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Observations from Browns OTAs

By Nate Ulrich Published: June 7, 2010

Here are some of the highlights from the notes I took during the Browns' organized team activities Monday in Berea:

  • As mentioned in a previous post, fullback Lawrence Vickers was in Berea practicing despite not signing his one-year contract tender. He lined up in the backfield with the first-team offense and simulated lead blocking for rookie running back Montario Hardesty.

  • Meanwhile, running back Jerome Harrison was not on the field today. Harrison, another restricted free agent, practiced last week. He also has not signed his one-year contract tender. Harrison had signed an injury waiver to join practices, and Vickers followed suit. No word on why Harrison wasn't in Berea today.

  • The Browns ran a "situational" practice in which they practiced specific plays in specific scenarios. For example, they ran several Hail Mary plays at one point. None of the Hail Mary passes I saw resulted in a touchdown.

  • Shaun Suisham kicked several field goals. He made most, but a couple went wide right. Phil Dawson still hasn't participated in OTAs.

  • Ben Watson played first-team tight end in most formations, and Evan Moore lined up at tight end on the second team. However, in certain sets, they were on the field at the same time. Moore's versatility was highlighted. He was used as a traditional tight end, a slot receiver and a split end all in the same practice. For what it's worth without players practicing in pads, Moore had an excellent day and caught two touchdown passes -- one from Jake Delhomme and another from Seneca Wallace.

  • Chansi Stuckey made some nice catches, including a touchdown reception from Delhomme. He lined up as a slot receiver the majority of the time.

  • Rookie receiver Carlton Mitchell made a nice touchdown catch in the back of the end zone. Brett Ratliff threw the pass, and Mitchell caught it before his momentum forced him to tumble in some type of somersault motion.

  • The defensive backs were apparently decent in coverage. On several occasions, Wallace and Ratliff scrambled and kept the ball instead of forcing throws.

  • Speaking of defensive backs, a couple of them had interceptions. With the first-team offense simulating a drive out of their own end zone, rookie safety T.J. Ward picked off a pass from Delhomme and returned it untouched for a touchdown. Ward celebrated by jumping in the air and bumping bodies with Eric Wright. Wallace and rookie quarterback Colt McCoy also threw interceptions. They were picked off respectively by defensive backs Nick Sorensen and Brandon McDonald. After McDonald recorded his interception, he punted the ball, prompting an official to throw a flag.

  • Delhomme connected with receiver Brian Robiskie a few times. The two seemed to be on the same page, especially when Robiskie ran slant routes.

  • The first-team offensive line continued to have a different look. This was the most recent version: Joe Thomas (left tackle), Eric Steinbach (left guard), Alex Mack (center), Tony Pashos (right guard) and John St. Clair (right tackle). Again, don't get too caught up in this. I've seen different guys in different spots on the first-team line in each of the past three weeks. But this is intriguing: Pashos was at guard, not tackle, where he has the most experience. After practice, I asked him which position he feels more comfortable playing, which one he prefers. His answer: "I prefer on the field." Fair enough. He's not picky. He just wants to play.

  • One last note: Browns minicamp is scheduled to run Thursday through Saturday, but the schedule hasn't been released to media yet. Therefore, I'm not sure what hours I'll be working, but I know I'll be in Berea most of the week.


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