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Observations from the first practice of Browns training camp

By Nate Ulrich Published: July 31, 2010

Below you'll find my observations from the first practice of the Browns' training camp in Berea. The team is scheduled to practice again from 5:45-7:45 p.m. Saturday. I'll also write my observations from that practice later tonight. Anyway, here we go:


  • Rookie cornerback Joe Haden was not at practice and remains unsigned as of early Saturday afternoon. Rookie running back Montario Hardesty wasn't at practice, either. Coach Eric Mangini said Hardesty twisted his knee a couple of days ago and could be out for a couple of weeks. Kicker Phil Dawson was at practice and made 6-of-6 field-goal attempts. Safety Abram Elam and linebackers Matt Roth and D'Qwell Jackson also practiced after skipping organized team activities and minicamp earlier this summer.

  • Players who were sidelined: Defensive linemen Shaun Rogers and C.J. Mosley and defensive back Coye Francies ran through light agility drills. Offensive linemen Tony Pashos, Scott Kooistra and Paul Fanaika worked out on stationary bikes.

  • Team owner Randy Lerner was on the field watching. The late Al Lerner was not there, as I mistakenly tweeted. Team President Mike Holmgren was also watching from a golf cart because his right leg is in a cast (foot surgery).

  • Tight end Evan Moore dropped a ball without a defender covering him during a passing drill. Fans let out a collective sigh. Moore, though, later redeemed himself  by pulling the ball in with one hand and completing a catch during a session of 11-0n-11.

  • Linebacker D'Qwell Jackson got his teammates fired up when he flattened running back Peyton Hillis during a blocking drill. It was Jackson's first practice in a long time. His 2009 season was cut short when he suffered a pectoral injury during Week 6.

  • Tight end Robert Royal dropped two passes -- one from Jake Delhomme and another from Seneca Wallace.

  • Defensive lineman Robaire Smith, who said he recently lost about 25 pounds, beat offensive left tackle Joe Thomas in a pass blocking/pass rushing drill. Thomas, however, stoned Smith at the line the next time they squared off.

  • Guard Floyd Womack held his own in the same drill, but he gave more ground than he probably desired. He walked away shaking his head and carrying his helmet.

  • Brandon McDonald broke up a pass Wallace threw toward wide receiver Johnathan Haggerty.

  • Roth batted a pass from Delhomme.

  • Safety T.J. Ward was the only rookie to line up during the first practice as a starter.

  • Moore and Ward battled for a pass thrown by Delhomme. It looked as if Ward had made an interception, but Moore came away with the ball. Ward then ran a lap, and he told me after practice that the official called him for illegal contact. He said he didn't agree with the call.

  • The Browns ran some plays out of the Wildcat formation.

  • Don't get carried away because it's still really early, but here's what the first-team offense looked like: wide receivers: Mohamed Massaquoi, Brian Robiskie and in some formations Josh Cribbs and/or Chansi Stuckey; linemen: Joe Thomas (LT), Eric Steinbach (LG), Alex Mack (C), Floyd Womack (RG) and John St. Clair; quarterback: Jake Delhomme; running back: Jerome Harrison; fullback: Lawrence Vickers; formations with two tight ends: Benjamin Watson and Evan Moore.

  • Here's who I saw line up on the first-team defense: linemen: Ahtyba Rubin (nose), Kenyon Coleman (end), Robaire Smith (end); linebackers: Scott Fujita, Chris Gocong, D'Qwell Jackson, Matt Roth; cornerbacks: Eric Wright and Sheldon Brown; safeties: Abram Elam and T.J. Ward.

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