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Browns rookie minicamp: Saturday afternoon summary

By Marla Ridenour Published: May 12, 2012

Browns coach Pat Shurmur allowed quarterback Brandon Weeden to call his last two plays in Saturday’s afternoon session. The second went to receiver Travis Benjamin on the sideline for a 10-yard gain and a first down.

Building better habits

The Browns have set up tall plastic poles filled with sand near the entrance to the locker room. As players head inside, those on offense are supposed to stop and catch a few passes. The poles, designed to help catch in front of the body, were Cromwell’s idea.

WR to watch

One not to be counted out in the wide receiver battle in training camp may be Rod Windsor, a first-year receiver participating with the rookies. Windsor, who spent 14 games on the practice squad last season and was inactive for the final two, was a standout. He showed excellent hands snatching a short Weeden pass and pulled in a 45-yarder with Emanuel Davis defending.

Practice snippets

Fullback Brad Smelley showed smarts covering up the ball with two hands after a catch to keep the defender from ripping it out. Smelley pulled in one of Weeden’s longest passes of the afternoon, a 20-yarder over the middle. … The Alabama backfield was reunited for one play with Smelley blocking for Trent Richardson, but the defense blew up the play for no gain. ... Red zone will be the focus of the Browns' lone practice Sunday.

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