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Week 3 recap of Cleveland Browns OTAs

Notes from the final week of the Browns’ OTA session open to the media.

NFL: Cleveland Browns-OTA Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

The Cleveland Browns are in the middle of their third and final week of OTA sessions before mandatory minicamp follows.


1. Mychal Kendricks in the House: So there is no denying any more that LB Mychal Kendricks is a member of the Cleveland Browns, as he was present for OTAs. He will wear No. 54 for now. However, he was not participating in the session, as he had ankle surgery in March. After practice, Hue Jackson said Kendricks can play all three linebacker spots, but is expected to begin working in the middle.

2. Other Players Sidelined: The other players who sat out practice included WR Antonio Callaway (groin), OG Kevin Zeitler (hamstring), DE Emmanuel Ogbah (foot), DE Chad Thomas (groin), LB Jamie Collins (knee), and CB Howard Wilson (knee).

3. The Read-Option: Getting some early work in against the read-option, here is DE Myles Garrett staying home on the quarterback for a drill:

4. Quarterbacks Getting Timing Down: Much of the drills seemed to be the quarterbacks getting their timing down, starting with handing the ball off to running backs. Later on, they worked on throws to the outer edges of the red zone. Here is QB Baker Mayfield throwing to WR C.J. Board, followed by QB Tyrod Taylor hitting WR Jarvis Landry:

5. Taylor Executes the Two-Minute Offense: According to multiple reports, QB Tyrod Taylor successfully led the two-minute offense, finding WR Jarvis Landry past S Jabrill Peppers for a touchdown. At some point, defensive coordinator Gregg Williams made his team do push-ups for giving up a score, per Jordan Zirm.

6. Jim Nantz In Attendance: Maybe he thinks he’ll get to call some Browns game this year? Jim Nantz was in attendance for Tuesday’s OTA session, getting to say hello to his father-in-law.

7. Brownies: CB Denzel Ward got some work in with the first-team defense. ... After previously working at left tackle, rookie Austin Corbett was at left guard with the second-team offense. ... QB Baker Mayfield got some second-team reps today, but Hue Jackson immediately said there is nothing to that. ... Veteran OL Donald Stephenson has been missing from every OTA session open to the public, and Hue Jackson said they will address that at another time.