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Cleveland Browns Training Camp Report: Day 5 - Two-Minute Drills

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The string of cool temperatures continued in Cleveland for Day 5 of Browns training camp. Today's report is back to being a recap of what the media said -- sadly, I can't always make it out to Berea (although I did get a live look in at 4 PM on the team's website). Let's get to what happened on Day 5 of training camp for the Browns.


  1. Phil Taylor Returns to Action: The Browns decided to not go with full pads on Monday; instead, players were in shoulder pads and shorts. Still, the timing was right for NT Phil Taylor to participate in team drills at training camp for the first time since 2011. Taylor missed all of camp last year with a torn pectoral, and was limited through four days this year with a calf injury.

    Taylor jumped right in with the first-team defense, although he was limited in the number of reps he had. He could be available to play at the Family Fun Night practice at the stadium this Saturday. When Taylor wasn't in there, either John Hughes or Ishmaa'ily Kitchen worked with the first-team defense.

  2. Tendinitis for Gordon: At training camp on Monday, some people were questioning the body language that WR Josh Gordon was showing. Then, they knew something was up when he was taking part in team drills. According to head coach Rob Chudzinski, he had patella tendonitis in his knee, and they wanted to give him a rest. "He started out, tried to push through it, but we pulled him and sat him down for the rest of practice," said Chudzinski after practice. Chudzinski also said he isn't too concerned about it, so I won't be either.

  3. Two-Minute Drills: My favorite drills to watch at training camp are the two-minute drills. It always makes for a tense simulation, because the offense doesn't want to lose and the defense doesn't want to give up the lead. It's too bad these drills weren't done on Sunday, but that's alright. Several members of the media tweeted about the action that was taking place, so I will do my best to present a play-by-play of what happened. Daryl Ruiter of 92.3 The Fan in particular did a great job of providing the details.

  4. Brandon Weeden vs. 1st-Team Defense: To set the stage, Ruiter said that the offense was losing 21-20 with 0:50 on the clock and starting 60 yards away from the end zone. In that situation, teams typically need at least 25 yards to get a shot at a field goal attempt. Here is what QB Brandon Weeden and company did against the 1st-team defense:

    1st-and-10 @ own 40: Weeden completes to WR Travis Benjamin for a gain of 21 yards.
    1st-and-10 @ opp 39: Weeden throws incomplete to WR Greg Little.
    2nd-and-10 @ opp 39: Weeden completes to WR Travis Benjamin for a gain of 15 yards.
    1st-and-10 @ opp 24: Weeden spikes the ball to stop the clock with 0:03 left.

    Veteran K Shayne Graham was brought out to attempt a 43-yard field goal, and he nailed it.

  5. Jason Campbell vs. 2nd-Team Defense: Now it was QB Jason Campbell's turn, under the same scenario as described above, against the 2nd-team defense:

    1st-and-10 @ own 40: Campbell completes to WR Jordan Norwood for a gain of 5 yards.
    2nd-and-5 @ own 45: Campbell throws an incomplete pass.
    3rd-and-5 @ own 45: Campbell completes to WR Josh Cooper for a gain of 9 yards.
    1st-and-10 @ opp 46: Campbell throws an incomplete pass.
    2nd-and-10 @ opp 46: Campbell throws an incomplete pass.
    3rd-and-10 @ opp 46: Campbell completes to WR Mike Edwards for a gain of 10 yards.
    1st-and-10 @ opp 36: Campbell completes to WR Jordan Norwood for a 36-yard touchdown.

    Norwood beat CB Abdul Kanneh in coverage on the play for the score. The coaches still wanted to give K Brandon Bogotay a chance to work under pressure, though, so they still had him attempt a 48-yard field goal, and he made it.

  6. Brandon Weeden vs. 1st-Team Defense: It was Weeden's turn again, but the scenario had changed: the offense was now losing 24-20 with 0:52 left, starting 38 yards away from the end zone. They needed to be aggressive and go for the touchdown, so keep that in mind in case a mistake is made.

    1st-and-10 @ opp 38: Weeden completes to RB Trent Richardson for a gain of 6 yards.
    2nd-and-4 @ opp 32: A defensive penalty of the 5-yard variety gives the offense a first down.
    1st-and-10 @ opp 27: Weeden completes to WR Greg Little for a gain of 20 yards.
    1st-and-goal @ opp 7: Weeden throws an incomplete pass.
    2nd-and-goal @ opp 7: Weeden throws an incomplete pass.
    3rd-and-goal @ opp 7: Weeden tries to call a timeout, but doesn't have one. While on the run, he throws the ball to the end zone to WR Davone Bess, but is picked off by CB Chris Owens.

    On the interception, Scott Petrak of the Chronicle-Telegram says, "the receiver stopped coming to the ball, while Owens didn't."

  7. Brian Hoyer vs. the 2nd/3rd-Team Defense: Next up, it was QB Brian Hoyer's turn to show off what he could do under pressure, needing a touchdown.

    1st-and-10 @ opp 38: Hoyer completes to WR Josh Cooper for a gain of 24 yards.
    1st-and-10 @ opp 14: Hoyer threw a pass high over the middle into a crowded area, and the ball got deflected to the goal line where DB Kent Richardson was standing to make the interception.

  8. Defensive Stars: That sounded like it was it for the two-minute scenarios, but the media noted there were some definite defensive stars on the day. First up is CB Joe Haden, who Ruiter said had three pass break-ups in 11-on-11 drills. Next up is OLB Quentin Groves:
    Groves' sacks came against the 2nd- and 3rd-team offensive lines, so it's not like he was beating Joe Thomas or Mitchell Schwartz, but that's still a solid day of practice, stat-wise. Lastly, we have ILB Craig Robertson notching a pick six on QB Brandon Weeden:
  9. Lauvao Still the Favorite: Five days into camp, and OG Shawn Lauvao is still lining up at right guard with the first-team offense. Jason Pinkston was playing right guard with the second-team offense, while I believe Garrett Gilkey, based on what I saw Sunday, is playing left guard with the second-team offense.

  10. Dealing With Norv Turner: We've heard about offensive coordinator Norv Turner being fired up at camp before, and he was at it again on Monday:

  11. Injury Report: We haven't really done a cumulative injury report to remind everyone who hasn't been practicing in camp, so here is everyone who sat out today: RB Montario Hardesty (hamstring), FB Brock Bolen (calf), OG Ryan Miller (concussion), OT Chris Faulk (knee), OT Oniel Cousins (ankle), DE Desmond Bryant (back), FS Tashaun Gipson (shoulder), and FS Jamoris Slaughter (hamstring).

  12. Brownies: The Browns did a few more red zone drills, and QB Brandon Weeden found WR Greg Little and TE Jordan Cameron for touchdowns, while QB Brian Hoyer hit TE Kellen Davis for a touchdown (he held on!?!). ... With the safety competition lessened due to injuries, Johnson Bademosi and a couple of the lower depth chart guys are getting a chance to showcase their talent.

    Tony Grossi of ESPN Cleveland says that "when the Browns deployed a first-team fullback, they used RB Chris Ogbonnaya. ... When I checked the live look in earlier on, I immediately got to see K Brandon Bogotay miss two field goals from around 45+ yards. ... The Browns will not practice on Tuesday, but will be back on Wednesday.

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