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Browns training camp snapshot: Haslam takes spotlight, Chudzinski gets pumped, Richardson runs well

By Nate Ulrich Published: July 25, 2013

The Browns opened training camp to the public today at their headquarters in Berea. Below is a quick glance at what unfolded.

Storylines: With his family’s truck-stop empire, Pilot Flying J, at the center of a federal investigation into fraud, Browns owner Jimmy Haslam attended the first full-squad practice of training camp Thursday and tried to alleviate concerns that he’ll be forced to sell the team. “The fans should not worry,” Haslam said. “Our family is going to own this asset for a long, long time.” … Rob Chudzinski urged the crowd to cheer, exchanged fives with fans and pumped his fist with excitement. "There was some barking," he said with a smile. Growing up in Toledo, Chudzinski was a rabid Browns fan who ate dog biscuits as a youngster. His passion was evident during his first open practice as the team’s head coach. … Running back Trent Richardson practiced without limitations and displayed an impressive burst after sitting out part of organized team activities in May and all the team’s mandatory minicamp in June with a strained muscle in his right shin. “I’m feeling real good,” Richardson said. “When it comes down to it, you’re going to see my game elevate.” ... Browns Hall of Fame running back and special advisor Jim Brown attended practice, and Chudzinski asked him to address the team before it took the field. "Everyone was excited to see and hear Jim Brown speak to them and address them," inside linebacker D'Qwell Jackson said. "Anytime he speaks, you listen. He's a legend. He's one of the greatest players to ever play this game, and he's a stand-up guy. People think the world of him, and I'm just happy he was able to come back and he was able to around and be a part of this organization."

Position battles: John Greco worked at left guard and Shawn Lauvao at right guard with the first-team offense while Jason Pinkston practiced at left guard with the second unit. … Cornerback Buster Skrine lined up with the first-team defense opposite Joe Haden. In the nickel package, Skrine covered the slot, and cornerback Chris Owens moved to the outside. … Rookie outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo, the sixth overall pick in this year’s draft, and cornerback Leon McFadden, a third-round selection, continued to toil with the second-team defense.

Highlights: Quarterback Brandon Weeden took all the snaps with the first-team offense and threw several deep passes on target. However, Owens intercepted one and outside linebacker Jabaal Sheard batted another down at the line of scrimmage. … Owens and strong safety T.J. Ward broke up a few passes. … Wide receiver Josh Cooper beat the coverage of McFadden and free safety Johnson Bademosi, but dropped a deep touchdown pass from quarterback Brian Hoyer, who shared second-team reps with Jason Campbell. … Weeden connected on some deep passes with receivers Greg Little and Travis Benjamin, who got up slowly and walked to the sideline late in practice after making a nice grab over Owens.

Injuries: Wide receiver Josh Gordon beat Owens with a double move but dropped a deep pass from Weeden. He then stayed on the ground, grabbed the back of his left leg near his calf and Achilles and eventually walked to the sideline with a trainer. Gordon did not re-enter practice. Browns coach Rob Chudzinski said Gordon “ had a cramp. So we’ll look at him at make sure, but I’m not expecting any issues there.” … Nose tackle Phil Taylor (calf strain) and tight end Kellen Davis (slightly sprained knee) sat out and are day-to-day, Chudzinski said. John Hughes took Taylor's spot with the first-team defense. ... Wide receiver David Nelson (knee) and undrafted rookie offensive lineman Chris Faulk (knee) are on the physically unable to perform list.

Friday’s schedule: Practice from 4-6:30 p.m. For updates, call 877-627-6967.


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