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Cleveland Browns Training Camp Report: Day 13 - Bills Toast Justin Gilbert

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Day 13 of Cleveland Browns training camp took place on Monday at St. John Fisher College, Pittsford, NY, in conjunction with the Buffalo Bills. This is the first of two practices the teams are holding with each other, prior to Thursday's preseason game back in Cleveland.


  1. No Fighting...Especially You, IK: At the beginning of practice, both head coaches -- Rex Ryan of the Bills and Mike Pettine of the Browns -- stood side-by-side as they talked to both teams, along with a word of warning: no fighting! According to Kevin Jones of, Ryan had a little fun by singling out a certain someone for their actions with another team last week: There were two practice fields, one in which the Browns' offense faced the Bills' defense, and the other in which the Bills' offense faced the Browns' defense. Therefore, it was impossible for reporters, or coaches for that matter, to see all of action at once. You can imagine that Mike Pettine and company will be busy reviewing film today and tomorrow from these sessions.

  2. The First Fight: Despite the warnings, you could have guaranteed that at least one confrontation between two players would have taken place. In this case, it seems like the Browns had legitimate beef.

    According to ESPN's Mike Rodak, WR Marlon Moore was wearing a red, non-contact jersey as he is battling through a reported rib injury. During 11-on-11 drills, Bills LB Preston Brown "made contact with Moore," which infuriated the special teams ace and compelled him to take his helmet off and get into a bit of a scuffle, something that Mike Pettine wasn't very happy about after practice.

  3. Browns' Defensive Backs Depleted: It was bad enough that CB Joe Haden, CB Pierre Desir, and CB Robert Nelson have been missing practice due to hamstring injuries. On Monday, a fourth cornerback was added to the list as nickel CB K'Waun Williams also sat out with an abdominal injury, and FS Tashaun Gipson continued to sit out with what is believed to be a calf injury. With five members of the Browns' secondary down, would CB Justin Gilbert be able to redeem himself from his "slightly-worse-than-flawless" performance against the Washington Redskins?

  4. Gilbert Gets Annihilated: I promise you that I don't get any form of a high when it comes to trashing CB Justin Gilbert. It's very discouraging to see how little he's progressed, while other sophomore players (CB Pierre Desir and QB Johnny Manziel) have improved upon their craft. Things didn't get better for Gilbert in the first joint practice with the Bills. In fact, they got much, much worse. Take a look at a few of these and you'll see what the top story of practice was: I think you get the picture. If you were a casual Bills fan, you're thinking that the Browns' secondary blows and that their receivers are top-notch. The fact that Gilbert wasn't able to make any plays on the ball is disheartening and another sign that the team can't put him in position to contribute as a cornerback to begin the 2015 season. I know I floated the idea of a trade out there the other day, but if some other team was intrigued by Gilbert as a draft prospect last year, should GM Ray Farmer consider basically cutting his losses and getting what he can before his suspension begins?

  5. Whitner Takes Offense to Grossi: The media is reporting that the Browns' defensive backs were "toasted" by the Bills' receivers on Monday. While it does appear to be generally agreed upon by the media that the Browns' cornerbacks stood no chance in 1-on-1 drills, SS Donte Whitner took offense to Grossi implying that the defensive backs struggled the entire practice: There was universal praise for veteran CB Tramon Williams, who reportedly had three pass breakups during 11-on-11 drills, including one that nearly went for an interception.

  6. Browns Shaky Offensively in 1-on-1 Drills: Usually, you don't think much of 1-on-1 drills during practice. However, it was a little unusual to hear that the Browns struggled so mightily in them on both defense and offense. According to Jason Gibbs of ESPN Cleveland, QB Josh McCown connected on just 4-of-15 throws during 1-on-1 drills. He also notes that two of those were on dropped passes by WR Terrelle Pryor after he had "made great moves to get open."

  7. Cleveland's Defense Brings the Heat: Temperatures were in the 90s during practice, but the Browns' defense made sure they also brought their own dose of heat. Kevin Jones of reports that "Buffalo was consistently pushed back and did not run the ball well during the joint practice session."

    On the first play of 11-on-11s, NT Danny Shelton and OLB Paul Kruger reportedly burst through for a virtual sack on QB Tyrod Taylor (who is starting for the Bills this week). S Jordan Poyer, starting in place of the idle Gipson, sacked Taylor on a scramble. The Bills reportedly brought their own heat, too, as Cleveland had trouble containing DE Mario Williams:
  8. Josh McCown Shaken Up, Stays In: At one point during practice, QB Josh McCown appeared to hurt his ankle and was limping a bit, but he continued through the rest of practice. According to ESPN Cleveland's Tony Grossi, the offense was a bit out-of-sync with regards to their expectations of the joint practice session. It sounds like some players may have anticipated a normal practice-like effort from both sides, whereas the Bills' defense was playing at game speed.

    The two highlights of the day offensively were reported to be WR Travis Benjamin catching a deep pass for a touchdown during 7-on-7 drills, and then WR Taylor Gabriel hauling in a 44-yard reception during 11-on-11 drills.

  9. Injury Update: WR Dwayne Bowe and RB Duke Johnson continued to miss practice, but Mike Pettine says that Johnson is expected to return for the team's third preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Fortunately, the Browns escaped new injuries during Monday's joint session, but the same cannot be said for the Bills. Backup linebacker Ty Powell left with what is believed to be a torn ACL, and numerous other Bills players had to leave practice too.

  10. Brownies: Tuesday's practice against Buffalo will begin at 6:00 PM ET. ... WR Travis Benjamin, WR Josh Lenz, and WR Taylor Gabriel were said to be the top three receivers of the day. ... QB Johnny Manziel didn't have a noteworthy practice, although he did hit TE Rob Housler and WR Darius Jennings for touchdowns during the red zone portion of practice, per Andrew Gribble of ... TE E.J. Bibbs received some first-team reps during 7-on-7 drills. ... Mike Pettine told reporters that the team is pretty much set with WR Travis Benjamin at punt return, so his stock seems to be up right now.

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