There are just two more open practices at training camp remaining for fans! Here is what we learned from Day 14 of training camp for the Browns on Sunday.
CLEVELAND BROWNS TRAINING CAMP REPORT - DAY 14 (8/11/13)
- Fans End Practice on a Positive Note: One day, it's peanut butter sandwiches as a punishment. The next day, it's two fans stepping onto the field and making field goals to cancel post-practice meetings for the players. Head coach Rob Chudinzski is crafting a culture in that locker room, and so far, I haven't heard any complaints.
Both fans had to make 10-yard field goals, which is pretty easy to do, but not-so-easy if you've never kicked a thing in your life. Chudzinski did acknowledge that they held mini-tryout beforehand "to make sure that they could kick it, at least." The players went crazy in celebration after both kicks were made; certainly a nice, feel-good moment.
Now then...hopefully kickers Brandon Bogotay and Shayne Graham can follow their lead with some clutch kicks of their own.
Hardesty Progressing His Way Back: RB Montario Hardesty returned to individual drills during practice. The next step will be for him to participate in team drills as he recovers from a hamstring injury. Rob Chudzinski said that Hardesty will have the opportunity to showcase why he deserves his spot. Thankfully for Hardesty, there are still at least three weeks left of camp. TE Brad Smelley returned at the right time too, as he certainly needs to leave an impression in order to make the roster.
Big Day for Kanneh: According to Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal, CB Abdul Kanneh had a very good practice on Sunday against the backup quarterbacks:
Undrafted rookie cornerback Abdul Kennah had one interception and two pass breakups in team drills. He made all the plays against quarterback Brian Hoyer. Later, in a seven-on-seven session, he broke up a pass from quarterback Jason Campbell.Rising to the occasion in a big way can win you a spot on the practice squad.
Scoop It Up! As you can see in the videos below, the Browns ran a fun-looking drill where the ball was thrown at the ground (simulating a loose football), and the defenders would try to pick it up. It worked like a charm when CB Buster Skrine dove in to recover a fumble against the Rams on Thursday. Daryl Ruiter of 92.3 The Fan also pointed out that some of the footballs used for running back drills were coated in sand.
Still a Case of the Dropsies: We saw Rams receivers have plenty of drops against the Browns last week. According to multiple tweets, WR Josh Gordon beat CB Buster Skrine on a deep (and "perfectly thrown") pass by QB Brandon Weeden, but dropped it. It was pointed out that he later had a nice one-hand snag on a crossing route.
- Brownies: Mayor Frank Jackson was in attendance and talked with Browns owner Jimmy Haslam. ... WR Travis Benjamin caught a long pass by QB Brandon Weeden. ... WR Naaman Roosevelt has reportedly been making some very athletic catches in camp lately. ... Just like the previous week, the Browns had a Lions helmet on one of the blocking sleds this week. ... The Browns were not in full pads again.
Link Collection / Training Camp Sources
- Hardesty, Smelley return to action; Kosar apologizes, keeps TV gig (Ulrich, Akron Beacon Journal)
- Montario Hardesty returns to practice on limited basis (Reed, Plain Dealer)
- Bernie Kosar apologizes to Jeff Fisher for negative comments (Grossi, ESPN Cleveland)
Browns Camp News And Notes: Day 14 (Ruiter, 92.3 The Fan)