The Cleveland Browns kicked off Day 1 of mandatory minicamp on Tuesday. Minicamp will run three days, concluding on Thursday. It will be the team’s final offseason program before training camp commences in late July.
BROWNS’ MINICAMP RECAP - DAY 1 (TUESDAY)
1. Getting it in Before the Rain: For the second day in a row, it was a very cloudy, but pleasant day in Cleveland. Thunderstorms originally projected for the late afternoon to early evening were pushed back to Tuesday night, allowing for the first minicamp session of the year to take place outdoors.
Browns minicamp starts now. pic.twitter.com/LJlJytpZ9O— Andrew Gribble (@Andrew_Gribble) June 12, 2018
2. Injury News: First, some housekeeping news. As reported earlier, Browns CB Howard Wilson will miss the entire 2018 season after having surgery on his patella tendon. Additionally, rookie DE Chad Thomas and P Britton Colquitt both had surgeries that will keep them out of minicamp, but should allow them to return for training camp. Mike Hoag went into full detail about all of those injuries, as well as the other players who will miss minicamp.
#Browns announce rookie DE Chad Thomas (sports hernia surgery) and P Britton Colquitt (knee procedure) are out for minicamp and DB Howard Wilson (patella tendon repair today) is expected to miss the season— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) June 12, 2018
3. Return for Ogbah: Seeing full action for the first time since breaking his foot last year was DE Emmanuel Ogbah, which is a great sign as he tries to become a dynamic duo along with DE Myles Garrett. Players who were still idle on Day 1 of minicamp included Players sitting out of practice included OLB Jamie Collins, OLB Mychal Kendricks, and WR Antonio Callaway. FB Danny Vitale also left practice early with his leg wrapped.
4. Cribbs Can Still Sling It: Special teams coaching intern Josh Cribbs was showing off his arm during minicamp — you can’t tell me part of him wasn’t throwing those balls and wishing he couldn’t jump into a game again right now and give it his all?
Josh Cribbs throwing it back to his Kent State QB days during receiver drills. pic.twitter.com/SKAiTDCGHI— Dan Labbe (@dan_labbe) June 12, 2018
5. Browns WRs Winning at the Line? WR Josh Gordon said Cleveland has the best group of receivers in the NFL, and WR Jarvis Landry said “he isn’t lying.” One of the attributes Cleveland can take advantage of is the mix of speed and physicality of their receivers at the line of scrimmage if the quarterbacks can get the ball out quick:
6. Ruiter Catches the Rookie: The pressure is always on, and Daryl Ruiter of 92.3 the Fan made sure rookie WR Damien Ratley felt it despite what was a no-call by the officials:
Saw Damien Ratley flinch at the line, official didn’t throw the flag for a false start so I tossed my iPhone on the sideline. True story. #Browns— Daryl Ruiter (@RuiterWrongFAN) June 12, 2018
7. OL Competition: Asked about new RT Chris Hubbard, OG Kevin Zeitler said, “We have had some great work together in these OTAs. Chris is an outstanding player and I am really pumped up that he is on our team now. I am really pumped to see what we can do once we get the pads on.”
But the Browns are still mixing things up to find the best combination for their five linemen. Hubbard saw reps at left tackle today, while rookie lineman Austin Corbett saw action at right tackle.
8. Brownies: According to Mary Kay Cabot of the Plain Dealer, Cleveland’s three-receiver sets featured Josh Gordon and Corey Coleman on the outside, with Jarvis Landry in the slot. ... Landry was universally praised for his hands, and Gordon for his speed. ... CB Denzel Ward continued seeing snaps with the first-team defense. ... OL Donald Stephenson’s absence continues into minicamp, and Hue Jackson said there are fines involved with him missing time. ... There is a competition at strong safety between Derrick Kindred and Jabrill Peppers.
9. Next Up: Day 2 of minicamp will be at the same time on Wednesday — from 3 PM to 5 PM. Lots of fun buzz about WR Jarvis Landry’s one-hand catch from QB Tyrod Taylor today: