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Cleveland Browns Training Camp Report: Day 2 - The Wrath of Joe Haden

CB Joe Haden was a machine on Day 2 of Cleveland Browns training camp.
CB Joe Haden was a machine on Day 2 of Cleveland Browns training camp.
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The Cleveland Browns took to the field Friday afternoon for Day 2 of training camp, as the weather conditions were slightly warmer than Thursday but still at a very comfortable 75 degrees and sunny. While Day 1 of training camp was highlighted by NT Phil Taylor sitting out, Day 2 of training camp saw the return of a certain someone to the field.

Side note: I'll be going to Berea for Browns training camp this Sunday, weather permitting. If you'd like me to try to pay attention to someone or something in particularly, let me know.


  1. Welcome Back, Mr. Nelson: Friday morning, new Browns WR David Nelson tweeted that his excitement that he was cleared to return to practice. Nelson began camp on the PUP/active list, meaning he could be taken off at any time. That day was today, as Nelson was healthy enough to participate in practice for the first time since he tore his ACL in the season opener with the Bills last year.

    According to head coach Rob Chudzinski, Nelson was still limited to the individual positional drills during practice, and will be evaluated again before he moves on to the team drills. That is pretty much standard procedure for anyone who comes back from an injury.

  2. The Wrath of Joe Haden: If today was any indication of the type of season that CB Joe Haden is in for, then opposing quarterbacks around the league are going to be shrieking in terror if they have to throw his direction. Haden's performance on Friday was the talk of Day 2, especially when he jumped a three-yard out route from QB Brandon Weeden to WR Josh Gordon and took it for a pick six.

    On Thursday, WR Greg Little made a nice deep grab on Haden. Today, Haden got his revenge:
    According to Scott Petrak of the Chronicle-Telegram, after practice, Haden said that his goal is to be an elite corner this year, with the first step being to make the Pro Bowl. He also said that getting married has settled him down off the field -- less time with his friends, and more time at home.

  3. Benjamin on Punts, Haden on Kicks? There really wasn't any doubt that WR Travis Benjamin would be the Browns' punt returner this year. According to Steve Doerschuk of the Canton Repoistory, Benjamin confirmed after practice that he will 100 percent be the punt returner. The interesting this is that he said CB Joe Haden, along with himself and a few other players, are in the mix to see who will return kickoffs. As a rookie in 2010, Haden actually returned 4 kicks for 96 yards.

  4. Day of the Defensive Backs: Although Haden was great, he wasn't the only one having a solid day: a bunch of defensive backs were making the quarterbacks miserable. Let's start with the cornerbacks. There was a slight switch from Day 1 of camp; CB Chris Owens worked with the first-team defense, and then CB Buster Skrine would rotate in to take his place.

    Doerschuk referred to Owens as a "fearless corner" after he wasn't afraid to get physical with big WR Greg Little. Former NFL defensive back Je'Rod Cherry was telling ESPN Cleveland's Will Burge that he "likes what he sees from Owens" so far. Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal said that Skrine picked off QB Jason Campbell when he tried to throw a hook route to WR Josh Gordon. You can't like Gordon being the target on all of these picks.

  5. Haden wasn't the only defensive back who thrived on Day 2 of training camp. Here, CB Buster Skrine knocks away a pass intended for WR Josh Gordon. Credit: Ron Schwane-USA TODAY Sports

  6. The Battle at Safety: Over the first two days of camp, Tashaun Gipson seems to have a firm grip on the starting role at free safety, especially with this type of post-practice assessment from Chudzinski:
    Burge complimented Gipson for having "great instincts on the underneath routes" and a good day overall. One of those plays was a breakup on a pass for TE Jordan Cameron, which I'll get more into in the next bullet point.

    Jeff Schudel of the News-Herald said that CB Johnson Bademosi was "making the quarterbacks look bad." According to reports, Bademosi dropped an interception from QB Brian Hoyer, and also dropped an interception in a one-on-one drill with a wide receiver earlier on. It's good that Bademosi is getting into position, but now the next step is to pull those balls in for interceptions. Bademosi and rookie FS Jamoris Slaughter were the safeties with the second-team defense.

  7. Cameron Looking to Snap Out of It: Some people have jobs locked up, but that isn't the case for TE Jordan Cameron. He has shined in past camps, but he's off to a really rough start over the first two days of camp. The latest miscue came in 11-on-11 drills; according to Doerschuk, QB Brandon Weeden threw the ball over the middle to Cameron, who just stood there, rather than attacking the ball, which allowed S Tashaun Gipson to come in and knock it away.
    Meanwhile, TE Kellen Davis (knee) sat out again, but should be back soon.

  8. Lauvao Stays on First Team: Because of how important the competition at right guard is, this still warrants its own bullet point: for the second straight day, Shawn Lauvao was at right guard with the first-team defense, like Jason Pinkston was at left guard with the second-team defense.

  9. Cousins Leaves Walks Off: Veteran OT Oniel Cousins went down late in practice and then walked off the field with a trainer. After practice, Chudzinski said that Cousins rolled his ankle, so I imagine he'll be sidelined for the next couple of practices.

  10. Brownie Points With the Fans: This won't help RB Brandon Jackson's chances of making the roster, but it certainly scored him a lot of brownie points with fans in attendance:

  11. Brownies: Ulrich said that offensive coordinator Norv Turner got fired up at the end of practice, chewing out WR Naaman Roosevelt and TE Brad Smelley on back-to-back plays. Defensive coordinator Ray Horton was fuming after the defense twice came out with only 10 players. ... One report had Josh Aubrey listed at safety, so we can probably shift him over from our original list of having him at cornerback.

    Whether it means much remains to be seen, but Ulrich noticed that former Jets punter T.J. Conley, not Spencer Lanning, saw reps first at punter. ... CB Trevin Wade intercepted a pass that went in and out of the hands of WR Jordan Norwood. ... WR Greg Little stayed after practice to get extra work in on the JUGGS machine. WR Josh Gordon practiced after having a leg cramp on Thursday. ... The Browns will have their first padded practice on Saturday, but Chudzinski doesn't want people taking each other to the ground just yet.

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