Browns coach Eric Mangini met with media Thursday afternoon following the first practice of Browns mandatory minicamp. Here are some of the highlights from the press conference:
Mangini was pleased with the first practice. He said his players did an adequate job showing their retention from organized team activities.
Mangini expects running back Peyton Hillis to return to team headquarters Friday. Hillis has been ill recently, and Mangini doesn't think he'll practice this weekend.
Mangini on the Browns' three restricted free agents who did not practice Thursday: "Would I like them here? Yeah. But they're not here, so we'll move forward with the group that we have."
There were a lot of incomplete passes in the first practice, but Mangini refused to criticize the offense. Instead, he credited the defense. "I thought the defense did a good job this morning," he said.
The Browns switched the direction of the fields at their practice facility. Mangini said it was to limit the wear and tear in specific spots on the field.
Mangini said there's a solid group of veterans that has expanded its leadership role this offseason. "I think a lot of those guys are feeling more empowered to do that because they understand things better."