The Browns were back at it in shorts and helmets Saturday evening in Berea. They appeared to be working on offensive installation again, after taking a couple of practices to focus on last Thursday’s preseason game. This was the team’s first on field practice since the win over the Rams.
The big news from practice would be the return of Trent Richardson and T.J. Ward to action in 11-on-11 drills. Both took some snaps with their respective units, but still split time with back-ups.
Joe Haden was terrific again in practice. He intercepted two Brandon Weeden passes. The first was while covering Josh Gordon on a deep route. Haden was with Gordon stride for stride but saw the ball was a tad under thrown and made his break for it first shielding Gordon from the ball with his body and coming down with the pass inside the five yard line.
The second interception was also against Weeden, while covering Davone Bess on an out route. Haden anticipated the pass and jumped the route. He would have scored easily.
“He had a real nice break on a couple balls and picked them off. Like I said before, Joe’s approach has been outstanding.” Rob Chudzinski said about Haden’s practice. “He is hungry to become the kind of player he can and reach his potential. He continues to work at it and he’s making plays out here every day. Those things and what I have been pleased with is the guy’s ability to take things from the meeting room to the practice field and then from the practice field to the games.”
A couple of other players that had good practices were wide receivers Greg Little and Josh Cooper. Little had a couple of touchdown receptions, and a very nice leaping catch over Johnson Bademosi.
Cooper is battling for a spot on the team and did well for himself Saturday. One of the players he is battling against is certainly Jordan Norwood, who wasn’t able to practice. Coach Chudzinski said that Norwood had a tight hamstring following the game on Thursday, and is resting it a bit.
At the end of practice, coach Chudzinski set the ball on the three yard line and announced the situation as fourth and goal needing a touchdown to win. The losing team (either offense or defense) would be eating peanut butter sandwiches for dinner. The first units lined up and the offense ran a pass to Dion Lewis who was covered by D’Qwell Jackson. Jackson made the tackle at the goal line, but not before the refs signaled that Lewis had stretched the ball over the line and scored. So it appeared the offense had won.
The play was ruled dead before the pass got off according to coach Chudzinski who said Weeden had been sacked. Since there is no contact on the quarterbacks in practice, when defenders get near the red jerseys they pull off and the play continues as if there had been no sack, bit in film study the sacks are obvious.
There was some debate about whether or not the sack would have been made.
“It depends on who you talk to. Brandon (Weeden) came right over and said there was no way, but we will see and check it out on film.” said Chudzinski.
The second string was brought on to try and settle the matter. This time there was no doubt who the winner was as Jason Campbell’s pass in the corner of the end zone was picked off by defensive back Abdul Kanneh. Game over. The offense gets the peanut butter, and the defense the steak. (Or at least that’s what Billy Winn said the defense was having.)
– Montario Hardesty, Chris Owens, Brad Smelley, Oniel Cousins, Ryan Miller and Chris Faulk all sat out practice.