The temperatures were a little warmer in Cleveland on Sunday as the Browns took the practice field in Berea for Day 2 of training camp. The practice took place between 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. After signing his contract between practices on Saturday, first-round pick Joe Haden was able to participate in camp today. What else happened on the first day of August?
TRAINING CAMP REPORT - DAY 2 (8/1/10)
Elam in Coverage: CBSSports.com had some praise for safety Abram Elam today, noting he made several good plays in coverage. Also receiving praise from CBS for their "blanketing coverage" were starting cornerbacks Eric Wright and Sheldon Brown.
Hillis Impresses at Receiver: Fullback Peyton Hillis might have gotten knocked back by D'Qwell Jackson yesterday, but he's already had great practices in terms of catching the football. One article I read yesterday indicated that Hillis has better hands than a lot of receivers in the league. The OBR notes that in team scrimmages, Hillis caught a 40-yard pass from Seneca Wallace on a third down play, and later had a 30-yard reception coming on a short pass that he ran for yards after the catch on. Maybe the Browns can be known for having the best receiving team in the league for players who aren't labeled as "wide receivers."
The Playbook Online: When head coach Eric Mangini spoke to the media before practice on Sunday, he mentioned that CB Joe Haden has been studying the playbook the past few weeks with the aid of an online program the team provides. I guess it makes sense to have those things computerized, but you better not let a copy get into the hands of someone else.
Haden's First Day Duties: Haden worked with the second-team defense Sunday afternoon, and also saw some action on the punt coverage team. Interestingly enough, with the team searching for a gunner who can spell Joshua Cribbs, Haden worked at that position and did a good job maneuvering around defenders. The Akron Beacon Journal article below has more details on Haden's first day.
Mangini on Rogers: When asked about DL Shaun Rogers, who is still on the PUP list, Mangini said the team will work him at both defensive end positions when he returns. Mangini noted that Rogers has also been lobbying to play tight end and fullback in goal line formations.
Take a Lap: Someone asked yesterday whether any players were still having to run laps after a mistake. The answer to that is "yes." In fact, even Joshua Cribbs reportedly had to run a lap after he muffed a punt.
Still Settling With St. Clair: That must be some cold that Tony Pashos has. He was in uniform, but did not participate much for the second straight day, only running in 'light agility drills' per the ABJ. That means more time for John St. Clair. Given how bad St. Clair has played in the past, Pashos might be gaining bonus points every time the coaches see St. Clair take the field.
A Change in Formation: The Browns had a slight change in the offensive line Sunday, as rookie Shawn Lauvao stepped in at right guard with the first team while Floyd Womack shifted over to the right tackle position.
Dawson Stays Accurate: I just remembered that I had a dream that the team waived Phil Dawson for no good reason. Thankfully that's not the case, as the reliable kicked drilled seven kicks in a row from different lengths as practice came to a close, per the team's official Twitter page.
Good Day for DeAngelo Smith: Smith, a cornerback who was on the Browns briefly last season, had Seneca Wallace's number Sunday as he intercepted the quarterback in 7-on-7 drills and also broke up a pass of his intended for TE Robert Royal.
Brownies: QB Colt McCoy hit WR Johnathan Haggerty for a touchdown in the back of the end zone...receivers Brian Robiskie and Chansi Stuckey continued to catch the ball well...RB Jerome Harrison broke through the line on two different plays...the team was in full pads for Sunday's afternoon session.
- Double Brownies: That first list was getting a bit long, so here's a couple more quick hitters...LB David Veikune did not practice; he was riding the stationary bike...former Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar, who we can't wait to hear announce the preseason games again, was in attendance and chatted with a few of the players and coaches...the team was forced to sprint at the end of practice, as seen in the picture at the top.
FB Peyton Hillis was busy showing off his hands and running after the catch.
CB Joe Haden made his debut.
Sunday's Link Collection / Camp Sources
- Observations from Browns training camp, Day 2 (Akron Beacon Journal, Ulrich)
- Browns Rapid Reports (CBS Sports, Gitlin)
- Haden feels 'blessed' (The OBR, Greetham)
- Cleveland Browns Sunday practice quick hits (Plain Dealer, Cabot)
- Haden makes his debut (The OBR, Greetham)
Photos credited to ClevelandBrowns.com.
The Browns practice twice on Monday. The early session is from 8:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m, and the evening session is from 5:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.