The final day of Cleveland Browns training camp practice for the public has come and gone, but the team will still be hard at work over the next couple of weeks as they get set for the regular season. What happened during the morning and evening sessions today?
TRAINING CAMP REPORT - DAY 20 [MORNING & EVENING] (8/19/10)
Right Side of the Line: During the morning session, the right side of the offensive line still looked a bit gloomy with Billy Yates (RG) and Scott Kooistra (RT) playing with the first-team offense. During the evening session though, things got a little bit better when veteran tackle John St. Clair returned to the lineup. Veteran Tony Pashos was expected to return to practice in the evening too, but was only seen riding the exercise bike.
Massaquoi Back in Time?: Although he missed the morning practice, receiver Mohamed Massaquoi returned to participate in the evening session. That might put him in line to play this Saturday against the Rams.
Wallace-to-Royal: One of the offensive highlights of the morning practice came on a play in which Seneca Wallace fired the ball to Robert Royal on an out right to the sideline. Royal caught the ball before falling out of bounds for a nice completion.
Chancellor Has a Good Morning: I guess rookie free agent defensive back Chris Chancellor wanted to make a name for himself to fans just before practice closed to the public. He had a nice morning session, intercepting two of Seneca Wallace's passes. Also, on a nice deep ball that Wallace threw to Syndric Steptoe, Chancellor was able to break up the play, according to Grossi.
Hillis Levels Ventrone: You're really not supposed to make heavy contact in practice, but fullback Peyton Hillis reportedly "flattened" safety Ray Ventrone on a play. Hillis later caught a touchdown pass in a drill where he was part of the scout-team offense (imitating the Rams).
Moore Continues to be a Threat: Although tight end Evan Moore has had a few drops here and there throughout camp (he had one today), he always seems to make up for them and the quarterbacks love throwing to him. Moore was on the receiving end of a 35-yard touchdown strike thrown by Wallace. After Chansi Stuckey dropped a pass in the morning from Jake Delhomme, Delhomme came right back on the next play and went to Moore.
Ratliff Over McCoy: Not that Colt McCoy's roster spot is in jeopardy or anything crazy like that, but Grossi notes that Brett Ratliff had more reps in the morning session that McCoy. That might mean we'll see Ratliff before seeing McCoy against the Rams, something Mangini hinted at before the team's first preseason game.
Wallace on the First Team: I'm not sure exactly what this means, but Eric Mangini said that Wallace will see some time with the first-team offense against the Rams, and that the first-teamers should play the first half. Maybe Delhomme will see a quarter and a half of action?
Sheldon Brown's Speed: I'll quote the Canton Repository's Steve Doerschuk here in full regarding a note he had on Sheldon Brown's speed (check out his full article below):
In a one-on-one passing drill, Josh Cribbs was running stride for stride with 31-year-old CB Sheldon Brown. About 25 yards out, Cribbs began to pull away. Jake Delhomme unloaded a bomb that led Cribbs into the left corner of the end zone. Cribbs is fast but not a burner. The scene made me wonder about how much speed Brown has lost.
Brownies: Mangini said that LB David Bowens could be ready to practice next week...WR Carlton Mitchell and CB Gerard Lawson walked off in the morning practice with injuries, but returned for the evening...S Abram Elam dropped a would-be interception thrown by Delhomme in the morning.
- T-Dog's Report at the OBR: A regular mod/poster over at the OBR, T-Dog, posted his review of the evening session of Browns camp. It's a nice little article with some notes on Reggie Hodges' different types of punts, and some of the "little" plays you don't hear reported on very much.
Thursday's Link Collection / Camp Sources
- Observations from Browns training camp, first practice (Akron Beacon Journal, Ulrich)
- Observations from Browns training camp, second practice (Akron Beacon Journal, Ulrich)
- Browns conduct last day of practice open to fans (Plain Dealer, Grossi)
- Browns' McCoy and Rams' Bradford to renew rivalry (Plain Dealer, Grossi)
- McCoy trying not to go crazy (Canton Repository, Doerschuk)