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Observations from Browns minicamp: Thursday's first practice

By Nate Ulrich Published: June 10, 2010

Here are some of the highlights from the notes I took while watching the first practice of Browns mandatory minicamp. The Browns' second practice of the day will be open to media at 3:15 p.m.


  • The following restricted free agents were no-shows: Linebackers D'Qwell Jackson, Matt Roth and safety Abe Elam.

  • The following RFAs practiced: running back Jerome Harrison and fullback Lawrence Vickers, though he was late.

  • All five RFAs have until Tuesday to sign their one-year tenders. If they fail to meet that deadline, their offers can be significantly reduced.

  • Kicker Phil Dawson, who boycotted organized team activities during the past few weeks, practiced. He kicked off during special teams drills, made a couple of field goals at the end of practice and missed one.

  • Injured players who were on the field included defensive linemen Shaun Rogers, C.J. Mosley Keith Grennan and punter Dave Zastudil. Rogers, who is rehabilitating from an injured ankle suffered last season, ran through some light drills. Rogers zigzagged through markers (some type of substitute for cones) that were placed on the ground. Defensive backs T.J. Ward and Benjamin Burney worked out on stationery bikes on the sideline. At one point, cornerback Eric Wright walked into the team's indoor facility with a trainer. He returned to the field later but didn't participate in team drills.

  • Running back Peyton Hillis was not on the practice field. Browns coach Eric Mangini said he has been ill lately, but Mangini expects Hillis to surface in Berea this weekend.

  • Tight end Alex Smith struggled. He dropped a couple of passes.

  • Wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi retraced his steps on an under-thrown throw by quarterback Jake Delhomme and made a nice catch for about 40 yards.

  • Safety Ray Ventrone intercepted a pass from Delhomme.

  • Linebacker Chris Gocong and defensive back Brandon McDonald broke up passes. Defensive back Coye Francies broke up two passes -- both were thrown by Seneca Wallace. Overall, the defense seemed to outperform the offense during the first practice.

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