The third day of training camp brought three things: beautiful weather, the struggle of Brady Quinn, and the arrival of Mr. Shaun Rogers. After seeing this clip, you'll know exactly what I'm talking about (regarding Rogers).
TRAINING CAMP REPORT - DAY 3 (7/25/08)
Rogers Intercepts Quinn: The talk of the day came when Shaun Rogers tipped a pass from Brady Quinn, intended for running back Jerome Harrison, into the air. Then, the ball came down into Rogers' arms before he ran towards the end zone. Although he didn't make it all the way, he carried fullback Lawrence Vickers a few yards on a stiffarm.
Shaun Rogers' interception was the talk of Friday's practice, drawing the most cheers amongst fans. via blog.cleveland.com
Bad Day for Quinn: It wasn't a great day for Quinn, who threw three interceptions in teams drill. Obviously, the first one went to Rogers, as described above. The second one went to cornerback Brandon McDonald, his second pick in as many practice sessions, on a deep pass intended for receiver Kevin Kasper. On a pass from Anderson, McDonald almost had another interception over the middle, but he dropped it.
Hall Gets the Third: Rookie linebacker Alex Hall already made an impression on SI's Peter King, and he's continuing the big plays in camp. He was the recipient of Quinn's third interception. On the play, Hall broke into the backfield and grabbed a swing pass intended for Jamal Lewis. It didn't end their for Hall though -- unlike Rogers, he had the speed to take it the distance.
- Muffed Transfers: Quinn also had to fall on a snap during team drills after losing it. Reportedly, Derek Anderson also had that happen once. Anderson threw one pick on the day, but all-in-all outperformed Quinn on Day 3.
- Receiver Notes: Tony Grossi of the Plain Dealer has two nuggets on receivers battling in camp: Lance Leggett and Efrem Hill. Leggett beat defensive back Gerard Lawson on a deep pass from Anderson for a nice catch, while Hill made a nice 25-yard reception on a pass by Quinn.
Baxter Looks Good: Defensive back Gary Baxter looks good in camp. Whether or not he "actually" looks good or people have a bias to automatically think he looks good remains to be seen. I mean, really...whatever the guy does, it's going to be awe-inspiring, right?
- One-on-One: To close out practice, Romeo Crennel had a battle between an offensive lineman versus a defensive lineman in a run-blocking drill. This portion of practice was closed off to the media and the fans, according to the Plain Dealer. The first battle pitted Cliff Louis against Chase Pittman, while the second battle pitted Isaac Sowells against an "unidentifiable defensive player". With the entire team looking on, I'm sure that was very pressuring to guys who are desperately trying to win a roster spot.
Injury News: Running back Jason Wright sat out for the second straight practice -- reportedly having a hamstring injury. Rex Hadnot didn't play Friday due to an ankle injury suffered on Thursday. Seth McKinney filled in at right guard for him. Thank goodness for depth, eh?
The Browns return for two practice sessions on Saturday, as their game against the Jets approaches in a couple of weeks. Here are the sources for the Day 3 information:
Defense enjoys productive day (Official Site, Jackson)
Rogers' theft creates admiring buzz (Cleveland Plain Dealer, Cabot)
Browns training camp hits Day 3 (Cleveland Plain Dealer, Grossi)
Camp report: Wilson tries to shine (Orange and Brown Report, Greetham)