CLEVELAND BROWNS TRAINING CAMP REPORT - DAY 3 (7/31/16)
1. Fans Finally See Practice: Although some passing rain came through around 1:00 PM in Cleveland, the thunderstorms that had been forecast dissipated and fans were able to enjoy training camp for the first time this summer! The pads were on and Hue Jackson wanted players to get physical, so let’s get to the rundown of practice. Here’s a quick sample of the contact the team was able to do during 1-on-1 drills:
The contact begins today in #Browns first padded practice pic.twitter.com/fTLGpq0x0h— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) July 31, 2016
You can read more about the contact based on what Hue Jackson had to say in our Day 3 Clips & Quips.
2. Terrelle Pryor With Catch of the Day: Unfortunately, due to new media rules (no video allowed during team drills), we don’t have evidence of Pryor’s “catch of the day” to share, but several members of the media have testified to it:
#Browns Terrelle Pryor makes a fine diving 50-yard grab of an RG3 pass. Pryor and RG3 high chest bump afterwards. A huge crowd pleaser— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) July 31, 2016
On the route, Pryor reportedly “got inside of CB Jamar Taylor” to make the grab.
3. Duke Survives Brief Scare: During an individual drill, RB Duke Johnson went down with what was feared to be a leg injury. Fortunately, after getting his calf taped, Johnson was able to resume practice. You can see the initial injury in the club below, which is an equipment piece I’ve never seen in my years at Berea camps:
Duke Johnson, second through, shaken up and still on ground after coming through this. pic.twitter.com/uo47QJ0sCr— Dan Labbe (@dan_labbe) July 31, 2016
4. Coleman & Higgins the Early Standouts: Heading into camp, we projected WR Corey Coleman and WR Rashard Higgins to be the team’s top two rookie receivers, and so far that seems to be the case. QB Robert Griffin III was making some nice throws to them in practice today during 1-on-1 drills, including a deep ball to Coleman and a slant to Higgins:
Here you go: RG3 deep to Corey Coleman. pic.twitter.com/Nk2M2Bxyo7— Dan Labbe (@dan_labbe) July 31, 2016
#Browns RG3 completes pass to Rashard Higgins pic.twitter.com/JppgBR58d1— Fred Greetham (@FredGreetham) July 31, 2016
5. Sirens Go Off for Live Contact: According to all of the reporters in attendance, when the sirens go off, that means it’s time for 11-on-11, anything-goes, contact drills (except for hits on the quarterback). Repeating what I said earlier, the rule against video during these periods unfortunately limits what can be reported.
Here's the siren signaling another 11 on 11 pic.twitter.com/vnFb15BwlY— Daryl Ruiter (@RuiterWrongFAN) July 31, 2016
#Browns 1st "everything goes" period signaled by siren featured about 6 minutes of live tackling to the ground in 11-on-11 running drills— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) July 31, 2016
6. Second-String Tackles Taking Shape: According to Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal, rookie OL Spencer Drango has been playing left tackle with the second-team offense. We previously noted that fellow rookie OL Shon Coleman has been playing right tackle with the second-team offense. So, if someone were to unseat RT Alvin Bailey (and there is no indication of that right now), it’d probably be Coleman.
7. Brownies: FB Malcolm Johnson had to leave practice again after being diagnosed with a concussion. ... CB Trey Caldwell walked off with trainers after what looked to be a leg injury, and later confirmed to be a hamstring injury. ... DL Dylan Wynn left practice with an ankle injury. ... Players signed autographs after practice, including RB Isaiah Crowell despite his recent incident.
#Browns RB Isaiah Crowell very well-received by fans despite Instagram controversy pic.twitter.com/F1r4T0bZzv— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) July 31, 2016
RG3 signing for #Browns fans pic.twitter.com/TDPWUbQS9x— Nate Ulrich (@NateUlrichABJ) July 31, 2016