Noteworthy scenes from the Browns' Tuesday training camp practice.

- Quarterback Garrett Gilbert, in line to make his Browns game debut Thursday night against Washington, practices with fire.

At the start of an 11-on-11 shift, the 28-year-old Gilbert loudly clapped his hands together seven times while calling his offensive teammates to the huddle.

The fact Colt McCoy is coming back to Cleveland with the Redskins sparks vivid memories for Gilbert. Ten years ago, Gilbert was McCoy's backup with the Texas Longhorns.

Gilbert played sparingly in eight games before getting called to the big stage. McCoy got hurt early in the BCS national title game against Alabama. Gilbert threw four interceptions in a 37-21 loss.

- The Browns keep practicing situational football. It was third-and-goal from the 4 when Gilbert rifled a high pass to the back of the end zone. Derrick Willies picked it out of the air for a touchdown.

- A sequence spread over different stages of practice showed how Baker Mayfield is fluent in several body languages.

One time, Jaelen Strong couldn't hang onto a downfield throw. Mayfield stared at the spot of the drop and said nothing.

A bit later, after another drop by Strong, Mayfield turned and walked straight backward, seething to himself.

A while later, working in a goal-line set, Mayfield hit David Njoku in the hands in traffic. The tight end couldn't hang on. Mayfield had no reaction at all. A bystander said, "You wonder if he's used to that (with Njoku)."

Later, another drop, again by Strong, put Mayfield over the edge. He jerked his head and pounded a fist into a palm while blurting, "Damn."

Near the end of practice, Mayfield unloaded deep down the right sideline. Odell Beckham pulled away from T.J. Carrie and made the catch for about a 45-yard gain.

Mayfield nodded and strutted.

- One never can tell where Mayfield might go with the ball.

On one play, he exhausted his reads and went shopping for targets while he sprinted to the right sideline.

Strong improvised and found his way to an opening in the middle of the field. Mayfield positioned himself as well as he could for a cross-body throw, resulting in a 20-yard gain.

- Freddie Kitchens keeps talking about stringing plays together as a means of making the team.

No. 4 QB David Blough made back-to-back good ones on third-and-goal from the 4.

He put the ball where only the wideout could catch it on fingertip touchdown catches by Willies and Ishmael Hyman.

- Joe Thomas would always say the NFL has turned into a passing league when he was playing left tackle. With an NFL Network microphone in his hand while he watched practice, he made a case for the 2019 Browns to be a running team.

"They've got a lot of mouths to feed," said Thomas, running through the names of the receivers, "but you've got to make sure you have a back, and I really like Nick Chubb. You've got to make sure he gets his touches.

"You've got to give him a chance to make those long runs. He's going to be a vital part of this offense."

- Chubb has moved around. On one play, he split split wide left and Njoku lined up in the slot, left. Mayfield got the defensive look he wanted and went elsewhere, hitting Beckham over the middle.

- The placekickers kept going at it in a five-kick field goal set.

Incumbent Greg Joseph went 3-of-5, most noticeably missing by a mile to the left on a try outside 40 yards. Rookie Austin Seibert went 4-of-5, ending the session with a floater than got over the crossbar from 50 yards.

WEDNESDAY'S SCHEDULE: There is no public availability Wednesday in advance of Thursday's preseason home game against Washington, which kicks off at 7:30.

 

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