Quarterbacks Colt McCoy and Brandon Weeden tried to lead touchdown drives in one-minute drills on Thursday. Did they succeed? Mandatory Credit: David Richard-US PRESSWIRE
Much like the first day of training camp, Day 7 will be overshadowed by the news that the Cleveland Browns have been sold to Jimmy Haslam. The announcement was not made until after the practice ended, though, so it is a little bit different than Day 1. Earlier in the day, we announced the return of tight end Evan Moore and Ahtyba Rubin to practice. After the jump is the full recap of what went down, including news on Trent Richardson being out with a headache, the second-string offensive line, and how the quarterbacks did in some one-minute drills.
TRAINING CAMP REPORT - DAY 7 (8/2/12)
- Headache for Richardson: Running back Trent Richardson was held out of most of the team drills with what head coach Pat Shurmur deemed a headache. When the team went out on the field for their afternoon walk-thru sessions (these are closed to the public but available to the media), Richardson was out on the field with the team, according to Tony Grossi of ESPN Cleveland. If this is just a normal headache, he should be back to work Saturday morning.
- Moore & Rubin Need to Wait: Although tight end Evan Moore and defensive tackle Ahtyba Rubin were activated from the non-football injury and PUP lists, respectively, they did not participate in team drills. Shurmur said that players activated from these lists cannot put full pads on for three days. That puts them on schedule to return fully for Monday's afternoon practice session.
- Second-String Offensive Line: For the past three practices, right tackle Mitchell Schwartz has been practicing with the first-team offense instead of rotating with Oniel Cousins. Steve Doerschuk of the Canton Repository described what the second-string offensive line looked like today, which makes for some useful information since it paints a picture of the depth chart. Here was the second unit:
LT Ryan Miller
LG Stanley Daniels
C John Greco
RG Dominic Alford
RT Oniel Cousins
This depth chart is interesting on several fronts. Miller is the team's fifth-round pick, and he was projected to be a guard. He has the size to be a tackle, though, and Shurmur initially said he would try him out on the outside and the inside. Right now, he's getting reps at a position behind a guy who hasn't missed a snap in his career. I'm not surprised to hear about Greco at center or Cousins at right tackle. It's interesting to see Alford at right guard, because I projected him to be at tackle. My preseason projections would have Miller and Alford swapped in the alignment above. Daniels has been around since 2007 with 4 career starts, so it's not surprising to see him on the second-string line.
- Tracking Weeden's Efficiency: Will Burge from ESPN Cleveland tried to keep track of Brandon Weeden's "stat line" during Thursday's practice, if there is such a thing. Burge had Weeden at 18-of-23 on the day with no interceptions, with several receivers having receptions of 15+ yards or more. He continues to attack downfield, showing that even with the same West Coast Offense, we'll see a contrast at the quarterback position compared to a year ago.
- Weeden's One-Minute Drill: The offenses operated some one-minute drills on Thursday, this time needing a touchdown instead of a field goal, presumably. The drives started from midfield. According to reports, Weeden made a "rookie mistake" by throwing a swing pass to RB Montario Hardesty when there was only :03 left on the clock. LB D'Qwell Jackson made the initial hit on Hardesty near the three-yard line, and then LB Chris Gocong smacked Hardesty out of bounds before he could get to the end zone. After practice, Shurmur acknowledged that Weeden has got to take a shot at the end zone in that situation.
- McCoy's Two-Minute Drill: According to Scott Petrak of the Chronicle-Telegram, Colt McCoy's two-minute drill came to an end when WR Travis Benjamin was not able to catch a well-thrown pass after tight coverage by CB Buster Skrine.
- Gordon Continues to Turn Heads: Pat Kirwan and Tim Ryan from Sirius NFL Radio were in Berea today, and they also hosted a show from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM that was nothing but Browns coverage. A user over at the OBR forums did a great job giving play-by-play of all the interviews they did. Kirwin posted one tweet about the practice, and it was about wide receiver Josh Gordon: "with the Browns today...watched B Weeden run a very good 2 minute drill & Josh Gordon looks like the real deal."
- Young Out With an Undisclosed Injury: Safety Usama Young missed practice with an undisclosed injury, and oddly enough, no one Pat Shurmur about it in his post-practice news conference. Defensive linemen Frostee Rucker (leg) and Brian Schaefering (thigh) were sidelined for the second straight day.
- Brownies: Interceptions belonged to defensive backs Tashaun Gipson and Dimitri Patterson, who picked off Thaddeus Lewis and Seneca Wallace, respectively, in 11-on-11 drills. ... WR Josh Gordon caught a pass after a deflection and then proceeded to level CB Joe Haden after the catch. ... Every tight end, including Alex Smith and Dan Gronkowski, seem to be getting good reviews in camp. ... Defensive end Marcus Benard continued with the first-team defense with Rucker out. ... RB Montario Hardesty got most of the first-team reps with Richardson sidelined. ... There will be morning practices Friday and Saturday, with another off day on Sunday.
Link Collection / Training Camp Sources
- Eyes on Berea, 8/2/12 (ESPN Cleveland, Burge)
- Practice observation: be well, Joe Thomas (Canton Repository, Doerschuk)
- Browns training camp snapshot (Akron Beacon Journal, Ulrich)
- All about Benjamin (The OBR, Greetham)
- Training camp notes from camp (WTAM, Knott)
- Alex Smith is shining in training camp (News-Herald, Schudel)