On Tuesday, the NFL announced when teams will have their rookies and veterans report for training camp. The rookie class of the Cleveland Browns will report to camp on Wednesday, July 22nd. Veterans will report one week later on Wednesday, July 29th. As we announced yesterday, camp officially opens to the public on Thursday, July 30th, when all players will report.
The Browns are getting an earlier start to camp with their rookies than most of the other teams in the league. July 22nd is the earliest report date in the NFL, and the only other team whose rookies are reporting that day are the Baltimore Ravens. The majority of teams in the league have their rookies reporting the following week, much closer to the start of the full-squad camp.
Per NFL rules, "clubs are permitted to open preseason training camp for rookies and first-year players beginning seven days prior to the club’s earliest permissible mandatory reporting date for veteran players." It appears as though head coach Mike Pettine is taking full advantage of getting some separate time in with the rookies before the veterans roll in.