With Cleveland Browns training camp in full throttle, WFNY is here to keep you up to date on all of the news, rumblings, quotes, and must-see highlights from each training camp session. We’ll do our best to have a Dawg Check every weekday morning to do just that. We’re ready for the Browns season to kickoff. Are you?
Even after a 30-10 win over the Washington Redskins in the preseason opener for both teams Thursday night, the Cleveland Browns didn’t take any time off, getting back to the practice field Friday afternoon. The team got after it. With still a number of position battles to figure out prior to Week 1, players didn’t let up. The Browns know that they can’t take this practice time for granted, even if it means having to practice in back-to-back days following a game.
Luckily for them, they got Sunday often. Let’s take a look at what happened in Berea Friday and Saturday afternoon:
1. Hate to break it to you guys, but the Redskins knew the Browns were going to run a two-minute offense the first series of the game. With that said, Baker Mayfield and the offense were still able to make it look easy, scoring a touchdown on their only drive of the game. Keep in mind, that was without Odell Beckham Jr and Jarvis Landry too.
“When you’re rolling like that, as long as we execute and we’re in the right spots and we got the quarterback making the right decisions, we shouldn’t be stopped,’’ he said. “And when Jarvis (Landry) and 13 (Odell Beckham Jr.) are out there, it’ll be dangerous.’’
2. In case you haven’t seen it yet, news dropped on Friday that wide receiver Antonio Callaway has been suspended the first four games of the season for a violation of the NFL’s substance-abuse policy. He had been appealing the ruling, which is likely the rest he has been running with the reserves throughout training camp even if he did, in fact, come into camp out of shape.
“We’re not willing to put up with it,’’ head coach Freddie Kitchens said of Callaway. “He’s a good person. Sometimes people lump these sort of things into being a bad person. This is a great kid now. We are going to support them until he proves us otherwise. He knows what he has to do, though.”
3. Touchdowns are fun, at least when your favorite team is scoring them. Although he still must stop dropping some catchable footballs, David Njoku has so much potential. He can be a legitimate red-zone threat, one that the Browns need. He and Mayfield proved just that on Saturday.
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“We just need it every day,” Kitchens said. “Like I told you guys before, I just want to know what I am getting when we go to the field and then we can plan accordingly, but if you never know what you are going to get, then it is hard to plan. I want the same guy every day with everybody. I try to be the same person every day. I just want everybody around me to be the same guy every day.
“I think he is trying. I think David is trying. He understands what the problem is. We like to identify problems and then attack that problem, and I think he is doing that. We have progress to go. We have to get better every day. He falls into that bill.”
4. For what seems like the first time all camp, both Greg Joseph and Austin Seibert kicked the ball well over the weekend. After both of them have had their struggles throughout camp, with Seibert having more struggles than Joseph, the pair had one of their best days of practice on Saturday, with each of the kickers making all five of their kicks. It was a breath of fresh air for Kitchens.
“Yeah, I thought they did well,” head coach Freddie Kitchens said afterward. “They had to come back and it is just consistency with those guys too. Like I said the other night, I just want it through the uprights, that is all.”
5. The Browns signed former Baylor basketball big man and Dallas Cowboys tight end Rico Gathers. In doing so, they released Orson Charles, who started 13 games at fullback for the Cleveland in 2018. While Gathers has plenty of talent and athleticism in terms of making plays with the ball in his hands, his biggest issue seems to be his ability to block, or lack thereof.
6. While there’s still plenty of competition to be had, it seems as though Eric Kush has the lead to be the starting right guard. Then again, things could change in a here. We just never know until the season opener.
7. After being activated last week, Kareem Hunt took part in team drills for the first time over the weekend. With him out there, that puts the offense in an even better position.
“It’s good to have him out there,’’ Kitchens. “He’s been working hard to get back to point he’s at now.’’
8. Terrance Mitchell and Greedy Williams have been going back and forth with the first- and second-stringers, with the latter getting the majority of the first-team reps. A veteran vs. a rookie, it seems as though the CB2 position alongside Denzel Ward will make it’s way throughout much of training camp, just like the kicker and right guard position.
“What I like about Mitch is he continued to work,’’ Kitchens said following practice. “He didn’t let it affect him. He just continued to work. Then what happens? You start making plays. Just like Mack (Wilson), he struggled early in camp and he just kept working, kept his head down. Sometimes you come through the other side being a better player than you were. We have several examples of that, but that’s what we are expecting in training camp.’’
Open sessions throughout training camp:
Thursday, July 25 – 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. ET • Friday, July 26 – 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. • Saturday, July 27 – 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. • Sunday, July 28 – 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. • Monday, July 29 – 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. • Wednesday, July 31 – 10 a.m. – 12 pm. • Thursday, August 1 – 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. • Friday, August 2 – 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. • Monday, Aug. 5 – 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. • Tuesday, Aug. 6 – 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. • Friday, Aug. 9 – 3:45 – 5:25 p.m. • Saturday, Aug. 10 – 2:45 – 4:45 p.m.
• Monday, Aug. 12 – 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
• Tuesday, Aug. 20 – 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
• Wednesday, Aug. 21 – 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.