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Aug. 22, 2011: News, notes and observations from Browns training camp

By Jason Lloyd Published: August 22, 2011
Cleveland Browns quarterback Colt McCoy looks to pass in a preseason NFL football game against the Detroit Lions Friday, Aug. 19, 2011, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

Here's what you need to know about the 16th practice of Browns training camp:

  • Feeling comfortable: Quarterback Colt McCoy, pictured below, said he understands what President Mike Holmgren meant when he said Sunday that McCoy feels the weight of the world on his shoulders. "You want to be perfect the first day of practice and in reality, it’s not that way." McCoy said he has grown more comfortable in the reads and the progressions of the West Coast offense over the last three weeks. He's reaching the point where he can go out and play instead of thinking all the time. "That's taken some of the stress and anxiety out of it," he said.

  • Woof, woof: Practice was a bit quieter on the field Monday as the last couple days of camp wind down. Coach Pat Shurmur said there wasn't much talk on the field as guys just focused on doing their work. "I commend them for that," Shurmur said. "They're working through it. This is the time of training camp when guys are sore and tired, but they're pushing through it."

  • Brown's big day: It wasn't a good day for the quarterbacks. McCoy underthrew wide receiver Rod Windsor on a deep out, but Windsor adjusted nicely to make a leaping catch down the sideline. Cornerback Sheldon Brown also intercepted quarterback Seneca Wallace twice.

  • Wounded: Wide receivers Mohamed Massaquoi (left foot), Josh Cribbs (hamstring) and Carlton Mitchell (finger surgery), tight end Evan Moore (concussion), free safety Usama Young (hamstring), linebackers Chris Gocong (stinger) and Steve Octavien (unspecified), strong safety T.J. Ward (hamstring), cornerback Buster Skrine (unspecified pulled muscle), left guard Eric Steinbach (back), running back Brandon Jackson (toe), strong safety Eric Hagg (left knee surgery) and defensive end Jabari Fletcher (right knee) sat out practice with injuries. Recently acquired free safety Brett Johnson bruised his thigh during practice, but it didn't seem serious.

  • Coming back: D'Qwell Jackson continues to impress in the 4-3 after two injury-ravaged seasons. Fellow linebacker Scott Fujita has been adamant Jackson belonged in a 4-3 all along. Now he's looking like a prophet. "All I can say is I told you so," Fujita joked. "Watching him play in a 3-4 his whole career, not that I felt he was trapped in that system, but it wasn’t best suited for his skillset. This is going to be great for him." Fujita believes Jackson's ability to get off blocks and tackle in the open field make him such an ideal fit, calling Jackson "one of the better open field tacklers I've seen. This system is just perfect for him."

  • Kids day: The Browns hosted nearly 200 kids as part of the NFL's "Play 60" campaign promoting healthy lifestyles.  A number of players signed autographed for the kids, while wide receiver Brian Robiskie helped flutter a parachute with kids and did a little football coaching as well.

  • Familiar face: Former Browns offensive lineman Ryan Tucker visited training camp with his wife and three of his four children. Tucker, who still lives in the area, coached briefly in the UFL, but learned quickly he wasn't a coach.


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