Waves of fans were in full (and amusing) voice as the Browns' much-anticipated training camp opened.

BEREA  A man who has seen it all since the Browns came back in 1999 couldn't recall having seen it quite like this.

"It's wild out there, isn't it?" said Jim Donovan, radio play-by-play voice of the Browns throughout the expansion era.

Quagmires of traffic jammed the environs of Lou Groza Boulevard as grinning fans streamed across orange crosswalks painted just yesterday. It was the kickoff of training camp, and after a season of fires lit around the land about a different Browns team, opening day was ablaze.

When Donovan wiped his eyes and called it wild, practice hadn't even begun. The largest seating configuration in years, surrounding four fields, was full of clamorous people soon after the gates opened.

The real fun started when players began filing out.

The buzz reached the far end of the complex when the young quarterback appeared in a doorway near the "Chris Spielman rock."

"Ba-ker May-field ... Ba-Ker May-field!" came the chanted.

But a player didn't have to be a star former No. 1 overall pick to get a rise out of this crowd.

"D.J. Mont-gomery ... D.J. Mont-gomery!"

Yes, the gallery bums in the nearer rows chanted as loudly for D.J. Montgomery as they did for Myles Garrett.

The undrafted rookie wideout out of Austin Peay couldn't help but grin as brightly as the Wednesday morning sun.

The last of the players came out. Amid the routine of early drills, the roar died down.

Mayfield wore a wipe floppy hat as he directed a few practice plays for new offensive coordinator Todd Monken.

One supposed the noise would be be even more lively when it was time for 11-on-11s. The atmosphere ebbed as the summer sun baked the audience.

It was hard to get too fired up for drills and plays being run by players in shorts.

Yet, as the practice ended, a loud amn in the south stands arose and yelled, "Super Bowl! Super Browns!"

 

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