reason for the move? We've been hearing that veteran free agent signings could not start practicing until August 4th. More specifically, they could not start practicing until 4:00 pm on August 4th, because that is when the official league year begins. Changing the practice time will allow players like OG John Greco, OG Billy Yates, RB Brandon Jackson, TE Evan Moore, DL Jayme Mitchell DL Derreck Robinson, DL Brian Schaefering, LB Marcus Benard, S Usama Young, and K Phil Dawson to participate, making it the first full camp session of the year. Whoever the Browns sign at punter will be allowed to participate too. Due to the time change, I might be able to make it to Thursday's session in person, but I'll see.