Minicamp ended on Thursday, but the Cleveland Browns’ rookie players had one more thing to partake in before heading away: a youth football camp at FirstEnergy Stadium. This was actually the second of two sessions — the first one ran from June 7-9, with rookies also appearing on the final day of that session.
Session two ran from June 14-16, which meant the rookies were able to reflect on how minicamp and the offseason programs in general have been going. All eyes were focused on whether DE Myles Garrett would be there after suffering a foot injury during minicamp. Although Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network noted on Thursday that a source told him Garrett would be “fine,” the first overall pick was not at the rookie minicamp session. Later on, a user on Twitter spotted him at Cleveland Hopkins Airport in a walking boot:
Rookie DT Larry Ogunjobi, who was Garrett’s roommate during rookie minicamp awhile back, has talked previously about the bond he’s formed with Garrett. Reporters asked him about Garrett’s injury, and Ogunjobi (at least in my eyes) painted a picture that it’s not a serious injury, but it’s also an issue right now. TE David Njoku also echoed the fact that Garrett is in good spirits.
#Browns DT Larry Ogunjobi on Myles Garrett injury: It sucks. He'll bounce back. He's taking it one day at a time, smiling, it's part of life— Nate Ulrich (@NateUlrichABJ) June 16, 2017
Also absent from the youth football camp was SS Jabrill Peppers, due to what the team called a “conflict and excused absence.” If I wanted to, I could spin that in a negative way — you may recall that he missed the first OTA session a couple of weeks ago due to not signing an injury waiver, and he’s the only draft pick on the Browns who hasn’t signed yet. But I’m not worried about anything.
Anyway, the camp’s purpose is to “help kids 7-12 years-old sharpen their fundamental football skills like passing, kicking, blocking and playing defense.” Here is a shot of QB DeShone Kizer working with some of those kids:
When Njoku was interviewed by the media, he talked about enjoying the friendly banter he has with some of the defense, including LB Christian Kirksey.
"Me and Kirksey go at it every day. He's just a great mentor and big player. I'm really happy that he's on our side. ... On the field, lunch, dinner, meetings, everywhere — he’s talking [to me]."
You can see some other photos from the event over at 92.3 the Fan. Below are some more media from the event.