Browns fans have already had plenty to talk about on Friday, including a local reporter making an absurd comment about NT Phil Taylor, and then former team president Mike Holmgren unexpectedly showing up to training camp.
That, along with people like CBS Sports' Jim Nantz, the NFLPA's DeMaurice Smith, and referee Ed Hochuli showing up to training camp once again stole a little bit of the thunder of what was happening on the field. That should not be an issue Saturday evening at Family Fun Night, where I will be in attendance to take in practice at FirstEnergy Stadium. Nonetheless, let's get to what happened on Day 8 of training camp for the Cleveland Browns.
CLEVELAND BROWNS TRAINING CAMP REPORT - DAY 8 (8/2/13)
- Trent Richardson missed practice because he had "just a little headache." One year later, he sat out of practice because he had "just a little shin injury."
According to Browns head coach Rob Chudzinski, Richardson would have been fine to play a game, but they wanted to rest him after he was kicked in the shin during practice the other day. Sadly for fans, Richardson will sit out of Family Fun Night on Saturday. He also missed last year's Family Fun Night because he had surgery unexpectedly.
: Last year on August 2, I led off the camp report by saying that RB
- Changing of the Guards Again: For the second straight day, OG Jason Pinkston practiced with the first-team offense. John Greco returned to the first-string unit to play left guard, meaning Pinkston moved over to right guard. This time, it was Shawn Lauvao who practiced at center with the second-team offense (Greco did that on Thursday).
From the sounds of it, it sounds like the coaching staff still prefers the combination of Greco and Lauvao starting, but wanted to give each of them some practice reps as the backup center. However, there could be a slight chance that this was a critical evaluation period for Pinkston. If he really impressed the coaching staff, they can consider rotating he and Lauvao throughout the rest of camp.
- Kicker Competition Heats Up: The kickers still aren't getting great reviews, but the pressure is being placed on them more and more in camp. Veteran K Shayne Graham was given the day off for whatever reason, so rookie Brandon Bogotay got all of the situational reps during practice, and he was able to connect on 75% of his tries:
Brandon Bogotay went 3-4 on FGs capping 2min drill - hit from 46, 47, 51 and was wide left from 41 #Browns— Daryl Ruiter (@RuiterWrongFAN) August 2, 2013
- Bad Stroke of Luck for Gipson: After suffering a shoulder injury last Sunday when coming in on WR Josh Gordon, S Tashaun Gipson returned to team drills in limited action on Friday. It sounded like he may have suffered another injury, though, in 7-on-7 drills in the red zone. While trying to combat a touchdown pass from QB Brandon Weeden to WR Greg Little, Gipson "came down gingerly" and left the drill walking slowly. We'll see if he sits Saturday night, as S Johnson Bademosi continued taking most of the reps at free safety.
- Not Good for Conley: At this point, the best of the worst might win the position battles at kicker and punter. Therefore, shanks at punter can't look too good.
TJ Conley w/ a case of the shanks; sent punt into crowd, thought it had a chance to clear the fence; kicking game could be "interesting"— Daryl Ruiter (@RuiterWrongFAN) August 2, 2013
- Taylor Gets Into It: Maybe NT Phil Taylor thinks C Alex Mack is the one who told Pat Kirwan he should get cut. I'm all for some tough battles, but maybe Taylor should avoid, "delivering a forearm under Mack's chin." It got to the point where even rough-and-tough defensive line coach Joe Cullen had to shout, "enough, enough!" at Taylor, according to Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal.
- Injury Updates: Besides Richardson,RB Montario Hardesty (hamstring), FB Brock Bolen (calf), WR David Nelson (knee), TE Brad Smelley (hamstring), OL Ryan Miller (concussion), OT Chris Faulk (knee), OT Oniel Cousins (ankle), SS T.J. Ward, and CB Trevin Wade (tightness) missed practice. Nelson's knee reportedly felt better on Friday after he was bothered by it Thursday.
- Brownies: With Richardson and Hardesty out, RB Dion Lewis seemed to be the team's top running back. ... The Browns did not practice in full pads, but will be in full pads Saturday night. ... Ulrich says that QB Brian Hoyer seemed to be the primary No. 2 quarterback for the first time in camp, in terms of reps. ... Touchdown receptions belonged to RB Dion Lewis, WR Travis Benjamin, WR Greg Little (at least three), and WR Jordan Norwood. ... CB Leon McFadden picked off QB Jason Campbell, and S Johnson Bademosi dropped another interception on a pass thrown by QB Brandon Weeden. ... WR Greg Little did more work with the defensive line.
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- Richardson misses practice after another kick in the shin (Grossi, ESPN Cleveland)
- Richardson kicked in shin, idle until at least Monday (Cabot, Plain Dealer)
- News and notes from Day 8 of training camp (Petrak, Chronicle-Telegram)
- Richardson sidelined, former President Mike Holmgren visits (Ulrich, Akron Beacon Journal)
- Browns Camp Notebook: Day 8 (Ruiter, 92.3 The Fan)
- Richardson sits out; Taylor fights with Mack (Grayshock, WFNY)
Top 5 takeaways from 8th camp practice (Carucci, Official Site)