It was the second day of Cleveland Browns Mini-Camp on Friday, and the good news is that the offense reportedly looked much smoother than it did the first day, as the number of bad throws or dropped passes were reduced significantly, following more of the trend that was set in offseason training activities.
CLEVELAND BROWNS MINI-CAMP NOTES (JUNE 11 - DAY 2)
- Haggerty Makes an Impression: Thus far, there have been two rookie receivers who have made some noise in team practices -- draft pick Carlton Mitchell, and undrafted free agent Johnathan Haggerty. It's always fun to watch out for that one "steal" who might just turn out to be a legitimate NFL player, but oftentimes (at least with the Browns) they are hard to come by, minus Joshua Cribbs. The Plain Dealer notes that Haggerty was catching everything that came his way, including three touchdown passes in the red zone of 7-on-7's and a few nice snags in the two-minute drill.
- Don't Leave Out Robiskie: It's hard to get a gauge of just how many offensive sets the Browns run, but the OBR reports than Brian Robiskie had either 5 or 6 touchdowns in the morning session alone. Robiskie continues his tear, but Mohamed Massaquoi isn't staying completely quiet either -- he caught another bomb from Delhomme that went for about a 60-yard play.
- Defining Roles: Since the new quarterbacks have come on board, it almost seems as if the receivers have grown into their niches. Massaquoi is the home-run threat, Robiskie is the possession receiver, and Stuckey is the in-between man. Jake Delhomme might not be a quality starter anymore, but the chemistry he builds early on with these youngsters is important.
- $150,000 Extra Offered to RFA's: That's right...quite a nice chunk of change of extra money offered to the restricted free agents to sign on the dotted line, eh? At least the three holdouts -- Matt Roth, D'Qwell Jackson, and Abram Elam -- declined. The reason? In order to get the $150,000 incentive, not only would the Browns have to win ten games or make the playoffs, but the players would have to reach individual milestones as well.
- Steinbach's New Role: Inspired by the creativity of mooncamping, the Browns ran a play down near the red zone in which Eric Steinbach came out as an eligible receiver. The ball didn't go his way, however, so no highlight-reel catch for Mr. Steinbach.
Starting Defense: According to the Akron Beacon Journal, here is how the team's starting first-unit looked:
------Robaire Smith (DE), Ahtyba Rubin (DT), Kenyon Coleman (DE)
------Scott Fujita (OLB), David Veikune (ILB), Chris Gocong (ILB), David Bowens (OLB)
------Sheldon Brown (CB), Ray Ventrone (S), Mike Adams (S) and Joe Haden (CB)
Considering the team's injuries (Eric Wright, Shaun Rogers, T.J. Ward, Larry Asante), holdouts (D'Qwell Jackson, Abram Elam, Matt Roth), the depth chart really can't be evaluated too much.
- Field Goal Competition? I still think Phil Dawson will be the guy, but both he and Shaun Suisham went 2-of-3 in kicks to end practice.
- A Sign of Things to Come? With rookie running back Montario Hardesty on board, he and Jerome Harrison continue splitting reps with the first team. I still think Harrison should be the starter, but there's no reason we can't adopt the two running back system that so many other teams in the league have made effective at times.
- Friday's Raw Practice Footage: Here is is, a minute and a half in length.
NEWS SOURCES FOR MINICAMP REPORTS:
- Cleveland Browns' rookie Johnathan Haggerty catching coaches' attention (Plain Dealer, Cabot)
- Observations from Friday's first mini-camp session (Akron Beacon Journal, Ulrich)
- Observations from Friday's second mini-camp session (Akron Beacon Journal, Ulrich)
- Receiver: So far, so good (The OBR, Greetham)