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Observations from Browns training camp: Aug. 5, 2010

By Nate Ulrich Published: August 5, 2010

The Browns had only one practice today, and it ran from about 1:30-3:30 p.m. Here are my observations:

  • Players practiced in full pads and uniforms.

  • Almost immediately after I walked onto the field, I saw defensive lineman Robaire Smith intercept a pass from quarterback Jake Delhomme that was deflected near the line of scrimmage during an 11-on-11 session.

  • That was the start of a rough day for Delhomme. In another 11-on-11 session, he threw two more interceptions. Cornerback Eric Wright picked him off on a deep pass to tight end Robert Royal, and safety Abram Elam intercepted another one of his throws in the end zone.

  • Linebacker Chris Gocong also batted one of Delhomme's passes down. The defense has been doing a good job of tipping passes near the line of scrimmage during the past few practices.

  • During the same series in which Delhomme threw two interceptions, wide receiver Brian Robiskie dropped two passes, one on a short route and another on a long route that would have resulted in a touchdown.

  • The offense finally showed some signs of life in red-zone situations. Delhomme hit Royal for a touchdown. Then after Josh Cribbs let a shotgun snap go right by him when he wasn't looking, Cribbs hit Seneca Wallace with a pass in the left flat. Wallace ran into the end zone untouched.

  • Running back Chris Jennings barreled ahead for a short touchdown run.

  • Wide receiver Chansi Stuckey suffered a leg injury as he tried to catch a pass from Delhomme in the back corner of the end zone. Stuckey stayed on the sidelines in full pads and uniform, but his right leg was wrapped.

  • Wallace returned the favor to Cribbs by hitting him with a nice pass in the back corner of the end zone.

  • Rookie safety Larry Asante almost intercepted a pass thrown by Wallace, but he couldn't haul it in.

  • Rookie cornerback Joe Haden returned a couple of kickoffs during special teams drills.

  • Royal duplicated what Robiskie had done already: He dropped two passes in the same 11-on-11 series.

  • In a simulated situation of fourth-and-1 on the 17-yard line, kicker Phil Dawson nailed a field goal. He went on to make several more and never missed.

  • Injury updates: Fullback Lawrence Vickers was back to practice after sitting out Wednesday. Linebacker Eric Barton left the field Thursday. He didn't practice Wednesday, but coach Eric Mangini said Barton was not hurt. Instead, he earned the right to sit out because he was an "offseason award winner." Tight end Benjamin Watson and defensive back Mike Adams were also "offseason award winners," and they chose to sit out Thursday. Defensive tackles Shaun Rogers, C.J. Mosley and defensive back Coye Francies were still sidelined with injuries, though. Defensive back Chris Roberson, running back Montario Hardesty, punter Dave Zastudil and defensive tackle Brian Schaefering were also out but not visible on the field. Running back Peyton Hillis walked onto the field late in practice. Hillis, who's been hindered by a leg injury, wore his uniform without pads and a helmet.


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