Browns coach Eric Mangini met with media Monday morning before Browns organized team activities in Berea. Here are some of the highlights from the press conference:
Mangini said fullback Lawrence Vickers will practice today for the first team this offseason. Vickers, a restricted free agent, has still not signed his contract tender, but he signed an injury waiver to participate in OTAs. Running back Jerome Harrison did the same thing a couple of weeks ago. There's no update on the Browns other RFAs -- safety Abe Elam and linebackers Matt Roth and D'Qwell Jackson. All five of the RFAs have until June 15 to sign their tender offers. If they fail to meet the deadline, they'll risk losing money.
Mangini is hoping the RFAs will attend mandatory mini-camp, which runs Thursday through Saturday this week. "I think I'm optimistic that most guys will be here," Mangini said. "We just have to see how it goes. What it does do is it keeps opening up some reps for other guys, which isn't a bad situation to have. Some guys (are) getting some additional learning that they may not have gotten if those restricted guys were here. Hopefully everybody will be here. We'll just have to see how it plays out."
During today's practice the Browns will focus on situational plays. For example, the final play of the game could be simulated, with time considered. A play in which the Browns need to gain 5 yards to kick a field goal might be another situation they'll simulate.
Mangini likes the way second-year linebacker David Veikune has progressed. "He's got a year under his belt of hearing the terminology, learning the concepts of the defense, being on his feet," Mangini said. ... "I think he's benefited well from being able to work with the (first-team) group."