Correction: This notebook was scheduled to be published in the Monday edition but instead the Sunday notebook was repeated due to an error by a news editor.
BEREA: After Browns rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden has a rough practice, he watches film and hits the rewind button time and again until he identifies ways to correct his mistakes.
Weeden wasn’t perfect Sunday morning during the Browns’ first practice in full pads, but he believes he rebounded after struggling to get his timing down on Friday and missing his mark on several passes Saturday.
“I didn’t throw some balls like I normally do, but if you watch today some of the throws I missed [Saturday], I was spot on today,” Weeden said. “I think that’s just from correcting my mistakes, watching film and just preparing. I’m up till midnight, 12:30 at night studying the plays and trying to get a feel for what we’re doing the next day.”
Weeden’s best pass of the day was a perfect throw to tight end Alex Smith on a deep corner route. The play was spoiled, though, because Smith dropped the ball after it landed in his hands. Weeden also completed a few sharp passes to receivers Mohamed Massaquoi and Travis Benjamin on out routes despite tight coverage.
On the other hand, Weeden fumbled a snap, and rookie defensive tackle John Hughes recovered it. He also threw a deep pass to Massaquoi on a seam route that was picked off by free safety Eric Hagg. Senior offensive assistant Nolan Cromwell angrily yelled about Massaquoi’s route after the play.
Coach Pat Shurmur said Weeden has done “very well” early in camp, partly because he’s fixed his errors.
“I can think of a handful of mistakes he made today that he’ll never do again,” Shurmur said. “But he’s had a chance to practice it, so it won’t show up again. What I’ve seen from him, if he does something and if he hasn’t done it right, then he’s in there right now looking at it, and he’ll come out and that mistake won’t happen again.”
Weeden isn’t afraid to experiment, either. He said camp is the right time to take risks, though he realizes he might need to scale back some once the games begin.
“I’m an aggressive thrower,” said Weeden, the 22nd overall pick in this year’s draft. “Coach Shurmur told me after practice, ‘I don’t want to take away any of your aggressiveness, but there’s some things if it’s not there, you’ve got to check it down.’ And I understand that. I completely get it and I knew I made the mistakes. But, yeah, you’ve got to take shots, and if you’re an aggressive player — look at Brett Favre — there’s gonna be mistakes every once in a while, but there’s also gonna be some big plays.”
All eyes were on rookie running back Trent Richardson, the third overall pick in this year’s draft, as players began hitting for the first time. Displaying his rare combination of quickness and power, Richardson didn’t disappoint.
“I really get to do what I do best,” Richardson said. “I get to bounce off guys, get to try to run guys over, break tackles or whatever. It’s different when you ain’t in pads. I think when I get in full pads, it’s a whole other me. But not to be cocky or nothing, that’s just my confidence in my game, and that’s just what I’m blessed with.”
The 5-foot-9, 230-pound Richardson started a nine-on-nine drill with four consecutive carries. Defensive tackle Brian Schaefering threw him down near the line of scrimmage on the first one. He then found a hole behind Pro Bowl left tackle Joe Thomas for a gain of about 5 yards and another crease on the left side for a run of about 8-10 yards. In 11-on-11 action, Richardson broke off a long run up the middle, and he turned a short reception in the flat into a big gain.
Rookie Mitchell Schwartz practiced at right tackle with the second-team offense a day after Shurmur said he expects Schwartz to start in that spot. Oniel Cousins worked with the first-team offense at right tackle. Shurmur said he’ll continue to monitor the competition between the players and will name a starter soon.
The Browns said 4,200 fans attended practice. It’s the largest single-session total since the team began tracking attendance figures in 2005. The previous record of 3,673 was set during the first practice open to the public in 2010.
Hall of fame running back Jim Brown told the Plain Dealer he plans to attend Alumni Weekend Sept. 22-23, when former defensive back Clarence Scott and former running back Ernie Green will be inducted into the Cleveland Browns Legends.
Scott and Green will be honored in a halftime ceremony during the Browns’ home game against the Buffalo Bills. It would be Brown’s first appearance in Cleveland Browns Stadium in a couple of years. He has had a rocky relationship with the Browns since he was removed as an executive adviser to owner Randy Lerner in 2010.
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