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Cleveland Browns Training Camp Report: Day 3 - Practice Moves Indoors

Cleveland Browns offensive linesman Caylin Hauptmann (61), left, and offensive linesman Ryan Miller (60) hit the sled during training camp at the Cleveland Browns Training Facility on Friday. Miller got hurt when practice moved indoors on Saturday.
Cleveland Browns offensive linesman Caylin Hauptmann (61), left, and offensive linesman Ryan Miller (60) hit the sled during training camp at the Cleveland Browns Training Facility on Friday. Miller got hurt when practice moved indoors on Saturday.
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After two beautiful weather days to open camp, the Cleveland Browns were forced to move practice indoors, a move that prevented fans from being able to see practice, as we reported earlier today. The rain fell steady for most of the day in Cleveland from around 7 AM to 2:30 PM, before finally clearing up and being overcast the rest of the day. By then, it was too late, as the decision had already (wisely) been made. Let's get to what happened on Day 3 of training camp for the Browns.

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. Scary Incident for Browns' Lineman: During 1-on-1 drills, an unidentified player went down and was on the ground for several minutes before being carted away in an ambulance. After the media was scrambling to find out who the injury was too, the team finally announced that it was OG Ryan Miller.

    After practice, head coach Rob Chudzinski said that Miller suffered a head injury (later confirmed to be a concussion) after a helmet collision in the 1-on-1 drills. Miller was taken to the Cleveland Clinic main campus and was released about three hours later, according to reports. LT Joe Thomas said that Miller was unconscious for a brief period of time, as the entire team knelt down in prayer when the incident occurred. We'll likely have a further update on Miller's condition on Sunday.

  2. Shoulder Pads, Not Full Pads: Because practice was moved inside, the players were only in shoulder pads and helmets, instead of being in full pads. One of the good things, injury-wise, was that NT Phil Taylor started participating in individual drills, which means he could be close to working in the team drills.

  3. Universal Praise for Dion Lewis: All of the media reports seemed to have high praise for the quickness showed by RB Dion Lewis on screen passes Saturday. After practice, Chudzinski explained that part of their agenda today was to work on getting the timing and rhythm of the screens down pat.

    ESPN Cleveland's Tony Grossi said that Lewis has that "stop-and-go ability that had several defensive players grasping at air" and that LB Quentin Groves "fell flat on his stomach as Lewis ran away from him" on one play. There was also this:

  4. Kick Return Contenders: Yesterday, we mentioned that CB Joe Haden might have been one of the candidates who would return kickoffs. That was not the case on Saturday, though. Four people were getting reps as the kickoff returner: WR Travis Benjamin, CB Johnson Bademosi, RB Dion Lewis, and CB Buster Skrine. It's hard to imagine anyone else on the roster besides one of those four guys being the kick returner on opening day.

  5. Mingo and Sheard in Coverage: One of the questions about our outside linebackers is how well they can perform in coverage. According to multiple reports, OLB Barkevious Mingo dropped back into coverage at least 20 yards down the field on TE Brad Smelley. QB Brian Hoyer tried throwing the out route to Smelley, but Mingo was able to knock it away and nearly had an interception. It sounds like OLB Jabaal Sheard hasn't been too bad in that area either:

  6. Good News for JMJ? At this point, ILB James-Michael Johnson can probably use as much positive press as he can get. If there is any saving grace to the fact that he isn't even being considered for a starting role and isn't really a fit for the 3-4 defense, it is the fact that he is still playing at inside linebacker with the second-team defense. Grossi says that Johnson is joined by ILB L.J. Fort on the second team, meaning ILB Tank Carder must be with the third team.

  7. False Start for Pinkston: It can't be the best news for OG Jason Pinkston that he was working at left guard on the second-team defense for the third straight day. On top of that, there was a drill in which Pinkston caused a false start and was yanked (and replaced by OG Caylin Hauptmann, according to Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal). After practice, Chudzinski said the reason a player got pulled (he did not reference Pinkston) was because not committing false starts was a point of emphasis for that particular drill.

  8. Brownies: WR Jordan Norwood got some work with the first-team offense and made at least one nice grab. ... TE Kellen Davis (knee) also returned to individual drills. ... Ulrich notes that TE Gary Barnidge made an impressive catch near the sideline on a pass by QB Brian Hoyer. ... Chudzinski confirmed my suspicion from Friday that OT Oniel Cousins will be out a few weeks with his ankle injury. ... Recently-signed FB Brock Bolen had to miss practice with a calf injury. ... Another offensive line vs. defensive line scuffle broke out during practice. ... The Browns will be in full pads on Sunday if they are able to practice outside.

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