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Observations from Saturday's practice at Browns minicamp

By Nate Ulrich Published: June 12, 2010

The Browns had only one practice, instead of two, Saturday at minicamp. Here are some of the notes I took during practice:

  • After sitting out yesterday, tight end Evan Moore practiced again. He had some nice touchdown catches in red-zone drills.

  • Cornerback Eric Wright and defensive tackle Robaire Smith were also back and participating.

  • Running back Peyton Hillis was on the field for the first time in minicamp, though he didn't participate in practice. Hillis, who's been ill lately, watched from the sidelines.

  • Linebacker Scott Fujita also sat out. He watched from the sidelines with some type of bandage on his right hand.

  • Rookie defensive backs T.J. Ward, Larry Asante and Benjamin Burney were sidelined with injuries. They started practice by working out on stationery bikes.

  • Kicker Phil Dawson looked good. He made a field goal I estimated at about 54 yards. On the other hand, backup kicker Shaun Suisham struggled. He missed at least three field goals, including a long attempt that barely crossed the goal line.

  • Receivers Joshua Cribbs and Mohamed Massaquoi made nice catches in the end zone. Cribbs grabbed a throw from Seneca Wallace with one hand, and Massaquoi caught a sharp pass over the middle from Jake Delhomme. Massaquoi caught a second touchdown pass from Delhomme moments later.

  • Receiver Johnathan Haggerty continued to impress. He caught a touchdown pass from Wallace.

  • For the second consecutive day, the Browns' quarterbacks didn't throw an interception. It should be noted, though, that cornerback Sheldon Brown dropped a would-be interception thrown by Colt McCoy.

  • Linebacker Blake Costanzo and defensive lineman Swanson Miller broke up passes thrown by Wallace. Defensive back Coye Francies and linebacker Chris Gocong did the same to balls thrown by Delhomme. Defensive back Matt Harris and defensive lineman Derreck Robinson swatted respective passes from Brett Ratliff and McCoy.

  • Offensive lineman John St. Clair ran a lap for either a missed assignment or a penalty, though I didn't see a flag.

  • At the end of practice, defensive lineman Brian Schaefering stood at the 50-yard line and heaved a ball about 70 yards and through a set of uprights. His teammates went wild with cheers. Because of a deal struck with the coaching staff, Schaefering's throw allowed the players to leave early without attending any meetings after practice.

  • For what it's worth in June, here's a look at the first-team offense that was used during the final day of minicamp: Offensive line -- Joe Thomas (left tackle), Eric Steinbach (left guard), Alex Mack (center), Floyd Womack (right guard) and Tony Pashos (right tackle);  Tight end -- Ben Watson; Receivers -- Mohamed Massaquoi, Brian Robiskie, Chansi Stuckey (in three-receiver sets); Quarterback -- Jake Delhomme; Running back -- Jerome Harrison; Fullback -- Lawrence Vickers. Other guys rotating with the first team: Offensive line -- Shawn Lauvao (right guard), John St. Clair (right tackle); Tight end -- Evan Moore; Receiver -- Joshua Cribbs; Running back -- Montario Hardesty.

  • Same thing goes for the first defense used Saturday. Remember, several projected starters are out with injuries or because or contract situations, but here it is: Defensive line -- Robaire Smith (end), Ahtyba Rubin (nose tackle), Kenyon Coleman (end); Linebackers -- David Bowens (outside), David Veikune (inside), Chris Gocong (inside) and Jason Trusnik (outside); Defensive backs -- Eric Wright (cornerback), Ray Ventrone (safety), Mike Adams (safety) and Sheldon Brown (cornerback).


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