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Observations from Browns OTAs

By Nate Ulrich Published: June 3, 2010

The Browns practiced in front of media Thursday during organized team activities in Berea. Here's a sampling of the notes I took during practice:


  • This time of year, players are wearing helmets and shorts, no pads, during practices, so it's difficult to really identify who's standing out. With that in mind, running back Jerome Harrison looked good in his first practice in front of media. Harrison, the Browns' only restricted free agent practicing this offseason, caught several passes in the flat. Harrison did not grant a formal interview with the media, but in passing he said, "I'm just happy to be back."

  • The Browns' tight ends stole the show Thursday. Ben Watson and Robert Royal caught several passes from quarterbacks Jake Delhomme and Seneca Wallace. After catching a touchdown pass from Delhomme, Watson threw the ball at a defender following the play, prompting an official to throw a flag.

  • After struggling to catch anything in last week's OTAs open to media, tight end Evan Moore seemingly caught everything this week.

  • Don't fill out your depth chart at this point in the offseason, but here's the first-team offensive line the Browns used Thursday: Joe Thomas (left tackle), Eric Steinbach (left guard), Alex Mack (center), Scott Kooistra (right guard) and John St. Clair (right tackle). Here's Thursday's second-team O-line: Jason Capizzi (LT), Shawn Lauvao (LG), Eric Ghiaciuc (C), Floyd Womack (RG), Tony Pashos (RT).

  • After practice, Steinbach told me the different O-line rotations usually are pretty insignificant. Last year, he practiced with the second team during OTAs but started every game during the regular season and didn't miss an offensive snap. "There's a different rotation every day we come out here," Steinbach said. "(The coaching staff does it) for injury reasons. You've got to learn how to play together with different groups, different people to the left and right of you." Steinbach added he had never seen such unpredictable O-line rotations until last season when Mangini took control.

  • As he's done before this offseason, Browns president Mike Holmgren watched practice from the sidelines.

  • The following players were among those sidelined with injuries Thursday: DTs Shaun Rogers, Keith Grennan and Cliff Geathers, plus DBs Benjamin Burney and John Bowie. I saw Geathers, Burney and Bowie work out on stationery bikes. Clad in shorts and his No. 92 jersey, Rogers walked into the indoor facility shortly after practice opened to the media. A Browns staff member asked him how he was doing, to which Rogers replied, "I'll make it."

  • With Phil Dawson absent from OTAs, Shaun Suisham continued to serve as the team's place kicker.

  • After practice, the Browns announced they signed WR James Robinson and waived WR Dion Morton. Robinson spent time on the practice squads of the Miami Dolphins, the Browns and the Washington Redskins last season. He's also played in the Canadian Football League and the Arena Football League.

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