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By: Will Burge
Weeden warming up – Brandon Weeden did not throw the ball well early on in the final day of mini-camp. He threw a deep pass over the middle that was horribly underthrown and was nearly intercepted by Eric Hagg. It was by far the worst deep ball we have seen him throw. He was also nearly picked off multiple times during red zone drills including one where Dimitri Patterson bated him into throwing a pass right at him. Weeden threw an interception to Usama Young that was not his fault, however. It was a fade route in the corner of the end zone that Evan Moore totally gave up on allowing Young to get the pick.
Then, he turned it on. He connected two different times over the middle to Greg Little for touchdowns in 11 on 11 drills. He also hit Jordan Norwood on a very nice out route for a touchdown. Most importantly, when everyone was covered in the red zone, he put the ball where his receiver had a chance but no one else did.
Vocal in the huddle – At the start of red zone 7 on 7 drills, Brandon Weeden walked into the huddle and said “We’re catching everything!” to his receivers. He then connected on a 7 yard pass to Ben Watson and followed that up with a TD pass to Greg Little in traffic.
Joe Thomas talked about Weeden taking command of the huddle and letting everyone knows he is in control.
He said, “That’s kind of what you expect your quarterback to do and it’s nice to see him do those things.”
Illegal contact – The defense is obviously chomping at the bit to get some pads on and hit. There was two tackles and that is definitely not allowed in mini-camp. In fact, the Seattle Seahawks were just docked OTAs for having too much contact in camp.
D’Qwell Jackson tackled Evan Moore after a catch and then slapped him on the helmet as Moore sat on the ground complaining. Antwuan Reed, a rookie DB out of Pitt, tackled Jermaine Saffold after a catch near the sideline and Pat Shurmur exploded. He stopped practice and screamed at Reed for tackling.
The Browns cannot afford to lose an off-season practice time.
A little time off – Today wrapped up mini-camp for the Browns. They will have four days of OTAs next week and then everyone gets some time off until the start of training camp. There is no official date set, but it looks like camp will start the last weekend of July.
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