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Aug. 6, 2011: News, notes and observations from Family Day at Cleveland Browns Stadium

By Gthomas Published: August 6, 2011

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

  • Highs and lows:  Rookie QB Jarrett Brown effectively ran the two-minute offense and leading the offense into scoring field goal position. … Running back Peyton Hillis couldn’t grab a Colt McCoy pass, which led to defensive back Mike Adams getting a pick six. ... McCoy threw an inception during the two-minute drill, but redeemed himself after getting another shot, getting the Browns close enough for a 60-yard field goal attempt that Phil Dawson missed – barely.

  • Home, sweet home:  The players were certainly happy to be back in the confines of Cleveland Browns Stadium among friendly fans. "It’s good because you can finally get a game feel before the first pre-season game.  Hearing the fans cheer again helps you get in the groove," Hillis said. The difference between last year at this time had to be noticeable for Hillis.  He came into camp a virtual unknown to casual fans, but quickly became a favorite with his hard-nosed play.  He won’t let it get to him, however. "I definitely play on emotion, but you have to stay humble. It can be here one day and gone the next," Hillis said.   Count first-rounder Phil Taylor as among those eager to get on the field at Cleveland Browns Stadium. "I can’t wait to be in there for a game,"  he said.

  • Extra effort:  The Browns held an autograph session after the practice and it should be of little surprise that wide receiver Josh Cribbs and cornerback Joe Haden, fan favorites, were among the last off the field.  But give McCoy credit, too.  He patiently and slowly worked his way across the north stands, signing almost everything put in front of him.

  • Injury update:  Along with running back Montario Hardesty (torn ACL last year), Haden (hamstring), defensive lineman Jabari Fletcher (leg), tight end Jordan Cameron (hamstring) and wide receiver Jordan Norwood (hip flexor) sat out during the practice.  There will be no practice today. The team is scheduled to practice from 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday.


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