The Cleveland Browns continued their mandatory minicamp with Day 2’s practice on Wednesday. Minicamp will wrap up on Thursday, but before that happens, let’s get to our Day 2 minicamp report below, derived from noteworthy news and nuggets from local media reports.
CLEVELAND BROWNS - DAY 2 MINICAMP RECAP (6/14/17)
1. Red Alert! Down Goes Garrett! I first heard about Myles Garrett’s injury as I was leaving work, having just put my ear buds in with 92.3 the Fan on. A bus was passing by next to me, but I swore I heard the 20/20 update say that Joe Thomas was down on the field, but it was actually Garrett.
As reported last night, Garrett stopped practicing after hurting his left foot in a two-minute team drill, and it might have been a re-aggravation of what caused him to miss some OTA sessions. Prior to that, he was running through drills fine:
2. Quarterback Competition: We’ve heard Hue Jackson re-iterate that the order of the quarterback reps is meaningless at this point of the offseason, but we still dig out teeth into it for the sake of discussion. All three quarterbacks talked to the media on Wednesday, which we recapped here. DeShone Kizer got the first first-team reps on Wednesday, with Brock Osweiler again with the second team and then Cody Kessler taking the next set of reps with the first team.
Here is a mobility/accuracy drill by Kizer. I can’t be certain what the objective is, but my best guess is that he’s trying to hit the short net on the first throw, and hit the further net on the second throw (while avoiding the orange dummy). If that’s the case, he missed on both.
Here is another clip of the quarterbacks alternating and trying to hit the net from just a regular throwing motion:
3. Not the Best Highlight Reel: For as excited as one can get during the offseason, seeing something like this kind of leaves you wide-eyed for a second, and not in a good way...but rather in a way that you’d like to silently flip the channel with no one else noticing.
These are some quarterback-receiver drills in the left corner of the end zone, with no defenders in the mix. I recap the result of the throws below the video:
- 1st Throw: QB Cody Kessler connects with WR Ricardo Louis.
- 2nd Throw: QB Brock Osweiler overthrows WR Mario Alford.
- 3rd Throw: QB Kevin Hogan misses WR James Wright.
- 4th Throw: QB DeShone Kizer’s pass to WR Jordan Payton is dropped.
The throws by Kessler and Kizer seemed fine, and with Hogan’s, it’s hard to say who is at fault. Osweiler’s was overthrown. Here is a clip with some more misconnections, although the action is too far away for me to tell who is who. These are throws that many everyday people out there can make, so it’s baffling to see such inconsistency:
4. Peppers Returning Kickoffs: Much like quarterback snaps, we can never read too much into special teams snaps during any offseason program. However, some have wondered whether Jabrill Peppers could be a return man for the club (although kick returns are pretty much meaningless in the NFL these days). Here is a clip of Peppers being the first man up to return kickoffs on Wednesday, per Tom Withers of the AP.
5. Injury Notes: Besides DE Myles Garrett leaving practice early, the following players also did not practice: WR Kenny Britt, WR Corey Coleman, LT Joe Thomas, OG John Greco, C J.C. Tretter, and C Austin Reiter. The only newcomer to the list compared to Day 1 was Britt, who continued the pattern of alternating practices in OTAs. TE J.P. Holtz returned to practice after being sidelined on Tuesday.
6. Njoku’s Big Catch: Unfortunately, videos from the media are prohibited during team drills, but several people pointed out an early connection between QB DeShone Kizer and TE David Njoku:
DeShone Kizer threw a rocket to David Njoku in the back of the endzone, Njoku spiked it and I'm assuming #BrownsTwitter felt it everywhere.— Dan Labbe (@dan_labbe) June 14, 2017
7. Ending a Tad Early: After some team drills and then right after the injury to DE Myles Garrett, the team headed inside and ended practice due to rain starting to fall — although practice was pretty much over anyway. Head coach Hue Jackson said the team only had three plays left had they continued practice, but that 90 players in the field house would be too crowded and just the whole situation made sense to cut it a little short.
8. Brownies: You can read plenty of notes on Hue Jackson’s post-practice presser here. ... S Calvin Pryor is not taking part in team drills yet because he’s still trying to learn Gregg Williams’ system. ... LG Joel Bitonio says he feels good and that his recovery is moving in the right direction.
Browns WR coach Al Saunders is 70. I'm not sure I could keep pace w/ him. And I just sucked down a monster iced coffee. #energy— Aditi Kinkhabwala (@AKinkhabwala) June 14, 2017
The final day of Browns minicamp is on Thursday, and then the team is off until training camp begins in late-July.