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Cleveland Browns Training Camp Recap: Day 14 - Jabrill Peppers delivers best practice yet

A snapshot of what happened at Browns training camp on Monday.

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Cleveland Browns Training Camp Report - Day 14 (8/14/17)

1. Camp Continues Behind Closed Doors: For the first time since the start of training camp, practice was closed to the general public. However, practice still went on as normal, and there were some special guests in attendance: club seat members who were treated to their own Q&A session with Executive VP of Football Operations Sashi Brown.

2. Managed Days Off: Among the players sitting out of practice with managed days off were RB Isaiah Crowell, WR Corey Coleman, TE Randall Telfer, and OL Matt McCants. DE Cam Johnson continues to miss time coming off an injury, but it being lumped in the same group.

3. Good Start for Kizer: Coaches have stressed consistency when it comes to the quarterbacks in camp. On Sunday, QB DeShone Kizer didn’t quite have it. He got off to a good start during 11-on-11 drills on Monday, though, completing three consecutive passes (which should kind of me an expectation vs. an accomplishment).

4. Peppers Brings It: Many members of the media called Day 14 the coming out party for S Jabrill Peppers, who got some time with the first-team defense. He made his presence known, laying a big hit on WR Rannell Hall (who, to his credit, held on to the 18-yard pass):

(UPDATE: Below is video of the hit, from the Browns)

Zac Jackson of The Athletic said that he wasn’t sure he’s ever seen a hit like that in camp (and believe me, he’s been to plenty of them). But that wasn’t all. Toward the end of practice, the Browns were running the two-minute drill, and Peppers came through on three consecutive plays:

  • He stripped WR Josh Boyce of a would-be completion;
  • Broke up another pass;
  • And finished things off by intercepting QB Brock Osweiler, along with a good return.

5. Defense With the Edge in Physical Practice: The Browns worked on short-yardage and goal-line team drills for a stretch of practice, and multiple reporters referred to it as a physical practice that saw the defense “dominate.” However, one of the bright spots for the offense was with rookie TE David Njoku, working with QB Brock Osweiler.

Here’s a look at that touchdown pass to Njoku:

6. Good End for Kizer: Just as he started out practice well, QB DeShone Kizer finished it well too. During a 4th-and-15 of a two-minute drill, LB James Burgess was praised by reporters for his tight coverage, but that didn’t stop Kizer from connecting with TE Seth DeValve for a 57-yard touchdown.

7. Brownies: CB Marcus Burley (face laceration) returned to individual drills. ... WR Rasheed Bailey, TE Seth DeValve, TE David Njoku each had false starts and had to run laps. ... During a drill, WR Rannell Hall hit receivers coach Al Saunders in the face, drawing blood, per Scott Petrak of the Chronicle-Telegram. ... Only 1 puppy was adopted today. ... As a punishment for the last play, the defense had to do up-downs after practice. ... The ice tubs returned, this time with 50% more ice it seems:

8. Next Up: The Browns are back on the practice field Tuesday from 3:25 PM to 5:55 PM, as camp re-opens to the general public. I will be in attendance, and I was glad to see the team practicing on the field without the big bleachers Monday, because that means they should be practicing on a field with the bigger bleachers on Tuesday. The downside is that Hue Jackson just put the club through two physical practices, so I wouldn’t be surprised if things are taken a bit more lightly on Tuesday.