The Browns held their fourth full-squad practice of training camp today. Below is a glance at what unfolded.
Storylines: With the Browns practicing in full pads for the first time this year, all eyes were on rookie outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo as he got a taste of his first live action in the NFL. Mingo showed off his speed during a few pass rushes. He beat undrafted rookie offensive tackle Martin Wallace off the edge and earned a virtual sack against quarterback Jason Campbell. Players, of course, are forbidden from hitting the quarterbacks in practice. But Mingo also learned some lessons while facing veteran backup left tackle Rashad Butler, who often stopped him in his tracks. “I thought I had a really good practice,” Mingo said. “Not really good, pretty good. I made some mistakes. I made some plays. But I’ve got to just keep moving forward.” Mingo has consistently worked with the second-team defense this offseason while outside linebackers Paul Kruger and Jabaal Sheard have practiced with the first unit. Kruger, the team’s most prominent free-agent signing this offseason, created some pressure while facing off against Pro Bowl left tackle Joe Thomas. “Joe’s an awesome player,” Kruger said. “I had experience with him when I was in Baltimore. He’s a great player. He’s great to go against because it prepares you for the top guys in the league. He’s becoming a friend to me, and I have a lot of respect for him as a player. So it’s definitely a good little competition out there.” … According to the Browns, 4,466 fans attended practice today, and that’s a single-day record for a practice in Berea. With red-zone drills ruling the day, the crowd had plenty of action to follow. At the end of an 11-on-11 drill, Browns coach Rob Chudzinski looked at the fans and said, “Fourth down for the game right here.” The crowd cheered, and Weeden connected with wide receiver Josh Gordon for a touchdown on a slant route.
Position battles: Running back Dion Lewis received some work with the first-team offense. Fellow backup Montario Hardesty, meanwhile, was sidelined with an injured hamstring. … Billy Winn practiced at defensive end with the first-team defense, replacing Desmond Bryant, who sat out team drills with back spasms. … Free safety Tashaun Gipson sprained his shoulder when he collided with Gordon on a reception over the middle during the first hour of practice. With Gipson sitting out the rest of the 11-on-11 sessions, Johnson Bademosi received the majority of the first-team reps at free safety, though undrafted rookie Josh Aubrey got some work, too. … With Phil Taylor remaining idle in team drills with a strained calf, John Hughes continued to practice at nose tackle with the first-team defense. However, Ishmaa’ily Kitchen also got some time with the first unit.
Highlights: In an 11-on-11, red-zone drill, Lewis caught a pass in the flat from Campbell, juked undrafted rookie safety Kenronte Walker, causing him to fall down in front of the goal line, and then jogged into the end zone. … In a nine-on-nine drill, Gordon leaped to grab a sharp pass from Weeden over Gipson in the back of the end zone. … Wide receiver Jordan Norwood made several impressive catches, including a diving reception on an out route from quarterback Brian Hoyer. … Rookie cornerback Leon McFadden broke up a pass from Weeden to wide receiver Davone Bess in the back corner of the end zone. … Inside linebacker Craig Robertson and Kruger each reached Weeden on blitzes. … In a seven-on-seven, red-zone drill, cornerback Joe Haden cut in front of tight end Jordan Cameron and intercepted a pass from Weeden in the end zone. … Aubrey picked off a pass from Hoyer during a seven-on-seven session in the red zone.
Injuries: Wide receiver David Nelson participated in team drills for the first time since he tore an anterior cruciate ligament as a member of the Buffalo Bills in the 2012 season opener and underwent a subsequent knee surgery. He worked with the backups. … Hardesty worked out on the side with a trainer but did not practice. He joined the list of injured players along with Bryant and Gipson. Chudzinski listed all three of them as day-to-day. … Rookie safety Jamoris Slaughter had been practicing since the start of camp last week, but he sat out the most recent session. Slaughter missed the majority of his final season at Notre Dame last year after suffering a ruptured left Achilles’ tendon Sept. 15. … Fullback Brock Bolen (strained calf) and offensive linemen Ryan Miller (concussion), Chris Faulk (knee) and Oniel Cousins (ankle) did not practice. Chudzinski said there was no new information available about Miller, who was knocked out of Saturday’s practice, taken to the hospital and released three hours later.
Monday’s schedule: Practice from 4-6:30 p.m. For updates, call 877-627-6967.